Author: Mineral County Independent News

Lady Serpents Come up Just Short of Playoffs

The season came to a disappointing end for the Mineral County High softball team on Saturday after the Lady Serpents dropped a doubleheader at Wells and narrowly missed out on the regional playoffs in the process. Mineral County didn’t go down without a fight, however, as they played the first place Leopards (17-2, 7-0) tight throughout game one on the back of senior pitcher Hailey Lahre. The game was tied 1-1 in the third inning before Wells took control and eventually went on to win 6-4. Lahre pitched six strong innings and struck out seven in her last game in the circle as a Lady Serpent and also connected for a single, triple and two RBIs at the plate. McKenna Cardenas had two of the seven hits for Mineral County, who scored three runs in the seventh before their rally fell short. Game two went the way of the Leopards as they cruised to a 12-1 victory to finish its conference season undefeated. The Lady Serpents had just three hits in the game, a single by Lahre and a base hit and triple by fellow senior Julieanna Williams. The losses dropped Mineral County to third place in the 1A Northern League standings, just a game behind Carlin who will represent the conference along with Wells this weekend at the regional tournament at the Leopards home field. Coleville and Smith...

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Serpents Drop Pair; Get Second Seed in Playoffs

Submitted by coach Darren Hamrey The Serpent baseball team fizzled last weekend in its attempt to own the Northeastern 1A Conference for a third year running. The boys in black and gold struggled to get hits to fall against a tough Wells defense, which kept Serpent runners off base and runs off the board. The Leopards on the other hand, benefitted from blooping fly balls and ground ball dribblers that kept the Serpent defense struggling to make plays. Tony Dominguez started game one on the hill for the Serps. He struck out two and walked one over two innings....

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Alum Creek Mill Moved to Lucky Boy

By Harold Fuller Things sure happen fast in the mining industry and what happened a little over eighty years ago in Mineral County proved no exception. Last week I related the fact that a 50-ton floatation mill would, be erected in Alum Creek, dated July 22, 1922. Apparently they put up, or at least moved into the area, a 100-ton float mill and in less than a year’s time decided to move it. Here is what the April 7, 1923 edition of the Walker Lake Bulletin reported: “Tentative arrangements have been completed for amply financing the further development of the famous Lucky Boy mines, six miles south of Hawthorne. Senator John H. Miller will leave here Monday to complete the details for the resumption of work. J.B. Scrimger, local manager of the new company, will begin the work of hauling the new 100-ton flotation mill from Alum Creek to the portal of the long tunnel at Lucky Boy next Monday, the mill site having been already selected and approved. It is planned to have the mill running by July 1. While it is the intention of the company to confine its work to the upper levels for the present development below the tunnel level will be prosecuted in the near future. The resumption of work at the Lucky Boy will be cheerful news not only to Hawthorne and Mineral...

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Motorhome Driver Killed in Accident near Walker Lake Identified

Nevada Highway Patrol released the name of the driver whose accident closed U.S. 95 near mile marker 59 in Mineral County on Thursday, April 26. Nevada Highway Patrol troopers investigated the accident which happened at approximately 8:20 a.m. The investigation shows that a 1986 Southwind motorhome was traveling northbound on U.S. 95, north of Hawthorne. The driver of the motorhome, John Virgil Spillman, allowed the motorhome to “strike the guardrail on the northbound shoulder which redirected the vehicle across the northbound and southbound travel lanes.” The motorhome traveled off the southbound shoulder of the highway and overturned onto its...

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Genivere Johnson

1922 – 2018 Genivere Johnson, born July 29, 1922 in Marion County, Ore. and passed away peacefully at home in Allen, Texas on Sunday, May 6, 2018 of natural causes. Genivere Johnson was a resident of Hawthorne for 50 years. She was preceded in death by her parents Dovie and Frank Snyder, her brother, Roy Snyder and her husband Harley Johnson. She is survived by her daughters Janice Weaver and Toni Peters, her grandchildren, Sherrie Silva, Terrie Swindle, Cynthia Peters, Donny Weaver and Richard Peters, as well as 12 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Gen is remembered as a loving, gentle and active mother, grandmother and friend. We will miss her dearly and always hold her in our hearts. She held many jobs over her lifetime and including being a hostess/waitress at 80 years old at both the Cliff House and Dos Amigos in Hawthorne. To honor her wishes no funeral or memorial services will be held at this...

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