By Lacie Morrison
By Libby Cluett
Well-known local businessman, GOP activist and community member Chester “Chet” R. Upham Jr. died Thursday morning at Palo Pinto General Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.
According to his daughter Barbara Upham, Chet Upham, who owned Upham Oil & Gas Company, passed away Thursday at 2:45 a.m. surrounded by his wife of 61 years and their family. She said he had battled bone cancer since 2002.
A successful businessman, Republican and family man, Upham’s friends and family shared their memories and thoughts with the Index, painting a portrait of a man who was respected, admired and loved by many.
“No one could’ve had a greater father,” said Barbara Upham. “He was the greatest.”
“He was a larger-than-life figure to all of us. You can’t replace him,” said Wade Gear, Upham’s grandson-in-law. “He loved Mineral Wells and he loved his family. He was proud of both.”
A one time leader of the Texas Republican party, news of Upham’s death drew condolences from political leaders from across the state.
“Today we mourn the loss of an honorable man,” said Gov. Rick Perry in a statement released Thursday. “Chet was a former United States serviceman, successful businessman and a true pioneer for conservative causes. Anita and I extend our sincere condolences and prayers to his wife, Virginia, his family and friends.”
“Chet Upham was not only a leader in every facet of life, but I am honored to say he was a friend and mentor to me,” District 60 State Rep. Jim Keffer said from Austin. “He shepherded Texas into a vibrant two-party system, giving many Texans a voice in government for the first time. He will be sorely missed but I will work hard to see that his legacy is not forgotten.”
By Lacie Morrison
- News Toppers
Zombies take over downtown: Filming began Wednesday for apocalyptic movie ‘Daylight’s End’
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Setting the stage: Texas Frontier Trails building new stage with plans for Sept. 20 performance
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Optimism in numbers: Proposed 2014-15 city budget maintains current tax rate, forecasts increased revenues in several areas
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- Zombies take over downtown: Filming began Wednesday for apocalyptic movie ‘Daylight’s End’
- Local News
NRCS to conduct annual meeting Aug. 6 in Mineral Wells
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Palo Pinto County and the Palo Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District cordially invite the public to attend their 2014 Local Working Group meeting Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Weatherford teen dies following wreck near Brock
WEATHERFORD -- A 16-year-old Weatherford teen injured in a single-vehicle wreck near Brock last week died Tuesday afternoon at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
Jordan Paredes, reported by relatives to be in a coma following the wreck, was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. in the trauma intensive care unit, the medical examiner reported.
Perrin FFA members attend Texas FFA convention in FW
Members from the Perrin FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 14-18 in Fort Worth.
Buffalo killer, store shoplifter targets of police, Crime Stoppers this week
Police are seeking leads on the death of a Mineral Wells man’s pet buffalo.
- NRCS to conduct annual meeting Aug. 6 in Mineral Wells
- Local Sports
From left, Taylor Gary, Paige Riney, Samantha Ashley and Meagan Waldrum capped off successful individual seasons to finish fifth in the girls 11-12 200-yard freestyle relay at the Region 4 Championship. They will join head coach Matt Williams at the TAAF state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, as the only youth swimmers representing Mineral Wells.
Swimming to State
KELLER – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins are heading to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's state meet in College Station, July 31-Aug. 3, after an outstanding performance in the Region 4 Championships that saw seven local swimmer qualify.
Mineral Wells summer track sends 11 to state meet after strong regionals
THE COLONY – The future continues to look bright for Mineral Wells track and field, as 11 members of legendary head coach Jackie Harvey's summer track club punched their tickets to the TAAF state meet in College Station – to be held July 31-Aug. 3 – after a dominant showing at the regional meet in The Colony, July 18-19.
FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season
By CLINT FOSTER
Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.
I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.
Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.
The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.
I can think of at least 10.
So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.
Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August
Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.
- Swimming to State
Millsap ISD names Bean new elementary assistant principal
Millsap ISD has announced the selection of Roxie Bean as assistant principal for Millsap Elementary School. Millsap ISD trustees approved Bean’s selection at the regular meeting on June 23.
WC offers free college preparation through talent search grant
WEATHERFORD – Weatherford College is offering free college preparation through the Educational Talent Search Grant to the following schools: Bridgeport Middle School, Decatur Middle School, Jacksboro High School, Jacksboro Middle School, Tison Middle School, Mineral Wells High School, Mineral Wells Junior High, Santo High School, Santo Middle School, Hall Middle School, Springtown High School, Springtown Middle School, Weatherford High School and the Weatherford High School Ninth Grade Center.
Up close with MWJH student Kimberly Canales-Diego
Kimberly Canales-Diego is an outstanding seventh-grader at Mineral Wells Junior High School.
Link Field honors students with pancake breakfast
Link Field Services Inc. was the site of a pancake breakfast honoring Mineral Wells High School students Kandas Cain, Angel Ortiz, Ian Kurtz and Jake Mason.
- Millsap ISD names Bean new elementary assistant principal
- Online Only
Stranger’s generosity stuns Ohio veteran
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Sheriff accused of lying about relationship with prostitute
The sheriff of Clark County, Ind., faces an eight-count federal indictment that accuses him of lying about paying a prostitute for a sex act and giving her a badge so that she could claim a discount rate at a hotel.
Medical marijuana opponents' most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research
Opponents of marijuana legalization are rapidly losing the battle for hearts and minds. Simply put, the public understands that however you measure the consequences of marijuana use, the drug is significantly less harmful to users and society than tobacco or alcohol.
- Stranger’s generosity stuns Ohio veteran
PASTOR POPHIN: Jesus – the greatest joy of all
The first part of this week was a joyous one for me. I took 10 youth to Lake Mineral Wells State Park for three days of day camping. Camp Adventure was the name of the camp. We discovered the joy of the One who created us: Jesus.
RELIGION BRIEFS: VBS dates announced; Easters in concert
Sparks Spring Advent Christian and Perrin Community Christian announce upcoming Vacation Bible School dates, while Jeff and Sheri Easter concert in Jacksboro is Aug. 1.
PASTOR POPHIN: The joy of unity
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- PASTOR POPHIN: Jesus – the greatest joy of all