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Voting Challenge
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:13:30 +0000

One down, at least three more elections to go. We’ve challenged our audience to beat registration and turnout numbers in the same elections four years ago. In the recent Texas primary, registration was up 3.7 percent in Lubbock County, but turnout was a dismal 17.6 percent, compared to almost 25 percent in 2010.

But you have more opportunities. The runoff for the primary is coming up.

Here are the key dates:

■ April 28: Last day to register

■ May 19-23: Early voting by personal appearance

■ May 16: Last day to apply by mail

■ May 27: Election Day

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Residential Permits
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:11:39 +0000

Contractor Location Project Value

Salyer Homes Fox Ridge, 9805 Ave. W 1,401 sq. ft. $180,000

Salyer Homes Fox Ridge, 9801 Ave. W 1,401 sq. ft. $180,000

Salyer Homes Fox Ridge, 9803 Ave. W 1,401 sq. ft. $180,000

Seal & Seal Fox Ridge, 10012 Ave. X 1.649 sq. ft. $1,529,000

Seal & Seal Cedar Park, 7904 Ave. M 1.622 sq. ft. $144,950

Seal & Seal Fox Ridge, 10014 Ave. X 1,805 sq. ft. $179,900

Seal & Seal Cedar Park, 7903 Ave. M 1,366 sq. ft. $124,950

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225 Ways: See need as chance to learn; take baby steps
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:47:30 +0000

Give yourself the gift of an attitude adjustment (cont.)

54. Think of “need” as “opportunity.” If you need something, it’s an opportunity to learn how to do it or get it.

55. Don’t resent others for having more or being more “successful” than you. That kind of thinking leads to the kinds of failed political systems we’ve seen around the world that are based on taking from others. And it only encourages the paralysis of victimhood: If you think you can’t get ahead, you’ll probably be right.

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Saturday afternoon thunderstorm rolls through Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:06:04 +0000

Saturday afternoon thunderstorm rolls through Lubbock

Long-awaited rainfall hit Lubbock Saturday afternoon, along with thunder, lightning and hail.

According to data from Texas Tech’s Mesonet program, Lubbock had received about 0.4 inches of rain by early Saturday evening.

According to the National Weather Service, the thunderstorm moved into town from the southwest.

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Shallowater man killed in early morning motorcycle accident
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:08:27 +0000

Shallowater man killed in early morning motorcycle accident

A Shallowater man is dead after a motorcycle accident on FM 179 early Saturday morning.

Lawrence Scott Johnston, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene at about 8 a.m., according to Cpl. John Gonzalez, public information officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Lubbock man killed in Saturday morning rollover
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:06:39 +0000

Lubbock man killed in Saturday morning rollover

A Lubbock man is dead after an single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning on County Road 1200, northwest of Frenship High School.

At about 8 a.m., Alfredo Arriaga, 59, was travelling south when he lost control of his Ford pickup truck, overcorrected and careened into a ditch on the right side of the road, then rolled into a field, according to Cpl. John Gonzalez, public information officer with the Department of Public Safety.

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Local pastors weigh in on ‘Noah,’ ‘God’s Not Dead,’ other religious movies
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:44:52 +0000

The story of a boy’s journey to heaven and back hit the box office Wednesday, the latest in a string of religious-themed movies theatergoers have been flocking to see.

“Heaven Is for Real” topped the charts on opening day at $3.7 million, moving the “Captain America” sequel to No. 2. “God’s Not Dead,” “Noah” — which held the top slot for seven days — and “Son of God” have also been popular.

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Every Lubbock ISD school touched by 2010 bond projects
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:28:43 +0000

New schools, mass renovations and updated technology are just some of the benefits schoolchildren have been reaping from a $198 million bond package the Lubbock Independent School District passed in 2010.

Every school was affected in one or more of the four major components that made up the package — school and academic improvements, arts and athletics, technology and safety and security.

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State law flushes 9 million gallons of water annually in Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:23:27 +0000

The city of Lubbock annually flushes more than 9 million gallons out of its water mains and down the drain.

That is the equivalent of what 1,200 homes in Lubbock use in a month.

A monthly flush to check a line’s chlorine level takes about 15 minutes and uses roughly 17,500 gallons of water, unless a second 15-minute flush is required. But a recent city project has significantly reduced its water loss.

Required by state law and regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, these flushes are to ensure the city’s water supply is safe to drink.

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Rural business leaders team up to promote economic growth
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:29:32 +0000

We want our economies back, say small-town area business leaders.

And rather than compete for jobs with neighboring communities, they feel teaming up will benefit all of them.

Stronger Economies Together is a coalition of professionals from Hale, Swisher, Lamb, Castro and Floyd counties. The group meets periodically to catch up with their Panhandle-South Plains neighbors and brainstorm ideas for boosting their job markets.

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