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United Way drive at 81%

The Ochiltree United Way’s 2019 fund drive continued to edge closer to the $115,000 goal last week.

The campaign has now raised $93,493 in contributions, or 81% of the goal.

Two new 100% Companies were added to the list, meaning every employee contributed to United Way, bringing the total to 23. New to the list are Edward Jones Investments and Area Eye Center.

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The Idle American

Conversations about the life of President George H. W. Bush didn’t remain on shore as more than 3,000 folks left Galveston last week for a short cruise on the Carnival Valor. About the time we put out to sea, the United States’ 41st president was completing the final miles of life’s journey, aboard a special train from a final funeral service in Houston to College Station for interment next to his beloved wife, Barbara.

Texas Highway 6, near the tracks on which the train slowly traversed, was a frequent topic. Some vacationers stopped in small towns along the way to pay respects as it rumbled through. Others purposely took different routes to the cruise port to avoid the congestion….

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City’s sales tax payment shows healthy increase

The City of Perryton’s sales tax payment in December showed another nice increase to end the year.

The city’s payment of $277,428 was up over 16% from last December. For 2018, the city’s payments of a little more than $3.2 million topped 2017 by over 11%.

Around the area, all but one city showed an increase in December.

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BEAVER DAMAGES TREES

Trees at Lake Fryer in Wolf Creek Park are being killed by a large beaver that is eating the inner bark. This tree at the boat unloading ramp next to the floating fishing dock was damaged and had to be cut down. Trees along the creek, west of the Lobo Restaurant are being destroyed. Game Warden Jeremy Schwalk and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Dempsey Malaney are calling on animal experts to help solve the problem.

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EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFTS

FirstBank Southwest again sponsored its “Coats and Shoes for Kids” drive for the 18th year to provide warm coats and new shoes to children in need in the Perryton elementary and middle schools. some 95 coats and 50 pairs of shoes were delivered recently to the schools. Pictured are first row, from left, Melissa Underwood, Kathy Frantz, Veronica Herrera, Bianca Valenzuela, Betsy Sena and Maria Gonzales; and in back, Pam Chisum, Annika Coverdale, Connie Romjue, Kelly Brown, Tiffany Bietz, Brady Yeary, Read Cates and Dent Felix. There is still time to donate to the project. Contributions will be accepted at the bank through Friday, Dec. 21.

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Meeting explains need, financing for new jail

The Ochiltree County Commissioners Court, along with the jail advisory committee held a town hall meeting on Dec. 10 to brief the citizens of Ochiltree County about the new jail facility proposed to be built on the lot east of Perry Memorial Library, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

County Judge Earl Mc-Kinley addressed the audience and gave an overview of how long the project has been in the works. He said that the first piece of land was sold to the county by Charles Kelly in 1984. “We’ve put it off as long as we could,” said McKinley.

Sheriff Terry Bouchard showed a slide presentation to the attendees, highlighting the deficiencies of the current jail and showing pictures of the conditions inside.

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ALL-DISTRICT 4A FOOTBALL

The picks for the District 2-4A. DII All-District football teams have been announced, with six Rangers earning honors. 

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Six Rangers earn All District honors

The Perryton Rangers football team landed six players on the District 2-4A, DII All District teams.

Senior running back and linebacker Dakota Buck was named to the All District second team on both offense and defense.

Earning spots on the second team defense were junior defensive lineman Yordi Hernandez, senior linebacker Matthew Cano, senior defensive back Nic Olvera and junior kicker Kenny Ramirez.

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Court names Meraz chief investment officer for county

The Ochiltree County Commissioners’ Court, at the meeting on Monday, Dec. 10, named County Treasurer elect Meraz as the county’s chief investment officer.

They also took care of several other routine matters.

In the past, the position of chief investment office has been held by the current treasurer of the county. Meraz, who ran for treasurer and will take the office on Jan. 1 will also hold the position of chief investment officer.

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ALL-REGION BAND QUALIFIERS

Six Perryton High School band members qualified for the All-Region Band, with two students named as first alternates. Pictured are, first row from left, Alejandro Granillo, Fabian Borunda, Gabrielle Estes and first alternate Manuel Granillo; and back row, first alternate Ethan Richardson, Jaziel Contreras, Caleb Patton and Bryan Moreno. 

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