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Family plans 18th birthday party for Lubbock teen Ysasaga missing nearly 3 years
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:05:12 +0000

There will be cake and balloons to celebrate Mark Anthony Ysasaga’s 18th birthday.

And his mother is holding on to hope that her son may show up to the gathering.

It’s been nearly three years since Ysasaga disappeared, and his family hopes a balloon release and cake party set for 5 p.m. Saturday at 5805 Interstate 27 will help keep his story in public awareness.

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Lawsuit: Tech disciplinary hearing rigged against expelled student
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:25:15 +0000

A Texas Tech public relations major is fighting his expulsion after he said he was made a scapegoat during a disciplinary hearing involving the alcohol poisoning death of a freshman last year during a fraternity party.

Reece Walker, who was expecting to graduate in May 2016, seeks up to $100,000 in damages and a temporary injunction against his expulsion so he can participate in final examinations, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the 72nd District Court.

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Ropesville residents call for city leaders’ resignation
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:24:28 +0000

ROPESVILLE — Frustrated residents in this tiny Hockley County town are calling for the resignations of their police and City Council representatives.

Accusations flew Thursday night during what was scheduled as a council meeting but lacked a quorum. As A-J Media was going to press, the council was preparing to meet again on a two-hour notice permissable only during emergency situations.

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Rep. Burrows hosting five town hall meetings on Saturday
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:41:28 +0000

State Rep. Dustin Burrows will be hosting a string of town hall meetings on Saturday.

Here’s a list of the meetings, including the time and location:

■ Gaines County, 8-9:30 a.m. in Seminole at City Hall, 101 East Ave. A

■ Terry County, 10:15-11:45 a.m. in Brownfield at Terry County Courthouse Annex, 507 West Main St.

■ Lubbock County, 1:30-3 p.m. in Lubbock at Science Spectrum, 2579 South Loop 289

■ Lynn County, 3:45-5:15 p.m. in Tahoka at Tahoka Housing Authority, 1400 Ave. K

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More progress on old Omni building as council approves abatement project
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:08:45 +0000

City leaders are getting a step closer to finding a remedy for a downtown eyesore.

The Lubbock City Council during a meeting Thursday voted to approve a contract for consulting services for asbestos and mold removal at Citizens Tower and a grant application for a water reuse feasibility study.

The council also approved the hiring of an executive search firm to help with the hiring of the next city manager for mid-2016 and heard more citizen comments about stormwater.

Citizens Tower

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Texas Tech Chancellor gives five principles of leadership
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:14:58 +0000

Leadership can be boiled down to five principles: Be inclusive. Be transparent. Be loyal. Be clear. Be honest.

That was the wisdom Texas Tech System Chancellor Robert Duncan shared with law students Thursday during a speech on lessons in life, law and leadership at the Tech School of Law’s Lanier Auditorium.

Duncan said his five principles of leadership may sound pretty basic, but they can be forgotten in a competitive environmnent.

Be inclusive

Leaders must listen and include people in brainstorming processes, Duncan said.

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Dunbar teachers to get up to $10,000 in signing bonuses
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:00:11 +0000

Some teachers at Dunbar College Preparatory Academy will have the chance to obtain a $10,000 bonus next year with the approval of a supplemental compensation plan by the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees on Thursday morning.

Superintendent Berhl Robertson told school board members that since they approved a reconstitution plan in January, the district has been working to find out which teachers would be staying at Dunbar. Some are good teachers, he said, but Dunbar may not be the best school for them to teach in.

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Lubbock United Neighborhood Association sets date for third annual community fish fry
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:52:34 +0000

The Lubbock United Neighborhood Association is hosting its third annual Community Fish Fry fundraiser on April 25.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Miller Park, outside South Loop 289 between Indiana and Memphis avenues.

The fundraiser will include fried fish and chicken prepared by River Smith’s Chicken & Catfish, live music performed by local musicians, and a life-size foosball tournament, according to a news release.

Fish fry tickets are $10 a plate and registration for a foosball team is $150 for six to 10 players.

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School bus, truck wreck Thursday afternoon; 1 injured
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:23:46 +0000

A school bus and truck were involved in an accident at 19th Street and Inler Avenue on Thursday around 3 p.m., according to Lubbock police.

One person had minor injuries, police say.

Check back at lubbockonline.com and read Friday’s Avalanche-Journal for more on this story.


Rep. Burrows to host town hall meeting at Science Spectrum in Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:05:31 +0000

State Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Science Spectrum, 2579 S. Loop 289.

Burrows will speak on issues relevant to the 84th legislative session and will take questions from constituents who attend.

Representative Burrows is doing a series of town halls that include Gaines, Terry, Lubbock, Lynn and Mitchell counties.

Burrows took Charles Perry’s seat in January after Perry became state senator.

For more information, call 438-6457.


FAA: Plane ‘bounced off a runway,’ slid into ditch in crash landing near Levelland (UPDATED)
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:36:10 +0000

LEVELLAND — Becky Crockett said her husband was in Levelland getting work done on his small, single-engine plane before it crashed Thursday afternoon.

“He was just taking the plane out to check it out because it had gone in for some work,” said Crockett during a telephone interview from New Mexico. “He said that an aileron (flap on the wing) was loose or had come off and he was trying to put it down as safely as he could but it didn’t go as softly as he would have liked.”

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Annual North Lubbock march to honor César Chávez
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:59:45 +0000

It’s time for change, say supporters of a late leader in the struggle for farmworkers’ rights.

Lubbock’s 16th annual César E. Chávez March and Celebration holds a “Time for change” theme this year, and a familiar location and purpose.

Marchers meet at Cavazos Middle School, 210 N. University Ave., then at 1 p.m. Saturday head via shuttlebus to Buddy Holly Recreation Area. Marchers will then return on foot to the middle school.

The event’s namesake was a farmworker turned civil-rights leader and labor activist.

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After body found, Councilman Hernandez calls to demolish Villa Del Norte
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:43:41 +0000

“It’s like living in another country,” Leo Flores said when walking around his neighborhood and looking at the vacant Villa Del Norte Apartments.

The apartments at 1913 Baylor St., where a body was found Thursday morning amid empty rooms, have been an issue since at least 2013, when a windstorm heavily damaged the then-affordable housing unit.

Lubbock police are now investigating the death as a possible homicide, and area homeowners and a council member are looking to put a problem area into the past.

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