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March 7th, 2012
With the drought in the Hutchinson County area seeing no end anytime soon, the City of Borger is doing its part to provide much-needed water for citizens and businesses.
During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Borger City Council approved action on a bid for two new water wells in the amount of $999,903. The bid was awarded to Hydro Resources Mid Continent, Inc.
Three separate fires broke out Tuesday along Highway 136 near Westlawn Cemetery.
Around 2:45 p.m., three fires created huge chaos. Immediately Mutual aid was called. Working the fires were Borger, Fritch, Hutchinson County, Big Creek, National Park Service, Skellytown, Stinnett, and Crutch Ranch Fire Departments. Also on the scene was Red Cross, Sheriffs Department, DPS, and the Fritch and Borger Police Departments.
Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards said, âThe winds were increasing and with the humidity levels so low, the fire became an extreme danger.â
The Texas Department of Transportation is preparing to make repairs on the Rock Creek Bridge.
Paul Braun of TXDOT said work will begin Wednesday at the Rock Creek Bridge on SH 136 near Borger.
Repairs to the bridge piers should be completed by the end of the day next Monday, March 12, weather permitting.
One-lane traffic in each direction over the bridge will remain in place until repairs are complete. Braun said drivers need to exercise caution when traveling through the area.
âMotorists are asked to travel with care when driving through the work zone,â he said.
The Fritch Area Chamber of Commerce is prepping for its annual banquet.
The banquet will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Sanford-Fritch Junior High School cafeteria on Eagle Boulevard.
Tickets for the event are $11 for adults and $6 for kids and under. Tio Panchos of Fritch will be catering the banquet and the menu will include chicken and beef fajitas and all the trimmings, along with a drink and dessert.
DPS officials responded to another truck wreck Sunday afternoon.
On March 4, 2012, truck driver Kenneth Baker, 24, was traveling westbound in a 2000 white International truck that turned over on Sunday afternoon on Business Road 152 around 12 p.m., according to Department of Public Safety reports.
Baker was traveling at an unsafe speed when approaching a yield intersection and the truck went into a skid.
According to DPS reports, the driver applied his brakes, causing the truck and trailer that was hauling two steel pods full of cement to turn on its side facing northwest.
A Borger driver was involved in a wreck Monday morning.
On Monday, March 5, 2012, Kelli M. Harris, driver of a 2009 Toyota Yaris, was traveling south bound on FM 1559 (carbon black road) at 7:50 a.m.
Harris over corrected her vehicle, causing it to run off the road. According to DPS State Trooper Darrin Bridges, the car rolled more than twice and went through a barbed wire fence.
Harris was taken to Northwest Texas Hospital by Life Star for medical attention. She was wearing her seat belt. Harris was the only occupant present.
The Borger Fire Department is preparing for another severe wildland fire season, and wants local citizens to be prepared.
BFD Fire Marshal Jerry Langwell said that due to significant drought conditions in Hutchinson County and the entire state of Texas, the BFD, along with the Texas Forest Service and Firewise communities, are trying to prepare for the possibility of wildland fires.
âWe need your help in the community to be Firewise and to be prepared to âReady, Set, Go!ââ he said.
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Below is from the Secretary of Stateâs Director of Elections, Keith Ingram:
Please be advised that pursuant to the March 1, 2012 federal court order, which can be found at www.sos.state.tx.us, the 2012 Primary election dates are scheduled as follows: May 29, 2012 Primary Election and July 31, 2012 Primary Runoff Election. The deadline to mail ballots to the military and overseas voters is April 14, 2012.Candidate Filing
GPCH welcomed a leap year baby! Diego Armando Gonzales was born on February 29, 2012, at 2:28 a.m., weighing seven pounds and 11 ounces. He was 22 inches long. Parents are Cody Jo Gonzales and Jose Barejas Gonzales.
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