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The Terry County Commissioners Court met in a regular session on Tuesday. The court was able to meet in person or face to face this time. After the pledges and reading of the minutes the court took got to work on the rest of the agenda.

As Memorial Day has come and gone, it’s looking like the COVID-19 virus pandemic is becoming a second thought, or at least according to the economy. The Dow Jones Industrial set a record at a whopping 29,568 on Feb. 12. That seemed to be short-lived when the COVID-19 virus became prevalent in the coming days and the Dow lost over a 1000 points within eight days. The Dow then plunged from 28,037.65 to 19,028.36 on March 23. That was well over 10,000 points lost within a five week span. By the time May 14 had arrived, there would be over 39 million unemployed workers.

College football has a huge possibility of being played in Texas come September. Friday Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the state is working on college football beginning on time for the 2020 season, even with some fans in attendance. Gov. Abbott mentioned that there are still some issues that need to be fine tuned before the beginning such as stadium capacity, and the availability of medical treatment for the virus, plus the overall status of a possible outbreak in Texas.

Some small businesses in the community could get a financial shot in the arm soon thanks to a local stimulus effort approved Monday by the Brownfield Industrial Development Corp. board of directors.

Sports

Two out of the three boys basketball teams in Terry County would punch their tickets to the playoffs this past season, however, it was a tough road for all three.

Continuing with the year in review of Terry County sports we will now focus on girls high school basketball. Out of the three schools that represent Terry County, two of the three girls teams went to the playoffs. Brownfield went far, and the Meadow girls got back in.

May 6, 2020 - 05:00

The BHS Lady Cubs softball team honored and recognized their seniors Friday night May 1. There are only four seniors this year, pictured from left to right are :

This week we focus on the gridiron, football is king in Texas. All three Terry County schools would end up with new head football coaches and AD’s, so the X’s & O’s were going to be different once again for the fourth time in a row. The Cubs struggled early on in the season when they went 0-3 playing two 2A schools and one 3A school. The first loss was to Post 45-14, who were runners-up in Class 2A Div. I. Slaton would be the next to bring down Brownfield, this time by one point 13-12. Next up was Tahoka where the Bulldogs surprised the Cubs handing them a 28-24 loss. Things picked up as the Cubs traveled to Muleshoe and received their first win of the season 27- 16. The Cubs would then take on perennial powerhouse Shallowater losing 34-12.

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Obituaries

May 27, 2020 - 05:00

Oleta Fay (Hall) Burris, of Wellman, went to be with her Lord and Savior May 23, 2020. A celebration of Oleta’s life will be at 10 A.M. Friday, May 29, 2020, at Calvary Baptist Church, Brownfield, TX with Pastor Steve Carter officiating and Eddie McHugh assisting. A graveside service will follow at Terry County Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Brownfield Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Brownfield Funeral Home. Oleta was born in Bailey County on August 1, 1931 to Carl Preston Hall and Lucille (McGinnis) Hall. She was raised in Enochs, TX. On September 4, 1948 she married W. O. (Bill) Burris and they settled in Wellman in 1959 to farm and raised their 5 children. Oleta loved being a farmer’s wife. She was a hard worker in the home and on the farm. Oleta and Bill had quite a family legacy consisting of 5 children and their spouses, 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Oleta loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Wellman Baptist Church for many years until it closed, then moved her membership to Calvary Baptist Church in Brownfield. Bill passed in 1982 but Oleta continued living on the farm helping her boys. In October of 2017 she moved to Cottage Village in Brownfield, TX. She loved to quilt and crochet, making many beautiful doilies, scrubbies and potholders. She was so happy when people bought her handwork and loved the visits with family, friends, and new acquaintances, when they came to buy them. Oleta is survived by her children, Teresa (Kenneth) Cheatham, Janice (Johnny) Mercer, Jackie (Melanie) Burris, Rickie (De’Ann) Burris, Terry (Nancy) Burris, 19 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, sister, Wanda (J.E.) Layton and many more family members. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Burris, grandson Michael Mercer and great grandson Hudson Cheatham, her parents and 2 two brothers, Lawrence (Orene) Hall and Cleo (Leta Mae) Hall. Our family would like to thank Patty Ward and the caregivers of Cottage Village for their love and support given to Mother over the past 4 years in your care. We also want to thank Kim Franke and Interim Hospice for helping care for her. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials to Calvary Baptist Church, Gideon’s International, Lamesa De Dios Emmaus or Enochs Cemetery Association at C/O Wanda Layton, 3140 CR 184, Morton, TX 79346.

May 27, 2020 - 05:00

James Kenneth Gaither, 87, of Abilene died Saturday, May 23, 2020 at his daughter’s home in- Clyde. A service with military honors will be held at a later date at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene. James was born August 4, 1932 in Denton to Kervy Allen and Lillie Bea (Godwin) Gaither. He attended schools in Beaumont and California and served his country in the U.S. Army. He married Delores Sheperd in Beaumont on July 19, 1953. He worked for Marshall Young Oilfield Service as a pumper for 27 years. He moved to Abilene from Brownfield in June of 2019 and was a member of the Hillcrest Church of Christ and the VFW. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Delores (Dorey) Gaither; two daughters, Brenda Howard and husband Johnnie of Clyde and Dorey Brown of Lubbock; sister Jan Gaither of Nacogdoches; two grandchildren, Heather McClure and husband Scott and Jason Howard and wife Allison; six great grandchildren, Megan McClure, Bethany McClure, Jessie Howard, Harper Howard, Bailey Howard and Ellis Howard. James was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, David (Dave) Gaither and Kenneth Allen Gaither, grandson Wade Howard, two brothers and two sisters. Online condolences may be made at www.baileyhowardfuneralhome.com

May 23, 2020 - 05:00

Romana Olivares 95 of Hereford-Brownfield passed away on May 16, 2020. Viewing was held Friday May 22, 2020 3-8pm at Grace Funeral and Cremation Care Inc. with graveside services 11am Saturday May 23, 2020 at Brownfield Cemetery.

May 23, 2020 - 05:00

Roy Glen McCalib, age 70, was born in Hobbs, NM to Jessie Everett McCalib and Betty Jewel McCullough McCalib on April 25, 1950. After one and half long years Roy lost his fight with cancer on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at his sisters home in Eunice, NM with his family by his side. Roy was a christian of the Baptist denomination. Roy is survived by his mother, Betty McCalib of Eunice NM, one son Roy (Shorty) McCalib Jr and wife Brandi of Lubbock, TX. One daughter, Shanda Mae Dawn Hathcock and husband Gary of Paris, TX. One sister Barbara Winter of Eunice, NM. Five grandchildren, McKinzie, Hunter, and Hudson McCalib of Lubbock, TX. Madison and Mackeniz Jackson of Paris, TX. Three nephews and one niece. Three aunts and two uncles. Roy is preceded in death by his father Jessie Everett McCalib, brother Howard McCalib, and one nephew Jessie Winters. The McCalib family moved to Brownfield, TX when Roy was young. He graduated from Brownfield High School. Roy worked many years at the family business, McCalib Services in the oil and gas industry. Roy was a member of the Terry County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Association where he participated in many rodeo activities. Roy later moved to Ruidoso, NM and then to Eunice, NM while still working in the oil and gas industry. Roy worked for his uncle Charlie Bettis at B&H Construction which became New Mexico Rentals. Cremation has taken place. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite charity or the American Cancer Society.