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1 injured, 1 killed in wreck

May 21, 2018

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

May 14, 2018

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

May 9, 2018

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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Trustees approve Toliver contract

May 7, 2018

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

May 2, 2018

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

May 1, 2018

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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Early voting begins Monday

April 23, 2018

Early voting in the May 5 municipal elections begins Monday 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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Council approves HOT funds

April 23, 2018

The Brownfield City Council gave unanimous approval to three local organizations Thursday seeking assistance from Hotel Occupancy Tax funds.

A $5,000 request was approved for the annual Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo. The event is a favorite every year and draws hundreds of contestants and spectators, which amount to “heads in beds,” which warrant the locally generated tax funds.…

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Mayoral Q and A

April 23, 2018

The Brownfield News invited our mayoral candidates,
Leon Pope and Geronimo Gonzales, to answer questions about our city and why they want to serve it as Mayor…

1. Please tell us about yourself, your education credentials, your professional experience, how you came to live in Brownfield and why you stay.

POPE: I have an Associate’s Degree from SPC, BS Biology Texas Tech, MS Biology Texas Tech.…

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Chamber to honor oldest local businesses

April 23, 2018

The Brownfield Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating Small Business Week by honoring some of the oldest businesses in Terry County.

The Chamber will be hosting a Mixer at Triple D Restaurant and Winery on The Square on Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public and is free, excluding wine purchases.…

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