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lubbockonline.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:17:44 +0000

Skyviews servers donating their tips

Tips received by servers at Skyviews, 1901 University Ave., Suite 600, are donated back to the university program.

During the month of November, one-half of all tips received by Skyviews will be donated to Lubbock Meals on Wheels.

Skyviews has a lunch buffet five days a week, an international dinner service, a coffee bar, a full bar and meeting facilities.

Reservations are accepted but not required.

Sorority offering $3,000 scholarship

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Shoppers wait hours for Black Friday sales
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:10:16 +0000

Jaleel Sadiq knew what it would take to get his Xbox.

First in a line outside Target on Thursday that numbered hundreds of like-minded holiday shoppers, the Lubbock bargain-seeker did not earn that No. 1 spot without effort.

While store staff prepared for a 6 p.m. Black Friday opening, Sadiq arrived cheerfully at noon. He stood outside the door for a few minutes, then returned to his car to wait there instead.

But when some competition arrived in the form of fellow shoppers Harmony Starch, Melanie Davis and Jordan Hobby, he rushed to reclaim his position.

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Drivers urged to be cautious during Southwest Lubbock construction project
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:28:46 +0000

Officials encourage drivers to be extra cautious in Southwest Lubbock as construction work continues on the Marsha Sharp Freeway near Wolfforth.

The ongoing $22.4 million project involves building bridges at the freeway and Spur 327 over Milwaukee Avenue. It will also add entrance and exit ramps at the freeway and Spur 327, complete Spur 327’s main lanes to just west of the new interchange and enhance parts of Milwaukee Avenue.

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Salvation Army serves nearly 500 for Thanksgiving
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:21:02 +0000

Chad Mooring could describe what brought him to the Salvation Army on Thursday by using only four little letters.

The Lubbockite spent the day volunteering for the agency’s annual Thanksgiving meal. “Love” was his simple response when questioned why.

“I have love for our fellow men, and for anyone,” he said. “I came up here to help the community.”

The Salvation Army served more than 490 meals, said chef Robert Ramirez.

“It’s been steady — it’s been real good,” he said.

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Pep natives return home to cook, serve Thanksgiving meal
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:16:24 +0000

PEP — AnnaBelle Walker was barely out of high school when she and a group of her fellow Catholics decided to host a small Thanksgiving feast.

The year was 1945. The nation was just out of war, and the 20-year-old Hockley Countian helped arrange a meal and dance at her place of worship, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church of Pep.

Next November, the group held it again.

“We had a get-together, and we thought it would be a yearly thing,” Walker said.

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Big Brothers, Big Sisters provide cross-generational friendships
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:42:08 +0000

Amanda Tolley always looks forward to seeing her “mini me.”

The Lubbock woman began doing some volunteer work with Big Brothers Big Sisters after she took a full-time job as the local chapter’s marketing and recruitment director.

Each week, she meets her matched little sister, 9-year-old Ariah. The pair might work on homework or arts and crafts projects, or take a trip to the movies or Barnes & Noble.

“She’s like a mini me,” Tolley said. “We have a lot of fun together because we’re similar. She’s really fun and outgoing.”

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Deadly downtown apartment fire victim still in critical condition
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:37:00 +0000

A Lubbock man who suffered severe burns remains hospitalized more than two weeks after a deadly downtown apartment complex fire.

Michael Koontz, 46, was listed in critical condition at the University Medical Center burn ICU after the Nov. 13 fire, according to officials.

Two women were killed in the blaze from exposure to smoke and carbon monoxide, according to a Lubbock Fire Rescue news release.

An investigation determined the fire was caused by a space heater.

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