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Residents give input at TxDOT meeting
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:53:58 +0000

After signing a petition in June asking officials to revise the proposed Lubbock Outer Route, Paul Kitchens continues to make sure his voice is heard.

“I’m concerned about them putting an outer loop in front of my house and all of these houses up and down (FM) 1585,” said Kitchens, who lives on the farm-to-market road in Lubbock County. “It just doesn’t make sense to me to cut across some good farmland.”

Kitchens was among many residents who attended an open house Thursday at the Lubbock TxDOT District Office Training Center.

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MISD board secretary to resign in August
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:20:00 -0500
Midland ISD board of trustees secretary Karen Fullen will offer her resignation at the Aug. 11 board meeting, according to a Thursday press release from Superintendent Ryder Warren.

Digging up spuds - potato crop out of ground, looking good
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:39:07 +0000

SPRINGLAKE — They’re out of the ground now and waiting to see an oven — well, most of them.

Potatoes have reached the late stages of harvest time at Barrett Produce in Lamb and Bailey counties.

Like other South Plains crops, the newly picked taters took advantage of recent precipitation.

“We’ve really enjoyed the rain,” farm manager Tim Gonzalez said. “Everything’s going as scheduled. Yield is good, and quality is great.”

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Balloon race: Volunteers work long hours, love the work
news-journal.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:27:00 -0500
Rainy weather grounded balloon flights Thursday, but it didn’t stop volunteers from starting their shifts at 5:30 a.m.

Multiple accidents on South Loop delaying traffic
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:20:31 +0000

Multiple accidents in South Lubbock have snarled traffic Thursday evening on South Loop 289.

Lubbock motorists are advised to take a different route as police are respond to traffic accidents in the West Bound Lanes of South Loop 289 between Quaker Avenue and Slide Road.

No injuries have been reported so far.


EP Energy Dedicates New Big Lake Office
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:26:00 -0500
EP Energy has officially dedicated its new Big Lake office location in a ceremony attended by company officials.

Lubbock police seek woman for identity theft
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:20:29 +0000

Lubbock police are looking for a 40-year-old woman in connection with an identity theft.

Benita Rochelle Johnson is wanted for felony fraud and identity theft, according to a Lubbock Police Department news release.

Johnson is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair.

Lubbock police were contacted Tuesday by a man reporting an identity theft.

Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts can call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000, or Detective. Pringle at (806) 252-1024.


Nickerson pleads guilty to manslaughter
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:46:00 -0500
Nearly three weeks after a mistrial was declared in the case, Frank Lee Nickerson pleaded guilty this morning to manslaughter, the lesser offense of murder, for the July 27, 2011, death of Gwindle Cof

DMMD subsidizes renovated downtown building
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:45:00 -0500
One Midlander has taken it upon himself to help revitalize downtown by renovating a dilapidated office building he has owned for more than 20 years.

Council unhappy new stormwater rates will be delayed
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:08:17 +0000

City stormwater rates may not be changing in the next few months after all.

The Lubbock City Council discussed a new stormwater rate system planned for the upcoming budget year at a work session Thursday. The council had planned for the new system to go live Oct. 1, but, Lubbock Power & Light CFO Andy Burcham stunned some council members by saying the company could not meet the October deadline. More realistic, he suggested, is a deadline of Oct. 1, 2015.

“The time frame between now and Oct. 1 is not realistic. I’m not sure it’s ever been realistic,” Burcham said.

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MPD: Honduras immigrant assaulted man with bottle
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500
A Midland man who told police he was an undocumented immigrant from Honduras is suspected of assaulting another man with a beer bottle Wednesday night.

Gladewater budget could bring rate increases, flat tax rate
news-journal.com / Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
GLADEWATER — Potential utility rate increases and a virtually flat property tax rate greeted Gladewater City Council members Thursday, as they hashed through a proposed spending plan for the coming fi

Hospital district proposes tax rate could increase tax bill
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:10:00 -0500
Midland County Hospital District board of directors proposed a tax rate Thursday that’s 5.9 percent lower than the last fiscal year.

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