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Tea2Go buys gifts for kids
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:37:54 +0000

A nationwide company with roots in Amarillo decided to give back this Christmas season by buying gifts for local children.

About 128 kids ran through Toys ‘R’ Us on Saturday, picking out Christmas gifts thanks to Tea2Go and CEO Jeff Hunt.

“I wouldn’t be successful if it wasn’t for the community itself,” Hunt said. “We who are blessed to some degree owe it to our community to give back.”

The company calls the event, Christmas for Kids, a time for families who might not be able to buy Christmas gifts to get together and do just that.

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Average home price tops $300K for third time
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:42:00 -0600
Midland's average home prices topped $300,000 for November, the third time that has happened and the second time this year, according to numbers from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University

Five questions with Megan Rico
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:30:00 -0600
Megan Rico plays Clara in today’s final performance of Midland Festival Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Rico, 14, is in ninth grade at Midland Classical Academy. At this time, she’s debating whether to dan

KW International buys Midland-based AFM
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:41:00 -0600
The Permian Basin is getting a new player in the oil industry as Houston-based K.W. International has bought Midland-based Advance Fabrication & Measurement L.L.C. to expand KWI’s Permian Basin we

Gift distribution a blessing for Longview recipients, volunte
news-journal.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Clay and Angela Crawford knew they needed to spice up their Christmas to teach their three daughters the reason for the season.

Marshall local graduates McNeese University
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
McNeese State University awarded diplomas and certificates to 689 students at the university’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13, at Burton Coliseum.

Schedules get holiday twist
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:38:58 +0000

It’s the time of year when schedules get a holiday twist or two, and that’s as true with local government as it is with families and businesses.

The city of Amarillo’s offices and facilities will be closed Thursday for Christmas. Randall County’s operations will close at noon Wednesday and reopen Dec.29. The Potter County Clerk’s office will close at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed until Dec. 29.

“Some offices might close a little earlier,” said County Clerk Julie Smith.

Both counties and the city will be closed New Year’s Day.

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Marshall Police Department officers’ acts of kindness earn them MVP status
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
When word got out about an officer performing an act of kindness, no matter how small, officials noticed.

Longview SWAT team to rappel down hospital
news-journal.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
The Longview Police Department and Good Shepherd Medical Center will team up to spread Christmas cheer Monday.

72 graduate from ETBU
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
East Texas Baptist University held fall commencement ceremonies Saturday in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center, with Dr. Lawrence Ressler, Interim President of the University presid

Marshall school board sets January workshop to discuss bond election
news-journal.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Marshall ISD plans to hold a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5 to consider a possible bond election.

Academic Spotlight: Emma Morris
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:30:30 +0000

Academic Spotlight

Emma Morris, 17

Class: Senior, Tascosa High School

Nominated by: Lynn Pulliam, principal

Why does this student stand out?: “In addition to being one of the kindest and most helpful students on campus, Emma is one of our top academic students, having achieved a very high GPA.”

What is your biggest achievement?: “My biggest achievement so far is being ranked in the top 10 students in my class.”

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Holiday cheer fills Palo Duro Canyon
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:32:37 +0000

More than 3,000 people attended the third annual Christmas Glow at Palo Duro Canyon State Park on Saturday.

Weather kept the balloons from flying for most of the night but balloon teams did a candlestick glow, where the flames light the sky, to keep people warm.

Balloons were finally able to glow for a short period of time later in the evening.

The park staff said they were overwhelmed by how many people came out this year.

“This year has been phenomenal ... it’s kind of overwhelmed us,” Nathan Londenberg, PDC assistant superintendent, said.

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