June 18th, 2011
Coffee Memorial Blood Center is set to host three blood drives in the Borger area next week.
The first drive is set to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Chevron Phillips (Philtex Ryton) Borger plant. A bloodmobile will be located near the South Office Complex.
The second drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Interim Home Health Care, located at 1313 West Wilson in Borger.
Over the past couple of years, the Frank Phillips College Plainsmen have been a basketball team that could shoot the ball as good as anyone they matched up with in the WJCAC.
The biggest problem the team has struggled with is having a lack of size around the basket to develop a good combination of an inside/outside game, as well as grabbing rebounds on both ends of the court.
Two local departments are coming together to help stop the continual spread of graffiti within the City of Borger.
The Borger Police Department and Hutchinson County Juvenile Probation Department have recently teamed up to combat this problem.
Gang-related graffiti has become an increasing problem in the city, and the two departments have come with a creative way to stop it, according to Lt. Anthony Griffin of the BPD.
â€śJuveniles who are currently on probation and ordered to perform community service for crimes of graffiti, are now assisting in cleaning up the graffiti,â€ť he said.
The Hutchinson County Airport is preparing to have some special visitors.
Pilots in The 35th annual Air Race Classic will make a pit stop in Borger next week. Dennis Oâ€™Bryant, Airport Manager, said they are expected to come in on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. The race is from June 21-24.
Hutchinson County Commissioners have thrown their backing behind the recent disaster declaration banning the sale and use of fireworks across the area.
On Thursday morning in the Hutchinson County Courthouse, the commissioners approved the declaration for the ban of fireworks lasting through July 5, 2011.
Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards stated that it makes no difference whether it is inside or outside the county, people will still be prosecuted. Police will be ordered to write tickets to those who do not obey the restrictions.
After a great season at the plate and out of centerfield, recent Borger graduate Garrett Irwin was named to the THSBCA 3A Third team All-State team.
Irwin played a key role in helping the Borger Bulldogs claim the District 1-3A title and reach the 3A Region I Quarterfinals.
This weekend Irwin will play for the 1A-3A North squad in the THSBCA All Star Game that will be played at at Dell Diamond Park in Round Rock.
3A THSBCA All-State team
PITCHERS: 1st Team
Chad Hollingsworth, Robinson
Cory Taylor, Kennedale
andy Flores, Robstown
PITCHERS: 2nd Team
Colten Brewer, Canton
On Tuesday a Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Tournament was held at the Borger Country Club with local golfers Dylan Coffer taking first place and Nathan Forrest taking second place in the boys 15-16 year old division.
Coffer and Forrest tied for first place after the regular round, with both shooting a two under par 70. Leading to a scorecard playoff with Coffer coming out as the winner.
Coffer will be a sophomore at Borger High School while Forrest will be a junior at West Texas High School.
As Amarillo Sox Vice President/General Manager Mark Lee stepped onto the field on Wednesday evening, it was clear the presentation of the Joe Frank Wheeler Scholarship is something that is dear to the manâ€™s heart.
Lee started the presentation talking about Wheeler and the role he had played in Amarillo professional baseball and the support and work he had done over the years with Texas Panhandle area high school athletics.
Wheeler served as the PA Announcer for several years in Amarillo and prior to that worked as the voice of Borger Bulldog and Lady Bulldog athletics.
The City of Borger has officially taken action to participate in the issuing of revenue bonds by the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority.
Action was taken by the Borger City Council earlier this month to authorize participation in the CRMWAâ€™s Subordinate Lien Revenue Bonds, Series 2011, and approve an amendment to the City of Borgerâ€™s conjunctive use groundwater supply agreement with CRMWA.
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.