weather icon Clear

Students achieve reading challenge, principal forced to kiss a live pig

Students at J.G. Johnson Elementary were doubled over in laughter after watching their principal kiss a live pig last Friday. It was all a part of Nevada Reading Week where Principal Jeff Skelton issued a challenge to his students.

The challenge was simple.

Read more than 12 million words in eight weeks, and Skelton would dress up as cow for the day and kiss a pig during an assembly.

The students read 23,773,861 words.

“We do something like that every year,” he said. “The fifth graders get to choose the challenge for what happens if I lose. Last year I dressed as the girl and the year before I put my hair into a blue Mohawk and that’s how it came about.”

Skelton said he was both shocked and pleased that the students were able to exceed the challenge by such a large margin.

“Doubling their previous record was quite an accomplishment,” he said. “I really didn’t expect that many, but every time I was going up the halls they were all reading so it’s pretty cool. The word count is calculated by a computer which determines how many words are in each book,”

Skelton also said he uses additional activities to motivate the students.

“Every month we would have a principal lunch where everyone who gets perfect attendance for the whole month gets to have lunch with me,” he said. They also get to watch a movie for a little bit and they get 10 extra minutes of recess time, which they like. They also celebrate their personal achievements with Kona ice.”

The principal noted that kissing the pig was not as bad as previous challenges he’s performed.

“The other worst challenge in my mind was dressing as a woman all day long because I had to go to the store at one point, and that was not a good deal, because it was very embarrassing,” he said. “When you think that it’s for the kids, so much the better.”

Students exhibiting a perfect attendance record were also recognized during the assembly, as were the top readers, fifth grader Wyatt Pillman, who read 344,561 words.

Fifth grader Student Gavin Dutton-Mofford read 159,824 words.

Accelerated readers who won electronic tablets during the assembly include second grader Serenity Lewis and first grader Gauge Willstaedt.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Wild summer storms whip through Pahrump

As monsoonal moisture made its way across the southwestern portion of the United States over the last couple of weeks, much of the severe weather had missed Pahrump, until the night of Sunday, July 25 when a substantial summer thunderstorm finally broke over the valley, dumping rain and bringing fierce winds that wreaked havoc in certain parts of town, all the while illuminating the dark sky with streaks of lightning for a period of several hours. The storm let up in the late-night hours but revived with ferocity the next day and though wind speeds did not match Sunday’s, the storm on Monday brought even more rain than the previous night and resulted in extensive flooding throughout Pahrump.

New mask mandate effective on Friday, commissioners to discuss Nye County policy on August 3

Whether or not a person has been fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19, come Friday, July 30, all residents and visitors in a dozen Nevada counties, including right here in Nye County, will be required to once again don a face mask when they are in public indoor settings.

Man allegedly exposes himself at Pahrump bar

A local man was taken into custody after allegedly exposing himself to a bar full of patrons and driving under the influence.

Purple Heart Day ceremony set for Pahrump Veterans Memorial

Pahrump and Nye County as a whole are both well-known for their support of the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces and every year sees multiple military ceremonies to honor those who have proudly put on a uniform and offered their service in defense of the nation.

Nye County gold mine project acquired

Eminent Gold Corp. has acquired an option to purchase the Gilbert South Project located approximately 26 miles west of Tonopah, according to the press release.

ANGELICA PULIDO-HULL: Try a new Pahrump local shopping experience

The month of July is dedicated to local and independent retailers across the country. Before the end of the month, choose a Pahrump retailer you have not shopped at before to visit and show your community small business support.

Ringle wants recall

Beatty businessman Ed Ringle is looking to start a petition to recall two members of the Beatty Water and Sanitation Board of Trustees.

Nevada reimposes indoor mask mandate in high-transmission areas

Clark County would be affected by the directive from Gov. Steve Sisolak, which aligns with a new recommendation earlier in the day from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.