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.
Frances Allen, 93, of Borger, passed away Monday, June 13, 2011.
Juanita Frances (Burr) Allen was born Saturday, December 1, 1917 in Bronson, TX to Timothy and Mary Frances (Freeland) Burr. She married Jack Harris Allen on May 19, 1941 in Austin, TX. She was a homemaker and a resident of Borger since 1950.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Allen on June 9, 2002; a daughter, Sharon Allen; a great grandson, Tristan King; and two brothers, Theodore Burr and Phillip Burr.
Over 30 Borger Junior League Bowlers are making the trip down to the metroplex this weekend to compete in state bowling competitions.
The tournaments will be held in Plano and Richardson with the divisions consisting of team competition, singles and doubles.
Pictured are the local bowlers competing at the state level.
(Back l to r) Ryan Downs, Justin Lusk, Erik Powell, Michelle Ludiker, Devan Witt, Josh Ludiker, Taylor Boyd, Macy Brewster, Kathy Williams, Ashley Henderson, Kaisha Wortham, Casey Taylor, Josh Howell and Camren Witt.
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.
John Whitfield, 57, of Fritch, passed away, Sunday, June 12, 2011.
John Whitfield was born Friday, May 7, 1954 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Billy Joe and Patricia (Caldwell) Whitfield. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Stinnett and a member of the Meredith Gun Club & the NRA.
He is preceded in death by his father and a brother Steven Michael Whitfield
Survivors include his mother, Pat; 2 daughters, Jessica Garrett & Lance, Macheal Leasure & Brandon; 2 sons, Marc Blackwell, Ty Whitfield; 2 brothers, Darryll Whitfield, Joey Whitfield and 8 grandchildren.
Back on June 6th, Borger golfer Dylan Coffer took second place in the Ryan Palmer Foundation Junior Classic at the Tascosa Country Club in Amarillo.
In the 15-16 year old division, Coffer shot a 79 that tied him for first place, leading to a scorecard playoff where Coffer finished in second place.
The event was a Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Tournament.
David A. Parker, 65, died Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Amarillo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Borger. Interment will be at Highland Park Cemetery under the direction of Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
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.