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Downtown gets a facelift

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Revitalization reaches feverish pace as structures revamped and repurposed


Downtown Olton is changing — rapidly.

Yet the transformation began almost seven years ago and has been gradually increasing. In the last month, revitalization of central Olton has reached a feverish pace with numerous changes taking place. And the community facelift seems to be now be moving even beyond just downtown.

“I think it is great that we have people coming in and taking over some of the buildings that have been vacant for awhile,” said Olton City Administrator Keeley Adams. “It’s doing a lot to revitalize downtown Olton.”


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Water bills can again be paid by bank drafts

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Paying your water bill just got even simpler.

Beginning with the May billing cycle, Olton residents will be able to have their water bills drafted from their bank accounts again. 

“From now until May 10, you can come in and fill out a form to get on the draft list for that May billing,” City Administrator Keeley Adams said. 

He explained that a separate draft form has to be filled out for residents having multiple accounts.


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Brooks named top EMS administrator

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Johnny Brooks, director of Olton EMS, recently was honored the 2019 South Plains Emergency Medical Service Administrator of the Year. The award was presented during the annual SPEMS Conference. Standing with Johnny Brooks is Jimmy Brooks, left, president of Olton Volunteer Ambulance Association; and Rusty Powers, right, a regional EMS instructor.


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Ag Appreciation Luncheon honors area farmers April 4

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Olton plans to say thank you Thursday, April 4 to those who feed and clothe the world.

Olton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is hosting an Ag Appreciation Day Luncheon from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the parking lot next the new Ag Producers seed warehouse at Eighth and Main Streets (the old Leon’s II Grocery parking lot). Up to 500 burgers with all the fixings will be served on a first-come-first-served basis to those who work the soil as farmers, agricultural workers or agribusiness providers.

While the Chamber is hosting the mid-day downtown event, corporate sponsors include Western Equipment, Lamb County Farm Bureau, PumpCo and South Plains Waste Services.


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Chamber seeks sponsors for 10th Easter Egg-travaganza

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Ever wanted to be the Easter Bunny?

Local businesses can be just like the Easter Bunny by partnering with Olton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture for the 10th annual Easter Egg-travaganza at Pavilion Park. According to Chamber Manager Adrienne Synatschk, 1,800 colored eggs will be scattered throughout Pavilion Park, and those eggs will be filled with either cash, a prize, candy or a slip entitling the holder to a drawing for fabulous door prizes. And that’s where local businesses come in. The Chamber needs sponsors to provide what’s inside those eggs. Businesses or organizations that would like to help sponsor the hunt, should contact Synatschk at the Chamber office Tuesday or Thursday mornings at 285-2292. The Chamber manager also can be reached on her cell phone, which is 806-241-9384.


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High winds left 136,000 people without power

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It’s the kind of records Xcel Energy really wouldn’t like to set.

According to Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves, 136,000 people were left without power on Wednesday, March 13, when extremely high winds toppled utility poles and downed lines across Xcel’s service areas in Texas and New Mexico.

Reeves said it was a “record-setting number for any outage event on the regional system.”


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Lenten fish fries scheduled at St. Peter's

St. Peter’s Catholic Church and St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus are offering fish fries during the L

St. Peter’s Catholic Church and St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus are offering fish fries during the Lenten season.

The fish fries take place March 22 and 29 as well as April 5 and 12.The church is serving from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on each of those days, while Knights of Columbus members are serving from 5:30 p.m. until the fish is gone on those evenings.

Plates are $10 each and include fish, fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies, a drink and dessert.


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Sports

Mustangs get stranded in loss to Lockney Longhorns

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The Olton Mustangs got the hits but not the runs in their six-inning 13-3 loss to the Lockney Longhorns Tuesday.

With the loss, the Mustangs move to 1-3 in district after dropping games to New Deal and Hale Center last week. However, this game was different from those losses.

“This was the first game where we did not hurt ourselves, where somebody just flat out beat us,” Coach Aaron Sarabia said in a postgame interview. 


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Education News

Correction: OISD Calendar Survey

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A calendar survey conducted by Olton Independent School School District shows that 56.8 percent of the 199 respondents preferred a four-day student holiday in February, compared to 42.7 percent that preferred a four-day student holiday during stock show weekend in January.

The survey also showed that .5 percent of the respondents prefered spreading out the holiday to three different days in January and February.

A report published in the March 15 issue of the Olton Enterprise flip-flopped the percentages for the first two options.


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Prom attire needed for giveaway

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Dominique Molina, a senior at Olton High School, want to make sure every girls looks their best for the prom this year, so she is organizing a Prom Dress Drive to help local girls in the community have prom-ready attire.

Here is how the drive works. From now until April 18, gently used prom attire can be dropped off at Olton Area Library, which is located at 701 Main St. Dresses, gowns and formal attire are need.

Then, on April 19 there will be a Prom Dress Giveaway, where girls will be able to select free clothing to wear to the prom. The specific time and location for the giveaway have not yet been determined but will be published at a later date.

Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., as well as 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday.


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FFA jean drive planned for March 25

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Olton FFA plans to conduct a Blue Jean Drive at 7:30 p.m., Monday March 25. Members of the Olton FFA Chapter will be out around the town collecting jeans. To schedule a pickup, please contact Christine Sanders at 940-867-2956. Donors also can call Sanders to schedule a time to drop off jeans at the Olton High School office. The drive is part of the Blue Jeans Go Green program. Donated jeans are turned into UltraTouch Denim Insulation, a portion of which is then distributed to help build homes in communities across the United States.


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Obituaries

Kayleen Danett Couch

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Kayleen Danett Couch, 51, passed from this life Saturday March 9, 2019 in Texas City.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Main Street Church of Christ with Rex Boyles officiating and Joe Carrasco assisting. Interment followed in Olton Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2019 at Ramage Funeral Home in Olton. Arrangements were under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors in Olton.


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Enid Wilson Givens

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Enid Wilson Givens, 96, of Olton, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Olton.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Olton with Pastor Neeley Landrum and Pastor Richard Coffman officiating. Interment followed in Olton Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors in Olton.



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Ancelmo Guerrero

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Ancelmo Guerrero, 71, of Olton, died Monday, March 18, 2019, in Plainview.

Rosary was said at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olton. Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 21, 2019, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Martin Pena officiating. Interment followed at Olton Cemetery under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors.


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