It is no secret the pandemic changed life for us all. How we do business, how we shop, how we socialize, even the career pathways have trended in a new direction.

What a school year! The students and staff at Reagan County I.S.D. put together a portfolio that goes unmatched in recent memory. The 2022-23 school year saw RCISD excel in the classroom, in athletics and in many other extracurricular activities.

The focus of 4-H Shooting Sports is to teach young people firearms safety, principles of marksmanship and good sportsmanship in competition.

Reagan County High School has announced the top 10 graduates for the Class of 2023, recognizing students who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to their studies. The Valedictorian …

Rep. Tony Gonzales (TX-23) introduced the Border Patrol Pay Parity Act on Tuesday, a bill aimed at raising the minimum pay rate for certain U.S. Border Patrol agents by at least 14% under special pay authority.

Nearly a century ago, on May 28, 1923, an unlikely oil well in West Texas known as Santa Rita No. 1 changed the course of the American oil industry and propelled the Permian Basin to the forefront of global oil production.

It was New York City and the year was 1921. Two elderly Irish female parishioners were addressing their priest. “Now, Father,” one of them was explaining, “we know we …

The FBI office in Denver warned consumers on Monday to avoid charging their cell phones and other devices at public charging stations such as those in airports, shopping malls and other places where large groups of people gather. The warning referred to “juice jacking,” a criminal process where phones can be infected with malware.

The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Santa Rita Star Spangled Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 1st at Reagan County’s North Park featuring Stoney LaRue, Jon Wolfe and Polo Urias.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas’ Reagan, Irion and Upton Counties and the Middle Concho Soil and Water Conservation District cordially invite the public to participate in a Local Working Group (LWG) event on March 8, 2023, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the USDA/Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Building , 606 2nd Street, Suite B in Big Lake.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Criminal Investigations Division (CID) assisted in a multi-agency, two-day child exploitation operation on February 24-25 that led to the arrest of nine individuals.

(JANUARY 30, 2023) - AEP Texas is preparing for Winter Storm Mara that is predicted to affect parts of the AEP Texas service territory over the next few days, particularly in west and north Texas. …

A wreck north of Big Lake last Wednesday turned into a manhunt with 3 helicopters in the air. Reagan County first responders were called out to a two vehicle wreck on FM 33 near Stout Lane at 5:48 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18th.

Reagan County’s Library has received a face-lift thanks to a grant from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation. The $40,000 grant allowed the library to install new bookshelves in the children’s area, new seating throughout the library, and two interactive tables filled with games for children and adults alike.

Point, focus, shoot! In honor of its 100-year birthday celebration, Texas State Parks is hosting a photo contest throughout 2023 with the chance to win park passes, H-E-B gift cards and even a curated state park experience.

Texas A&M Forest Service has awarded $522,162 in grants to Texas landowners for the treatment of more than 18,000 acres with prescribed burning.

A new project by the Big Lake Economic Development Corporation will bring a shopping center to the heart of Big Lake in the next year. The shopping center will serve as an incubator for new businesses as they get their start. “We have talked about setting up an startup incubator in Big Lake for some time now,” BLEDC Executive Director Jimmy Barton said. “Our board has dedicated themselves to making this a reality, and it will serve Big Lake in so many ways it is hard to count.”

The Blotter is a summary of the previous week’s activity by the Reagan County Sheriff’s Dept. For practical reasons of time and space, The Blotter does not include every call made to the Sheriff’s office, nor does it include routine security checks, minor traffic stops or routine patrols. Incidents of major impact may be reported separately. Subjects reported to have been arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! This is the time of season that we all get a reality check on how “good” we were! If Santa comes to see you, you did good! If he doesn’t, maybe you need to reevaluate your demeanor and thought process. I’m most likely one that will need to reevaluate. But, in all sincerity, let’s not forget the real meaning behind Christmas. Whatever your belief is, just remember that it’s more than getting gifts! It’s about giving to the less fortunate, goodwill to all, encouragement to those that need it, and a time for joy and thankfulness! And as we usher out 2022, we sincerely hope that 2023 is a bountiful year for everyone.

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