June 27th, 2011
Officials are currently investigating several fires that burned in Hutchinson County throughout this weekend.
During the weekend, there was a total of 18 reported fires.
On Saturday June 25, 2011, a total of 10 fires broke out two miles south of Stinnett on Highway 152 around noon. Then, four more fires were reported at 12:05 p.m. on Highway 687 the same day.
Firefighters from Stinnett, Fritch, Borger, and Hutchinson County also responded to a fire that started from a downed electrical line.
To say temperatures in Borger and Hutchinson County are hot right now is an understatement.
With that said, there are some important things people need to remember to safeguard themselves and those they love from the summer heat.
In order to prevent summer heat exhaustion, it is important to follow a few safety tips and look for signs. A personâ€™s temperature should never reach 105 degrees as it could result in heatstroke.
Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards said that if a person has heatstroke, the person probably isnâ€™t sweating much, and his/her pulse may be rapid.
The Hutchinson County Historical Museum hosted its Annual Adobe Walls Trek this past Saturday, which was filled with a variety of activities and special guests. Left, among the special guests were Glen and Ardith Parker Leming, who took time to visit with Museum Director Wes Phillips at the museum prior to the trek. A. Leming is the great-granddaughter of Quanah Parker. Right, many local citizens traveled out to the Adobe Walls Site, where they got to hear traditional Indian songs and stories and see a cedar smoking ceremony. For more photos from the trek, see pg. 5 of todayâ€™s edition.
Borgerâ€™s upcoming Summer Celebration is just around the corner!
This yearâ€™s event, which is being hosted by the Borger Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in Huber Park.
Beverly Benton, CEO of the Chamber, said people attending this yearâ€™s event can enjoy live country music by the Prairie Dogs, along with a variety of booths for fun and entertainment.
Some of the booths this year include bouncy houses for the kids, face painting, hand-crafted items of all types, games, various raffles, photo booths, and Scentsy products.
One dream many young girls share is picturing themselves down the road being able to walk along the track of the football field getting their teamâ€™s fans fired up by performing the various cheers and dance routines as a member of the high school cheerleading squad.
Ten year old Elvira Carrales of Amarillo shares that same dream of being able to get a crowd pumped up by being a cheerleader.
Texas Panhandle residents will pedal toward a world free of multiple sclerosis during Bike MS: The Wild West Ride 2011, presented by BP on Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17.
The race is aiming to raise $100,000 to fund multiple sclerosis research, along with programs and services for more than 56,000 Texans served by the National MS Society.
The annual two-day fundraising ride is fully-supported and features a scenic route from Amarillo to Canadian.
Capt. Douglas M. Smith, 86, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Amarillo.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Panhandle, where Mr. Smith was a Deacon Emeritus. Rev. Bill Austin will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.
Douglas was born July 15, 1924, to Blanch Ems Smith and Dwight Moody Smith on the Ems farm outside of Lubbock.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1789 on Main Street officially has a new sign!
In early April, the old sign on the VFW building was removed so it could be replaced it with a new electronic sign from Sign Tronix in California.
Joe Nivens of the VFW said that it took about two and a half months just to find someone interested in putting the sign up on the building. D.E. Rice Construction worked to get the sign hung on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
A Borger man has been indicted for capital murder.
On Thursday, a Hutchinson County Grand Jury met to consider evidence in the April 20, 2011, slaying of Lois Kimbrell. Mrs. Kimbrell, 97, was found dead in her Borger home on the morning of April 21 by a Meals on Wheels volunteer. She suffered multiple stab wounds as well as blunt force head trauma.
This past weekend, Frank Phillips College sophomore Logan Helton earned a third place finish in bull riding at the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.
Helton, a Pampa native studying agriculture business at FPC, placed third in the nation behind Cody Teel of Sam Houston State University and Doug Vowkaw of Hill College.
Aboard the bull Cassius Clay, Helton splitÂ fourth andÂ fifth place with a 77 in round two,Â then came back and won the short go-round with the highest mark of the week, scoring an 84 aboard Ty Rinaldoâ€™s bull, Freaking Wild.