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Silent guard held to honor American warriors
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 May 2016 01:35:27 +0000

As clouds covered the sky and rain fell, members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Tigershark Squadron began a 24-hour silent guard on Sunday in honor of American warriors who fought for freedom.

Cadets Activities Officer Craig Mounts said around 20 cadets, who are age 12 and up, gave up their time to walk the perimeter of the Texas Panhandle War Memorial, 4101 S. Georgia St.

“It’s our show of respect and reverence towards veterans who have died for our freedom,” Mounts said. “We think it’s important to honor that sacrifice.”

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JuneFest to kick off summer with exciting events
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 May 2016 01:35:08 +0000

JuneFest 2016 is kicking off the second week of June with a week-long schedule of events leading up to Juneteenth, a celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in America.

“We are a new vision,” said Keith Grays, prominent civic leader and JuneFest project mentor. “We as a culture of people have to pass something down to our kids.”

JuneFest chairwoman Melodie Graves said this year’s theme is “Honoring Our Past, Building Our Future,” which will provide the city to see the celebrations in a new light.

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Amarillo street department to begin annual sealcoating projects
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 May 2016 01:35:04 +0000

The Amarillo street department is set to begin its annual sealcoating projects as part of its preventative maintenance program for paved residential streets.

City crews will sealcoat residential streets once every 10 years. The work will begin in June.

The residential streets slated for sealcoating this summer are located between Amarillo Boulevard and Interstate 40 from Washington and Hughes streets to Ross and Mirror streets as well as the area between the Burlington Norther Santa Fe railroad tracks and Osage Street from I-40 to Southeast 58th Avenue.

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City to install flashing yellow arrows at Coulter, Outlook
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 May 2016 01:34:59 +0000

The city of Amarillo will introduce at 5 p.m. Tuesday flashing yellow arrows at turn lanes for north and southbound traffic at Coulter Street and Outlook Drive.

Similar signals were introduced in Amarillo in March 2014 after a 10-year Federal Highway Administration study concluded that flashing yellow left turn arrows prevent crashes and move more traffic through intersections.

Here is what is expected of motorists at intersections with these flashing yellow arrows:

Red arrow: Stop and wait. Do not enter the intersection.

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Canyon man stays active through dog agility training
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 May 2016 01:34:30 +0000

Many people hurdle through life’s obstacles alongside their dogs, and no one is more an example of that than 72-year-old Joe Nelson of Canyon.

About 18 months ago, Nelson was struck by a vehicle. He underwent multiple surgeries to regain movement on his right side. He lost short-term memory and suffered minor brain damage.

This Memorial Day weekend, the dog agility enthusiast Nelson, along with wife Janet, competed with more than 100 others in the 18th annual American Kennel Club Agility Trials.

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More rain expected for Memorial Day
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 May 2016 01:34:16 +0000

Severe weather rolled into the area on Sunday, casting a gloom over the Memorial Day weekend.

A flash flood watch was issued for the entire Texas Panhandle and was set to remain in effect until 1 a.m. Monday. A severe thunderstorm watch was also briefly put into effect for most of the Texas Panhandle.

Amarillo saw pea-sized hail and received .68 inches of rain by 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Some flooding on roadways was seen.

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10 AISD campus administrators to retire
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 May 2016 01:34:09 +0000

Sam Steen has been a fixture at Amarillo Independent School District for 43 years.

He’s been a coach, teacher and administrator at eight different schools. For the past 13 years, you could find him working with at-risk students at North Heights Alternative School where he served as an assistant principal.

“I’ve always loved it,” he said of his career. “Every day I’ve gone to whatever school and I have not had a bad day; it’s a mindset, I think.”

But this year is the last for the 67-year-old Dumas High School graduate as he enters retirement.

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Flash flooding reported in Amarillo, Canyon
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 May 2016 20:21:42 +0000

The National Weather Service in Amarillo says flooding is ongoing and causing some travel hazards across the Texas Panhandle.

Trained weather spotters have reported flash flooding due to slow moving thunderstorms throughout Amarillo and Canyon, the weather service said.

Forecasters said slow moving thunderstorms have dumped one to three inches of rain in some areas.

A flash flood warning has been issued for Randall County and southern Potter County including the areas of Amarillo, Hereford, Canyon, Claude, Lake Tanglewood, Palo Duro Canyon.

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