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lubbockonline.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:17:44 +0000

Skyviews servers donating their tips

Tips received by servers at Skyviews, 1901 University Ave., Suite 600, are donated back to the university program.

During the month of November, one-half of all tips received by Skyviews will be donated to Lubbock Meals on Wheels.

Skyviews has a lunch buffet five days a week, an international dinner service, a coffee bar, a full bar and meeting facilities.

Reservations are accepted but not required.

Sorority offering $3,000 scholarship

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Shoppers wait hours for Black Friday sales
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:10:16 +0000

Jaleel Sadiq knew what it would take to get his Xbox.

First in a line outside Target on Thursday that numbered hundreds of like-minded holiday shoppers, the Lubbock bargain-seeker did not earn that No. 1 spot without effort.

While store staff prepared for a 6 p.m. Black Friday opening, Sadiq arrived cheerfully at noon. He stood outside the door for a few minutes, then returned to his car to wait there instead.

But when some competition arrived in the form of fellow shoppers Harmony Starch, Melanie Davis and Jordan Hobby, he rushed to reclaim his position.

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Drivers urged to be cautious during Southwest Lubbock construction project
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:28:46 +0000

Officials encourage drivers to be extra cautious in Southwest Lubbock as construction work continues on the Marsha Sharp Freeway near Wolfforth.

The ongoing $22.4 million project involves building bridges at the freeway and Spur 327 over Milwaukee Avenue. It will also add entrance and exit ramps at the freeway and Spur 327, complete Spur 327’s main lanes to just west of the new interchange and enhance parts of Milwaukee Avenue.

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Salvation Army serves nearly 500 for Thanksgiving
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:21:02 +0000

Chad Mooring could describe what brought him to the Salvation Army on Thursday by using only four little letters.

The Lubbockite spent the day volunteering for the agency’s annual Thanksgiving meal. “Love” was his simple response when questioned why.

“I have love for our fellow men, and for anyone,” he said. “I came up here to help the community.”

The Salvation Army served more than 490 meals, said chef Robert Ramirez.

“It’s been steady — it’s been real good,” he said.

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Pep natives return home to cook, serve Thanksgiving meal
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:16:24 +0000

PEP — AnnaBelle Walker was barely out of high school when she and a group of her fellow Catholics decided to host a small Thanksgiving feast.

The year was 1945. The nation was just out of war, and the 20-year-old Hockley Countian helped arrange a meal and dance at her place of worship, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church of Pep.

Next November, the group held it again.

“We had a get-together, and we thought it would be a yearly thing,” Walker said.

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Big Brothers, Big Sisters provide cross-generational friendships
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:42:08 +0000

Amanda Tolley always looks forward to seeing her “mini me.”

The Lubbock woman began doing some volunteer work with Big Brothers Big Sisters after she took a full-time job as the local chapter’s marketing and recruitment director.

Each week, she meets her matched little sister, 9-year-old Ariah. The pair might work on homework or arts and crafts projects, or take a trip to the movies or Barnes & Noble.

“She’s like a mini me,” Tolley said. “We have a lot of fun together because we’re similar. She’s really fun and outgoing.”

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Deadly downtown apartment fire victim still in critical condition
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:37:00 +0000

A Lubbock man who suffered severe burns remains hospitalized more than two weeks after a deadly downtown apartment complex fire.

Michael Koontz, 46, was listed in critical condition at the University Medical Center burn ICU after the Nov. 13 fire, according to officials.

Two women were killed in the blaze from exposure to smoke and carbon monoxide, according to a Lubbock Fire Rescue news release.

An investigation determined the fire was caused by a space heater.

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Police: Alcohol a possible factor in traffic accident with serious injuries (UPDATED)
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:02:40 +0000

Alcohol and excessive speed could have contributed to a traffic accident that sent three people to the hospital early Thursday morning, Lubbock police say.

According to reports, a two-door 1999 Chevrolet Camaro rear-ended a 2010 Nissan Rogue about 1:13 a.m. near the intersection of Interstate 27 and 82nd Street. Both vehicles were heading north on the highway.

The collision caused the sports car and the SUV to lose control and strike the guardrails near the overpass.

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Local briefs
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:14:51 +0000

Men admit aiming laser at helicopter

Two Amarillo men admitted in federal court Wednesday to aiming a laser pointer in June at a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter, blinding its pilot for a few seconds.

Matthew George Dodgen, 35, and Christopher Anthony Cantrell, 34, each face a count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft and aiding and abetting, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Dodgen was released on bond and Cantrell is in jail.

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Postal Service closed for holiday
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:13:31 +0000

Postal Service closed for holiday

United States Postal Services will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving.

Priority express mail is the only mail that will be delivered. Post offices will reopen Friday.

The post office’s self-service kiosks are available 24 hours a day, including holidays. Kiosks allow customers to weigh and mail letters and parcels as well as purchase stamps. During the 2014 holiday season kiosks have been stocked with stamp sheets featuring “Winter Fun” or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

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Ads, ads and more ads make hefty newspaper
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:03:00 +0000

In case you didn’t notice while trying to pick it up, this Avalanche-Journal is on the large side.

A-J Media’s Thanksgiving issue contains about 55 circulars from local advertisers. While giving direction to Black Friday shoppers, behind the scenes they give a busy workday.

“It’s definitely double the workload,” said Stacy Smead, a longtime carrier. “By the time I bag ’em and roll ’em, I’m out all night.”

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Skip the kitchen, settle for the food
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:48:56 +0000

Skip the kitchen, settle for the food.

If you don’t feel like cooking today — or don’t have a big enough crowd to cook for — don’t worry, you can still eat.

As far as Thanksgiving meals, a host of area organizations are, well, hosting.

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Faith and food - Plainview charity fights hunger
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:13:23 +0000

PLAINVIEW — Beverly Wall will never forget the moment she learned the impact of hunger in her community.

The Plainview activist delivered a supply of food to a client through the Faith in Sharing House, a Christian-based charity program in which she serves as board secretary.

The client — an elderly woman with a limited support system — showed an abundance of gratitude for the gift. When she helped put the groceries away, Wall could see why — the woman’s refrigerator and kitchen cabinets were completely bare.

“Hunger is real,” Wall said.

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