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Slaton sees records, challenges over 2022 year

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

Slaton saw lots of ups and downs in 2022, from new records and historic achievements to changes in the City Charter and complaints about it.

These are some of the highlights of news covered by The Slatonite that impacted Slaton, Roosevelt, Wilson and Southland during the year.

January

The year started off with a strong start, with the ginning and bailing season hitting the top three of the Top 10 Bale Count in its first week.

The season would end in February with a new top record of 741,556 bales.

The Slaton Stock show was conducted, with between 75-80 hogs, 10 lambs, 10 goats, three steers and heifers shown by approximately 40 FFA students.

An exhibit on the Flying Scotsman’s stay at the Slaton Harvey House was put on display. More than 50 never before seen photos by Bill Wagner, who also was at the event, were shown.

The 2021 Roosevelt High School State Semifinalist Football team were presented their bronze medals in a ceremony at the High School. It was the first time the football team made it to State competition.

TJ McAuley was named the new Municipal Court Judge for the City of Slaton.

February

All four schools saw a re-alignment of the University Interscholastic League districting, which saw Slaton play one fewer game in football and Southland and Wilson put in the same District.

Slaton ISD found it would have an election for two At-Large Trustee positions while the City would not have an election in May. Justin Martin and Kara Newcomb were re-elected to their At-Large positions.

March

Former Slaton Police Department Sgt. Steve Dekraker was honored by the FBI for his work on a criminal case.

2022 Slaton High School graduate Amaya Ramos won first place in her weight division in the Texas State Women’s Powerlifting Association State Finals.

Four Slaton High School powerlifters qualified for state: Ramos, Paige Rodriquez, Sierra Rodriquez and Jaclyn Loera.

Roosevelt High School powerlifter JJ Diaz placed third in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association State Powerlifting Contest.

Cathelene Thomas Elementary placed fifth in its first ever Destination: Imagination appearance.

Lawrence Johnson resigned as SHS’ athletic director. Jacob Dangerfield was later hired to the position.

Four people were honored at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet. They were Man of the Year Dennis Horn, Woman of the Year Lynn Nowlin, Volunteer of the Year Leigh Ann Pinkert and Boss of the Year Terrica Taylor.

April

The City hired Wade Willson as the new City Administrator, replacing interim Mike Lamberson, who had retired earlier in 2020.

The Teacher and Paraprofessionals of the year were announced. The finalists were, from Stephen F. Austin Primary – Erika Sims and Typhanee Graves; from Cathelene Thomas Elementary, Christi Tomme and Kristi Camargo; Junior High Rebecca Castillo and Carmen Contreras and High School, Jessica Kelly and Desiree Leyva.

The winners were Camargo and Sims for the Elementary and Leyva and Kelly for the High School.

Englunds Funeral Service Director Robert Englund received the Ed C. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Funeral Directors Association.

Slaton Police Department announced two people were sentenced in a mail theft investigation involving the department. More than 8,000 pieces of mail were stolen and valued at $4 million.

May

SISD hires several new administrators. They were Shelli Crow as Assistant Superintendent, Stephanie Kieth as the new Junior High Principal, Brad Hays as the new SJHS Assistant Principal and SISD Police Chief  James Williams.

A total of 53 Slaton High School seniors sign letters to attend universities and military during the first ever signing ceremony.

Graduation was conducted for all four schools.

The valedictorians and salutatorians were, in respective order, Madi Englund and Zadie Rios for Slaton, Alex Trevino and Viviana Duran for Roosevelt High School, Elizabeth Payton and Kalli Davis for Southland,  and Leslie Pantoja and Kristen Coronado for Wilson.

June

Wyatt Harlan was selected to a summer internship in Washington D.C. by the National Cotton Council.

Ars Nova, a choir from Hungary, performed at First United Methodist Church (now Slaton Methodist Church).

Together in Grace conducts Juneteenth Celebrations at Elgie Allen Park.

For a list of the remaining 6 months, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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