Area News

Barnes elected to office on TPCA Executive Board

By Melissa McCaghren Slatonite GM Slaton Police Chief Trevor Barnes was elected Sergeant at Arms for the Texas Police Chiefs Executive Board during the 62nd  Annual Texas Police Chiefs Conference last week in Fort Worth. He was one of three area police chiefs to be elected to the Board. Also elected were Albert Garcia of…

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In remembrance of a fallen Texas Trooper

Police officers with the Slaton Police Department and Slaton ISD take minute of silence with their lights on in honor of fallen Texas DPS Trooper Chad Walker Thursday afternoon (April 1). Walker was shot during a driver assist in Limestone County March 26, and died from his injuries. (Slatonite photo/Melissa McCaghren)

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Mayoral forum set for April 14

There will be a Mayoral candidate forum conducted April 14 at 7:15 p.m. in the Slaton High School auditorium. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and the attendees will need to be seated by 7. All four candidates for mayor: Clif Shaw, Jessie Perez, Jacob Parker and John Gatica, have been invited to attend. The…

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Magazine group tours Slaton for edition

By Melissa McCaghren Slatonite GM Slaton had several visitors last Wednesday (March 31) touring the town for an upcoming edition of Authentic Texas. They were honored with a reception at the Slaton Harvey House later that evening. Those attending from the magazine were Margaret Hoogstra, CEO Authentic Texas; Jeff Salmon, President of Authentic Texas; Ryanne…

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Slaton sees increase, others drop in March rebates

The City of Slaton saw a an increase in its February sales tax rebate compared to the previous year’s totals. Slaton received $44,885.72 in February, a 1.55 percent increase from February 2020’s total of $44,196.96. Year-to-date, Slaton has received rebates totaling $171,761.65, a 9.57 percent increase from the 2020 year-to-date total of $156,748.63. Ransom Canyon…

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Slaton FFA earns honors in shows

From Staff Reports Students part of the Slaton FFA have been very busy the past few weeks showing off their best animals in big competitions. Many have also recently won high honors, and have had their animals make it to sales such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which is only conducting the show…

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Quite the Easter Egg Hunt

Children of all ages scramble to gather as many eggs as they can during a community Easter egg hunt hosted by First Baptist Church Saturday afternoon (March 27). (Slatonite photo/Melissa McCaghren)

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Rader places 9th in State powerlifting

By Melissa McCaghren Slatonite GM Senior Chris Rader competed in the State Powerlifting Tournament in Abilene Saturday (March 27). While he did not medal in his division, he still represented the school with a strong ninth place showing. Slaton also sent off Rader and honored fellow State qualifier Amaya Ramos with a parade around town…

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West Texas Fireplaces offers warm, comfort for the home

By Melissa McCaghren Slatonite GM Steve Respondek had been cleaning fireplaces for years, as part of his father’s business – A&A Chimney Sweeps. “My dad started a chimney sweep business in 1981, just to make extra money,” he said, adding his dad worked at Texas Tech which offered good benefits, but not same  pay. He…

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4th of July festival to see location change

The annual July 4 event Slaton conducts was canceled last year due to COVID concerns. The Slaton Chamber of Commerce is bringing it back this year, although with some changes. A lot of the changes started due to COVID. “We’ve made some changes this year,” said Chamber President Jim Andrus, who added several vendors backed…

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