Government

City Council OKs budget, lower tax rate

By Scott Mills and Jackie Zimmerman/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – In a 4-1 vote, the Childress City Council, in a special called meeting Friday, approved a lower tax rate for the upcoming year. The only item on the agenda, the council approved the 2020-21 tax rate at .807 cents per $100 property valuation, a…

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Census response important to communities’ finances

Sept. 30 deadline By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun— WELLINGTON — Collingsworth County Judge John James is urging everyone to make sure and complete the 2020 census report. “The deadline is Sept. 30,” he said. “Giving this information to the Census Bureau helps our community. The process in so simple, and can be completed by…

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Hall and Donley counties set for $3.6 million lane project

Special to The Sun— CHILDRESS – A $3.6 million auxiliary lane project under the direction of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is slated to begin construction on Monday, Sept. 7 with Fuller and Sons serving as the contractor. Auxiliary lanes are used to comply with capacity demand, maintain lane balance and accommodate speed changes,…

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Despite COVID-19, DA’s office convicts more felons to prison

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – During the COVID-19 pandemic, the 100th Judicial District Attorney’s (DA) office took precautions to limit the number of people it came into contact with but convicted more felons to prison than normal. “Although the total number of cases moved were drastically lower, the District Court was successful…

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Abbott waives STAAR grade promotion requirements

Gov. Greg Abbott office— AUSTIN—Gov. Greg Abbott’s office announced last week that grade promotion requirements related to the STAAR test will be waived for students in fifth and eighth grade in 2020-21. Currently, school systems must take into account a student’s score on the STAAR test to determine whether the student can be promoted to…

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Collingsworth falls behind census reporting rate

Door to door visits start Aug. 11 By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun— WELLINGTON — Nearly half of Wellington residents, 49.4 percent, have completed the 2020 Census report as of Thursday, July 30, lagging behind the national response rate of 62.7 percent, according to Census Media Specialist Brenda MacDonald in Lubbock. Collingsworth County’s rate is…

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Low response rate could reduce federal funding to Childress County

Time is running out to respond to census By Whitney Wyatt/ The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – With 50.6 percent of Childress County residents filling out the 2020 census, funding for Childress schools, highways, firefighters, housing for older adults and more could be lower than what is needed, local officials said. “The lower the number…

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Council approves requesting coronavirus relief funds

CHILDRESS –The Childress City Council tabled a discussion about charging residents living outside the city limits a fee to use the landfill during its July 27 meeting. The council requested City Department Head Eddie Taylor determine the cost for a square footage of landfill before they revisit the issue. City Manager Kevin Hodges said in…

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Childress County residents must wear face masks

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – With the cases of COVID-19 over 20, residents in Childress County are now required to wear masks in public. Childress County Judge Jay Mayden said the county’s exemption to Gov. Gregg Abbott’s mask mandate was cancelled at 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 22. The governor issued an executive…

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Early voting numbers higher than normal

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – More Childress County residents voted early in the primary runoff election than in the past, according to Childress County Clerk Barbara Spitzer. “The turnout has been great,” Spitzer said. “Normally we don’t have a good turnout in our runoff elections.” As of mid morning July 10, the…

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