Between the Lines


The unofficial national candidates quiz

As I write this, I am sitting in my den, looking through a wall of picture windows at the blossoming Bradford pear tree looming over the driveway.

Things are slow here this weekend and I can only read so many hours in a day. So, it’s either the Bradford Pear tree or reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show”.

I don’t have live television programming and, besides, there hasn’t been anything worth watching on it since Andy Griffith went off the air in the late 60s.

That reminds me of a favorite quote by Barney Fife, which sort of captures the goings on in the world today, “All I’m saying is that there are some things beyond the ken of mortal man that shouldn’t be tampered with. We don’t know everything, Andy. There’s plenty goin’ on right now in the Twilight Zone that we don’t know anything about and I think we oughta stay clear.”

So, I am staying clear of the Twilight Zone today by fasting from live television and staring at my Bradford pear tree.

But when I sit still, I think. And, since I love national politics so, my mind is naturally drawn there when I have a spare moment.

I have come up this morning with the “Normal Citizen’s Non-Partisan National Candidates Quiz”. If you miss between five and ten of the questions, you probably think the 1969 moonwalk was faked, and if you miss them all, your penalty should be a week of being confined in a room with a global warming activist and an opponent of gun control. Fur will fly!

Take as long as necessary to complete the following quiz.


  1. Of the following, pick the MOST interesting thing about President Trump’s current administration. A. The open positions. B. Vice President Pence.


  1. Which of the previously held jobs would presidential candidate Joe Biden say helped him the most in understanding the average working man. A. Being a senator for most of his adult life. B. Being vice president.


  1. Bernie Sanders was born in: A. 1492. B. 1776. C. Argentina.


  1. The primary difference between the candidates for president in 2020 is: A. Their shade of Just for Men or Clairol Natural Instincts. B. Their gender. C. Their net worth.


  1. In the beginning, which of the following candidates was MOST likely to win the Democratic nomination: A. Andrew Yang. B. Deval Patrick. C. Amy Klobuchar D. Ronald McDonald.


  1. Bernie Sanders is: A. A senator from Vermont. B. A pre-octogenarian. C. A socialist. D. A multi-millionaire. E. All of the above.
  2. Of the following, select the thing that BEST prepared Pete Buttigieg to become president: A. Being a former mayor. B. Previously being a congressional campaign worker. C. Graduating from Harvard.


  1. Which of the following slogans has NOT been made by President Trump’s re-election campaign: A. “Keep America Great”. B. “Promises Made, Promises Kept”. C. “He Wasn’t Convicted”.


  1. One (among many) of the lesser known Democratic candidates who ran for the nomination this year is named “Gabbard”. Her first name is: A. Hortense B. Andromeda. C. Celestial. D. Tulsi.


  1. What apparent shoo-in for the Democratic nomination previously said this: “Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be Vice President of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend. She is qualified to be President of the United States of America. She’s easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me.” A. Bill Clinton B. Mike Pence. C. Joe Biden.

It’s all in good fun, folks. And it helps, for a while, to take my mind off the Twilight Zone.

Stay safe. Keep your distance, and don’t forget to wash your hands. [email protected]







From My Desk By Elizabeth Tanner


The Dangers of Online Shopping

Since most stores have temporarily closed or become crowded with panic buyers, I’ve been doing a lot of my shopping online recently.

This has proved to be very detrimental to my bank account. In fact, it has gotten so bad that I don’t even have to take my debit card out of my wallet to enter my card information. I’ve made so many purchases that I have my card digits recognized.

Target has become one of my most visited sights, especially since they have recently had their “14 Days of Beauty Deals” promotion going on. If there is one thing I cannot resist, it’s anything makeup, nails or hair related.

It’s not like online shopping didn’t exist to me before the current health crisis, but before hand it was always, “oh, I’ll just run to Lubbock and get it.” When I would swipe my card at the register, the transaction of money leaving my bank account felt real. Now, just poking in some numbers and waiting for a box to arrive at my door makes it feel as if Santa has come in March – and it’s a lot more addicting.

I’ve gotten to the point where I have so many items out for delivery that I can’t keep track of what’s coming when.

Today I received a package and I wasn’t sure what it even was until I opened it.

Is it my new makeup brushes? Maybe that pair of shorts that I ordered? Ink for my printer? I don’t even know!

Turns out it was some false lashes, which although I completely forgot I had ordered on a Saint Patrick’s Day sale, was happier than ever to receive.

Perhaps this is my version of panic buying. Others are shopping for necessities while I’m shopping for mere luxuries.

Don’t worry though, I’ve got my panic buying under control. Now that I’ve received all my packages and I’m surrounded by boxes; I can see that I was out of control and have halted further use of online shopping sites.

Although, I will say, my cat has been a big fan of my online shopping spree. He enjoys playing in the numerous boxes that litter the floor. Maybe I should buy just one more thing, so he has another box to play in.

You can never have too many boxes, right?

Yesteryears by Elizabeth Tanner


70 Years Ago: Materials, including brick and tile, for the new theatre on Main Street near Post City Hall were being unloaded in the middle of the empty lot. The theatre was expected to seat 900 people and be one of the most modern theatres in the area with a glassed-in crying room. “As soon as all the materials are unloaded, I expect construction to start,” Manager John Hopkins said. The theatre’s construction was set to be completed and ready for operation on September 1.

T. Curb, who had recently completed the school census, estimated the population of Post to be at 3,801 people.

At Piggly Wiggly, a 330-count box of tissues was 25 cents, shampoo was 33 cents and toothpaste was 39 cents.

John Jobe, an expert oil well fighter, considered his dangerous career of capping wells as “just another job.” However, Jobe’s job proved to be more than ordinary. In his quest to cap a well, early attempts had failed due to the strong pressure and with the spray of gas, many officials were forced to evacuate the area, hoping to avoid a serious fire. In the following photo, Jobe is seen next to the base of a wild gas well.

John Jobe standing at the base of an unruly gas well.

60 Years Ago: A bolt of lightning and a cleaning accident were the cause of two separate home fires both of which were in the same neighborhood, 16 miles northeast of Post on the Spur Highway. The ranch home of Mrs. Leonard Barrow was struck by lightning during an early morning storm at approximately 2:30 a.m. No one was at the ranch home at the time; however, Post volunteer firemen were able to get to the fire saving all the outbuildings around the ranch. The ranch home was unable to be saved, burning to the ground. The second fire was at the home of Mrs. Ussery. Although details from the case were lacking, it was reported that a can of gasoline that Ussery had been using inside her home to clean had exploded. Ussery was transported to the Garza Memorial Hospital for burns. Her home was sadly destroyed.

In the same week, another fire had taken place at the Post Drive-In on South Broadway. Happening only a few minutes after 11 o’clock, Sheriff Carl Rains said that he suspected arson due to the back door standing open and a lock being pulled loose. However, Owner O. E. Montgomery said that he was unable to determine if anything was missing due to the fire damage. The fire, which had begun in the stock room, caused damage to the front of the building mainly from excessive heat. However, Mel Collingsworth and Ronnie Condron had been credited with keeping the fire damage at bay. When driving by, Collingsworth and Condron saw the fire, turned it in and carried water in five-gallon buckets from the nearby Wilson Brothers Service Station to douse the fire. “They didn’t put out the fire, but their efforts helped keep it from spreading,” Rains said.

Post formed an art guild. The guild, which met at the Algerita Coffee Shop, was named the Post Art Guild.

Six members of the new formed art guild working with their charcoal sketches. Pictured, left to right, are Mrs. Tom Power, Mrs. Derl Lovell, Mrs. Edward Neff, Mrs. N. C. Outlaw, Mrs. John Rogers and George Tracy.

40 Years Ago: United advertised Hunt’s Ketchup for 79 cents, coffee for $2.59, jelly for 89 cents, and a six-pack of Dr. Pepper for $1.89.

The Sisters in Song presented “A Woman and Her Music” for the Amity Study Club at the Fellowship Hall of the Methodist Church. Narrating the program was Joy Pool. Special guests were Tippy Hays, Pam Humble, Patsy Humble, Gwen Carlisle, Kathy Rankin, Juanita Thompson, Becky Wagers, Ginger Carlisle, Annie Truitt and Martha Hart. Refreshments of coffee, punch and cookies were served by hostesses Boo Olson and Janet Peele.

Post Elementary third grade students presented the play “Bambi.” The direction of the play was under Marita Jackson.

Cody Tidwell as the bat, Trevor Thuett as Bambi, Teresa Yarbro as Jumper Rabbit and Lisa Shults as the bird.



Every Crook and Cranny


By Elizabeth Tanner

Mandarin Cake

Cake Ingredients:

1 box of yellow cake mix

4 eggs

1 cup of oil

1 (11 ounce) can of mandarin oranges

Cake Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients, beat with an electric mixer and put in 9×13 greased baking pan.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  4. Let cake cool cake and begin preparing icing.

Icing Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) container of whipped topping

1 (20 ounce) can of crushed pineapple

1 (3.5 ounce) box of vanilla pudding

Icing Instructions:

  1. Whisk ingredients together and spread on top of cooled cake.
  2. OPTIONAL: add chopped almonds, walnuts or pecans on top.
  3. Enjoy!

Note: Cake can be layered. Store cake in refrigerator.


Nancy’s Notions by Nancy McDonald


COVID-19 Quiz

Have you been listening?

Almost every newscast begins with “breaking news” about COVID-19, a specific strain of the corona family of viruses that has caused many illnesses and deaths.

Try these questions about strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These steps can reduce our risk of becoming ill from a variety of viruses, including colds and the flu:     

  1. How long should we wash our hands?
  2. You stop to wash your hands before eating lunch in a restaurant. What are the first two steps in the handwashing process?
  3. If handwashing facilities are not close at hand, a hand sanitizer is an option. What percent alcohol should your hand sanitizer be?
  4. You wake up feeling sick with a fever and chills and you need to be at work in less than an hour. What should you do?
  5. Does the CDC recommend facemasks for general use by people in the community?
  6. If you are coughing or sneezing, how can you help protect yourself and others?
  7. About how far (in feet) should you maintain a distance between yourself and others who might be sick?
  8. Hand-to-hand contact can spread germs. What are some alternatives to handshakes?

Here are the answers.

  1. Wash your hands with soapy water for a minimum of 20 seconds. That’s the amount of time to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. The next time you wash your hands, I challenge you to watch the second hand on a watch as you scrub and sing.
  2. The first steps in the handwashing process are turning on the water and wetting your hands. Many people put soap on before wetting their hands. After scrubbing and rinsing, wipe your hands with a clean paper towel and shut off the faucet with the paper towel. Or use a hand dryer. Use your elbow or your paper towel to open the exit door to leave the restroom.
  3. Hand sanitizers should be at least 60% alcohol.
  4. If you are sick, call your employer, and stay home and rest to avoid spreading illness.
  5. The CDC does not recommend that the general public wear a facemask to protect against respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. However, health-care workers and people caring for sick individuals should wear an approved facemask.
  6. Use a tissue to cover your cough or sneezes, then discard the tissue in the trash. Or sneeze into your elbow.
  7. Experts recommend keeping a distance of 6 feet or 2 yard sticks.
  8. Try a wave or elbow bump instead of the typical handshake.

How did you do?  Are you applying what you know?  See for more information about protecting yourself and others.


Do You Remember by Vonda Beth Gradine


Taba’na Yuan’e

Chief Frank Runkles

Let me be the first to say, do you remember the year of COVID-19? This will be the topic of columns like mine for years. I have a four-year-old granddaughter that may write a piece on COVID-19 sixty-six years from now, when she is my age. Since almost everything is either closed or canceled, what I want to write about is also canceled.

This event is the annual Taba’na Yuan’e held every March 22. This is an event that only happens on this day, every year and only in Garza County. This is to predict prospects for the year, mostly in the success of the crops in this county.

The tradition goes back to 1906 when J. A. Welborn and some friends repeated the ceremony he had learned from an Indian. He is from the family that started Graham Chapel. This ceremony took off and has been done every year since. W. O. Stevens took over after Mr. Welborn retired. Then, Mr. Stevens moved, and Noah Stone continued the ceremony. Frank “Chief” Runkles took the ceremony over in 1973.

Chief used the Comanche Indian version of the ceremony. The Comanche were the type of Indian that roamed this part of the country before settlements began. His prediction was around the ninety percent correct for all the years he conducted the ceremony.

The translation of Taba’na Yuan’e means sunrise wind. The ceremony begins before sunrise with the building of a fire with natural materials only. That means rubbing two sticks together to make the spark. A tribal prayer of thanks for the fire is next in the ceremony. Chief would then do the Four Winds dance which a pipe was presented to Mother Earth and to Wakantanka, the Great Spirit Above, to seek their blessings. Then at exactly sunrise, a wad of grass is placed on the drying embers in the ceremonial fire. The smoke is blown in the direction that indicates how the year will turnout. A smoke dance will begin to bless the year.

The direction we always want the wind to be is east or northeast which means a very good year. North or northwest indicates an average year. What we don’t want is west or southwest, that shows a poor year and south or southeast is a very bad year.

During the time Chief Runkles did the ceremony, it was moved to town. Sometimes it was at the Livestock Barn and later at the park. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored it, and even the Lubbock television stations came to the ceremony.  It would be reported on the evening news that night. The Women’s Division of the Chamber would sponsor a breakfast hoping to be able to celebrate a good year.

As Chief aged, he taught Ken LaBlanc his technique. Ken took over the ceremony several years ago. Ken’s wife Shirley, Linda Puckett and Zoe Kirkpatrick were all part of the ceremony for many years. There were other people that helped, but I don’t know all of them.

There has been some of the farmers that check the wind at sunrise on the 22. Most of these people are on top of the caprock on their own farms.

This year may be the only year this ceremony hasn’t been preformed in a hundred years or more. I have been unable to find any farmer that checked the wind this year. That is one more thing we need to let the Good Lord take care of this year. Hopefully soon we will all be able to get out and visit each other.

Peggy’s Corner


By Post Public Library Staff—

Yes, the Post Public Library has been closed since Thursday, March 20.  The decision was made in the interest of public safety and we hope that these precautions will help to prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community.

“Social Distancing” is an important factor in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  Our Library is committed to serving the needs of the public while also working to ensure the safety and health of our patrons, staff and community during this pandemic.

We anticipate the closing will last only a few weeks and will go through the checkout system to renew the books and audiobooks currently out. Fines will be waived until the library re-opens. In the meantime, if you have a library card you can utilize Overdrive to check out eBooks.

Tumble Book has announced free access to five e-Resources (until August 31, 2020).   These links are listed in the online catalog at the bottom of the page on the left hand side.

  1. Tumble Book Library link is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading.
  2. Tumble Math link has math picture books, lesson plans and quizzes.
  3. Teen Book Cloud is an e-Book database for Grades 7-12.
  4. Audio Book Cloud provides unlimited streaming access to the online audio book collection.
  5. Romance Book Cloud A huge collection of steamy Romance novels

The library Wi-Fi is still available – the login information is posted on the door should you need internet access.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this challenging time, and we look forward to serving you in the coming weeks.  You can follow us on Facebook – search for Post Public Library and like us to get updates

The 501 by Hanaba Munn Welch


The three-square rule

Three squares.

Typically that means three square meals a day.

I grew up in a regular farm family that enjoyed three good meals a day. Steaks were common; seedless green grapes were the luxury item. We knew the name of the animal we were eating. I remember Curly.

As a child I took those three squares a day for granted, although I’d never heard the expression.

I did not take toilet paper for granted. Daddy clearly explained it was not to be overused. (Daddy was the thrifty parent; mother was the green grape parent.) Three squares was the limit per wipe.

To this day I am bothered in public restroom settings by the sound of a toilet paper dispenser rolling off way more than three squares. My ears tell me someone’s had no raising. Shouldn’t everyone know the three-square rule? Or at least not aim for 25?

Best-case scenario, the Coronavirus-inspired toilet paper hoarding fuss will prompt users (meaning everybody) not to overuse such an important commodity. Squares are for counting. Wake up America! Save trees. Faced with a non-perforated roll? Imagine squares.

Not surprisingly the great toilet paper ado has given oldsters, me included, cause to reminisce about outhouses and the perfunctory Sears & Roebuck Catalogue. Was there a page rule? On our farm the hired hands and their families had an outhouse. It had a catalogue. I was impressed. All we had at our house was toilet paper. You can’t read toilet paper. Not that I had yet learned to read. But that catalogue had pictures too.

I’m pretty sure I remember cornhusks and corncobs in that outhouse. Makes sense. A catalogue can last only so long.

One family from that era stands out in my mind. The youngest kids, Johnny and Susie, were my playmates. They told me onion stems worked as drinking straws. Were they kidding? I was not inclined to find out. Our milk acquired a whang every time Pet and Brownie grazed off-brand weeds. Onion straws would have added insult to injury.

I’ve tried to find Johnny and Susie on Facebook. No luck. I’d like to compare memories and ask them if they really did make onion straws.

When they left our place, their genial father admitted to my father that he’d never driven a tractor before. I’m guessing he’d walked behind some mules. Once he’d mastered that John Deere pop-it-into-gear hand clutch he must have been justifiably proud of himself.

In college in Arkansas, I waxed nostalgic reading “Grapes of Wrath.” John Steinbeck’s Depression-Era characters reminded me of the Okies who’d migrated to our farm in the early 1950s.

Johnny and Susie had talked often about their older brother. He wasn’t with them. He’d gotten a job at a steel mill, making him the hero of the family, somewhat comparable to Steinbeck’s Tom Joad. I’m guessing the brother lived somewhere with indoor plumbing and bought real toilet paper.

Sigh. Nothing beats a trip back in time to get a fresh perspective on the present.


Between the Lines Column No. 1


A new beginning in the last best place

If you’re reading this, you likely already know there is a new owner of The Post Dispatch and its sister papers. The LK Media Group, LLC purchased Blackburn Media Group the first week of December.

And I, as the president of LK Media, am pleased to be the new publisher of these fine newspapers. During the acquisition process, I worked extensively with the outgoing owners Chris and Sharon Blackburn.

Not only were they great to work with; they leave big shoes to fill in the local newspaper business. I know they will do well in their next chapter of life, and I wish them the best.

By way of a little background, LK Media is part of a hodgepodge of companies involved in construction, commercial and residential real estate, outdoor advertising, hospitality and newspaper and online media. Believe it or not, there is an interesting connection between these assorted companies.

They were all the brainchild of Mark Hicks, who never saw a backroad he didn’t like, who can’t sit still unless he’s driving on one of those backroads and who loves small downtowns in Texas.

I know these things because I have covered many miles of backroads with this man who thinks John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is the world’s greatest opera. I have followed him around and looked inside countless boarded up buildings with a flashlight and listened to him talk in glowing terms of the rebirth of downtowns none but him can see.

When he is not driving Texas backroads, he creates companies dedicated to the business of revitalizing and promoting the historic downtowns he falls in love with. That’s how LK Media made its way to the Panhandle and Panhandle Plains of Texas.

Mark introduced me to the beauty of this region. He explained his vision for the area and his attraction to the people. I, too, was captivated on my first trip to Childress and Paducah (who wouldn’t be?). Upon our return home, Mark asked me to write a short piece for Facebook to introduce a couple of renovation projects in the area.

Here is the first paragraph of that piece: “The stars at night shine remarkably bright under the clear skies of the Texas Panhandle Plains. And, whether it’s pioneer history or the famous ranches of Old Texas, there is more history in and near the small towns of the Panhandle than one can adequately explore in a lifetime. But, perhaps best of all are the Panhandle Plains people, —who still want their schools to refrain from assigning homework on Wednesdays, who know the pledge to the Texas flag by heart, and who may be the only people left on earth who still know how to put a horny toad to sleep. The Panhandle Plains may just be the Last Best Place in Texas.”

So when the opportunity to purchase Blackburn Media Group arose, it was what is known in the Hicks business world as “a no-brainer.” Not only do we get to spend more time in the small towns of our adopted Panhandle and Panhandle Plains region, we get to write about the places, the events and, best of all, the people. I intend to do that routinely in the paragraphs of this column that I am calling “Between the Lines.”

But I need your help. I need our readers to send me all the information they find interesting about the area, the towns and the history. I am interested in names, locations and stories. I am also interested in hearing about your family and your current events – past, present and future.

If your granddaughter is marrying, or married, a freckle-faced young man who works on a ranch in Cottle County, I want to know the details – the date, place and names of all the family members who drove in from Amarillo. If you recently attended a family reunion, tell us where and when. Tell us if the family printed matching T-shirts commemorating the event and, if so, what was written on the shirt.

I think you get the idea. At our newspapers – actually, your newspapers – we are interested in reporting on real events and real people in perhaps the Last Best Place in Texas. We aren’t unconcerned about people and events on K St. or Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C. (at least a few of us aren’t). It is just that people who know how to put a horny toad to sleep are just a heck of a lot more interesting.

We’ll leave world diplomacy, impeachment and cocktail parties to those who have more time on their hands; we want to know the name of your grandson, who is graduating from college, and what is happening all over the Last Best Place in Texas. I am looking forward to hearing from you at [email protected].

Devo by Jose Limas


Be Humble

A servant’s heart does not exalt itself above others. In this fallen world, most people do not understand the Kingdom definition of a “servant,” which is… “someone who is fruitful and productive for the benefit of others.”

It doesn’t matter if I’m rich or poor, educated or illiterate, am known around the world or just in my community; by being a servant to others, not only am I expressing the heart of God, but according to Jesus, I am also expressing GREATNESS. In Mark 9, the disciples were exalting themselves above one another. This gave Jesus the perfect opportunity to teach them that walking in greatness means expressing the heart of a servant. Mark 9:33-35 33 After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you discussing out on the road?” But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”

Let’s look at the difference between Jesus and Lucifer. Lucifer desired to exalt himself. Isaiah 14:12-14 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’

While Lucifer thought to be great meant to have God’s POSITION, Jesus humbled himself, came down to earth, and expressed God’s servant heart. Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, he did not come to be served, but to serve. By washing the feet of his disciples (John 13:1-17), he also taught us that a great leader of leaders, is a servant of servants at heart. I am fully convinced that we are only as powerful as the status of our heart. Some only serve others if they can maintain an outward appearance of IMPORTANCE. However, if you possess The Heart of A Servant, it is NEVER important to you whether the task at hand makes you look like a King or a slave. (John 13:1-17)