Waco Town Crier – July 2024

The Long Hot Summer has arrived in Waco, Texas. We have been under heat advisories for several days now. The lake is full, the lake parks are closed for the summer due to the flooding, but Waco is still going to restrict our water usage this summer. I guess: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

I talked to Steve Brown who was expected to return to his home in Alto, NM (outside Ruidoso) approximately on June 27. Steve had talked with a neighbor who did not evacuate and got the news that things were safe. The fires were about a mile from his home. This is good news. Also, Kay Phillips Sparks’ son lives in Ruidoso and was spared. We are so sorry for all those who lost their homes and belongings … and some, their lives.

Stay cool, stay healthy, and keep in touch. The Town Crier always welcomes input. A hearty thanks to all who have contributed! It is greatly appreciated.


July 2024 Town Crier Contents

  • From Our Graduates
  • Regarding Tommie Jo Burch Regian
  • Upon Meeting Famous People
  • Ten Most Beautiful Cities in the World
  • Almost Killing Randy Turner by Jim Monnig
  • Updates
  • Blast from the Past
  • July Birthdays
  • Ten “Must See” Landmarks in the USA
  • Humor

Waco Town Crier – June 2024

The month of May has surely done wonders for Lake Waco. There has been so much rain in Texas they had to let water out of Lake Waco. Last year a drought….this year things are flooded. Texas weather- never a dull moment!

A few of our graduates have been in some of the bad weather that has hit Texas. Cathey White Land and her husband experienced some yard, fence and tree damage in the fierce winds that Houston experienced. They were out of power but fortunately had a generator.  

Malissa Ruth Starnes Baugh and her husband experienced tree, fence and yard damage in the Temple tornado. They were without power for several days. The Texas heat and humidity is pretty miserable without power. The great thing is neither of the houses were damaged nor were their families.

Sharon McCarthy Odell had a lot of tree damage in her area during the storms that went through the Dallas area only a few days ago. Her house was also spared.

All of you who live in the Houston, Temple, Dallas area from whom we have not heard, we hope you have had no damage or minimal damage only. Any damage is disturbing…especially at our ages. Thank heavens we have not heard of any lives of our graduates who were harmed from the storms. However, more severe storms are expected tonight and tomorrow ……so keep your fingers crossed and pray for all in harm’s way!

The June 2024 Crier is linked here.   Contents this month include:

  • From Our Graduates
  • Upon Meeting Famous People
  • Memories of the May 11, 1953 Tornado by Howard Dudgeon
  • Updates
  • June Birthdays
  • Did You Know?
  • Some Uses of Dawn Dish Soap that have Nothing to do with Dishes
  • Humor

Please enjoy and continue to let us know how you are, where you might have been, or any news you would like to share. We want to hear from you.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay in touch.

Note:  This month’s picture of Omaha Beach in Normandy is from Elizabeth Bentley’s personal library.  May we always remember what Freedom cost that fateful day in June 1944.

Waco Town Crier – May 2024

It is time already for another issue of the Town Crier.

I hope all of you have escaped the bad weather that has been rolling through the good ole USA. Wacoans still remember the tornado of 1953 that killed 119 people and left so much destruction. We can surely sympathize with those in Nebraska and Oklahoma and other parts who have recently experienced the devastation of such inclement weather.

Enjoy the May 2024 issue. Please remember to share with us trips you might have taken, memorabilia you might have run across in decluttering or moving, or any items of interest we might enjoy. Your participation helps to make the Crier interesting and remain in existence.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay in touch!

Town Crier Contents:

  • From Our Classmates
  • The Total Eclipse Recap by David Dibb
  • May Birthdays
  • What I Have Learned (1998 publication in Ann Landers’ column)
  • Money Talks News
  • Did You Know? (Howard Dudgeon Trivia)
  • Pictures
  • Medical Humor for Seniors


Waco Town Crier – February 2024

Here is the February issue of The Town Crier. 

Do not forget to keep us all informed about any changes in your information. We hope to be able to stay in touch with everyone. Again, a tremendous thanks to David Dibb who keeps our directory current, to Elizabeth Bentley who keeps our fantastic website up to date, and to Pat Payne who financially makes certain we have a website. These folks do us a tremendous job. I do not know about you, but I use our website most often and I daresay we have the best high school website ever!

Stay healthy, keep making memories, and keep sharing your adventures and experiences with the class of WHS 1960. If you find any memorabilia with classmates, send those along so all of us can reflect on days of our youth.


Contents this month include:

  • From The Editor
  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Top 10 New Years Resolutions
  • February Birthdays
  • Medical Corner
  • Did You Know?
  • Humor

Waco Town Crier – January 2024

I hope you had a good Christmas and may you have a wonderful 2024. Waco weather was very nice for Christmas Day–sunshine everywhere. It reminded me of a regular fall day, but I do think Waco will get some freezes in future days to come. I just hope not a deep freeze like we had in 2021.

Attached is the January 2024 newsletter. Please let me know if you have any problems. Some received the last newsletter with no problems, but some were not able to get any of the pictures. Hopefully all the kinks are ironed out this time.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay in touch.


Contents of the January newsletter

  • Update
  • Accidental Cookies by David Dibb
  • Another Update
  • Seventeen Beautiful Places to Retire according to Money Talks News
  • January Birthdays
  • Nine Things You Should Never Do At Home During a Thunderstorm
  • Humor
  • Something Serious


Waco Town Crier – November 2023

October is history. It was a memorable month because we had our 63rd reunion.

David Dibb did a FANTASTIC job with our special directory, and he gives a report on it in the November issue of Town Crier. I feel like this may be the last call if you want to purchase one before David returns it to its normal look. There are several updates in the Town Crier to the directory so please update yours and keep it current.

I hope all you graduates know just how fortunate we are to have David tending to the directory, to Elizabeth Bentley for tending to our website, and to Pat Payne for the financial support of it. All are so faithful and current in their jobs!!! I really doubt that any other high school class has anything any better than ours. We have such a wonderful class of WHS 1960 !!!

Enjoy the November 2023 issue. Keep sending items of interest for all to enjoy. And, if anyone wants to revive the SHOW and TELL about what you have done after graduation, it is never too late. The Crier is what you help make it!

Stay healthy and stay in touch!

Here are November’s contents:

  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Regarding the Reunion
  • Some Rules for a Good Older Life
  • November Birthdays
  • Our Fall Color Cruise by David Dibb
  • Did You Know?
  • A Few More Reunion Pictures
  • Humor

Waco Town Crier – October 2023

Fall has arrived. I think Texas is finally going to get some cooler weather next week. Maybe we will have perfect weather for the upcoming Reunion.

Here’s this month’s Waco Town Crier

  • Important Message from Beverly Wells Murphy
  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Work … It’s a Wonderful Thing by David Dibb
  • Did You Know
  • Howard Dudgeon Reports
  • October Birthdays
  • A Neat Idea: Some Ways to Decorate Pumpkins
  • Reminders of the Good in People

Waco Town Crier – September 2023

Whew! After two months, Waco got a little rain last evening. Only 1/2 inch was registered at my house, but it was so wonderful to have ANY moisture falling from the sky. The Waco area has had 55 days of triple-digit temperatures with 105.6 being the average temp for the month of August. The extreme heat is wearing on the nerves of just about everyone–and I might be at the head of the list.!! Waco is still under water restrictions because the lake is still very deficient. Here’s hoping for a wet fall.

Attached in document form is the September 2023 issue of the Town Crier. A huge thanks to all who have contributed to stories, articles, and pictures. Your participation surely makes the Crier more interesting.

Do not forget the upcoming Reunion on October 10 of the WHS ’60 class. A blast about a new class directory will be sent soon. David Dibb is doing such a GREAT JOB, and our class is so lucky to have him heading up the task of keeping it current.

Stay cool, stay healthy, and stay in touch.

Contents of September issue:

  • Regarding the Visitation and Funeral for Bob Easter
  • From Our Graduates
  • My Latest Misadventure by Judith Hamff Murphy
  • Did You Know
  • Updates
  • September Birthdays
  • Interesting Information according to The Frugal Expat
  • Pictures
  • Humor