War Memorial Center to host Missing in America Honor Mission
The Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center is proud to host a Missing in America Honor Mission at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the War Memorial Veterans Park, 4111 S. Georgia.
The identified but unclaimed remains of eight honorably discharged service members will be honored at this ceremony, then escorted by the Patriot Guard and the Texas Department of Public Service to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio for a military internment at 1 p.m. Friday.
The Patriot Guard escort will leave the Texas Panhandle War Memorial at 7 a.m. Thursday and stop in Lubbock to pick up the remains of two more honorably discharged veterans and be joined by additional Patriot Guard members from South Texas to complete the journey to San Antonio.
Seven of the service members were Vietnam War veterans, one served during peacetime. One was in the Navy, one in the Coast Guard, and six in the Army.
The 6 p.m. ceremony at the War Memorial will include an invocation, the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the Stars Spangled Banner, presentation of colors, and reading of the service member’s names. Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner and Dr. Rodney Gonzalez, MD, Medical System Director, Amarillo VA Healthcare System are the featured speakers.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Please help us honor and remember these veterans on their last journey.
Amarillo’s Yearly Snapshot, PAFR, is now Online
The annual snapshot of Amarillo is now available.
According to a news release from the city, the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) is a quick, convenient and comprehensive breakdown of city of Amarillo finances for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2021.
The PAFR includes several items, from the number of service calls for the Amarillo Police Department to the number of passengers at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport to how much the city spent on street maintenance. The PAFR provides transparent information on how the city funds the myriad of services provided to residents.
The COA PAFR is available online at: bit.ly/3iRBcJi
Panhandle Archaeological Society hosting event April 9 at PPHM
The Panhandle Archaeological Society is hosting the Southwestern Federation of Archaeological Societies on April 9 at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.
Registration starts at 8 a.m., and followed by a day of presentations about current archaeological research, in the area in Hazelwood lecture hall. The event is open to the public, and registration is free.
In 1965, seven archaeological societies in eastern New Mexico and western Texas held
a symposium in Hobbs, New Mexico. Professional and avocational archaeologists
came together for the first time for an open exchange of information and ideas about the
prehistory and history of this region. The second symposium, held in Midland in
1966, saw the formation of the Southwestern Federation of Archaeological Societies.
The Federation has been meeting annually ever since, with the 56th Symposium being
held at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon and hosted by the
Panhandle Archaeological Society.
Member societies rotate as the host and are responsible for publishing the papers presented at their symposium within one year. Federation member societies have come and gone over the years, with the current membership standing at five: Panhandle, Canyonlands, Midland, Concho Valley, and Iraan.
Shi Lee’s 6th Annual Citywide Easter Egg Hunt set for April 17
Shi Lee’s 6th Annual Citywide Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for 1 p.m. Easter Sunday at Bones Hooks park. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature free food as well as thousands of eggs to hunt, including hundreds of toys, books, and other great prizes given away.
For any questions or concerns, call Tremaine Brown at 806-517-7677.
Every Drop Counts Poster Contest begins
The City of Amarillo (COA) Every Drop Counts Poster Contest is an annual reminder of the importance of water conservation and also showcases the talents of young artists. The contest began March 20 and ends May 6.
The Every Drop Counts (EDC) Poster Contest is a way for Amarillo’s youth to increase awareness of water conservation. The contest is open to students from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Texas Panhandle. Thirteen winners will receive a prize, including a dining gift card and Amarillo Sod Poodles merchandise. This is the largest prize pot in EDC history. Winners will also have their artwork featured in the next EDC calendar.
Winners and prizes will be announced at the May 24 Amarillo City Council meeting.
Entry forms, general rules and prize information are available at water.amarillo.gov
For more information, contact Julie Allegretti, COA Utilities Program Manager, at (806) 378-6032. Emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
High Plains Public Radio’s NE Panhandle station at full power
High Plains Public Radio (HPPR) is pleased to announce that its station serving the northeast Texas Panhandle, KTOT-FM 89.5-Spearman-Perryton, has been repaired and is back operating at full power.
Damage to KTOT’s transmission system had limited its power to 20%, thereby reducing its coverage area by 77% and number of people served by 66%, according to a news release. The station had been operating at low power for a few years while HPPR raised the money to repair it. Thanks to donations from the Mary E. Bivins Foundation, the David D. and Nona S. Payne Foundation, other area foundations and individual donors the repairs could be completed.
KTOT and HPPR’s other three stations serving people in the Texas Panhandle (KJJP-FM 105.7-Amarillo, KTXP-FM 91.5-Bushland, and KTDH-FM 89.3-Dalhart) broadcast a mix of news, public affairs, music, and cultural programming 24 hours a day (see schedule at https://www.hppr.org/high-plains-public-radio-schedule#weekly). HPPR’s second service, HPPR Connect, broadcasts news and public-affairs programming, which can be heard on FM 94.9 in the Amarillo area (https://www.hppr.org/hppr-connect-radio-schedule#weekly-schedule). Both services can also be streamed online at hppr.org and with the HPPR mobile app.
Hutchinson County Library’s Spring Book sale starts April 21
The Friends of the Hutchinson County Library’s annual Spring Book sale will be hosted at the Borger Branch of the Library, which is located at 625 Weatherly in Borger.
There are two rooms to shop from, which will be overflowing with books. All hardbacks are $.50, DVDs and Audiobooks on CD are $1.00. The Young Adult section has a lot to choose from and there are several items in our children’s section that are 10 cents. All paperbacks are 2 for $.25. They have several sets of books (including a beautiful set of Texas Law Books) and puzzles for sale too.
The sale starts Thursday, April 21 at 10 a.m. and will last until 6 p.m. It will continue Friday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the sale’s final day will be Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call the Borger Branch of the Library at 806-273-0126 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .