Commission, in 3-2 vote, approves abandonment of street
The city commissioners were faced with a decision at Monday's meeting on Oct. 20 to vote yes or no to a request for abandoning a portion of E. 2nd Street between Meredith and Bliss, as requested by Moore County Hospital District. This closure would allow for the expansion of the hospital. After a lengthy discussion, the final decision was a 3-2 vote agreeing to abandon the street. Mayor Pat Sims, Mayor Pro-Tem Dr. David Bonner and Commissioner Mike Funk voted yes to the request while Commissioner Steve Bodnar and Commissioner Vernon McDowell voted against it. Read more in the Oct. 23 print edition.

Early voting underway in Moore County
The midterm election takes place on Nov. 4, 2014, and early voting began on Monday and runs through Oct. 31. Early voting in Moore County takes place at the First Street Annex. Citizens need to be aware of the laws that are in effect to be able to cast their ballots. Click above to read more.

Updates coming to Killgore Library
County Commissioners meet on Monday, Oct. 13 and approved numerous updates and employments to many different county departments. The Killgore Memorial Library was approved to purchase window shades from Glass Tech at a cost of no more than $5,000, and the bid from Shelby Swimmer was approved to paint the library at cost of $15,900. Find out about more action taken by county commissioners by reading Page 1 of the Oct. 16 print edition.

Drug-related arrests follow warrant service
Two individuals were arrested, and the investigation continues in a local drug case. Local law enforcement made the arrests following the execution of a search warrant in the 1600 block of E. 7th. According to information from the Moore County Sheriff's Office, the agency, along with Dumas Police Department, executed the search warrant on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at 1615 E. 7th, Eastgate #115. Richard Beecroft, 47, and Tracey Kindrick, 46, were arrested on multiple charges. Both were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 <1 gram and possession of marijuana<2 oz

Cactus VFD welcomes new fire truck
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The Cactus Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) now has a new fire truck to help serve and protect its citizens. The truck, which is a 2015 International four-door pumper truck, was recently on display at Cactus Elementary School along with other fire department and police department vehicles and equipment. Read more about the truck and the visit to Cactus Elementary in the Oct. 12 print edition.

Hospital expansion costs would not be paid by taxpayers
Ever since last year's failed bond election for the construction of a new hospital and assisted living center the members of the Moore County Hospital District Board of Trustees and CEO Jeff Turner have been hard at work to come up with viable alternatives for the aging facility. And they did just that, coming up with an alternative that will be funded internally and will have no impact on property taxes. Recently, Turner, along with MCHD Board President Tom Ferguson, approached the Dumas City Commission to discuss the project. Click the link above to read more, or find an Op-Ed piece HERE.

DPS reminds Texans: Election Identification Certificates available at driver license offices
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans in advance of the upcoming November election that Election Identification Certificates (EIC) are available year-round at all Texas driver license offices for individuals in need of proper identification required to vote in elections in Texas. Additional locations to apply for an EIC will be announced in the near future.

Important dates for upcoming Nov. 4 election
Voting in the Nov. 4 General and Special Election begins soon, according to Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna. Monday, Oct. 6, marks an important deadline the last day to register to vote in order to be able to cast a ballot.
The first day of early voting in person is Monday, Oct. 20, and early voting ends on Friday, Oct. 31. The last day to apply for Ballot by Mail (received, not postmarked), is Friday, Oct. 24, and the last day to receive Ballot by Mail is Tuesday, Nov. 4 (election day) at 7 p.m.

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