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May 30th, 2012
This summer, starting June 1, 2012, all Hutchinson County Libraries are offering a summer reading program to keep childrenâ€™s interest in reading alive and increase their reading level for the next school year.
The theme for the 2012 Summer Reading Program is â€śGet a Clue At the Library.â€ť
Sign-up begins Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Borger Library and will be held from 9 a.m till 5 p.m. at the Fritch and Stinnett Libraries the same day.
Children signing up will receive a bag with information on the complete summer events.
The Hutchinson County Sheriffâ€™s Posse has had a strong presence in the county for many years.
Patty Kasch and Kaci Lusk, who work with the posse, were the featured speakers at the Borger Rotary Club on Tuesday.
Kasch said the sheriffâ€™s posse has been in operation for over 58 years, and was established in 1954. The posse facility is a fully operational rodeo arena located in Borger and centrally located in the panhandle.
A runoff election appears likely in the race for Hutchinson County Sheriff.
According to unofficial results posted by the Hutchinson County Clerk's Office, Don Johnson received the highest number of votes in the race. He received 1,104 votes, equating to 40.77 percent of the vote.
Michael Lon â€śMickeyâ€ť Blackmon received 906 votes in the primary election, equating to 33.46 percent of the vote. Since neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote, the two will compete in a runoff election set for July 31, 2012.
The Borger Police Department is currently conducting an investigation regarding some fraudulent money orders.
On Friday, May 18, at approximately 4 p.m., a detective sergeant with the BPDâ€™s Criminal Investigations Division received reliable information in reference to the location of numerous fraudulent United States Postal Service money orders, according to Lt. Anthony Griffin of the BPD.
The division had been investigating these suspected money orders due to several already being passed at a local federal credit union.
During the Frank Phillips College May Board of Regents Meeting, FPC President Dr. Jud Hicks informed the Board of Regents that the college has been awarded a Round Six Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant in the amount of $140,534, which will be used to purchase equipment for the Pump & Engine (P&E) and Instrument & Electrical (I&E) Technology Programs.
The Borger Police Department wants citizens to be aware of a recent telephone scam circulating in the Hutchinson County area, one that has already directly affected some residents.
Lt. Anthony Griffin of the BPD said this telephone scam targets mainly the elderly population.
The scan begins with a telephone call to the victim, in which the caller identifies himself as a son or a grandson.
â€śThe caller advises that they have either been in an accident or are stranded in Mexico and are in need of assistance,â€ť he said.
As families across the country get ready to kick off the summer and honor our military heroes this Memorial Day weekend, local officials urge motorists to stay safe on the road during a time of year when drunk driving deaths typically increase.
Over Memorial Day weekend in 2011, 158 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide.
A tip for safe driving over the holiday weekend and year-round is to plan a safe way home.
The time has come to purchase luminarias for this yearâ€™s Hutchinson County Relay For Life event.
Citizens are encouraged to honor a friend or loved one who is fighting a battle with cancer or remember someone who is lost with a American Cancer Society RFL of Hutchinson County Luminaria.
Luminarias may be purchased for a donation and will be featured in a special ceremony during Relay 2012, set for June 8 and 9, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., at Huber Park in Borger.
Every forgotten animal needs a good place to call home and someone to call family.
Coming up on Monday, June 2, 2012, Borger Animal Control and Troop 31 BSA will host â€śAll Pets in the Panhandleâ€ť as an Eagle Scout Project.
This event will take place in front of Wal-Mart in Borger.
Also, the North Shore Adoption Bus â€“ associated with North Shore Animal League and National Dog Mill Rescue - will be on hand.
West Texas High School has named its top two graduates for the Class of 2012.
Matthew Goodale is this yearâ€™s valedictorian with a 101.89/4.0 GPA, and Sarah Kelly has been named salutatorian with a 101.28/4.0 GPA.
Goodale is the son of George and Dallas Goodale. He has taken honors courses in English I, II, III, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Government, and Economics. He has also taken dual credit courses in English IV, Chemistry, and U.S. History.