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Campuses team up for Harvey relief effort

FLOOD RELIEF - Cindy Cox's class from Paradise Junior High School donated 11 buckets filled with cleaning supplies for Hurricane Harvey survivors. The school donated 34 buckets in total. Submitted photo While many relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey focused on sending bottled water and clothes

WCMESSENGER.COM - 2017-09-20 23:59:59

Fight over labeling of 'flushable' wipes headed to federal court

WASHINGTON - The question of whether flushable wipes - used by potty-training toddlers and people looking beyond traditional toilet paper - are clogging sewer systems will be hashed out in federal court, where a manufacturer has sued the District of Columbia over a new city law regulating when such

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 21:30:00

The Oklahoma priest who could become the first American-born man to be canonized a saint

A priest from Okarche, Oklahoma, a very small town perhaps most famous for the succulent fried chicken at Eischen's Bar, could help to revitalize the U.S. Catholic Church as the first man and first priest born in this country to be canonized a saint. Perhaps an unlikely candidate to spur such a mome

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 18:55:00

Your Social Security number may not be secure. But how could we replace it?

They're supposed to be the nine most closely guarded numbers in your life. But with an ever-growing number of companies asking for Social Security numbers - and then hit by cyber breaches exposing them - experts say the Social Security number is clearly a flawed way to accurately identify someone. I

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 16:24:00

Sheriff uneasy with available budget

With almost one year under his belt, Johnson County Sheriff Adam King said while he is doing his best to provide basic needs for his deputies, he doesn't believe the budget he has to work with has been reassuring. "I think people assume we have everything we need out here," he said. "But, we are try

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 11:59:00

Irma's Georgia damage assessments underway

ATLANTA - Astrid Palomares boarded up her Colquitt County home, stocked up on bottled water and food, and awaited Irma's fury. So when Hurricane Irma weakened to a tropical storm before thrashing its way through southwest Georgia, the Norman Park woman was relieved. But that relief soon morphed into

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 22:20:00

Five indicted for allegedly defrauding Dolly Parton's foundation

Last year, Dolly Parton set up a foundation to help people who lost their homes in the wildfires that ravaged Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and her beloved Smokey Mountains. Her charity has already handed out $9 million to the fire victims. But now, five people have been indicted after being caught in an e

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 21:45:00

After Harvey and Irma, flood-damaged cars could flood car-sales market

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, used car buyers across the country should be on high alert for deals that seem "too good to be true." According to Carfax Public Relations Manager Christopher Basso, almost half of flood-damaged vehicles return to the road in one form or another. Considerin

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 19:05:00

Indiana man builds more than 800 water pumps for South American villages

LOGANSPORT, Ind. - Ben Yantis has made more than 800 hand water pumps based off his design over the past 15 years for villages of a South American country to get clean water. The 80-year-old Indiana resident isn't planning on stopping anytime soon. His water pump deliveries are just one part of his

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 18:00:00

EPA investigating possible industrial waste buried in West Virginia rafting town

Residents and environmental activists in a West Virginia community believe a tank used to store industrial waste is buried beneath contaminated soil in their town, but a spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the EPA never approved the area as a chemical disposal site. The land

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 17:15:00

First Doss Center cabin on site

The Doss Heritage and Culture Center now has its first cabin on site as part of its bid to revitalize interest in local history. Known as the McDonald Cabin, it was transported last Thursday from the Grind Stone Creek area, before being carried by truck to the Doss Center. "It was donated by Perry a

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 01:00:00

Illinois student shoots classmate in high school cafeteria

The main entrance to Mattoon High School Wednesday afternoon after a shooting that left one student injured took place that morning. The suspected gunman was taken into custody by Mattoon Police.Keith Stewart An Illinois high school teacher subdued a school shooter who wounded a fellow student Wedne

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 00:37:00

Puerto Rico entirely without power as Hurricane Maria hammers island

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria delivered a destructive full-body blow to this U.S. territory on Wednesday, ripping off metal roofs, generating terrifying and potentially lethal flash floods, knocking out 100 percent of the island's electrical grid, and decimating some communities. With sust

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 12:20:00

Neighbors yell 'he can't hear you' before Oklahoma City officer fatally shoots deaf man

Neighbors yelled "he can't hear you!" But the two officers kept shouting commands. Sgt. Christopher Barnes and Lt. Matthew Lindsey ordered Magdiel Sanchez to drop a 2-foot-long metal pipe. Instead, the 35-year-old stepped from the porch of the single-story house in suburban Oklahoma City, apparently

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 12:13:00

ESD 7 gets boost in fire safety ratings

Better fire department coordination and a new plan to supply water by tanker truck has paid off for Millsap, Greenwood, Cool and Garner's fire protection ratings. As of last month, Emergency Services District 7 received a Public Protection Classification of 3/10 from the Insurance Services Office,

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-21 00:00:00

COLUMN: How the latest effort to repeal Obamacare would affect millions

At the end of July, the nation held its collective breath as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) looked poised to achieve his most formidable parliamentary accomplishment: the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. But Republican hopes were dashed by one of their own, Sen. Joh

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-20 21:45:00

Lack of flood insurance leaves Texans high and dry

A tow driver pulls a car out of flood waters on a feeder road on State Highway 249, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2017, after Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area. Kyle Phillips / The Transcript AUSTIN - Insurance may have covered only 25 to 45 percent of Houston houses flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey, but th

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-20 21:39:00

Former players in NFL concussion settlement may be victimized by predatory practices

PHILADELPHIA - With six- and seven-figure payouts from the NFL concussion settlement starting to circulate, former football players have been approached by several entities trying to get a piece of the court-mandated rewards. They include lenders, lawyers and even fellow players. In an exploratory h

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-20 20:30:00

Council adopts 2018 budget, tax and rate increases

With several citizens providing one last round of comments, Mineral Wells City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted the city's 2017-18 operating budget and a tax rate increase of 3.5 cents. Also included is a 7 percent and 3 percent increase in the city's water and sewer rates, respectively. Accor

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-20 20:15:00

University of Oklahoma President David Boren announces retirement

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the current academic year. Amid rumors he would be stepping down that began Tuesday night, Boren, 76, confirmed he will leave his post June 30, 2018, pending the selection of a perma

MINERAL WELLS INDEX - 2017-09-20 19:33:00