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Books protested in Florida school remain on Lubbock library shelves
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:07:56 +0000

Parents in Florida are calling for two children’s books by Jeanette Winter to be removed from the school curriculum, but the books are on the shelves at Lubbock libraries and have not attracted any similar protests.

Jane Clausen, director of the Lubbock Library, said no one has protested the presence of “The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq” and “Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan.”

“We haven’t had a formal complaint (about any book) in a couple of years, I would say,” Clausen said.

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Brownfield woman credits good genes for reaching 100th birthday
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 27 Jul 2015 01:06:16 +0000

BROWNFIELD — Ruth Ramseur has seen her share of birthday candles.

About to celebrate her 100th birthday Tuesday, the Brownfield woman notices a family knack for longevity.

Her mother lived to be 104. Her older sister, “Bugs” Bailey, is 101, and her younger sister, Grace Hughes, is 91.

“The main reason I’ve lived so long is because of my genes,” Ramseur said.

Average life expectancy for U.S. women is 81 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Peaches ripe at pick-your-own Lubbock orchard
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:21 +0000

Sheela Noble never thought she would see this many peaches.

But after a nearly ideal growing season, some of her tree branches hold too much of a good thing.

Overflowing fruit clusters have weighed down multiple limbs, motivating the orchard manager to thin her trees next year. Thinning trees — removing some of the peaches earlier in their growing stages — is about reducing quantity to improve quality.

“It ensures the quality of the rest of the fruit and the viability of the tree,” Noble said.

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1 dead after train, pickup truck collide in Lubbock County
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:15:54 +0000

Officials are investigating after one person died when the truck he was driving collided with a train Sunday afternoon, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Officers were called to the accident around noon Sunday near U.S. 84 and North County Road 1600.

DPS troopers responded to the accident and said a man was driving a pickup truck when he left a private residence and pulled into the path of an oncoming train.

The train struck the pickup truck and ejected the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Woman suffers life-threatening injuries after early-morning accident on Avenue Q
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:52:07 +0000

Niria Tijerina, 54, was taken to University Medical Center early Saturday morning with life-threatening injuries after her vehicle struck a tree, according to the Lubbock Police Department.

Tijerina was driving a 1993 Toyota Camry southbound on Avenue Q before 2 a.m., when she crossed the northbound lanes, drove into Mose Hood Park and struck a tree, according to officials.

Tijerina remained in critical condition Saturday night.

The LPD Accident Investigation Team is investigating.


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Motorcycle club donates toys to patients at Lubbock hospital
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 25 Jul 2015 22:38:44 +0000

As she handed toys to young hospital patients in Lubbock, April “June” Sparks could tell it made them happy.

“It was heartbreaking, but it was amazing,” said Sparks, a member of the Dirty Gringos Motorcycle Club. “We got to come in and go in every room and meet every kid and personally give them toys and bandanas and Dirty Gringos stuff. You walk in and you can kind of see that they’re not feeling good, but immediately when you give them something, they perk up and they feel better.”

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Injured Lubbock police officers thankful for community support (VIDEO)
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:44:30 +0000

Officer Corey Owens parked his patrol vehicle while responding to a call to direct traffic around a flooded area in Lubbock.

But what happened next is still a blur.

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Lubbock-area districts share school transfer policies, stats
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:45:31 +0000

School is starting in just over one month, but students are not always locked into a school district based on where they live.

Two of the three largest districts in Lubbock County allow students to transfer with no tuition payments, but a third limits transfers because of rapid growth in that area.

Lubbock ISD

Lubbock Independent School District characterizes itself as a district of choice, according to Nancy Sharp, executive director of communications and community relations.

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Littlefield to find out Monday if it will receive sex offender housing facility
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 25 Jul 2015 03:26:15 +0000

LITTLEFIELD — A new sex offender housing facility could be coming to this Lamb County town, pending the announcement of a contract award next week.

The contract announcement, originally scheduled for Friday, has been postponed until Monday, Mayor Eric Turpen said.

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Second freestanding emergency room open in south Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 25 Jul 2015 03:18:52 +0000

South Lubbock residents have a new place to seek emergency care.

ER Centers of America opened its doors to the public on June 6, said John McGee, co-owner of the business.

It’s the second freestanding emergency room in Lubbock.

“We’re not an urgent care (clinic),” McGee said. “An urgent care is basically a doctor’s office without hours. Urgent cares are colds, minor scrapes, bruises and sprains.”

They provide care for almost every emergency room scenario, except for heavy trauma, McGee said.

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Council gets to work on budget, starting with enterprise funds
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:08:17 +0000

Lubbock city leaders on Friday continued analyzing a proposed city budget peppered with proposed rate increases.

City staff presented the council with the proposed 2015-16 budget earlier this month, and after having some time to look it over, they began publicly analyzing and discussing it on Friday in a special work session.

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Still thirsty: Cotton farmers hoping for another round of rain could be in luck
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21:33:00 +0000

Rain has been great for area cotton, but more would be even better.

Non-irrigated crops — already fairly attractive compared to how crops looked in recent drought years — could particularly use a boost.

“There’s some great potential for the dryland if it could get a timely rain,” said Steve Verett, executive vice president of Plains Cotton Growers.

Just more than halfway into the year, some parts of the South Plains have already seen more precipitation than in any year total since 2010, according to figures from Texas Tech’s West Texas Mesonet.

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Field day to showcase potato breeding program
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:37:29 +0000

Field day to showcase potato program

SPRINGLAKE — The annual High Plains Potato Field Day is set for Thursday.

The program, hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and farmer Bruce Barrett, features an AgriLife potato breeding and variety development program.

Visitors meet at 10 a.m. at Springlake Potato Sales, 12.5 miles north of Littlefield and 8.5 miles south of Springlake on U.S. 385. The tour then moves to Barrett Farm.

For more information, call (979) 219-3388 or email jcmillerjr@tamu.edu.

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