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AC DONATES GUN SHIP TO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

The Amarillo College Technical Training Center is sending one it's oldest aircraft to be put on display at the Texas Air & Space Museum.

The Bell-47 Helicopter has been used to train students for manufacturing and maintenance purposes.

"Most of the public is going to associate it with M.A.S.H, as in the television show M.A.S.H, with the stretchers and the injured being carried on it," said Jim Faustina with AC's Aviation Maintenance Program. "But this helicopter was actually built, one of 83, by the army as an actual gun ship."

Amarillo college has loaned the aircraft for display in several events coming up in the next few months at the museum.

If you'd like to see the Bell-47 as well as several other historic aircraft, head out to the Texas Air & Space Museum at 10001 American Drive, from 9 - 4pm, Monday - Saturday, or give them a call at 355-9169.

WOLFLIN ROBBERY

An arrest has been made in connection with an armed robbery of a convenience store. 

Around 10:55 p.m. on Wednesday, a man walked into the Toot 'n Totum at Wolflin and Port Lane armed with a handgun demanding money. 

APD detectives began following up on leads, evidence was gathered, and an arrest warrant was issued. 

21 year old Robert Blaine Glick was located late Thursday morning and booked into Potter county on a charge of aggravated robbery.

MOORE COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT

The manager of the Moore County Regional Airport has been named the 2014 General Aviation Airport Manager of the year. 

Brandon Cox was given the award during the 32nd Annual Texas Aviation conference held in Dallas. 

According to a TXDOT press release, Cox played a big role in an airport runway expansion to accomodate larger aircraft.  He worked closely with TXDOT's aviation division and county commissioners to make sure the project stayed on track and was completed to satisfaction.

FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK

Amarillo Crime Stoppers needs your help finding their fugitive of the week. 

Erik Gerardo Gonzalez is wanted out of Potter county for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and a parole warrant for dangerous drugs. 

Anyone with information on Gonzalez is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or go online to amapolice.org to submit a tip. 

You could get a reward of up to $300 if your anonymous tip leads to his arrest.

BEATLES LEGEND TO PLAY LUBBOCK

Paul McCartney announced he will kick off the U.S. Leg of his "out there" tour with a June date in Lubbock. 

"I find it incredulous that i am fortunate enough to be Mayor of this great city at a truly historic time when we have someone of Paul McCartney stature reach out to Lubbock, reach out to Texas Tech University and ask to come to Lubbock," said Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson.

Tickets for McCartney's June 14 performance in Lubbock will go on sale Friday, April 25th at 10 a.m. Prices range from $59.50, $89.50, $165, and $250. 

American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning next Monday at 10 a.m. Through Thursday at 10 p.m.

TRAILER FIRE SHUTS DOWN DUMAS HWY

A truck full of burning hay shut down the Dumas Highway for about 6 hours Wednesday.

Around 10am, a truck driver traveling on HWY-87 just north of the Canadian River noticed that his load of alfalfa was ablaze.

He pulled over and had enough time to disconnect the cab from the trailer, but the fire was to far along to put it out himself.

"Potter County, Dumas, and the Texas Forest Service showed up to try and out it out," said Trooper Chris Ray with the Department of Public Safety. "The thing smoldered and visibility was horrible because of the heavy smoke. About 4pm we were able to get the road opened back up, south bound, so people could travel through there safely."

Ray adds they were lucky the fire didn't spread to the side of the road and start a grass fire.

The trailer was a total loss. No one was injured in the incident

KGNC-AM SPORTS NEWS

WT HIRES NEW MENS BASKETBALL COACH

West Texas A&M Athletic Director Michael McBroom announced Wednesday that Tom Brown, the associate head coach at Winona State University (Minn.) for the past 16 years, has been hired as the 17th men’s basketball coach in program history.  Brown has 20 years of coaching experience overall, and has been part of one of the most successful Division II men’s basketball programs in recent history as he helped lead the Warriors to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2006 and 2008, while finishing runner-up in 2007. During that span, Winona State posted an unprecedented 105-6 record. Since Brown has been on the bench at WSU, the Warriors have gone to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, including the past two and a string of seven-straight from 2005-2011. Brown has helped the Warriors reach the Elite Eight four times, including most recently in 2013. WSU has won over 20 games in each of the past 10 seasons and are 368-139 (.726). Named Division II Bulletin’s ‘Program of the Decade’ for 2000-2009, WSU set a NCAA Division II record with 57 consecutive wins, a run that began on Jan. 13, 2006, and didn’t end until the national title game on Mar. 24, 2007. The 2007-08 Warrior squad won a NCAA record 38 games. During Brown’s tenure at Winona State, the Warriors have won six Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships (1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and won five NSIC Tournament titles (2001, 06, 07, 08, 11). The 1999 conference title was the first for Winona State in 24 years. An excellent recruiter and teacher, Brown has had a hand in developing some of the best players in the nation with three National Player of the Year recipients, along with six first team All-America honorees and 10 players total have earned All-America status. He has helped coach five NSIC Most Valuable Players, seven NSIC Defensive Players of the Year and two Elite Eight Most Valuable Players.

Brown is scheduled to meet with media and fans at a press conference on Monday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. in The Legends Club at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center and it is open to the public.

BULLS TO BATTLE RIVAL ROADRUNNERS

 For the third time in four years one of the best rivalries in the North American Hockey League will be renewed in the South Division final and a birth to the Robertson Cup National Semi-Final.

The Amarillo Bulls will host the Topeka RoadRunners in the Best-Of-Five series that begins this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m at the Amarillo Civic Center.

The scene for games 3 and 4 (if necessary) will shift to Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena for next Thursday, Apr. 24 and Friday, Apr. 25 also at 7:05 p.m. If a fifth and deciding game is needed it will be back at the Amarillo Civic Center on Monday, Apr. 28 at 7 p.m.

The Bulls managed to win the regular season South title but had a hard time with the Roadrunners in the last couple of months, dropping the last seven of their 12 meetings this season.

 

 

VENOM PREP FOR NEXT GAME

Even though the Amarillo Venom didn't have a game last week, they were busy.  At his weekly news conference, head coach Julian Reese said they worked on everything!  He said with all the young players on the team, they needed to get back to the basics and work on alot of timing issues.  Coming off their first loss of the season, the open date allowed the team to work on their mental approach as well. Reese feels like the team has learned a valuable lesson from the loss.

The Venom trave to New Mexico this Saturday to take on the Stars, a team they beat in the first game of the season. 

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK,GOLF, TENNIS

The Tascosa boys and Canyon girls track and field teams came away with wins at Area meets on Thursday. The Rebels easily outdistanced Abilene High in the 5A meet in Lubbock. Caprock boys finished second in the 4A competition with Amarillo High third and Palo Duro 4th. In Class 3A, Borger boys won the team title while Dalhart came in second.

On the girls side, Tascosa came in second, just one point behind Coronado. Canyon had no trouble winning the team title in the 4A meet. Randall and Amarillo High tied for third while Caprock was fifth. Pampa and Dalhart came in third and fourth in the 3A meet.

At the 1-2A Regional Tennis Tounament in Odessa, Tulia’s Madison and Jaxton Hoelting won the Region I-2A mixed doubles title to punch their ticket to state. Canadian’s Ethan Lusk and Boston Hudson lost in the boys doubles semifinals, then won back-to-back matches to qualify for state. Carlos Subealda of Tulia qualified with a 2nd place finish in boys singles.

More success for area players at the 1A Regional Tournament in Levelland. Claude’s Tess Maxfield won the girls singles division to qualify for state for the second straight year. Wellington’s girls doubles team of Ashley Souder and Abby Morris and boys singles competitor Walker Bartlett each won regional titles.

 

In golf, Amarillo High sophomore just missed out a state tournament berth. Marquez shot a 74 Thursday at the Region I-4A girls golf tournament in Abilene but came up one stroke short of qualifying for state.

Randall girls team finished fifth at the meet, while Amarillo High was 8th. 

WT SPRING SPORTS

The 6th ranked West Texas A&M baseball team returns to the road this week as it travels to Angelo State for a three-game series Friday and Saturday. The teams play a single game at 6:30 p.m. this evening, followed by a doubleheader at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Despite not playing that well in the last few series, the Buffs are still tied with Texas A&M-Kingsville for the Lone Star Conference lead each at 18-8 with nine conference games left.  Angelo State is 12-14 in conference play which is good for third as the Rams hold a 1.5 game lead over Tarleton State in the standings. The Buffs took all four games from the Rams when they met in Canyon a few weeks ago.

The top four teams earn berths in the Lone Star Conference Championship this season, scheduled for May 8-10, at the regular season champion.

 

The WT softball team will be honoring the seniors on Friday during an LSC doubleheader with Eastern New Mexico at Shaeffer Park in Canyon. The first game begins at 5 p.m. and the seniors will be honored between games of the doubleheader. The #1 ranked Lady Buffs are one game behind Angelo State State in the Conference race heading into the weekend. Angelo plays at Kingsville today. 

KGNC-AM AGRIBUSINESS NEWS

More Education On Farm Bill

The Texas Corn Producers is hosting a series of farm bill seminars across the Panhandle. Dr. Joe Outlaw of the Texas A&M Agriculture and Food Policy Center will present an overview of the farm bill, along with a preview of the decision aid tool being developed by the center. Presentations will be held in Dimmitt on April 21, Tulia and Dalhart on April 22, and Dumas on April 23. Along with the Agriculture and Food Policy Center, Texas Corn Producers is also working with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in providing the informational events which are free to attend and open to the public. Advanced registration is requested. For more information, go here http://texascorn.org/

 

 

  

Cattle Event in Canadian

On April 25, a Beef Cattle, Range, and Wildlife Conference will be held in Canadian at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Office for Hemphill county. Registration for the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program to follow. Topics such as stocking rates on native rangeland, rangeland recovery and renovations, prairie chicken issues and the proposed Texas State Beef Checkoff will be discussed. Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units regarding laws and regulations and integrated pest management will also be available. Registration for this event is $10 at the door and lunch will be provided. Those planning to attend should register in advance by contacting the Hemphill County Extension Office at (806) 323-9114. For more information, contact your local Extension office. 

AgriLife PEDV Event

The spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) is a huge concern for the pork industry right now, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering an event April 29 at the AgriLife Center in Amarillo to help area producers. Potter County Extension Agent Nathan Carr said, “We want to make sure to educate them on what PEDV is and how to prepare and perform best practices and biosecurity for their operation so we can hopefully minimize the effects of this horrible virus.” The event is free, but an RSVP is requested by April 24.  For more information, call the Potter County Extension Office at (806) 373-0713.

KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour

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

 

  

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