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Child Abduction Case Remains Open
Thursday, September 18, 2014
In a little more than a week, the City of Muleshoe will be celebrating its second annual Muleshoe Day, but in the days that precede the celebration, Muleshoe will be facing another anniversary… a much more sinister anniversary.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, will mark the seventh anniversary of the abduction of Johnny Martin — the son of Peter Martens, who at five years of age was allegedly abducted by his non-custodial parent, Margaretha Friesen, then reportedly of Campeche, Mexico.

According to Peter Martens of Muleshoe, Johnny’s father and custodial parent, said at the time of the abduction that about two years prior to the abduction Child Protective Services recommended Johnny’s removal from the Friesen home following an investigation into child abuse allegations.

(Age enhanced photograph)

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Mule, Eagle Melee
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Sometimes, it’s hard to know who’s doing what, and who has the ball especially if you’re seated in the stands when a general melee occurs on the field, as appears to have happened during one of the plays in Friday’s game between the Mules and the Seagrave Eagles. In this case, that’s the football tucked under the arm of the Seagrave player as he’s brought down by an unidentified Mule.

(Photograph by Gabby Perez)

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School Board Approves Large Budget Amendment
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Muleshoe Independent School District’s board of trustees approved a $519,000 budget amendment during Monday’s regular meeting, almost half of which was involved work to be completed the district’s hail damaged roofs.

Business Manager Trae McNeil explained that the school district was set to recover $329,815 from its insurance carrier from hail damage sustained a couple of months ago, of which the district has already received $205,128.

She said the remaining $124,687 would be received after the roofing project had begun.

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Olton Sales Tax Increase Leaves Other Communities Behind
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The City of Olton has once more jumped to the front of the sales tax reimbursement race, with a 38 percent increase in its total allocations for the year.

Of the 10 area communities whose sale tax collections are monitored by the Muleshoe Journal, Olton is the only one with a double digit increase.

In fact, the closest area communities have come to Olton’s numbers are 8.58 percent for Bovina, 8.23 percent at Farwell and 7.79 percent at Sudan.

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