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LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES

Update on Fatal Accident Involving Street Race Friday Evening

An update on the fatal accident involving a street race Friday evening claims that the passenger of the Tahoe, Christy Ann Breece, is still in life-threatening condition. The driver of the Mustang has also been located and is being investigated at this time. Officials are still looking for the third vehicle involved, described as a dark gray GM make 4 door truck.

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Early Voting Myths

Early voting has started in Potter and Randall Counties but some people may be confused as there are some myths surrounding the process. Melynn Huntley, Potter County Elections Administrator says she hears two quite often...
 
"One is it doesn't count," Huntley said. "That is absolutely incorrect, your early vote counts the very same as any other vote. In fact, half of our voters actually vote early. The other thing that people are confused about is that people don't think they're entitled to vote early unless they're not going to be in the county on election day and that's not true either. Anyone can vote early."
 
Her counterpart in Randall County, Shannon Lackey has heard the same concerns.
 
"Early voting is just as important as election day voting, they all get tallied together," Lackey said. "And in any given election, about half of the votes come in early and the other half come in on election day."
 
Early voting will continue through May 5th and election day is May 9th. For a full list of voting locations, Potter voters can visit http://www.co.potter.tx.us/default.aspx?Potter_County/Elections while Randall County voters can visit http://randallcounty.org/elections/general/default.htm

National Tourism Week

National Tourism Week kicks off May 1st, and the Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council will be participating. Eric Miller says while tourism isn't the largest industry in the panhandle, people would be surprised to know exactly how big it is.
 
"Over $800 million in annual economic impact," Miller said. "It's just incredible the contributions of this industry."
 
He says people can check out their website, visitamarillo.com, to see a list of the different events to be held during that week.

Hutchinson County Lifts Burn Ban

All the rain the panhandle has received in the last couple of days has allowed at least one county to lift their ban against outdoor burning. Hutchinson County reports they have lifted their burn ban in hopes that the much needed moisture has abolished the wildfire danger, at least for the next few weeks.

Amarillo Man Arrested for Leaving 2 Yr. Old Autistic Child in Car

A man was arrested Saturday for leaving his autistic 2 year old in a locked vehicle.

Around noon, APD was dispatched to 316 Osage where they found the toddler dressed only in a diaper crying. They then made contact with the 29 year old father, Jose Lule Ruiz, who had left the child in the vehicle alone for 25 minutes as he went into a business.

Ruiz was placed under arrest and taken to Potter County and the mother was contacted to take custody of the child.

Amarillo City Council Meeting Preview

The Amarillo City Council will convene Tuesday at 3 for their regularly scheduled meeting.

There they will hear two resolutions about the Rock Island Rail Trail; the first of which approves phase II with the associated goals and objectives while the second approves submitting a nomination to TxDOT's Transportation Alternative Program to help pay for the renovations. The largest award on the consent agenda will be used to rehabilitate the River Road Water Treatment Plant.

The Council gathers on the 3rd floor of City Hall in downtown Amarillo.

Government Day Success

The Potter County Commission Meeting was flooded...not with rain per se, but with high school students participating in Government Day. Brody Askins from River Road:
 
"It's really cool that they're trying to get everyone involved in it and they make it a little easier to understand, you're not lost, you know what they're talking about," River Road's Brody Askins said. "You get to see how they do the budgeting and how they decide. Politics has always been an interest of mine and they make it look a little more fun."
 
A total of 85 students attended.

Shanna Peeples on Being National Teacher of the Year

Palo Duro High School English Teacher Shanna Peeples has been named National Teacher of the Year.
 
"It's incredible, overwhelming. Even Texas, 330,000 teachers and to be Texas Teacher of the Year is incredible but National Teacher of the Year? That's 3.2 million teachers, and I'm representing them," Peeples said.
 
She is the first from Texas to earn that title since 1957. Peeples will spend a year traveling the nation to represent educators, and plans to focus on children in poverty and facing extreme challenges. She will be formally recognized by President Obama in White House ceremony Wednesday.

Potter County Signs on with Affordable Care Act Tracking Program

Potter County has signed up with a program agreement keeping all their employee information lined out for the Affordable Care Act. Human Resources Director Kay Holland told KGNC about the Reporting and Tracking Service Agreement.
 
"We will transmit information to them on a pay period by pay period basis and provide them with a dataset of information, they in turn will track those measurement periods and number of hours employees work," Holland said.
 
That way all the insurance is settled. The ARTS program is offered by the Texas Association of Counties.

Man Arrested on Bell for Meth and Firearm

Narcotics and an illegal possession of a firearm landed one man in jail early Monday morning. An APD officer stopped a 2004 Dodge truck in the 1500 block of south Bell. The 23 year old driver, Casiano Agustin Jr., gave permission for a search of the vehicle. That's when the officer found 45 grams of meth and a .380 pistol. Agustin was booked into Potter County.

Hartley County Fatal Wreck

An accident in Hartley County has claimed a life of a Dalhart woman.

46 year old Mary Lynn Nash was traveling northbound on US 385 Saturday afternoon when she drove on the wrong side into the southbound lane colliding with the rear axles of a semi. Nash was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the 18 wheeler was treated and released.

Aggravated Home Robbery on N.E. 12th

Police are searching for three black males accused of aggravated robbery of a home in the 6500 block of N.E. 12th on Sunday morning.

They entered through an unlocked door wearing brown hooded jackets and red masks. One suspect was described as being 5'5" tall, the other two were just said to be taller. They spoke Burmese. They fled on foot in an unknown direction. No injuries reported.

City Council Place 1 Incumbent: Ellen Robertson-Green

Ellen Robertson Green was first elected to Amarillo City Council in 2011. She is Vice President of Communication and Marketing at Amarillo College, and she oversees the operations of the PBS station, KACV-TV.  
 
She was upbeat and positive about Amarillo, at a recent forum on Panhandkle PBS.
 
"Amarillo is a great city and we are poised to grow. It's important that we maintain control of our own destiny," Green said. "We can do that by planning and working together."
 
Green currently serves on the board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and, according to her website is seeking reelection to continue working on revitalizing Amarillo’s core and pursue economic development.
 
"There have always been naysayers, but I say if you're not moving forward, you're heading backwards," Green said. "I realize, and I know full well that I don't work for the City of Amarillo, I work for the people of Amarillo."
 
When asked, if she was happy with the current direction of development in downtown Amarillo, the Place 1 incumbent candidate said it was important to look back at what voters approved seven years ago.
 
"When they had multiple meetings and created the strategic plan that we have now been working on for the past seven years," Green said.
 
Green said citizens could visit downtownamrillo.com for an explanation of the city's strategic plan...
 
"I have also asked Downtown Amarillo Inc. and the City of Amarillo to start holding quarterly meetings. I think it's so important that everybody be able to come, hear about the strategic plan, see what we're doing, and have some input."
 
Learn more about Ellen Robertson-Green at her website, vote4ellen.com.

Firefighter Honored in Fritch Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet

The Fritch Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is being hailed as a success. This year's awards went to Man Of The Year Ronnie Morrison, a Fritch volunteer fire fighter who worked the Double Diamond fire. Woman of the year was Julie Winters XO of the Hutchinson County United Way. She was honored in particular for her work with victims of the Double Diamond fire.

Street Race Victim Named

A street race Friday evening has left one man dead and a woman with life-threatening injuries.

APD responded to the crash near 34th and Grand where they found the driver of a Chevy Tahoe, 24 year old James Keith Sutton had died at the scene. His passenger, 29 year old Christy Ann Breece was taken to a local hospital. One of the other two vehicles involved in the race was a yellow Ford Mustang which was found later. The other an extended cab, or quad cab, gray, full sized pick up that has not been located.

APD is encouraging those with information to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.

FLOOD ADVISORY FOR COLLINGSWORTH, DONLEY, GRAY AND WHEELER COUNTIES UNTIL 12NOON

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AMARILLO HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
  COLLINGSWORTH COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...
  DONLEY COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...
  GRAY COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...
  WHEELER COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...

* UNTIL NOON CDT

* AT 857 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED
  MINOR FLOODING OCCURRING ACROSS THE ADVISORY AREA. DOPPLER RADAR
  INDICATES 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN OVER PARTS OF
  THE ADVISORY AREA WITH ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED. RUNOFF FROM
  THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE TO CAUSE FLOODING...
  ESPECIALLY ALONG SMALL STREAMS AND NEAR LOW WATER CROSSINGS.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE MINOR FLOODING INCLUDE...
  CLARENDON...          WELLINGTON...         SHAMROCK...
  PAMPA...              LELIA LAKE...         HOWARDWICK...
  HEDLEY...             GREENBELT LAKE...     SAMNORWOOD...
  QUAIL...              LUTIE...              DOZIER...
  DODSON...             WHEELER...            TWITTY...
  NEW MOBEETIE...       LELA...               KELLERVILLE...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS
BRIDGES...DIPS...OR OTHER LOW SPOTS IF WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY.
NEVER TRY TO CROSS A FLOWING STREAM...EVEN A SMALL ONE...ON FOOT OR
IN A VEHICLE.

AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL ARE STILL POSSIBLE IN THE
ADVISORY AREA.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM THIS STORM WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS
AND STREAMS...URBAN AREAS...HIGHWAYS...STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS
WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

Potter County Online Ballot System is Up

Potter County has their sample ballot online system up. Elections Administrator Melynn Huntley:
 
"You put in your address, provided you're a registered voter, it will pull up your ballot," Huntley said. "From there it gives you all the time in the world to research your candidates."
 
Remember, though. You are not actually voting.
 
"All that sample ballot is doing is marking what your choices were that day, then you can print it out and take it to the poll as a go-by," Huntley said.
 
Check it out here:
 
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