Thursday, September 18th, 2014


No vote on alcohol variance

Clarendon Aldermen again took no action on alcohol zoning variance request Tuesday, Sept. 9, making clear that there was little support on the city board for Grumpy’s Pizza to sell alcohol near the Agapé Christian Church. The restaurant, which hopes to open next month, had made its formal request at the board’s August 26 meeting, but Aldermen took no action until more information could be obtained. Patricia... [Read more]

City restores funding to Chamber

The Clarendon Chamber of Commerce got a boost last Tuesday, September 9, when the City of Clarendon restored funding to the organization. For many years the Chamber had received 25 percent of the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) revenues, but in 2011 the city raised bookkeeping concerns and ultimately pulled the funding until the organization could reorganize. Since then, the Chamber has moved into... [Read more]

Seliger talks education in town hall meeting

State Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) stopped in Clarendon last Friday to update voters on issues facing the state and receive feedback from local voters. The senator took advantage of the venue at Clarendon College’s Bairfield Activity Center to brag on community colleges and the role they play in education. State Sen. Kel Seliger speaks with Herring Bank President Jerry Woodard and Clarendon College... [Read more]

Semester headcount flat at CC

Clarendon College enrollment for the fall semester was essentially flat after the 12th class day reporting period last week. CC reported that headcount was down by four students compared to the fall of 2013, but there is good news in the college’s contact hours, which are a large part of what the state funds the college on. “We’re up 15 and half percent in contact hours,” CC President... [Read more]

District court hears pleas in three local cases

Three Donley County cases were among 19 pleas heard by the 100th District Court when it met in Childress on August 21. District Attorney Luke Inman prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, assisted by Greg Buckley, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding. Amanda Jo Johnson was convicted for the state jail felony offense of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger and was sentenced... [Read more]

Family Medical Center welcomes new PA

Family Medical Center welcomes new PA

Clarendon Family Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of a new member to their staff, Brandon Phipps, who has been working as a Physician’s Assistant at the clinic for about two weeks. Phipps grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, before graduating from the University of Utah and studying to be a P.A. at the Nova Southeast University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Brandon Phipps, PA-C Medicine... [Read more]

Opinion: We must prepare for Islamists’ capabilities

Opinion: We must prepare for Islamists’ capabilities

Well, they’ve gone and done it again. The ISIS jihadists in Syria have beheaded yet another Westerner, this time a British aid worker who was helping out in Syria. That makes three, with three Western prisoners still in captivity. The question is who are these people, and why are they causing so much grief and pain? Fred Gray. They are Islamists, Islamic jihadists, terrorists, IS, ISIS, pick a name.... [Read more]

Estlack kids carry on family tradition at Tri-State Fair

A long family tradition continued for Estlack Boys (and Girls) Bantams over the weekend at the 2014 Tri-State Fair Poultry Show in Amarillo. Ella, Nathan, Ben, and Daniel Estlack with their awards at the Tri-State Fair Bantam Show. Cousins Nathan, Ben, Daniel, and Ella Estlack exhibited their chickens in the Youth Show, and sisters-in-law Ashlee Estlack and Scarlet Estlack had birds in the Open Show. Nathan... [Read more]

Pilgrim to acquire State National Bank of Texas

Pilgrim to acquire State National Bank of Texas

Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim, Chairman Emeritus of Pilgrim Bancorporation and Pilgrim Bank, and Bert Williamson, Chairman of North Central Texas Bancshares, Inc., announced last week that they have signed a definitive agreement for Pilgrim Bancorporation to acquire North Central Texas Bancshares, Inc., the parent company for State National Bank of Texas. State National Bank of Texas is a banking... [Read more]