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August 17th, 2011

Tax-free weekend just around the corner

August 17, 2011

Local department stores and shops are preparing for a crazy weekend on August 19, 20 and 21 - the state’s annual tax holiday.
Wal-Mart Manager Gary Flecher believes his store is ready for the chaotic weekend.
Fletcher stated, “The 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.”
Fletcher also stated, “We 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.”

Animals at Borger shelter in need of good homes

August 17, 2011

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.

August 16th

Borger woman arrested for use of counterfeit money

August 16, 2011

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 holding annual “Walk For Life” Sept. 24

August 16, 2011

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, ”This 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.”
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.

FPC Board approves 2011-12 budget

August 16, 2011

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.

August 15th

Vacant apartment building catches fire

August 15, 2011

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.

Fund set up in Rodriguez’s memory

August 15, 2011

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.
“He was an incredible young man that is dearly missed by all who knew him,” she said.

Meet Borger’s newest doctors: Dr. Hawley and Dr. Nash

August 15, 2011

One of Borger’s newest family practice physicians is also Borger born and raised!
Dustin Hawley, M.D. is a graduate of Borger High School and attended Frank Phillips College and Texas Tech University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in biology in 2003.
His graduation from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine put him into the field of medicine in 2008.
“I was born at North Plains Hospital,” he said. “Dr. Hull delivered me and Dr. Prewitt was our family doctor.”

August 12th

Local schools receive mixed AYP results

August 12, 2011

Stinnett boys honored for bravery in saving younger brother’s life

August 12, 2011

Caleb and Zach Lantelme of Stinnett were presented awards for bravery shown at the August 8, 2011, Stinnett City Council meeting.
On May 30, 2011, the brothers saved their younger brother, Michael, from a live electrical wire. At the time of the accident, Michael was helping his family put out hot spots from a grass fire.
The electrical line was supposed to be deactivated but was not.
When Michael picked up the line, he was electrocuted.

 

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