Whatever Happened to

What ever happened to....?

20 YEARS AGO

(2001)

                --A banner was hung at Gatesville Elementary School, announcing the campus had earned the "exemplary" rating from the Texas Education Agency. All five Gatesville campuses, as well as the school district, earned the state's highest ranking from TEA.

                --Gatesville High School seniors Lauren Whittle and Jordan Burch were named "Students of the Month" by the Gatesville Exchange Club.

                --Bonnye Wenzel, a third-grade teacher at Gatesville Elementary School, was named "Teacher of the Month" by the Gatesville Lions Club.

                --Cody Simmons and Kurt Pittman, both of Gatesville, were promoted to lieutenant in the Killeen Fire Department during a ceremony in Killeen.

                --Evant Elk Joshua Carswell qualified for his first-ever state meet with a fourth-place time of 17:34 at the Region II meet held in San Antonio.

                --The Gatesville Hornet freshman football team posted a shutout as they upended the Troy Trojans, 27- 0, at McKamie Stadium.

30 YEARS AGO

(1991)

                --Christopher Thetford, son of C.L. and Sue Thetford of Gatesville, was to be sworn in to the Texas Bar Association. He completed undergraduate studies at Baylor University, graduating with honors, and graduated from The University of Texas Law School.

                --A "Texas-size" birthday celebration hosted by Gov. Ann Richards was set to honor U.S. Congressman Chet Edwards at the Waco Convention Center.

                --Farm Bureau Insurance congratulated Lynn Beadle as their agent of the month based on his sales of life, home and auto insurance.

                --Janna Buster, a student at Jonesboro High School, was selected as a finalist in the South Texas National Teen-Ager Scholarship Pageant in San Antonio.

                --Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Moore were honored on their 25th wedding anniversary with a reception at Eastwood Baptist Church of Gatesville. Hosts were their children. Eighty-eight guests attended.

                --The 1961 graduating class of Gatesville High School gathered at the Chateau Ville Restaurant for its 30th reunion. A total of 80 attended, of which 48 were classmates, and two who were teachers — Eva Bates, and Roberta Powell.

40 YEARS AGO

(1981)

                --Solid support for the Lloyd Mitchell Scholarship Fund came out of pizza sales at the Pizza Hut in Gatesville. Owners of the Pizza Hut turned over $635 to the fund in honor of the former Gatesville High football coach.

                --Nine-year-old Danny Edwards of Gatesville, hunting with his father, Billy Edwards, in an area southwest of Gatesville, scored one of the prize kills of the deer season's opening day with a 10-point buck that field dressed at 127 pounds.

                --The youngest winner ever In The Gatesville Messenger's football contest was Veronica Taylor. The four-year-old Gatesville tyke admitted getting some help from her mother, Mrs. Vivian Brown.

                --The congregation of the Gateway Baptist Church of Gatesville had called Rev. Lee Roy Kimbrell of Houston as the church's new pastor. He had been pastoring the Belmar Baptist Church in Houston.

                --James Wright, a Texas Ranger who had been a major figure in law enforcement work In Coryell County, had been promoted to Ranger sergeant and transferred from Waco to Company B In Dallas.

                --Second Lt. Paul R. Dillman Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Arther E. Hills, had completed the Army's engineer officer basic course at Fort Belvoir, Va. Dillman was a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

50 YEARS AGO

(1971)

                --James Dixon, local lumber dealer and builder, was appointed a member of the Gatesville school board. He filled a vacancy created by the resignation of Fred Koch Jr. The appointment was valid until the next school board election in April 1972.

                --B. M. Huckabee of Gatesville was awarded a pin during ceremonies at Fort Hood, denoting his 30 years of federal service with the Department of Defense.

                --Guest speaker at the East Main Church of Christ was John Barnhill, a 1961 graduate of Gatesville High School and son of Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Barnhill. He was serving as minister of the Arabi Church of Christ in Arabi, Louisiana, and was working on his doctorate in theology.

                --Ollie Bynum, best known as a Pearl rancher and horseman — although for 25 years he had also doubled as a carpenter — received his 25-year pin from the Local Union No. 1971 of Temple, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Jointers of America.

                --Elizabeth Bennett, in her second year with Gatesville High School's precision drill team, the Stingettes, was chosen Stingette of the Week.

                --Wendell Gordon Bell of Gatesville was among the 212 fall semester pledges to the 14 national fraternities at North Texas State University. Bell was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris S. Bell of Gatesville.