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Commissioners set tax rate

August 16, 2017

In spite of declining values and being faced with a shortfall in the budget, the Terry County Commissioners Court agreed to make an effort at lowering taxes even if it is just a small amount. “We owe that much to our tax payers,” stated Commissioner Mike Swain.

After some discussion of various options, the Court voted to set the county tax rate at .78 which is a reduction from last year’s rate of .80.…

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Cotton, future topic of meeting

August 16, 2017

A joint meeting of the West Texas Young Farmers board and the Terry County Farm Bureau board was held on Monday, August 14.

On the agenda was  Kevin Brinkley, President and CEO of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association. Mr. Brinkley shared with the group some interesting information about what is happening with cotton with regards to the Farm Bill, marketing and other areas of interest.…

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U.S. farmers tour local crops

August 16, 2017

It was a big day for agriculture in Terry County on Monday, August 14, as representatives from several different entities were in the county at just as many locations.

The National Cotton Council’s PIE (Producer Information Exchange) program was in the area and visited a couple of different locations. The P.I.E.…

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Teacher, coach arrested for alleged misconduct

August 16, 2017

A popular teacher and coach has resigned his position with Brownfield ISD after his arrest this week for an alleged improper relationship with a student.

Tyson Jones, 23, was arrested by the Texas Rangers on Friday. He was booked into Terry County Law Enforcement Center and posted $20,000 bond Monday.

He was charged by indictment of Improper Relationship between an educator and student, a second degree felony.…

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All local schools ‘Met Standard’

August 16, 2017

All three of Terry County’s public school districts and their respective educational campuses joined some 95-percent of Texas’ public school districts to earn the Texas Education Agency’s highest accountability rating designation for the 2017 reporting year, according to a press release issued by the agency on Tuesday morning.

Meadow ISD, Wellman-Union CISD and Brownfield ISD all achieved the rating of “Met Standard” in the 2017 report, which also saw the number of individual campuses achieving a rating of “Met Standard” or “Met Alternative Standard” increase from the 2016 reporting year.…

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Fire Dept. bids come in low

August 14, 2017

Sealed bids were opened Thursday afternoon at City Hall from five contractors interested in undertaking the  long-planned new home for the Brownfield Fire Department.

City officials were pleasantly surprised when four of the five bids came in at or under the $2.6 million projected cost of the new building.

A sixth bid was refused for being submitted moments after the 2 p.m.…

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Hunters gear up for dove season

August 14, 2017

The countdown has begun for hunters and fishermen statewide, whose current licenses will expire Aug. 31, just in time for one of the most popular days of the year — opening day of dove season.

Those two words conjure up excitement for the beginning of Fall for hunters everywhere.

In less than two weeks, thousands of Texans will take to the fields to fulfill their annual pilgrimage by sitting along tree lined crop fields and cattle tanks looking for the fast flying birds.…

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Dogs kill show animals

August 14, 2017

Meadow Ag students and stock show kiddos had quite a surprise on Thursday morning when they went to check on their show animals. One pen, which held four sheep had two dead animals lying there and two others severely injured. Clearly the work of dogs at some point in the night.…

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New ordering options at McDonald’s

August 14, 2017

From McDonald’s beginnings in 1955 to today, things have surely changed. When Ray Kroc started his business, he was a doer and a seer. He looked to the future in everything. So, the changes going on at our local McDonald’s would probably be quite pleasing to the man.

As of this weekend, one more piece of the Experience of The Future (EOTF) Initiative will be available at the local McDonald’s restaurant.…

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Sawyer honored by Rangers

August 9, 2017

Former Texas Ranger Monroe Brown Sawyer was honored by the Former Texas Rangers Association on Saturday, at the Terry County Cemetery.

The FTRA honors deceased former Texas Rangers with a cross placed at their gravesite.

Members of the Sawyer family took part in the ceremony along with many current and former Rangers.…

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