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KGNC-AM LOCAL NEWS

17 Year Old Booked After Quick Quack Burglary

A teenager was arrested after a weekend burglary.
 
Just after 4:00 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a burglary alarm at the Quick Quack car wash on Amarillo Boulevard east. They found the burglar had broken out a glass door, pried open an empty safe, and pulled a computer out of a cabinet.
 
A few minutes later, a suspect was seen ing the 1100 block of north Garfield. He resisted arrest and was caught a block later after a footchase.  
 
Joseph Lee Roberts, 17, was booked into Potter county for burglary of a building, resisting arrest, evading arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Washington Street Overpass Repair Work

If your daily commute takes you southbound on the Canyon E-way, expect some delays.  
 
Bridge joint and abutment repair work will take place on the Washington street overpass for the next few weeks. One lane will be closed daily from now till the project is completed.  On the weekends, two lanes will be closed, leaving only one lane open on the southbound overpass.  
 
Work should be done by the end of August.

Terry White Elected to League of American Orchestras Volunteer Council

Terry White of the Amarillo Symphony has been elected to the League of American Orchestras volunteer council.
 
The league encompasses approximately 800 orchestras across North America. 
 
"I think she was put into place because of her leadership skills and really for continuing her role as someone who is passionate about the symphony and Amarillo," said Zivorad Filipovic, marketing manager for the Amarillo Symphony.
 
Previously, White has served the symphony as Guild President, Vintage Amarillo Co-chair, board and executive committee member and Beethoven Society committee member.

TXDOT Car Seat Checkup

Is your child's car seat correctly installed?  
 
Chances are it's not.  That's why TXDOT officials are having a car seat checkup on Wednesday from 9:00-11:00 at fire station number 7 at 3618 Amarillo Boulevard east.
 
"Parents just bring their carseat in their car and their child and we make sure they're using the right carseat for the child, that they're installing in correctly and that it fits their child properly," said Tracy Tellman with TXDOT.
 
Statistics show that 4 out of 5 child safety seats are used incorrectly.
 

KGNC-AM SPORTS NEWS

WT PICKED 2ND IN LSC PRESEASON FOOTBALL POLL

Coming off of an 11-3 season in 2013, the West Texas A&M football team was picked second in the 2014 Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll Tuesday at the annual conference football media day at Coyote Ridge Golf Course in Carrollton, Texas.

Tarleton State, the co-defending champion from 2013, was picked as preseason conference favorite, followed by the Buffs and co-defending champion Eastern New Mexico was selected third.

The Texans had a league-best eight first place votes and 139 points as the poll was voted on by the league’s coaches, sports information directors and various media representatives throughout the league.

WT, coming off its second-straight NCAA playoff appearance and berth in the NCAA National Quarterfinal, tallied 127 points and four first place votes. ENMU have five first place votes and 115 points, followed by Midwestern State with two first place nods and 111 points.

The Rams of Angelo State were selected fifth with 99 points and one first place vote. Texas A&M-Commerce rounded out the first place votes with one and 95 points which was good for sixth. Texas A&M-Kingsville was selected seventh with 49 points and conference affiliate member McMurry was eighth with 21 points.

Angelo State junior quarterback Kyle Washington was selected as LSC Offensive Player of the Year, while Texas A&M-Commerce senior defensive lineman Charles Tuaau was named LSC Defensive Player of the Year.

WT opens the 2014 season Thurs., Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. (CT) at Colorado State-Pueblo. The home slate begins Sat., Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium versus Tarleton State. 

WT ANNOUNCES KICKOFF LUNCHEON

Following the most successful athletic and academic season in school history, the West Texas A&M Athletic Department invites members of Buff Nation to join us for the annual WT Athletics Kickoff Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, August 21st at I Don’t Know Sports Bar & Grill in Amarillo beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Tickets for the event are $15 and ONLY available for advance purchase, fans can purchase their tickets online or by calling the WT Ticket Office at (806) 651-1414. Local fans can purchase their tickets at the WT Ticket Office located inside of the First United Bank Center on Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The final day to purchase tickets for the event will be Friday, August 15th.

The event, presented by the WT Buffalo Club, will see head football coach Mike Nesbitt along with selected student-athletes taking the stage to talk about progress of preseason workouts along with a preview of the upcoming campaign. Coaches and student-athletes from the other fall sports will also be on hand to meet-and-greet with members of Buff Nation.

Following lunch, the WT Athletic Department is proud to welcome current Fox Sports Southwest Host/Reporter and former Lady Buff softball standout Erin Hartigan as the event’s special guest speaker. Hartigan played for the Lady Buffs from 2006-09, being named an All-Region selection her senior season while graduating with her degree in Broadcast Journalism. 

KGNC-AM AGRIBUSINESS NEWS

Dropping (More Than) A Few Pounds

Texas Panhandle dairy producers are benefiting from a substantial drop in dairy product inventories. The latest USDA Cold Storage Report shows an 88-million pound drop in the total cheese category, and butter is down by more than 130-million pounds. Hereford dairyman and KGNC contributor Mike Schouten said the progress made in eradicating the industry’s historic problem with excessive supplies is helping boost prices. “It was about this time last year that we were talking about that albatross of butter and the weight of inventory around dairymen’s necks that was dragging the price of Class III milk down into the low seventeen’s and high sixteen’s,” Schouten said, noting that current prices on the futures markets are running well above $21 per hundredweight now.  

Ranch Management Event Aug. 18

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is conducting an event for cattlemen called Panhandle Ranch Management. Topics to be covered include animal health and nutrition, rangeland management, herbicide use, options for leasing grazing land, and how to handle oil and gas contracts for your operation.  The program will be August 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the AgriLife Center in Amarillo. There is no cost, three CEUs will be offered, and an RSVP is requested by August 14. For more information, go here http://amarillo.tamu.edu/event/panhandle-ranch-management-2/

A Breakthrough For Wheat

There has been a scientific breakthrough in wheat. In her weekly report for KGNC, Steelee Fischbacher of Texas Wheat Producers announced that a draft wheat genome sequence has been published by a consortium that has been working on the project for more than ten years. Fischbacher said the project is taking so long because of wheat’s genetic composition is very intricate. “The wheat genome is more complex than even humans’ and is more complex than any of the other field crops.” The project is expected to take three more years, but Fischbacher said, “Once they get this genome mapped, it’s going to speed up the wheat breeding process,” resulting in quicker development of new varieties with greater strength in aspects such as yield capacity, heat tolerance, and disease resistance.  

County Committee Nominations

The USDA-Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for the upcoming FSA county committee elections. In order to serve on an FSA county committee, a candidate must be someone who is actually participating in or cooperating in an FSA program and must be eligible to vote in a county committee election. To learn more about county committee service and the nomination process, go here http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=cce

  

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