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Lowery-Hart named AC’s 14th president
amarillo.com / Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:37:00 +0000

Russell Lowery-Hart will serve as Amarillo College’s 14th president after a unanimous vote by the AC Board of Regents Tuesday evening.

“I’m overwhelmed, humbled and excited,” Lowery-Hart said. “It will be my greatest honor to lead this college and I’ll do it with the utmost commitment to our students and this community.”

For the past four years, Lowery-Hart has served as the vice president of academic affairs, where he led the Achieving the Dream initiative, which has improved overall GPA and completion rates during the last three years.

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Teachers get raises, schools get computers and cafeterias
myplainview.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:45:00 -0500
Though it is considered a deficit budget, Plainview ISD administrators and board members feel it’s more important to make an investment in the school system as they unanimously voted to approve the 20

Davenport Elementary School teacher under investigation resigns
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:37:15 MDT
A Canutillo teacher being investigated on an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a student resigned Tuesday before the school board could discuss his possible termination, a school district spokesman said.

Fitch issues slightly lower grade for UMC bonds in light of debt linked to Children’s Hospital
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:55:46 MDT
The Fitch Ratings agency downgraded University Medical Center of El Paso's bond rating slightly this week to AA- from its previous AA rating.

Panola College offers aide course in Carthage
news-journal.com / Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education office in Carthage is offering a medication administrator course.

Texas lawmakers face oil boom challenges
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:55:00 -0500
Dependent more than ever on the oil industry's fate, fortune and whim, Texas must navigate complex new challenges in the coming legislative session, lawmakers heard on Tuesday.

Man pleads guilty in robbery turned deadly shooting
amarillo.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:35:20 +0000

A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon charge in 47th District Court stemming from a December botched house robbery that resulted in the death of one of the robbers.

Tony Spangler, 23, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the first-

degree felony. As part of the plea agreement, Spangler’s original charge of first-degree murder was dismissed, District Attorney Randall Sims said in a news release.

Ashley Arce-Bitela and Memorie Denise Spangler were also charged with murder. Their cases are still pending, Sims said Tuesday by phone.

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United Way drive kicks off with Sept. 8 luncheon
myplainview.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:05:00 -0500
One year shy of its 40th anniversary, this year’s Plainview Area United Way campaign will kick off with a luncheon on Monday, Sept. 8.

County appoints King as tax assessor
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
The Harrison County Commissioners Court accepted the resignation of Tax Assessor Collector Julie Cox and approved the recommended appointment of Veronica King to fill her unexpired term.

Tornados in Plainview
myplainview.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:22:00 -0500
They were trailblazers for the Tex-Mex sound — spending the past 30-plus years fashioning just the right fusion of rock, country and Tejano and sharing it with the world. And now with their album, “Es

Beilue: Lonesome Cougar returns home after 27 years
amarillo.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:36:16 +0000

As a kid, Mark Wilhelm loved riding in his dad’s 1968 Mercury Cougar. In the days before car seats, he can remember standing up in the backseat between the front bucket seats, his mom Deborah making a quick stop, and bloodying his lip after smacking the console.

Still, he loved that old car.

So did his dad, Richard. It listed brand new at McKinzie Motors on Georgia Street for the princely sum of $3,972 some 46 years ago. He traded in a 1965 Mercury Comet to get it a little cheaper.

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