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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…

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Members of the Dumas Independent School District (DISD) Board of Trustees, administrators, and others came together on North Maddox Avenue Tuesday afternoon at the site of the soon-to-be-built new Dumas North Elementary School  to watch 10 students in hard hats from Green Acres and Hillcrest…

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JBS USA officials said in a press release Tuesday that they were making "significant progress" returning to normal operations at their facilities in the United States and Australia after a cyberattack over the weekend affected operations and  forced the company to halt production at beef pla…

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The Moore County Health Foundation more than doubled its previous fundraising record of $14,000 Wednesday, May 26, from the organization's annual Nursing Scholarship Luncheon.  According to MCHF Executive Director Kathie Fuston, the more than 200 guests and other donors contributed nearly $3…

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JBS USA was the victim of a cyber attack over the weekend by unknown persons that has affected operations at the JBS Cactus plant.  According to Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades, who has been in contact with local JBS officials, only shipping and maintenance operations would be performed on …

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Former Dumas Police Department Chief Marvin Trejo, who died on May 10, 2020 from complications due to COVID, was recently awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor from the American Police Hall of Fame, according to current Chief Ray Resendez.  Resendez spoke to the Dumas City Commission during th…

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The Dumas Rotary Club awarded seven Dumas High School (DHS) graduating seniors with $500 scholarships Wednesday during the club's regular meeting at The Art Center in Dumas.  The seven recipients were Broc Kinikin, Grace Jester, Cade Cox, Galylea Davila, Valeria Loya, Erin Davis, and Doe Mai Na.

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"Everybody was ready to get out and do stuff," said Jackie Wiswell, executive director of the Moore County United Way.  She was talking about the 2021 United Way Day of Caring that took place Saturday.  "We had a great turnout.  It was a beautiful day."

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Five generations of Lilia Castro's family, some coming from as far away as El Paso and San Antonio, turned out Saturday at Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dumas to celebrate her life and wish her a happy 101st birthday.  The family members paraded by her in vehicles decorated w…

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Many of the people responsible for educating generations of Dumas students came together Tuesday, April 20 at the home of Ruth Ann Grice, instructional coach at Dumas Junior High School (DJHS), to eat, reminisce, and renew friendships at the first DJHS faculty reunion.  Anyone who spent time…

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Dumas Junior High School (DJHS) teacher and coach Rebecca Bonine recently realized a  dream she has nurtured since college:  after four and a half years of work, she completed her dissertation and was awarded a PhD.  Bonine, who teaches Texas history to seventh graders and is the DJHS coach,…

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The Dumas Education Foundation awarded scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 to 56 Dumas High School seniors Tuesday during a reception in the DHS cafeteria.  Nine students also received scholarships ranging from $100 to $500 from the gifted and talented program known as PEGS.

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Deputies of the Moore County Sheriff's Office (SO) found one man with a gunshot wound to the chest Sunday morning about 2:25 am when they responded to a call of a shooting at Roosters Dance Hall just outside the Dumas city limits on North Dumas Avenue, according to a press release from the S…

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Early voting in person for the May 1 school board and city council election in Sunray gets underway Monday, April 19 at 8:00 am.  Those wishing to cast votes for city council candidates or for the single proposition on the ballot must vote at Sunray City Hall at 415 Main Street from 8:00 am …

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Quita Jones, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Dumas was at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Pastoral Center Thursday to present a check for $2,350 to Teresa and Cleo Castro of the Dumas Education and Social Ministries (DESM), a non-denominational non-profit organizatio…

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"I love it. I love watching them learn. … I have taught so many people.  I have been pulled over by the police before.  This happened on a Mother's Day.  The lights are going.  I am just running to the store.  I have company in my house.  I am looking for my insurance.  I roll my window down…

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"It is a beautiful show.  Everybody is really impressed and happy about it," said Risa Franco of The Art Center in Dumas.  Franco and others have recently finished hanging and arranging the works of 25 artists -- students and instructors -- from the Amarillo Art Institute for an exhibition t…

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Comics have long been a part of Sam White's life. The former Dumas minister and Memorial Home Health and Hospice chaplain, who now serves as a hospice chaplain in Amarillo, has been drawing comic strips since the first grade. His work has been featured on the Entertainment pages of the News-…

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Dumas High School (DHS) students from the Leo Club, National Honor Society, and Student Council joined Jackie Mikeska from the Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo and local Bridge Children's Advocacy Advisory Board members Jill Williams and Brenda Koehn Tuesday in planting 64 littl…

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Officials from the Moore County Resource Center (MCRC), Panhandle Community Services (PCS), the Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce, and LA Fuller and Sons Construction came together in Dumas Friday at the 19th Street location of what they hope will soon be the centralized location of mos…

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Last year's United Way Day of Caring was cancelled due to COVID, but this year  United Way Executive Director Jackie Wiswell says that with the governor's recent order lifting restrictions on activities and with increasing numbers of Moore County residents being vaccinated against COVID, the…

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The Dumas Noon Lions Club donated a $1000 Friday to help Dumas Police Department Officer Iram Avila with medical bills and other expenses as he battles cancer.  The Lions join Avila's fellow officers, City of Dumas employees, and others who have come together to help the young officer confro…

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"We had a big, blue bus that sometimes worked and sometimes didn't, so this will help us out a lot," said Paula Elsheimer, the director of Sonshine Place Preschool in Dumas.  The preschool, which is associated with the First Baptist Church, had been awarded a Community Grant from the Dumas E…