Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Alderman Tommy Hill has jumped to an early lead in the 2003 race to be Donley County’s third Turkey King. At press time, Hill was leading in the Enterprise / Gobbler Poll with a total stash of $22.02 His closest competitors were Hedley Coach Kenneth Housden with $3.81, Linda Thornton with $3.36, and Mark C. […]

Recent vandalism at Thunder Junction may be the final straw for the troubled theme park north of Clarendon. Owner Frank Hommel said this week he does not intend to open the park this summer due to continuing financial losses. “I just don’t know what else to do,” Hommel said. Thunder Junction only grossed $14,250 last […]

Sheriff Butch Blackburn says a report he gave to the Donley County Commissioners’ Court this month demonstrates that his office is even-handed as it enforces the law.  “I think it definitely shows we’re not practicing racial profiling,” Blackburn said. According to the report whites accounted for 89.6 percent of the drivers receiving traffic citations while […]

State budget woes continued to be felt at Clarendon College last Thursday as the CC Board of Regents voted to increase tuition and fees to cope with anticipated funding cuts. The board approved increases of $15 per semester hour for in-district or Donley County students, $16 for Texas students, and $20 for out of state […]

The Sandell Drive-In is one of three Texas drive-in theatres featured in the current edition of Fiscal Notes, which is published by Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn’s office. The article, entitled “Driving Texas,” discusses the comeback of theatres around the state. The number of drive-ins open in the Lone Star State peaked at 388 in 1954 […]

Graveside services for Charles Alexander “Bud” Wright, age 90, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2003, in Citizens Cemetery with Reverend Bill Hodges, pastor of the Clarendon Church of The Nazarene, officiating.  Burial was held in Citizens Cemetery under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., of Clarendon. Mr. Wright was born […]

It’s Turkey Strut Festival time again, and candidates have come out of the underbrush to be Donley County’s third Turkey King. Jars are in place at Duckwall’s, and all local citizens, neighbors, travelers, and illegal aliens can vote for their favorite candidate with a donation of cash or change. Twenty candidates are all vying for […]

An estimated 8,000 Valor Telecom customers in the local region lost their long distance and 911 services Friday. Customers in the Clarendon, Hedley, Lakeview, Memphis, Estelline, Wellington, Claude, Groom, and Panhandle exchanges were affected. A Valor press release blamed the outage on fiber optic line being cut by a resident about 12:30 p.m. on the […]

The Clarendon Board of Aldermen authorized OJD Engineering to proceed with a master plan for a proposed street paving project when they met last Tuesday. Engineer Che Shadle presented the proposal, which calls for OJD to perform a field survey to locate intersections, right-of-way information, and drainage patterns. This work is considered a necessary first […]

Candidates for local offices came out of the woodwork before the filing deadline passed last Wednesday. The City of Clarendon now has seven citizens running for two positions on the Board of Aldermen. Incumbents Bob Watson and Michael Tibbets will face Carl Draper, Allen Estlack, Bobbie Kidd, Ricky Rattan, and Jimmy Swinney. Mayor Tex Selvidge […]