Archive - May 2012 - News Article
The City of Fritch is doing its part to safeguard its citizens against wildfires.
City officials signed a County Wildfire Protection Plan during a special ceremony Thursday.
According to Joe Kozlowski, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist for the Texas Forest Service, the CWPP enables a community to plan how it will cut the risk of wildfire.
This plan also identifies strategic sites and methods for fuel reduction projects across the landscape and jurisdictional boundaries.
Benefits of having a CWPP include National Fire Plan funding priority for projects identified in a CWPP.
Thursday was truly a day of prayer in Borger.
Various citizens from across the area came out to Huber Park Thursday afternoon for the 61st observance of the National Day of Prayer.
The theme of this yearâ€™s observance was â€śOne Nation Under Godâ€ť and the theme verse was Psalm 33:12, â€śBlessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.â€ť The honorary chairman for this year was Christian speaker David Jeremiah.
On Friday evening, Frank Phillips College will have its commencement ceremony for over 150 students who have applied for graduation this spring.
The ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the BCAC.
This yearâ€™s commencement speaker is Mr. Robin Adkins.
The High Plains Animal Hospital building, 1335 South Main Street, has stood tall since 1947.
Yesterday, May 2, 2012, owner Dr. Joe Millhouse, DVM, took the privilege to hit the clutch on the bulldozer and tear down the old hospital. Construction for the new building started back in September of 2011 and it opened only three weeks ago.
â€śItâ€™s like going from a model T to a Maserati,â€ť said Millhouse.
The Borger City Council voted to approve the placement of a manufactured home on commercial property at its regular meeting Tuesday. However, the approval didnâ€™t come without a split decision.
The council approved the request for a specific use permit to place a manufactured home in the rear of 1415 West Wilson, a request made by Arvind Patel. The home will be placed near the Hampton Inn.
Robert Vinyard and Leon DeWeese voted to approve the request, with Charles Gillingham and Bubba Dickson voting against the request. Mayor Jeff Brain cast a vote to break the tie and approve the request.
Next month, summer will officially be here and children will be out of school.
Parents can still make summer fun for kids and help prevent information loss at the same time through the county librariesâ€™ Summer Reading Program.
A common finding across numerous studies is that on average, students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning of summer (on the same test).
This loss for all students is estimated to be equal to about one month of teaching.
Teams involved in this yearâ€™s Relay For Life are in the midst of fund raising efforts.
Maggie Penaâ€™s team is currently selling tickets for a drawing involving an original oil painting by Nester Hernandez entitled â€śWalk by Faith.â€ť Hernandez is a former Marine Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp that graciously donated the painting for the Relay For Life efforts. The drawing for the painting will be held this Saturday.
A Borger ConocoPhillips employee sustained fatal injuries as the result of a fall Monday.
According to Janet D. Grothe, Senior Advisor for Health, Safety and Environment at Phillips 66 Company, at about 3 p.m., an employee at the ConocoPhillips refinery in Borger suffered from fatal injuries after falling. The employee was then transported to Golden Plains Community Hospital where he passed away.
â€śConocoPhillips deeply regrets the loss of our employee and wishes to extend sympathy to the employeeâ€™s family, friends and co-workers,â€ť said Grothe.
Borger residents heard an unfamiliar sound on their windows and roofs last night â€“ the sound of rain and hail.
According to Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards, the storm came from Dumas and landed right in the middle of Borger â€“ bringing 27 inches of hail and 18 inches of rain.
â€śBorger was lucky to receive marble size hail. Down by the Canadian Bridge and River, there were reports of half-dollar size and tennis ball size hail and Dumas had baseball size hail,â€ť said Richards.
The spinoff of the Phillips 66 company from ConocoPhillips is now official.
ConocoPhillips announced back in April that its board of directors gave final approval for the spin-off of its downstream businesses.
The resulting upstream company will keep the ConocoPhillips name and will be led by Chairman and CEO Ryan Lance.
The downstream company, led by Chairman and CEO Greg Garland, will be known as Phillips 66. Both companies will be headquartered in Houston.