Regional

Legislature approves county hotel tax; lets WGH change election policy

A bill to allow Wilbarger County to adopt a Hotel Occupancy Tax looks to be close to becoming state law, after escaping a concerted effort from House Democrats to stop it. Representative Drew Springer’s House Bill 2959 was filed in March. During a hearing on April 10 Rick Hardcastle spoke before the committee on behalf…

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Pautsky, Flores, Disbrow named top students at Chillicothe

Chillicothe High School has announced its top three students for the 2019 graduating class. Commencement exercises for the graduating class will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, also in the school auditorium. Brianna Pautsky, daughter of Bobby and Susan Pautsky, was named valedictorian on a 3.802 GPA. She will be attending West Texas A&M…

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Hardeman Deputy cleared by grand jury in shooting

A Hardeman County Deputy Sheriff was cleared by a grand jury of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a Quanah man that happened earlier this year, on March 9. According to District Attorney Staley Heatly, on that date a Hardeman County Deputy responded to a Quanah residence a little after 9:15am following a 911…

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74th Santa Rosa Roundup winds up with great action in rodeo arena

The 74th annual Santa Rosa Roundup concluded its four-night run Saturday at the Santa Rosa Arena south of Vernon. Vernon’s Caine Riddle of Vernon riding Tic Tac put up an impressive score of 75 in bareback competition on Saturday, the final night of competition. That left him in the money with a fourth place overall…

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Fungus affecting bats continues to spread in Texas

The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats has continued to spread into parts of Central, South, and East Texas, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The fungus was detected for the first time in Texas in early 2017 in six Panhandle counties. It has been detected in Hardeman and Foard counties,…

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136th Doan’s Picnic draws crowd to event

The 136th Doan’s May Picnic was held Saturday, May 4, 2019, on the grounds of the Doan’s Adobe as a large number of pioneer descendants and others gathered beneath the tall trees next to the oldest structure in the county to witness the historic event which was first begun in 1884. Despite a number of…

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Chillicothe ISD voters approve $7.5 million bond issue for new facilities

CHILLICOTHE – Voters in the Chillicothe Independent School District overwhelmingly approved a $7.5 million bond issue to build new facilities at bot the elementary school and high school by a margin of nearly 80 percent during an election Saturday, May 4 in which they also decided on local school board and hospital board seats. The…

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Plans set for 136th Doan’s Picnic at historic Adobe

On Saturday, May 4, the 136th Doan’s May Picnic will be celebrated as visitors from near and far gather on the grounds of the historic Doan’s Adobe north of Vernon. Reigning over the festivities will be the 2019 King and Queen, Eli Lynn Wilson and Caylee Olivia Streit and their courts. A highlight of the…

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Another wind farm is planned for county

Another wind mill farm will be coming to Wilbarger County. The Wilbarger County Commissioners Court met with representatives of Lincoln Clean Energy on Monday to begin the process for a new wind mill farm, similar to projects Lincoln Clean Energy already has in Wilbarger County. The company previously erected the Electra Farm, which stretches along…

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