Lifestar medical helicopter arrives on the scene of a van vs. tractor-trailer accident Wednesday just south of Cactus on U.S. 287. According to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver of a van struck a tractor-trailer attempting to make a left hand turn onto FM 281. There were multiple injuries. Build your emergency supply kit Ready or not, an emergency can strike. If an emergency were to take place, are you prepared? Krissy Scotten, who is a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Amarillo visited the Dumas Noon Lions Club on Thursday. She shared weather-related information such as the transition into an El Niño weather pattern. She also brought information from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) relating to the building of an emergency supply kit.
Find out what items you should consider placing in your own emergency supply kit by reading Page 1 of the Sunday, July 27 edition. Honoring their sacrifice Firefighters are known for putting themselves in danger to ensure the safety of others. A total of 19 local firefighters paid the ultimate price on July 29, 1956, as the result of an explosion and fire at the Diamond Shamrock McKee Refinery. Dumas Fire Chief Paul Jenkins is inviting the community to come out and honor the memories of those fallen firefighters. A special memorial service will take place July 29 at 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Moore County Courthouse.
Read more in the July 24 print edition. Second choice for new golf pro contract in underway The city commissioners are looking at their second choice for new golf pro since the first choice was a no go. Cody Vaughn, who was the first choice for the golf pro out at the Pheasant Trails Golf Course, decided to pursue a different path instead of taking the golf pro position. The second choice for the golf pro is in the works of negotiating a contract.
Read about other action taken by the city commission in the July 24 print edition. Welcome to Dumas, SW Regionals
The SW Regional Babe Ruth Softball tournament is underway in Dumas. Tuesday evening featured opening ceremonies at Demon baseball field followed by a gathering at the Moore County Community Building for barbecue. The photo above shows many of the 40-plus teams competing in this tournament, which is scheduled to conclude on Sunday. For a full tournament schedule and additional information, please see the B section of the July 17 print edition of the News-Press. Cactus sales tax allocation up, Dumas and Sunray down July sales tax allocations, up 4.2 percent, are being returned to local sales tax collecting entities. Statewide, allocations of $602.5 million are being sent out. Locally, allocations are up for one county city, Cactus, while the allocations are down by over 7 percent for both Dumas and Sunray. Read more on this topic in the July 13 print edition.