In the news locally, the Brownfield Lady Cubs won a District Championship in volleyball for the first time since 1988. The Ladies had tied with Denver City for first place, but won the title outright by defeating Denver City in a playoff battle held at Plains on Wednesday night. The Fillies won the first two sets before Brownfield rallied to win the last three. The Lady Cubs will face Anthony in a Bi-District matchup on Friday at Kermit at 5 p.m.
At the same time, the Lady Cats of Wellman-Union were earning a playoff berth by defeating the Loop Lady Longhorns in four sets. The Lady Cats will be facing Wlidarado on Saturday at Littlefield at 1 p.m.
Power outages were widespread across Brownfield and Terry County, as well as the entire South Plains. The City of Brownfield suffered power outages throughout the night Monday night and all day Tuesday. According to Cat Gonzales, Superintendent of the City of Brownfield Utility Department, it was mostly all due to ice weighing on the lines and snapping poles. Many area businesses treated the power crews to free hot drinks during the day.
Many in the rural areas remained without power until late Thursday. Some still did not have power as of 4 p.m. on Thursday. Lyntegar reports that it is a problem in the Xcel system and they are working as quickly as possible to get it fixed.
Power Outage Map from Lyntegar:
Early voting continued, in spite of the bad weather. Early voting will continue through Friday at 8 p.m. Those who have not early voted will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 3 to decide on the President all the way down to County Commissioner Precinct 3 and Mayor of Brownfield. We do hope you have voted or plan to!
With Halloween upon us, there was much armchair quarterbacking going on on Social Media about whether or not the City has the right to require a permit to hold a Trunk or Treat. Of course there are many who feel it is about control, others feel it is a way for the City to make money (it is not. No charge for permit.). The other side of the coin is that if they had just said go ahead and hold whatever event you want, people would have been up in arms about why the City doesn’t care that people are sick or dying! This was one of those no win situations, in which the powers that be did the best they could under the circumstances. Most churches and businesses have opted to not hold Trunk or Treats this year.
And speaking of COVID, the South Plains Public Health Department reported only 3 new cases on Thursday morning, with 19 newly recovered also being reported. Terry County currently has 207 active cases. Everyone is still being urged to social distance, wear masks and wash your hands.
In cute news, Wellman-Union Elementary held their annual pumpkin decorating contest.
1st place- Wellman Water Tower (Kenni)
2nd Place- Mrs. Potts (Sadie)
3rd Place- S’more (Acelyn)