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Modernizing Wichita Falls schools still in planning stages

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) – Things are moving forward when it comes to long term plans for middle and high schools in the Wichita Falls ISD. School board members met for a work session and while it’s still not official, they now have a more focused direction.

“There are no votes cast but I think we decided on some sort of a two high school model whether that’s two equal high schools, or a large school and a small school,” superintendent Michal Kuhrt said.

The meeting began by providing the proposed plans for middle schools in the district.

For Kirby the plan is to close it in 7 or 8 years, citing the current maintenance issues, and lack of room for expansion. It was also brought up as a possible location for a new administration building. McNeal and Barwise will both stay as middle schools. At McNiel there’s plenty of room for expansions and is a good candidate to become an elementary school later down the line. At Barwise they discussed the possible addition of a retention pond and road connecting the campus to Maplewood Ave.

To find out tentative plans for the local high schools, click here.

Rep. Thornberry honored by U.S. Chamber

Representative Mac Thornberry was honored with the Spirit of Enterprise award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during a young professionals’ meeting recently.

This award is given in recognition of his support for pro-growth policies. “The Republican who represents North Texas thanked Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce leaders for presenting him the national award based on his votes on designated issues.” Read more here

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VA Clinic coming to Sheppard Air Force Base

As the need for local VA grows this facility couldn’t come any sooner.

“It will be constructed in the next couple of months. We expect a new clinic to be open in April to July of next year.”

Oklahoma City VA health care center Medical Director, Wade Vlosich

This may not be the answer to all the problems but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

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Mayor throws out a ringer at the National Horseshoe Pitchers World Tournament

KAUZ – 7.29.19 – The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tournament continues at the MPEC this week.

971 athletes from around the world were registered and most of them are making it a vacation.

“It’s warm weather, its beautiful,” said Jarrett Keith about Wichita Falls. Keith is coming from Kentucky.

Horseshoe World Championship Kicks Off

The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tournament kicked off this morning at Kay Yeager Coliseum. 971 pitchers from all over the U.S. will compete for $138,000 in prizes over the next two weeks. The expected economic impact is to be around 4-5 million dollars. This event is open to the public. #cityofwf #wichitafalls

Posted by Official City of Wichita Falls, TX on Monday, July 22, 2019

Others like Roger Vogel, an NHPA member, and a competitor have gotten the opportunity to enjoy local restaurants.

“For home cooking, we like Pioneer and CrawDaddy’s. It’s a new restaurant in town and I’ve been there several times,” said Vogel.

Most of these competitors have never been to Wichita Falls or even set foot in the lone star state, so the CVB is hoping to make it a memorable experience.

We had the trolley going every day last week for free, it was complimentary. They [visitors] could go downtown and eat or go shop. Then we had a wine tour, a casino tour, and a concert one night.

Lindsay Barker, CVB Director

Read the full story at KAUZ.