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Texas officials warn districts over ‘illegal electioneering’

March 21, 2018

By: Mark Richardson

Educators and voting-rights advocates say a move by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to stop some school districts from helping students register to vote amounts to voter suppression.

More than a dozen school districts have received information requests, followed by “cease and desist” letters from the state, demanding that they stop “illegal electioneering,” or using taxpayer money to advocate for political candidates.…

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BIDC awards small grants

March 21, 2018

Two local businesses will be the recipients of grants for infrastructure and equipment, following approval by the Brownfield Industrial Development Corporation on Monday.

The BIDCorp board reviewed applications from Virtue restaurant on Lubbock Rd and Randy Barbee Automotive on the Seagraves Hwy.

Virtue was awarded a $2,500 Property Improvement Program (PIP) grant for upgrades to the long standing building.…

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Precinct 4 challenges dropped, recount held

March 14, 2018

The unusual saga of the race for Precinct 4 Commissioner was set to continue on Wednesday with a recount of the ballots, as requested  and paid for by Marvin Dawson, who finished the race with the fewest number of votes on Election Day.

Dawson submitted the required paperwork and paid the $180 fee for the recount that was to take place at 10 a.m.…

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Brick by Brick: Downtown streets in need of repairs

March 14, 2018

by Gina Kelly

You may have noticed or been a bit inconvenienced by the removal of a portion of one of the brick streets in Brownfield. Main Street from 4th Street to about 40 feet west is undergoing road work which required the removal of the bricks from this section.

The brick streets in Brownfield are a part of our history and a part of who we are.…

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Local jobs numbers trail state averages

March 14, 2018

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in January and remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.

Terry County lagged behind the state and national averages with an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent in January, up from 4.3 percent in December.

In the first month of 2018, Terry County had a labor force of 5,024 working-age adults, of whom 4,770 were gainfully employed.…

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Red Skirts Style Show Scheduled

March 14, 2018

One of the most anticipated events of the year is coming. The Red Skirts Style Show will be held on Monday, March 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Activities Building of the First Baptist Church at 219 West Main. Tickets are $10 and will be available on Friday from any Red Skirts member, participating business or at the Chamber of Commerce.…

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Four Cubs land All District spots

March 14, 2018

Fighting their way through what most high school basketball fans regarded as one of the toughest districts in Texas, the Brownfield Cubs managed to play two rounds deep in the playoffs, add a gold ball to the program’s impressive trophy case, and land four members on the All District squad.

Zach Muniz, Nunie Ramirez, Brock Sires and Jeronimo Quintanilla, all juniors who will return to the Cubs’ starting lineup next year, were recognized with spots on the the honorary roster, which was announced late Friday with the elimination of Seminole in the State Semifinals.…

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Main St. will close for brick removal at intersection

March 13, 2018

TxDot and the City of Brownfield will be removing street brick pavers at 4th and Main Street, beginning Monday. If everything goes as planned, repairs should be finished within a week, according to Willie Herrera, director of Public Works for the City of Brownfield.

“This repair project will require the removal of some of the street brick pavers,” he said.…

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Next step uncertain in Pct 4 election process

March 13, 2018

Terry County Elections Administrator Krystal Valentin is moving forward with preparations for a runoff election, as per instruction from the Secretary of State’s office — until further notice.

Many details and possible outcomes remain unknown following Tuesday night’s unusual Primary Election mishap in the race for the Precinct 4 County Commissioners’ seat.…

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Election Bombshell – Human error makes new election likely

March 7, 2018

County Judge Butch Wagner won another term at the head of the Commissioners Court Tuesday and local results were posted in a handful of state and national races, but the story of the night was the results that weren’t finalized.
Months of campaigning, weeks of early voting, and the rigors of election day might all be for naught in the race for Precinct 4 Commissioner after human error and astronomical odds led to a statistical dead heat and the likelihood of starting all over with another election.…

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