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A female employee wasn't injured after a man walked into the EZ Money Loan Services at 1202 Amarillo Boulevard East with a gun. She says a black male about 5 feet 8 inches tall went into the business shortly after it opened and pointed the gun at her, demanding money. She put an undiscolosed amount of cash into a black bag. The man told her to lie on the ground, then left the store wearing a dark gray hoodie and a white cloth over his face.
Amarillo's Local Government Corporation will be holding a special, all day meeting Wednesday, to provide a comprehensive review over the downtown catalyst projects. Those projects include the convention hotel, parking garage, and the Multi-Purpose Entertainment Venue or M-PEV. Starting at 10 in the morning and going through 5 in the afternoon, various reports will be given from those involved in the downtown redevelopment efforts. There will also be updates on related projects, including streetscaping, the TIGER Grant Application for Polk Street, and the Civic Center. The LGC and Amarillo City Council will take no action during the meeting, but instead share the information and allow for public comment. And don't worry, if you miss it, the meeting will be recorded then posted to the City's YouTube page.
The next quarterly Potter County Town Hall Meeting is coming up Tuesday. Commissioner Mercy Murguia says it will be at the Alamo Community Center at 6 that evening, and is a great place to find out what is happening in the community. The first thing they will be talking about is the proposed updates to the Arthur and Ross Street Bridge. Then newly elected Amarillo ISD School Board Members John Betancourt and Scott Flow, along with new Amarillo Councilmen Elisha Demerson and Randy Burkett will be there to say what they are currently working on.
Last Saturday, around 2 in the morning, an APD officer saw a Kia Optima, driven by 43 year old Omar Neveraz, driving east on Amarillo Boulevard with a motorcycle stuck to the bumper of his car, being pushed along. The officer could still see smoke and dust from the collision on top of the overpass. Christopher Cummins was there, and said he was driving when he was hit from behind and was thrown from his motorcycle. Cummins was taken to the hostpital with serious but not life-threating injuries. Nevarez was booked into Potter County for Intoxication Assault. Speed and alcohol being possible factors in the collision.
A crash in Moore County took the lives of two Amarilloans Friday morning.
37 year old Harley Lewis was headed north on US 87 around 7 a.m., near the FM 1913 intersection. Lewis failed to yield the right of way at the stop and pulled right in front of a Honda CRV being driven by 29 year old Andrew Merrell. Lewis and his 36 year old passenger, Melissa Lewis, were killed in the crash. Another passenger, 7 year old Nola Lake was taken to Northwest in critical condition. Merrell was also taken to Northwest with life threatening injuries.
You might run into trouble this week if you're trying to change your driver license information.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says anything to do with CDL transactions including originals, renewals, duplicates and chances are going to be unavailable starting at 6 Thursday afternoon. The delay comes as a planned nationwide update by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators to the CDL system. Those services will be unavailable until noon next Monday. DPS says all other services will still be available.
A man traveling in his mobile chair was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday night. 59 year old Samuel Quintana had been crossing the 4600 block of South Western, over a 100 feet from the designated crosswalk. 18 year old Kristopher Miller struck Quintana, who later died at Northwest Texas Hospital. The Traffic Investigation Squad is investigating the collision.
We've been talking recently about local Senator Kel Seliger's views on this past legislative session. He says overall it turned out well, except for the hookup on his Senate Bill 313, which Governor Abbott vetoed. Seliger told KGNC this was the bill that would have decreased the number of TEKS, or the teaching points set by the state. He said teachers would be teaching the exact same subject and it would have helped students get better feedback on their performance. Seliger said the bill should never have been vetoed.
The Texas Water Development Board has recently stated that the state has crawled out of the drought. KGNC spoke with Dr. Robert Mace from the TWDB, who says it all depends on what factors you're looking at. TWDB for instance looks for saturation in the soil. He says several other organizations judge that we are still in a drought, since our levels in Lake Meredith and other resevoirs have not returned to normal levels.
The Amarillo Thunderheads ended their five-game losing streak and recovered nicely with two wins against Sioux City Saturday and Sunday both by the score of 6-3. With the wins, Amarillo improves to 16-19 on the season and evened the weekend series two games to two. The Thunderheads continue their road trip with a four-game series against Grand Prairie starting with a doubleheader today at 5:05 pm.
Amarillo Thunderheads outfielder Drew Heid is heading to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies purchased Heid's contract and have assigned him to the Class AA Reading Fighting Phils. Heid has batted .383 with 18 RBIs, 11 doubles, and two triples in 32 games this season.
Canyon natives Michael Stigler and Norman Grimes had strong showings in the USA Track and Field National Championships this past weekend. Stigler finished fourth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 48.96, just .52 seconds from third place. Stigler announced on Twitter Saturday that he has signed a pro contract with Addias. In the junior division, Grimes finished second in the 400 meter hurdles and fourth in the 110 hurdles. With the second place finish, Grimes will represent the US in the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta on July 31st to August 2nd.
For the second straight year, Justin Jennings takes the victory at the Happy State Bank Tall Tower Open with a final round score of 6-under 66. Jennings went into the final round trailing Luke Kane and Casey Weiss by three shots before taking the tournament win. With the four shot win, Jennings clinches a berth in the Coors Tournament of Champions.
Former Palo Duro High and Oklahoma State basketball player Michael Cobbins has been invited by the Oklahoma City Thunder to play for them in the summer league. The two-time All-Big 12 defensive team member averaged 6.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season for the Cowboys. Cobbins is already working out with the organization preparing for summer league play in July.
Former Amarillo High and Midland College baseball player Blaine Prescott has chosen to play for the Texas Rangers instead of Texas Tech. Prescott was selected by the Rangers in the 28th round of the MLB Draft. Prescott batted .371 with eight home runs, 49 RBIs, and 27 stolen bases for Midland College last season. Prescott will first rehab his hamstring injury before he plays for the AZL Rangers in the rookie league.
River Road has named Macy Davis their new head volleyball coach. Davis replaces Brittany James who coached the team for one season before taking an assistant coaching job with Tascosa. Davis played volleyball, basketball, golf, and ran track in her time attending Memphis High School. Davis also played golf at WT and graduated there in the winter of 2013.
The enrollment period for ARC and PLC is June 17-Sept. 30. Losses incurred in 2014 and 2015 are covered under this enrollment. For more information, go here http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/06/0173.xml&contentidonly=true
The nominations period for FSA county committees begins June 15. For more information, go here
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