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City postpones May 2 vote to comply with Governor’s order; CISD vows to proceed with consolidation election

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City officials voted unanimously this week to postpone the May 2 City Council election— which was to have been held jointly with Canadian ISD’s special election on school consolidation—until Nov. 3. The decision was made in a Tuesday City Council meeting, called in response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent executive order advising local officials to delay the election to safeguard the public during the COV- ID-19 pandemic.
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Hemphill County Hospital reports first positive COVID-19 test April 2

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On Thursday evening, April 2, Hemphill County Hospital District reported the first positive test for COVID-19 in Hemphill County. The news rocked the community, emptied local streets, and resulted in the closing of more local businesses, whose resources were already stretched thin by the pandemic’s effects.
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Prepping for the surge

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As cases of the coronavirus continue to climb in Texas and around the country, Gov. Greg Abbott hosted a press conference last Friday to assure Texans there are enough hospital beds across the state, and state leaders are continuing to work on plans to expand availability.
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In EDC shake-up, board accepts resignations of executive director, marketing director

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In an abrupt shake-up Monday evening, Canadian/Hemphill County Economic Development Council members accepted the resignations of both the executive director and marketing director, before immediately turning their attention to the approval of emergency support for local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.