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18
Aug
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PISD earns earns overall “B” rating

As public schools throughout Texas have received their Accountability Ratings from the Texas Education Agency for the 2018-19 school year, the Perryton ISD received very good news overall.

The district’s overall rating jumped from a “C” (78) a year ago to a “B” (87) this time, just shy of an “A” rating.

“We are very pleased with the overall progress of the district. A nine point jump in a single year shows great effort from our staff,” PISD Superintendent Tim Little said.

 

 

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Sun
18
Aug
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100th Celebration events crank up this coming week

The Wheatheart of the Nation Celebration kicks into high gear this coming week, with a host of activities.

This year marks Perryton’s 100th year in existence, when settlers from Ochiltree, TX and Gray, OK picked up and moved to create the new town of Perryton.

The Perryton townsite was laid out by the Santa Fe railway as part of their overall development along the new line from Shattuck, OK, on the east into Hansford county on the west. Perryton is one of the few cities in the country that has an actual birthday, Aug. 22, 1919.

 

 

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Thu
15
Aug
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PHS and PJH welcome new band directors this year

Make a note and look sharp as you march to the beat, because Perryton High School and Perryton Junior High have new band directors this year.

Markell Robinson will hold the baton for the PHS Ranger Band, while Andrew Graham will be in charge of the PJH Raider Band. Both come to Perryton from Kermit High School and Kermit Junior High.

 

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Thu
15
Aug
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21st annual Wheatheart Rodeo slated this weekend

The Perryton Rodeo Association will sponsor the 21st annual Wheatheart Rodeo on Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17. Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ochiltree County Arena. Saturday will be “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night.

“Mutton Bustin’” for children under seven years and under 50 pounds will start at 7 p.m. “Mutton Bustin’” is limited to the first 10 riders each night.

 

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Thu
15
Aug
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Commissioners discuss possible tax rate increase

The Ochiltree County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning.

Among the topics discussed was the possibility of raising the county’s tax rate for next year.

The current tax rate is 52.4 cents.

 

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Sun
11
Aug
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LOGAN OPENS POTTERY EXHIBIT AT MUSEUM

Taunia Logan, a 2005 PHS graduate, opened a decorative pottery exhibit this week at the Museum of the Plains. Titled “Cultivated: A Study of Pit Firing with Elements Gathered Throughout the State,” the exhibit features pottery Logan created in April through June of this year. Logan traveled to several locations around Texas, including Perryton, the Hill Country, South Texas beaches, and College Station, where she gathered local materials, like wildflowers, driftwood, seaweed, and bluebonnets, to use while creating pottery using ancient pit-firing techniques. The exhibit will be open at the museum through Sept. 3.

 

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Sun
11
Aug
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Surprise storms last week bring county little moisture

Ochiltree County residents woke up several times this week to storms that hadn’t shown up in the forecasts, but the rainfall wasn’t always significant.

The county received rain on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

KEYE’s official rainfall totals were .23 of an inch on Tuesday, .05 of an inch on Thursday, and .28 of an inch on Friday morning.

 

 

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Sun
11
Aug
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City’s sales tax payment drops 14% in August

The City of Perryton’s sales tax revenue took another hit in August.

The city received a payment of $295,661 for the month, down a little over 14% from August 2018. For the year so far, its payments of a little more than $2 million are down slightly, .85%.

Area cities about evenly split between increases and decreases for the month.

 

 

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Thu
08
Aug
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City to seek effective tax rate

At its meeting Tuesday evening, the Perryton City Council decided on a proposed tax rate, finalized the 2019-20 budget, along with renewing its 9-1-1 contract and hearing good news for utility customers.

The city will seek its effective tax rate (the amount needed to raise the same amount of money as the current year) of 47.3424 cents for 2019-20, up just slightly from the current tax rate of 47.0388 cents.

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Thu
08
Aug
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County’s first public EV charging station installed

North Plains Electric Cooperative installed Ochiltree County’s first public electric vehicle (EV) charging station Tuesday morning at the Museum of the Plains.

“This effort was made by North Plains Electric and the museum to commemorate Perryton’s 100th birthday,” said general manager Randy Mahannah. “This also helps us kickstart our local ability to be a part of the most talked about advancement in vehicle technology since Henry Ford revolutionized the auto industry.”

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