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A strange collection of clowns, puppets and monsters turned Morningside Elementary School gymnasium into "Safety Park" Friday morning and held students in thrall for over an hour.  The children laughed and were entertained as they sat watching on the gymnasium floor.  But the clowns and mons…

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"I wouldn't say we give them preference, we just make sure that we have built in measures to recruit veterans, that they know we have positions that are open … we definitely want veterans to apply," said Kathy Goodwin, lead human resources specialist at Valero McKee Refinery.  She accepted o…

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The Dumas Animal Shelter and Teeter Veterinary Service are teaming up for a low-cost vaccination clinic for dogs and cats. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dumas Animal Shelter, which is located at 1830 S. Maddox.

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"We love this museum," said Mack Mc Dougal of Amarillo, who along with his family was attending Museum Day Saturday at the Window on the Plains Museum and The Art Center in Dumas.  

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Dumas High School (DHS) students and teachers conducted drills Monday as part of a required program to prepare for emergencies.  Under the supervision of Dumas Independent School District (DISD) Police Chief Larry Payne, DHS Principal Brett Beesley and others, students and teachers practiced…

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Dumas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) Executive Director Michael Running spoke to Dumas city commissioners Monday evening in their regular meeting and requested "a variance to fire department notice of violations regarding local daycare centers."  He was speaking on behalf of two day…

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It was an amazing way to celebrate her 54th birthday, but Judy Fleming of Lubbock rode a bicycle 100 miles from Dumas to Lake Meredith to Fritch and back faster than any other woman Saturday in the Texas Tumbleweed 100, a bicycle ride/race put on as a fundraiser by the Moore County YMCA.  Th…

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The Twelfth Annual Museum Day will feature 37 quilts on display in The Art Center.  The quilts are from 21 quilt makers and will hang until October 15. The quilters are from Dumas, Guymon, Sunray, Stratford, Dalhart and Amarillo.

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"Our committee felt this is a very worthwhile place to come for our senior citizens," said Grace Pierson of the Dumas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC).  "It is very needed."  She, along with David Swinford, member of the board of directors of the DEDC, presented a Community Grant chec…

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"I have not seen this before anywhere," said POLICOM Corp. President William H. Fruth Tuesday in a presentation sponsored by the Dumas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) to local business and government leaders at Amarillo College.  He was talking about the fact that Moore County, uniqu…

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Dumas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) board member David Swinford presented a Community Grant check for $7,500 to Shane Nelson, Moore County YMCA executive director, Thursday to purchase supplies for the Y's after-school program.  The presentation took place in the gymnasium of Hillc…

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A Sunray educator is being recognized for her efforts to make a difference in the lives of her students at Sunray Elementary School. Second grade teacher Ramonda Raymond, a 20-year educator, has been nominated for the 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year award.

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Moore County Hospital District board members, medical staff and other district employees were on hand Tuesday for a special ceremony commemorating the addition currently being constructed at the hospital campus in Dumas. Those in attendance were given the opportunity to sign the steel beams …

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"A lot of people think that what happens in the legislature doesn't affect them.  I am here to tell you it absolutely does," said Rep. Four Price to 4th grade students at Green Acres Elementary School in Dumas in March 2018.

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Fourteen Amarillo College students, all of whom are pursuing their Registered Nursing degrees, have been awarded scholarships from an endowment established to aid local students with their healthcare educations.

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"Dumas is a good town.  I love Dumas.  The only problem is the taxes," said Andres Rodriguez.  He was one of a group of Moore County residents who came to the first of two scheduled public hearings Monday on the proposed tax rate increase that Moore County Commissioners approved Aug. 27.  Th…

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Moore County Commissioners voted August 27 in their regular commissioners' court to propose a property tax rate increase from last year's .507517 per $100 valuation to .527517 for this year.  Because the proposed rate is greater than the effective rate of .495773, the county is required by l…

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Moore County Commissioners voted August 27 in their regular commissioners' court to propose a property tax rate increase from last year's .507517 per $100 valuation to .527517 for this year.  Because the proposed rate is greater than the effective rate of .495773, the county is required by l…

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Museum Day 2018 is set to kick off Saturday, September 29 at Window on the Plains Museum and The Art Center.

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A routine trip to a local store turned into a freighting situation for a local woman as her vehicle was stolen at gunpoint.

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"We want to be as transparent as we can be.  What we know, we want to convey to y'all," said Dumas Mayor Pat Sims to an audience of concerned local residents Thursday in a meeting between city and county officials and members of the public in the Moore County Community Building on the potent…

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"There are three types of people in this room today:  the people who spend their time wishing and watching other people live, the people who love to talk about what they are going to do, and the people who get up and go do the things they love," said Mike Smith, motivational speaker, consult…

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On August 28, Moore County 4-H held their annual Gold Star banquet. Each year Moore County 4-Her’s are recognized for their achievements in 4-H. Every 4-Her gets their project completion pin. High point 4-Her’s receive jackets. All of the 4-H volunteers are recognized, and the group honors t…

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"We like for everyone to come out and have a good time," said Nick Jordan, president of the Panhandle Children's Foundation (PCF).  He was talking about the 15th annual Hogs at the Point motorcycle rally and barbecue cookoff Friday and Saturday at Talon Point Retreat between Dumas and Channi…

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"Every Eagle Scout candidate has to complete a project that is useful to the community," said Trent Simnacher as he was working with friends and relatives to build a pergola in the small yard outside the Dumas Animal Shelter.  "One guy cleaned the town sign by Walmart; another spray painted …

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Two local veteran organizations are joining forces to host a cookout in honor of Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. The community is encouraged to come out, meet local veterans, share stories and mingle with friends.

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"He does not like to brag," said Jayla Lackey, district representative in Congressman Mac Thornberry's Amarillo office.  A topic that the congressman did not address in his talk to the Lions -- and that he has not plastered all over his social media -- is the fact that he has been awarded th…

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"We exceeded our goal of $100,000, and we have more money coming in," said Kathie Fuston, executive director of the Moore County Health Foundation (MCHF).  "This is such a generous community;  I want to thank everyone.  This will be our biggest fundraiser ever."  Between the silent auction, …

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October 1st will mark the beginning of a new fiscal year for the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District. At the August 8th meeting of the Board of Directors, members discussed and voted on items to wrap up the current fiscal year, adopt a new tax rate, and plan for future budgetary needs.

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"We want to show support and gratitude to our first responders," said Aaron Saavedra, pastor of the Door CFM Church of Dumas.  The church hosted a free concert Saturday in McDade Park to pay tribute to "all civil servants and first responders."  The general public was invited.  The event att…

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Less than three months after her dream of becoming a police officer came true, 10-year-old Kaitlyn De Leon succumbed to the cancer she had been battling for the past two years.

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The 12th installment of the Cowboy Classic Rodeo will be taking place this Friday and Saturday at the Moore County Rodeo Arena in Dumas.

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"The Harvest is our major annual fundraiser," said Kathie Fuston, executive director of the Moore County Hospital Foundation(MCHF).  "The foundation has made some significant contributions to projects beneficial to the community.  Two years ago we raised funds for a scholarship endowment for…

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Moore County Crime Stoppers is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of an individual wanted for allegedly taking a motor vehicle.

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Whether you’re in need of book bags, blackboard chalk or bell-bottom pants, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and certain other items during the state’s sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Su…

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"It is an honor, really," said Dumas artist Manuel Franco on being asked to be the featured artist for the 82nd annual XIT Rodeo and Reunion August 2-4.  "I have been the featured artist for the XIT Rodeo and Reunion 12 times, including the 50th and the 75th anniversaries."  Franco showed hi…

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"I couldn't live with myself, if I ran over a child," said Eddie Crossland, director of operations for Dumas Independent School District (DISD).  He was talking about his concerns for safety as school buses and children return to the streets August 15 for the first day of the new school year…

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The Cowboy Classic Rodeo Association is gearing up for its annual pre-rodeo fundraising event — the Calcutta and Dance.

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Elmo Blythe opens his front door and greets visitors to his house with a firm handshake.  Then he leads them out into the back yard to see his garden.  It is an extraordinary sight.  Watermelons, peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupes, okra, and squash cover the entire back yard.  It is not a small …

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The Dumas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) Board of Directors voted unanimously in their regular meeting on Tuesday to approve David Swinford as the replacement for Chris Johnson, who resigned after eight years as a member of the board.  

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Pioneer Natural Resources Company announced earlier this week it has signed a purchase agreement to sell its assets in the western Texas Panhandle. The sale, which is to an undisclosed buyer, is for $201 million, according to Pioneer’s website.

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Rob Roach, who had been the Sunray City Manager since Feb. 15, 2016, resigned from the position earlier this week. Members of the Sunray City Council voted unanimously to accept Roach’s resignation during a special meeting conducted on Tuesday, July 31. The resignation was effective immediately.

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“It's just a remembrance of the people who would voluntarily go out to try to protect the community, protect the county without ever asking, and I feel like I need to honor them, because those are the same feelings I have," said James Walker, Sunray volunteer fireman.  

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"Always be very positive, smile, and bring that energy every day," said Shane Nelson, executive director of the Moore County YMCA Wednesday at the Amarillo College Moore County Campus (ACMCC) Career and Technical Center.   He talked about "Motivation: Finding Purpose in the Workplace" to a d…