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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Because of COVID-19, there are some summer activities Childress children can do and others they can’t.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott approved Little League to begin May 31, Little League President Kelly Taylor said. Practices started May 31, and games will start June 15. The season will run no later than Aug. 1.
“The kids seem to be excited,” Taylor said.
Players and coaches will practice social distancing, and Taylor doesn’t know if games will be with or without spectators or broadcast on Facebook. There will be 15 or less players per team. They will play against teams in Childress as well as Quanah, Memphis, Wellington and maybe Shamrock.
So far, there are eight teams for girls and boys T-ball, four teams for girls machine pitch, four teams for boys machine pitch, four teams for 9- to 12-year-old girls, two teams for 9- to 10-year-old boys, one team for 11- to 12-year-old boys, two teams for 13- to 16-year-old girls and two teams for 13- to 16-year-old boys.
“I haven’t heard any negative feedback on this,” Taylor said. “We want to open up sign ups again for those of you who didn’t sign up earlier and still want to play.”
Applications are available at her office, the Childress Municipal Development District, located at 1902 Ave G NW.
The Childress County Heritage Museum re-opened on Tuesday, June 2. The new hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, said Childress County Heritage Museum Executive Director Lee Ann Morren.
“We are changing exhibits,” Morren said. “A lot of exhibits are under construction.
There will be no guided tours this summer, and only two families will be allowed inside the museum at the same time, explained Morren. It will close at 4 p.m. so proper cleaning can be done. Morren asks the public to remember that groups must stay together, maintain social distancing, cannot touch artifacts and need to refrain from coming if someone is sick.
The Childress Public Library is also open. It just has temporary rules, according to a sign on its front door. For example, everyone must wear a face mask, two patrons allowed inside at a time and book checkout only. Curbside pickup is available for those who call in with book titles and/or authors. The library’s number is 940-937-8421.
The sign also said there is no computer use allowed at the moment. However, the librarian will print documents that are emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Childress Youth Recreational League (CYRL) will meet Sunday, June 7 to discuss what, if any, activities will happen this summer, CYRL President Elizabeth Gamboa said.
But Childress Independent School District’s volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, baseball and softball camps will not happen this summer. “At this time, we will not be planning any of the camps,” said CISD Interim Superintendent Carl Taylor.
The same goes for Calvary Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS).
“With COVID-19, we had to cancel our VBS,” said Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Terry Williams. “Just too many hoops to jump through to make sure everyone stays safe, especially my workers, who are older.” The church may try to do a one-day event for kids toward the end of summer, though.
The Church of Christ has a date set for VBS, but Minister Trey Morgan doubts they we will have it, because of COVID-19. First Baptist Church Pastor Chad King said they canceled their VBS and summer camps.
“I doubt we will be able to pull off VBS this summer,” added First United Methodist Church Pastor Lou Ellerbrook.
The Childress City Pool will stay closed this summer as well. With sales tax and water revenue being down, the City Council voted not to open it during its meeting on Thursday, May 28. The entire story is on the Courts and Law page.