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A work crew from the Texas Department of Transportation Monday evening patched the largest of the potholes in front of the bridge over Blue Creek on the northbound road of U.S. 87/287 south of Dumas, offering some relief to drivers who have been sustaining vehicle damage at what has been the…

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Safe Place, Inc., the domestic violence shelter and sexual assault crisis center that has been offering services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Moore, Sherman, Hartley, and Dallam Counties for more than 30 years, is continuing to serve clients, even as it struggles to …

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Texas law enforcement agencies are currently searching for Marcus Lee Torres, a convicted sex offender, who was recently released on parole from the Baten Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections in Gray County near Pampa, according to a notice from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.  T…

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The nearly $11 million project to repair and overlay the pavement on US 87/287 between Dumas and the Potter County line is in a state of limbo.  Work on the project is at a standstill, and the partially-finished roadway is deteriorating in the winter weather, leaving motorists to deal with a…

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The Dumas Rotary Club is hosting a night of sausages, beer, and music February 8 at 6:30 pm in the 8th Street Events Center in Dumas to raise funds for the many charitable and other projects the organization supports.  

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Moore County Health Foundation recently awarded 13 scholarships for the Spring 2020 semester. Recipients include (order shown in the gallery) Elizabeth Deregules - RN, Gay Ku Paw - LVN AC, Gloria Leyva - FP LVN, Karina Cervantes - RN, Lilliana de la Pena - RN, Madison Brass - RN, Makenzie Du…

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Tracy Torisk and Miles Mixon of Valero Energy presented a check for $150,000 to members of the board of trustees, administration, and athletic staff of the Dumas Independent School District (DISD) Thursday at the stadium field house.  The money is for a new, more modern scoreboard for the st…

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The Blue Creek bridge on FM 1913 in Moore County and the recreation area beneath it will be closed from Friday, January 24, through Sunday, January 26, according to a press release from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot).  The bridge is being lifted so that repairs can be made to…

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A large crowd turned out Thursday to tour the remodeled and soon-to-be-reopened Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic and meet the three ob/gyn physicians who will be helping Moore County women with their reproductive and gynecological health needs.  The clin…

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 13 asked for a presidential disaster declaration for three counties that sustained widespread damage attributed to severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds, hail and tornadoes.

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According to Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna, as of January 1, 2020, applications for Ballots by Mail for the upcoming 2020 elections are available from her office.  Not all voters are eligible.  Only those who are 65 years of age or older, disabled, expecting to be absent from the county …

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Construction has begun on the new secure entrance to Dumas Junior High School (DJHS), so, until further notice, beginning Monday, January 20th, parents or others driving students to and from Dumas Junior High School will no longer be able to use the traditional drop off/pick up area and entr…

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Sunray Independent School District Superintendent Marshall Harrison is among the 15 individuals Governor Greg Abbott recently appointed to the Governor’s Broadband Development Council. Harrison’s term is set to expire in August of 2024.

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The United Way of Moore County had a record-breaking year, as the community came together and raised $600,568 for 2019/2020 Campaign, according to Jackie Wiswell, who serves as executive director.

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Every year the Moore County Hospital Auxiliary awards $500 scholarships to one or two Dumas High School (DHS) graduates who are in their second year of training for a health career.  On Monday, in the lobby of Memorial Hospital, Nedra Napp and Phyllis Palser, both Auxiliary volunteers and re…

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Lieutenant Brandon Jones of the Moore County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) presented Deputy Derek Gray a Letter of Commendation Friday for his work in an incident that took place on Sunday, December 22.  It was an incident that involved a stolen vehicle, a suspect trying to avoid arrest, a church …

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The Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Moore County News-Press, Moore County Journal, Big Country 95.3 KDDD Radio and BlueCoud.tv, will host a Candidates Forum on Thursday, February 6th, starting at 6:30 PM. The event will take place at the Dumas High School auditori…

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Though flu season usually peaks later in the year, the number of cases of flu across the nation and in Texas is already increasing at a rapid rate, according to both the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of Health Services (DSHS).  Eight childr…

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Irene Delgado is the new executive director for the Dumas Downtown Association (DDA).  If you have attended an event in Dumas recently, you have probably seen her.  "I have been to a lot of events," she said.   Delgado was, until recently,  a payroll specialist at Moore County Hospital Distr…

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Winners have been drawn in the first annual Holiday Give-Back Giveaway, a shop local promotion conducted by the Moore County News-Press, the Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce and the Dumas Economic Development Corporation.

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"They have made it so enticing to the kids," said Dumas Independent School District (DISD) Police Department Chief Larry Payne.  He was talking about "vaping" or the use of so-called e-cigarettes, a practice that the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) says has risen from thr…

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Santa Claus and a group of Dumas Noon Lions Club members and relatives led by Pam Cox, along with Lions Club Sweetheart Macie Medrano, brightened the lives of 47 children from 17 Dumas and Cactus families Christmas Eve.  The Lions and Santa were delivering presents to families who otherwise …

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Republican Party County Chair Bill Knight was in the Moore County Clerk's office Thursday to watch as Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna and her employees drew names from a tiny red, white, and blue pail to determine in what order the  candidates' names will appear on the ballot for the March…

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"Local control right now in the Texas Legislature is on life support, and it is one of the most troubling things I have seen," said State Senator Kel Seliger Tuesday, December 10, before a group of voters in the Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce.  The senator was in Dumas as part of a s…

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"I planned this a long time ago," said 69th Judicial District Attorney candidate Erin Lands of her campaign event Thursday evening, December 5, in the 8th Street Event Center in Dumas.  The tables were decorated, and Laura Maner of the Kokken food truck had prepared ham, sausage, dips, chees…

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Thanks to area first responders and a number of businesses and individuals, the grinch didn't steal Christmas this year for 65 local children who were facing a bleak holiday season.  They got to shop for presents at Walmart Saturday with police officers, sheriff's deputies, firefighters, gam…

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"I thought it was awesome.  It was cool to see all the lights," said Michael Peeples one of the many spectators lined up along Main Street in Sunray Monday night to watch the first Sunray Christmas Lights Parade.  First responders and more than 25 lighted floats from all over the county para…

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It is hard to have a merry Christmas when you are unable to leave your home to shop for necessities because of age or disability.  It is even worse when your income is so low it forces you to choose between heat and medicine or food or soap.  There are many such people in Moore County -- peo…

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Cartrite family members and family friends, together with members of the Dumas and Lubbock Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts and the Dumas American Legion post, gathered Saturday in the Family Life Center of the Sunray Baptist Church to honor the service and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant (S…

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"As a survivor, I have a responsibility to tell young people what happened and what could happen again," said Holocaust survivor Peter Feigl Thursday in response to a Dumas sixth grade student's question about how he felt about having survived events that took the lives of his parents and si…

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Sunray residents and visitors will have a new holiday event this year:  the Sunray Christmas Lights Parade.  Put on by the Sunray Lions Club to benefit the Sunray Resource Center, the parade starts at the Ag Producers parking lot on 3rd and Main Streets at 6:30 pm December 2 and ends at the …

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Staff Sergeant (SSG) Harvey Lee Cartrite was a ball turret gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 412th Bomber Squadron, 95th Bomber Group, Heavy, in April of 1944.  The duty was tough and dangerous.  The 412th flew bombing missions almost daily to strike at some of the most valuable targ…

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Shortly before 6:00 pm Saturday evening, Santa Claus took a break from posing for pictures with children and walked to the steps of the Moore County Courthouse in Dumas.  The Dumas Jr. High School and 6th Grade Choirs had just finished performing on the steps, and Candy Cane Lane was startin…

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The Dumas and Sunray bond measures have officially passed, according to Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna.  "We have all provisional ballots resolved, and the eligible late ballots were received, and the official count was resolved Tuesday afternoon," she said.  

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Sunray ISD Superintendent Marshall Harrison, shown standing on the right in the photo, was recently invited to give testimony in Austin to the House Public Education Committee over the implementation of HB 3 in public schools. Harrison made the trip to Austin in October.

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The Dumas and Sunray Independent School District bond elections took place on November 5, but the outcome has yet to be certified as of Tuesday, November 12, according to Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna.  McKanna said she was having to wait for investigations into the eligibility of severa…

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Panhandle Community Services (PCS) has moved from their old offices on 5th Street across from Texan Sky Credit Union to new offices in Ad Rem Town Center I at 801 South Bliss Avenue, Suite 101 B, in Dumas.  According to Alma Borunda, program specialist in the Dumas office, all of the service…

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"We have an incredible wealth of knowledge about military life.  We were all senior non-commissioned officers while we were in, and we have had to deal with a lot of issues," said Randy Willmon, retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class.  Willmon is one of three "veteran navigators" working to …

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When Caroline Alexander was born on November 11, 1919, fighting in the First World War had been over for exactly a year to the day.  Woodrow Wilson was president.  The last veteran of World War I died in 2012.  But Alexander?  "I just keep on keeping on," she said last Friday.  Though her 10…

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Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center Executive Director Monica Sullivan was present Monday as Keith Christie changed the locks on the old building at 215 East 5th Street that until recently housed Panhandle Community Services and the Moore County Food Bank and more than fifty years ago was the…

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Last week, Sheila Haltom gave Panhandle Children's Foundation (PCF) $8,000 of the money that was left over after the closing of the Moore County Food Pantry, an organization she and her late husband, John, ran for many years.  "He was one of the founders of Panhandle Children's Foundation.  …

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From airports to government buildings and schools, walking through metal detectors has become a common part of contemporary life.  On Thursday, Dumas High School (DHS) Principal Brett Beesley, Assistant Principal Janice Ruzowski,  Dumas Independent School District (DISD) Police Department Ch…

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About 40 Girl Scouts, Brownies, and adult volunteers from troops across the county came together Tuesday evening in the Moore County Girl's Center in Dumas to celebrate the October 31, 1860, birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA.  

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"We are about changing the traffic dynamics.  We don't want any more of those crashes," said LaViza Matthews of the Texas Department of Transportation.  She was in Dumas on Tuesday to award two grants to the Moore County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) that will help deputies increase patrolling of …

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Motorists driving on the south end of Dumas Avenue in the evening this past week have, no doubt, seen that there is a new LED sign in front of the Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.  It is bright.  "We are very excited and hope it will be an asset to the community," s…