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Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) officials are stepping up efforts to protect patients and staff from the coronavirus (COVID-19) after cases were confirmed within 100 miles of Dumas and a patient suspected of being infected by the virus was admitted to Memorial Hospital Saturday evening…

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The Moore County Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday during their regular commissioners' court to extend until April 19 the disaster declaration that Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades initially signed into effect on Friday.  The declaration bans social gatherings of 10 people or more an…

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Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) officials are stepping up efforts to protect patients and staff from the coronavirus (COVID-19) after cases were confirmed within 100 miles of Dumas, according to Ashley Smith, MCHD Marketing and Administrative Project Coordinator.  Though there have bee…

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The Moore County Commissioners issued a declaration of disaster for the county due to the "public health emergency" of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic late Friday afternoon in a special, emergency meeting in the second floor court room of the Moore County Courthouse.  The move follows si…

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"We will still be operating, but we will be doing a curbside delivery," said Terrie Hill of the Moore County Senior Center.  The Senior Center has been a lifeline to many of Moore County's elderly residents for years, offering lunch five days a week and a chance to socialize, play games, and…

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The Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) has announced that due to the threat of the coronavirus both the hospital and nursing home will be on lock down until the threat has passed.  Though there has been no case of the virus confirmed in Dumas or Moore County as yet, MCHD officials say the…

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Friends and supporters of Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of Dumas filled the pastoral center of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Thursday evening, March 5, for the annual Care Net Banquet.  This year, in addition to feasting on steaks donated by JBS and cooked by the Knights of Co…

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Carrying signs reading "Stop Bullying Now!" and "Bully Free Zone," children from the Dumas Discovery Center Child Care Center, center staff, and some parents marched around the Moore County 1st Street Annex Thursday to protest against the growing problem of bullying among children.  The demo…

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David Swinford, member of the Dumas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) Board of Directors presented a Community Grant check for $1000 to Paul Jenkins, past president of the Cowboy Classic Rodeo Association (CCRA) Thursday at Moore County Baer-Record Rodeo Arena in Dumas.  The grant will…

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AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver License Offices across the state are closing immediately. This temporary closure will not apply to those seeking an initial Commercial Driver License (CDL). DPS offices that provide CDL testing …

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We can’t turn on our televisions without hearing about it, and we can’t walk into stores and see empty shelves without thinking about it — COVID 19, or the coronavirus, is seriously impacting our world.

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Barring bad weather, a long-anticipated project to resurface Maddox Avenue, and end the persistent "bleeding" of oil from the street during hot weather, will begin Monday, March 16, according to an announcement from Dumas City Manager Arbie Taylor.  The work will go from 1st Street south to …

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As physicians, other medical experts, and the public learn more about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, scientists are learning more about the similarities – and differences – between COVID-19 and influenza. Both viruses cause respiratory disease, yet the World Health Organization (WH…

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With the beginning of the Texas Panhandle spring storm season just weeks away, Mike Gittingen of the National Weather Service (NWS) told the Moore County Commissioners Monday in their regular commissioners' court that Moore County was officially re-certified as "storm ready."  To earn the de…

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A black pickup struck and severely damaged the Lao Sticky Rice food trailer located on the west side of the 200 Block of South Dumas Avenue about an hour ago. The impact pushed the food trailer through the fence of the next door property. The pickup as well suffered extensive damage and was …

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Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna and her staff have tested the voting machines that will be used Tuesday, March 3, in the so-called Super Tuesday primary election four times in the past week.  She says they are error free and ready to be used on election day.  With early and mail-in voting …

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Motorists in the last few days may have noticed that some of the signal lights that for decades have regulated intersections on Dumas Avenue are now blinking yellow for vehicles heading north or south on the avenue and blinking red for traffic heading east and west on 5th, 6th, and 8th Stree…

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Early voting in person for the March 3 Democratic and Republican Party primaries begins Tuesday, February 18.   According to Moore county Clerk Brenda McKanna, Moore County voters wishing to cast an early vote in person will have two choices of polling places from which to do so:  the 1st St…

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"I had polio, and I never got medical help when I was a child.  So, when I became a physician, I thought, 'I have to give back,' " said Dr. Ositadinma Opara, Dumas Internist and immigrant from Nigeria.  

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Three candidates for Moore County Tax Assessor/Collector, two candidates for 69th Judicial District Attorney, and nine candidates, both Republican and Democrat, hoping to take the place of the retiring Mac Thornberry as 13th Congressional District Representative in Washington came together T…

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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…