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11
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NO NEED TO WEIGHT

NO NEED TO WEIGHT

The COVID-19 pandemic forced a lot of changes on Perryton schools, including making it more difficult for many athletes to keep up their training regimens. Perryton High School coaches invited students back to campus this week to help them get back in shape for sports next semester. PHS athletic director Kurt Haberthur was on hand to coach athletes through weight-training exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu
11
Jun
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Commissioners appoint Smith to JP office

Commissioners appoint Smith to JP office

The Ochiltree County Commissioners’ Court met on Monday, June 8, at the county courthouse.

The commissioners announced that long-time Justice of the Peace Braden Karber had decided to retire by the end of the month, so the commissioners planned to appoint a new JP.

Karber has been the county’s Justice of the Peace for 30 years. County Judge Charles Kelly said Karber had decided now was the right time for him to finally retire.

Commissioners heard from three potential appointees – Darlena Hardy, Keith Dutcher, and Gary Smith. After going into executive session to discuss the matter, the commissioners appointed Smith as the JP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sun
07
Jun
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Behold, the Onion…

Behold, the Onion…

Describing the onion as a “lowly vegetable” didn’t set well with the late Othal Brand, for 20 years the McAllen, TX, mayor who cleared many hurdles during his 90-year earthly pilgrimage.

His beloved Rio Grande Valley is now a world center for vegetables in general and for onions in particular.

Ever restless and ever persuasive, Brand often lacked patience, his shirt sleeves already rolled halfway up to take on whoever or whatever stood in the way….

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07
Jun
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Criminal Protests Can’t Cure Racial Injustice

The killing of George Floyd should unite this country, not divide it with day-and-night riots, looting, arson, rubber bullets, and tear gas. This should be a time to seek peace, not more violence.

The killing should unite us because nearly every living being on American soil rightly shares sadness, anger, and grief over what appears to be the callous and brutal murder of a black man by a white Minneapolis cop as three fellow officers stood by and did nothing. In a country divided over almost everything -- a culture that politicizes hydroxychloroquine -- we agree that George Floyd should live among us today.

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Sun
07
Jun
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LEARNING TO SAVE LIVES

LEARNING TO SAVE LIVES

With the Perryton Municipal Water Park set to open on Friday, June 12, city staff are busy helping train new lifeguards. 

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Sun
07
Jun
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Intense storm brings scant relief to bone-dry county

Ochiltree County was treated to dark clouds, high winds, and pounding rain on Thursday afternoon, but the storm provided less moisture than expected.

KEYE’s official rainfall total was .25 of an inch of rainfall.

Vern Meller at Central and Drake in Perryton reported .35 of an inch of rain.

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07
Jun
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Perryton churches begin re-opening in-person services

While some local churches have already started services, other churches around Perryton are still struggling with the question of when they should re-open their doors, and what kinds of precautions they should take when they do so.

A number of churches have already begun in-person services. First Baptist Church is currently hosting two services on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Attendance is limited to 100 people per service, and parishioners must call in and sign up to attend.

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07
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Current COVID-19 count up to 53

Ochiltree General Hospital’s official count of coronavirus cases now stands at 53 positive cases this week, up one from last weekend.

As of late Thursday afternoon, there have been only two deaths connected to the virus pandemic, with 30 patients who have fully recovered.

The county has recorded 223 negative tests and does not have any tests that are still pending.

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Sun
07
Jun
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WHEAT EVALUATIONS

WHEAT EVALUATIONS

County Extension Agents from around the area got together Thursday to evaluatethe Dryland Uniform Variety Trial for Hard Winter Wheat. There were 34 different varieties planted in replicated small plots. The varieties will be harvested for yield, test weight and moisture and a report will be available to producers before planting time to help them with selection of varieties before planting for next year. 

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Thu
04
Jun
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NEW JAIL OPENING PUSHED BACK TO AUGUST

NEW JAIL OPENING PUSHED BACK TO AUGUST

Work continues on the Ochiltree County Law Enforcement Center east of the county courthouse, but the building’s official opening has been tentatively pushed back to August 15. According to Ochiltree County Sheriff Terry Bouchard, the delay is caused by ongoing supply problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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