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July 7th, 2011

Getting behind the wheel

July 7, 2011

With summer in full swing, there are teens throughout Hutchinson County taking driver’s education classes. West Texas High School students Chay Sargent and Bailey Kerr get ready to get behind the wheel with teacher Danny Anderson.
PHOTO BY DON RICE

July 6th

Car explosion in Stinnett still under investigation

July 6, 2011

Officials are still investigating a car explosion that occurred last Thursday in Stinnett.
In the early morning hours of Thursday, June 30, 2011, local Stinnett resident Jeff Irvin suffered second degree burns while trying to extinguish his burning vehicle, with the vehicle suddenly exploding.
Irvin was transported to the Lubbock Burn Unit and was later released the same day around noon.
Stinnett Police and Fire Marshal Danny Richards suspect arson is involved with this case.

Fourth of July an uneventful one for county

July 6, 2011

The Fourth of July holiday was an uneventful one in Hutchinson County.
According to Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards, Monday was the first day in awhile that there has not been a grass fire in the area.
On Saturday evening, Hutchinson County received about a quarter to a half inch of rainfall.
The rain helped tremendously, Richards said.
Although the disaster declaration banning the sale and use of fireworks expired on Tuesday morning, Hutchinson County is still under a burn ban.

July 5th

LMAWM hosting annual summer educational program July 12-14

July 5, 2011

FRITCH—The Lake Meredith Aquatic & Wildlife Museum will host its Annual Summer Educational Program Tuesday-Thursday, July 12, 13 & 14th from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the museum under the water tower in Fritch.
This year students ages 4 and up will enjoy learning about mammals with a special guest ranger from Lake Meredith National Park Service.
Students will look at a variety of mammal skulls, pelts, foot prints and skat and participate in a variety of activities.
In addition, students will learn how to make potato jewelry and how to use natural resources as means of survival.

Countywide burn ban still in effect

July 5, 2011

Even with the disaster declaration running out and the recent rain that has come to Hutchinson County, a countywide burn ban is still in effect for now.
The ban, which was initially approved in January of this year and then extended in April, prohibits the burning of trash and any type of burning in open pits. It does not affect farmers who do agricultural burning, but does restrict other types of outdoor burning.

July 2nd

No fireworks this Fourth of July

July 2, 2011

Just a reminder: Local residents must refrain from selling or shooting fireworks this Fourth of July.
Back in June, Hutchinson County Judge Faye Blanks issued a Declaration of Disaster that will prohibit the sale or use of fireworks. This disaster declaration was signed and approved by Texas Governor Perry Friday, and will be in effect until 7 a.m. July 5, 2011.
Those caught violating the declaration face the possibility of a $1,000 fine and 180 days in jail. Hutchinson County will be upping patrols to push the fireworks ban.

Hutchinson County Court Report

July 2, 2011

Jamie Douglass Boston, criminal trespass, deferred adjudication
Jaime Dawn Broom, theft of property >=$20<$500 by check, case dismissed (restitution made)
Regina Hilice Clardy, theft of property >=$20<$500 by check, case dismissed (restitution made)
Matthew Clement, theft of property>=$20<$500, deferred adjudication
Billy Jack Cooper, terroristic threat, county jail
Billy Jack Cooper, terroristic threat, dismissed (convicted in another case)
Billy Jack Cooper, theft of service >=$20<$500, dismissed (convicted in another case)

Casey Aylor Memorial Ride to be held July 30

July 2, 2011

The annual Casey Aylor Memorial Motorcycle Ride is just a few weeks away!
The event is scheduled to be held on Saturday, July 30, 2011, with proceeds to benefit Hutchinson County Cares, Inc., a non-profit organization.
The registration fee is $30 per rider, with extra cards costing $5. The fee includes entrance into the Nutterville Party in the Pasture, Best Poker Hand, and Worst Poker Hand.

June 30th

Officials are investigating a vehicle explosion in Stinnett

June 30, 2011

Officials are investigating a vehicle explosion that occurred early Thursday morning.
On Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 3:30 am. in the 1400 block of Davis, a vehicle explosion left a Stinnett resident with second degree burns. Stinnett Chief of Police Marie Farbro stated that arson is suspected. Truck owner Jeff Irvin tried to put the fire out with a water hose. The pickup truck then exploded and knocked the man down.

Recent CRMWA agreement will benefit Borger area

June 30, 2011

The recent signage of an agreement between the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority and Mesa Water will have a positive effect on the Borger area.
The signing of the water rights between the two entities took place on June 23 at the Plainview Country Club/Civic Center in Plainview.
Pickens and Mesa Water, Inc. sold the water rights beneath 211,000 acres for $103 million to CRMWA. The purchase gives CRMWA water rights for over 400,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle, almost all of which is located in Roberts County.

 

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