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Accused aide speaks at abuse hearing
amarillo.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:24:46 +0000

An aide investigated by Child Protective Services following abuse allegations at Arden Road Elementary School has appealed her termination from the school, according to testimony in a hearing Friday at Canyon Independent School District.

Edith Lewter was fired after claims emerged that she had dragged a special education student — Dillon Wade, 7 — to a small room near the school’s cafeteria on Sept. 12.

During testimony, Lewter said she had used the room about 15 times since last school year.

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Pantexans get in giving spirit
amarillo.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:54:48 +0000

Christmas cheer was thick in the air as families and children celebrated Friday at the Pantex Christmas Project Party at Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St.

“At the Christmas party, we give (families and children) nice gifts and deliver their presents (to their homes) before Christmas,” said Laura Bailey, Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC spokeswoman.

The event hosted 149 children from 58 families for an entertaining evening of games, food, music, dancing and a visit from Santa Claus.

Bailey said $40,000 was raised for the event this year.

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Wildcat nation
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600

Affidavit: Man ransacks woman’s apartment, causes about $1,500 worth of property damage
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:08:00 -0600
A Midland man burglarized a woman’s apartment, trashing the place and setting her clothes on fire, causing about $1,500 worth of damage, according to an affidavit.

Buckeyes snag 3rd state title
news-journal.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Gilmer’s second-half comeback Friday against West Orange-Stark at AT&T Stadium in Arlington landed the Buckeyes their third state championship.

George Clooney on Sony’s decision not release ‘The Interview:’ We have to stand up against thi
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:42:00 -0600
In the face of threats and major theater chains’ refusal to release “The Interview,” Sony Pictures Entertainment has decided to pull the plug altogether on the movie, which was based around the assass

Empty Stocking Fund: With stove broken, woman wishes for toaster oven
amarillo.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:50:17 +0000

One Amarillo woman’s Christmas wish list includes just one item — a toaster oven.

Empty Stocking Fund Recipient No. 24 has a broken stove and no extra money to replace it. Her meals consist of cold, prepackaged foods.

The woman, who lives alone, also suffers from a variety of health problems, including a degenerative bone disease, congestive heart failure and asthma.

These disabilities prevent her from working.

She depends on $721 per month in Supplemental Security Income, plus $147 per month in food stamps.

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Marshall 4-year-old boy’s dream of becoming a police officer comes true
news-journal.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Many boys dream of becoming a police officer when they grow up, but 4-year-old Victor Garcia doesn’t have to wait.

Brylee Breland: 5 days until Christmas
news-journal.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
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Man charged with child sex abuse
amarillo.com / Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:36:59 +0000

A man was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a girl younger than 14, Randall County court records show.

Christopher Kenneth McNeill, aka Critter, was arrested Dec. 12 on the charge stemming from alleged incidents that took place over 19 months, from April 2013 to November, records show.

McNeill, 42, was released from Randall County jail on Thursday on $75,000 bond, jail officials said. If convicted, McNeill faces five to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the first-degree felony charge.

ETBU named to national higher education honor roll
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
For the fourth consecutive year, East Texas Baptist University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Servic

County honors Judge Rucker at retirement party
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:05:00 -0600
Family members, county employees and members of the local legal community came to the Midland County Courthouse on Friday to honor retiring 318th District Judge Dean Rucker.

Albertson’s, Lions Club shopping spree helps area non-profits
news-journal.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Several shoppers from area nonprofit organizations had their buggies loaded Friday for a shopping spree funded by the Longview Lions Club and Albertson’s grocery store.

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