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June 16th, 2011
Local fire crews responded to a grass fire near Skellytown Wednesday afternoon.
Crews began fighting the fire around noon. The fire was about six miles east from Carson County on Highway 152, approaching the Hutchinson County lines.
It caused the closure of the highway, sending traffic through Panhandle. The call was reported at 11:10 a.m. and was put out at 2 p.m.
Skellytown and Panhandle Fire Departments first responded to the scene and eventually asked for mutual aid, bringing in Hoover, White Deer, Borger, Stinnett, and Hutchinson County.
According to the CEO of Golden Plains Community Hospital, construction on its new facility is coming along well.
During the regular meeting of the Hutchinson County Hospital District Board of Directors Monday evening, GPCH CEO Dennis Jack said everything is continuing to go well with the construction process.
The PSPCISD board of trustees held discussion about projects taking place at West Texas Elementary School in Stinnett during its regular meeting Tuesday.
The trustees discussed the summer projects that will be happening at West Texas Elementary School.
These include a new parking lot, hot rubberized sealer for the play area, drive ways that separate the two play areas, seal coating on the elementary teacher parking lot, and seal coating in the high school student parking lot.
Also approved was the policy statement for free and reduced price meals.
With hot weather continuing to be a constant in the area, the City of Borger saw a record-breaking temperature Monday.
The report from the National Weather Service was a temperature of 108 degrees, which breaks the previous record of 103 degrees, set back in 1958.
Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards said he has been baffled by the recent conditions in the area.
â€śIt has been strange weather that weâ€™ve been having,â€ť he said.
Local residents are encouraged to practice fire safety and abide by policies that have been set in place to do just that.
Last week, Hutchinson County Judge Faye Blanks issued a Declaration of Disaster that prohibits 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.
Jared Brown of Boy Scout Troop 507 puts out a flag on Main Street in celebration of Flag Day.
The Borger ISD board of trustees acted on personnel matters during its regular meeting Tuesday.
Probationary 10 month contracts were approved for Kristina Brittain and Tia Speed. Brittain, who has been working as a part-time science teacher at Gateway Elementary, will now be teaching full-time there. Speed will be coming to Borger ISD as a teacher at Borger Intermediate School.
The board also approved action on a term contract of 10 months for Donna Hertel. Hertel, who has been a math teacher at Borger High School, will be moving to Borger Middle School to teach the same subject.
Deputies from the Hutchinson County Sheriffâ€™s Office, along with officers from the Department of Public Safety and the Borger Police Department went bald for one of their own on Saturday. These officers shaved their heads on Saturday on behalf of Ruth Frederick, an office secretary for the HCSO.
Frederick, who has worked for the office for more than 20 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer and begins her chemotherapy this week.
The event took place this past Saturday at W&S Day Spa. Chief Deputy James Qualls stated that the officers wanted Frederick to know they were in her corner.
Two government entities will be meeting in Stinnett this evening.
The PSPCISD board of trustees will meet tonight in the board conference room at 7 p.m. The board will take a tour of summer projects at West Texas Elementary, and then will go over Policy Update 90 affecting local policies. They will consider or approve a policy statement for free reduced priced meals, and the employment of the West Texas Elementary Principal, along with student extra curricular insurance. The board then will review all old agenda items.
The Hutchinson County United Way is making plans for its upcoming Day of Caring, and is currently seeking ways in which it can help out the community.
This yearâ€™s event is set for Sept. 17, 2011. According to Teri Hogue of the HCUW, the event truly has a â€śneighbor helping neighborâ€ť focus.
â€śThe Day of Caring is a day when volunteers choose to give their time and services to work on a one-time service project in an effort to impact our communityâ€™s needs with tasks that they are unable to perform themselves,â€ť she said.