Updates and Breaking News

BISD will pay for dual credit courses

“I am really excited about our plans and what we have at BISD.” Those were Superintendent Chris Smith’s words as he talked about the College and Career Pathway programs being put into place.

“Literacy is an issue in the district in many cases. We are going to align our literacy program starting at the Pre-K level and be sure all our kids are ready to learn and then we are going to get our students ready for college or a career path,” Smith said.…

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New lab machines, beds purchased for hospital

A new machine approved for purchase Monday night will make the lab at Brownfield Regional Medical Center high tech and capable of reducing times for diagnosis and observation, as well as generate considerable revenue.

The BioFire FilmArray analyzer is a machine roughly the size of a microwave oven that will reduce the wait for lab results from days to minutes.…

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STAAR glitches affected more than 100,000 Texas students, education commissioner says

More than 100,000 Texas students were affected by computer glitches on standardized tests this year, tens of thousands more than previously estimated, Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the State Board of Education during a briefing on Wednesday morning.

In May, Morath threw out 71,000 students’ results for the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness and fined Educational Testing Service, the New Jersey company that administered and graded the test, $100,000 for the computer glitches.…

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Sports Updates

Cubs, Lady Cubs earn All District nods

Accolades continue to pile up for several Cub and Lady Cub hard ballers as coaches released All District honors Tuesday for baseball and softball players.

Topping the list is Isaias “Chili” Morin, who was named the District 2-4A Most Valuable Player for his work on the diamond this year.

He was one of the Cubs most reliable arms on the pitcher’s mound and also a trusty infielder and one of their hottest bats when needed in the rotation.…

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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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Area News

A church says goodbye

By Gina Kelly, Staff Writer

If walls could talk it might sound like this…

“I am tired. I am the old Meadow First United Methodist Church building. I have stood here since 1922. Of course, the church was actually started on February 1, 1920, but it did not take them long to see that they needed me.…

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School districts meeting Summer food needs

School is out and for most kids, this is an exciting time. “No more pencils. No more books.” You know the rest.

But, for many children, summer is a time when their nutrition suffers. There are many students who simply do not have enough food to eat at home. This is where the “Summer Feeding Program” comes in.…

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Band members compete at State

The BHS Band competed in the Texas State Solo and Ensemble competition last week. The Brass Sextet and the Flute Quartet earned Division 3’s. Another Brass Sextet, Large Woodwind Ensemble and the Percussion Trio came home with Division 2’s and Teylor Wallace earned a Gold Medal and a Division 1 for her Piano Solo.…

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