Updates and Breaking News

1 injured, 1 killed in wreck

YOAKUM COUNTY — A 39-year-old Seminole man was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle accident rural, eastern Yoakum County, according to Texas Dept. of Public Safety officials on Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 8:40 a.m. Tuesday morning, Texas DPS officials were dispatched to the incident on U.S. 380, roughly one mile west of Farm-to-Market Rd.…

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Chamber asks council not to cut VIC funds

The first City Council meeting with a new Mayor and one new member quickly grew contentious Thursday morning over the familiar topic of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds and the city’s strained relationship with the Brownfield Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber director Lorena Valencia requested inclusion on the meeting’s agenda to discuss concerns the local business organization has with the City’s plans to reallocate HOT funds for construction of youth ballfields.…

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Environmental groups ask Feds to protect lizard in gas/oil patch

Over the objections of the oil and gas industry, two environmental groups are asking the federal government to protect a tiny West Texas reptile amid the failure of a state-crafted plan to conserve it.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.…

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Sports Updates

Key earns State trip

Wellman-Union’s Gracen Key wasn’t exactly sure what this year was going to hold for her. Coming off season ending knee surgery last year, Gracen missed Cross Country and Basketball seasons completely.

She missed the first part of track season before she was completely ready to run. But, when she was released, run she did!…

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County hoopers head to playoffs

Local basketball teams will begin their post-season runs Tuesday.

The Brownfield Cubs will tip off against the Dalhart Golden Wolves at 6 p.m. in the First United Bank Center on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon.

The Meadow Broncos will play the Whitharral Panthers at 6:30 p.m. in the Wellman-Union High School Gym.…

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Lady Cats season comes to a close

By Gina Kelly, Staff Writer

The Wellman-Union Lady Cats saw their basketball season come to an end Tuesday night with a 54-39 loss to the Whiteface Lady Lopes.

The Lady Cats led after one and half-time found the score tied at 23 all, even with Jacy Rowden and Micheala Horton on the bench for much of the half with foul trouble.…

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Area News

Trustees approve Toliver contract

There was an excitement in the room during the early Friday morning meeting of the BISD Board of Trustees, as Superintendent Chris Smith presented his recommendation to the board to hire Duane Toliver as the new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.

Smith stated, “After so many applicants and going through the process, I could not be more proud or more happy to recommend Duane Toliver as our new AD.…

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STAAR results good for BISD

Campus and District administrators were praising Brownfield students and teachers this week after reviewing the first round of STAAR test results.

Students across the state recently completed the first round of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exams.

Oak Grove Elementary and Brownfield Middle School both saw gains in passing rates in key areas, according to figures obtained by the Brownfield News.…

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Slow start in municipal elections

Early voting in the May 5 municipal elections has drawn only 154 Brownfield residents in the first week since polls opened as local candidates vie for spots on city councils and school boards.

The election will be held May 5 with polling places in all three Terry County communities.

Meadow and Wellman voters will cast ballots at their respective community centers, while Brownfield residents will vote at the Terry County Anex, 507 W.…

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