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Lubbock County Commissioners, dangerous animals among upcoming public meetings
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:34:30 +0000


You can be civically active by watching your local government and decision makers in action.


Lubbock County Commissioners; 10 a.m. Lubbock County Court House 5th floor commissioners court; 904 Broadway

Monday, Dec. 1

Lubbock Animal Services: Dangerous Animal Regular Agenda; 10 a.m.; Lubbock City Hall committee room 103; 1625 13th St.

Save goods with a long shelf life
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:34:13 +0000

Be a good consumer (Con’t...)

177. Do squirrel away: Hygiene products, household goods and nonperishable foods will most likely never get any cheaper, and it’s a good bet inflation (if not hyperinflation) will rear its ugly head someday soon. Moreover, in the event of an emergency, you’ll be prepared and self-reliant. Make room in a closet or pantry for stores of goods with a long shelf life.

178. Never buy on impulse, except for things like gum.

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Holiday calendar
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:23:54 +0000


Santa’s Land Drive Through Christmas Park — 6:30-10 p.m. South 11th Street and Avenue O, Tahoka. Free. The Blue Weed Special Train will be at Santa’s Land and train rides start at 7 p.m., opening week only. Features Santa and Mrs. Claus, lights, wooden cut-outs, Christmas trees, antique cars, warm fire and hot chocolate. 891-1291.

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Another try: Proposed texting while driving ban has West Texas Texas backing
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:33:04 +0000

One in an occasional series. Before the Texas Legislature is back in session on Jan. 13, A-J Media is taking an in-depth look at issues that, though they may not necessarily pass, are expected to get the lawmakers’ attention.

AUSTIN — Jennifer Smith was disappointed last year because a bill that would have outlawed texting-while-driving in Texas never came up for a vote in the state Senate.

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Not wet enough: Drought conditions downgraded to ‘abnormally dry’
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:27:11 +0000

Cliff Bingham is one happy farmer.

Amply rained-upon cotton, grapes and peanuts all seem decent on his Terry County fields, and wetter-than-normal soil could already mean good news for next year.

“I like it quite a bit. I see it as a real plus,” he said.

Drought has certainly improved, but as they say, it ain’t over till it’s over.

At Dan Smith’s farm near Lockney, conditions are looking better. The grower’s grain crops and cotton have welcomed about 23 inches of precipitation so far this year, roughly double what they received each of the past three years.

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Local firewood business owners give tips on purchasing wood
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:22:47 +0000

There are a few things to consider when picking a chunk of wood to burn in a fireplace.

Maybe it’s smell, heat or burn longevity, but locals in the firewood selling business suggest not investing good money on just any old twig.

Jody York, owner Freedom Firewood located at 5931 FM 1585, said the most important fact to remember is to only buy seasoned wood.

York said the drier the wood is, the better.

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Dotray: Some things I’ve seen; and a closing
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:20:40 +0000

Each week I go through both commercial construction permits that builders receive from the city, as well as site inspections the city does. I like to get them confirmed with the business owners before printing them, but they’re starting to build up (pun intended) on my desk, and both my schedule and the lack of responses have caused me to give up. So, I’m just going to throw some at you that I’ve seen.

The city inspected a plot of land at 7638 82nd St., near Highway 82 almost to Wolfforth, for a Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant.

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Annual Goodfellow holiday campaign begins this week
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:07:27 +0000

Our annual Goodfellow campaign begins later this week, and there will be a number of changes.

See our story on Thanksgiving Day for the details, but here’s a little peek:

■ We’re expanding the campaign to 27 agencies.

■ Each will have a story on the front page beginning Friday and running through Christmas Eve.

■ Agencies will use their social media and email to encourage their supporters to give to Goodfellows.

■ You can designate a specific agency or just give to the campaign. Money given to the campaign will be split between the agencies.

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Happening at Tech: Tech profs. create wind company, string quartet to perform
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:09:54 +0000

Tech researchers create new company to optimize wind plant performance

Three Texas Tech professors and inventors recently filed two U.S. patent applications for optimization of wind plant performance through the use of radar technology and associated analysis techniques

The patent rights are licensed to SmartWind Technologies LLC, a technology development and service company founded by John Schroeder, Brian Hirth and Jerry Guynes, who are Texas Tech professors.

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Alco to close all stores following bankruptcy filing
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:55:21 +0000

About 3,000 Alco employees nationwide, including those in Littlefield, Muleshoe and Slaton, will soon be out of a job after the chain recently announced it is closing all of its stores.

The company, which has been in business for 113 years, filed for bankruptcy last month, according to the Associated Press.

The Dallas-based chain specializes in providing a household products for everyday life in small-town America and operates 198 discount general merchandise stores in 23 states, according to the company’s website.

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Hockley County church to host Thanksgiving festival
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:21:39 +0000

St. Philip Neri Catholic Church of Pep will host its 69th annual Thanksgiving festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church hall.

Plates are $10 and $5 for children under 6. Food served includes turkey, German sausage, dressing and other side dishes.

Activities with the meal will include baked goods and craft sales, a fish pond, raffle drawings and grab bags for children.

For more information call (806) 933-4355.

Pep is located in northwestern Hockley County.

Texas A&M AgriLife hosting farm bill meetings
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:21:27 +0000

A series of meetings are set to help producers decide which policies to seek under the new farm bill.

The free meetings are hosted by Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and various commodity groups.

They include:

■ Bovina — Tuesday, 9 a.m.-noon, Bovina Community Center, 215 North St.

■ Muleshoe — Tuesday, 1-4 p.m., Bailey County Electric, 610 American Blvd.

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Tech’s first international pageant features different cultures
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:55:44 +0000

Francis Cobbinah has only been in the United States for two years since moving from his native country of Ghana.

So when the Texas Tech sophomore had the opportunity to showcase his culture, he was excited.

Cobbinah was one of 12 students — six men and six women — who represented their countries Friday during the university’s first-ever World of Colors International Pageant at the City Bank Auditorium.

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