‘a gem atop a hill’: CHHS, Troy community mourn loss of teacher who influenced thousands of lives

first_img Book Nook to reopen You Might Like Bags & blues: Little Jimmy Reed gets locals up, off their feet for a musical Brown Bag experience Messenger photo/Courtney PattersonLocals gathered on the Square in downtown Troy to listen to Little Jimmy Reed while they ate their… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 7:51 pm Friday, June 12, 2015 Latest Stories Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Skip ‘a gem atop a hill’: CHHS, Troy community mourn loss of teacher who influenced thousands of lives Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “I was trying to think of who would have had that type of impact and influence that she had,” said Troy Mayor Jason Reeves. “I graduated 25 years ago and for years before that, and for generations since then she’s been the senior sponsor of CHHS. Every student who has passed through there has been impacted by Betty Wagoner.“They’ve gone on to work at every business in Troy, work in government, go to every church in town … you can’t circulate in this community and not run into one of her products. I don’t know of anyone like that.”Simply because of that reach, her loss will be felt far and wide. “From a community standpoint, as the mayor of this community, I can tell you we’ve really suffered a loss here … she can’t be replaced.”Jones, a former superintendent of Troy City Schools, started working with Wagoner in 1972, when he joined the system. She was already well established as a teacher and director of federal programs. “She evolved from Mrs. Wagoner when I first stared to Betty for a short while to, finally, Wag.” Print Article Sponsored Content Email the author As news of her death spread, a community began to mourn.“Wag loved everybody and she made everybody feel that they were special,” said Hank Jones. “She is – she was – truly the gem atop the hill.”Jones was using the phrase Betty Wagoner used so often to describe Charles Henderson High School, the place where for more than 45 years she nurtured and tended to her “young’uns” as a teacher, yearbook sponsor and senior class sponsor. She shepherded her most recent class of graduates across the stage just three weeks ago, and over the years she touched thousands of lives. By Jaine Treadwell Betty Wagoner, pictured at the 2015 CHHS graduation ceremony, shepherded decades of senior classes through graduation and life during her tenure as a teacher and senior class sponsor at the high school. She passed away on Friday.No one lives forever, but perhaps some should.Betty Wagoner was one of those.A retired teacher who never really retired “Wag” as she was affectionately known, died Friday morning. By Blood Sugar Blaster Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits That moniker was one that stuck across the generations, a term of endearment and respect shared by students, co-workers, principals and superintendents.“She was my friend and she was my boss,” Jones said. “I knew I was going to get the absolute truth from her, even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear … and she had the ability to know what needed to be done, how it needed to be done, and when it needed to be done.“Not taking anything away from any of us as superintendents or principals at CHHS, but there were so many things that got done on schedule simply because Betty Wagoner ensured they were going to take place.”Dr. Boyd English, who recently resigned after serving as CHHS principal for four years, called her “the glue that held CHHS together.”“She was someone who transcended generations,” he said. “She was the glue to that school in some of the toughest times. She made that school what it is today, and she’s not somebody you can replace.”David Helms, who also was principal at CHHS, struggled for words to describe Wagoner and her impact on the school.“I’ve tried to reflect on Betty Wagoner and the first thing that comes to my mind is that she was a Southern lady,” Helms said. “Then, I think of the thousands of lives that she affected in such a positive way. Betty could relate to kids unlike anything I’ve seen in my life and she did it as good today as she did 40 years ago.“She could be in a crowd of teenagers or in the middle of senior adults but she was never the old one in the crowd and that was by design. She would not have it any other way.”Wagoner began her education career in the 1960s and celebrated her 80th birthday with her “young’uns” at CHHS in 2011. She passed away on Friday.Helms said everyone who knew Wagoner is a better person for having known her.“She had such an effect on everybody,” he said. “And, the main thing was that she was so genuine and she was the most honest person. Betty always told it like she saw it. It might not be what you wanted to hear because she was not going to sugarcoat things. ‘Here’s the way I see it,’ she would say and then she would tell you exactly how she ‘saw it.’”Helms, laughingly, remembered when meeting a new administrator, Wagoner walked up to him and said, “I’m not sure I like you, yet.”“There has never been anyone else like Wag and there never will be,” he said. “And, there will never be anyone who can influence kids like she did. They respected her and they loved her and they never wanted to disappoint her.“Betty always put others before herself. Words can’t explain Betty Wag. She was one of a kind. She will forever be missed.”Wally Lowery, a former student who is now president of the Troy City School Board of Education, could only echo Jones’ sentiments on Friday.“She was the gem atop a hill, as the CHHS son says,” Lowery said. “She will truly be missed.”Dr. Lee Hicks, superintedent of Troy City Schools, had worked with Wag for the past four years. “She is Charles Henderson High School,” he said. “And her memory will live on through the lives she touched.”State Rep. Alan Boothe, R-Troy, called Wagoner an “institution.” “Her heart and her life were within the walls of CHHS. She loved those kids and they loved her. She would call and ask me to help her kids. ‘Whatever you can do for my kids, I need you to do it.’ She cared about her kids. This is a sad day for Charles Henderson High School and for Troy because everybody loved Betty Wagoner.”Wagoner’s influence was felt far beyond the boundaries of CHHS. She was involved in the Troy community and her name was synonymous with the arts.“Betty was on the ground floor of developing what was then the Troy Council on the Arts and Humanities and now the Troy Arts Council,” said Pat Duke, council member. “She was there when the arts council was establish in the early 1970s and she remained a fixture with the council.”Wagoner served the council as its treasurer and Duke said she kept the organization financially straight.“Sometimes we were too anxious to spend money but Betty kept us straight,” Duke said. “But she was overly generous with her time and energy.John Jinright, TAC presenter chair, said Wagoner was very involved in the Jean Lake Arts and Crafts Show and now TroyFest.”“Betty was the backbone of the TAC,” he said. “She had been with the council since the beginning and she took a lot on her shoulders. She was in charge of the awarding of ribbons at the arts festival. She took care of all of that and she was always willing to help everybody out. Betty was an amazing lady. I don’t know what we’ll do without her.”Mack Gibson, chairman of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, said he had great admiration for Wagoner.“Betty was an extremely dedicated proponent of the Troy Arts Council and was faithful in keeping it going,” he said. “What I appreciated about Betty was her willingness to speak her mind. She never waffled and you always knew where she stood and, if you stepped back and thought about what she said, you’d know she was right.”Gibson said Wagoner worked tirelessly for the arts in Troy and Pike County.“There’s no question in my mind that Troy is a better community because of her influence,” he said. “Her influence will continue through the generations of the kids she taught and through the arts programs that she supported. She was a pioneer in the arts in Pike County and there are not many of those left. She will be greatly missed.”Charles Adams has been a friend of Wagoner for about 60 years. He can remember when she would come out to Adams’ Nut Shop and sit and eat boiled peanuts and talk shop.“She was a genuine and gracious lady,” he said. “What made her so special was her commitment to school kids and her dedication to the community. She did things for kids that no one will ever know about because Betty didn’t want anybody to know. But those kids know and I’m sure they have a special place in their hearts for her.”A few years ago, Adams who is a glass artist, created an angel in Wagoner’s honor. It was named the Betty angel.“When she saw it, she cried,” he said. “A lot of people are crying today for the loss of her.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through April 14

first_imgXtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 634; 2. Lance Mari, Impe­rial, Calif., 632; 3. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 602; 4. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 519; 5. Ricky Thornton, Harcourt, Iowa, 506; 6. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 489; 7. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 482; 8. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 475; 9. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa, 469; 10. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 404; 11. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif., 389; 12. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo., 385; 13. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 377; 14. Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck, N.D., 376; 15. R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., 372; 16. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 350; 17. An­thony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 344; 18. John P. Gober, Poolville, Texas, 331; 19. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 330; 20. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 324.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 297; 2. Chase Parson, Abilene, Texas, 276; 3. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 232; 4. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 229; 5. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 216; 6. Bryan Debrick, Irving, Texas, 211; 7. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 210; 8. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 207; 9. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 192; 10. Dalton Stevens, Scurry, Texas, 177; 11. Tommy Hall, Natchitoches, La., 169; 12. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 167; 13. Michael Day, Greenville, Texas, and Shane Gloeckler, Joshua, Texas, both 166; 15. Jeff Day, Greenville, Texas, and Lo­gan Payne, Dallas, Texas, both 165; 17. Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas, 164; 18. John Carney II, Lubbock, Texas, 162; 19. Claud Estes III, Godley, Texas, 155; 20. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 149.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 560; 2. Westin Abbey, Coman­che, Texas, 553; 3. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 398; 4. Eric Jones, Troy, Texas, 378; 5. Steven Orebaugh, Fort Worth, Texas, 377; 6. Juston McCullough, Waco, Texas, 352; 7. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., and Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, both 333; 9. Ryan Powers, Crowley, Texas, 331; 10. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 314; 11. Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, and April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, both 309; 13. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 300; 14. Aaron Cor­ley, Meadow, Texas, and Gregory Gutt, Burns Flat, Okla., both 296; 16. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., 293; 17. Zach Spillman, Marble Falls, Texas, 291; 18. Joe Haines, Yuma, Ariz., 290; 19. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 286; 20. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 284.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 405; 2. Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., 392; 3. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 318; 4. Francisco J. Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., 303; 5. Harvey Quinn, Yuma, Ariz., 264; 6. Bob Horton, Yuma, Ariz., and Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., both 253; 8. Matt Bice, Austin, Texas, 248; 9. Aaron Norman, Carlsbad, N.M., 226; 10. Jay Crowe, Surprise, Ariz., and Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, both 222; 12. Richard Bennett, Mesa, Ariz., 220; 13. Merle Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 219; 14. Gerald Spalding Jr., Abilene, Texas, 217; 15. Paul O’Connor, Surprise, Ariz., 208; 16. Gerald Spalding Sr., Stamford, Texas, 206; 17. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 205; 18. Ryan Wilkerson, Midland, Texas, 204; 19. Larry Underwood, Tem­ple, Texas, and James Turensky, Tempe, Ariz., both 196.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 436; 2. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 398; 3. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 388; 4. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 333; 5. Ray Czumaj, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 319; 6. Eric Winemiller, Casa Grande, Ariz., 316; 7. Adolfo Nor­iega, Yuma, Ariz., 307; 8. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., 297; 9. Corey Clayton, El Centro, Calif., 296; 10. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif., and Tim Reese, Yuma, Ariz., both 294; 12. Erik Shaw, Casa Grande, Ariz., 286; 13. Brandon Spanjer, Crete, Neb., 274; 14. Adam Echter, Glendale, Ariz., 256; 15. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 249; 16. James Dupre, Yuma, Ariz., 246; 17. Thomas Harrison, Somerton, Ariz., 245; 18. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., both 237; 20. Terry Bahr, Gilbert, Ariz., 228.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 612; 2. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 566; 3. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 497; 4. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 359; 5. Kamera Kaitlin McDonald, Keller, Texas, 345; 6. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 301; 7. Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, 281; 8. Thomas Walp, Olney, Texas, 279; 9. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 251; 10. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 242; 11. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 227; 12. Paul Scrivner, Hewitt, Texas, 223; 13. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 208; 14. Austin Gooding, Fort Worth, Texas, 201; 15. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 195; 16. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 176; 17. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 161; 18. John Free­man, Runaway Bay, Texas, 159; 19. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, and Garett Rawls, China Spring, Texas, both 158.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Scott Spellmeier, Beatrice, Neb., 231; 2. James Lochabay, Azle, Texas, 182; 3. Danny Baggerly, Joshua, Texas, 176; 4. Nick Lindblad, Beatrice, Neb., 170; 5. Jeff Toler, Cleburne, Texas, 167; 6. James Morehead, Cleburne, Texas, 163; 7. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 155; 8. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 152; 9. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 149; 10. Daniel Cunningham, Azle, Texas, 147; 11. David Norquest, York, Neb., 137; 12. Bran­don Segura, Weatherford, Texas, 134; 13. Ryan Smith, Beatrice, Neb., 117; 14. Jake Benischek, Durant, Iowa, 112; 15. Darwin Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 110; 16. Richard Crow, Grand Island, Neb., 105; 17. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, 102; 18. Charles Burrows, Azle, Texas, 101; 19. Steve Holloway, Azle, Texas, and Robert Rutledge, Azle, Texas, both 98.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger believes Leicester cannot be ruled out as title contenders

first_img “It’s a very explosive team, especially on the flanks. When they win the ball, they come out on fire in a very explosive way. “At the start of the game, Man United will have the possession and Leicester will be the team that can create havoc on the counter-attack. It’s very hard to predict. “We are in a position where you want to be after 13 games but there are 25 to go. If there’s five or six to go and we are in the race, of course. But at the moment it is too early, I think we have a chance but it is very early. I know people always want to know what will happen in the future but let’s take care of the game on Sunday.” Wenger could welcome Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back into his ranks for the game at Norwich while Aaron Ramsey will be pushing for a start as both return from respective hamstring injuries. Arsenal are finally starting to get players out of the treatment room ahead of the busy festive schedule and Wenger also revealed Theo Walcott is close to a comeback after a calf problem. “Not for Sunday,” he replied when asked if the England forward was ready to return. “He goes through a few tests and steps but the first one was successful. He started running again on Tuesday morning and had no reaction. He has another big hurdle to get across and hopefully he will be successful.” Press Association The Foxes sit at the top of the table after a superb start to the season under Claudio Ranieri – with Jamie Vardy leading the drive as the division’s top goalscorer. They welcome van Gaal’s second-placed Manchester United to the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening looking to recreate their famous 5-3 win over the Red Devils last season. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has joined Louis van Gaal in considering Leicester as genuine Barclays Premier League title contenders. While Leicester are the team with the most goals to their name, United have shipped just nine to set up an interesting clash in the East Midlands. And Wenger, whose Arsenal side are the only team to beat Leicester in the league so far this season and also inflicted a 3-0 defeat over United earlier in the campaign, believes Ranieri and his squad are bonafide championship challengers – along with struggling holders Chelsea. “Of course, you cannot rule them out,” the Frenchman replied when asked if Leicester could win the title. “Mathematically, you cannot rule Chelsea out. Even the bottom teams are in it. It is so difficult. It is so tight and I don’t even look at the league anymore because it is very, very tight. “Last week as you said, we had a bad result against West Brom and so did Manchester City (against Liverpool) so it compacted the whole table.” Wenger will be watching the Leicester game ahead of Arsenal’s flight to Norwich on Saturday as they prepare to take on the Canaries at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon. The 66-year-old does not know what to expect but a draw would open up the chance for the Gunners to take over at the summit if they are successful in Norfolk. “It will be quite interesting because Leicester are a team who have no pressure and they play with no pressure and have quality,” he said. last_img read more

Sumner Newscow Weekend Calendar: Friday, Jan. 11 – Sunday, Jan. 13

first_imgC girls, C boys – 4:15 p.m.JV boys – 5:45 p.m.Varsity Girls – 6 p.m.Varsity boys / JV girls – 7:30 p.m.Saturday, January 12 —Brain Games Lollapalooza-1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.: Sterling House of Wellington (500 N. Plum)- Contact Yazmin Wood at 620-506-1390.Middle School Dance– 8 to 10 p.m.- Wellington Recreation Commission.Wellington High School varsity wrestling at Clearwater – 9 a.m.Wellington Middle School basketball at Andover – 9 a.m., 8B team tournament.Sunday, January 13Retirement Reception for Raymond Schalk- 2-4 p.m., Wellington Senior Center.Trigger Guard Concealed Carry Class– 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register go to www.triggerguardonline.com – Cost is only $75.00•••••The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce officials are asking for people to reserve tickets for the “Annual Celebration” which will be held at Theurer Marketing Center on Thursday, Jan. 31.  Please call Michelle at the chamber before Tuesday, January 15th for discounted rates on tickets. The following is a list of events this weekend:Friday, January 11 —Wellington vs. Winfield at home:last_img read more