Sixteen Texas Tech track and field athletes have qualified to perform in next week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake University. The Red Raiders are ranked fifth and the Lady Raiders 18th after the NCAA’s West regional at Eugene Oregon . The Tech men’s five combined hurdlers in the 110M hurdles and 400M hurdles are the most in the nation by one school. The championship events extend over four days starting June 8th at Drake, which is located at Des Moines, Iowa.
Archive for May, 2011
Texas Tech’s Red Raiders fail to get an invitation to play in the NCAA tournament—much to the surprise of Coach Dan Spencer. Tech had finished with a won-lost record 33 and 25, including winning 12 conference games. Spencer said he’d been confident of Tech’s getting an NCAA bid, since no Big 12 team since 2005 that won at least 12 league games and had an overall winning record had been left out of the tournament. Neverthlees, the NCAA bids for the field of 64 teams announced yesterday left Tech out. Six other Big 12 Teams are in, including Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Kansas State.
Lubbock Christian University is matched against LSU Shreveport tonight in the winner’s bracket finale of the NAIA World Series at Lewiston, Idaho. The Chaparrals gained a spot in the championship game by beating Oklahoma City 8 to one yesterday. They had beaten Oklahoma Baptist 7 to 2 on Friday. Both were teams who finished 1-2 ahead of LCU in the Southern Athletic Conference standings. LCU’s game against LSU Shreveport goes at 9 p.m. tonight.
A two-vehicle collision along I-27 in Lubbock has hospitalized two young men who played on the Estacado High School football team. Four others were injured in the crash just before midnight Sunday in the 2400 block of I-27 near Wild West nightclub. Critically injured and being treated at UMC is 18-year-old Samuel Jennings, who had graduated from Estacado only last week. He and seriously injured Shaquille Williams played on the Estacado football squad. Chad White, who was with them, was seriously injured. Police Lt. Jon Caspell said their18-year-old driver Jarrett White was heading north on I-27 when he lost control of his 2005 Chrysler Pacifica SUV and crossed the median into southbound lanes of I-27. Accident investigators say a 2001 Chrysler Concord hit the SUV. Jarrett White was treated and released yesterday morning. Police said the driver of the sedan, 22-year-old Kevin Torres, and his passenger 19-year-old Dyonne Lewis, were wearing seat belts and suffered minor injuries.
Swimmers can hit the water in Lubbock’s municipal pools today. The gates will open at 1 this afternoon at Clapp Park at 46th Street and Avenue U, Mae Simmons Park at 24th and MLK Jr. Boulevard, Maxey Park at 4007 30th Street, and Montelongo Park at 3200 Bates Street. Pool hours this summer will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Entrance fees for those 17 and younger are two dollars. Adults pay two-fifty.
Texas Tech has been eliminated from the Big 12 championship tournament at Oklahoma City. The Red Raiders lost to Oklahoma 3 to one yesterday. They had lost earlier to Texas A&M in the double-elimination competition. Tech’s winless performance at Oklahoma City raises concern about the Raiders’ chances of getting an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.
A former Texas Tech professor who claimed he was fired because he’s deaf has been awarded a judgment against the university for more than 500,000 dollars. Michael Collier sued Tech for allegedly dismissing him without warning or explanation in violation of its own policies. Collier taught American Sign Language and other courses at the university until he was fired in October 2006.
Lubbock ISD will provide live, streaming video of all four high school graduation ceremonies this afternoon and tomorrow. People uable to be at the schools for the ceremonies will be able to view commencements on a computer or internet-ready device by way of a link that will become active at 5 p.m. today. The link will remain active until after the last commencement Saturday evening. To watch the graduation ceremonies live on line, go to LISD’s website www.lubbockisd.org.
Texas Tech University Officials have announced the new Dean of the School of Law.
Darby Dickerson will become the new dean of the School of Law July 29th.
She comes to Tech from Stetson University in Florida, where she has worked as Dean since 2004.
Dickerson holds a bachelors and masters degree from the College of William and Mary and her doctor of jurisprudence degree from the Vanderbilt School of Law.
Lubbock ISD trustees hired three new employees today to replace retirees.
Karen Bayer will be the new principal at Mackenzie Middle School and Mary McGann will be the new principal at Rush Elementary.
John Ramos will assume the role as director of human resources for quadrants I and II.
Bayer is currently the principal at Roosevelt Elementary.
The student code of conduct has been amended for LISD students.
In an LISD board of trustees meeting today an amendment was approved to prohibit the student use of cell phones during the school day for elementary students.
Secondary students are only allowed to use cell phones during their lunch break.
Also during the meeting today $1.7 million was awarded to the expansion project at Centennial Elementary.
Construction will begin late this summer and will last until 2012.
The funds come from the voter-approved 2010 Bond.
A redevelopment effort will bring a third United Market Street location to Lubbock.
The new location at 19th and Quaker will be the same size as the other Lubbock Market Streets and will have a fuel and convenience store as well.
The redevelopment project will be under the direction of Tao Development.
Construction will begin once existing structures on the site are demolished.
Currently two operational businesses stand on the property, a 7-11 and Racer Classic Car Wash, which will close by the end of the year.
Redevelopment plans are also in place for the vacated Hollywood Video space across the street.
Seven people from a West Texas cattle company have now been charged with cruelty to animals after an animal welfare video released last month showed workers bashing in the skulls of calves with pickaxes and hammers.
A Castro County District Attorney worker confirmed warrants are out for seven employees of the E6 cattle company: the owner Kirt Espenson, the farm’s Forman Aurturo Olmos, and five former workers.
The animal welfare group Mercy for Animals shot video over several weeks in April of the five workers bludgeoning sick calves with blunt tools and leaving them in small, filthy pens to die.
Their website announced the charges this week.
The five workers face state jail felony charges of animal cruelty, while Espenson and Olmos face class A misdemeanor charges.
According to a KFYO survey, the average price for regular self-serve gas in Lubbock this week is $3.58 a gallon, down 7 cents from last week. Overall, prices for regular self-serve gas in Lubbock in the current survey range from $3.53 to $3.68 a gallon,
According to a AAA Texas survey, the average price in Texas is $3.70 a gallon, down 9 cents from last week.
The cheapest gas among the 11 Texas cities surveyed by AAA is in Beaumont-Port Arthur, $3.58 a gallon.
The most expensive is in Corpus Christi, 3.75 a gallon.
Nationally, the average price is $3.81 a gallon, down 8 cents from last week.
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, where you can get a Federal bulk pack, 22’s, 525 rounds for $18.99.
To make sure that there is not a shortage of food at the Food Bank, as occurred last year, a new event called Summer of Sharing will take place. David Weaver of the Food Bank explains how you can help.
“The simple way is just to donate a few cans of food, maybe to look at doing that once a month through the summer months,” Weaver told KFYO.
“Plains Capital Bank has been very generous in saying that they have barrels at their locations where people can drop off, so it’s really simple. They also a special account set up, if people want to donate at Plains Capital. There are going to be other food drives going on…the Can Can Food Drive is coming up in a few weeks. You can always donate online to the South Plains Food Bank at www.spfb.org .
The goal is to raise 300,000 pounds of food and $50,000.
Texas Tech lost its opening round game in the Big 12 tournament yesterday, falling 10 to 5 against Texas A&M. The Red Raiders had led 5 to nothing but gave up six runs in the sixth inning and couldn’t recover. Tech will try to avoid elimination today when they take on Oklahoma at 12:30 p.m. in a losers’ bracket game in the tournament at Oklahoma City.
Wildfires across the region kept firefighters busy yesterday. Heavy smoke from one blaze briefly closed seven miles of I-27 in Hale County. One structure northeast of Hale Center reportedly was burned. At Lubbock, a grass fire that covered more than 1,200 acres west of Reese Center was considered 95 percent contained by yesterday afternoon. In south Lubbock County the Woodrow Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a small grass fire near FM 41 and Slide Road. Ten miles northeast of Post, the 2,000-acre Middleton Fire was considered 60 percent contained, according to the Texas Forestry Service. In the Panhandle, Palo Duro Canyon State Park remains closed after a wildfire raced toward the canyon Tuesday. The park was evacuated as winds up to 30 miles an hour blew a grassfire from four miles southeast of Canyon toward the park. Also evacuated was the Ceta Canyon Methodist Church camp.
Xcel Energy will be granting $211,000 to nonprofit groups in Texas and New Mexico.
Among the organizations receiving donations are the South Plains College Foundation in Levelland, Wayland Baptist University in Lubbock, the Amarillo Zoological Society, and Keep Roswell Beautiful in Roswell New Mexico.
The grants are made thorough the Education and Environment areas of the Xcel Energy Foundation.
Riley Hill, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, which is an Xcel company, said ““Communities that value education and the environment are healthy communities.
By supporting the nonprofits that promote these values, we hope to contribute to the overall health and prosperity of the communities we are privileged to serve.”
Police now have a person of interest in the murder of a woman Tuesday near Idalou. 26 year old Derek Hale is wanted for questioning in the shooting death of his mother 49 year old Joanie DeeAnne Parker.
Parker was found dead by a maintenance worker yesterday outside an abandoned house near U.S. Highway 62-82 at FM 400.
She had been shot three times. A witness said he heard shots in the area and saw a man in a maroon vehicle leaving the scene.
Hale drives a vehicle matching that description. He is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
He drives a 2005 maroon Hyundai Sonata with license plates reading 586-DVD.
If you have any information on Hale’s whereabouts please contact the sheriff’s office at 775-1406 or 775-1480.
An elderly man is dead after rolling his vehicle on US 84 between Lubbock and Slaton.
KMAC 28 reports 76-year-old Jack Mixon was pronounced dead on the scene after he was ejected from is 1997 Oldsmobile.
Authoriites say he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median, and went into a roll.
He was not wearing a seat belt.
No one else was injured in the crash.