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Sunray NJHS inducts new members
Sunray National Junior Honor Society inductees include (front, left to right) Madeline Derrick, Austyn Smock, Yessenia Palacio, Allison Cox, Blanca Colorado, Vanessa Corbin, (back, left to right) Audree Wilson, Rylee DeBord, Jayci Stokes, Connor Crownover, Michael Peeples and Dominic Loya.

Principals address their improvement plans
Dumas Independent School District's Board of Trustees heard the campus improvement updates of principals at the Monday evening's school board meeting. In the fall each campus and the district developed a Targeted Improvement Plan to address the 2-5 critical needs on each of their campuses and the district. Part of this plan is quarterly evaluations to monitor if the interventions and strategies are working and what adjustments need to be made. Each DISD principal presented their updates to the Board of Trustees. Read more about the meeting in the Feb. 12 print edition.

Local exhibitors make strong showing at National Western
Two local livestock exhibitors recently made the trip to Denver, Colo., to compete in the National Western Stock Show, which featured 700 entries from across the United States. Dumas’ two exhibitors, Makenzie Venable and Kenlie Baxter, each placed well in the show. Venable was the champion exhibitor in the heavy weight cross division while Baxter was the reserve champion exhibitor in the Poland China barrow division. Read more in the Feb. 1 print edition.

BBB: Businesses beware of 'Yellow Page' bills
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) in Amarillo, which serves Texas Panhandle Region, is advising local businesses to be on the lookout for what appear to be invoices for yellow page directory listings when, in fact, these are solicitations for listings in other directories.

DHS Hall of Fame seeking nominees
Nominations are being accepted through March 2 for the Dumas High School Hall of Fame. Find more information and a nomination form here.

Welcome the first baby of 2015
Courtesy photo
Kamsiyochukwu Jaden Nwokeocha, MCHD's "First Baby of the Year", was born Jan. 6, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.  He weighed 7 pounds/12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Esther Chinenye Nwokeocha, his mother, holds him while MCHD Auxiliary volunteer Dorothy Bishop presents a gift basket from the Auxiliary Gift Shop.  He is the son of Esther and Kingjoe Nwokeocha and has two siblings: Ezinwe and Angel.

Farewell to stand-alone inspection stickers
As a result of the House Bill 2305 passed during the 83rd legislative session, the State of Texas will stop issuing inspection stickers and transition to a "Two Steps, One Sticker" vehicle inspection and registration program. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) states that, beginning on March 1, 2015, vehicles will no longer be issued an inspection sticker. Your registration sticker will serve as a combined proof of registration and inspection. See the Jan. 8 print edition to learn even more about this topic.

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