Archive for August, 2010

Governor Perry Announces School District Savings Initiative in Lubbock This Afternoon

August 31, 2010

Governor Rick Perry came to Lubbock today to announce a new school savings incentive. The incentive is for school districts that pool resources and save money by cutting administrative costs that divert funds from the classrooms.

Participating districts would receive a grant from the state equaling ten percent of their total savings for the first year. School districts in other states that participate in this type of savings have seen a five to fifteen percent savings in purchasing and information technology services.

Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott joined Perry at Monterey High School this afternoon to discuss the benefits of shared services.

Scott said “The shared services can result in significant savings for our school districts, and can result in saving the district. I’ve worked with a little-bitty district in West Texas that was struggling to stay afloat, and the rumor around town was that I was there to close them down. I said no, I want you to partner with the neighbor district and do some of these shared services arrangements so your community can keep this valuable asset, and they’re still going today.”

Texas lessons will also be available on iTunes U, supplying students and teachers with free supplementary educational content accessible anywhere through iTunes.

Governor Perry discussed the program at Monterey High School this afternoon in saying “It’s taking a lot of content and putting it onto iTunes where it can be easily accessed, where teachers, in particular, can use it as a tool to teach with. There may be the most incredible math teacher right here at Monterey High and he or she has the ability to put across a concept and teach math like nobody else in the country. And this is a way for them to share their teaching magic, if you will, all across the State of Texas.”

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Lubbock Man Pleads Guilty to Capital Murder on Second Day of Trial

August 31, 2010

A Lubbock man has pleaded guilty to a capital murder charge.

29 year-old Raymundo Garza Jr. entered the plea this morning.  He chose to accept the plea bargain on the second day of his trial for the February 2009 stabbing death of Tina Sanchez.

By entering the guilty plea, Garza accepts a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

I-27 Main Lanes at Regis Street Overpass to Close for Concrete Work

August 31, 2010

Lubbock motorists may see delays on I-27 this week.

TxDOT will close I-27 main lanes at the Regis Street overpass, and detour traffic to the frontage roads beginning at 7 a.m. tomorrow.

The lanes will remain closed for around three days to allow crews to replace concrete on the bridge.

Tech Alum to be Inducted Into 4-H Hall of Fame

August 31, 2010

A Texas Tech alum has become the first Texas member named to the 4-H Hall of Fame.

Post native Alvin Davis was among sixteen honorees to be inducted into the hall of fame this year, which recognizes lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.

Davis will be the first former 4-H Member from Texas to be inducted, though five former 4-H extension agents from Texas have been inducted in the past.

Davis has served as executive vice president and general manager of the National Ranching Heritage Center, and founded the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration.

Water System Repairs for Sundown Leaves Their Residents Under Boil Water Notice

August 31, 2010

Sundown residents are urged to boil all water planned for consumption until further notice.

The City of Sundown is repairing their water system, and is required to notify citizens to boil water during system work by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

UMC Honors Surgeon with Endowed Chair

August 31, 2010

University Medical Center has honored one of their top surgeons with an endowment to fund research at the Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike has received the Mozelle and W.B. “Dub” Rushing Endowed Chair in Medical Excellence.

The one million dollar endowment will fund research, teaching, and patient care.

Tech Freshman Soccer Player Receives Big 12 Honors

August 31, 2010

A Texas Tech soccer player has received Big 12 honors.

Tech Freshman Jessica Fuston has been named as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, following her performances at Northwestern State and at Rice.

The Cedar Park native has started both of Tech’s matches over the weekend.

The Red Raiders have had two shutout wins to improve to 4-0, the best start in school history.

United Ways benefit from United Supermarket tournament

August 31, 2010

A charity golf tournament sponsored over the weekend by United Supermarkets has raised $200,000 for 14 United Way organizations located in trade areas of the supermarket  chain. Lubbock Area United Way will receive $71,040 as its share of the money raised in the Jacky Pierce Charity Classic golf tournament that was held Sunday and Monday at Lubbock Country Club in Texas. Other United Way locations receiving shares from the charity tournament included Abilene $10,599, Amarillo and Canyon $33,585,  Plainview $10,533, and Snyder $4,437.  The Jacky Pierce Charity Classic golf tournament has raised more than 2 million dollars for charities since it was first held in 1991.

Motorists: Broken water main means avoid southbound University

August 31, 2010

A water main broke yesterday near 38th Street and University Avenue, and that means a detour around the location this morning. Southbound University Avenue near 38th Street will be closed for work on the problem. Drivers who use southbound University should find alternate routes this morning to avoid the area.

Woman Threatening to Jump Off I-27 Overpass Now Safe

August 30, 2010

The southbound lanes of I-27 near 42nd Street were reduced this afternoon, due to a woman threatening to jump off of the overpass.

Police negotiators had been on the scene to talk the woman to safety since mid-afternoon.

The woman came down without incident.

Tech Starting New Tradition of “Raider Walk” Before Home Football Games

August 30, 2010

Texas Tech is attempting to create a new football tradition.

Two hours and fifteen minutes prior to kickoff at home games, Tech will now have the “Raider Walk,” which will give fans the chance to greet the Red Raiders as they arrive at the stadium for the game.

Team busses will drop the team off, and the walk will begin at Canton Avenue and Drive of Champions, winding to the football training facility.

The walk will include members of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland, Tech Cheerleaders, and the Pop Squad.

Texas Tech to Offer Dual J.D./M.D. Program

August 30, 2010

A new dual doctoral degree will soon be available at Texas Tech.

The University is now offering a Doctor of Jurisprudence/Doctor of Medicine dual degree program, which will allow the students to complete both degrees in six years, rather than the usual required seven years to do both separately. The TTU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and the School of Law are the first nationwide to offer the program at one institution.

Former Tech School of Law Dean Walter Huffman said “This program is important because it enhances Texas Tech’s national reputation as one of the few universities to offer this prestigious joint degree, and even more important because it provides a unique joint-disciplinary education that will benefit our society.”

Former Lubbock Police Officer Found Dead of a Single Gunshot in Backyard

August 30, 2010

A former Lubbock police officer found dead in a South Lubbock backyard this morning spurs police to search for answers.

Eric Seville was found dead of a single gunshot wound in a backyard located in the 3400 block of 102nd Street around 10:15 this morning.

Seville was found by one of his friends, who then alerted police. Two guns were found near where Seville had fallen.

Police have said that the circumstances seemed suspicious.

Seville was a 2003 graduate of the Lubbock Police Academy, and left the force on good terms in 2005 to work as a pilot.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Texas Tech to Hold Counterterrorism Colloquium Mid-September

August 30, 2010

Texas Tech will hold a colloquium focusing on counterterrorism policy and strategy next month.

The event, dubbed the U.S. National Security Policy and Military Strategy: Understanding the Environment for Contemporary Warfare, is sponsored by Texas Tech’s Vietnam Center and Archive, and Department of Political Science.

Registration for the colloquium is free to the first 150 participants who register online for the event that will take place September 15th and 16th at the Overton Hotel and Convention Center.

After that, registration will be 100 dollars per person through September 7th, and will then rise to 150 dollars.

For more information, visit http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/counterterrorism.

Morning Dog Attack Wounds One Woman

August 30, 2010

A Lubbock woman narrowly escaped serious harm during an attack by a pit bull this morning.

Around 8:30 this morning, the woman was attacked in the 1700 block of East Auburn Avenue, and her wounds were treated by emergency officials at the scene.

There is no word yet if the dog was captured.

Two Unrelated Monday Morning Stabbings Result in Hospitalizations

August 30, 2010

Stabbings in Lubbock this morning land two people in the hospital.

Around 7:30 this morning.  A woman was stabbed five times during an incident in the 1900 Block of 68th Street. The woman’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. Police have taken one suspect into custody.  Neither the woman nor the suspect’s identities have been released.

Also, a thirty-four year-old man was stabbed around 2:30 a.m. in the 6500 block of 90th Street during an argument.

Paul Harrison was reportedly stabbed by forty-five year-old Tina Renee Hughes, causing injuries that were not life threatening. Harrison was taken to University Medical Center, and Hughes has been charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Hughes is being held in the Lubbock County Jail on ten thousand dollars bond.

Texas Tech Football Season Opener Less Than a Week Away – Tuberville Discusses the Mustangs

August 30, 2010

Texas Tech Football is less than a week away from opening their 2010 season against SMU.  Red Raider Football coach Tommy Tuberville talked about the preparations for the opening game.

“Well, we need to play. It’s time to get going. We’ve got a lot of work to do this week in terms of getting ready all the small things. So, tomorrow will be a fairly physical practice, but it will be our last one. We’ll spend the rest of the week getting the guys healthy, and getting the little things done” Tuberville expounded at their weekly press conference.

Coach Tuberville also discussed the Mustangs and their head coach, saying “SMU will be a team that will give us a lot of problems. I always look at teams, do they have a head coach that has a scheme, and obviously June Jones has been in this business a long time…he’s done the same things. We’ll be able to prepare for what he’s done, and what he will do in this game. They’re gonna be a lot like us. My philosophy is do things, do them right, try to do them better each week, and try to out-execute the other team.”

Kickoff for the Red Raiders versus the Mustangs is Sunday, 2:30pm at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Tech soccer: History made with four opening-season shutouts

August 30, 2010

Texas Tech’s soccer team made school history last night in beating Rice 2 to nothing at Houston. The victory marked the first time in the Tech soccer program history for a team to start the season with four-consecutive shutouts. The four shutouts surpass the total number of shutouts—three—recorded in 2009, which was the most successful season in a decade.

Hobbs court gives a break to people with outstanding warrants

August 30, 2010

At Hobbs New Mexico the Municipal Court is offering a weeklong amnesty to clear outstanding warrants for misdemeanor charges of failure to appear or failure to pay a fine. Lea County residents with such warrants must appear in the Hobbs court this week. Hobbs City Attorney Gwen Gist says amnesty week is designed to clear a backlog of failure to appear and failure to pay warrants.

Woman is sought in theft of a bike outside Walmart

August 30, 2010

Lubbock police are looking for a woman who rode someone else’s bicycle away from a WalMart. The June 15th theft was recorded on video of the store at 1911 Marsha Sharp Freeway. Police say the woman in the video is about six feet tall with long, dirty blonde hair. She appears to weigh about 230 pounds. She was wearing a blue jacket, khaki pants and white shoes. Anyone with information about the suspect is encouraged to call Crime Line at 741-1000.