Archive - Aug 2011 - News Article
A Borger High teacher has received one of the highest honors in the Borger Independent School District.
Elizabeth Hernandez-Forrest was named as the recipient of the Root/Gillespie Foundation Award for 2011. She has been teaching in Borger ISD for eleven years. Five of these years were at Borger Middle School and the past six have been at BHS.
An exceptionally long life seems almost like a miracle. The life of Teresa (Slavin) Reed of the Potawatomi National tribe is a good example.
On December 6, 2011, Teresa will be 109. Mrs. Reed is originally from Pampa, and Teresa spent most of her life teaching children. She taught in Pampa elementary schools until she retired at age 70.
But, she wasnâ€™t finished, heading to the Southwest to teach on an Indian Reservation. Teresa continued operating a motor vehicle at 103 and lived at home until she was 105, when she was moved to Wheeler Nursing Center.
The Fritch Police Department has a new chief starting work this Monday.
Bobby Lamb, City Manager for Fritch, announced Kirk Coker as the new Chief of Police for the City of Fritch.
Coker will be coming from the Hutchinson County Sheriffâ€™s Office and resign from his position as Deputy.
Coker will start on Monday August 22, 2011.
Coker will be replacing Terry Cox, who resigned as Chief of Police on July 29, 2011.
Cox worked for the Fritch Police Department for a total of fourteen years.
Local department stores and shops are preparing for a crazy weekend on August 19, 20 and 21 - the stateâ€™s annual tax holiday.
Wal-Mart Manager Gary Flecher believes his store is ready for the chaotic weekend.
Fletcher stated, â€śThe Wal-Mart home office ships supplies along with items the local store has ordered including back-to-school items and tons of other items that shoppers can save on.â€ť
Fletcher also stated, â€śWe are doing something a bit different this year. We will hold the store open all night Thursday, and at 12:01 a.m. shoppers can get a jump start on shopping tax free.â€ť
Now is the time to adopt a new furry family member.
The Borger Animal Control constantly receives animals needing good homes. Animal Control Director Betsy Parks stated they are constantly receiving animals at the shelter. Last year, the shelter received 691 dogs and 409 cats. 44 percent of those animals are either sent back to their owners or adopted out, while the other percentage of animals are euthanized.
Adoptability is all determined on whether the shelter has space, the age of the animal, health, and whether the animal is aggressive.
A Borger woman is in the custody of Amarillo police after allegedly passing fake money at different locations throughout the Texas Panhandle.
On Friday, Aug. 12, at 8:20 p.m., Amarillo police officers were dispatched to the 3300 block of South Bell on a person attempting to pass a possible counterfeit bill. Shannon Washer, 36, of Borger had tried to buy merchandise with what the clerk believed were counterfeit bills.
When the manager did not take the money, Washer took the money and left the property, according to reports from the Amarillo police.
CareNet Pregnancy Center will hold its annual Walk for Life on September 24, 2011 at 9 a.m. The Walk for Life will start at the new Care Net site on the corner of 300 W. Grand Street.
CareNet Director Susan Trahern said, â€ťThis fund raiser is to raise money for the center and to make the community aware of what they are there for, to show people there is a alternative.â€ť
She also stated that participants will receive a free t-shirt.
There are no fees and no limits to how many sponsors may be gathered.
The walk is a full two miles starting from the CareNet Center.
On Monday the Frank Phillips College Board of Regents approved the proposed 2011-2012 Institutional Budget. It will represent a decrease of $1,190,315 from the 2010-11 year, due to a decrease in State funding and a level tax rate.
In the proposed upcoming budget, the college is projected to see a 23.9 % decrease in state appropriations that will amount to a reduction of $646,770.
Overall the college is planning for a 9.4% decrease in revenue, giving the college an estimated budget amount of $11,523,316.
Firefighters responded to a structure fire Friday afternoon on Grand Street.
A old vacant apartment building was engulfed in flames as firefighters arrived on the scene.
Firefighters from the Borger Fire Department arrived on the scene at 4:13 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2011, bringing two engine trucks, one ladder, and one command vehicle.
According to Borger Fire Marshal Jerry Langwell, the building was already in bad shape and the cause of the fire is sill under investigation.
Firefighters left the scene at 9:11 p.m. that night. There were no injuries reported.
A special fund has been set up in memory of Tomas Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, 18, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2011, during an outing to Lake Mackenzie in Briscoe County. About to enter his senior year at Borger High School, Rodriguez worked in produce at United Supermarkets in Borger.
Jennifer Hoeltzel, Assistant Produce Manager at United in Borger, said she worked closely with Rodriguez.
â€śHe was an incredible young man that is dearly missed by all who knew him,â€ť she said.