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City Council, Water Board among public meetings this week
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:04:59 +0000


You can be civically active by watching your local government and decision makers in action.


Public Transit Advisory Board; 11:30 a.m., Citibus; 801 Texas Ave.

City Council, Texas Municipal League; 6:30 p.m., Scottish Rite Learning Center; 1101 70th St.


Airport Board; noon, Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, blue room; 5401 N. MLK Boulevard

Water Board of Appeals; noon, LP&L Distribution, training room A-128; 402 Municipal Drive

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Silver Spurs tradition continues
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:19:09 +0000

When former Lubbock High School football player Joshua Romo heard his alma mater would be playing in a different district than Monterey High School this year, he wondered what would happen to the longstanding Silver Spurs tradition.

As he watched his little brother, Lubbock High senior and defensive back Tommy Najera, hit the Plains Capital Park-Lowrey Field on Friday, Romo said he was happy to see the rivalry continue.

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Home for a hero - fallen soldier’s family gets house keys
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:50:30 +0000

Four-year-old Avery Taylor loves her new pink bedroom and all its Hello Kitty decor.

Her 7-year-old brother, Rylan, feels right at home in his new sleeping quarters built just for him.

Both know their dad would be proud.

Kelsey Taylor and her children accepted the keys Friday morning to their new home in Southwest Lubbock.

Built through the West Texas Homebuilders Association and Lubbock Homes for Heroes project, the homestead is dedicated to the late U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Houston Taylor. The Iraq and Afghanistan veteran was killed Oct. 13, 2011.

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Man dies from injuries suffered in Sept. 10 rollover
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:17:58 +0000

Man dies from injuries in Sept. 10 rollover

A 23-year-old man who was injured in a rollover last week in South Lubbock has died.

Jared Thomas, 23, of O’Donnell was driving a Jeep SUV south on U.S. 87 about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 10 when, witnesses said, he lost control of the vehicle and veered into the center median, said Cpl. John Gonzalez of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Thomas was being treated at University Medical Center since the accident but a hospital spokesman said on Friday that he died.

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Lubbock man sentenced to 87 months in federal prison
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:14:06 +0000

Lubbock man gets 87-month fed sentence

A 34-year-old Lubbock man will serve 87 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings handed the sentence to Rafael Perez on Friday in Lubbock federal court.

Perez, whose prior convictions include second-degree felony burglary of a habitation and third-degree felony organized crime, pleaded guilty to the charge in June.

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Lubbock author to sign ‘Sword of the Valkyrie’
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:29:01 +0000

Lubbock resident Julie Clark is hosting a party for the release of her fiction book, “Sword of the Valkyrie” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at Hastings Bookstore at 3249 50th St. in Lubbock.

“The book is a story of a beautiful young warrior queen of a mountain kingdom, defending her kingdom against an invasion of barbarians,” said Ben Boothe, of Unicorn Press USA. “It is written in epic language, striking and fascinating.”

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American Commercial College executives receive three years of probation
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:19:35 +0000

Two former executives at American Commercial Colleges Inc. were sentenced in federal court Friday to three years of probation.

Michael James Otto and Bruce Alan Reed will each pay more than $66,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Education for their role in misrepresenting the school’s revenue to the government.

Both are also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Otto and Reed pleaded guilty in May to one count of misprision of a felony — a charge of not reporting a felony to authorities, according to court records.

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Board of Health discusses flu vaccine availability, smoke-free coalition resolution
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:01:52 +0000

Raising awareness of flu vaccines was the top discussion at the September Board of Health meeting Friday.

Dr. Naidu Chekuru, Board of Health member, said he’d like to see more action taken to raise awareness about the importance of receiving a vaccination.

The average flu season peaks around March, Chekuru said.

“There have been sporadic cases, but it has not been a big issue,” he said during an interview with A-J Media after the meeting. “This is the time to get the vaccine.”

Chekuru said he worked in the intensive care unit during flu season last year.

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Lubbock MSA experiences largest unemployment rate change in Texas
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:51:17 +0000

Lubbock sees largest jobless rate change

The Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area experienced the state’s largest unemployment rate change in the month of August, according to information released by Workforce Solutions South Plains.

Lubbock MSA’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points during the last month, bringing it down to a little more than 4 percent.

Lubbock MSA was one of 18 areas that experienced a decrease in unemployment.

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Lubbockites line up for latest iPhone release
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:05:30 +0000

More than 100 people were lined up outside of the AT&T store on 82nd Street on Friday morning, anxiously awaiting the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.

Apple’s latest device went on sale in the U.S. at 8 a.m. Friday, almost two weeks after it was announced.

Topher Covarrubio, who said he arrived at about 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, was the first person in line for the release. Covarrubio was without a sleeping bag or a chair, and jokingly said he did not get much sleep the night before.

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Market Street, South Plains Food Bank host 24-hour Wreck Hunger food drive, starting today
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:54:07 +0000

The South Plains Food Bank and Market Street will host a 24-hour “Wreck Hunger” food drive from 3 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The drive will be at Market Street on 19th Street and Quaker Avenue.

Wreck Hunger organizers hope to gather 10,000 pounds of food to feed to West Texas’s food-insecure residents.

Check your fields - sugarcane aphids cross to sorghum
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:58:37 +0000

Check your fields — sugarcane aphids cross to sorghum

FLOYDADA — Tiny bugs responsible for some big problems have arrived in the South Plains.

A long way from their namesake crop, sugarcane aphids have found a new home in sorghum.

The aphids can potentially hurt entire fields, as they’ve done in South Texas.

They haven’t caused much damage near Lubbock, though — at least not yet. Their close-to-harvest appearances mean they probably won’t have time to, Blaye Reed said.

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Woman files excessive force lawsuit against Lubbock police, city
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:15:07 +0000

A Lubbock woman is accusing a Lubbock police officer of using excessive force against her during a 2010 arrest, according to a lawsuit she filed Tuesday in federal court.

Veronica Hernandez, who was 15-years-old at the time of the encounter, said Officer Adam Garrett Freeman acted maliciously when he assaulted and arrested her without probable cause, the lawsuit states.

Hernandez’s lawsuit names Freeman and the city of Lubbock as defendants in the case.

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