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Temperatures drop sharply, freezing rain heads toward South Plains
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:59:05 +0000

Freezing rain and a high of just 31 degrees remain in store for Lubbock’s Black Friday shoppers.

A cold front arrived late afternoon Thursday, dropping temperatures 20 degrees within half an hour.

As of Thursday evening, Levelland, Plainview and other towns in the northwest portion of the South Plains were already seeing rain. Showers were expected to hit the Hub City sometime that night, said Joe Jurecka, a meteorologist with the Lubbock branch of the National Weather Service.

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Local mother attributes “luck” to reaching 100th birthday
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:18:38 +0000

Edith Stone has celebrated a lot of birthdays.

And for the past 77 of them, the new centenarian has had some company.

The Lubbock woman turns 100 on Friday. Her daughter, Janice Ellison, also has some candles to blow out.

Many people consider birthdays the one day that’s all their own. Growing up, did the pair consider having to share theirs with each other an annoyance?

Not at all, they said through hugs.

“We always had a lot of fun,” Ellison said. “She was as much of a sister as a mother.”

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Slaton man indicted in April fatal hit-and-run
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:14:48 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury indicted this week a 35-year-old Slaton man arrested in May in connection with an April fatal hit-and-run collision involving a suspected vehicle thief.

Dallas Hill is charged with a second-degree felony count of failure to stop and render aid.

Slaton police arrested Hill on May 4, 10 days after he reportedly struck with his vehicle Vance Hill, no relation, who was crossing in the 1200 block of Ninth Street in Slaton, according to police officials.

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High Plains Agriculture Conference set for Dec. 11
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:12:09 +0000

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host its annual High Plains Agriculture Conference on Dec. 11.

The program is set for 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. FM 1294.

Individual preregistration, which will include lunch, is $35 by Dec. 9. Afterward it will be $45 at the door, with no lunch guarantee.

Five continuing education units — one integrated pest management, one laws and regulations and three general — will be offered.

Topics and presenters will include:

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Goodfellows: Donations play role in funding Children’s Home of Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:40:48 +0000

When Ida Collins was approached in 1952 about the possibility of selling 40 acres of her land to build a children’s home, she said no.

She told the organization representatives that if they were going to build a children’s home, she’d give them 200 acres, said Lynn Harms, president of Children’s Home of Lubbock.

This year, the Children’s Home of Lubbock is one of six recipients chosen for the annual A-J Media Goodfellows campaign.

Donations have been a significant aspect of what’s kept the Children’s Home of Lubbock open for 61 years.

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Shoppers brave crowds for Thanksgiving Day deals
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:39:35 +0000

The wait wasn’t quick or easy, but the savings were plentiful.

For Pam Parlin, Black Friday started at 8 p.m. Wednesday. That’s when the local woman and her son arrived at Best Buy with a camping tent and some heavy ambition.

With only a quick restroom break or two, she watched the hours pass as the electronics store prepared for one of its biggest days of the year. Thanksgiving dinner can wait, she said:

“We’re just gonna eat later.”

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Salvation Army feeds hundreds
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:05:58 +0000

Some great food awaited Ricardo Aguilar on Thursday.

Among a crowd of visitors to the Salvation Army’s communitywide Thanksgiving meal, the recent transplant from Chicago also enjoyed fellowship from his new Hub City neighbors. With no family in town, he made friends quickly.

“It was so delicious,” he said. “Everybody was friendly.”

The meal is a longtime custom of the Salvation Army. Staff and volunteers spent the day preparing food, cooking, serving and cleaning.

By closing time, they remained in positive spirits.

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Turkey, sausage cooks put ‘Pep’ in 70th Thanksgiving meal
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:39:40 +0000

PEP — Seventy years ago, a group of Hockley Countians were grateful World War II was over and its soldiers were heading home.

A Thanksgiving meal helped them celebrate.

“This whole thing started after all the young men came back safely from World War II. We’ve done it every year since,” said Darlene Resinger, a volunteer with St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Pep’s annual Thanksgiving Festival.

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1 killed, 5 injured in Lamesa vehicle collision
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:03:16 +0000

LAMESA — An Artesia, New Mexico, woman was killed and five people were injured Tuesday night in vehicle collision 2 miles south of Lamesa.

Lauren Hawthorne, 26, was pronounced dead.

Trent Hawthorne, 26, of Artesia was in critical condition. Cristy Reams, 35, of Lamesa was in serious condition.

Andrew Aldrich, 27, a 4-year-old girl and an 8-year-old, all of Lamesa, were listed as in stable condition at Medical Arts Hospital.

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Some children spending first Thanksgiving with ‘forever families’
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:11:40 +0000

Jill Sinklier was studying counseling at Lubbock Christian University five years ago when her professor piqued her interest in adoption.

The professor told her class about an adorable little girl who was among the first girls accepted into the Texas Boys Ranch, a local nonprofit that serves abused and neglected children.

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Operation Turkey lifts off in Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:59:46 +0000

Behind the 50 Yard-Line steakhouse, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office volunteers and others were busy Wednesday smoking turkeys and cooking potatoes for Operation Turkey, an effort to serve Thanksgiving to homeless people in Lubbock.

According to Jered Comley, the operation leader, enough turkey and potatoes are being cooked up for about 2,000 people. Not everyone met at the Turkey Tailgate behind the 50 Yard-Line; many of the 104 turkeys were being cooked offsite where the volunteers were located, he said.

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Lubbock man arrested for injury to police dog among indicted
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:53:44 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury issued the following indictments Monday:

Aggravated robbery: Daniel Lopez Jr., 36; Daniel Rangel, 53; Albert Zapata, 30.

Aggravated assault against a public servant: Milon Hereford, 33.

Assault on a public servant: Ubaldo Vega, 25; Donavan Acy, 27.

Criminal mischief: Joshua Martinez, 19.

Driving while intoxicated: Ernest Cortez Jr., 35; David Flores II, 46; Leland Harris, 44.

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Seagraves police award low-income neighbors with smoked turkeys
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:36:03 +0000

SEAGRAVES — Three police cruisers pull up to your home. A group of police step out and knock on your door.

Do you panic?

Actually, no need to worry. These cops aren’t brandishing weapons or arrest warrants — only smoked turkeys.

Jackie Caviness was at first anxious at the officers’ visit Wednesday morning. Then, the Seagraves woman’s mood quickly turned to gratitude when she learned its purpose.

“Oh man, I thought I was in trouble now,” she said. “Y’all surprised me.”

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