Thursday, October 23rd, 2014


City aldermen look at signs and crosses

The Clarendon Board of Aldermen last week took its first official look at religious markers that have been turning the heads of travelers on US 287 for more than two years. The discussion about 40 or more ten-foot crosses and more than a dozen four-foot by eight-foot religious signs was brought to the table at the October 14 city meeting by Alderman Sandy Skelton, who said he wanted the board to consider... [Read more]

Early vote underway in general election

Sixty-one people already cast ballots in this year’s General Election following the first day of early voting Monday at the Donley County Courthouse Annex. Early voting by personal appearance continues through next Friday at the County Clerk’s office, and two races are of particular local interest. Precinct 4 voters are deciding if they want to keep incumbent Republican Dan Sawyer as their county... [Read more]

Les Beaux Arts Festival to be this weekend

The sixth annual Clarendon Arts Festival will be held this week October 23, 25, and 26 at the Donley County Activity Center located one mile north of the city on State Hwy. 70. The event, sponsored by Clarendon’s Les Beaux Arts Club, begins with the Preferred Buyers Reception held Thursday evening, October 23, where buyers will be delighted with the variety being offered at the Clarendon Arts Festival... [Read more]

Opinion: Clarendon – The New Appian Way

Opinion: Clarendon – The New Appian Way

Last week, the Clarendon Board of Aldermen addressed the religious billboards and staggering number of sewer-pipe crosses – sort of, that is. Alderman Sandy Skelton brought the issue up of regulating signs. We have an ordinance. However, that was about it as far as it went. A passing reference was made that perhaps it might be a good thing if the city council looked into the matter further, perhaps... [Read more]

Lady Bulldogs sweep Lamar Community College

By Fred Gray Last week the Clarendon College Lady Bulldogs swept Lamar Community College three sets; 25-16, 25-16, 25-16. They seem to be coming together as a team and have been very competitive in each match, regardless of the ultimate outcome. According to head coach Melvin Balogh, the Lady Bulldogs are a very hardworking group, take excellent care of the ball, and compete well until the final point.... [Read more]

Broncos come up short against Quanah

By Sandy Anderberg The Clarendon Broncos have fought tough opponents and injuries all year and Friday night was no different as they lost 21-34 in Quanah. The loss put them at 1-6 overall and 1-1 in district play. The Broncos battled hard in the first half of play according to head coach Gary Jack, but were unable to find the consistency they needed on offense to put points on the board. “We... [Read more]

Panhandle youth compete in District 4-H Food Challenge

Three Donley County teams competed in the District 4H Food Challenge in Pampa on October 14, 2014. The Donley County Junior Team consisting of Laney Gates, Levi Gates, Jayde Gribble, McKenna Shadle, Haley Wilson placed 3rd in the Breads and Cereals Group. A total of 285 youth from 17 Panhandle counties competed in the 4-H Food Challenge sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Oct.... [Read more]

Fire damage costs $1.5 million

A diesel-fueled fire caused more than $1.5 million worth of damage to a road construction plant west of Clarendon last Wednesday, October 8. The Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department and Donley County EMS were dispatched at 11:53 to the reported diesel fuel tank fire at the J. Lee Milligan Plant on FM 2362 just south of US 287. Five trucks and nine firemen responded. Flames shoot up from a diesel-fueled... [Read more]

Woman’s death called ‘suspicious’

The Donley County Sheriff’s Office this week is still trying to determine if a crime was committed when a Howardwick woman died from a gunshot wound last Wednesday, October 8. Sheriff Butch Blackburn said his office is calling the death of Karla Bartek “suspicious” as they await the results of forensics before ruling the case as a suicide or a homicide. Authorities received a call of... [Read more]