Area News

Slaton, Ransom Canyon cancel 4th of July events

Slaton and other towns in the area have canceled their annual Fourth of July festivities this year due to an uptick in COVID cases. Mayor Lynn Nowlin made the announcement official Saturday (June 27) in a Facebook post. “The Slaton City Council, our City Administrator, employees of our City and numerous conversations with citizens and…

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Library open with new look

By Elizabeth Herbert Slatonite Intern The Slaton Public Library is back in business after a months-long hiatus due to a lack of a librarian and COVID-19. The Slaton Public Library reopened June 1, and Librarian Cynthia Olivares said the library focus group has been discussing the logistics of the grand reopening scheduled for Sept. 12.…

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Slaton ISD discussing options for fall reopening

By Melissa McCaghren Slatonite GM Covid-19 has left an indelible impact on the community of Slaton as well as all over the state and country. Several events, such as the 4th of July Festival and other celebrations, have been canceled due to an uptick in positive COVID cases. New closures also lead to question if…

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Cities see increase in June sales tax rebates

The City of Slaton saw an increase in its June sales tax rebate compared to the previous year’s totals. Slaton received $53,056.04 in June, a 17.94 percent increase from June 2019. Year-to-date, Slaton has received rebates totaling $317,078.91 a 1.12 percent increase from the 2019 year-to-date total of $313,550.54. Ransom Canyon, Buffalo Springs and Wilson…

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Center eyes Aug. 3 reopening

By Melissa McCaghren Slatonite GM The Slaton Senior Center is within a few weeks of reopening for meals and some limited activities. Board members approved a motion to reopen the center Aug. 3 for activities Monday afternoon (June 22) during a meeting at the Center. It was the first time in a few weeks since…

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Annual Fish Fry doubles as airport renaming ceremony

By Melissa McCaghren Slatonite GM The annual Larry T. Neal Memorial Fish Fry at the Slaton Municipal Airport, benefitting the Slaton Lions Club scholarship fund, had many surprises Friday evening (June 19), including a surprise downpour. For the Neal family however, it was not the surprise storm while taking a group photo. It was the…

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SEDCO finalizes COVID-19 grant applications

By Melissa McCaghren Slatonite GM Three local current and incoming businesses: West Texas Fireplaces, Quality DEF Solutions and Humble Grounds are a step closer to receiving grants from the Slaton Economic Development Corporation. A public hearing on three grants was conducted Thursday (June 18) during the Board’s regular meeting at the SEDCO office. The hearing…

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Annual Car Show, Cruise to celebrate 25th anniversary

Registration is underway for car owners who want to participate in the 25th annual Rock and Roll Nostalgia Car Show and Cruise, which will be conducted July 17 and 18 in downtown Slaton. A cruise will be conducted downtown that Friday evening (July 17) at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration will begin at 6 p.m. with a…

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