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Rodriguez announces campaign for Justice of the Peace

Local resident Yadi Rodriguez announced she is running for Justice of the Peace. Currently, she is the Head Pharmacy Technician at CVS Pharmacy in Borger. Rodriguez is active in several civic organizations and is a member of Grace Fellowship Church.

The primary election is Tuesday, March 1, 2016. To register to vote and for more information visit www.votetexas.gov.

Christmas Coloring Contest

The Borger News-Herald (BNH) has brought back a popular feature, our annual Christmas Coloring Contest. The Christmas Coloring Contest is open to children ages 3-11. Entries are divided into two age groups, 3-6 and 7-11. Coloring contest entry forms are printed in the Monday, December 14 edition of the BNH and are available at our office thru Thursday, December 17. The contest is sponsored by Provenance Consulting.

2016 Adopt-A-Beach Children's Art Contest Opens

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is calling for entries in the 20th annual Adopt-A-Beach "Treasures of the Texas Coast" Children's Art Contest. The contest is open to Texas students in grades K-6. Only one entry per student is allowed, and all entries must have a completed parental release form. The forms are available for the Land Office website at www.texasadoptabeach.org. All entries must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

E. coli outbreak expands to more than 12 states

A recall stemming from an E. coli scare has expanded to more than a dozen states. The recall has been traced to contaminated celery produced by Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, California. Nineteen people in California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Virginia and Washington have reported falling ill from eating the celery products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Harris announces bid for County Judge

Local attorney Amanda Harris has announced she's running for Hutchinson County Judge. Harris grew up in Stinnett, Texas. She graduated from West Texas High School in 1997. She received her bachelor's degree at Texas Tech University and later graduated from Texas Tech School of Law in May of 2004.

Munoz announces candidacy for Hutchinson County Sheriff

Longtime Hutchinson County Sheriff's Deputy Efren Munoz has announced he'll run for the Sheriff's position. Munoz graduated from Borger High School in 1995. He also graduated from the Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy in Amarillo. Since 2007 he's served as a Sheriff's deputy in Hutchinson County. I believe that we don't do enough community policing," said Munoz, who also has concerns about making street addresses easier to see. "If we could help citizens get clear addresses on their homes, it could reduce our response time and save lives," he explained.

Borger's Biblical Wellness Center celebrates first ever graduation

The Biblical Wellness Center (BWC) in Borger holds their first ever graduation ceremony on Sunday, November 29. The ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Baptist Church at 305 Deahl St. The graduation celebration is a milestone event for the men in the faith based program. The BWC goal is to transform men who have faced many challenges to become valuable members in their communities. For more information call (806) 273-2355.

Better Business Bureau launches BBB Scam Tracker

The holiday season often sees an uptick in Panhandle citizens reporting scams and fraud. They come in all shapes and sizes and often adopt marketing strategies to appear as a legitimate business. Citizens are frequently bullied into believing they owe taxes to the IRS. Others offer advanced fee loan scams or pitch listeners to participate in high-stakes foreign lotteries. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has launched a new BBB Scam Tracker to provide consumers across North America a place to report scams and fraud, and to warn others of malicious or suspicious activities.

Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) files for reelection

Mac Thornberry has announced he is seeking reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. Thornberry represents the 13th District of Texas which includes all of the Texas Panhandle region. He has served since 1995 and is currently Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. The primary election will be held Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Miss Tri City Scholarship Pageant set to return February 20, 2016

One of the best known and loved annual events in our area is set to return in February, 2016. Chris Prock, president of the newly reformed Borger Lions Club, made the announcement recently. Yadi Rodriguez, the first Miss Tri City pageant winner and current Lion, will serve as the pageant director for the upcoming event. The 2016 scholarship pageant will be held on Saturday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Frank Phillips College Auditorium. The age and grade category breakdowns are as follows. Little Miss is age 4 to 2nd grade. Junior Miss is 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.