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Amarillo City Council Decrees October 24th "World Polio Day"

The Amarillo City Council delivered a Global Proclamation, decreeing October 24th as "World Polio Day" to help raise awareness and support for those that might still have it.
This comes after Rotary International's continuous support for the coordinated efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease.
"Rotary is the only non-government organization that's part of it," President of the Rotary Club Downtown Division Cal Harriman said. "So we keep driving it, our volunteers are there vaccinating people. Just a few years ago it was said that India could never be polio free. Our Rotarians went into the slums and India is now polio free."
Harriman said in one day, they were able to vaccinate 11 million children. He adds that you can get involved in the cause as well by donating to organizations focused on destroying polio.

I-40 Pot Bust Near Conway Yields Over 58 lbs.

A weeekend traffic stop on I-40 yielded over 58 pounds of marijuana.

A DPS trooper made the stop Saturday evening for a traffic violation near Conway. During the stop, the trooper discovered 55 bundles of pot worth over $185,000 hidden inside the luggage.

The two people in the car were booked into Carson county on a second-degree felony charge of possession of marijuana. The drugs were reportedly being taken from San Fernando, California to Tulsa. 

False Kidnapping in Amarillo

A reported kidnapping Monday turned out to be false.  

Around 8:15 a.m., a woman texted her boyfriend saying she had been kidnapped from an apartment complex in south Amarillo. About 45 minutes later, a woman with her hands tied asked for help at a home in the 7000 block of Navajo.  

She was the woman who had texted her boyfriend and she told officers that a man had forced her at gunpoint to drive him out to rural Potter county to meet a second man. Investigators noticed inconsistencies in her account of what had happened. After some conversation, the woman admitted that she had not been kidnapped and she was not the victim of any criminal activity.  

Detectives are continuing to investigate to find out why the woman reported the incident.

House Fire on Polk; $30K in Damage

No one was injured and one person was arrested after a housefire Sunday night.  

Around 9:20, firefighters were called to a blaze in the 3700 block of south Polk. The fire was determined to be intentionally set and it resulted in extensive damage to the home and the contents inside.

While at the scene, deputy fire marshals found and arrested Vashti Pryor, 29, who was booked into Randall county on a second-degree felony charge of reckless arson. Estimated property loss is $30,000, and estimated content loss is $10,000.  

Xcel to Present $181K Rebate Check to AISD

AISD is receiving an energy efficiency rebate check for over $181,000 from Xcel Energy.
This comes after 14 AISD campuses completed extensive upgrades on HVAC and lighting systems. Through Xcel's Commercial Standard Offer program, that means big rewards.
"As our system grows and we need more power, one way to add power to the system is to get the existing users to use less," Wes Reeves with Xcel said. "So we have this energy efficient program that is cheaper than building new power plants."
Reeves said over time and with enough participants, total energy reductions can save all customers money. Anyone looking for more information concerning energy savings can contact Bryan Whitson with Xcel at 378-2887.

Lone Star Ballet to Perform "Dracula"

Lonestar Ballet is performing one of the most popular stories associated with Halloween this weekend.
Director of Dance Vicki McClean says you'll get to experience the heart-stirring and spine-tingling tale of "Dracula".
"We're close to Halloween and it's just a fun, scary show," McClean said. "We're doing it with teeth, no blood and gore but it's all inferred. The music is creepy, it has a lot of heartbeats and screams. Very dark and luscious music."
Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances can be bought through Panhandle Tickets or through Lone Star Ballet. "Dracula" begins at 8 at the Globe News Center for the Performing Arts.
Panhandle Tickets: 806-378-3096
Lone Star Ballet: 806-372-2463

Potter County Offers Online Ballots

With early voting underway, Potter county has unveiled a new service for voters.
Their new sample ballot system is up and running and can be found at mypottercounty.com. Elections administrator Melynn Huntley said voters can click the link and enter their home address, which will bring up a map to their election day polling location and a sample ballot.
"This is not voting online, that's one thing we want to make clear," Huntley said, "this is just a reference to go by. If they complete the whole thing and print it out and use it as a reference when they go to the po
Also, when you print your selection, the location for your election day polling place will also print.

Expect Traffic Delays This Week Near Coulter Between I-40 and 9th

Expect some traffic delays over the next few days on Coulter between I-40 and 9th street, near the area of the hospitals.

Mark Read, City Engineer, says crews worked on that project over the weekend so it should be finished by this Wednesday. And further delays will be experienced on Hillside Road on the west side of the intersection with Coulter Street due to construction of a new sanitary sewer main.

The Hillside lanes should be all reopened by January 16th.


WT Sports Update

The West Texas A&M women's volleyball team will be at home tonight as they will face off against Midwestern State. The Lady Buffs go into the contest with a 20-3 overall record with an 11-0 conference record and riding a 12 game winning streak dating back to September 20th. That game will being at 7:00 pm in Canyon.

The West Texas A&M women's golf fired a school-record 292 in the first round of the 2014 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Monday on the par 72, 5,921-yard Fort Sill Golf Course.  The Lady Buffs lead the 12-team field by seven strokes heading into Tuesday's final round. The field is set to complete the 36-hole tournament Tuesday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

UIL Making Changes

UIL is changing several of their athletics rules. Beginning in the 2015 football playoffs, the higher seeds in the Class 6A playoffs will have home-field advantage in the first round. Class 2A will increase the amount of teams making the playoffs from 3 to 4 for all conference 2A varsity team sports. And Class 1A will have their own playoffs with Class 1A and Class 2A playing each other in district play, but divide the two into separate playoff brackets.

Amarillo Bulls Preview

The Amarillo Bulls are getting set for their two home games this weekend against the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. The Bulls head into the contest with a 3-6-2 record on the season and are currently last in the South Division. The Bulls and Ice Rays will play on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm in Amarillo.

High School Football Recap

In high school football action Friday night, Tascosa is unbeaten no more as they fell to Frenship in their district opener 35-34. Randall defeated Caprock 56-36. Palo Duro takes care of business over Dumas 49-14. Canyon survives against Hereford 37-34. Plainview beats Abilene Cooper in a shootout 68-63. Lubbock Estacado takes care of Levelland 65-53. Lubbock Monterey is at .500 after beating Lubbock Coronado 39-35. Lubbock Cooper gets win number 6 against Lubbock High 34-14. Pampa wins at home against Seminole 47-20. Iowa Park gets the best of Bushland 38-20. Vernon shutsout Dalhart 48-0. Idalou beats Tulia 27-13. Highland Park wins on the road against Sanford Fritch 27-14. In a string of blowouts in District 1-3A Division 1, Childress beats Dimmitt 37-7, Muleshoe tops Friona 55-7, and Littlefield beats River Road 19-7. Canadian remains unbeaten as they beat Wellington 35-12. Stratford blows out Panhandle at home 48-14. West Texas beats Boys Ranch 33-31. In a battle of unbeaten teams, Booker blows out Gruver 49-14. Sunray gets its first district win against Shamrock 55-26.

Top High School Football Performers:
Randall: RB Wyatt Garton 22 carries 324 yards 2 TDs (including a 97 yard TD)
Canyon: QB Cade McCallie 346 total yards (148 rush) 5 total TDs (3 rush & 2 pass)
Booker: QB Hunter Lile 19-25 395 yards 4 TDs; passed Drew Tate's state record for completions in a career (950)
Idalou: RB Brandt Schilling 133 rush yards 2 TDs
Highland Park: QB Ruben Ruiz 156 pass yards & 145 rush yards 3 total TDs (2 pass & 1 rush)
Wheeler: Traylen Drake 3 total TDs (1 rush, 1 receiving, & 1 INT return)
West Texas: WR Emilio Hernandez 7 rec 104 yards 3 TDs


Dairy Education Events

Speaking of the dairy business, producers have a new risk management program available to them through the new farm bill. It’s called the Margin Protection Program and sign up is underway at this time with an enrollment deadline of November 28. So there’s still plenty of time left to get in, and if you would like to know about the program before signing up, Texas A&M AgriLife is providing two opportunities. On Friday, October 24 AgriLife educational programs will be conducted in Hereford and Hartley. There’s no cost to attend either of the sessions and no pre-registration required either. For more details, go here


USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

Big decisions are coming for farmers related to their participation in various Farm Bill programs, most notably Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage. Information about PLC, ARC, base reallocation, and yield updates is available here


Water Regulation Proposals Controversial

Many in agriculture are concerned about what is commonly referred to as “The Waters of the U.S. Rule.” This “rule” involves the Clean Water Act, and what many fear is an attempt by EPA to reinterpret the Act in ways that would make even small bodies of water like ditches and ponds subject to regulation and thereby impose new restrictions on common agricultural practices like fertilizer and herbicide application. A public comments period regarding the Clean Water Act proposals is open through Nov. 14. To learn more about the issue and submit your opinions, go here  http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters/documents-related-proposed-definition-waters-united-states-under-clean-water-act


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