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02
Jan
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BIG WRECK, NO INJURIES

BIG WRECK, NO INJURIES

This spectacular accident luckily produced no injuries or fatalities. According to Ochiltree County Sheriff Terry Bouchard, the semi, driven by Isabel Hernandez, hit some water on the road on Highway 70 south of Perryton Feeders on Friday morning, Dec. 27, at around 9 a.m. Hernandez lost control of the vehicle, which knocked over a utility pole and ended up with the trailer upside down in a field and the truck perched on top.

 

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FIRST HALF OF YEAR PHOTOS

FIRST HALF OF YEAR PHOTOS

Some of the photo highlights of the first half of 2019 were, top left, wind speeds sustained at over 60 miles per hour, with gusts topping 80 mph, hit Perryton in March, uprooting trees, like Patrick Gent’s in the 700 block of Colgate, damaging roof and fences; top right, Josue Hernandez, right, with Coach Casey Arruda, had a great year in powerlifting, winning a state championship in March and capping off his year with a national title in May; and bottom photo, a rendering of the new Ochiltree County Law Enforcement Center, which began construction in June.

 

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New chief, new jail and a national champ topped news

New chief, new jail and a national champ topped news
New chief, new jail and a national champ topped news

Year in Review, Part 1

The first six months of 2019 saw a new police chief, construction begin on the Ochiltree County Law Enforcement Center, state and national champion powerlifters and gas pump skimmers rearing their ugly heads in town.

In January, Assistant Police Chief Mike Smith was appointed the new Police Chief, replacing Tony Hill, who retired.

The city formed a search committee in October 2018 to fill the position after Hill announced his retirement. Some 20 applications were received, before they were narrowed down to three for interviews. Smith was unanimously chosen by the committee as the top candidate.

 

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02
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Last rain of 2019 brings another inch of moisture to county

Ochiltree County enjoyed a quick burst of end-of-year rain showers last Friday night and Saturday morning, along with thick fog and cooler temperatures.

Steve Johnson, located 13 miles northwest of Perryton, reported the most rain, at 1.40 inches.

Mary Dudley in the central part of Perryton and Fred Hale, a half mile west of Highway 83 in the Notla Community, recorded 1.30 inches of moisture.

 

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02
Jan
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County deputy rescues man stuck in bar-ditch

An Ochiltree County deputy rescued a man found lying in a ditch Sunday morning.

Sgt. Rob Herrington of the Ochiltree County Sheriff’s Office discovered Kelly Garton, 42, of Booker lying in a bar-ditch at 11:41 a.m. on Sunday. He was located approximately 1.5 miles south of Highway 15 on County Road 30.

Overnight temperatures on Sunday dipped down to 27 degrees.

 

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Thu
26
Dec
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Local businesses and organizations set closings for New Year’s holiday

The end of the 2010s is days away, with the beginning of the new ‘20s to look forward to, and many Perryton businesses, organizations, and governmental offices will be closed to let their employees celebrate the New Year’s holiday.

Perryton Independent School District is currently closed and will reopen on Jan. 6, with classes resuming on Jan. 7. Frank Phillips College Allen Campus is also currently closed; they will reopen on Jan. 8.

The Senior Citizen Center is currently closed for the holidays and will reopen on Jan. 2.

 

 

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Thu
26
Dec
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Chamber seeking nominees for Citizen of Year award

The Perryton-Ochiltree Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the prestigious Citizen of the Year award, which will be presented at the Chamber’s annual banquet, through Friday, Jan. 10, at 5 p.m.

The Citizen of the Year will be selected by a committee of past recipients.

Nomination forms are available inside today’s Herald, at the Chamber office, or can be found online at www.perryton.org

 

 

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Thu
26
Dec
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BALLOT POSITIONS SET

The Ochiltree County Republican Party held drawings for ballot positions in the upcoming county elections on Dec. 19.

 

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Thu
26
Dec
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Commissioners okay funds for census advertising

The Ochiltree County Commissioners’ Court met for their last meeting of the year on Monday, Dec. 23, at the County Courthouse.

Among items on the agenda, the commissioners approved a proposal to fund advertising for the 2020 Census Complete County Committee. The amount of funding is not to exceed $2,500.

 

 

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Wreaths Across America ceremony honors living area World War II vets

A large crowd attended the Wreaths Across America ceremony, held last Saturday, Dec. 14, at Ochiltree Cemetery.

The event was hosted by the Wolf Creek Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

During the ceremony, special recognition was given to 10 living area World War II veterans. Making the presentation was Cynthia Shattles. She gave a brief summary of each veterans’ service. Following are those.

VernieThomasofPerryton served in the United States Navy from 1944-46 on the USS Casco in the South Pacific. When the ship was underway, he steered the ship from underneath. If anchored, he stood guard on a 20 mm gun. Off duty, he was a ship fitter welder. The USS Casco was hit by a torpedo five days after he was assigned to it, and was the only ship of that type to be torpedoed that did not explode. He was discharged with the rank of Navy ship fitter 3rd class.

 

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