August 8th, 2011
Johnny Leon Laster, 52, of Shawnee, Okla., died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at St. Anthony Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Sharon Baptist Church with Rev. Clint Dawkins officiating. Burial will be in Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Service. Memorial donations can be made to the Sharon Baptist Church Building Fund.
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.
Entering the 2011 season, the Borger Lady Bulldog volleyball team returns four players off last yearâ€™s regional semi-final team. For many programs, the loss of so many players would lead to a rebuilding phase as younger players adjust to the varsity level. However for the Lady Bulldogs, a good amount of talent is coming up the pipeline which should form a team able to make a playoff run come October.
In 2010, the Lady Bulldogs reached the 3A Regional Semi-Finals for the second time in five years setting the tone for a good off-season.
Monday evening the Sanford-Fritch Lady Eagles will open their 2011 season in Amarillo taking on San Jacinto and Caprock starting at 6:00 p.m. at San Jacinto High School.
Look for a season preview for the Lady Eagles next week in the Borger News Herald.
Pictured are members of the 2011 Sanford-Fritch Lady Eagles varsity team.
Top ( l to r) Head Coach Alexa Watson, Jacy Judd, Mandi West, Summer Tubbs, Mariah Cummings and Micala Setliff.
Kneeling (l to r) Christa White, Madi Allen and Tomi Ann Salas.
Sitting is Hailey Wilson.
PHOTO BY DON RICE
After dropping classifications in 2008, the West Texas Lady Comanches have established themselves as arguably the best 1A volleyball program in the Texas Panhandle and are poised to maintain that status in 2011.
During the 2010 season, the Lady Comanches went undefeated in district play. With the team graduating one senior from that squad, the expectations are for the team to challenge for another District 5-1A title and make a run in the playoffs.
Tomas Rodriguez, 18, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Lake McKenzie in Briscoe County, Texas.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at First Baptist Church with Guillermo Barraza of Tabernaculo De Fe officiating. Interment will be in Highland Park Cemetery under the direction of Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
Tomas was born on May 11, 1993, in Galveston and had been a Borger resident for eight years. He was going to be a senior at Borger High School where he played football, soccer and tennis. He loved life and worked in produce at United.
Daisha Kae Bell Jackson, 31, died Wednesday, August 3, 2011, in Amarillo.
The family will be having a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 6, 2011, at the Word Of Life Church. Cremation is under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
Daisha was born March 3, 1980, to Danny Ray Bell and Klonda Kae Tabor Bell. On Aug. 28, 2007, she married Timothy Jackson. She was a waitress at Jones Griddle Barn. Daisha loved life, family, friends, traveling and seeing places. Anything to go for a ride.
Cleaning up the streets is one of the goals of the Borger Police Department.
BPDâ€™s 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.
There is no question football is king throughout the State of Texas. But in the Texas Panhandle, volleyball has established itself as the queen of the sports world, due to the playoff success of teams from Amarillo High, Randall, Bushland, Dumas, Hereford, Canyon, Pampa, Dalhart and our hometown Borger Lady Bulldogs.
While the high school boys were busy getting two-a-days started on the football practice field this week, high school girls have been working as hard in the gym preparing for the 2011 volleyball season.
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.