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Leadership Perryton sign up underway Leadership Perryton XIX is taking applications for the nine month leadership series. It will begin with an orientation on Wednesday, Aug.

Public Meetings

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The Ochiltree County Commissioners’ Court will meet for a regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, at 9 a.m. in the county courthouse. Among other items on the agenda, the commissioners will approve an order for the Nov. 3 general election, appoint election judges, alternates, and the Early Voting Ballot Board; discuss preservation of three vital records books in the County Clerk’s office, and approve a resolution agreement accepting a grant from the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund. The commissioners will also meet in executive session to discuss possible sale of real estate.

Wildfire activity increasing statewide under current weather pattern

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The weather pattern for the upcoming week will be hot and dry due to an upper level ridge of high pressure positioned over the state, according to theT exas A&M Forest Service. This pattern is similar to what was observed July 9-17, when wildfire activity increased across much of the state. During this period of time, state and local resources responded to 205 wildfires that burned a total of 45,376 acres.

R0 concept is key in development of vaccines

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R0 (pronounced “R naught”) is an important concept in epidemiology, or the study of health and disease conditions, including infectious diseases. R0 is key in the development of vaccines and gives doctors and scientists an understanding of pathogen contagion and rate of spread.

Sales tax holiday is this weekend

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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers the annual sales tax holiday for certain clothing items, footwear, backpacks and school supplies is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-9.

SENIOR NEWS

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This has been our very first summer to ever plant a garden. Boy, does Perry have a green thumb. When we first planted I made jokes about “what” he had chosen to plant. Tons of tomato plants – because he loves tomatoes, lots of peppers and black-eyed peas – because he loves them, only two watermelon plants – because I love watermelon and he hates it, and a few cucumber plants – because I love them and he absolutely can’t stand them.

MUSEUM DEBUTS NEW DUGOUT EXHIBIT

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One of the new exhibits at the Museum of the Plains is a model of a dugout dwelling. Dugouts were used as ranch buildings, line shacks, and temporary dwellings up until the 1920s and 1930s in Ochiltree County. The museum’s dugout required the work of 8-10 volunteers to build. Pictured putting some finishing touches on the exhibit is the museum’s assistant director Rena Gay Richardson.

Several Celebration events set this week

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The Perryton-Ochiltree Chamber of Commerce has lined up a month’s worth of activities for this year’s Wheatheart of the Nation Celebration. With the COVID-19 pandemic, Celebration events have been scaled back this year, but there are still plenty of activities.