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Child Abduction Case Remains Open
Thursday, September 18, 2014
In a little more than a week, the City of Muleshoe will be celebrating its second annual Muleshoe Day, but in the days that precede the celebration, Muleshoe will be facing another anniversary… a much more sinister anniversary.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, will mark the seventh anniversary of the abduction of Johnny Martin — the son of Peter Martens, who at five years of age was allegedly abducted by his non-custodial parent, Margaretha Friesen, then reportedly of Campeche, Mexico.

According to Peter Martens of Muleshoe, Johnny’s father and custodial parent, said at the time of the abduction that about two years prior to the abduction Child Protective Services recommended Johnny’s removal from the Friesen home following an investigation into child abuse allegations.

(Age enhanced photograph)

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Mule, Eagle Melee
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Sometimes, it’s hard to know who’s doing what, and who has the ball especially if you’re seated in the stands when a general melee occurs on the field, as appears to have happened during one of the plays in Friday’s game between the Mules and the Seagrave Eagles. In this case, that’s the football tucked under the arm of the Seagrave player as he’s brought down by an unidentified Mule.

(Photograph by Gabby Perez)

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School Board Approves Large Budget Amendment
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Muleshoe Independent School District’s board of trustees approved a $519,000 budget amendment during Monday’s regular meeting, almost half of which was involved work to be completed the district’s hail damaged roofs.

Business Manager Trae McNeil explained that the school district was set to recover $329,815 from its insurance carrier from hail damage sustained a couple of months ago, of which the district has already received $205,128.

She said the remaining $124,687 would be received after the roofing project had begun.

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Olton Sales Tax Increase Leaves Other Communities Behind
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The City of Olton has once more jumped to the front of the sales tax reimbursement race, with a 38 percent increase in its total allocations for the year.

Of the 10 area communities whose sale tax collections are monitored by the Muleshoe Journal, Olton is the only one with a double digit increase.

In fact, the closest area communities have come to Olton’s numbers are 8.58 percent for Bovina, 8.23 percent at Farwell and 7.79 percent at Sudan.

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Eagles, Officials ‘Limp Away’ With Victory
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Sprinkles and mist may have blurred the officials vision Friday night in Seagraves as the Mules tangled with the Eagles.

The Mules put up a battle but in the end Seagraves limped away with a 40-34 win and the officials may have risen to the top of the Eagles’ list of favorites for any future playoff games.

“We gave them a full game tonight,” said Mule Coach David Wood. “They had not had a whole game all season. They are an extremely good class 2A football team.”

“Our kids played hard and we gave them a run for their money. There were things that happened in that game that I could have corrected before the game. I did not do a good enough job of preparing and teaching the young kids,” said the coach.

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JV Mules’ Adjustments Defeat Eagles
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The JV Mules had to make adjustments to stop the double wing offensive set of the Seagraves Eagles on Thursday night.

Once that was done the Mules took over and defeated the Eagles 27-18.

The Eagles all but ran free in the opening quarter and scored first on a 12-play 65-yard drive that only left three minutes in the opening period.


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Lady Mules Cross Country Team Finishes Ninth
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Lady Mules finished ninth out of 12 teams Saturday at the Plains Cowgirl and Cowboy Cross-Country Meet. Mireya Ruvulcaba finished 11th with a time of 14 minutes and 35 seconds.

Other Lady Mules competing were Jasmine Garza, Ruby Andrade, Daniela Diaz, Aimee Rosas, Ruby Regalado and Jazmin Arellano.

“It was good to finally get a meet under our feet,” said Muleshoe cross-country coach, Edie Niblett. “It was wet, cold and slippery but the kids never complained and I was pleased with their efforts.”

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Freshmen Battle Back To Defeat The Wildcats
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The freshmen Mules had to battle back from a 6-0 early deficit after the Idalou Wildcats scored on the opening play of the game.

The Mules hung on to defeat the Wildcats 26-20 after leading 26-12 late in the third period.

Arnulfo Hernandez kicked off for the Mules to start the game and Idalou returned the kick to the Wildcat 33.


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Art Association Meets
Thursday, September 11, 2014
The Muleshoe Art Association opened the new year of activities on Tuesday, Sept. 2, with a trip to Tulia. Members stopped for lunch at the El Camino Mexican food restaurant followed by a visit to Kenneth Wyatt Galleries.

Mr. Wyatt explained techniques and steps involved in designing and casting sculpture and shared stories about the inspirations for some of his pieces.

Members who made the drive included Ann Johnson, Kenneth Wyatt, Jackie Hinderliter, Kay Hohes, Nelda Merriott, Susan Skipworth, Sandra Chancey and Alice Liles.

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Mason Shower Held
Thursday, September 11, 2014
A “Come and Go” wedding shower was held for Jordan Mason, the prospective bride of Zac Stancel and the daughter of Sheldon and Debbie Mason of Lazbuddie.

The groom’s parents are Carey and Kathy Stancell of Muleshoe.

The shower was held at Bailey County Electric Co-op on Aug. 31.

Hostesses for the event included Shannon Atchley, Jamie Crandall, Rosa Davis, Paulette Foster, Robin Friskup, Angel Hunt, Lavon Hunt, Oneida Lopez, Brenda Morgan, Kaci Morris, Marca Morris, Celie Parham, Karie Preston, Carolyn Reed, Khallie Ruthardt, Brooke and Debbie Ryan, Carolyn Sanders, Maryle Schacher, Susan Skipworth, Jana St. Clair, Ashley Turnbow and Gina Wilkerson.

The hostess gift was a vacuum cleaner.

Special guests were Billie Mason, JoAnn Cotton, Taylor Stancell and Kendal Stance.

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