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Feb

Wet/dry election could be coming to Martin County later this year

MARTIN COUNTY - There are only seven of the 254 Texas counties that remain dry - and the largest of those counties is Martin County, where voters may have a chance later this year to reduce that number to six.

A group of residents has begun the detailed process of filing all the proper paperwork to call a wet/dry election for the county.

The election, if the petitions are signed and delivered in the proper time frame, would not be until later in the year since the deadline for any election in May would have passed.

Of the seven counties in Texas that are still dry, Martin is the largest by two to three thousand people. Other counties still dry are mostly some of the tiniest, least-populated counties like Throckmorton, Borden, Roberts and Kent, each of which has fewer than 850 residents.

Mon
06
Feb

Routine traffic stop turns up mom sought in son’s death

MARTIN COUNTY - A routine traffic stop Jan. 27 turned into a much bigger incident than was expected.

When officers ran the identification of the driver, a mother from Jack County, she was immediately arrested on pending charges and an investigation in her hometown.

T h e woman, 36-year-old Christy Michelle Pruitt was wanted as the mother of a Jacksboro teenager who died Jan. 16 in the family home.

 

 

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Mon
06
Feb

Cotton still being ginned at handful of area gins with most done for year

MARTIN COUNTY and WEST TEXAS - It’s down to just a few - there’s now even less cotton left to bring to area gins, but several gins are still busy finishing up what’s gone to the gin yards.

Some gins remain busy with much of that which has already been hauled out of fields and the continued good weather means work goes on without much interruption while other gins have wrapped up operations for this season.

At Midkiff, the gin there reports final numbers around 50,000 while the gin at Ackerly finished its season just above 32,000.

Other area gins just finished are at St. Lawrence with the numbers topping out at 100,743 while closer to home the Stanton gin is at 21,988 and done for the year.

 

 

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Thu
26
Jan

Man found in pasture has been missing a month

MARTIN COUNTY - In a strange case involving yet another dead body found in a vehicle, Martin County Sheriff’s Department officers are continuing an investigation that began last Friday in a remote area of the county. A pulling unit working in the area was busy at a wellsite location when one of the workers noticed the sun on a metallic surface in the distance.

Thu
26
Jan

Two arrested and charged in shooting death of man

MARTIN COUNTY - Two arrests have been made this week in the shooting death of a Midland man, whose body was left in a vehicle in Stanton Jan. 19. Stanton Police Department officers were called to a location in the 200 block of W. Second St. Jan. 19 concerning a vehicle parked there most of the night.

Fri
20
Jan

Shooting death investigation continues here

STANTON - An investigation is continuing in the apparent shooting death of a man found Thursdasy morning on a Stanton street.

The identity of the man has not been released pending positive identification and notification of family members.

At about 8 am, Thursday Stanton Police Department officers were called to a location on West Second St. where the body of a man was found inside a pickup.

An autopsy has been ordered, but the man appeared to have been shot and early reports indicate the shooting did not appear to be self-inflicted - although that information has not been substantiated pending more investigation.

 

Fri
20
Jan

Foster, Roberts, Baker take grands;Milsap, Kennedy win honors

MARTIN COUNTY - The Martin County Stock Show went off without a hitch this past weekend, with awards and scholarships announced Saturday night at the annual banquet.

Winners of grand champions in each division were announced, as were the coveted showmanship awards and the Top Herdsman honors in each of the divisions.

Jordan Roberts of Elbow won both the grand and reserve championships in the lamb division, as well as the Herdsman award and junior showmanship.

Senior showmanship went to Braden Waggoner of Stanton.

In the goat division it was Stetson Foster of Grady with the grand and Kaden Kennedy of Stanton with the reserve.

Tyler Waggoner won Herdsman and Kennedy and Foster were the two showmanship winners.

 

Fri
06
Jan

Work continues on the elementary school additions and renovations

Work continues on the elementary school additions and renovations

 

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Fri
06
Jan

UIL to open longterm study of concussions and brain injuries in school athletics

MARTIN COUNTY and AUSTIN–This week, Texas will launch what state officials say is the nation’s largest effort to track brain injuries among young athletes.

And Stanton Athletic Director and Coach John Peterson couldn’t agree more with the efforts to “do whatever it takes to keep our kids safe. I fully support what the UIL is working to accomplish.”

The University Interscholastic League, Texas’ governing body for public high school sports, is partnering with the O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center for the project, from which the UIL hopes to gauge whether rules or equipment changes are improving player safety and what more can be done to protect athletes.

 

Fri
06
Jan

Texas Tech student

A Texas Tech student from Midland was a lucky girl in December when a young mule deer buck ran into the highway in front of her on a Martin County road.

 

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