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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…

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Member of the Dumas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) Board of Directors, Pat Sims, presented a check for $2,200 Thursday to Kinsey Bellar, kindergarten teacher at Green Acres Elementary School and head of Storybridge Dumas, an organization dedicated to promoting literacy by providing …

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Member of the Dumas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) Board of Directors David Swinford presented a $1600 Community Grant check to Doel Cordero, president of Moore County Development, Inc. Tuesday in the organization's new office at 210 East 7th Street in Dumas.  The money is to cover …

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October is  National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Every year, the Texas Council on Family Violence releases a report entitled "Honoring Texas Victims" that gives the latest available statistics for domestic violence or "intimate partner" killings and a brief narrative of the events su…

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"There was already a line of people outside waiting when we opened up this morning," said Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) Chief Executive Officer Jeff Turner.  Between 800 and 900 people braved the unseasonably cold weather Friday morning and made it to the Moore County Community Build…

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"One thing I want to stress is the privacy of the ballot," said Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna.  "No one will know how you voted.  A lot of people think that other people will be able to find out how they voted.  That is not the case.  Whether or not you voted is public information.  How …

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Every year in May the Dumas High School (DHS) Art Club holds an art festival in conjunction with The Art Center in Dumas.  Children of all ages participate and show their work.  The club awards cash prizes to the best works in several categories.  In addition, the club awards scholarships to…

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"This is going to be awesome," said Moore County Health Foundation (MCHF) Executive Director Kathie Fuston.  The Health Foundation is holding a "Dino Dash" dinosaur race on Saturday, October 19 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Santa Rita Equestrian Training Facility at 4-Way to raise funds for…

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A downtown brew pub for Dumas moved closer to becoming reality Tuesday, when a quorum of Dumas City Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a request by J. L. Wiswell to rezone the former Phillips and Son building at 102 East 7th Street from retail (H) to special use (SP), so that Wiswell…

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Emma Preston was the center of attention Sunday afternoon.  Relatives, friends, and complete strangers came together to give the six-year-old girl a parade.  Moore County Sheriff's Office deputies, police officers from Dumas, Cactus, and the Dumas Independent School District (DISD), emergenc…

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One hundred nine bicyclists rode through the Texas Panhandle Saturday to raise money to support the programs of the Moore County YMCA.  It was the Texas Tumbleweed 100.  The riders covered distances from 12 miles to 100 miles.  When the riders began at 8:00 am, it looked like they might have…

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Safe Place, Inc., the domestic violence shelter and sexual assault crisis center in Dumas, has reopened, according to Board of Directors President Michael Barr.  As of Monday, the shelter has one resident and is open for business.  Barr says the agency is now able to offer all of the service…