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Coffee Memorial in Need of Blood

Accidents involved in the recent snowy weather has left Coffee Memorial Blood Center in critical need of type O negative blood. They'll be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and closed on Sunday, but Monday they'll be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30. The Bloodmobile will be at Panhandle Workforce until 4:30 and United Market Street on Georgia until 6 on Friday. However, the blood drive at the Amigos on I-40 and Grand for Saturday has been canceled.

Mock Murder Mystery Event in Fritch Next Saturday

Lake Meredith Aquatic and Wildlife Museum in Fritch is hosting its fourth annual Mock Murder Mystery Event Saturday, March 7 from 7-9 p.m. at the museum under the water-tower in Fritch. This year's mystery features a casino style event with Blackjack and poker tables where guests and suspects alike will intermingle as guests try to figure out who killed the victim. 

Rollover on Canyon E-Way Sends 1 to Hospital

An Amarillo man is in critical condition after a rollover on the Canyon E-way. Police say it happened around 1:45 Friday morning in the 4100 block of I-27. Thomas Brown, 29, was driving northbound and lost control, skidding off the highway into the median. Brown was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Speed and alcohol are factors in the crash which still under investigation.

Two Arrested for $55K Worth of Meth

Two people were arrested after the APD's Narcotics Unit served a search warrant in Southeast Amarillo. Officers made the arrests Thursday afternoon in the 4700 block of Hawk Lane. Over $55,000 worth of methamphetamine and a handgun were found in the residence. Kerrance Brown and Amber Brown were booked into Randall County on various charges.

Northwest Texas Starts Up Urgent Care Center

Southeast Amarilloans now have a new place for health care. Northwest Texas Healthcare System CEO Mark Crawford:
"We'll be able to do almost anything. If you wanted to make this your primary care location, you would be welcome to do that," Crawford said. "If you wake up Monday morning and don't feel well, you can come in and get checked out, maybe get some antibiotics, we'll be able to do that for you too. You're cooking dinner for your family and you cut your finger with a paring knife, they'll be able to stitch you up."
The new Northwest Texas Urgent Care opens for business Monday at 8. 

Child Pornography Suspect Booked into Randall County

An Amarillo man was arrested on multiple charges of child pornography.  

On Wednesday afternoon, a witness told detectives that they had seen the laptop and cellphone of Michael Clarence Kemp, 63, displaying depictions of children involved in sexual activity. A search warrant at Kemp's home turned up thirteen images of possession of child pornography. He was booked into Randall County on those charges, and investigators will determine if there is evidence of other crimes or if any of the children can be identified.

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help finding their fugitive of the week. Jimmy Dillon East has two warrants out of Potter County for burglary and one warrant out of Randall for credit card abuse. Anyone with information on East is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org. A reward of up to $300 is being offered for info leading to his arrest.

Prices at the Pump Continue to Rise

Prices at the pump continue to rise. According to the Triple-A Texas Weekend Gas Watch, drivers in Amarillo are paying an average of $2.18 a gallon, an increase of 9 cents from last week but still 97 cents cheaper than a year ago. Refineries are in the midst of conducting seasonal maintenance, a process that can limit fuel production and contribute to rising pump prices.

City to Hold CDBG and HOME Grant Application Workshop on Monday

The City of Amarillo will be holding a workshop on grant applications on Monday for agencies wishing to apply for grant funding through both the Community Development Block Grant and the HOME Investment Partnership. The CDBG grant is explained as:
"CDBG funds are used for a variety of things, from infrastructure, parks, we assist a lot of community groups with public services like child care assistance," Community Development Administrator James Allen told KGNC.
Allen says the HOME program takes a look at things more long-term.
"Trying to increase the affordable housing stock in Amarillo, and that's everything from doing rehabilitation grants for homeowners, landlords to assisting with new construction like we do with Habitat for Humanity," Allen said.
The workshop takes begins at 2 p.m. on the 3rd floor of City Hall.

Make-A-Wish Car Show

The 31st annual Make-A-Wish Car Show is going on this weekend at the Amarillo Civic Center. Barry Henson with the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs spoke with KGNC:
"Going to be approximately 300 plus cars there from motorcycles, tractors, cars, street-rides, antiques from 1906 to 2015, a little bit of everything to see and do," Henson said. "Chuck from the Texas Outlaws reality TV show will be there with his deathtrap, and Texas Motor Speedway is on it's way, we've just got a little bit of everything for everybody."
The Car Show runs from 10-7 Saturday and 10-6 on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children with all the proceeds going to the local Make-A-Wish office in Amarillo.

Open Carry Texas to Hold a Walk in Amarillo This Weekend

Open Carry Texas will hold a rally at the Home Depot on Soncy Saturday at 3pm.
"What people can expect is a very professional, non-threatening rally," President CJ Grisham said. "We do encourage members of the public to either to come and carry their rifle or just come and ask questions. What they're going to find is that we're very approachable, we're eager to let people know what we're doing and why we're doing it. We're not just walking around with guns, we have a purpose."
Grisham says local law enforcement is aware of their presence. 
"Open Carry Texas enjoys a very positive reputation among law enforcement and elected officials."
The rally will proceed as scheduled no matter the weather.
"Our rights are not dependent on the weather and true patriots, we call them the winter soldiers. Weather will not stop us from what we're doing."

DPS to Hold Symposium for Officers Wishing to Become Troopers

For those peace officers who wish to become troopers, the DPS will be hosting two symposiums on March 13 from 9 to noon and from 2 to 5. Trooper Chris Ray says they'll take place at the DPS Office here in Amarillo at 4200 Canyon Drive and says if you've already put your info in online, just bring you paperwork so you can get a testing date scheduled.


WT Basketball-Eastern New Mexico Preview

The West Texas A&M Buff and Lady Buff basketball teams will be playing their last regular season game this Saturday at home against Eastern New Mexico. The Lady Buffs enter the contest at 23-2 overall and 14-1 in conference play. The Lady Buffs have already won the regular season conference title. The Buffs enter the game at 16-11 overall and 6-7 in LSC play as they are fighting for fourth or fifth place in the conference. The Lady Buffs will tip-off at 2 pm with the Buffs following afterwards at 4 pm.

WT Sports Update

The West Texas A&M baseball team split the doubleheader with Texas A&M-Kingsville yesterday losing the first game 6-3, but winning the second game 3-1. The Buffs currently have a 9-5 overall record and 1-1 conference record. They will continue their four-game series with Texas A&M-Kingsville today with another doubleheader starting at 1 pm.

The West Texas A&M softball teams' four-game series with Tarleton State this weekend was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions. The games were originally supposed to be played yesterday and today, then was moved earlier in the week to Sunday and Monday, and then the final decision came yesterday to cancel. Due to Lone Star Conference rules, the series will not be made up. This was the only meeting between the teams in the regular season.

High School Basketball Playoff Action

In girls high school playoff basketball action last night, Canyon slips past Wichita Falls Rider 48-46. Gruver takes down Christoval 48-43. And Canadian beats Plains 46-43.

In boys high school playoff basketball action last night, El Paso Canutillo knocks Canyon out 47-36. Palo Duro tops El Paso Bowie in a shootout 100-92. El Paso Bel Air defeated Randall 49-31. Nazareth beat Groom 38-29. And Texline easily beats McLean 90-26.

Amarillo Bulls-Wenatchee Preview

The Amarillo Bulls will be on the road this Saturday and Sunday as they take on Wenatchee. The Bulls enter the two-game series at 19-25-4 overall with 42 points on the season. The puck will drop on Saturday at 7:05 pm and Sunday's start time will be at 5:05 pm.

Ryan Palmer Tied for 81st in Honda Classic

After Day 2 of The Honda Classic play, Amarillo native Ryan Palmer finds himself tied for 81st and just behind the cut line. Palmer was unable to finish the second round as play was suspended due to darkness. His current score is five over for the tournament. The projected cut line is at four over.

WT Basketball Player Antjuan Ball Advances to Semifinals

WT Senior basketball guard Antjuan Ball has advanced to the semifinals of the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker Competition. Ball is now one of four finalist to try to participate in the 2015 State Farm College Slam Dunk competition that will air on ESPN during Final Four Weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. Fans can vote for Ball at www.DarkHorseDunker.com and voting will be open until March 4th at noon.


Big News for Area Farmers: PLC/ARC Deadline Extension

Big news for area farmers: The deadline for updating your base acres and yields has been extended to March 31. That is also the same deadline your PLC/ARC decision.

More Peanut Planting Planned for Texas?

Changes to payment limits and other adjustments to ag policy made through the new Farm Bill could encourage more peanut planting in Texas this year. But having more supply would put pressure on prices, so Stephanie Pruitt of Texas Peanut Producers says there has to be an added emphasis on cultivating export markets.

"Here in the state of Texas we export quite a few peanuts to Mexico and we could definitely continue increasing that market," Pruitt said.

China and Japan are also in the peanut industry sites.

Herbicide-Resistance Videos

One of the biggest challenges for farmers is herbicide-resistant weeds. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has just put out a series of videos to help producers. The four videos cover the resistance issue from the historical to the biological to weed control before and after emergence to new technologies to help manage weeds. To access the videos, go here…



Dietary Guidelines Report Released

The full report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committtee has been released. Beef and cattle organizations have been very critical of the Committee's recommendations regarding meat consumption. See what you think by reading the report, which is available here




USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

Farmers are faced with some difficult decisions 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


For more information from the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, cllick here


And for cotton-specific information from the National Cotton Council, go here http://www.cotton.org/issues/stax-farm-bill-meetings.cfm 

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