It was around 11:30 p.m. when I drove up to my cousin, Martha’s truck that she had pointed into the field near the camp. She had her brights shining across the field and was beeping her horn every 30 seconds or so. I had twice ridden the road to the blind where he was to hunt around 7:00 p.m. I looked for places he might have gone off the road into the tall grass. I circled the South end doing the same. It had been 2 hours and no sign of Jerry or his 4 wheeler. “Martha”, I said. “We’ve got to get some help”. She agreed. We both were thinking the same thing, but dared not say it. I drove up the pipeline to the ranch’s highest point. When I got cell service, I called the Sheriff’s Department. The dispatcher, Tammy Whitworth, answered and took down all the details of our plight: missing hunter, Jerry Zoller, 77 year old male, type 2 diabetic with an insulin pump, pacemaker, did not eat before left for an 1 ½ hour hunt, etc. I’ll just call her “Angel” for the work she would do that night. She stayed on the line w ile putting me through to Deputy Rowdy Tackett. He said he would meet me on CR 140 heading towards the property. I got back to Martha and told her they were coming. She teared up and we hugged.
City Special Meeting 5/18/15 Mayor Pauline Gonzales called the City Council Special Meeting to order at 5:57 p.m. Present were Pauline Gonzales, Zac Kerbow, Bebe Ramirez, Alicia Arrendondo, Paula Gallegos, Christina Reyes were present. The votes of the regular and city election were canvassed and verified as follows: For Mayor- Debra C. Venegas 74, La Wanda Goller 74, Pauline Gonzales 238. For Council Member: Alicia Arrendondo 225, Paula Gallegos 189, Jerry Jones 145. Special election for council member: Debra Wolcott 170, Christina Reyes 190.
Throughout Trisha Ruiz’ childhood, education was instilled in her and has served as a foundation to her career. Born and raised in Rocksprings, Texas, she later attended a Catholic university for one semester before realizing the financial burden her education was placing on her and her family. Ms. Ruiz joined the United States Army in 2002 and her sole purpose for joining the service was to earn GI Bill benefits to help pay for her college education. In her first three years of military service as a Military Police Officer, she was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and was assigned to the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB). The USDB housed notable inmates such as Charles Graner who was convicted of prisoner abuse in the Abu Ghraib scandal, and Hasan Akbar, who killed two US Army officers and wounded 14 other Army soldiers during the 2003 Iraq invasion. This is the only maximum security correctional facility in the Department of Defense. Ms. Ruiz was then one of eight female soldiers in the US Army that was selected to serve at the Naval Consolidated Brig, Miramar in San Diego, CA. NCBM housed notable inmates such as Lynndie England, a perpetrator of the Abu Ghraib scandal.
Participating in the State UIL Track and Field Meet were Angoras Michael Moreno, Kaytlin Waldron and Lance Burleson. Bringing home medals were Waldron with a gold in the 800 m, and Lance with gold in shot put and silver in discus.
Ben Enriquez became the newest state champion produced by Rocksprings on Thursday, May 14th. Due to the wonderful rain we have been blessed with, the tournament had to be extended an extra day.
Ben was scheduled to play his first match at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, but he ended up playing at 8:30 that night. His first match was against Daniel Baker from Tioga in the quarterfinal round. Despite all of the waiting and delays, Ben was not phased at all; he was focused and ready to play. He won the match 6-0, 6-0 in less than an hour.