August 28th, 2014
GUYMON â€” Every coach of every sport comes into each new season excited about their teamâ€™s prospects. But Guymon High School cross country coach Andy Brown has a good reason to be excited.
The Guymon boys return every runner who competed on varsity last year with the exception of one. The girls lost two seniors from last year, but gain two experienced freshmen who were strong for the junior high team the last two years.
The season starts today at 5:30 p.m. in Hooker.
Betty Garay â€˘ Texhoma
Freshman pitcher retired 11 batters in a row while throwing a perfect game in 3-2/3 innings of relief Tuesday against Hooker. Six of those 11 outs were strike outs. Garay struck out 15 batters in four games Saturday at the Beaver Tournament while posting a 2-2 record and throwing more than 100 pitches in a 7-3 win over Guymon.
Eric Johnson and Jake Strain of Elite Physical Therapy present $2,000 to Crystal Aranda, Jaclyn Vasquez and Tiffany Molina, Wednesday. Aranda chose Jaclyn and Tiffany for the $2,000 scholarship for a variety of reasons, including exceptional work ethic, commitment and drive for the sport of cheerleading. Aranda said the girls are wonderful â€śbigsâ€ť to the younger cheerleaders. They have a solid foundation of sill level, and on the blue mat, they lead by example.
Blackwell on new representative, last 12 years of service to District 61
Big changes are underway in House District 61 as the Panhandle says goodbye to Gus Blackwell after 12 years serving as Representative and newly elected Casey Murdock takes over.
Blackwell chimes in on his experience and the job Murdock faces.
See Thursday's edition of the GDH.
Thad Harley Burwell and Theresa Evangelina Burwell experienced tragic loss, but are still holding on to joyful hope with the birth of their twin girls on August 21 when Theresa was just 25 weeks and five days into the pregnancy.
According to the babiesâ€™ grandmother, Leanna Medina who works at Lumber Mart in Guymon, the twins had developed Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, which is a rare condition occurring in identical twins while they are in the womb. It can result in various outcomes, and in this case, resulted in the death of one of the babies, named Heaven.
Margaret L. Skillin, 81, of Texhoma, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday afternoon, August 26, 2014.
The daughter of George and Ethel (Buzzard) Brooks, she was born March 3, 1933 in Swope, Virginia.
Margaret moved to the area in 1946, at the age of 13. She was married to Robert Searle on March 3, 1951. He preceded her in death on March 27, 1975.
Margaret and Jim Skillin were married October 20, 1975 in Guymon. She had worked as a clerk at Taylors, along with being a devoted family caretaker. She also had a great love for her cats.
Jane Weinheimer Stedje Wells
Jane Wells, 89, passed away early Friday, August 22, 2014 in Austin, Texas.
Jane Stedje Wells was born in Anaheim, CA on October 31, 1924, to Russell and Irene Weinheimer. She graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1942, and she then attended a business school. Jane was hired by Southern California Edison Company where she worked as the executive administrative assistant. She met Clifford Stedje and they married on May 20, 1950. They had three children, Nancy Irene, Linda Clara and Steven Russell.
Elizabeth (Liz) Lewis, 78, of Guymon, Oklahoma passed away on August 25, 2014 in Amarillo, Texas.Â Â
The daughter ofÂ Ottis and Irene Gurwell, LizÂ was born in Guymon on August 12, 1936.Â
Liz was a 1954 graduate of Guymon High School. She married Bill LewisÂ on November 30, 1957Â in the Guymon First Baptist Church. The couple lived on the Gurwell homestead north of town where they farmed and ranched on the land just as the generations before them. Their son Mark carries on the family tradition today.
Lydia Costilla, 62, passed away Saturday morning, August 23, 2014 at the Hendricks Hospital Hospice in Abilene, Texas.
The daughter of Raul and Carmen (Zamora) Costilla, she was born March 10, 1952 in Levelland, Texas.
Lydia was a resident of the Abilene State Supported Living Center.
She was preceded in death by her father, Raul Costilla; one brother, Rudy Costilla and two sisters: Erma Gilbert and Maria Asmussen.