Olney ISD establishes preventative measures against Coronavirus

Dr. Greg Roach converses wth principals and staff regarding Coronavirus measures. Photo Submitted by Olney ISD

Olney ISD establishes preventative measures against Coronavirus

Olney ISD continues to closely monitor Texas Education Agency (TEA), Office of the Governor, and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) correspondence in regards to the coronavirus. At this time, and knowing changes could occur at a moment’s notice, it is business as usual with no changes to our school calendar of instruction and extracurricular activities.


The Olney Chamber: 95th Annual Olney Chamber of Commerce Banquet has moved to Saturday, March 21. Olney Chanmber Director Stacy Wade said they haven’t had the banquet on Saturday for many years, but they decided to move it back to Saturday this year to see how things go.

Residents demanding speed limit reduction

Children wait for a safe time to cross the highway to meet their friends on the other side. Photo by Will Sadler

Residents demanding speed limit reduction

The speed limit on Highway 251 S continues to be an ongoing story in the Olney Community and the surrounding area. Just as a reminder to everyone, the speed limit is currently 75 mph on this highway where several homes and businesses are located. This has impacted several members of the Olney community and others in this residential area. Residents have been repeatedly asking for a decrease in the speed limit to 55 mph for the safety of the children who live in these residential areas and on Country Club Road. This highway is considered to be the most dangerous road to travel on in the entire county by a significant margin, with children not being able to play in their yards due to the potential dangers that come with living on this highway. “If a semi-truck or any vehicle for that matter were to crash into the ditch and off the road coming into Olney, it could spell fatal danger potentially to residents and private properties,” said a local Olney Resident. Several parents have shown their out-pouring of support for this decrease in speed, including Pam Lisle and Trina Johnson. “ Yes I think it needs to be lowered,” Trina said. “Turning onto Country Club Road which is on a curve becomes dangerous with cars traveling 75 mph.” Trina has children of her own who are both in Junior High, but they are unable to ride their bikes around this road due to fear of the current speed. “ Yes it needs to be changed!” says Pam Lisle. “We live on 251 and 75 is way too fast in front of our house. My kids play in the front yard and the school bus stops at our house. Please, change it,” she added. A poll was created a few weeks ago on the Olney Enterprise Facebook page discussing this change, with almost all residents in favor, with 133 people for reducing the speed.


The Olney Enterprise

213 E. Main St.
PO Box 577

Olney, Texas 76374

Phone: (940) 564-5558

Fax: (940) 564-3992