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"At the end of the day, we see that Texas remains the envy of the other 49 states.  And that is not bragging.  It is absolutely true," said State Representative Four Price, speaking to the Dumas Noon Lions Club on December 9.  Price said he was in Dumas to talk to constituents about the resu…

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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has changed the agency's recommendation for isolation and quarantine for those who either test positive for COVID or who have had close contact with someone with the disease, reducing the isolation or quarantine time from 10 to fiv…

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Dumas Police Department (DPD) Chief Ray Resendez presented department Life Saving Awards to two DPD officers Tuesday at the regular meeting of the Dumas City Commission.  Resendez said the quick response of both officers meant the difference between life and death for two people who were suf…

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Dumas High School girls varsity basketball head coach Adam Esses and family, along with team members and others,  were in the Dumas Noon Lions Club building Thursday evening helping Lion Pam Cox wrap Christmas presents as part of the Lions' Christmas Sharing program that provides gifts for c…

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Sustained winds of as much as 55 mph and gusts up to 67 battered Moore County Wednesday overturning trees, causing motor vehicle accidents, reducing visibility to near zero on some roads, and pushing a wildfire in the direction of Dumas that led Moore County officials to declare a disaster a…

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Danielle Arias and Bethany Salcido of the Dumas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) were at the Moore County YMCA Wednesday to present Y officials with a $5,000 Community Grant check.  The check will help pay for energy efficient windows and the replacement of heating and air conditionin…

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A bigger than normal crowd showed up at The Art Center and Window on the Plains Museum complex Saturday to view art produced by members of the Dumas Art Association, hang out with Santa Claus, and enjoy music from local music students.  "I thought it went great," said Marti Christman, direct…

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The first Sunray Chrismas Lights Parade was a big hit in 2019.  The event was put on by the Sunray Lions Club to raise money to benefit the Sunray Resource Center, and more people entered floats and turned out to watch than organizers had expected.  "It was way bigger than we thought it woul…

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"The purpose of this is to bring them some extra cheer," said Erica Brewer of the Moore County Hospital District's (MCHD) Memorial Home Health and Hospice Tuesday.  She and some of her colleagues were in the lobby of their offices at 209 South Bliss Avenue hanging Christmas wish lists on the…

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The large number of Moore County adults who have not earned a high school diploma is one of a number of challenges facing the county identified by Panhandle Community Services of Amarillo (PCS), the Texas Panhandle's largest social service agency, in the organization's latest Community Needs…

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For most 4th and 8th grade students in Moore County, food comes from grocery stores and meals magically appear on plates every day at certain times.  Cotton and wool clothing, leather shoes, and a number of other products are just things purchased in stores or that arrive in packages from th…

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The Dumas City Commissioners voted Tuesday in their regular meeting to stop having the Dumas Police Department (DPD) man two little-used crosswalks on Dumas Avenue.  DPD Chief Ray Resendez made the request to the commissioners and spoke during the Tuesday meeting.

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Delighted children and their parents packed the area from Bliss Avenue all the way into the Moore County Sheriff's Office Thursday evening.  They played games, had their faces painted, and went trick or treating at the back of an ambulance, fire truck, and other emergency vehicles.  It was t…

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Dumas Police Department (DPD) Officer Iram Avila, 29, died from complications of COVID Saturday, October 23 in Amarillo.  His fellow DPD officers and other first responders escorted his body back to Dumas and have maintained a constant honor guard watch at Beeson-Morrison Funeral Directors t…

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Members of the Moore County 4-H Community Club came together with McKinsey Bellar, director of Storybridge Dumas, at the Moore County 1st Street Annex Thursday evening to dedicate and stock a new Little Library and Love Box combination located on the front porch of the building, which will o…

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Early voting in person for the November 2 election begins Monday, October 18 and lasts until October 29.  Early voting by mail is ongoing.  Voters have until October 22 to submit an application for a ballot to the office of Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna.

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  As it does every year in October, the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) recently released a report on domestic violence homicides committed in the state in the past year, the most recent year for which statistics are available.  A…

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Despite the ongoing COVID pandemic, shoppers turned out this weekend to the Moore County Community Building for the annual Dumas Noon Lions Club Arts and Crafts Festival.  According to many of the vendors, they were in a buying mood.  Rhonda McDaniel and Lisa Green of Dumas were on their fou…

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A Moore County jury sentenced Drew Don Hugg to 10 years in prison for Possession of a Controlled Substance, that substance being methamphetamine.After evidence was presented, the jury deliberated for less than thirty minutes before finding Hugg guilty. During the punishment phase, the State …

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With shortages of blood and blood products resulting from the COVID pandemic still adding to the stress on the health care system, Coffee Memorial Blood Center, the organization that supplies all of the hospitals and medical facilities of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, has scheduled a bl…

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Members of the Dumas Police Department (DPD), Moore County Sheriff's Office, Dumas Fire Department, and other local first responders turned out Sunday, September 12, to escort through Dumas more than 20 of their colleagues from Houston who were on a bicycle ride from Houston to Colorado Spri…

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Early voting by mail has begun for the upcoming November 2 election.  According to Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna, residents wishing to vote by mail and who meet the criteria established by state law can now submit an application to receive a ballot to the clerk's office in the Moore Coun…

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By the time Cariann Holgens of Amarillo crossed the finish line of the Moore County YMCA's Texas Tumbleweed 100 Bike Race/Ride at 4:00 pm Saturday, the temperature outside had cooled to 98.78 degrees Fahrenheit, down from a high of over 100 degrees an hour before.  The wind was blowing at 23…

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"I think it is very important that we as a country, as a community, never forget that day," said Dumas Independent School District Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Brett Beesley.  He was at Dumas Intermediate School (DIS) Friday where the entire student body of fifth and sixth graders,…

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The Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce will host a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, September 11th, at 10:45 am just prior to the opening of the Ears & Beers Festival at 11:00 am.

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When the more than 150 bicyclists take off Saturday, September 11 on their ride/race of up to 100 miles around Moore County and the Texas Panhandle for the Moore County YMCA's annual Texas Tumbleweed 100, they will not be leaving from or returning to McDade Park as in years past.  This year'…

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The Moore County Health Foundation's (MCHF) annual Harvest Celebration returned Saturday evening in the Hacienda Garcia Event Center.  This year's event was a party to thank all the donors who have contributed to the foundation's capital campaign to raise funds to furnish and equip the new p…

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"We had a good turnout, considering all the other events this weekend," said Natalia Purcell of the Panhandle Children's Foundation (PCF).  More than 40 bikers and 19 barbecue teams showed up to take part in the organization's biggest annual fundraising event, Hoggs at the Point, Saturday at…

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"Come get tested.  Get vaccinated.  Let's stop this so we don't end up with more people dying unnecessarily," said Moore County Emergency Management Coordinator Tommy Brooks.  Brooks and his team, along with personnel from the Dumas Fire Department and Moore County Emergency Medical Services…

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"We live in a different world now, but responders are still responding," said Larry Copelin, who until his retirement this year was chief of the Valero Fire Department at McKee Refinery.  He was speaking Thursday in Fire Station 19 at the refinery to fellow first responders, company official…

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"Cactus is growing," said Cactus City Manager Aldo Gallegos Tuesday.  He was speaking to a group of City of Cactus employees, JBS and Moore County officials,  Cactus residents, and others who had gathered in a vacant lot between the recreation center and Catholic Church in Cactus to break gr…

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Hartley County was founded by cattlemen.  They were drawn to the Texas Panhandle in the years after the Civil War by the abundant grazing land and a booming market for beef cattle in the United States.  They created ranches, some of  which exist to this day.  Some, like the XIT and Matador, …

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The new format for this month's Sip and Shop seemed to give a boost to Dumas Avenue businesses, with one reporting at least 84 customers coming in during the two hours of shopping Friday evening.  "I thought it went pretty great," said Dumas Downtown Association Executive Director Irene Delg…

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The investigation into  the death of an inmate in Moore County Jail is ongoing, according to Moore County Sheriff Morgan Hightower.

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The Bustin' Buns for Boobs Virtual Walkathon fundraiser for the non-profit organization Panhandle Breast Health (PBH) that was the subject of an article in the weekend edition of the News-Press has been postponed until the spring of 2022, according to a press release.  No reason for the post…

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"The Little Libraries show that as a community we care about early literacy," said director of Storybridge Dumas and early literacy activist Kinsey Bellar on Thursday, July 8, as she opened the newest Little Library in Moore County in the waiting room on the second floor of the new patient c…

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The D'Town BBQ Cook-Off, cancelled in 2020 because of COVID, returns this weekend, July 16-17, to McDade Park in expanded form with the addition of live music, food trucks, and beer vendors, according to Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carl Watson, host for the event.  

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Jagrut "JC" Shah, chairman and founder of an organization called Beyond the Call of Duty, along with 13 other people who "one way or another are related to law enforcement," made a stop at McDade Park in Dumas Wednesday.  Some were on motorcycles; some rode in trucks.  One of the trucks was …

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Ruben Terrazas,  a 33-year-old Dumas man, was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday after a one-vehicle, roll-over accident on Dumas Avenue.

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Nilsa Latoni, a young Dumas woman, was on the carnival midway Saturday night at McDade Park as Dogie Days 2021 was nearing the end.  She encountered her old friend and former neighbor, Allen Dean.  Latoni had known Dean and his late wife, Rose, for six years or so.  Dean is a member of the D…

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JBS USA acknowledged Wednesday that the company had paid "the equivalent of $11 million" ransom during the recent ransomware cyberattack against the company that resulted in the temporary shut down of operations at many facilities in the United States, including Cactus.

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People in the mood to travel to Lake Meredith National Recreation Area to do some fishing or boating or to Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument to hike and other things will no longer have to wonder what conditions are like in the area.  They can go to www.nps.gov/lamr/learn/photosmulti…

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Dogie Days returned live and in person this week offering everything Moore County residents and visitors alike have come to love:  curly fries, hamburgers and other carnival foods, a community barbecue, rides, games, a parade, fellowship, and the drawing for a new vehicle, among other things…