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Fire destroys home, memories of late family members

By Whitney Wyatt The Red River Sun CHILDRESS – Brad and Tiffany Youell lost memories of their late fathers when a fire destroyed their single wide trailer house at 12:03 a.m. on Friday Feb. 19. “It became a catastrophe too quickly,” Tiffany Youell said. “The last things of my dad’s and Brad’s dad are gone.…

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Childress community rallies around woman after house fire

          By Whitney Wyatt The Red River Sun CHILDRESS – “God’s not done with me yet,” said Sandy Koepke, who got out of her house before it was destroyed by a fire on Thursday, Feb. 18. “I’m alive,” she said. “I got out. It’s OK.” That can’t be said for her…

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DSHS administers 200 Moderna vaccines at First Baptist Church of Memphis

      By Elizabeth Tanner The Red River Sun MEMPHIS – Less than 24 hours after the online registration form was posted, all 200 spots for the free Moderna vaccination clinic hosted by the Texas Department of State Health Services were filled. Organized by County Judge Ray Powell, First Baptist Church Pastor Daniel Downey,…

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Donate blood at Childress’s next drive and help CISD

  By Whitney Wyatt CHILDRESS – Donors will get to help save lives and help Childress Independent School District win money at the next blood drive in Childress. Coffee Memorial Blood Center will host the annual Kid’s, Inc. Blood Drive from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the City Auditorium in…

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Lions organize Super Bowl fundraiser

  By Bev Odom The Red River Sun WELLINGTON — Lions Club members finalized plans for their Super Bowl pulled pork fundraiser during the Feb. 1 meeting. Lion Neal Odom recruited volunteers to sell tickets and staff the event set for Sunday, Feb. 7. Boss Lion Rex Henard welcomed the crowd. Lion Shirley Henard led…

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Hundreds receive COVID-19 vaccines in Childress

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – Hundreds of Childress residents received COVID-19 vaccines in January, including Childress Healthcare Center residents, staff and essential caregivers, but more than 1,000 people are still waiting. “We had even more people take the vaccine this time,” said Childress Healthcare Center Administrator Amanda Self. “Some got their second round…

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Thomas shares Martin Luther King, Jr. message

By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun— WELLINGTON — On MLK Day 2021, Wellington Elementary teacher’s aide Erica Thomas taught a lesson for the Head Start Pre-K students concerning the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Thomas is an online Texas Tech University student majoring in education as well. “It was a honor and a privilege to…

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Food4U Food Pantry will receive new walk-in cooler/freezer with grant

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – The Food4U Food Pantry is the third recipient of the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program Revolving Loan Fund. “It’s a big blessing,” Food4U Food Pantry Director Sandy Koepke said. “It’s going to be wonderful.” Childress Municipal Development District (CMDD) Executive Director Doc Smith said the Food4U…

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