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Local farmer and businessman bill bandy announced his candidacy for potter county judge on Monday.
The post is being vacated by Judge Arthur Ware.
Bandy worked in the financial industry for more than 14 years, and serves as Committee Chairman for the Amarillo Community Development Advisory Committee.
During Mondays press conference, Bandy was asked why he was running.
"This is a decision that I have been thinking about for quite a while," said Bandy. Potter County is a great place, has great department heads, and commissioners, and I'm ready to step in, as that role as County Judge, and work with those folks for the betterment of the tax payers and the citizens of Potter County."
Bandy also was legislative aide, district director, and campaign manager for State Representative Davis Swinford.
Other notables running for the officer are Jeff Poindexter, Nancy Tanner, and former Mayor Debra Mccartt. The primary election is March 4th.
West Texas A&M Universities Horse Judging Team has done it again.
According to WT, the team participated in the National Reining Horse Association Championship, December 5-6th, in Oklahoma City.
hey came back with the first overall finish over 72 other teams.
This is WT's 5th championship this year, including wins at the Reichert Celebration and the AQHA World Championships.
This is the 2nd year in a row that WT has taken the top prize.
One man was arrested and another hospitalized after a weekend shooting.
Just before 3:30am Sunday morning, police were sent to a home in the 3600 block of South Lipscomb on a shots fired report.
They found 35 year old Aaron Miller inside the home with a bullet wound in his upper chest. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police say that Miller and two other people had been fighting earlier, and the suspect returned later with a gun.
Officers later located the suspect, 30 year old, Robert Louis Bennett at a home in the 5600 block of Southwest 41st.
The SWAT team was called in to assist in securing the home and Bennett was arrested a few hours later.
He was booked into Randall County for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police are investigating after a convenience store was robbed at gunpoint over the weekend.
Police were called to a Toot 'n Totum in the 1300 block of East 10th Saturday afternoon, where the two employees said a man came in, bought a drink, and left.
He came back a few minutes later with a gun demanding money.
He took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled south on foot. He is described as wearing a black hoodie with a white shirt underneath, jeans, and white gloves.
No one was injured and no arrests have been made.
The No. 19 West Texas A&M football team dropped a 35-28 decision at No. 22 Grand Valley State Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Quarterfinal round. With the loss, the Buffs end their season with an 11-3 record.
"The guys played their hearts out today," interim head coach Mike Nesbitt said. "They had our backs as coaches the whole year and did great stuff for us this season. "We didn’t do what we needed to do to finish the game and come out where we needed to be. They are good kids and their careers have been great here, especially the senior class. I am nothing but proud of them."
The Buffs dominated a majority of the stats, but not the scoreboard one at the end. WT out-gained GVSU 434-295 and 397-219 in passing yards. Both WT had 37 yards rushing and the Lakers had 76. Credit GVSU as it held WT to 124 yards of total offense in the second half after having 310 yards of offense in the first half.
Three, third quarter interceptions proved costly for WT as the Lakers converted two into touchdowns and used a fake punt for a first down setting up the go ahead and game winning touchdown in the quarter.
"Obviously he made a great play on the first one," Vaughan said. "The second one the ball came out wrong and didn’t go where I wanted it to and the third I made a bad decision and should have taken the sack and move on to the next play. Grand Valley made plays when it mattered and we didn’t."
WT was led by senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan who threw for 397 yards on 36 of 53 with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Junior wide receiver Anthony Johnson and senior Torrence Allen each had 11 receptions with Johnson have a game-high 165 yards with two scores, while Allen had 141 yards.
The #6 Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M dropped the opening set but rebounded for their 13th overall and second straight South Central Regional Championship on Saturday night as they topped the #20 Belles of Angelo State in four sets (22-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-16) at the WTAMU Fieldhouse in Canyon. The Lady Buffs move to 34-3 overall this season and they advance to the NCAA Division-II Elite Eight.
"Angelo demonstrated last night what we needed to do to win, this is such a good rivalry that it doesn't matter how many sets each team played last night that it was going to be a dog fight" said WT head coach Jason Skoach. "I thought we had some girls really rise to the occasion and take control of the match, the crowd was great tonight and they have been all season."
The NCAA Division II Elite Eight will be held next weekend at U.S. Cellular Center Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Lady Buffs will take on LIU-Post who swept New Haven in the East Regional Finals.
Texas Wheat Producers Communications Director Steelee Fischbacher said, despite national news reports regarding the threat of “winter kill” for wheat, the dreaded phenomenon is not likely to occur in our region. “Winter kill is not the same as freeze damage,” such as occurred to the previous crop last spring, Fischbacher explained. “Winter kills is when you have your vegetative crop out there and the temperatures get so low that they can cause some damage to the canopy of the wheat.” However, Fischbacher told KGNC that winter kill is rare in the High Plains because, despite events like our recent bitter cold spell, our region typically does not experience temperatures that are sustained in the single-digit range long enough to cause winter kill.
There is good news for beef producers in the latest U.S. Meat Export Federation report: Sales of U.S. beef to foreign markets remain on a record-setting pace for the year. Through October, the data shows exports stand at more than 969,000 metric tons, up 2 percent above last year in year-to-date comparisons. The total dollar of those exports was nearly $5.1 billion through October, an 11 percent improvement year-to-date. USMEF says foreign sales of U.S. beef are expected to easily top 2012’s record value of $5.51 billion. What does all of this mean for cattlemen in terms of their operations’ incomes? According to USMEF, the export value averaged $251 per head of fed slaughter in October, a $29 increase from the same month a year ago.
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.
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