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Two men killed in explosion, fire at oilfield location

MARTIN COUNTY - A n explosion and fire at an oilfield site in Martin County has killed two employees of a service company working at the location.

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Thu
28
Feb
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Questionable call with a second to go helps send Grady home from state playoffs

WOLFFORTH - The Grady Wildcats had the Class A Area Championship won and were rushing the floor in celebration, but an ill-advised whistle from a referee jobbed them big-time.

Just under a second to go in the game, Grady’s Jackson Welch was called for a foul after running into a blind screen set by Springlake Earth. The deadball foul allowed the Wolverines to walk the ball 90 feet for two free throws which proved to be the final two points in the game.

A complete disregard for the rule that states “a blind screen set on a stationary defender, the defender must be given one normal step to change direction and attempt to avoid contact. A screen set on a moving defender, the defender gets a minimum of one step and a maximum of two steps, depending on the speed and distance of the defender.”

Thu
28
Feb
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Dedication and Open House of Dan Saunders Law Enforcement Center Feb. 25, 2019

Photos by Kristi Franklin and Vanessa Silva

 

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Thu
28
Feb
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New jail fills up - most get to go home

MARTIN COUNTY - After years of talking about building a state-of-the-art jail, Martin County Commissioners finally got it done in 2019 and with a packed house Monday opened the new Dan Saunders Law Enforcement Center.

Named after the legendary lawman, the center is a fitting tribute to Saunders, who served Martin County for over four decades and was one of the most well-known and wellrespected lawmen in all of Texas.

Continuing this weekend, moving from the Martin County Courthouse and the dungeon underneath that building that has served as a jail is an ongoing job.

 

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Thu
28
Feb
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On-act play performance here at 7 pm on Sunday

STANTON - The Stanton High School One Act Play production - scenes from The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, will offer a public performance at 7 pm, Mar. 4 in the SHS Auditorium.

The district one-act contest is Mar. 6 at Clyde High School.

Jan Sims, a retired teacher and longtime OAP director, is the director for this school year. Members of the cast and crew include Cam Yarbrough, Brooke Vincent, Dylan Alton, Braden Waggoner, Israel Gutierrez, Brooke Bird, Jo Myrick, Montserrat Ceballos, Nickoli Aguirre, Ainslee Dunn, Neeley Poitevint, Hailea VeraCruz, Ayranna Molina and alternate Jaleigh Ivy.

 

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Thu
21
Feb
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Sales of beer and wine begin in Stanton this week

STANTON - It took a few weeks longer than anticipated but the permits have arrived and Stanton is officially wet as of this week.

Stripes Convenience Store got its state permit first and began setting up coolers Tuesday to begin receiving beer and wine - and Lawrence Brothers was not far behind.

Ironically, it was Lawrence Brothers IGA that did most of the hard work to make the successful wet/dry election go the way it did in 2018 - when the sale of beer and wine was overwhelmingly approved for off-premises consumption and inside the City of Stanton city limits only.

Because of its size as a group of several hundred stores, it’s likely the corporation that owns Stripes had far more experience with the permit process and somehow got a couple days ahead of Lawrence Brothers in the permitting process.

Thu
21
Feb
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Almost $8 grand raised at soup cookoff

STANTON - The 30th Annual Great Texas Soup Cook-Off was another huge success with $7,980 worth of proceeds generated from voting tickets, dessert auction and donations - all going toward the restoration of the historic Carmelite Monastery.

The top award of “Best Tasting Soup”, chosen by guest judge Midland author Jimmy Patterson, went to Reggie Baker of Stanton for his Regiano’s Italian Sauage Soup.

The top three soups with the most votes by general admission tickets were:

First Place - Martin County Fire Department, Second Place - Tere Garlington of Stanton; Third Place - Brandon Ireton of Stanton.

 

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Thu
21
Feb
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Annual cotton conference due at Stanton center next Thursday

MARTIN COUNTY -

The annual Permian Basin Cotton Conference - with six West Texas counties participating - will be from 8 am to 3 pm, Feb. 28 at the Martin County community Center.

Conference Schedule

7:30 am—8 am Registration

8 am Farm Bill—Bill Thompson

8:30 am Farm Services Agency

 

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Thu
14
Feb
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Cook throws hat into city ring for May

STANTON - With only one day left to file for either school board or city council in Stanton, at least one of the two entities will have a contested ballot.

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Thu
14
Feb
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Cotton acres expected to be up by 2.9%

WEST TEXAS - U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 14.5 million cotton acres this spring, up 2.9 percent from 2018, according to the National Cotton Council’s 38th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.

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