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Defiant: New flags purchased to replace those burned by vandal

Local organizations recently volunteered to purchase new American flags for local scouts after an unknown vandal stole and set fire to the flags laid out by the troop on Columbus Day. The Borger Elks and Kiwanis remain committed to supporting the scouts as the youth group continues to place American flags on major holidays. See the full story in the Friday, October 27 edition of the Borger News-Herald.

Hutchinson County Commissioners have funded an adult drug court for the fiscal 2017-18 year. Do you believe the program will be beneficial?

Hutchinson County Commissioners have funded a new Hutchinson County Adult Drug Court for 2017-18. District Court Judge James Mosley is hosting a community forum, open to the public, on Thursday, October 26 to discuss the new court. The community forum begins at 4:00 p.m. at the courthouse located in Stinnett at 500 Main St.

Nearly half the salt in the U.S. diet comes from just 10 foods. Do you monitor your salt intake?

As far back as 6050 BC, salt has been an important and integral part of the world's history. Salt was highly valued and its production was legally restricted in ancient times. In fact, the word "salary" was derived from the word "salt."

In America, nearly half the salt in our diet comes from just 10 foods, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bread, pizza, sandwiches, cold cuts/cured meats and soup make up the top five, followed by burritos/tacos, savory snacks, chicken, cheese and eggs/omelets.

Share your favorite memories and stories about past HOPE Gala fundraisers

The 2017 Hutchinson Oil Patch Extravaganza (HOPE) is coming up Saturday, September 30 at the Crutch Ranch. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the gala. Event organizers have been working hard to make the evening the best yet. The 2016 event sold out.

We're asking readers to share their favorite memories of past HOPE events. Who was your favorite musical performer? Have you won an auction item that remains your favorite prize to take home? Share your stories. We'd like to hear from our readers.

Our Dallas Cowboys open the 2017 season at home Sunday, September 10 against the N.Y. Giants. Is this the most exciting Cowboys team in a generation?

Perhaps the most exciting Cowboys team in a generation open the 2017-18 season at home against NFC East rival N.Y. Giants this Sunday. Last January the 'Boys nearly upset the Green Bay Packers, but Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, with 35 seconds on the clock, moved the Packers into field goal range setting up a game winning kick.

Texas Panhandle weather can be unpredictable. Here's some lightning safety tips for our readers.

Hutchinson County continues to enjoy plenty of rain this summer. Weather reports from local folks like Charles Gillingham tell us we've received nearly 6.5 inches of rain so far this month. That's wonderful, but those same thunderstorms bring plenty of lightning too. Here's a few lightning safety tips provided by our friends at Texas Co-op Power.

Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. We all know lightning can cause serious injuries and death. Follow these tips to lessen the chances of a lightning accident.

Wednesday, August 16 marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. What do you remember most about his life and music?

Elvis Presley died August 16, 1977 at the age of 42. Often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "The King," Presley transformed popular music and culture. Did you ever see him perform in person? What memories do you have of Presley, and do you remember where you were when you heard the news of his passing? We'd like to hear from our readers.

Rattlesnake bites are becoming more common in Texas. What tips would you offered readers to avoid snake bites?

Mild weather allows snakes to breed and survive longer. It's common is see snakes in West Texas. Every year, one or two people in Texas die from snakebites according to the North Texas Poison Center Network.

What can be done to cut the number of fatal attacks on our police?

Just over a year ago on July 7, 2016 in downtown Dallas, five officers and nine others were injured when a black sniper opened fire during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. The sniper was later identified as a 25-year-old Army veteran who used a semi-automatic assault rifle to pick off his victims that awful night.

Long, hot days leave plants parched. What are your top watering tips to keep your plants in great shape?

Summer has hit the Texas Panhandle. Our long, hot days can stress plants. Country Magazine offers three tips to quench their thirst. First, early morning and very late afternoon are the best times to water. Secondly, water the roots not the plant since the roots do most of the drinking. Finally, soil dries out quickly in a container, so water daily or more often if the top layer of soil is dry.

If you have a "green thumb," please share your top yard and garden tips. Our readers would like to hear your top plant growing tips.