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BEATLES LEGEND TO PLAY LUBBOCK

Paul McCartney announced he will kick off the U.S. Leg of his "out there" tour with a June date in Lubbock. 

"I find it incredulous that i am fortunate enough to be Mayor of this great city at a truly historic time when we have someone of Paul McCartney stature reach out to Lubbock, reach out to Texas Tech University and ask to come to Lubbock," said Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson.

Tickets for McCartney's June 14 performance in Lubbock will go on sale Friday, April 25th at 10 a.m. Prices range from $59.50, $89.50, $165, and $250. 

American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning next Monday at 10 a.m. Through Thursday at 10 p.m.

TRAILER FIRE SHUTS DOWN DUMAS HWY

A truck full of burning hay shut down the Dumas Highway for about 6 hours Wednesday.

Around 10am, a truck driver traveling on HWY-87 just north of the Canadian River noticed that his load of alfalfa was ablaze.

He pulled over and had enough time to disconnect the cab from the trailer, but the fire was to far along to put it out himself.

"Potter County, Dumas, and the Texas Forest Service showed up to try and out it out," said Trooper Chris Ray with the Department of Public Safety. "The thing smoldered and visibility was horrible because of the heavy smoke. About 4pm we were able to get the road opened back up, south bound, so people could travel through there safely."

Ray adds they were lucky the fire didn't spread to the side of the road and start a grass fire.

The trailer was a total loss. No one was injured in the incident

THORNBERRY VISITS CONFLUENCE

Congressman Mac Thornberry was in Amarillo on Tuesday touring Confluence Security Group to learn about the unique services they offer to the defense industry. Thornberry said many people are surprised when they learn about Confluence and what they do.

"A lot of folks in our neck of the woods would be surprised, you have this sort of high tech company doing business all over the world, with folks largely from here, based in Amarillo, and yet working with some of the most sophisticated technology companies around the world," said Thornberry.

In 2012, Confluence won the Amarillo Enterprize Challenge for their innovative practices and for bringing more jobs to the local economy.

FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE FRITCH HIGHWAY

A woman is dead after a crash on the Fritch Highway. 

According to DPS officials, 30 year old Contessa Marie Ward was driving north on State Highway 136 about 9 miles south of Fritch around 2:45 p.m. on Monday when she crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.  An 18 wheeler tried to swerve, but hit Ward's car head-on. 

She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi was uninjured.

FLOATING WIND TURBINES

Wind turbine farms are a sight to see, but what if they were floating? 

A helium-induced floating turbine is being tested by several companies.  They are tethered to the ground and can float well above the 300 feet of our current models. 

Ken Starcher with the Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M says there are still some bugs to be worked out in the technology.

"But we know that the style of holding the blimp or a airborne object by a ground tether does work because the government has been doing it, and it's working for them. They're just turning it into a energy production system instead of a catch the bad guy system. Our fields...a floating wind farm, it would be pretty cool," said Starcher.

The savings of this new system could be astronomical, generating energy at 1 to 2 cents per kilowatt hour.

CRIME OF THE WEEK

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help with their Crime of the Week. 

Just after 11:00 p.m. Monday, a man entered the Toot 'n Totum at Plains and Virginia wearing a black hoodie with a mask over his face.  He demanded money from the clerk, and no weapon was seen as he kept his hands in his pockets. 

The robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot.  No one was injured and no arrests have been made. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org. 

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.

KGNC-AM SPORTS NEWS

WT HIRES NEW MENS BASKETBALL COACH

West Texas A&M Athletic Director Michael McBroom announced Wednesday that Tom Brown, the associate head coach at Winona State University (Minn.) for the past 16 years, has been hired as the 17th men’s basketball coach in program history.  Brown has 20 years of coaching experience overall, and has been part of one of the most successful Division II men’s basketball programs in recent history as he helped lead the Warriors to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2006 and 2008, while finishing runner-up in 2007. During that span, Winona State posted an unprecedented 105-6 record. Since Brown has been on the bench at WSU, the Warriors have gone to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, including the past two and a string of seven-straight from 2005-2011. Brown has helped the Warriors reach the Elite Eight four times, including most recently in 2013. WSU has won over 20 games in each of the past 10 seasons and are 368-139 (.726). Named Division II Bulletin’s ‘Program of the Decade’ for 2000-2009, WSU set a NCAA Division II record with 57 consecutive wins, a run that began on Jan. 13, 2006, and didn’t end until the national title game on Mar. 24, 2007. The 2007-08 Warrior squad won a NCAA record 38 games. During Brown’s tenure at Winona State, the Warriors have won six Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships (1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and won five NSIC Tournament titles (2001, 06, 07, 08, 11). The 1999 conference title was the first for Winona State in 24 years. An excellent recruiter and teacher, Brown has had a hand in developing some of the best players in the nation with three National Player of the Year recipients, along with six first team All-America honorees and 10 players total have earned All-America status. He has helped coach five NSIC Most Valuable Players, seven NSIC Defensive Players of the Year and two Elite Eight Most Valuable Players.

Brown is scheduled to meet with media and fans at a press conference on Monday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. in The Legends Club at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center and it is open to the public.

VENOM PREP FOR NEXT GAME

Even though the Amarillo Venom didn't have a game last week, they were busy.  At his weekly news conference, head coach Julian Reese said they worked on everything!  He said with all the young players on the team, they needed to get back to the basics and work on alot of timing issues.  Coming off their first loss of the season, the open date allowed the team to work on their mental approach as well. Reese feels like the team has learned a valuable lesson from the loss.

The Venom trave to New Mexico this Saturday to take on the Stars, a team they beat in the first game of the season. 

BULLS ANNOUNCE DIVISION FINAL SCHEDULE

For the third time in four years one of the best rivalries in the North American Hockey League will be renewed in the South Division final and a birth to the Robertson Cup National Semi-Final.

The Amarillo Bulls will host the Topeka RoadRunners in the Best-Of-Five series that begins this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m at the Amarillo Civic Center.

The scene for games 3 and 4 (if necessary) will shift to Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena for next Thursday, Apr. 24 and Friday, Apr. 25 also at 7:05 p.m. If a fifth and deciding game is needed it will be back at the Amarillo Civic Center on Monday, Apr. 28 at 7 p.m. 

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF, TENNIS

Regional golf tournaments wrapped up on Tuesday with mixed results for teams and individuals around the area.

In the 5A Boys Tournament in Lubbock, Tascosa finished in 10th place overall.

Randall's Clay Lankford finished tied for fourth in the Region I-4A tournament in Abilene to qualify for the state tournament as an individual medalist.

In the team competition, Amarillo High boys finished 8th and Canyon 9th.

At the I-3A tournament, Borger finished seventh while Perryton finished ninth

In Class 2A, Connor Willimon of Spearman qualified for the state tournament with a third place finish in the medalist race. Among teams from the area, Bushland had the best showing with an eighth place finish.

The Panhandle boys came in second in the 1A tournament and will advance to state. Also, players from the area swept the top three spots in the medalist standings, as West Texas High’s Trevor Millard, Happy’s Mitchell Downing and Saylem Maddox of Memphis will go to the state tournament as individuals.

Defending state champion Memphis girls won the Regional the team title with Gruver coming in second.

Memphis also took the top two spots in the medalist standings, as Cassy Monzingo and Kenley Maddox finished one and two.

Also qualifying for state as medalists are Fort Elliott’s Shaley Goad who was fifth and Shamrock’s Destry Morgan in sixth.

 

Despite losing the final in boys singles at the 4A Regional Tennis meet in Abilene yesterday, Amarillo High's Davis Stewart qualified for the state tournament.

The Canyon Boys Doubles Sammy Hogan & Dylan Strickland are also advancing to State. After losing in the semifinals, they managed to win a playback match with a team from Lubbock High to take the second spot.  

KGNC-AM AGRIBUSINESS NEWS

Wait And See

With the early morning freezes experienced Monday and Tuesday, there is a potential for damage to the area’s winter wheat. However, Texas A&M AgriLife experts tell KGNC that any possible effects the wheat might have suffered won’t be apparent for at least a week. Dr. Jourdan Bell, an agronomist with the AgriLife Center in Amarillo also pointed out that wheat development is progressing at different levels throughout the region. “It’s hard to say that all wheat’s at this point and all damage is going to occur the same. It’s going to vary by field,” Bell said. She is hopeful that any possible effects on eventual yields will be minimal. “Wheat’s pretty phenomenal in the fact that a plant that is damaged early on has the potential to come back and produce more tillers. So, it’s too early to write off a wheat crop.”  

More Education On Farm Bill

The Texas Corn Producers is hosting a series of farm bill seminars across the Panhandle. Dr. Joe Outlaw of the Texas A&M Agriculture and Food Policy Center will present an overview of the farm bill, along with a preview of the decision aid tool being developed by the center. Presentations will be held in Dimmitt on April 21, Tulia and Dalhart on April 22, and Dumas on April 23. Along with the Agriculture and Food Policy Center, Texas Corn Producers is also working with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in providing the informational events which are free to attend and open to the public. Advanced registration is requested. For more information, go here http://texascorn.org/

 

 

  

Cattle Event in Canadian

On April 25, a Beef Cattle, Range, and Wildlife Conference will be held in Canadian at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Office for Hemphill county. Registration for the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program to follow. Topics such as stocking rates on native rangeland, rangeland recovery and renovations, prairie chicken issues and the proposed Texas State Beef Checkoff will be discussed. Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units regarding laws and regulations and integrated pest management will also be available. Registration for this event is $10 at the door and lunch will be provided. Those planning to attend should register in advance by contacting the Hemphill County Extension Office at (806) 323-9114. For more information, contact your local Extension office. 

AgriLife PEDV Event

The spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) is a huge concern for the pork industry right now, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering an event April 29 at the AgriLife Center in Amarillo to help area producers. Potter County Extension Agent Nathan Carr said, “We want to make sure to educate them on what PEDV is and how to prepare and perform best practices and biosecurity for their operation so we can hopefully minimize the effects of this horrible virus.” The event is free, but an RSVP is requested by April 24.  For more information, call the Potter County Extension Office at (806) 373-0713.

KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour

The KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour is your daily opportunity to hear from agriculture newsmakers from around the region. The program airs Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on KGNC-AM.

In addition to bringing you the insights of ag experts from around the High Plains region, our show also offers up-to-the-minute market information, veterinary news, wildlife reports, and features that explore the daily endeavor of those good people – the farmers and livestock producers – who provide us with the food and fiber we all need.

If you are unable to listen to the Agribusiness Hour live, remember you can hear recordings of past programs in podcast form by going here: http://multimedia.kgncam.com/audio/ag.htm

 

  

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