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The grand old Martin County Courthouse

The grand old Martin County Courthouse during construction in 1903

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Fri
13
Jul
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If you had some of Aunt Lucy’s

If you had some of Aunt Lucy’s peach preserves shipped in via UPS, it might have gotten a little bounced around Tuesday when this big brown went down and then all around on FM 1212. The driver, with his hands on his knees, is just happy to still be amongst us and was not seriously injured. As for that jar from Aunt Lucy, you may have to go to plan B for breakfast this week.

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Fri
06
Jul
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Six people were involved in this three-vehicle crash on FM 829 this week

Six people were involved in this three-vehicle crash on FM 829 this week - and only one of them did not need to be taken by ambulance or airlifted - the guy inside that little white SUV. Hard to believe, but a pickup with four rig-crew men inside ran a stop sign, was hit by that big 18-wheeler that then flew through the air and landed on top of the little white SUV - the driver had stopped to take a nap over next to the cotton rows when the flying 18-wheeler landed on his car.

 

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Fri
06
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The walls

The walls are going up in a hurry as construction on the new Martin County jail and law enforcement center is in full swing on I-20 east of Martin County Hospital.

 

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Fri
06
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Petitions are now certified; wet/dry election to be called

STANTON - It didn’t take long for petitions to be completed and now certified - and the next step is to take the petitions to the Stanton City Council on Aug. 13 for an election to be called that could change the Martin County seat’s alcohol laws. Martin County - and Stanton - remain some of the last holdouts in the state when it comes to wet/dry decisions.

Once Lubbock went wet a few years back, cities, towns and counties all over the South Plains and West Texas followed suit. Andrews, Lamesa, Tahoka, Seminole - all experienced elections that have without fail gone wet.

 

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Fri
29
Jun
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Volunteer firefighters

The hits just keep on coming . . . it’s been one wreck right after another for lawmen, emergency personnel and volunteer firefighters, who are being called out multiple times a day to deal with the wrecks, especially on 1-20 where construction work has created nightmares daily - this one was last Friday, there were four more Monday, and then more each day this week.

 

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Fri
29
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Holiday bank robber nabbed in Odessa by FBI, report says

ODESSA - According to reports from the El Paso FBI office, the man who stuck up the Community National Bank in Stanton right before Christmas in 2016 has been nabbed in Odessa.

The El Paso release said Jose Cruz Iglesias was picked up last Friday in Odessa. No details were released on how the bust was done, but Iglesias is in federal custody awaiting a hearing before a federal magistrate.

 

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Fri
29
Jun
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Chandler joins hospital staff as nurse practitioner

MARTIN COUNTY - Megan Chandler of Stanton is the new family nurse practitioner at Martin County Hospital.

She is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing where she completed her Masters in Nursing and is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She also completed her undergraduate degree at Texas Tech.

 

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Fri
22
Jun
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Interstate mess keeping lawmen, EMS on the run

MARTIN COUNTY - At least a wreck a day is what lawmen and emergency services personnel are dealing with on the interstate - and all agree it looks as if that kind of activity is going to continue until resurfacing work is completed much later this year.

While the overall length of the work is not that long, it is the slowing from two lanes to one that is making it crazy out there.

Wrecks and near wrecks are happening with regularity, according to both Stanton Police Department Chief Fred Shroyer and the Martin County Sheriff’s Department.

 

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Fri
22
Jun
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Wet/dry election sought this time for Stanton only

STANTON - For the second time in the last two years, an attempt will be made to call a wetdry election in Martin County.

Martin County remains one of only a handful of dry counties left in Texas and several groups have made a run at an election seeking to change all that.

The last time around, back in March of 2017, a countywide similar petition was thrown out when it was discovered some of the names on that petition were not registered voters.

 

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