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August 4th, 2011
According to recent weather updates, the month of July was the hottest month for Hutchinson County by far.
Local longtime residents would agree with that statement.
Charles Gillingham of Borger stated, âItâs the hottest itâs been since Iâve been here. I remember we got nine inches of rain one year, and we may not get there this time around.â He continued, âItâs a âremember whenâ type of year that people can tell their grandchildren about.â
A fire was kindled five miles east of Stinnett around 2 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2011.
Nine fire departments and Amarillo aircrafts responded to the fire at Turkey Track Ranch. Fire fighters were on the scene until around midnight that night.
Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards states the fire damaged over 3,000 acres of land.
Fire departments did save two structures in the fireâs path. There were no injuries.
The American Red Cross brought food and water to the firefighters on the scene. The cause of the wildfire is still under investigation.
Borger ISD and Sanford-Fritch ISD have received their annual accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency.
Overall, both districts were rated academically acceptable. One of the base indicators for this rating pertains to the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) tests taken by students in the district.
The PSPCISD and Spring Creek ISD school districts have received their ratings from the Texas Education Agency.
PSPCISD received an overall rating of recognized from the TEA. This is where students meet 80 percent standard for each subject on the TAKS tests.
West Texas High School received an academically acceptable rating. West Texas Middle School was recognized. West Texas Elementary was rated as Exemplary.
PSPCISD superintendent Bill Wiggins said he was very pleased with the ratings and believes the staff is doing a great job.
The Stinnett Birthday Celebration is set for next week!
The event, in its 85th year, has a theme of âMardi Gras On The Plains,â and will be held Aug. 8-13.
On Wednesday, Aug. 10, Community Church and an ice cream social will be held starting at 6 p.m.
On Friday, Aug. 12, a community watermelon and hot dog picnic will be held at 6 p.m., and the Booster Club Beach Volleyball Tournament will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to participate in the volleyball tournament need to contact Angela Hoff at 898-0825.
The Altrusa Craft Show/Flea Market is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 2011, out at the Aluminum Done.
This year, Amy Fernandez is serving chairperson of the show, with Vickie Cornelius and Jackie Whatley serving as co-chairs.
Stephanie Frick is also helping to put the show together by sending invitations, accepting reservations, marking spaces, and checking the vendors out at the end.
On Thursday, July 28th, Borger resident Steven Guy Redwing, 56, pled guilty in the 84th Judicial District of Texas, to having sexual contact with a minor in Borger on April 15th, 2011.
In return for Redwingâs plea of guilty, District Attorney Mark W. Snider recommended Redwing to be sentenced to eighteen years in prison. District Judge John W. Lagrone sentenced Redwing in accordance with the plea bargain.
As part of the plea agreement, Redwing waived his right to have his case tried before a jury and his right to appeal his case.
Thursday afternoon big clouds of black smoke from the northern part of the ConocoPhillips refinery drew the attention of local residents.
The good news, according to Hutchinson County EOC Director Danny Richards, is the smoke made the fire appear worse than it was with fire crews being able to contain the fire from ever being a threat to the Borger community.
At approximately 4:00 p.m., ConocoPhillips fire crews responded to a fire that was caused by a small leak in a pipeline located within the refinery property.
Over the past several years the United States Postal Service has publicly talked about its need to f cut costs including limiting the days mail would be delivered.
Early this week, the U.S. Postal Service released a list of nearly 3,700 post offices that it will study for possible closure including the one located in Sanford.
Due to increase of customers doing business online, on smart phones and at other retailersâ locations, the Postal Service said the need to keep all of their 32,000 offices open across the country has diminished.
Tuesday afternoon Frank Phillips College received a piece of great news in being listed as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for according to a survey conducted by âThe Chronicle of Higher Education.â
The honors didnât stop there as FPC also was listed in The Chronicleâs Honor Roll as one of the top twelve community colleges in the nation.
The results were based on a survey of nearly 44,000 employees at over 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States.