Archive for April, 2011

Mission Medicine Program Takes Place Saturday Morning to Help Dispose of Old or Unneeded Medication

April 29, 2011

An event tomorrow will help seniors and their family members safely dispose of old or unneeded medications.

Mission Medicine is designed to help protect seniors from accidentally using expired medications, as well as safeguarding them from the potential for theft of medications from their homes.

The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency will be on-hand to oversee drop-off of the medications into a locked container.

The program will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Market Street at 50th Street and Indiana Avenue.

Lubbock Business Owner Reappointed to State Pension Review Board

April 29, 2011

A Lubbockite has been reappointed to a state board.

Governor Rick Perry reappointed Robert Massengale to the State Pension Review Board, which assesses pension funds in need of corrective action, before problems become critical.

Massengale is a small business owner, past president of the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas and Lubbock Economic Council, and former board member of the Electric Utility Board and the West Texas Municipal Power Agency.

TTUISD to Hold Commencement Ceremony Sunday

April 29, 2011

Texas Tech’s Independent School District will host a graduation ceremony this weekend.

TTUISD has graduated 152 students throughout the 2010-2011 school year, and this year, 17 graduates and their families will attend the commencement ceremony. The 2010-2011 graduates come from 13 states in the U.S. as well as two from Brazil and Mexico.

TTUISD was established by the State Board of Education in 1993, and more than 2,400 full-time students are currently enrolled.

Lady Raider Basketball Player Suffers Career-Ending Injury

April 29, 2011

One Lady Raider basketball player’s career on the court is over, due to an injury.

Redshirt sophomore Lindie Kimbro will not return to the team this fall, but will continue to attend Texas Tech.

Kimbro, a Kyle, Texas native, said that she was “honored to have represented Lady Raider Nation and the Lubbock community.”

Texas Tech Tennis Falls to Sooners in Quarterfinals of Big 12 Championship

April 29, 2011

Texas Tech’s tennis team couldn’t hold off the Oklahoma Sooners in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship.

The Red Raiders fell 4-0 to the Sooners at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco this morning.

The NCAA Championship selection show will take place Tuesday.

Martin Talks About Hernandez Options Not Pursued

April 29, 2011

The city council decided Thursday to take no further action regarding Victor Hernandez, and on Lubbock’s First News on KFYO, the mayor suggested there are no viable options because the district attorney chose not to pursue the case in court.  

But in the same interview, the mayor admitted there is another option that the council chose not to pursue.

“We could take the same thing to the attorney general,” Martin said.  ” But the chances of the attorney general doing it when the local district attorney wouldn’t are probably nil.”

The chances were definitely nil when the council chose not to send the case to the attorney general. 

“And so, with that, there’s really no other option for us to take,” Martin said.

But later in the interview…

“It’s my understanding there is another provision that allows any citizen to take it to court…that’s always an option that’s available,” Martin said.  “It can be anybody.”

But so far, no one on the council, and no one at city hall, has volunteered to take on that job.

Another Record High For Lubbock Gas Prices

April 29, 2011

According to a KFYO survey, the average price for regular self-serve gas in Lubbock this week is $3.76 a gallon.  That’s a dime higher than last week, and it’s the highest average price since KFYO began its gas price survey. 

Overall, prices for regular self-serve gas in Lubbock in the current survey range from $3.62 to $3.79 a gallon.

According to a AAA Texas survey, the average price in Texas is $3.80 a gallon, up 5 cents from last week.

The cheapest gas among the 11 Texas cities surveyed by AAA is in El Paso,  $3.73 a gallon.

The most expensive is in Dallas, $3.86 a gallon.

Nationally, the average price is $3.91 a gallon, up 8 cents.

KFYO Ammo Report 4-29-11

April 29, 2011

Four dealers took part in the survey this week:  Gander Mountain, Sharpshooters and LSG Tactical Arms in Lubbock, and Tibbets Gun Works in Floyd County.  We checked on the availability of six calibers…22, 9mm, 380, 40, 357, and 45.

On the day of our survey, all 4 dealers had each of the 6 calibers in stock.

This week’s ammo price spotlight is on Gander Mountain, 250 count, Remington UMC 40 Smith and Wesson $99.99

Tech Begins Weekend Series With Kansas This Evening

April 29, 2011

Texas Tech and Kansas will be playing a three-game Big 12 series this weekend, with the first game starting today. The first pitch goes at 6:30 this evening at Dan Law Field.

Ranching Heritage Center Holds Its 41st Ranch Day Tomorrow

April 29, 2011

The National Ranching Heritage Center is holding its 41st annual Ranch Day tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Building the West” event will show visitors what goes into building and maintaining historic structures. And there will be music, dance demonstrations, horseback riding, stick horse rodeos and more. The National Rnaching Heritage Center is located at 3121 Fourth Street. For more information, go online to www.nrhc.ttu.edu.

Levelland’s Ethanol Plant Seeks Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

April 29, 2011

Owners of the ethanol refinery in Hockley County have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors.  Under chapter 11 bankruptcy the company at Levelland is not going out of business but seeking time to reorganize its operation. The plant has not produced ethanol since January, when a slowdown prompted the owners to let go all but two dozen employees. Ethanol coordinator Tim Snyder said the issue isn’t ethanol itself but its production costs and risks. If the Hockley plant gets Chapter 11 protection, operations reportedly could resume by June.

March of Dimes This Saturday

April 28, 2011

The March of Dimes to raise money for premature babies will be this Saturday, April 30th.

The 3 ½ mile walk at Mackenzie Park is expected to raise $300,000 locally.

Food, music, and a family-fun area will also be available.

The event, which begins at 9AM Saturday, is free but donations are appreciated.

Woman Arrested in Connection With Last Weeks Home Invasion

April 28, 2011

A woman believed to be responsible for luring a woman into opening her door for a home invasion has been arrested.

KMAC 28 is reporting that 19 year old Callan Brumfield was arrested this morning for the home invasion last week at the Park Apartments on 48th street.

Brumfield and two men held the 23-year-old victim at gunpoint as they robbed her home.

Her bond is set at $100,000 dollars.

Police are still searching for the two men who accompanied her in her crime.

Smithfield Sells Hog Operation At Dalhart For 33 Million Dollars

April 28, 2011

Smithfield Foods is selling a hog production operation in the Panhandle to Cargill for about 33 million dollars. The facility is located at Dalhart. Smithfield reduced the number of sows at the Dalhart facility in 2009.

Tech Hosts Kansas This Weekend After Loss To New Mexico

April 28, 2011

Texas Tech had an eight-game midweek winning streak snapped yesterday, losing to New Mexico 8 to 4 at Dan Law Field.  The Red Raiders had won three previous games against New Mexico this season.  Tech returns to Big 12 action this weekend, hosting Kansas for a three-game series at Dan Law Field. The first game is at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Planned For Opening Holly Plaza Next Month

April 28, 2011

A ribbon cutting is planned next month for the opening of the Buddy & Maria Elena Holly Plaza and the newly renovated Fine Arts Gallery of the Buddy Holly Center.  The gallery is housed in Lubbock’s historic railway depot. Directly west of the depot, across Crickets Avenue, is the new Buddy & Maria Elena Holly Plaza.  The West Texas Walk of Fame is to be relocated to the plaza, along with the familiar statue of Holly. The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place at the plaza at 4 p.m. on May 9th, a Monday.

Area State Reps See Relief From Being Put In Same House District

April 28, 2011

Area state representatives are claiming a significant victory for West Texas as a result of an amended legislative redistricting bill that can spare them from being political opponents in the same South Plains district. The development came in the early morning hours today with the passage by the state House of an amendment to HB 150 by Amarillo’s Representative John Smithee. That brought praise from District 83’s Charles Perry of Lubbock and District 85’s Jim Landtroop of Plainview. Under the change, Landtroop’s District 85 would be phased out and he would run in future Republican primaries in District 88.  Landtroop later called it a huge win for Texas Tech and all interests unique to the area. Perry said that when he and Landtroop saw the first redistricting map that would have cost West Texas three seats in the House:  “We knew that we could not sit idly by and let that happen. We worked with the leadership and built consensus to preserve West Texas for the next decade.”  The House redistricting bill still must be approved by the Senate. And any redistricting plan is likely to draw legal challenges.

McKinney Trial Postponed

April 27, 2011

The trial of a man accused of killing a Lubbock Officer while driving intoxicated has been postponed.

KMAC 28 is reporting that Justin McKinney’s trial has been postponed until next week because of new evidence provided by the defense.

They claim they have evidence from a reconstruction of the accident that McKinney was not driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The collision on a night in April 2009 killed Lubbock County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Harvey.

Police originally charged Justin McKinney with intoxicated manslaughter but he is now being tried only for misdemeanour DWI.

The other man in the vehicle at the time of the crash, Justin Walkup, says he was too drunk to remember who was driving that night.

Ribbon Cutting for New Animal Shelter Today

April 27, 2011

A ribbon cutting today at Lubbock’s new animal shelter marked the first step of fully opening $4.8 million facility.

The center, located between Martin Luther King Jr blvd and southeast drive near the south loop, should fully open in about a month when they begin moving animals into the facility.

Facility officials hope the new, updated facility will minimize the spread of disease in their animals.

Lubbock Area Judge Appointed to School Safety Center Board

April 27, 2011

A Lubbock judge has been appointed to the Texas School Safety Center Board by Governor Rick Perry.

Ruben Reyes is judge of the 72nd Judicial District Court in Lubbock and Crosby counties, and also presides over the Lubbock County Adult Drug Court.

He is also a board member of various organizations including the Lubbock County Bar Association and National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Yale and a law degree from Baylor University.