An early morning fire Saturday caused extensive damage to at least two businesses in Slaton. The call came in to the Slaton Police Department at just before 3:00 am Saturday morning of smoke filling the building at Klemke’s Sausage. The fire department was dispatched and when they arrived the building was filled with smoke. They entered the structure and tried to put the fire out, however, conditions worsened and firefighters had to exit the structure.
Additional departments were dispatched from Lubbock, Ransom Canyon, Buffalo Springs as well as EMS units from Slaton and UMC all responded to the scene. Area fire departments worked several hours to contain the fire to the two main buildings. The Klemke’s Sausage and the Slaton Medical Clinic were both declared a total loss according to reports. The Slaton Bakery located near the fire was not damaged however, they were closed on Saturday. Fire units had the blaze contained by 9:30 am Saturday morning and worked battling hot spots into the late afternoon Saturday.
The cause of the fire has not been determined and the State Fire Marshall’s office was called in to investigate.
The Slaton Medical Clinic is planning to open on Monday, June 17th at the SEDCO building located at 101 North 9th Street in Slaton. SEDCO has donated a room for appointments. Dr. Al Bendeck said any patient needing to inquire about and appointment or needs additional information should call the clinic number at 828-1600 and it will transfer to his cell phone.
The Slaton Fire Department thanks the many departments that assisted. Over 100 firefighters from 22 area departments assisted.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Michael Phillip Broussard, 71 of Ransom Canyon and formerly of Levelland. Services are set for 2:00 pm on Friday, June 14th in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland. He passed away on Tuesday, June 11th. Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home.
Whiteface CISD Board of Trustees has named the sole finalist for Superintendent position for the district starting in August.
In action taken by the Board of Trustees, they named Nate Wheeler to the position following a waiting period required by state law. Wheeler has been the Director of Operations and Administration for Plains ISD since 2016. He has also served as Assistant Secondary Principal at Plains High School from 2015-2016, and a teacher and coach in Seagraves ISD from 2007-2015.
Wheeler was raised in Seminole and Levelland. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Tech University in 2006 and his Masters Degree in 2015 and his Superintendent Certification in 2018, both from Lamar University. He and his wife, Kyna have a son Gage, age 8 and a daughter Sadie, age 5. They plan to move to Whiteface in the near future. Wheeler is expected to begin as Superintendent for Whiteface CISD in August.
Three City of Levelland employees received their Certified Public Manager Designation during a ceremony held at the State Capitol on Monday.
Police Sgt. Shawn Wilson, City Secretary Beth Walls and Main Street Manager Missy Passmore all received the designation Monday.
The CPM program is a nationally accredited comprehensive statewide management development program specifically for managers in federal, state, and local government and for managers in the not for profit sector. The Texas CPM Program is a 7 course sequence which leads to a nationally accredited public manager certification. The CPM Program is offered by Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public service. The CPM program is a nationally accredited comprehensive statewide management development program specifically for managers in federal, state, and local government and for managers in the not for profit sector.
Those who complete the program earn a national designation of (CPM) Certified Public Manager.
Funeral Services are set for Jaretta Snead, 62. Services are scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. She passed away on Thursday, June 6th. Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home.
Thursday afternoon Cochran County Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement crews responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 114 and FM 2195. The Whiteface Volunteer Fire Department and Morton Fire Department both responded to the scene.
Officials found a two vehicle accident with all occupants out of the vehicles and initially saying they were not injured. One occupant was later taken to the hospital by EMS as a precaution.
Cochran County EMS and Cochran County Sheriff’s office also responded to the accident. DPS is investigating the cause of the accident.