Burn ban in effect for Moore County
Moore County has been placed under a burn ban. The action was taken during Monday's meeting of the Moore County Commissioners' Court. The burn ban will be in effect for 90 days unless the situation improves, at which time the county judge may lift the ban.

Ivins, Hill place in record books competition
Two Moore County 4-H youth placed in the recent District 1 4-H record books competition that took place at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension in Amarillo.

Moore County's Cayman Ivins placed first in Intermediate Leadership while Justin Hill placed second in Junior Entomology.

The 4-H youth keep detailed records of 4-H projects undertaken throughout the year in order to develop skills in communication, organization, goal setting, problem-solving and documentation, according to Shawnte Clawson, AgriLife Extension 4-H youth development specialist in Amarillo.   

Law enforcement honored with complimentary lunch
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Members of the Dumas Police Department and the Moore County Sheriff's Office were treated to a "thank you" lunch at K-Bob's in Dumas on Tuesday. Jay Bhakta said the restaurant did this to thank local and county law enforcement for all they do to keep us safe. He said it was especially important with all the negativity toward police making national news. Both Dumas Chief of Police Jim Nelson and Moore County Sheriff Bo DeArmond said it means a lot to them to know the community appreciates the work of their departments.

Lightning splits tree
A line of strong storms made their way across the Texas Panhandle Friday evening (July 15), bringing some much-needed rain, along with some strong wind and lightning. This tree, in a yard on Hickory Ave., fell victim to a lightning strike that split it in half.

Xcel Energy provides update on Dumas outage
Statement from Xcel Energy: "Emergency repairs at a Dumas substation will take longer than anticipated, and affected customers will not have service restored by noon today as hoped. A mobile substation transformer was installed but it is not operating to our satisfaction, so we will be setting a series of smaller transformers on lines in the affected area in order to restore the 194 customers who are without power, even as we continue to test the central unit. We are working with the Moore County Emergency Operations Center to identify the affected customers and communicate this information. As more information becomes available, we will provide an estimated time of restoration."

Emergency management opens cooling station
Due to power outage, a cooling station has been opened at the Moore County Community building, 1600 S. Maddox. If you need a ride or assistance, please call 806-935-2151 and someone will assist you.

Utility pole down on Dumas Ave.
(3:30 p.m. Friday, July 8) A utility pole is down in the southbound lane of Dumas Ave. near the Dairy Queen. Crews are on the scene working to remedy the situation. Currently, the pole rests against the pickup truck shown in the photo above. Use caution if driving in this area.

U.S. Attorney General issues statement following Dallas shootings
The flags fly at half staff at the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Dumas following last night's shootings in Dallas.

Last night, at least five police officers were shot and killed, and several more were injured – along with two civilians – as they sought to protect a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families who have lost loved ones. The Department of Justice – including the FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office – is working closely with our state and local counterparts, and we intend to provide any assistance we can to investigate this attack, and to heal a community that has been severely shaken and deeply scarred by an unfathomable tragedy. This is an unfolding situation and we will provide additional information when it is available and appropriate.

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