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Choir students rehearse for Christmas programs
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Jennifer Peeler lines up her choir students at Jefferson Junior High School in rows of chairs by sections and gives instructions on how to sit and what song to look for.

Today in History for Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
amarillo.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:41:23 +0000

 

■ On Nov. 28, 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course toward Mars, which it flew past in July 1965, sending back pictures of the red planet.

■ In 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.

■ In 1861, the Confederate Congress admitted Missouri as the 12th state of the Confederacy after Missouri’s disputed secession from the Union.

■ In 1905, Sinn Fein was founded in Dublin.

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Thanksgiving feast
LMTonline.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:20:45 -0600
Local non-profit Bethany House, 819 Hidalgo St., hosted its 34th annual Thanksgiving Day meal, feeding more than 1,200 of Laredo’s indigent, homeless, elderly and disabled.

Shift hours could change
LMTonline.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:20:45 -0600
A portion of Laredo’s law enforcement will temporarily emulate the increasing number of law enforcement agencies nationwide that have shifted to some variant of a compressed work week schedule.

Highland Park’s iBand a unique music education
amarillo.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:10:37 +0000

Seventh-grader Kenli Bebout plays the French horn in Highland Park Middle School’s band, but once a week she gets to play by ear with a different kind of instrument — her school-issued iPad.

“You kind of just play with it, and we find songs we want to do,” she said. “We can listen to the songs and figure out what notes to play.”

Bebout is a member of the school’s iBand, a group of students who use iPads from Highland Park’s one-to-one technology program to make music. In February, the students will perform for Texas Computer Education Association in Austin.

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Empty Stocking Fund: Single mother struggles to get by
amarillo.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:44:15 +0000

Monthly bills are mounting for one single mother of three.

The woman, Empty Stocking Fund Recipient No. 2, struggles to get by living on a convenience store employee’s wages. She shares an apartment with her children, ages 2, 5 and 8.

The woman’s monthly income totals about $900.

She also relies on $500 per month in food stamps.

Empty Stocking Fund Recipient No. 2 is seeking assistance to provide Christmas gifts for her children.

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Tech health, science program ranked 24th in Texas
amarillo.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:12:00 +0000

Edudemic, an education and technology website, has ranked Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center the 24th online college in Texas.

“We work very hard to ensure that the quality of education in our online programs is the same as a traditional face-to-face program,” School of Allied Health Sciences Dean Robin Satterwhite said. “As a result, they continue to grow in popularity and related enrollment.”

Edudemic based its rankings on tuition, academic support, retention, graduation rates and program diversity.

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Still at Abbott’s side, Hodge readies for a new role
amarillo.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:11:34 +0000

After his decisive election as the next governor of Texas earlier this month, one of Greg Abbott’s first orders of business was naming Daniel Hodge to lead his transition team.

Any other choice would have shocked Capitol observers. Hodge has spent his entire career at Abbott’s side, rising rapidly through the ranks at the attorney general’s office that Abbott is vacating.

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Back In Time 11-28-14
myplainview.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:48:00 -0600
Nov. 28, 1944: Pfc. Jack Dunn, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Dunn of Plainview, was wounded in fighting on Leyte Island on Nov. 2, according to a Nov. 10 letter to his parents. At that time he was on a

Christmas Parade set Tuesday in Hallsville
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0600
The Hallsville Police Department would like to remind everyone that the annual Christmas Parade sponsored by the Lion’s Club will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Both LCC campuses to host posadas
LMTonline.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:20:45 -0600
Start your holiday season off right by joining Laredo Community College for the 13th annual Traditional Mexican Posadas on Wednesday at 7 p.m. beginning in front of the Harold R. Yeary Library courtyard at the Fort McIntosh Campus and on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the South Campus Courtyard.

Some shoppers avoid Black Friday 11-28-14
myplainview.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:52:00 -0600
“Hey Doc,” said Herb, reading the latest copy of the Valley Weekly Miracle, “did you see all these specials they’re having in the city? Just for the Friday after Thanksgiving, too. You know, a guy cou

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