Area News

Loft apartments, retail space to be available in Childress Hotel

By Jackie Zimmerman/The Red River Sun— In the Spring of 2021, new loft apartments and retail space is expected be ready for occupants in the Childress Hotel. Owner and developer Mark Hicks said last week the sheetrock is being installed and work is continuing toward his deadline of completion in the first quarter of 2021.…

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Blood supplies low due to summer, virus

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – The Childress Community Blood Drive is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the City Auditorium foyer in Childress Fair Park. “Believe in making a difference and give the gift of life by showing up to donate blood,” said blood drive volunteer Sue…

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Nonprofit News

Childress Meals on Wheels August donations and memorials By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – In August, Meals on Wheels received donations from Texas Agriculture Investment Payment, CRMC, Peter Jones, Ben Cherry, L.V. Morris, Childress County Treasurer, Joy Schattel and FUMC Upper Room Sunday School Class. Meals on Wheels received the following memorials in…

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Childress County Office of the Sheriff

Emergency crews respond to multi-vehicle wreck on U.S. 287 Just after 4 a.m. on Aug. 15, Deputy Haynes was called to check on a stranded motorist on U.S. 287 near County Road 7. When he arrived, he met with Megan Groves of Amarillo, who said her engine was malfunctioning. Haynes noticed that the air bag…

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National data collection ends Sept. 30

Be counted in 2020 Census  Special to The Sun— LUBBOCK — Now is the time to be counted in the 2020 Census. Data collection will end Sept. 30, and the U.S. Census Bureau is encouraging everyone to respond before the deadline. Currently, Texas has a 79.5 percent total response rate, which includes self-response and Nonresponse…

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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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Smith discusses MDD, event center

Appearing before the Childress City Council during the public comment portion of its Aug. 24 meeting, Doc Smith, executive director, Childress Municipal Development District Office of Economic Development, requested the council consider allocating more funds from the Hotel Occupancy Tax to the Mashburn Event Center. “There are some critics of the MDD and of the…

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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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Childress County Sheriff’s office warns of phone scams

Beware of phony texts, calls By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – Childress County Sheriff Mike Pigg is warning residents about phone scams happening around town. “The Office of the Sheriff is getting numerous phone calls about scams that are being attempted on people,” Pigg said. “Of course, there is the ever-popular Social Security…

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Memphis man sentenced to 99 years in prison

Special to The Sun— CHILDRESS – On Wednesday, Aug. 26, a Memphis man was sentenced to 99 years in prison for causing the death of his five-week-old son. Chaz Edward Dean Carney, 23, pleaded guilty. District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District Luke Inman said the offense, a first-degree felony, occurred on Nov. 7, 2019.…

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