Sara Modi, daughter of Kishor and Rita Modi, was crowned Reagan County High School’s Homecoming Queen prior to the Owls’ Friday night game against Coahoma.

She has been elected as a Class Officer for three years, to the Student Council for three years and is currently the president of the National Honor Society.

She is a four year participant in UIL reaching regionals as a Freshman and Sophomore.

She competed at regionals and state in the History Fair and brought home the Video Production Award last year.

During her Sophomore year at RCHS she founded the RCHS Book Club and currently serves as its coordinator.

She is also a founding member of the Science Club.

She has received the American History Woodmen of the World Award, and is a mainstay on the “A” Honor Roll.

Last year she was voted as Class Favorite and “Smartest.” She plans to attend college and become a pediatric oncologist.

Reagan County and Big Lake residents will get a chance to come together and celebrate their community during this year’s combined Santa Rita Festival and West Texas Crude Cook-Off this Friday and Saturday.

Both events will be held in the Reagan County North Park.

“We hope to make this year’s event a grand one,” Big Lake Chamber of Commerce Director Loretta Epperson said. “I know the community is going to love having both events together at the North Park. It will be a great time for everyone in Big Lake, young and old.”

The West Texas Crude Cook-Off is put on by the Robert Worth VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 3216.

Former Big Lake resident Ashley Hill wanted more than answers when she posted an open letter to State Representative Drew Darby’s Facebook page on September 4.

She wanted action.

Hill’s passionate open letter began with links to six articles outlining major traffic accidents in Reagan and Irion County over the past few months – many of which were fatalities.

She then went on to implore Darby for his help.

“Our little highways were not built for this kind of traffic and something has to change,” Hill wrote. “We need to know, sir, what our options are, if any. Many of us want a four lane highway, speed limit adjustments and a heavier police presence. But, we feel helpless.”

Hill, who now lives in Irion County, said that most residents in the two counties feel they have little control over what is done with the highway system that connects us.

The Reagan County Owls found it tough sledding Friday night as Coahoma, and a cold front, came to town.

“I think we can hang with anyone when we have our heads in the game,” Head Coach Ken Campbell said. “I just don’t think we had our focus Friday night.”

The Owls dropped the game 27-7 in their first game at home of the season.

“I’m not sure if the distraction was homecoming,” Campbell said. “I just don’t know what it was. We didn’t have our head in the game.”

The Owls started the game on the right foot with a quick defensive stop, but turned the ball back over on their first snap from scrimmage.

“They got quick penetration and two of their guys were right there at the handoff,” Campbell said. “That gave them the ball back with really good field position.”