June 29th, 2011
James Franklin Farrell passed away June 27, 2011, around 7 a.m. in Shreveport, LA, at the home of his daughter Mischa Farrell. â€śJimâ€ť was a beloved father, husband and friend. Anyone that encountered him could not help but be touched by his cheerful demeanor.
Local fire departments responded to two fires caused by lightning early Tuesday morning.
Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards said that two related fires caused by the lightning storm broke out at 12:45 a.m. The storm traveled in from south of Hutchinson County late Monday night through early Tuesday morning.
The first fire was located on Milner Road and the Fritch Fire Department responded. Five acres were damaged in the fire and it was reported contained at 2 a.m.
The second fire caused by the same storm occurred on Sanford Yake Road.
The Borger Fire Department responded to a house fire on Boyd Tuesday afternoon.
The fire took place at 1218 Boyd, property that is owned by Mr. Howard Wright of Pampa. The call came in around 11:30 a.m.
Upon arriving on scene, firefighters found the fire had started in the garage area of the home. Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards said that due to the garage being full of live ammunition, firefighters evacuated surrounding residents for safety precautions. There were no injuries and the fire was contained at 1:15 p.m. The cause of fire is still under investigation.
Employees at the Evonik Carbon Black Plant in Borger have achieved a significant milestone.
The employees at the plant have worked 1.8 million hours, or 4,015 days, without a lost time accident.
A lost time accident is defined as a work-related injury resulting in at least one day off the job.
According to Jack L. Clem, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Inorganic Materials (Business Line Carbon Black), a dedicated workforce, management commitment, and strong training are the reasons for an accident-free production site over the last three years.
Despite spending most of June overseas back home in England, Frank Phillips College Plainsmen Basketball Coach Chris Hackett has continued to add depth to his teamâ€™s roster for the 2011-12 season.
Last week, Hackett added two more players to the Plainsmen roster in 6-6 Earl Hill from Georgia and 6-0 Rodshard Davis, who hails from the Houston area.
Davis provides the Plainsmen with a good defender, who is a pass-first type point guard who can handle the ball very well.
Joshua Adam Gatlin, 21, of Ponder, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011. He was born Aug. 1, 1989, in Denton, TX. He graduated from Ponder High School in 2006 and Lincoln Tech in 2007. He was employed by Morrison Milling in Denton.
Changes have been made to the Hutchinson County emergency management plan.
Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards spoke with the Hutchinson County Commissioners during their regular meeting Monday morning in regards to changes to the plan.
The first modification included violations of the fireworks ban.
Selling and setting off fireworks are considered a Class C misdemeanors and can result in fines.
The Hutchinson County Museumâ€™s 30th annual quilt show will be held on July 1-30, 2011.
All programs in conjunction with the show will be at 2 p.m. on their respective dates at the museum on 618 N. Main. There is no admission for the show but donations are appreciated.
The first program by Carol Aspaugh from Guymon, Okla., will be July 10, 2011. The next program will be by Judy Flanders, Julia Kasch, and others sharing antique quilts. Awards will also be presented. The last show by Gayle Wilson from Pampa will be a trunk show held on July 24, 2011.
Members of the Quanah Parker Trail Committee of the Texas Plains Trail Region (TPTR) and friends gathered Friday for a photograph on the grounds of the Hutchinson County Museum in Borger. Wearing the sheriffâ€™s badge is Deborah Sue McDonald, TPTR executive director. After the quarterly meeting, some committee members participated in Borgerâ€™s annual Adobe Walls Trek Saturday to battle sites dating from 1864 and 1874.
Officials are currently investigating several fires that burned in Hutchinson County throughout this weekend.
During the weekend, there was a total of 18 reported fires.
On Saturday June 25, 2011, a total of 10 fires broke out two miles south of Stinnett on Highway 152 around noon. Then, four more fires were reported at 12:05 p.m. on Highway 687 the same day.
Firefighters from Stinnett, Fritch, Borger, and Hutchinson County also responded to a fire that started from a downed electrical line.