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By Elizabeth Tanner
Steven Oien, commander for Chapter 0900 of the Military Purple Heart, bestowed The Military Order of the Purple Heart Special Recognition Award to Garza County at the recent Commissioners Court meeting.
With the City of Post being recognized as a Purple Heart City in October, Garza followed in suit, becoming a Purple Heart County. As a Purple Heart County, Garza County will honor and remember military personnel wounded or killed in combat on National Purple Heart Day, Aug. 7, by flying a special flag given to the county by Oien and other patriot members of Chapter 0900.
“We thank you for honoring the veterans of your community and county in so many ways,” Oien told the court.
The court also approved an interlocal agreement between West Texas Food Service, Region 17 and the Garza County Juvenile Center. In the agreement, West Texas Food Service Cooperative will obtain substantial savings on specific food service items through volume purchasing. Benefits will include cost savings, meeting bid law requirements and receiving items meeting Child Nutrition program requirements. The contract will be good through July 31, 2022.
In reports from county offices, Sheriff Terry Morgan reported that the jail count is currently at 75 with 50 being Garza County inmates. Extension Agent Danya Peterson reminded the court that Garza County 4-H is hosting a canned food drive for their November community service project. Until Nov. 21, drop boxes will be located in front of United Supermarket, 125 N. Broadway St., for donor convenience. All donations will be used to help replenish Garza County Trailblazers’ pantry stock.
The next regular meeting is set for 9 a.m., Nov. 23.