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.

Head lice: What they are and how to not spread them
Parents, be aware of head lice and how to not spread it

The head louse is a tiny, wingless parasitic insect that lives among human hairs and feeds on tiny amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Lice are a very common problem, especially for kids. They are very contagious, annoying and sometimes tough to get rid of. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), lice are very frustrating to deal with, but they are not dangerous. They do not spread diseases, although their bites can make a child's scalp itchy and irritated, and scratching can lead to infection. It is best to treat lice quickly once they are found because lice can spread easily from person to person. Read more in the Dec. 7 print edition.

Be aware of home holiday fires and how to prevent them
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) states that Christmas trees are responsible for hundreds of home fires each year, often resulting in injury and even death. These fires lead to thousands of dollars in direct property damage, a figure that can never account for the priceless losses of personal sentimental belongings. Find out how to keep your family and your home protected from holiday fires by reading the Nov. 30 print edition.

DPD: Be safe this Christmas shopping season
The first snow has fallen, Thanksgiving is just a week away, and that means it is also time for Christmas shopping season. While shopping for your family and friends, it is important to make sure you and the items you purchase remain safe.
"Unfortunately, there is always a criminal element out there with the sole intention of taking your items thus putting a damper on the holiday season," said Dumas Chief of Police Jim Nelson.
First of all, Nelson said it is important to be aware of your surroundings. He also said you should park in well-lit areas. Also, when walking to your vehicle after shopping, Nelson said to make sure your keys are readily available.
Find many more safety tips in the Nov. 20 print edition.

Second DEDC board request meets same fate
A second attempt to get approval for the reappointment of Dumas Economic Development Corporation board member David Swinford met the same fate as a previous attempt it was tabled. Mayor Pat Sims and Commissioner David Bonner both voted yes while Commissioners Vernon McDowell and Mike Funk both voted no. The agenda item was tabled until all the city commissioners could be present to have further discussion since Steve Bodnar was absent during the meeting.

Killgore library getting a facelift
A bid from Shelby Swimmer Paint was approved to remove old 4 foot commercial cove baseboards and reinstall new cove baseboards in the Killgore Memorial Library at the cost of $700 ($217.25 for materials and $482.75 for labor). Moore County Commissioners approved this action item at Monday morning's meeting of the commissioners' court. Read about other action taken by the commissioners in the Nov. 13 print edition.

Demonettes win area title
The Demonettes topped El Paso Eastlake 3-2 Saturday in Andrews to claim their 27th consecutive area championship. Next up is El Paso High Tuesday, likely in Seminole at 7pm.

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