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"The flag at the front of our school building is at half-mast in honor of those individuals who went into that fire, who stood up in that plane and said, 'Let's roll.'  In their honor we are here today," said Dumas Junior High School (DJHS) teacher Kevin Smith Wednesday to a crowd gathered a…

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As part of its effort to promote business and help revitalize the downtown area of Dumas, the Dumas Downtown Association will be hosting a sidewalk sale Saturday, September 14, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm around the courthouse square and on Dumas Avenue.  "We are going to have bargains and sale…

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The Dumas Police Department (DPD) intends to put a stop to drag racing in the parking lot of McDade Park and the surrounding streets, according to Motor Officer Allen Garland.  "They will be charged with the appropriate offense, whether it is racing or reckless driving.  If they are caught r…

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"We want you to know that we here are grateful … we do value your service, and we thank you," said Valero McKee Refinery Plant Manager Lauren Bird.  He was speaking Monday at a reception in the administration building of the refinery for the five veterans that the company is sponsoring on an…

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"We did get to see the moving Vietnam Wall, when it was in Louisiana," said Rose Dean, whose husband, Allen, is a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War.  "There were some names of guys my husband knew on it.  He took a piece of paper and pencilled off their names."    

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SUNRAY — The Sunray ISD Board of Trustees has set their sights upon developing a state of the art Career and Technical Education Facility that will not only meet the needs of the students of Sunray ISD, but also be established to meet the needs of the adults within the community by offering …

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After an almost 17-year hiatus, a familiar face is returning to the Dumas Independent School District Police Department.

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Two units of the Dumas Fire Department responded to a blaze in a semi truck Wednesday in the 1600 block of Dumas Avenue, directly in front of a Valero gas station and Toot 'n Totum convenience store.  According to Captain Galen Davis of the Dumas Fire Department, the call came in of a truck …

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Early voting by mail has begun for the November 5, 2019 joint election.  On the ballot will be 10 amendments to the state constitution and bond measures from the Dumas and Sunray Independent School Districts.  According to Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna, whose office is carrying out the e…

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Dumas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) Board of Directors President Shawn Frische presented a Community Grant check for $3980.89 to Dumas Education and Social Ministries Board of Directors President Lisa Hatley Thursday in the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Pastoral Center in D…

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The Dumas office of CASA 69 will close as of September 1, but Moore County clients of the organization will still be able to receive help, according to CASA 69 Executive Director Evinn Wyatt.  "We will continue to serve Moore County … this will not affect services," she said.  

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"I think it is going to be a fun time," said David Riggins, who, along with his wife, Carolyn, runs Talon Point Retreat for the Panhandle Children's Foundation (PCF).  He was talking about the 16th annual Hogs at the Point motorcycle rally and barbecue cook off that starts at 8:00 am Saturda…

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Fire fighters from Dumas and Cactus fought to save a burning house five miles south of Cactus off US 287 Monday.  Despite their efforts, the building was a total loss. 

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"We are so excited by what is happening in Moore County … we are blessed beyond measure," said Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) Chief Executive Officer Jeff Turner Saturday evening in the Hacienda Garcia Event Center before a crowd of more than 200 donors to the 2019 Moore County Hospit…

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One man died and three people were injured in an accident involving a red 2016 Volvo   semi truck. The accident took place on Friday, Aug. 16, at 9:30 p.m.

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"I don't know why, but this was probably the smoothest first day we have ever had," said Dumas Independent School District Director of Operations Eddie Crossland.  On Wednesday, students headed back to class for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.  Summer for them is officially over.  Su…

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"What you have done in this community is remarkable," said Curt Langford, incoming Texas Tech University Alumni Association Chief Executive Officer.  "This is a wonderful reinvestment in Tech and in your own community."  Langford was in Dumas Thursday evening with Guy Loneragan, acting dean …

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"We encourage people to come on out, have fun, and support the rodeo," said Michael Running, president of the Cowboy Classic Rodeo Association (CCRA).  The annual Cowboy Classic Rodeo is set to take place August 16-17 in the Baer-Record Rodeo Arena in Dumas.  

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Safe Place, Inc. Board of Directors President Michael Barr says Safe Place, Inc. is looking to hire six part-time shelter advocates and one crisis intervention advocate in preparation for reopening the shelter.  The shelter has been closed since June when the state, federal, and private agen…

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Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center in Dumas is in the middle of a drive to collect school supplies to donate to students in need who will shortly be returning to school for the new year.  Krista Markham, Director of Marketing and Admissions at Great Plains Nursing and Rehabilitation in Dumas…

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Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of Dumas and Cactus has joined with JBS to conduct their second annual back-to-school supply drive for children in need. 

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A large crowd of Moore County residents and visitors turned out Monday evening to the Moore County Courthouse square to join with firefighters of the Dumas Fire Department, Sunray Fire Department, and Valero Fire Department to remember and honor the 19 firefighters from these three departmen…

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Calling him a "classic psychopath," Wayne County, New York Judge Daniel Barret sentenced former Sunray Police Department Chief Timothy Paul Dean to life in prison without parole Friday for his conviction in May on one count of first degree murder for the October, 22, 2018 shooting deaths of …

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"Our family truly has a Panhandle spirit, and I think this organization is going to be the greater good for all of the Panhandle, and I can't wait to see how it turns out at the big gala," said Lex Graham of Graham Brothers Jewelry of Amarillo on Wednesday.  He was in Dumas to present Moore …

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"Firefighting is a brotherhood.  We remember the fallen, and we make sure that we honor their memory," said Dumas Fire Department Chief Ronald Pray.  The Dumas Fire Department, along with the Sunray Volunteer Fire Department and the Valero Emergency Response Team, will be conducting a ceremo…

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The Dumas City Commissioners voted in their regular meeting Tuesday to approve incentive packages offered to two local businesses by the Dumas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) that will help bring virtual reality sports simulator games and a craft brewery to Dumas.  Both businesses re…

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"We are going to get the new roof," said Becky Bonine of the Hartley County Historical Committee Saturday evening as the last couple left the dance area and the musicians of Eloy Gonzales' band began packing up.  The second annual Cowboy Christmas in July was over.  "This has been a success."  

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Safe Place, Inc., the non-profit organization that operated a domestic violence shelter and sexual assault crisis center for 31 years in Dumas, remains in a state of limbo in the wake of an investigation by the Texas Rangers into the possible misuse of funds by a former employee.  The agency…

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Dumas Police Department (DPD) officers arrested Joseph Laskach Sunday morning after a high-speed chase that at times had the vehicle Laskach was driving reach speeds of 100 miles per hour or more, according to a press release from the DPD.  Around 1:00 am, officers were sent to Allsups South…

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Those who happened to be in the Moore County Courthouse in Dumas at 11:30 am on July 3, 2019 witnessed something they don't often see: two criminal defense attorneys standing in the middle of the hall by the stairs on the first floor reading aloud the Declaration of Independence.  "I can't r…

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"Health care in our community is important," said Moore County Health Foundation (MCHF) Board of Directors President Larry Appel Wednesday.  He had just received a check from Ben Maples of Valero for $275,000.00 to contribute to the foundation's ongoing capital campaign to raise money to fur…

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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced his office will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $764.3 million in local sales tax allocations for July, 0.7 percent more than in July 2018. These allocations are based on sales made in May by busines…

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"We want to have families come out to enjoy the afternoon, to see the building, hear the history of the ranch and listen to some good music," said Becky Bonine of the Hartley County Historical Committee, chief organizer of the second annual Cowboy Christmas in July that will take place in Ch…

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"This is a great thing to provide for the mothers that don't have any help or opportunity … that is why we do it.  That is why we serve the public," said Motor Officer Allen Garland of the Dumas Police Department on Friday at a luncheon put on by Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of Dumas t…

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Mud volleyball, live music, food, fireworks, cornhole, a parade, a movie under the stars, and a tribute to first responders and the military services.  For Moore County residents who like to get out and celebrate Independence Day with other people, there are a wealth of activities and events…

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AMARILLO — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will conduct two traffic operations simultaneously this week to help keep drivers safe over the Fourth of July holiday. Starting Wednesday, July 3, through Friday, July 5, DPS Troopers will increase traffic enforcement as part of Operati…

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Safe Place, Inc., which has operated a shelter and crisis center in Dumas for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault from Moore, Dallam, Hartley, and Sherman Counties for 31 years, was shut down Tuesday, at least temporarily, pending the results of an investigation by the Texas Rang…

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Calling it "the most senseless and tragic murder I have ever handled,"  Wayne County Court Judge Daniel Barrett sentenced Charlene Childers, wife of former Sunray Police Department Chief Timothy Paul Dean, to 28 years in New York state prison for her role in the shooting deaths of her ex-boy…

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"I was like,'What?' I was very surprised,"  said Sunray High School student Leslie Mendoza describing her reaction to the moment at the 2019 Sunray High School Academic Banquet when her name was announced as the new Sunray Lions Club Sweetheart for 2019-2020.  She was certain that one of the…

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"One of the best things about Hope Camp is that kids get to see that there are other kids going through the same thing that they are," said Dumas Independent School District (DISD) elementary counselor Tonie Crawford about the program she brought to Dumas this summer to help children deal wi…

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Amanda Garcia of Houston won the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Saturday night shortly before Dogie Days 2019 came to another watery end.  The weather was near perfect for the parade earlier in the day, and though the sky was starting to darken by around 8:00 pm, the midway was crowded with people enjoy…

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Former Sunray Police Department officer Bron Bohlar was sentenced to one to three years in prison Thursday for his role in the murder of Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn in Sodus, New York in October 2018.  He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in the case and testified in the murder t…

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"I can barely keep up," said Lion Michael Barr, chairman of the Bavarian Nut Wagon.  He was doing brisk business Wednesday evening selling candied pecans and other nutty treats to visitors to the Dogie Days midway in McDade Park.  Wednesday evening was the first day of Dogie Days, the four-d…

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"I will not say it has passed until we cross that finish line and the governor has signed it … ," said Claudia Crunelle, the Dumas woman and seizure advocate who has spent the last several months lobbying the 86th Texas Legislature for House Bill 684, often referred to as Sam's Law, that man…

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Amarillo College student America Baca was presented the "Outstanding Explorer" award Sunday at a barbecue in McDade Park put on by local law enforcement for the students of Moore County Police Explorers Post 5599 to commemorate the end of the 2018-2019 school year.  "She was the explorer tha…

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If it had not been raining, with a chance for hail, Wednesday evening, Lions Pam Cox and Jerry Galloway would have been at their usual posts in front of Walmart next to a 2019 Jeep Wrangler selling tickets for a chance to take home the Wrangler on the last night of Dogie Days, the carnival a…

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A one-vehicle accident in rural Sherman County claimed the life of a 28-year-old Spearman woman and sent a 38-year-old Spearman man and a 1-year-old child to Moore County Hospital. The wreck took place at 1:39 a.m. on Monday, June 3 about nine miles east of Stratford.

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We hear far too often about school events that result in children and school staff members spending hours in classrooms in "lockdown" mode.  Dumas Independent School District has taken steps to prepare administrators, faculty, staff for handling such incidents, and a "Classroom Lockdown Buck…