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14
Aug
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Fryar withdraws plea; trial scheduled in January

MIDLAND - The Stanton native accused of faking cancer treatments to delay her court proceedings has formally withdrawn her guilty plea to a federal wire fraud charge and has a scheduled court date. Judy Kay Fryar, aka Judy Francis, formally withdrew her guilty plea Tuesday at the Midland Federal Courthouse, according to assistant U.S. attorney Bill Lewis.
 
Fri
14
Aug
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Holland named financial officer at hospital here

STANTON - Longtime Stanton schools administrator Brad Holland has been named the new financial officer for the Martin County Hospital starting on Oct. 1. Holland has served the Stanton school district for 15 years as business manager and will assume his duties as chief financial officer of the hospital.
 
Fri
07
Aug
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PATIENCE

Actually PATIENCE is not just the word for this week but for the better part of the next two years as Stanton  schools are transformed, renovated and in some cases demolished. With work ongoing at all  Stanton school sites, the multimillion dollar bond issue passed by Stanton taxpayers is in full  swing - and students, moms and dads are being reminded that patience is a virtue.
 
Fri
07
Aug
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The drought monitor maps

Drought is coming. Based on our history, Texans can be sure of it. Texas has experienced a drought in every  decade of the 20th century and research tells us that decadelong droughts have occurred in  Texas since the 1500s. The recent rainfall in Texas is not a return to  normalcy — it is a luxury, and we must take advantage of every  drop. In May of 2010, Texas’  drought map looked much like it does today — an almost colorless  map with sparse areas of abnormally dry conditions. A year  later, in May 2011, a map smothered in shades of red painted a  much different picture; more than  two thirds of the state was engulfed in some stage of drought.
 
Fri
07
Aug
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The Permian Basin

The Permian Basin Underground Water Conservation District hosted a presentation at the Martin County Library  this past Wednesday which consisted of a storytime book reading that taught kids about water conservation and then an arts and craft session where kids decorated their own watering jug, all of those recycled from plastic jugs.
 
Thu
06
Aug
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Wildcats finalize coaching; trustee election called

GRADY - School trustees in Grady have finalized the faculty and staff for the 2015-16 school year with the hiring of an elementary math teacher and the decision to turn the reins of the football program over to the new basketball coach. Chris Short, who was hired earlier this year as the new Wildcat basketball coach, replacing Thomas Clay who moved to Krum. Short also has been named the athletic director for Gray. He’s most recently been the coach at Eden.
 
Thu
06
Aug
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It’s been yet another busy week for emergency service

It’s been yet another busy week for emergency service and firefighters who haven’t caught much of a break in the past month. Fortunately none of the wrecks resulted in fatalities, but with school starting soon, the volunteers are worried what comes next.
 
Thu
06
Aug
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Federal bond revoked for Stanton woman who remains in custody

MIDLAND - A federal judge in Midland revoked the bond for a former Stanton woman who skipped town a day before her court hearing where prosecutors said they have evidence she faked cancer treatments to delay her court proceedings. Judy Kay Fryar, aka Judy Francis, was arrested July 21 at her family’s lake house in Coke County, Deputy U.S. Marshal Steve Clark testified during the hearing at the Midland Federal Courthouse last week. Fryar, 53 and a Stanton native who formerly owned businesses in Stanton, was reported missing July 8 by her family, a day before her court hearing.
 
Thu
06
Aug
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Beetles taking a little time off, but expected to return soon

MARTIN COUNTY - The beetles that have been so successful in helping kill one of the biggest pests in Martin County and West Texas appear to have taken a little break in the action, but scientists believe the saltcedar leaf beetles will be back with a vengeance when weather patterns return to more typical hot and dry. The saltcedar, considered the biggest thief of water resources in West Texas by many, had met its match with the little beetle, which was introduced to this area a decade or so ago. Tamarix Ramosissima or tamarisk usually goes by the more common name saltcedar. 
 
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Jul
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The changing scene of downtown Stanton

STANTON - Downtown Stanton is undergoing some major changes - buildings long empty are filling up with everything from a tatoo parlor to a custom motorcycle shop to a new stop that could change Stanton’s idea of what’s for lunch. The anchor of downtown continues to be the changing face of the First National Bank. Stanton’s closest thing to a skyscraper is getting the biggest of facelifts.Rock and brick work is going up at the state-of-the-art facility, but the real drama won’t come until the old bank heads tothe landfill and the landscaping begins on the north side.

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