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LP&L board member clears the air about potential conflict of interest, no wind farm at Reese Technol
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:07:52 +0000

Plans to discuss the costly Ashcroft report at a Lubbock Power & Light board meeting were delayed after a three-and-a-half-hour executive session, but board member Charlie Dunn did shed light on a potential conflict of interest.

Jerry Bell, the Electric Utility Board’s vice chairman, also serves as president of the Lubbock Reese Development Authority — a fact that sparked Dunn’s interest after the Dallas Morning News reported the plans for a wind farm at the Reese Technology Center.

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Tech student arrested for possession of marijuana in dorm room
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:32:27 +0000

Texas Tech police calls for

April 11

6:13 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer arrested a non-student for driving while license invalid in the Z6-A parking lot following a traffic stop. The suspect was taken to the Lubbock County Jail. The non-student’s vehicle was released to a relative.

8:30 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated a single vehicle accident without injuries in the R-19 parking lot of the Stangel/Murdough Residence Dining Hall.

10:03 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated a theft report at the Talkington Residence Hall. A Samsung Galaxy phone was reported stolen.

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Clute man arrested on West Lubbock rooftop after escaping supervision facility, car theft
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:29:51 +0000

An 18-year-old Clute man was behind bars Tuesday morning after he and another man reportedly escaped from a community supervision facility, stole a pickup truck and led police officers on a pursuit and foot chase that ended on the roof of a home in West Lubbock.

The other escapee, a Lubbock County man whose identity had not been released, was still on the run, officials said.

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Clute man in jail after escaping community supervision facility, car theft
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:29:51 +0000

An 18-year-old Clute man was behind bars Tuesday morning after he and another man reportedly escaped from a community supervision facility, stole a pickup truck and led police officers on a pursuit and foot chase that ended on the roof of a home in West Lubbock.

The other escapee, a Lubbock County man whose identity had not been released, was still on the run, officials said.

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Residents invited to Xcel open house on new transmission line through Frenship
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:21:06 +0000

Area residents are invited to participate in a public forum for a proposed 230-kilovolt electric transmission line planned for construction in Lubbock and Hockley counties.

Southwestern Public Service Co., a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, is hosting a public open house to solicit input on preferred routes for the proposed transmission line, as well as to share information about routing alternatives. The open house will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the Frenship High School cafeteria at 902 Dowden Road in Wolfforth.

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Lubbock-Cooper board to vote on drug test policies, algebra 2 requirement
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:53:22 +0000

Students in the Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District could see stricter punishments for getting high if the school board votes Thursday in favor of revising a 3-year-old drug test policy.

The changes, which would only apply to students in extracurricular activities, would move a one-week suspension from activities to a four-week suspension for a student’s first offense, Superintendent Pat Henderson said.

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UPDATED: Man arrested after police chase in SE Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:03:21 +0000

Lubbock police had a 23-year-old man in custody Tuesday afternoon following a 15-minute pursuit in Southeast Lubbock during which he reportedly targeted oncoming cars and left a 62-year-old woman with minor injuries.

Robert Andrew Ramirez Jr. was being held at the Lubbock County Detention Center. He faces charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest, resisting arrest and failure to stop and render aid, according to Sgt. Robert Hook with the Lubbock Police Department’s accident investigations unit.

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Bluebonnets beautify Texas highways, local gardens
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:00:16 +0000

Texas’ state flower is sprouting in gardens and flowerpots throughout Lubbock, but not in fields and roadsides.

Bluebonnets — in full bloom this time of year — need more warmth and moisture than what it would take to grow wildly on the South Plains. But when gardeners create the right environment, the plants can usually adapt.

“They don’t grow very well naturally in Lubbock — it’s a little too cold and dry — but with special care you can get them to come up,” said Daniel Cunningham, a Texas Tech graduate student in plant and soil sciences.

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Lubbock district 3 city council candidate uses campaign finance error to help veteran group
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:20:41 +0000

Maurice Stanley stood in his barbershop Monday on south University Avenue and explained how he has always used a collection bucket in the past to raise funds for causes such as helping a cancer-stricken friend pay her bills and supporting local schools and churches.

In February, Stanley brought the bucket out again, this time to help finance his run for a seat on the Lubbock City Council. He labeled it “Maurice’s Common Sense Fund.”

Stanley reported Friday a total of $8,660.89 in contributions to his campaign.

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It’s cold now, but the heat is coming back
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:18:04 +0000

Just when it seemed safe to put the winter coats in the back of the closet, Lubbock had only a high of 50 degrees on Monday.

This shortly followed highs in the upper 80s during the weekend. But the cold weather won’t last long.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will reach the low 20s to upper teens early this morning but will increase to the 60s by the afternoon, with sun and a southwest wind of 15 to 20 mph.

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Race into shape: List of Lubbock, area events in 2014
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:27:23 +0000

Running and run/walk events were scheduled for almost every weekend in 2013.

As race notification requests have begun to arrive at the Avalanche-Journal offices, 2014 is looking the same.

Susan Caudle, race calendar director for the West Texas Running Club, said the organization hosts 13 races every year -- one every month and two in November.

There are approximately 38 run or walk events that benefit various organizations already scheduled throughout this year, including the events hosted by the WTRC.

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Want a challenge? Kickball, softball team registration continues through Friday
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:35:03 +0000

Late registration open for kickball league

It’s not too late for adults to join in on competitive sports this summer, with late registration for city kickball and softball leagues going through Friday, April 18.

The registration fee for kickball is $245 per team and $360 per team for softball.

Play for both sports starts May 27.

For kickball there are two separate divisions, men’s and mixed teams, and each team is allowed a minimum of eight players and a maximum of 20.

Softball includes men’s, women’s and mixed divisions.

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Tuohy of ‘The blind Side’ to speak from her heart at Lubbock fundraiser
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:14:53 +0000

Leigh Anne Tuohy never planned for her life to be like it is now — fame and endless requests for appearances.

“We didn’t wake up one morning, find a big black guy, decide to adopt him, send him to college, have him play football, turn it into a movie and get famous,” she said via phone interview on Monday afternoon.

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