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Mom’s last prayer was for happiness

Dear Editor,

My mother was like a honeycomb. Full of sweetness. Her name was Norma Price Hulliger and she was a graduate of Mineral Wells High School. 

My mother’s richness was in her personality. She loved music, poetry and the arts and was a writer in her own right like her brother, Don Price. To her, life was a simplicity and her last prayer was not for streets of gold, but only for happiness.

My dear, sweet mother, Norma. I know you have found happiness. The honeycomb is full of sweetness. Honeybee will miss you.

Loving daughter, 

Janelle Hulliger Dry, Abilene, Texas

Medlin thanks voters, backs Goen 

Dear voters,

I would like to thank all of the Palo Pinto County voters who supported me throughout and during the March 2016 primary election. 

I am asking that as we approach the May 24th runoff election, that you will consider supporting Craig Goen for sheriff.

I have known Craig Goen since 1992 when I started my law enforcement career working for the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office.

I consider Craig Goen a true friend.

I respect Craig Goen for his honesty and fairness in carrying out his duties.

Craig Goen has the experience, integrity and leadership abilities to lead and manage the sheriff’s office.

Craig Goen is the current chief deputy for the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office, where he oversees the daily operations of the department (front office, dispatch, investigations, special crimes division, patrol division, extradition division, and jail division). Craig Goen has also maintained and managed the sheriff’s office budget for the past two years. 

Craig Goen being the current chief deputy already knows the changes that need to take place in order to provide better service to the residents of our county.

Craig Goen will use his 23-plus years experience in law enforcement and as chief deputy managing the day-to-day operations of the sheriff’s office, along with managing the sheriff’s office budget to better serve our needs as residents of this county. 

My vote is Craig Goen for sheriff.

I ask that you also vote Craig Goen for sheriff. Thank you!

Sincerely, 

Gary Medlin, Mineral Wells

Writer gives reasons for supporting Goen for sheriff

Dear Editor,

The following is provided to the citizens of Palo Pinto County to justify my position for supporting Craig Goen for the position of sheriff for Palo Pinto County.

No doubt, Craig’s opponent has an impressive resumé … however, as county sheriff, one is required to work with not only his deputies and other county officers/officials, he is required to work with the officials and administrators of all the cities, towns and communities throughout all of the county, not just one municipality.

This is, in my opinion, is an important requirement that must NOT be overlooked in selecting our next Sheriff. Craig has experience with this area of responsibility due to his positions within the Palo Pinto Sheriff’s Department. He has worked closely with Mineral Wells Police Department in drug interdiction as well as the parks and wildlife officers and Texas Department of Transportation officers. He has worked with all the citizens throughout the county.  This experience is present now with Craig … no need for “training” of a new person. The transition from chief deputy to sheriff will be natural and, in my opinion, the most positive outcome one could expect by electing Craig Goen the next sheriff of Palo Pinto County.  

I think Craig has essentially been responsible for the operation of the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Department for the past approximately 18 months, and in my opinion has done a very admirable job. 

I ask the citizens of Palo Pinto County to join me in support of Craig Goen for Palo Pinto County Sheriff this Tuesday, May 24.  

Thank you and your support is appreciated very much. 

Jim Nicklas, Possum Kingdom Lake 

Overwhelmed by outpouring of love from community 

Dear Editor,

Mike and I lost our 29-year-old son, Richard, in a fatal automobile accident the night of April 30th.  We received that ever-so-dreaded knock on our door about 11 p.m. Standing on the other side of the door was Texas DPS Officer Gutierrez. 

At the moment we answered the door, our lives changed and our experience with this community began. Officer Gutierrez was professional, but he was also compassionate and loving as he had to perform his task of informing parents of the death of their son. He knelt down on one knee and held my hand and promised not to leave until we were ready for him to leave. At one point I saw him bow his head and I have no doubt that he was saying a prayer for us and our family. I could not imagine having to perform the task that he did and I also cannot imagine anyone being able to deliver the message in a more compassionate manner than this gentleman. He will always hold a very dear spot in my and Mike’s heart.  

As the news of our loss spread, the folks in this community begin to appear at our home to love us through our pain. The day of the service, Indian Creek Baptist Church was filled to capacity with folks standing at the back of the church. We continue to be blessed with our church, family, friends, and community praying for us. 

We have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and can never express our gratitude.  Mike and I love our “Miracle Wells” and we are proud to be part of such a loving community. It is time that folks in our community stop focusing on the negatives of our community and realize that this is a community that loves one another in very unselfish ways, and while we may all be busy with our own lives, when the chips are down they show up in unbelievable ways. 

If you aren’t one of the folks that are showing up for this community then I ask you to give it a try, it just might change the way you feel about who we are as a community.

God bless Mineral Wells.

Tammy Underwood, Mineral Wells 

A tribute to dad

Dear Editor,

Memorial Day is coming soon and my Daddy, Jay Veach, fought the Japanese in World War II, but didn’t talk much about it and I knew not to ask. 

But every now and again he’d tell some little story. As I got older, and Dad being gone 16 years now, I put the stories down on paper. He spent most of 1946 in a “home for troops with war nerves.” He was a Navy Seabee, so he worked back and forth with the Marines. They never put anything on their uniforms to set themselves out from the rest of the troop. When he worked for the Marines then that’s the uniform he had on. There was a large bounty out for a confirmed kill of a Seabee, because it was the Seabees getting them out of their holes one way or the other. Lots of time They would mix gas and diesel to get the out. I’m sure you’ve seen the old movies put out by the War Department of them coming out of caves on fire, but still with a weapon in their hand.

My dad was talking one day, but I knew he was asking himself a question. He said, “How do you fight someone that don’t mind dying?” The Japanese would run out of rounds so they would charge a tank with a sword. 

How do you fight an Army like that? And how many Troops do you think are going to die to accomplish the mission? These are the questions I’m sure our leaders at the time had to ask themselves I’m sure. 

Some islands they just bypassed, leaving the Japanese to starve to death or kill themselves. Others they hit head-on, knowing it was going to be a fight to the death and most likely hand to hand. Over and over our troops did this island after island. I, as a veteran, can’t even imagine the hell they went through. The horrible things that they had to do and see just trying to live one day at a time. 

Those Battle Fields are now part of history and the men and women who lived and died for our freedom then are also just about all gone.

Through they are almost all gone their memories live on sometimes, just on a piece of paper from old stories wrote down years ago, but they do live on.

Robert Veach Sr., Mineral Wells

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