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U Can Share food drive puts the giving spirit to the test
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:26:36 +0000

The South Plains Food Bank is putting West Texas locals’ giving spirit to the test by upping its U Can Share Food Drive campaign goal to the highest it’s ever been.

The SPFB 33rd annual food drive is in full swing, kicking off Monday with its 350,000 pounds of food and $150,000 goal.

“This is the largest goal we’ve ever given ourselves,” Danielle Robertson, SPFB communications and digital marketing manager, said. “We were kind of excited about it and nervous about it at the same time.”

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Yet another city courts San Antonio Missions
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:11:46 +0000

Another suitor for the San Antonio Missions is taking big steps to fund a new stadium, but Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole says he is “still enthusiastic” about the city’s chances to attract a Major League Baseball-affiliated minor league team.

Earlier this week, the Wichita City Council approved the expansion of a sales tax district in hopes of raising enough revenue for a new stadium with the goal of enticing a MLB-affiliated farm team to relocate there.

With a new stadium, Wichita would be a potential location for a Texas League team, possibly the Missions.

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Fire department fights blaze at home early Thursday morning
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:49:04 +0000

Fire destroys home Thursday morning

Lubbock Fire and Rescue crews responded to a house fire early Thursday morning near 94th Street and Quaker Avenue and said the home is considered a “total loss.”

At around 2 a.m. a Lubbock resident noticed smoke and flames coming from the roof of the home at 4310 94th St. and called the fire in, according to LFR officials.

No injuries were reported, but one person was displaced by the fire and plans to stay with family or friends.


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Students learn code
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:39:13 +0000

Jaxson Viermann sat in a computer lab at Canyon High School and focused on guiding the angry bird to the naughty pig.

“What is he doing? He’s behind the pig,” the 10-year-old elementary schooler said.

“He’s facing the wrong direction, kiddo,” said Steve Raymond, a sophomore at Canyon High. Viermann rearranged some blocks of text shown on his computer screen, clicked a button and watched as the computer processed his instructions to navigate a small image of a bird toward its target, a green pig.

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Teen arrested in Canyon car burglary string; 5 guns recovered
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:11:01 +0000

The Canyon Police Department arrested a teenager in connection with a string of car burglaries in Canyon that led to the recovery of numerous stolen items, including firearms.

Cameron Judkins, 17, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with four counts of theft of a firearm, burglary of motor vehicle, as well as possession of marijuana, equal to or less than 2 ounces.

At the time of his arrest he was found in to be in possession of four stolen guns, all from different car burglaries.

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Former youth center employee found guilty of sexually abusing 4 boys in 2014
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:25:07 +0000

A 29-year-old former youth center employee faces 25 years to life in prison after jurors in the 364th District Court found him guilty Thursday of abusing children in the summer of 2014.

Charles Chavez’s punishment will be determined by Judge William Eichman, who dismissed the jurors after they returned their verdict finding Chavez guilty as charged of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

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Man dies after fall at Palo Duro Canyon State Park
amarillo.com / Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:49:03 +0000

A 32-year-old man died after falling at Palo Duro Canyon State Park while hiking off-trail Wednesday, according to the park’s superintendent.

The man fell 40 feet from a cliff near Duck Pond Spur about 3 p.m. and rolled 180 feet down a slope, Superintendent Shannon Blalock said.

He was airlifted to Northwest Texas Hospital where he died around 6 p.m.

Authorities have not released the name of the man. He was accompanied by another person, Blalock said.

Blalock said hiking away from a marked trail was “certainly not encouraged.”

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Top’s Ten reveals more than music about West Texas movers and shakers
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:24:32 +0000

Interviewing people can be tricky.

But the dean of the Texas Tech College of Media and Communication has honed his craft into getting movers and shakers to reveal more about themselves by focusing on a seemingly innocuous subject — music.


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Police ask for help identifying man who stole from spirit shop
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:42:14 +0000

The Lubbock Police Department is asking for help from the community in identifying a man who was caught on camera stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a spirit shop.

On Nov. 29, the suspect was seen walking inside the Matador located at 2424 Broadway.

“The suspect was seen on camera walking around the store for several minutes,” said Tiffany Pelt, spokeswoman for LPD.

Pelt said he grabbed multiple items like Under Armour Texas Tech jerseys and ran out of the store.


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Lubbock ISD adds several new high school courses
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:16:15 +0000

The Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees approved several new courses for high school students, including advanced floral design at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center, Advanced Placement seminar classes at Lubbock High and Coronado High, and human body systems at Monterey High.

The Texas Education Agency approves of innovative courses that districts can offer for state credit pending approval by the local board of trustees.

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The Bridge of Lubbock plans annual Christmas Holiday Outreach
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:22:04 +0000

The Bridge of Lubbock has scheduled its annual Christmas Holiday Outreach from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 1301 Redbud Ave.

The program includes a free meal for homeless and low-income families of Lubbock and the surrounding areas.

The Bridge hopes to provide for all who come, a hot meal, coat and toys for children, according to Whitney Owen, director.



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Goodfellows: Substitute teacher shares how Food2Kids benefits students in Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:59:11 +0000

Heather Petree Hayes still remembers the first time she saw the impact of her volunteerism at the Junior League of Lubbock’s Food2Kids program.

“You’re helping the community and helping kiddos that don’t necessarily get to eat,” she said.

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Glenn tied to region for reasons other than space
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:12:17 +0000

The Texas Panhandle is no stranger to space travel, with a trio from the region who personally saw the stars: Astronauts Rick Husband of Amarillo, Alan Bean of Wheeler, and Edgar Mitchell of Hereford.

But astronaut John Glenn, who died Thursday at the age of 95, also had brief ties to the area — but not for his space travels.

Glenn, who at the time was a senator representing Ohio, visited Amarillo for a weekend in January 1984 while he was on the campaign trail during an attempt to win the Democratic nomination for President.

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Electric light parade not rescheduled
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:11:22 +0000

Beth Duke, Center City’s executive director, said she’s sad they’re not going to be able to reschedule the annual Electric Light Parade that was cancelled Dec. 2 after weather forecasters called for rain and snow.

“They had predicted it would start raining at about 3 o’clock and then it would turn to snow,” Duke said. They consulted the city’s Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service before making the difficult choice.

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Neighboring gins pitch in as Crosby County gin recovering from fire
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:13:14 +0000

CROSBYTON — Associated Cotton Growers is recovering from a fire Tuesday that damaged part of its main building and its bale press.

The gin is located about 2 miles north of Crosbyton.

Sparks broke out about 12:30 a.m. The gin was operating a night shift, but workers escaped without injuries.

What triggered the blaze is still unknown.

“We don’t really know,” gin Manager Heethe Burleson said. “We’re still investigating to see where it started.”

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Levelland volunteers give back in toy distribution project
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:32:32 +0000

LEVELLAND — Virginia Ornelas still remembers how excited she was as a child to receive her box of new toys every Christmas.

Years later, the Levelland woman is on the other side of that donation program.

“My mother grew up receiving this assistance, and it’s my way of giving back,” she said while organizing clothes and toys.

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Family screams as Booker sentenced to 40 years for armed robberies
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:22:01 +0000

Jurors in the 137th District Court sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison a 27-year-old man they believe robbed seven Lubbock businesses at gunpoint between September and November last year.

The jurors took about 2½ hours to decide Booker’s punishment after they convicted him Tuesday of a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery.


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Hess Corp. donates 1,500 toy trucks to area children
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:28:04 +0000

SEMINOLE — Hess Corp. will donate 1,500 of its 2016 line of toy trucks and dragsters to area low-income children.

Hess is partnering with Toys for Tots to distribute the toys. The trucks feature LED lights, ramps and realistic sounds.

“The Hess Toy Truck has been a holiday tradition since 1964,” said Mark Hamilton, wells and plant operations manager for Hess in Seminole, in a news release. “We’re pleased to partner with Toys for Tots to help brighten the holiday season for families in need.”


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Demerson, Nelson consider running for Amarillo Mayor
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:11:55 +0000

Two possible Amarillo mayoral candidates have tipped their hands while some of the city’s more conventional candidates are keeping their cards covered.

Amarillo attorney Ginger Nelson has appointed a campaign treasurer for her potential run for mayor and Councilman Elisha Demerson said he’s also considering a run for Amarillo’s top elected position. Both candidates say they’ve received strong encouragement from the community to run.

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Xcel Energy rates to increase starting Saturday
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:11:16 +0000

Xcel Energy has agreed with Texas customer groups to increase its utility rates by 4 percent, or $3.97 per month for a typical 1,000-kilowatt-hour residential bill, beginning Saturday.

The deal, which was announced Wednesday, was reached by Xcel, the Public Utility Commission of Texas Staff, industry groups and an alliance of 80 Texas towns served by the power company. It will increase annual revenues to support nearly $1 billion in capital improvements, Xcel said, while recognizing the impact of reductions in wholesale sales in 2015.

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