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Work continues in Stanton

Work continues in Stanton on new water lines going in at various locations in town, including all down College Ave., which has been blocked off at times for the upgrades to the city’s infrastructure. Residents are asked to remain patient, work is nearing completion and should be finished in a few weeks.

 

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Former sheriff cuts a plea deal to avoid jail time for assault

MARTIN COUNTY - Former Martin County Sheriff John Woodward cut a deal this week with the district court by entering a guilty plea to charges in September, 2018, that he beat and choked his then-girlfriend and threatened her with a gun.

Woodward, a Martin County native who served as county sheriff until abruptly resigning in December of 2013, will not do any jail time for the assault of the woman, who was taken to the Martin County Hospital after the 2018 incident at Woodward’s ranch home north of Stanton.

Instead, Woodward will pay $30,000 in restitution to the girl he admitted beating, and will enter a drug and alcohol program for at least 30 days as well as another program for anger management.

 

 

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Despite Aggie opposition, West Texas gets a vet school

PANHANDLE - After years of advocacy from the Texas Tech University System, the Legislature has earmarked more than $17 million for the West Texas institution to establish a veterinary medicine school, the second of its kind in the state.

The system also received $20 million to open a dental school in El Paso.

“This has been — for us — a long, long road. But it’s been very much worth the effort,” Texas Tech University System Chancellor Tedd Mitchell said at a press conference Tuesday.

 

 

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Vehicle thieves continue to plague city

STANTON - And yet another vehicle was stolen this week, this one driven off right in front of a Stanton address while the owner was inside.

That’s a half dozen or so vehicles stolen in and around Stanton in the last two months and officers are busy trying to catch the thieves.

Stanton Police Chief Fred Shroyer reminded residents to lock vehicles and report any suspicious activities as quickly as possible.

 

 

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Solar panels

Solar panels as far as the eye can see are planned for a huge tract of land in neighboring Andrews County. The largest farm in Arkansas, the Stuttgart Solar Energy Center, covers just 475 acres with more than 350,000 panels.

 

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Grandfalls-Royalty

Grandfalls-Royalty coach, and former Grady High School coach, Joe Helms won the biggest game in Texas football capturing a six man state title. He now looks for another huge victory as he is in the battle of his life against cancer.

 

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Thousands

Thousands of people drive past Stanton’s Welcome Sign every day and just see a funny sign. But on July 13 hundreds will see a sign that says Welcome Home as they return for the 86th Old Settlers Reunion.

 

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A brief history of “Old Settlers”

MARTIN COUNTY -

The Old Settlers Reunion is coming up in about a month. You may have heard that this will be the 86th reunion but very few folks can recall the story of how the event began.

It was the summer of 1930 when friends in Stanton received word that Turner Vance and his wife were coming for a visit. Mr. Vance was the son of Dr. and Mrs. J.R. Vance and had come with his parents to Martin County from Ohio in 1891 when Turner was a small child.

Friends in Stanton were excited about the upcoming visit and met on the front porch of the home of Horace and Nobye Hamilton to plan a get-together to welcome Turner back to the place where he had grown up.

 

 

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The Brown Yard Pumper’s Council presented a check

The Brown Yard Pumper’s Council presented a check to the sisters of Betty Wiebe of Martin County to assist in her fight against leukemia. Betty, a Grady High School sophomore, is currently in Dallas for treatments.

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Improvements to Stanton parks should be underway in early July

STANTON - Work will begin in July on almost $200,000 of improvements to the two city parks in Stanton - Shelbourne Park and Stanton Space Park. Stanton City Manager Jesse Montez said this week the new equipment which wuill be installede at the two parks is expected to arrive in Stanton by the end of the month and city crews will begin installing and replacing items at the two parks after the first of the monmth.

 

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