Area News

Vasquez named new Floydada city officer

By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon— FLOYDADA – New graduate from South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG), Officer Paula Vasquez of Lockney, accepted a position with the Floydada Police Department. She graduated in September and began her new chapter with the Police Department Oct. 5. Vasquez in the mother of four, 12-year-old, Adrielle Martinez, a junior high…

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Commissioners to purchase new voting machines with grant funds

By Jackie Zimmerman/The Hesperian-Beacon— Floyd County Commissioners approved entering into a contract with First United Methodist Church of Lockney to use the building as a polling location. During the Oct. 13 meeting, County Judge Marty Lucke said he had contacted the church about paying a per day fee to use the church during elections. Lucke…

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Joyfulea Creations’ Craft & Vendor Show a success

Despite the weather, 26 vendors and shoppers enjoy Saturday’s Joyfulea Creations and More event in Lockney. Although the weather was not perfect, residents showed up to get a jump on Christmas shopping. Some unique items were available for purchase including homemade jewelry, horseshoe art, clothes boutiques and food trucks. Henderson’s BBQ was just one food…

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Trump Administration’s Interior supports $336 billion in economic activity, 1.9 million jobs

By Erika Archie/Public Information Officer Rural Development – USDA TEMPLE – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $72 million in grants to help rural residents gain access to health care and educational opportunities. These investments will benefit more than 12 million rural residents. State…

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‘Be Safe, Drive Smart’

By Texas Department of Public Safety— AUSTIN ­– Last year, there were more than 205,000 crashes in counties defined as the Texas Energy Sector by the Texas Railroad Commission, which includes large portions of West Texas, South Texas and even extends into metropolitan areas like Dallas, Fort Worth and El Paso. These crashes, which represent…

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More than 680 cast ballots in first four days

Early voting continues By Barbara Anderson/The Hesperian-Beacon— FLOYDADA—After the first four days of early voting, 684, or 17%, of registered Floyd County voters cast their ballots in the 2020 general election, according to the Floyd County Clerk Ginger Morgan. “The county clerk’s office mailed out 200 mail-in ballots, and we have received at least half…

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School leaders celebrated during October

Principally speaking October’s National Principal Appreciation Month recognizes the essential role of principals in making a school great. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success. Principal bios on page 10. (Robin’s Nest Photography & Courtesy photos) Michelle…

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Burn ban extended through mid-January

County Commissioners’ vote By Barbara Anderson/The Hesperian-Beacon— An outdoor burn order for Floyd County has been extended for all incorporated areas of Floyd County, according to an order issued last week by the Floyd County Commissioners Court. The order stipulates certain criteria for burning outdoors, including burning material outside of an enclosure that must have…

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Team Roping winners announced

The Pumpkin Day Team Roping was held Oct. 10 at the arena located on the east side of Floydada.  In the No. 11 Slides Roping there were 59 teams.  The winners were first place – Aric Hendricks and Dan Hagler; second place – Ricky Hrbacek and Justin Colston; third place – Bob Arnold and JP…

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USDA issues $1.68 billion in payments to producers enrolled in CRP

Special to The Hesperian-Beacon— WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing $1.68 billion in payments to agricultural producers and landowners for the 21.9 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which provides annual rental payment for land devoted to conservation purposes. “CRP is one of the many ‘tools’ that USDA…

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