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23-year-old man still critical after Brownfield propane tank explosion
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:24:17 +0000

23-year-old man still critical after Brownfield propane tank explosion

A 23-year-old man remained in critical condition Friday evening, as investigators continue trying to piece together what caused a fiery accident along Highway 62 in Brownfield.

Although officials originally believed a collision between two semis caused a propane tanker to explode about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Brownfield, Police Chief Tony Serbantez said officers are still investigating.

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Red-lighting red-light cameras gaining speed in Texas Legislature
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:41:58 +0000

AUSTIN — A statewide ban on red-light cameras, a forgotten issue in the last two legislative sessions, is picking up steam again this year.

This week the Texas Senate passed a bill that would gradually phase out the devices. And next week a House committee is expected to hear the pros and cons of a companion bill filed in the lower chamber.

“There is lots of data that make it clear that unmanned traffic cameras do not improve traffic safety,” said Sen. Bob Hall, author of Senate Bill 714, which the upper chamber approved by a 25-5 vote.

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Tech professor continues legal battles against university
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:26:44 +0000

A Texas Tech business professor is continuing his legal battles with the school, alleging school officials retaliated against him because of his outspoken views against the tenure system.

James Wetherbe filed two lawsuits — one in state court and one in federal court — against the university as he awaits a decision on whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal on his initial lawsuit.

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Alleged victim’s counselor doubts girl was sexually abused
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:16:33 +0000

A counselor who specializes in treating victims of sexual abuse testified Friday she doubted a 14-year-old girl’s story a family member abused her.

Patty McMenamy, a clinical social worker at the Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center, testified in the fourth day of the trial of 32-year-old Jason Booker for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

McMenamy, who holds degrees in social work and education, continues to hold counseling sessions with the girl and was defense attorneys’ second witness. She was designated as an expert in cases of sexual abuse.

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Frenship hosts special education prom
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:30:12 +0000

When approached with the opportunity to host a prom for students with special needs, the Frenship Independent School District did not hesitate in helping out.

“As soon as (the event) was approached to me, and asked if the cheerleaders wanted to (host) it, I said absolutely,” Kayci Smith, Frenship Focus teacher and varsity cheer sponsor, said.

Frenship High School hosted the third annual special education regional prom on Friday in the Tigers’ physical education gymnasium.

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Activist group fights to keep Muleshoe dry
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:46:20 +0000

MULESHOE — Keep our hometown dry, says an activist group opposed to local alcoholic-beverage sales.

Muleshoe voters will determine May 9 whether to allow beer, wine and liquor on their store shelves. Meanwhile, Concerned Citizens of Bailey County is working to persuade more “no” ballot checkmarks.

Group members advertise in local media, place signs in yards and speak with neighbors.

“Our goal is to create and maintain the safest, most wholesome environment possible for raising our kids and for the citizens (of) our community,” spokesman Barry Cowart said.

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Prospective senior pastor to preach at Bacon Heights Baptist Church
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:19:57 +0000

Prospective pastor

to preach Sunday

Jason Todd Atchley will preach at Bacon Heights Baptist Church Sunday in view of a call to become the church’s senior pastor. His sermons are scheduled for 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 5 p.m.

Atchley is currently pastor of adult and family ministries at First Baptist Church in Decatur.

The community is invited to hear Atchley’s sermons. In a business meeting following the evening service, church members will vote whether to name him senior pastor.

The church is located at 5110 54th St.

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Armes announces plans for retirement, Board approves budget
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:17:36 +0000

Wayland Baptist University President Paul Armes announced to the WBU Board of Trustees Thursday afternoon and to the Wayland employees Friday morning, his plans to retire, affective June 30, 2016.

Armes and his wife, Duanea, have served Wayland for 15 years, and plan to spend the next 15 months ensuring a productive transition into a new administration. The Board of Trustees has already put together a search committee and will begin the search for Armes’ replacement immediately.

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Flusche to take superintendent position at Canyon
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:33:03 +0000

The Canyon Independent School District Board of Trustees has selected Frenship Independent School District administrator Darryl Flusche to replace retiring Superintendent Mike Wartes.

According to a report by the Amarillo Globe-News, the Canyon school board named Flusche, Frenship ISD’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, its lone finalist for the position during its regular meeting on April 16.

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Texas Tech students place third in wine mixology competition
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:03:59 +0000

A Texas Tech duo came in third in a wine mixology competition with Sonoma State University.

Connor Hudspeth and Kady Augustus, who are in Natalia Velikova’s wine marketing class in the College of Human Sciences, created a Mendoza Margarita, a combination of tequila, Triple Sec, champagne, lemonade and a wine from the Mendoza wine region in Argentina. The judges said it was simple but full of flavor.

Hudspeth and Augustus took an existing cocktail recipe and substituted wine for the other liquors.

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Lubbock bank gives city of Lubbock money for Villa Del Norte, Hernandez says
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:26:23 +0000

In an effort to update the public regarding the status of the Villa Del Norte Apartments, Lubbock councilman Victor Hernandez disclosed that First Bank and Trust, owners of the building, have reimbursed $10,095 to the city of Lubbock.

Hernandez stated, “These monies represent the costs the city incurred to secure the property, in the aftermath of the body of Herbert Fetherolf being discovered in the vacant building on March 26th of this year.”

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Plains Cotton Cooperative Association names new president
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:20:50 +0000

The Plains Cotton Cooperative Association’s Board of Directors has named Kevin Brinkley as its president and chief executive officer.

“We are very pleased to announce the selection of Kevin to lead PCCA’s cotton marketing, warehousing and software services for our members and customers, and we are excited by the level of experience he brings to the job, “ PCCA chairman Eddie Smith said in a news release. “He is well known and respected in the cotton industry and will complement PCCA’s management team.”

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Lubbock woman wins Monsanto’s Mom of the Year regional contest
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:30:12 +0000

Lubbock mom wins Monsanto contest

Shelley Heinrich of Lubbock was named the Southwest Region winner of Monsanto’s 2015 America’s Farmers “Mom of the Year” Contest.

Other winners are:

■ Northwest Region — Shelly Davis; Albany, Oregon

■ Midwest Region — Sara Ross; Minden, Iowa

■ Northeast Region — Amy Kelsay; Franklin, Indiana

■ Southeast Region — Megan Seibel; Roanoke, Virginia

Each regional winner receives a $5,000 award.

Voting for the contest’s national winner will be held through May 5. Vote online at AmericasFarmers.com.

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