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Word of the day for Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:13:58 +0000



■ de·i·ty

■ dē ə tē

Definition: (n) a god or goddess

Example: “Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.”

— Calvin Coolidge

Longview road report for the week of Dec. 21
news-journal.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
The city of Longview has scheduled the following projects that may affect traffic this week across the city:

United Way board hires new executive director
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:30:00 -0600
The United Way of Midland board of directors has selected Mark Alexander as its new executive director, effective Jan. 1.

Panhandle Community Services adds public technology hubs
amarillo.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:08:24 +0000

Panhandle Community Services is branching out computer technology to its locations throughout the Texas Panhandle to help seniors and low-income residents access Social Security, medical care and other services.

The Amarillo nonprofit has budgeted more than $100,000 to create computer hubs in Amarillo, Borger, Canyon, Childress, Clarendon, Dalhart, Dimmitt, Dumas, Hereford, Pampa, Perryton, Shamrock and Tulia.

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TxDOT road report for the week of Dec. 21
news-journal.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Here’s a look at road work for this week across Northeast Texas by the Texas Department of Transportation:

State-funded steroid tests likely ending
amarillo.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:09:31 +0000

Editor’s note: Before the Texas Legislature is back in session Jan. 13, Amarillo Globe-News is taking a closer look at issues that, though the related bills might not necessarily pass, are expected to get the lawmakers’ attention.

AUSTIN — Like other state agencies, the University Interscholastic League issues news releases quite regularly.

But a bulletin the governing body for competition programs in Texas’ public schools issued in mid-summer convinced state lawmakers that a steroid testing program for high school athletes might be defunded next year.

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Best of Beilue: Ben Britt was always a giver, never a taker
amarillo.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:08:49 +0000

Editor’s note: This column, taken from Jon Mark Beilue’s book, “This Might be a Good Story ...” first appeared in the Amarillo Globe-News on Jan. 1, 2006.

It didn’t take long to see that Ben Britt was cut from a different cloth, that he was not like most in a special way.

“No doubt about it,’’ said his high school football teammate, Kyle Masters.

“He was destined to make it big. He was brilliant.’’

Ben was impossible to stereotype, hard to fit into any one mold.

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Post office staff reports mailbox thefts
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:05:42 +0000

Police are investigating multiple mailbox thefts in the Amarillo area on Saturday.

Mail from two mail collection boxes outside of the U.S. Postal Service at 2301 S. Ross St. was stolen and the boxes were damaged.

Police think mail dropped off between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. was stolen.

U.S. Postal Service mail collection boxes at 505 E. Ninth Ave., 5000 S. Western St. and 307 S. Western St. were damaged and mail might have been stolen from those locations as well.

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Today in History for Monday, Dec. 22
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:13:04 +0000

■ On Dec. 22, 1944, during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe rejected a German demand for surrender, writing “Nuts!” in his official reply.

■ In 1775, Esek Hopkins was appointed the commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy.

■ In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman said in a message to President Abraham Lincoln: “I beg to present you as a Christmas-gift the city of Savannah.”

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Amarillo police search for armed robber
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:42:27 +0000

Amarillo police are searching for a man they said robbed an Amarillo Boulevard business with a gun Saturday.

Officers were sent to Michelle’s Billiards, 5641 E. Amarillo Blvd., on a robbery report about 4:15 p.m.

The female victim told police she answered a knock at the door to find a man wearing a ski mask holding a small silver handgun.

The robber pointed the gun at the employee and demanded money. He fled the building on foot and might have gone east and then north.

Police said there were no injuries or arrests.

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Experts: Lower oil prices a threat to Texas economy
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0600
AUSTIN -- These days, Texas consumers are celebrating the lowest gasoline prices in more than five years.

Longview transportation center takes step
news-journal.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Duane Edwards was working until 1 a.m. this past Monday moving things out of the former A-1 Service Air Conditioning & Heating company building on East Pacific Avenue — property that eventually wi

Fasken, Dawson Geophysical to conduct 3-D seismic acquisition in west Midland
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:09:00 -0600
West Midland will undergo tests in the first quarter of 2015 as Fasken Oil and Ranch and Dawson Geophysical team up for a 3-D seismic acquisition project.

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