Weatherford Democrat

March 9, 2014

MILLSAP MATTERS: Kudos to Bulldogs hoops team

Weatherford Democrat


MILLSAP ­– As we begin daylight savings time today, our community is celebrating the accomplishments of some dedicated young men.

The Millsap boys basketball team played great games all the way into the area quarterfinals. The anticipation and wins of each game brought the community together in a wonderful way. The accomplishments of the team became the wins of all Millsap students. Many adults around here looked forward to the games and faithfully cheered the team on.

The last game played found the score for the Bulldogs a little short of that of the Ponder Lions, however the memories of each game, all of the spirit, and fine teamwork of the Bulldogs will be relished by the entire community for a very long time. Congratulations to all of the players, coaches, and managers for a season to be very proud of.

North Rural Water Supply Corporation, which supplies water to some of our area residents, will hold their annual members meeting at 7 p.m. on March 20 at the office at 3810 U. S. Highway 281 North, Mineral Wells.

Some of the agenda items include: auditor’s report on system finances, comments from individuals who signed up to speak and the presiding director reading the resolution declaring unopposed candidates into the record. After the members meeting there will be a business meeting.  Some points on this agenda include: election of officers for the 2014 year, designate those who have authority to sign checks on behalf of the corporation, plus review and approve update of corporate bylaws and corporation tariff if applicable.


A well-known area family is in sorrow over the passing of a loved one. Jose Martin (Joe) Ortiz, of Midland, died Feb. 23 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was the son of Mrs. Erlinda and the late Martin Ortiz. Joe was a law enforcement officer with a career that spanned 45 years, including time as a police officer in Mineral Wells. After serving with the Midland PD, he was a bailiff of the 318th District Court for 20 years and enjoyed going to work every day.

In a moving tribute to Mr. Ortiz the law enforcement agencies and court staff held a ceremony Feb. 26 on the courthouse grounds. The tribute included presentation of the U.S. flag, a bailiff retirement badge and the casings from the 21-gun salute in his honor to his widow, Becky. Mr. Ortiz was the first person of the Midland law enforcement agencies to ever receive a retired bailiff badge. People far and wide knew him as a decent, honorable and hardworking man.

Joe and his wife, Becky, had recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. While Becky hailed from Lone Camp, the two met and married in Mineral Wells. Faith and family were very important to Joe. His hobby was spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them about prayer and faith. He served as president of the West Texas Amputee Support Group and was a mentor to many through this organization.

His memorial service was held Feb. 27 at Fairmont Park Church of Christ. He was a part of a wonderful extended family that includes mother Mrs. Erlinda Ortiz, of Millsap; sisters, Nicki Presser, of Millsap, and Dorothy Hall, of Cool; brothers, Bernardo, of Millsap, Tony, of Germany, Johnny, of Spring, and Albert, of Porter. His sister, Linda Weiss, preceded him in death. Condolences to all family members.

More condolences

The Soda Springs/Mountain River Community lost a well-known resident with the passing of Harley Scott.

For many years Mr. Scott worked around the state for the Texas A&M Extension Service. He was a very dedicated member of the Mountain River Volunteer Fire Department, serving in the capacities of president and training officer.

To honor his years of faithful service, the substation of the Millsap VFD was recently named for Harley and Joyce Scott. Mr. Scott’s wife, Joyce, preceded him in death in 2003. Condolences to son Brad, of Millsap, daughters Lezle Ashcraft, of Salesville, and Serita Damico of Millsap, and other family members.

The Newberry Cumberland Presbyterian Church congregation recently had a wonderful surprise visit from their former pastor, Hugh Wagoner, and his wife, Frances.

The Wagoners’ presence was a blessed addition to the worship service. The church is now under the leadership of Pastor Tim Dewhirst and reaches out in service to many in a multitude of ways. Glad you folks got to see the Wagoners! 

Gospel singing

Word has it that the recent gospel singing at Holders Chapel was “super good.” This event takes place the first Saturday of each month, while there are also gospel singings at Lambert Switch (north side of U.S. Highway 180, about 10 miles east of Cool) the third and fourth Saturdays. All of these free musicals are 6-8 p.m. and the public is always invited.

Dates to remember

Spring break for Millsap ISD is March 10-14.

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