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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
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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.

TxDOT offers winter weather driving tips
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says to remove snow and ice from your vehicle, making sure the headlights and taillights are visible. Always accelerate slowly and increase your following distance from other vehicles. Braking gently in slow, steady strokes can show you how much traction you have. Drivers also need to begin braking early when approaching intersections or stops. Never use cruise control in winter driving conditions. If you happen to become stranded, call the Texas Department of Public Safety's stranded motorist hotline toll-free at 1-800-525-5555. Read more in the Jan. 4 print edition.

United Way surpasses campaign goal
Christmas came early for United Way of Moore County. According to United Way of Moore County Executive Director Roxann Allen, this year’s campaign has surpassed its $525,000 goal.

Dumas EDC board names 2015 officers
Officers have been chosen for the coming year for the Dumas Economic Development Corporation. David Swinford, who was not reappointed to the board by the Dumas City Commission, will be vacating his seat as vice president and secretary. That post will be filled by Gene Legg, who will assume the role in January. Chris Johnson will remain the board president, and Bob Brinkmann will be the treasurer once again. Ray Oglesby will serve as assistant treasurer, which is currently held by Legg.

Payne: Obey the law; do not pass stopped school buses
Chief Larry Payne, with the Dumas Independent School District (DISD) Police Department, is reminding drivers that it is illegal to pass any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual, either flashing red lights or a stop sign. "Children are particularly vulnerable when entering or exiting a school bus, and drivers who refuse to yield to a stopped school bus put our children in harm's way," said Chief Payne. "The Dumas ISD Police Department and the other law enforcement agencies in Moore County will not tolerate those who ignore the law, and I urge drivers to make safety a priority when they encounter school buses."
Read more in the Dec. 7 print edition.

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