Author: Mineral County Independent News

Sports physicals due soon

All Mineral County High School or Hawthorne Junior High School students planning on participating in sports during the upcoming 2013-2014 school year need to get their physicals before the beginning of any sport. If you do not have a current physical, you will not be able to take part in any practice. Physical forms can be picked up at the high school during normal business days or at the clinic. Physicals will cost $10. Please have these prior to the beginning of the school year. Weight lifting for all MHCS athletes is at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday until football practice begins. This is open to both boys and girls. All athletes are encouraged to work out. This is done under a coach’s supervision. Orders for FanCloth shirts or other items placed with a football player have been submitted. We are just waiting to receive the items from FanCloth. When we receive them, we will be calling the players in so they can bring you your...

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Lois Rose McConnaughey

Lois Rose (Moore) McConnaughey was born to Lois G. Atherton and Donald L. Moore on Oct. 4, 1930 in Little Rock, Ark. Lois joined her many friends and family in Heaven on March 29, 2013 while residing in Alamogordo, N.M. She was 82 years old. Her family moved to Reno when she was five-years old and then to Hawthorne, where she attended high school, graduating in 1948. She worked at the Naval Ammunition Depot for several years, transferring to Ogden, Utah to finish out her civil service career. During those years, she took care of her halfsister, Suzanne, who is mentally and physically challenged, with never a complaint. She met and married Bill McConnaughey and was very happy and active during their marriage. Upon her retirement in Alamogordo, she became very active in the Senior Center there, with many wonderful loving friends. Lois is survived by her son, John Harrison and wife, Kittie, of San Diego, Calif.; her sister, Dolores Pummill of Dayton, Nev.; her brother Jim Moore and his wife, Shirley of Salem, Ore.; and her half-sister Suzanne Conterno of Carson City, Nev. Lois leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Bill; her sons Mack and David; and her brothers Jack; Don; and Bob Moore;and many of her loving pets. Lois enjoyed life and people; her...

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Health screeners coming to town

Residents living in and around the Hawthorne community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. High Desert Arts & Culture Center will host Life Line Screening on Aug. 19. The site is located at 360 6th Street in Hawthorne. Patrick Ward of Las Vegas attended a Life Line Screening and said, “My cardiologist said I would have had a stroke or a heart attack soon if this was not detected”. Four key points every person needs to know: • Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability • 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke • Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke • Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Packages start at $159. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at www.lifelinescreening. com. Preregistration is...

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Four candidates interviewed for Nevada schools superintendent

LAS VEGAS — Public interviews got underway last week for four semifinalists being considered for Nevada superintendent of public instruction. The state Board of Education interviewed contestants during an open meeting in Las Vegas and will recommend three names to Gov. Brian Sandoval, who will make the final appointment. The candidates are: • Rorie Fitzpatrick, who was named interim superintendent after the abrupt resignation in March of James Guthrie, who left after a year on the job in the midst of the legislative session. Previously, Fitzpatrick was deputy superintendent and represented the Department of Education throughout the legislative session. • Dale Erquiaga, a former senior adviser to Sandoval who left the administration in 2012. Previously, he was a deputy secretary of state and former government affairs director for the Clark County School District. He is currently interim executive director of the Arizona Humane Society. • Rene Cantu Jr., executive director of the Latin Chamber of Commerce’s Community Foundation. He was one of three finalists for the state superintendent’s job last year and served briefly on the Clark County School Board to fill a vacancy. • Michael Sentence, a former secretary of education in Massachusetts and former assistant attorney general in that state. The upcoming choice will mark the second superintendent appointment by Sandoval, who was given authority in 2011 to name the state’s top school chief. Before the 2011...

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VFW elects Stroud as Senior Vice Commander

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John W. Stroud of Hawthorne was elected Senior Vice Commander- in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on July 24 in Louisville, Ky. Stroud served in the U.S. Air Force from 1976 to 1997, including a tour of Korea in 1992 to 1993 with the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base as a Flight Operations Superintendent. His decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals; three Air Force Commendation Medals; three Air Force Achievement Medals; the Korea Defense Service; and the National Defense Service Medal. He joined the VFW in VFW elects Stroud as Senior Vice Commander 1996 in Las Vegas. He maintains his Gold Legacy Life Membership in Hawthorne. Stroud has served the VFW in many leadership positions, including Nevada Department Commander from 2006 to 2007. He has also served on numerous National Committees, including Chairman of the National Veterans Service Committee. He is a Triple Crown All American Commander Award recipient. Stroud graduated with honors from Emby- Riddle Aeronautical University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics. He worked as the Mineral County Building Official and is now retired. Stroud is a member of the American Legion; the Elks; is a Life Member of the Military Order of the Cootie; and the VFW National Home for...

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