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August 8th, 2011
Budget cuts continue to hit local organizations.
The Panhandle Workforce Development Board is one of those many organizations experiencing a twenty-four percent budget loss.
The Corporation for Texas Workforce Solutions will have to find alternatives for contending with the new tight budget presented to them this year. Facilities closing include Borger, Childress, Dalhart, Dumas, Hereford. Pampa, and Tulia.
Cleaning up the streets is one of the goals of the Borger Police Department.
BPDâs Narcotic and Criminal Interdiction Unit just completed an aggressive campaign to crack down on illegal narcotics and street level crimes in the City of Borger.
Lt. Anthony Griffin of the BPD said that over a fourteen day span, the unit lawfully seized approximately $18,000 worth of cash, vehicles, weapons, and illegal narcotics.
In addition to the seizures, 20 arrests were made and five vehicles were seized, as they were being used in the commission of a felony crime.
A Fritch man will face manslaughter charges in the death of his three-month-old son.
A Hutchinson County Grand Jury met yesterday afternoon to consider evidence in the April 19, 2011, death of a three and a half month old infant.
At approximately 8:20 p.m. on April 19, 2011, Fritch EMS was dispatched to 9625 Fritch Fortress Road in Hutchinson County just outside of Fritch. Upon arriving, EMS found an unresponsive infant, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the Justice of the Peace. A Lubbock Medical Examiner determined the child died of asphyxiation.
The âBig Latch Onâ will be held Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the Huber Park Community Building.
Local nursing mothers will gather to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and try to break the record for the most women breastfeeding at the same time.
Groups of nursing mothers will come together at registered venues around the country (or the world) to nurse their babies at a set time.
All the mamas and babies latched on for one minute at the set time will be counted by the witnesses.
The numbers are added up and they will determine how close they come to the world record.
Edward Jones Financial Advisor Scott Mills announced today that a second financial advisor, Brock Sherwood, has joined his office in Borger.
Mills said, âIâm very impressed with Brock, and Iâm sure my clients will be, too. Edward Jones prides itself on providing the best service possible to those investors who choose to do business with us. Brock will help provide the high level of service investors in Borger and the surrounding cities have come to expect from us as well as extend our services to new investors.â
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.