WEATHER: (July 30, 2014) WEDNESDAY – High yesterday afternoon was 78 at 5:00; this morning’s low was 65 at 7:00. KPANcast: Summer cold front with a 30% chance of rain.


LOCAL: Another early-morning round of thunderstorms brought significant rain to Deaf Smith County with a swath of over 1 inch of rain from the north edge of Hereford stretching northwest to Simms and Walcott. Other rainfall totals include 1.13 inch at the HISD Admin Building, 0.68 inch at Dimmitt, 0.58 at Nazareth, 0.60 in the 800 block of Baltimore, 0.24 at Bootleg and 0.78 inch at KPAN…….A federal appeals court in Washington has upheld the USDA country-of-origin-labeling rules for fresh meat, turning aside a meat industry challenge that claimed the rules are costly and provide no health benefits. The COOL issue has been debated since 2009 when the first set of rules were implemented……..The 20th annual Spicer Gripp Memorial Roping kicks off tonight with a sponsors’ reception at the arena at Veterans Park, then 4 days of competition starting tomorrow with the top pro ropers in the nation competing for $300,000 in added money and prizes………Funeral services are pending at Hereford Heritage for Jay Juan Chavez, age 23, who died yesterday morning at his residence in the 700 block of Blevins……..Funeral services for Roy Campbell, age 95, will be at 2:00 Friday at Temple Baptist Church. He was a former farmer and postman who had lived in the Hereford area since 1947……..The 14th annual Beef Capital of the World BBQ Cookoff will be held Saturday at Spicer Gripp with competition in beef brisket, ribeye steaks and pork spareribs. Entry deadline for teams is today at 679-7308 or 626-5802……..Hereford Farmers Market opens at 4:00 this afternoon on the east edge of Dameron Park with fresh produce from local growers, including sweet corn, squash, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and okra……..KPAN salutes Melody Barrick as the Good Neighbor of the Day…….Dignified, professional service at Hereford Heritage Funeral Home.


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