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United Way announces 5K
LMTonline.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:38:22 -0600
United Way Board of Directors, volunteers and staff members announced this week the upcoming 5K Hot Chocolate Run and Walk fundraiser.

As Lubbock’s expansion continues, some leaders still question costs
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:20:25 +0000

Lubbock has been approved for yet another south-side growth spurt.

City Council members approved last week the annexation of four plots of land in South Lubbock. The plots total about 775 acres, and all but one are located just south of 130th Street.

It's all part of a new wave of city expansion.

City leaders approved requests to annex into the city nearly 800 acres of mostly farmland in south Lubbock County in late October, and two separate requests to annex 80- and 76-acre tracts near 130th Street in 2013.

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Marshall school board sets January workshop to discuss bond election
news-journal.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Marshall ISD plans to hold a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5 to consider a possible bond election.

Dalhart man dies in Dallam County crash
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 01:48:26 +0000

A Dalhart man died Saturday morning after a crash on U.S. Highway 385 in Dallam County.

Jose Ortega, 47, was driving a 1999 Saturn SL2 north on the highway, four miles northwest of Dalhart, at the time of the accident.

Benito Zuniga, 38, of Dalhart was driving south on the highway when he traveled into the oncoming lane in an attempt to pass a tractor-trailer. Due to fog, police said, Zuniga did not see Ortega’s vehicle.

Zuniga’s car struck Ortega’s on the left front. Ortega was pronounced dead at the scene by Dallam County Sheriff Bruce Scott. Zuniga was not hurt.

Best of Beilue: Touchdown like no other
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:31:12 +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 Nov. 7, 2013.


Unbeaten and state Class 1A power Stratford led Memphis, 35-0, with about 30 seconds left Friday night. This idea of Memphis coach Andy Correll, which seemed almost outlandish eight weeks ago, just might work.

He called timeout and met with Stratford coach Eddie Metcalf at midfield. Correll already had broached the idea with Metcalf via email earlier in the week.

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Schedules get holiday twist
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:38:58 +0000

It’s the time of year when schedules get a holiday twist or two, and that’s as true with local government as it is with families and businesses.

The city of Amarillo’s offices and facilities will be closed Thursday for Christmas. Randall County’s operations will close at noon Wednesday and reopen Dec.29. The Potter County Clerk’s office will close at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed until Dec. 29.

“Some offices might close a little earlier,” said County Clerk Julie Smith.

Both counties and the city will be closed New Year’s Day.

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Man shoots wife, self
LMTonline.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:38:22 -0600
A man with a history of domestic violence shot his wife Thursday before turning the gun on himself, according to Laredo police.

How a Texas city banned hydraulic fracturing
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:45:00 -0600
DENTON — Cathy McMullen taps the brakes of her Toyota Prius after driving through a neighborhood of mostly one-story homes in Denton, about an hour northwest of Dallas. “There,” she says, nodding towa

MEDCO will consider joining I-69 alliance
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
On Thursday, members of the Marshall Economic Development Corporation held their regular board meeting where a large topic of discussion was whether or not to join the Texas I-69 Alliance, a group of

Tent City still working to expand services
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:30:34 +0000

Green military-style tents line the dirt floors in an industrial area just east of downtown Lubbock.

No longer sleeping in alleys or on the streets, homeless residents spend the night in their desolate tents at Link Ministries’ Tent City.

During the day, about 60 residents retreat to a nearby metal barn at the Tent City community.

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Farm Briefs: Look to future of the beef industry
amarillo.com / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:09:15 +0000

If today isn’t hard enough to deal with, what about tomorrow?

The Jan. 9 registration deadline for the Southwest Beef Symposium is almost here to answer the question, and seating is limited.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension will host a conference aimed at giving beef industry representatives and especially ranchers a peek of the future.

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2 people die in separate wrecks
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:24:00 -0600
Two weekend wrecks -- one late Friday and one early Saturday -- left two people dead and an Upton County sheriff’s deputy with serious injuries, according to a press release from city spokeswoman Sara

Tea2Go buys gifts for kids
amarillo.com / Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:37:54 +0000

A nationwide company with roots in Amarillo decided to give back this Christmas season by buying gifts for local children.

About 128 kids ran through Toys ‘R’ Us on Saturday, picking out Christmas gifts thanks to Tea2Go and CEO Jeff Hunt.

“I wouldn’t be successful if it wasn’t for the community itself,” Hunt said. “We who are blessed to some degree owe it to our community to give back.”

The company calls the event, Christmas for Kids, a time for families who might not be able to buy Christmas gifts to get together and do just that.

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