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Heaters are kick on and fire places are lit as freezing temperatures roll into Amarillo. But some people use unconventional ways to heat their home, and they are asking for trouble.
Jacob Ohlert with the Amarillo Fire Department said a lot of people will use their oven or stove tops as a heating system.
"Any kind of cooking appliance or anything that's not designated to heat a home, or for inside use, then we don't want it inside," said Oehlert. "We don't want it heating your home inside. Because ultimately those are the things that give us the biggest worry and in the long run those are the one's that are going to cause the most problems."
Oehlert said another danger that accompanies using your stove or oven to heat is a build up of carbon monoxide poisoning.
He says that's also a factor when using patio heaters inside the home.
Winter is paying another early visit to the Panhandle with the forecast calling for snow Thursday and Friday.
Krissy Scotten, with the National Weather Service in Amarillo, says give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going.
"As we saw with this last wintery event it just took a little bit of freezing drizzle to cause quite a few accidents. So, we really really stress, please...slow...down."
A winter weather advisory is currently in effect until 9:00am Friday morning.
The Special Crimes Unit is investigating after Amarillo's latest homicide.
Officers were sent to a home in the 800-block of Mississippi just after 6:30am Wednesday morning on a possible stabbing, where they found two men inside the residence.
One man was lying on the floor, and the other was detained for questioning.
53 year old, Eddie Don Turlington was pronounced dead and an autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday in Lubbock.
Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call the Special Crimes Unit at 378-9468.
Due to the below freezing temperatures and snow expected with the incoming weather, the Center City Electric Light Parade, scheduled for Friday night, has been cancelled.
The event was cancelled instead of postponed because of other events scheduled throughout the month and availability of necessary facilities.
The high temperature Friday is forecast to be 19 degrees with a low of 8 and wind chills below zero possible.
West Texas A&M head men’s basketball coach Rick Cooper announced his retirement effective immediately at a press conference Thursday afternoon in the Buffalo Club Room at the First United Bank Center. Associate head coach Vinay Patel will be named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
"It’s been the best 21 years of our lives, we raised our family here," Cooper said. "We think now is a good time for our family and team. My primary concern is the guys, but I think our program and team is in a good position and good hands. At this stage of the game I am grateful to Michael (McBroom) and a whole bunch of people and I am excited to turn the reigns over to a very confident man in Vinay Patel who is going to do a great job with this program."
Cooper is in his 21st year at the helm of the Buffaloes. He is 391-193 (.670) at WT and is the winningest coach in school history. He is 543-240 (.694) overall in his 27th season as he coached six seasons at Wayland Baptist prior to WT. Cooper is one of just 14 active Division II coaches with 500 career wins at four-year programs. He also is 10th among all Division II coaches with 543 victories.
During his time at West Texas A&M, Cooper guided the Buffs to nine 20-plus win seasons and no losing seasons at either WT or WBU. Under Cooper, the Buffs reached the NCAA tournament 10 times and finished in the Elite Eight in 1997-98 with a 26-5 record.
"I am grateful to Rick and everything he has done for this university," West Texas A&M Director of Athletics Michael McBroom said. "He has clearly thought about this and, from my perspective, he knows this, the timing isn’t great. He has thought things through and I accept that. We lose one of the most respected guys on campus, not just for basketball, for a lot of other reasons, too, and a guy who has been a mentor for countless players and coaches who have come through here. Rick and I have talked through the years about body of work and his is amazing. I wish him all of the best."
The tour of the Upper Midwest continues for the No. 6-seed West Texas A&M football team as it travels to No. 4-seed Grand Valley State in a NCAA quarterfinal game Saturday at 12 p.m. CT at Arend D. Lubbers Stadium in Allendale, Mich. Both teams are 11-2 on the year and won road games last weekend in come-from-behind fashion over the top two seeds in Super Region Four.
GVSU upset top-seeded Colorado State-Pueblo Saturday, 34-30, and the Buffs downed No. 2-seed Ohio Dominican, 34-27. Super Region Four is the only Division II Region with none of the top three seeds remaining.
This is WT’s second consecutive trip to the NCAA quarterfinals as the Buffs won 33-28 at Ashland University (Ohio) last season in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. WT then downed No. 1-seed and top-ranked Colorado State-Pueblo 34-13 to advance its first NCAA semifinals in 2012.
The Lakers are one of the most successful Division II schools in recent history in football. They have won four national championships since 2001 and appeared in six championship games since 2001. This season, GVSU is 11-2 on the year and went 7-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. GVSU is 19-2 at home in the playoffs and 30-11 all-time. This edition of the Lakers has come on as of late as they have won seven straight games following two early season losses at Ohio Dominican and at Ferris State. Leading the way for the Lakers this season is a very balanced offensive attack led by quarterback Heath Parling who averages 247.9 yards per game. His top target is Brandan Green who has 1,081 yards on 45 catches as he ranks 22nd nationally in receiving yards. On the ground, backup running back Chris Robinson has filled in nicely for injured starter Michael Ratay. Ratay had 1,012 yards and 16 touchdowns before being lost for the season with a knee injury versus Hillsdale last month. Robinson has 155 carries for 779 yards and six scores. Defensively the Lakers are led by Jordan Kaufman with 100 tackles and 43 solo stops. Matt Mosley leads the team with 12 tackles for loss and is second in sacks with five. De’Ondre Hogan has a team-high 7.5 sacks. Reggie Williams and Erik Thompson each have four interceptions on the year.
Radio coverage of the game can be heard throughout the Texas Panhandle on KGNC 710 AM with Neil Horn and Brice Sheets. The Buffalo Football Pregame Show begins at 11:05 a.m. Saturday.
Canadian (W1, 12-1) vs. Cisco (W4, 13-0), 2 p.m. Saturday, Peoples Bank Stadium, Wolfforth
Wellington (W1, 11-0) vs. Seagraves (T4, 9-4), 6 p.m. Friday, Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock
Valley (10-3) vs. Crowell (12-1), 6 p.m. Saturday, Childress HS
Follett (12-1) vs. Grandfalls-Royalty (12-1), 6 p.m. Friday, Douglas Stadium, Muleshoe
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