June 24th, 2011
Texas Panhandle residents will pedal toward a world free of multiple sclerosis during Bike MS: The Wild West Ride 2011, presented by BP on Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17.
The race is aiming to raise $100,000 to fund multiple sclerosis research, along with programs and services for more than 56,000 Texans served by the National MS Society.
The annual two-day fundraising ride is fully-supported and features a scenic route from Amarillo to Canadian.
Capt. Douglas M. Smith, 86, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Amarillo.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Panhandle, where Mr. Smith was a Deacon Emeritus. Rev. Bill Austin will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.
Douglas was born July 15, 1924, to Blanch Ems Smith and Dwight Moody Smith on the Ems farm outside of Lubbock.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1789 on Main Street officially has a new sign!
In early April, the old sign on the VFW building was removed so it could be replaced it with a new electronic sign from Sign Tronix in California.
Joe Nivens of the VFW said that it took about two and a half months just to find someone interested in putting the sign up on the building. D.E. Rice Construction worked to get the sign hung on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
A Borger man has been indicted for capital murder.
On Thursday, a Hutchinson County Grand Jury met to consider evidence in the April 20, 2011, slaying of Lois Kimbrell. Mrs. Kimbrell, 97, was found dead in her Borger home on the morning of April 21 by a Meals on Wheels volunteer. She suffered multiple stab wounds as well as blunt force head trauma.
This past weekend, Frank Phillips College sophomore Logan Helton earned a third place finish in bull riding at the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.
Helton, a Pampa native studying agriculture business at FPC, placed third in the nation behind Cody Teel of Sam Houston State University and Doug Vowkaw of Hill College.
Aboard the bull Cassius Clay, Helton splitÂ fourth andÂ fifth place with a 77 in round two,Â then came back and won the short go-round with the highest mark of the week, scoring an 84 aboard Ty Rinaldoâ€™s bull, Freaking Wild.
AMARILLO â€“ The Amarillo Sox announced that they will unveil the new team mascot during the Sox game on Friday, June 24 against the Shreveport-Bossier Captains when they begin a three-game series at 7:05pm.
The as-of-yet unnamed mascot will make its first appearance prior to the game and will entertain fans throughout that nightâ€™s game. The mascotâ€™s name will be announced during its introduction on Friday.
For more information on this announcement, contact the Sox office.
Billie Jo Kelley
Billie Jo was born to Litchford and Cora Sparks on April 5, 1928, in Spearman, Texas. She left this earth May 28, 2011, to be reunited with her husband, parents, brothers and sisters. She was a fabulous bridge player, loved dominoes and playing the piano, and enjoyed a good laugh. She had a feisty, loving spirit and was adored by all who knew her.
She was predeceased by her husband Charles, a longtime local grocer; parents, brothers, Aubie, James, Roscoe, and W.E. Sparks; and sisters, Opal Boxford, Owassa Valdez, and Shirley Talley.
Rate schedules and tariffs proposed by the Texas Gas Service have received approval from the Borger City Council.
A resolution approving the schedules and tariffs was finalized by the council Tuesday. The resolution pertains to a limited rate filing that allows TGS to implement an increase in rates pursuant to the Cost of Gas Adjustment (COSA) clause that was previously approved in 2008.
The City of Fritch is making plans for a summer celebration!
KFDA News Channel 10, the local CBS affiliate, has selected Fritch as one of its stops on its â€śSummer Celebration Tour.â€ť The city will be featured on Friday, July 22, the last day of its week-long tour of area towns.
The event will take place on Robey Street between the Lake Meredith Aquatic and Wildlife Museum and Fritch City Hall. Robey will be closed to traffic and booths will be placed up and down the block. Local churches, organizations, clubs, and businesses are invited to set up food and game booths for the celebration.
Participants in the Womenâ€™s Air Race Classic made a stop at the Hutchinson County Airport Wednesday evening. The women are traveling across the country in a race competing for competing for cash prizes and awards. Among those making the stop at the airport were, left, Barbara Harris-Para of Pinehurst, N.C.; and right, Sarah Morris and Leah Hetzel of Jacksonville, Fla. The race, which started in Iowa City, Iowa, will conclude in Mobile, Ala. this Friday. For more information and photos, see pg. 5 of todayâ€™s edition.
PHOTOS BY DON RICE