July 10th, 2011
All cities in Hutchinson County saw an increase in their tax allocations during the month of July.
On Friday, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs sent sales tax allocations totaling $474.5 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 7.2 percent compared to July 2010.
Entering his fourth year as head coach of the Frank Phillips College Lady Plainsmen Basketball team, Eric Rodewald has been able to do a good job of retaining players from the prior year. This is a task that can be pretty difficult for most programs at the JUCO level that donâ€™t have the resources to offer full scholarships for essentially every player on the bench.
Elza â€śE.J.â€ť James Hays Jr., 69, of Beaverton, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan.
He was born on Nov. 29, 1941, in Pampa, to Elza Sr. & Elzora (Reid) Hays. He enlisted into the United
States Air Force on Feb. 1, 1963, and retired Sept. 25, 1973, as a Staff Sergeant, serving in the Vietnam Era.
He was employed as a truck driver for Transport Services of Midland and moved to Gladwin County in 1973, previously residing in Texas.
He was a member of F.O.E. Albright Shores Aerie 3655.
Paradise ~ Kari Francis Klause Williams, 48, a registered technical nurse, went to be with our Lord Sunday, July 3, 2011, in Paradise.
Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011 at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Rev. Tim Sipes officiated.
Kari was born October 26, 1962 to Roger Sr. and Wanda (Campbell) Klause in Borger, Texas. She married Tuxie Ballard on February 19, 1999 in Borger, Texas. Kari served her country in the U.S. Air Force.
She is preceded in death by her father in 2008 and her brother, Roger Klause, Jr. in 2007.
The City of Borger Park Recreation Program has been rolling along this summer, and would not be the success it is without the aid of various community members and leaders.
Annadon Keys, director of the Johnson Park Youth Center, said if it was not for the amazing donations, the children participating in the program would not be able to do everything they get to do. She said she was thankful for the efforts of the Morley Theatre, Wildcatters, and the Circle Roller Rink in opening their doors to the children this summer.
The Red Hat Mamas gathered for a special â€śChristmas in Julyâ€ť party Thursday afternoon at the Wesley United Methodist Church on Valley Drive. Hot dogs and all the trimmings were served. Attendants were asked to bring canned food/personal care items for Helping Hands or toys/clothes for foster children (Rainbow Room) ages 0-18 years old. Cash donations given will be divided between the two charities. Among those attending the â€śChristmas in Julyâ€ť party were Blanche Gipson, Whitney Bates, Cris Roberts, Delpha Ennis, Betty Kaylor, and Sheila Bates.
PHOTO BY DON RICE
After helping to lead the Borger Bulldogs to the District 1-3A title and to the third round of the 3A playoffs, 2011 senior catcher Brandon Garica and senior outfielder Garrett Irwin were named to the Second Team in the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writer's Association's 3A All-State Teams on Thursday.
Garcia, the District 1-3A MVP, had an impressive 2011 season posting a .511 batting average with 11 homeruns and a .944 slugging percentage.
Playing centerfield, Irwin made the team after posting a .434 batting average with 34 RBIâ€™s, 45 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.
Last week students from American Karate Studios in Guymon, Spearman, Gruver and Borger competed in the AAU Taekwondo National Championships in Austin consisting of thousands of athletes from across the country.
Four-year-old Issac Garcia of Borger won Silver in Fighting and the Bronze in Forms in his division.
PANHANDLE - Deahl Howe passed away peacefully at home at the age of 90 on July 3, 2011.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Panhandle Cemetery with Rev. E. Lynn Howe of Billings, Montana, officiating. Interment is under the direction of Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle. Visitation will be Friday July 8, 2011, at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m.
WICHITA FALLS - Pennie Denise Jackson, 52, a former resident of Borger, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, in Wichita Falls.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2011, in Westlawn Memorial Park with Rev. William Scott officiating. Interment will be under the direction of Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.