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Engineering design firm contracted to begin work on utility upgrade in southwest Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:25:36 +0000

Members of the Electric Utility Board took the next step in the Oliver Substation Transformer Capacity upgrade project by approving an agreement with Black &
Veatch Corp. for engineering design services.

The upgrade project consists of adding a new substation power transformer at the Oliver Substation, located in Southwest Lubbock. The purpose of a transformer is to measure and control the devices needed for an efficient operation. It also controls the circuit breakers and disconnectors to cut power in the case of an emergency.

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Bond reduction hearing for Dixon set for Wednesday
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:27:03 +0000

Bond reduction
hearing for Dixon set

A bond reduction hearing is set for Wednesday in a Lubbock court for an Amarillo plastic surgeon accused in a murder-for-hire plot.

Judge Jim Bob Darnell will hear arguments at 2:15 p.m. in the 140th District Court for an application for writ of habeas corpus and motion for reasonable bond filed on behalf of Dr. Thomas Dixon.

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Rep. Frullo sponsors nativity scene at state Capitol rotunda
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:20:13 +0000

It’s not quite a decree from Caesar Augustus, but Rep. John Frullo has attached his name to an initiative that brought a nativity scene to the state Capitol.

On Monday, organizers in Austin unveiled the small scene consisting of statuettes of baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The display was funded by private citizens and sponsored by Frullo, a Lubbock Republican.

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Men accused of stealing salsa, energy drinks indicted on robbery charges
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:54:29 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury indicted three men Tuesday on robbery charges stemming from separate shoplifting incidents.

Jacob Escobedo, 26, Brandon Torrez, 17, and Jonathan Torrez, 19, are each charged with a one count of robbery.

Police responded to a robbery call Nov. 18 at the United Supermarket at 1701 50th St. and arrested Escobedo.

Investigators believe Escobedo entered the store and stole food including eggs, a rotisserie chicken and salsa. As he left, he reportedly struck with his elbow a store employee who tried to stop him.

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Houston attorney allowed to respond to accusations via affidavit in Jeena Roberts case
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:25:07 +0000

The lawyer of Jeena Roberts will not be in court Thursday to respond to accusations he misled his former client to pleading guilty to a 2010 drunken driving collision that left one woman dead and another seriously injured, court officials said Tuesday.

Instead, Lubbock Judge Jim Bob Darnell allowed Houston attorney Dan Cogdell to respond to the accusations via affidavit, according to prosecutor Tom Brummett.

Cogdell will have until Jan. 1 to submit his affidavit to the 140th District Court, Brummett said.

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Organizers announce winners of Miracles Christmas Parade
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:43:30 +0000

Winners of Miracles parade announced

Organizers of the 10th annual Miracles Christmas Parade have announced four winners from Saturday’s event.

The winners are:

Best Fire Truck: Texas Forest Service

Best Float: Miss Lubbock

Best Walking Group: Monterey High School cheerleaders

Best Vehicles: South Plains Antique Tractor Association.

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Pancho Clos is coming to town
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:10:35 +0000

Donning a colorful sombrero and serape, Santa’s Mexican cousin from the south will be in Lubbock this weekend with a bag full of toys and treats for children.

Pancho Clos will listen to Christmas wishes during a visit between 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Maggie Trejo Super Center.

He started visiting Lubbock in 1971 after the local American GI Forum heard a song about Pancho Clos and decided to bring him to life, said Robert Narvaiz, an organizer of the event.

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Goodfellows Contributors
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:12:04 +0000

In memory of my departed family, from Herbert Bearden $125

In memory of: David & Mary Lou Sherrill and Marvin & Jimmie Armstrong $100

In memory of Willie V. & Ripple Nance and Wally & Bonnie Campbell $200

Previously Reported: $5,918

TOTAL TO DATE: $6,343


Acupuncture provides alternative to traditional western treatments
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:05:27 +0000

Blake Gafford was a college student at Texas Tech when his stress began becoming unbearable.

“Somebody said ‘have you ever tried acupuncture?’ And I never had,” Gafford said.

“I always thought acupuncture was for people who wanted to — you know, weight loss, it was for pain, something like that. I didn’t really have any pain in my body. I just thought it was for limited things.

“Anyway, I went and got some acupuncture. I was blown away by how much it relived my stress. I started getting regular acupuncture treatments,” he said.

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City to host vaccination clinics Wednesday, Friday
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:50:20 +0000

The city of Lubbock Health Department will host immunization clinics on Wednesday and Friday.

The Wednesday clinic will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Dream Center, 30th Street and Avenue L.

Friday’s clinic will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Mahon Library, 1306 Ninth St.

Vaccines for children 2 months old through 18 years old cost $15 for one dose and $20 for two or more. Adult prices vary.

Flu vaccinations for adults are now available for $20 per dose.

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Home Instead Senior Care extends Be a Santa to a Senior program
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:37:06 +0000

The Home Instead Senior Care office of Lubbock is extending its Be a Santa to a Senior program through Wednesday. 

Program collectors are approximately 70 items short from their 2,000 gift goal, according to a news release and email from Home Instead Senior Care.

Ornaments featuring first names of recipients and their gift requests are located on trees at Kmart, 6501 University Ave., and City Bank, 5219 City Bank Parkway.

Program coordinators ask for the gifts to be donated unwrapped, according to the release.

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Two HSC students receive American Heart Association grants
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:36:36 +0000

Lea Ann Thompson and Pooja Naik, both Texas Tech Health Sciences Center graduate students, received National American Heart Association pre-doctoral fellowship grants for their research projects.

Thompson received the award for her “Sertoli cells secreting processed proinsulin: A unique therapy for reducing cardiovascular risks in diabetes” project in a lab run by Dr. Jannette Dufour.

Naik received the award for her “Role of Nrf2 in Pathophysiology of Cerebral Stroke Following Tobacco Smoke Exposure” project in the lab of Dr. Luca Cucullo.

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Lady Raiders meet with Ronald McDonald House kids at UMC
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:28:51 +0000

Gabriel Garza was all smiles when the Lady Raiders walked into his hospital room.

“We just wanted to say ‘Hi,’ ” the players said before posing for a photo with the boy as he laid flat on the hospital bed.

Garza, 11, is recovering from abdominal surgery at University Medical Center. He said he doesn’t watch much basketball, but plans to start now that he’s gotten a personal visit from Texas Tech’s women’s basketball players.

“I really had fun meeting them today,” he said. “It really lifted my spirits.”

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