July 6th, 2011
Local residents Levi Tidwell and Colten Howard show off the 7â€™3â€ť bullsnake they found near FM 1551 over the weekend.
Mildred Lorene Barker Tomlinson, 91, died July 4, 2011 in Dewey, OK.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 7 at Stumpff Funeral Home in Bartlesville, OK, with Reverend Craig Stinson officiating. Interment will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery.
Shannon Rhenee Bricker, age 40 and a resident of Highland Village, TX. Born on October 4, 1970 in Borger, TX. Passed away on July 3, 2011 in Canton, TX with her husband Bruce in a motorcycle accident.
Shannon was a graduate of Lonegrove High School in 1990 and Shannon and Bruce were married on Oct. 11, 2001.
Shannon is survived by her daughter, Abygail Rhenee Benson and her mother, Patricia Virden and her husband Samuel, her father, Danny Ballard and his wife Cathy.
Ivan Wyllys Hull, M.D., 84, of Waco died Monday afternoon, July 4, 2011, in Providence Medical Center. A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 6, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Garden Room with the Rev. Jim Coston officiating. Family visitation will be 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 5, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey.
Officials are still investigating a car explosion that occurred last Thursday in Stinnett.
In the early morning hours of Thursday, June 30, 2011, local Stinnett resident Jeff Irvin suffered second degree burns while trying to extinguish his burning vehicle, with the vehicle suddenly exploding.
Irvin was transported to the Lubbock Burn Unit and was later released the same day around noon.
Stinnett Police and Fire Marshal Danny Richards suspect arson is involved with this case.
The Fourth of July holiday was an uneventful one in Hutchinson County.
According to Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards, Monday was the first day in awhile that there has not been a grass fire in the area.
On Saturday evening, Hutchinson County received about a quarter to a half inch of rainfall.
The rain helped tremendously, Richards said.
Although the disaster declaration banning the sale and use of fireworks expired on Tuesday morning, Hutchinson County is still under a burn ban.
FRITCHâ€”The Lake Meredith Aquatic & Wildlife Museum will host its Annual Summer Educational Program Tuesday-Thursday, July 12, 13 & 14th from 2 p.m. â€“ 4 p.m. at the museum under the water tower in Fritch.
This year students ages 4 and up will enjoy learning about mammals with a special guest ranger from Lake Meredith National Park Service.
Students will look at a variety of mammal skulls, pelts, foot prints and skat and participate in a variety of activities.
In addition, students will learn how to make potato jewelry and how to use natural resources as means of survival.
Joan Jackson, 79, of Borger, died Monday July 4, 2011, in Dumas.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Andrew United Methodist Church with Rev. Ted Wilson, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in "The Garden of Love" at Westlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
Even with the disaster declaration running out and the recent rain that has come to Hutchinson County, a countywide burn ban is still in effect for now.
The ban, which was initially approved in January of this year and then extended in April, prohibits the burning of trash and any type of burning in open pits. It does not affect farmers who do agricultural burning, but does restrict other types of outdoor burning.
Just a reminder: Local residents must refrain from selling or shooting fireworks this Fourth of July.
Back in June, Hutchinson County Judge Faye Blanks issued a Declaration of Disaster that will prohibit the sale or use of fireworks. This disaster declaration was signed and approved by Texas Governor Perry Friday, and will be in effect until 7 a.m. July 5, 2011.
Those caught violating the declaration face the possibility of a $1,000 fine and 180 days in jail. Hutchinson County will be upping patrols to push the fireworks ban.