Archive for September, 2007

Citizen’s Turn in Petition to Council Members

September 27, 2007

Lubbock, Texas – The group behind the effort to change the name of Canyon Lakes Drive to Cesar Chavez Drive presented a petition containing 5,000 signatures to the city council in support of the change. Cesar Chavez Commemoration Committee Chair Christi Martinez-Garcia presented each council member with a copy of the petition during today’s citizen comment time.

There were citizens speaking against the name change, not because of who the street would be renamed after, but because of the street it would replace. Much of the opposition centered on the cultural, historical and descriptive significance of Canyon Lakes Drive. Many felt the current name has deep roots in the East Lubbock community and do not want to see that disappear. One citizen likened the street name change to entering a friend’s ranch and branding his cattle with someone else’s brand.

There have been rumors this issue may be on the next city council agenda, but neither Martinez-Garcia or any council member have confirmed it.


Mayor Responds to Parker Group Leaving Town

September 26, 2007

Mayor David Miller today issued a statement responding to the news that the Parker Group will move to Dallas in early 2008.
The Mayor called the new “unfortunate” and addressed his concern for the move, as he claims, “being laid at the feet of the city and city officials.”
Miller maintains that it was the city’s right to audit the groups actions during the time they were under contract and acted in the best interest of the constituents.
The Parker Group could lose about 30 high paying jobs if it moves the leadership of the company to Dallas.

Former Tech Footbal Coach to be Inducted in Hall of Fame

September 26, 2007

Former Texas Tech football coach Spike Dykes will be honored as one of the eight inductees in the newest class at the Texas Sport Hall of Fame in Waco.
The announcement came yesterday. Dykes coached Tech from 1986 until 1999 and posted a career record of 82-67-1, winning Southwest Conference Coach of the Year three times.
He will be inducted on a date to be announced with seven other inductees.

Groundbreaking for New Highrise Hotel Held Today

September 26, 2007

The groundbreaking for the new hotel and conference center in Overton Park too place this morning.
The complex will include a 50,000 square foot conference center and 1 15 story hotel with 306 hotel rooms.
The city has approved $11.4 million in funding for the project.
The total cost of the complex will be $60 million, with the majority of the funding coming from private sources.

Gonzales Tries to Raise Money for Lawsuit

September 26, 2007

Armando Gonzales, a leader in the effort to recall Councilwoman Linda DeLeon, says he has already talked to an attorney about the possibility of suing DeLeon and city secretary Becky Garza.

Gonzales told KFYO the lawsuit is a possible next step if the district attorney decides not to prosecute the two officials.  Two weeks ago, Gonzales filed affidavits with the DA alleging DeLeon and Garza violated the Election Code during the recall petition verification process.  Gonzales estimates it will take $15,00 pllus attorney’s fees for the recall committee to sue the two officials.

“Quite a bit of expenses,” Gonzales said.  “Expert witnesses, filing fees, deposition costs.  Right now, we’re looking for money because the committee doesn’ have money of its own.”

Gonzales predicts he won’t have any trouble raising the money.

Death Of 22 Year-Old Lubbock Man Confirmed To Be Amoeba

September 25, 2007

Tests have confirmed that the death of a Lubbock man who swam in Lake LBJ last month was caused by an amoeba that can be found in warm water.

Texas health officials on Monday received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that Colby Sawyer, 22, died from primary amebic meningoencephalitis, the Department of State Health Services stated.

The CDC result validated the outcome of a preliminary test by Lubbock health officials.

Only 35 cases of the infection have been reported in Texas since 1972, and all have been fatal, officials said.

Lubbock Man Indicted For Solicitation Of A Child

September 25, 2007

A 21 year old man has been indicted by a Lubbock County Grand jury today on a charge of soliticiation of a child.

Police arrested Isaac Scott at the North University United Supermarket after a girl’s father informed police that Scott had arranged to meet his daughter there.

Scott is accused of using the internet to communicate with and arrange a meeting with a child under the age of 14.

Lubbock Police Search For Murder Suspect

September 25, 2007

Lubbock Police continue to search for a suspect in the shooting death of 28 year-old John Wilkerson.

Wilkerson was found shot last Saturday night in a driveway in the 2700 block of 2nd Street.

Witnesses describe the suspect vehicle as a tan Dodge car, but had no further information.

The Lubbock Police Department is offering a one-thousand dollar reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for the murder.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crimeline at 741-1000.

South Plains Food Bank Day At South Plains Fair Brings Discount

September 25, 2007

Thursday will be South Plains Food Bank day at the South Plains fair.

Fairgoers who donate three regular size cans of food to the food bank will be able to purchase two 25 dollar ride wristbands for the price of one.

The food donations will be accepted after 12:30 P.M.

New No-Pass, No-Play Class List Approved by LISD

September 24, 2007

Today, LISD approved a new list of classes that could qualify for the no-pass, no-play exemption.
The new policy did not change from the previous policy and allows students who participate in extracurricular activities to receive on exemption per class.
The new policy was triggered by Senate Bill 1517 which now restricts the classes that are covered by the exemption to honors and advanced placement subjects in core areas.

TDHC Holding Community Meeting

September 24, 2007

Texans interested in affordable housing and community service programs will have an opportunity to provide their opinions and comments on program rules, guidelines and documents at a meeting this week on Friday at 11 am at the South Plains Association of Government Headquarters. The hearing is hosted by the Texas Department of Housing and Community affairs. The TDHCA will hold these hearing in conjunction with the office of rural community affairs and the Texas Department of State Health Services as the public will be able to comment on topics of concerns from those two state agencies.

Former Ambassador Talks About Terrorism

September 24, 2007

Cofer Black served in the CIA for 28 years and become Coordinator for Counter-terrorism at the U.S. State Department.  He’s in Lubbock to speak about terrorism at the International Cultural Center.  On Lubbock’s First News, Ambassador Black talked about the threat of terrorism.

“Life is rough, wear a helmet,” Black said.  “We’ve got the people and the approach to make this come out well in the end, as you would expect.  But there are going to be some loses here and there, which a country of our character and size will be able to overcome.”

Black’s speech at the International Cultural Center at 601 Indiana begins at 5:30 p.m. today (Monday, September 24).  It’s free and open to the public.

U.S. Senate Passes Senator Cornyn Amendment Repudiating Ad

September 20, 2007

The US Senate overwhelmingly passed an amendment sponsored by Senator John Cornyn that strongly condemned a recent ad by that questions the patriotism and integrity of General David Petraeus.  

The ad said “Petraeus or Betray Us?”

Cornyn’s amendment put the Senate on record repudiating the quote “unwarranted personal attack on General Petraeus by the liberal activist group”

Texas Tech Student Loan Default Rate Lower Than National Average

September 20, 2007

The Texas Tech University student loan default rate for those who began repaying loans in 2005 is at 2.8 percent, much lower than the national default rate of 4.6 percent.  

If a university’s default rate remains above 25 percent for 3 years or exceeds 40 percent in one year, the university can lose federal aid, such as pell grants and Stafford loans.  

Texas Tech’s office of financial aid has a number of programs to help educate student borrowers to help keep the university’s default rate low.

Texas Tech Autism Center Receives Grant

September 20, 2007

Texas Tech’s Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research has received a one hundred thousand dollar grant from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.  

The grant is funding for the university to create an online statewide resource directory for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  

Robin Lock, the co-director of the center said that Texas Tech was the only university in the state willing to take on the project.

Lubbock Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Porn

September 20, 2007

A Lubbock man pled guilty Thursday to one count of interstate receipt of child pornography.
George John Maslovar was working at the Lubbock Avalanche Journal at the time of his arrest. 

54 year old Maslovar faces a maximum sentence of not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years in prison.

Texas Transportation Officials Decide To Develop Financial Plan For Ports-to-Plains

September 20, 2007

Texas transportation officials have said that it’s now time to form a working group to develop a financial master plan to pay for the Ports-to-Plains Corridor.  

Ports-to-plains is a proposed highway corridor stretching from Laredo through West Texas to Denver, Colorado.  

Fred Underwood, a member of the Texas Transportation commission says that it’s time to establish the financial plan so they know exactly what they’re aiming for.

Texas Transportation Officials Decide To Develop Financial Plan For Ports-to-Plains

September 20, 2007

Texas transportation officials have said that it’s now time to form a working group to develop a financial master plan to pay for the Ports-to-Plains Corridor.

Ports-to-plains is a proposed highway corridor stretching from Laredo through West Texas to Denver, Colorado.

Fred Underwood, a member of the Texas Transportation commission says that it’s time to establish the financial plan so they know exactly what they’re aiming for.

Last Phase of Overton Project Started

September 19, 2007

The last phase of the Overton revitalization project is finally getting started. McDougal Cos. will host a parade of homes beginning tomorrow at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

McDougal has planned 375 upscale single family homes on 325 acres in the Overton area and already has four completed homes off the south side of Glenna Goodacre Boulevard.

The company expects all projects to be entirely built over the next four to five years.

New Charges Filed in March Beating

September 19, 2007

New charges have been filed in connected with the March beating of Tommy Yugovich.

In all, four defendants were indicted on aggravated robbery charges in April.

They are accused of participating or planning to confront Yugovich and a female acquaintance in his home and of beating him with a pipe while robbing him.

The new indictments mean a total of four charges for three of the defendants: two for aggravated robbery and two for aggravated assault.

As a result of the beating Yugovich was hospitalized with a serious brain injury.