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Fri
19
Jan

Taxpayers, drivers get hit again as two bridges whacked Monday

Stanton bridge could be closed for months this time

WEST TEXAS - It’s happening all over Texas, but it’s gotten much worse in West Texas where trucking companies have hit a dozen bridges in just over two months, costing taxpayers millions and creating continuous traffic issues all up and down the interstate.

The bridges hit Monday by the same truck brings to four that are closed in a 20 to 25 mile stretch of I-20 in the Permian Basin.

All of them will have to be repaired, with two of them currently being rebuilt for the second time in recent months.

Both the bridge at Crane Avenue in Odessa and the bridge at Loop 250’s end in Midland are going through another round of repairs.

 

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Fri
19
Jan

Martin County Livestock Show opening today

MARTIN COUNTY - The annual Martin County Livestock Show begins next Thursday evening when animals are weighed and classified at the Martin County Community Center.

The show itself starts Friday morning with the lambs, goats, steers and heifers being shown during the day.

On Saturday, the swine show will take up most of the morning hours, giving participants, parents and volunteers time to prepare for the show’s banquet Saturday night, also at the community center.

 

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Fri
05
Jan

Bridge whackers at again - and taxpayers, drivers pay the bill

PERMIAN BASIN - If you thought getting through the maze of I-20 traffic was already a nightmare, just wait - thanks to some big trucks with big loads who didn’t bother to check out just how tall area bridges are, the interstate is going to be a big mess again - starting this week.

Two bridges, which have both been rebuilt in recent years, are going to have to be fixed yet again - and that means area drivers are going to have to pay for the repairs as well as pay with heavier traffic and the dangers of squeezing down to one lane.

Martin County residents aqre swell aware of how that works - the bridge on the west end of Stanton has recently been repaired again and there were multiple wrecks along the way.

 

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Fri
05
Jan

Longtime representatives draw challenges in 2018 elections

MARTIN COUNTY - It’s not just local politics that will see some challenges in the 2018 election cycle - all of the state and federal folks who represent Martin County are also in an election battle.

The latest candidate to come through the neighborhood this week is Paul Myers of Midland who is running against fellow Midlander Mike Conaway, the longtime congressman of District 11, that includes Martin County.

 

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Fri
05
Jan

Bale counts continue to rise

WEST TEXAS - Even with bitter cold conditions slowing down module trucks Wednesday along with the New Year’s break, cotton producers continue to haul cotton to town and gins continue turning it into bales.

Bale counts are coming in this week with Midland Co-op finally cranking up the gin and knocking out 5200 bales.

 

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Fri
29
Dec

Members of the Martin County Chamber of Commerce

Members of the Martin County Chamber of Commerce award David Matthews and the staff at First Natiional Bank in Stanton as the Martin County Business of the Month for January of 2018

 

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Fri
29
Dec

Martin County Sheriff Brad Ingram

J.R. Howard presents Martin County Sheriff Brad Ingram a $ 1500 check from Enlink Midstream Operating, LP. which will go toward purchasing ballistic vests for officers.

 

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Fri
29
Dec

County has 23 wrecks due to ice, including one fatality

MARTIN COUNTY - Law enforcement and volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel worked 23 wrecks including one with a fatality here Wednesday as Martin County and some surrounding areas were hit with an ice storm.

That storm left a sheet of ice on area highways, and drivers were acting as if it was a balmy spring day rather than the dangerous conditions that kept ambulances and fire trucks hopping.

The biggest issues were on the interstate in both directions, with Midland County recording some 60 wrecks and Howard County another 40 or so as the area was all but shut down due to the slippery conditions.

 

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Fri
22
Dec

If it’s New Year’s, it’s got to be black-eyed peas!

STANTON - Folks, it’s time to eat blackeyed peas on New Year’s Day.

It falls on Monday this year.

Stanton’s senior citizens will have their annual blackeyed peas lunch next Monday, Jan. 1 from 11 am to 1 pm at the senior’s building in downtown Stanton.

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Fri
22
Dec

It’s all about the meth . . . unfortunately

MARTIN COUNTY - It’s the meth . . . ask lawmen anywhere in the area and they’ll tell you the meth situation only gets worse.

It’s all ages, it’s all classes of people and it’s creating issues with theft at every turn as meth dopers look for the bucks they need to keep their addictions from driving them over a cliff.

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