To the editor,

As chair of this year’s American Cancer society Relay For Life committee, I would like to thank residents of Glen Rose and Somervell County for their generosity and support. Twenty-one teams participated in this year’s event, raising more than $55,000 for the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and service programs. This outstanding show of support proves that the people of Glen Rose and Somervell County are truly committed to the fight against cancer.

We were honored to be joined by 40 survivors who walked the opening Survivors Lap, officially kicking off this year’s event. These survivors are the reason we continue the fight. Their participation inspires hope in those currently battling cancer.

A special thanks to the many Relay For Life volunteers who worked to make this event a success - celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against a disease that takes too much. The Relay For Life committee did an outstanding job of putting the event together. Committee members are Brooke Bybee, team development; Linda Nix, team communications; Polly Clemens, accounting and registration; Leas Snow, Webmaster; Patricia West, survivorship; Mary Ruth Wirt, survivorship; Paula Noell, sponsorship; Marilyn Phillips, sponsorship; Stephanie Rotan, luminaria; Linda Rowe, entertainment; Crystal Plaster. entertainment, Vicki Sowders, entertainment; Matt Holder, logistics, Kellie Harris, publicity and marketing, Traci Young, auction, and Lloyd Wirt, auctioneer.

We also appreciate the generosity of this year’s corporate sponsors. Relay For Life would not be possible without them. Our corporate sponsors are Glen Rose Medical Center, Glen Rose Newspaper, Glen Rose Reporter, Best Value Pharmacy, TXA 21, Luminant Energy, Energy Source, Optimist Club, Anderson’s on the Square, Lamar, Germania Insurance, Brookshire Food Store, Chicken Express/MexTaco Express, Dinosaur World, First Financial Bank, Glen Rose Drug - Healthmart, Gosdin Dozer Services, Hammond’s BBQ, Central Texas Title, Higginbothams, Jerry’s Auto Sales, LDL Educational Resources Foundation, Paluxy River Realty, Sid Miller - Texas State Representative, Spare Time, State Farm Insurance - Crystal Plaster, Sunrise Properties of Texas, Texas Oncology, Glen Rose ISD, Tiger Storage, Town & Country Bank, and United Cooperative Services.

We would like to express our thanks to Somervell County for providing the park for the event, and to the county’s maintenance and ground crews for their help in preparing the park for the event and maintaining the park throughout the event. We would like to thank Jerry and Doris Smith (Jerry’s Auto Sales) for providing and driving two golf cart shuttles for the transport of survivors and many others from the outlying parking to the event. We would also like to express our thanks to the Glen Rose Medical Center for allowing the use of their parking lot for the annual Relay For Life Parking Lot Sale.

I feel fortunate to be a part of such a generous and caring community. Thanks to all who participated in and supported Relay For Life. Somervell County in making a difference in the fight against cancer.

You can get involved with Relay For Life at any time. Check out or call 1-800-ACS-2345 for more information.


Tommy Gibson

Glen Rose

To the editor,

I hope the good citizens that read Whitney White Ashley’s recent article, “The scariest story I ever read” are as shocked and scared as she and I. Her article hit the nail on the head. It appears the American people are being assaulted by an enemy that is not from any know terrorist group, but from elected and appointed Democrats and Republicans alike that are trouncing our Constitution. I have begun to wonder just who polices the process to determine who of those elected violate the very sacred oath they take. I think the answer to that is it should be WE the people. So I thank you for publicly speaking out against the very real threat to the First Amendment - the freedom of speech or of the press. Now let us vote them out of office.

Bobby T. Lancaster

To the editor,

I would like to publicly acknowledge appreciation to the Heritage Library in Glen Rose. Several members of my family have been doing genealogy research on the Robert Carson Layne family in recent years. Robert Carson Layne was the father of Sam Layne, a long-time resident of Somervell County, who moved there in 1895 with his family.

A story of an axe murder of Harvey Layne, a brother to Robert Carson Layne, has been told in our family for many years. Zilpha Layne Gambrell, a daughter of Sam Layne, and a long-time reporter of Rainbow news for the Glen Rose Reporter, told the story in her life history which she wrote at age 93.

In doing genealogy research we could never find Harvey Layne or any public record of his murder. Recently, I took the information we had to Betty Gosdin at the Heritage Library. She agreed to do some research and found an account of the murder in a book, Blood Legacy by James Pylant. Mr. Pylant footnoted his information, which led us to four 1898 newspaper articles, confirming the story just as Zilpha had recorded, but with a few more details. The one bit of information given to us by the Heritage Library unraveled much of the story and helped to put several pieces of the Layne genealogy in place. We learned that Harvey Layne was buried in Rock Church Cemetery in Hood County. It is ironic that in all of the questions surrounding this event, we found his grave about twelve miles from where I live.

I have been in several public libraries, genealogy libraries, newspaper offices and Tarleton State University Library. All of these places were very helpful, but the Heritage Library in Glen Rose exceed them all in organization and their willingness to help. I might add that Betty Gosdin called me from her home on a holiday to tell me what she had found.

Glen Rose and Somervell County can take great pride in this library and the service that it provides.

Linda Branham


of Robert Carson Layne