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Stonegarden funds rise
LMTonline.com / Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:57:42 -0500
Webb County has received $3.3 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Stonegarden program to support local law enforcement, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar recently announced.

Resident hopes monthly water balloon fights becomes part of Lubbock culture
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:07:23 +0000

Dustin McClure wanted to build camaraderie among his coworkers, but after suggesting they play paintball, not everyone was thrilled by the idea of wielding paintball guns and shooting pellets at one another.

So he suggested a less dangerous way of socializing that still allowed the group to let off steam.

McClure hosted his second monthly water balloon fight Sunday at Wagner Park in Lubbock.

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LISD fills job positions
LMTonline.com / Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:57:42 -0500
LISD filled a slew of positions late Thursday, including five assistant principal slots.

WT names student affairs VP
amarillo.com / Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:09:30 +0000

West Texas A&M University President J. Patrick O’Brien named Michael Knox vice president for student affairs starting Aug. 11, pending approval by the university system’s board of regents.

Knox, assistant vice president for student affairs at University of Texas at Arlington, will fill the position following Donna Eddleman’s departure for a position at New York University Abu Dhabi, WT said in a news release.

Jon Davis, associate vice president for student affairs, will serve as interim until Knox’s hiring is official.

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Pilots set sail on trial runs in final push before start of U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championsh
news-journal.com / Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500
KILGORE — For the 55 pilots scheduled to compete in the 2014 U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship, the days leading up to the competition can be vital for practice.

Ex-judge named to state panel
news-journal.com / Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Gov. Rick Perry has named retired Longview Family Court Judge Robin Sage to lead a six-member panel that recommends legislation to lawmakers in Austin.

12-year-old Midland girl killed in ATV crash in San Angelo
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:38:00 -0500
A 12-year-old Midland girl was killed and three other children were injured Saturday evening in an ATV crash on a ranch near San Angelo, according to the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office.

In North Dakota, oil bonanza leaves natural gas going up in smoke
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:54:00 -0500
KEENE, N.D. — Frank and Wanda Leppell once lived on a quiet cattle ranch in the middle of a rolling prairie, the lowing of cattle and the chirping of sparrows forming a pleasant soundtrack to their mo

Weed brings woe to cotton growers
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:06:18 +0000

A fast-spreading weed is causing problems in Texas cotton fields and could cost growers much of their harvest if left unchecked.

Pigweed, which can grow as tall as 10 feet and overtake crops, is spreading aggressively in the High Plains this year after becoming resistant to the herbicide that once easily eradicated it.

Above-average rainfall has also helped the growth of pigweed in the world’s largest contiguous growing patch, where cotton producers are checking their fields and seeking other herbicides to ensure their crops aren’t affected.

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Ready Lanes to facilitate bridge crossings
LMTonline.com / Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:57:42 -0500
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, together with officials from the cities of Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico are teaming up to improve existing signage and to post new signage advising the traveling public of where the Ready Lanes at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge are located as part of a coordinated effort to facilitate traffic flow.

Border Region services
LMTonline.com / Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:57:42 -0500
Among the services offered by the Border Region Behavioral Health Center is teaching new skills and developing existing ones for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Felony arrests for Monday, July 28, 2014
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:43:00 -0500
James A. Buchan, 54, of Midland, was charged Saturday with violation of probation.

Prior convictions
LMTonline.com / Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:57:42 -0500
At least half of the 28 alleged members of a cocaine, crack and marijuana trafficking group in Laredo who were arrested in June have prior convictions in state court, ranging from attempted murder and felony drug possession to property theft and burglary of a habitation.

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