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Beilue: 68 years later, a bracelet is found
amarillo.com / Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:31:25 +0000

A few weeks ago, Joe Weaver of San Angelo returned to the place he grew up, a piece of land in Deaf Smith County 30 miles northwest of Hereford. It was near the Walcott school, and only a few know about the Walcott school.

He actually was up this way because that old place where his parents, Jack and Dorothy, and three older sisters lived starting in the late 1940s bordered the XIT ranch.

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Party in the Park draws thousands
amarillo.com / Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:30:43 +0000

Two veterans were recognized on Independence Day at AGN Media’s Party in the Park. Veterans, family and friends gathered at the John S. Stiff Memorial Park to celebrate the day the country gained its independence and to commemorate those who have fought for the nation.

About 15,000 people attended the event, the area’s biggest celebration. Before the fireworks, people gathered to listen to performances by six local bands and to participate in family-friendly events, such as face painting for children.

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Lawyers gather to read Declaration of Independence
amarillo.com / Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:30:01 +0000

Early Saturday, a group of criminal defense and civil rights lawyers gathered on the steps of Potter County Courthouse to read the Declaration of Independence for the Fourth of July.

With their scripts in hand, each of the five lawyers and one researcher and analyst shared the lines the country’s Founding Fathers wrote in 1776.

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Where is Amarillo’s food truck scene?
amarillo.com / Sat, 04 Jul 2015 22:41:12 +0000

Hundreds eagerly tracked the participants in the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race” on social media and then turned out to buy their offerings when they arrived in Amarillo.

But when the trucks headed west, the city was left with what some consider an almost-nonexistent food truck community.

One theory is the city just isn’t cool enough.

Scott Buchanan, who gave up trying to get through what he describes as a forest of paperwork and dropped the idea of running a food truck, said “maybe Amarillo is just not hip to the vibe.”

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Bolton Street water line work means detours
amarillo.com / Sat, 04 Jul 2015 22:40:45 +0000

As work continues on the installation of a new water transmission line from Southeast 24th Avenue to the Osage Water Treatment Plant, motorists should expect a few detours this week.

There will be traffic control set up at Southeast 10th Avenue and South Bolton Street beginning Tuesday.

Crews will then begin excavation for the Tunnel 5 pits north and south of 10th on Bolton.

This site is expected to be completed by July 17, and Bolton will reopen at that time.

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Today in History for Sunday, July 5, 2015
amarillo.com / Sat, 04 Jul 2015 22:40:25 +0000

■ On July 5, 1865, the Secret Service Division of the U.S. Treasury Department was founded in Washington D.C. with the mission of suppressing counterfeit currency.

■ In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy.

■ In 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.

■ In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.

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Word of the Day for Sunday, July 5, 2015
amarillo.com / Sat, 04 Jul 2015 22:40:17 +0000

WORD OF THE DAY

truculence

■ tru.cu.lence

■ trə kyə ləns

Definition: (n) the quality or state of being easily annoyed or angered

Example: He had a smoldering truculence on his face and hatred in his eyes.”

— Paul Gallico


Clovis may pluck chickens from Maple Street roost
amarillo.com / Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:31:02 +0000

CLOVIS — A local Clovis resident may be on the brink of having to find new homes for treasured pets she’s had on her property on Maple Street for more than 13 years.

But these aren’t cats and dogs. Mary-Beth Bouchard has seven chickens that live in her front yard. Each has its own name, and some were rescues from local farmers.

“I’m disabled — I hurt my back when I was young — and these are what I get up for in the morning,” said Bouchard. “They get me going and my grandkids love them.”

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Farm briefs: Kill grasshoppers while they’re young
amarillo.com / Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:20:49 +0000

Scientists are saying the only way to get the upper hand with the current grasshopper invasion is to not wait too long.

“If you have been out any at all you already know that they are everywhere,” said Ed Bynum, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist in Amarillo.

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Holiday weekend off to soggy start
amarillo.com / Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:22:58 +0000

Amarillo continues to have more than normal rain amounts. This has been the second wettest year in Amarillo since records have been kept, according to Warning Coordination Meteorologist Michael Gittinger.

So far, he said, Amarillo has had 18.72 inches of rain exceeding the more than normal 10 inches of rain Amarillo receives around this time of year by eight inches.

“We’re almost to our normal annual amount of rainfall. It must be an inch or so shy of that,” he said.

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