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Young and old come together when Frenship high choir performs at Foreigner show
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:47:06 +0000

Tyler Libre’s parents may have been more excited than him Monday night, as the 16-year-old bass in the Frenship High School choir waited to take the stage with rock legends.

Libre was among several Frenship choir members who prepared to join in with Foreigner singing “I Want to Know What Love Is” at the classic rock band’s concert Monday night at the City Bank Auditorium.

“My parents love them. They may have been more excited than me when we found out,” Libre said. “It’s a huge 80s rock band. How can you not be excited?”

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First day of school feels different for veteran teachers
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:04:11 +0000

How did the first day of school go? It depends who you ask.

For a teacher of 21 years at Frenship High School, the day went smoothly.

Connie Pfanmiller teaches English at Frenship, and she said no first day has ever been the same. That’s partially because every year, she tries to think of new ways to engage her classes.

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Early voting results after day 1
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:58:32 +0000

Nearly 1,500 early votes cast on day one

There were 1,478 ballots cast in Lubbock County on the first day of early voting for the 2014 Senate District 28 special election, according to the Lubbock County Office of Elections.

Early voting ends Sept. 5. All voting locations will be closed Monday for Labor Day.

Candidates are, in ballot order, Charles Perry (Republican), E.M. Garza (Republican), Delwin Jones (Republican), Kerry Douglas McKennon (Libertarian), Jodey Arrington (Republican) and Greg Wortham (Democrat).

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Alzheimer’s not always recognizable
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:01:51 +0000

He was “tenacious,” “charming” and “fun.”

Life with Sam Fortenberry wasn’t always perfect, but his widow, Becky Fortenberry, said she loved it.

“We had fun working together,” she said. “We were blessed. ... I was by his side most of the time.”

During an interview with A-J Media, Becky smiled as she recalled memories of her late husband in the early years of her marriage.

Sam died Aug. 1, but Becky said the man she fell in love with was gone long before.

Onset and statistics

In 2008, Sam was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

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White River police chief resigns amid personality conflict
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:26:59 +0000

White River Municipal Water District’s police chief resigned while frustrated with his boss.

Dwight Cline issued a formal letter of resignation last week claiming Tom Fulton, the district’s general manager, has treated him unfairly.

“Mr. Fulton does not allow me to do the job I was hired to do,” the letter reads. “He tries to control everything, regardless if he has the knowledge to do it. He has shown a lack of trust in me and my opinion in several ways.”

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Texas Secretary of State urges college students to vote
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:31:49 +0000

Routinely visiting the polls is crucial for college students — and for every eligible American voter — the Texas secretary of state said Monday morning.

Nandita Berry visited the Texas Tech and Lubbock Christian University campuses to encourage students to participate in elections.

“I think voting is our most fundamental right,” she said.

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Cruz staff to host meetings in South Plains communities
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:00:09 +0000

Cruz’s staff to host regional meetings

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s staff will host Community Conversations this week, a series of meetings with local constituents.

Shea Woodard-Hall, the senator’s West Texas regional director, will visit the following towns:

Snyder — 10-11 a.m. Wednesday; Snyder Chamber of Commerce, 2302 Ave. R.

Post — 1-2 p.m. Wednesday; Centennial Bank board room, 210 N. Broadway St.

Littlefield — 10-11 a.m. Thursday; Littlefield Chamber of Commerce, 601 E. Fourth St.

Woman taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation injuries in Lubbock house fire
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:59:15 +0000

Woman treated for smoke inhalation

A woman was taken to a Lubbock hospital after suffering smoke inhalation injuries during a fire Tuesday at a home in Lubbock.

Five units from Lubbock Fire Rescue arrived at the home in the 200 block of Avenue S around 12:10 p.m. and put out the fire within five minutes.

According to information provided by the fire department, the fire was likely caused by an overloaded extension cord powering an air conditioner window unit in the living room.

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Lubbock-area attorneys listed in Best Lawyers of America publication
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:00:06 +0000

Area attorneys named tops by publication

Eleven Lubbock-area lawyers were recognized for their work in a publication listing the best lawyers in the country.

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Fire marshals arrest man on arson charge after Central Lubbock fire
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:56:24 +0000

Fire marshals arrest man on arson charge

Lubbock Fire Marshals arrested a 34-year-old man on Friday on a first-degree felony arson charge and a charge of making a false statement to a peace officer after a fire earlier this month in Central Lubbock.

Donovan Osby is accused of setting a fire, from which he suffered significant burns, on Aug. 18 at 5027 27th St.

Osby is a former roommate and friend of the owner of the home, according to a release from Lubbock Fire Rescue.

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Democrats pick Tarbox for ‘unique opportunity’ in Texas House District 83 race
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:57:25 +0000

West Texas Democrats hope Max Tarbox is the right person to meet a “unique opportunity” for a Democrat to compete for an open Texas House seat.

The Democratic chairmen for Texas House District 83 selected Tarbox, a Lubbock attorney, as their nominee to appear on the Nov. 4 ballot to replace Charles Perry.

He will face Lubbock attorney Dustin Burrows, who Republican leaders selected last week.

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Lubbock police warned partygoers about noise hours before Texas Tech student found dead
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:35:44 +0000


Dalton Debrick’s body was cold to the touch nine hours after Lubbock police responded to a noise complaint at the 36th Street home where he was found, according to police call sheets.

A caller who found Debrick reported the 18-year-old Texas Tech freshman had been at a party Saturday night. The caller said he wasn’t sure how much Debrick had drank, the records show.

Police responded to the residence in the 3600 block of 36th Street at 8:58 a.m. Sunday. Homicide detectives were called to the scene, and the investigation is ongoing.

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Back to School: Mother and son face milestone together
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:30:15 +0000

This time last year, Audrey Cruz never dreamed she’d be sharing an important milestone with her 6-year-old son.

Monday will be the first day of school for both of them. Judah will start first grade at Bayless Elementary School, and Audrey will take her first college class at South Plains College.

After the year they’ve had, the red-haired family of three, which includes 11-month-old Ava, deserves something to celebrate.

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