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    Amarillo firefighters said a house that caught fire Thursday afternoon in southeast Amarillo previously had fallen victim to a blaze.

    No injuries were reported, District Chief Jerome Drerup said. said, adding the house is unoccupied. The Amarillo Fire Department was dispatched to 2722 S. Highland St. at 5:48 p.m. Thursday and found the house at that address on fire, Drerup said.

    The fire was under control by 5:59 p.m., he said.

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    Police said a woman was transported to the hospital with injuries sustained during a hit-and-run outside of a Dollar Tree on Thursday night.

    At 10:12 p.m., a white minivan struck a woman in her 20s outside of Dollar Tree, 3405 S. Georgia St., Sgt. Dustin Ponder said.

    The woman was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, he said.

    Two adults and two children were riding in the minivan at the time of the accident, Ponder said.

    The incident remains under investigation.


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    No injuries were reported in a fire that engulfed a detached garage on Thursday night.

    At 7:44 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to 818 S. Virginia St., where the detached garage was on fire, said district chief Dan Bush. No residents of the home were in the garage at the time, and there were no injuries in the fire, which was under control by about 8 p.m., he said.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation, Bush said.


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    Amarillo College students have received 13 awards for work during the 2012-13 school year from the Texas Community College Journalism Association at its annual convention at Texas Woman’s University in Denton.

    Shelly Sparks and Austin Gravely received first place in radio production for their work on the AC Report, Robert Duenes received first place for television production for a story on College Radio Day, and Raven Mendoza received first place for a radio news package on the Finishers club.

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    Battle re-enactors, belly dancers and many more will come together during the Fannin History Festival on Oct. 19 to bring history alive with demonstrations, hands-on activities and live performances. The festival, in its 17th year, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the middle school on 4627 S. Rusk St.

    The event will include presentations on medieval through World War II history, with performances from the Kwahadi Indian Dancers, Jerre’s Merry Fiddlers, Stew Moss and the Sahara Nar Belly Dancers. There will also be demonstrations of glassblowing, carpentry and making textiles.

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    Eastridge Elementary School has received a $2,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to go toward literacy programs.

    With the grant funds, Eastridge’s library will expand its bilingual book collection at all reading levels in the fall semester.

    Students will be able to study in their primary languages, which will enable them to better transfer reading skills to English, an Amarillo Independent School District spokesman said.


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    Canyon High School will induct Joe Lombard and Sheila Evans into its Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. on Friday in the CHS gymnasium.

    Since Lombard began working with CHS as the head girls basketball coach in 1985, the team has won nine state championships.

    In 2003, Lombard’s team became the only Texas girls team to win the USA Today National Championship.

    Lombard has been named Texas High School Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and the Texas Girls Coaches Associations and was named the National Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2011.

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    Quick Quack Car Wash locations will offer a free car wash to veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day, according to a news release.

    From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 11, veterans can visit any Quick Quack location to receive the free car wash, a service provided as part of the “Grace for Vets” program, an effort of the car wash industry.

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    Amarillo firefighters fought a blaze Monday morning inside a duplex at 3810 S.E. 12th Ave.

    At 7 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the residence, where a fire had started in the unoccupied side of a duplex, Capt. Jacob Oehlert said.

    The fire was under control within 10 minutes, and occupants in the other side of the duplex were safely evacuated from the building, he said.

    No injuries were reported in the fire, Oehlert said, and the cause remains under investigation.


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    During a special meeting on Monday, the Vega Independent School District Board of Trustees named Dr. Paul Uttley as the lone finalist for superintendent.

    Uttley, the current high school principal of Stratford Independent School District, taught at the elementary level for four years at Everman ISD and one year at Burleson ISD. He then served as assistant principal at Burleson Intermediate School for two years and as principal of Burleson ISD’s Kerr Middle School for six years.

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    The city of Amarillo will ring in the season with Kris Kringle and the lighting of the Christmas tree from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

    The event will begin with Santa visits starting at 4:30 p.m. About 5:50 p.m., Mayor Paul Harpole will light the Christmas tree.

    Music and visits with Santa will then resume and run until about 6:30 p.m.


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    Two faculty members at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo are recipients of Tech’s Chancellor’s Council distinguished faculty awards.

    Each of the 18 recipients also receive a $5,000 award.

    Thomas Abbruscato, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, has received the Distinguished Research Award for his work focusing on improving brain recovery after a stroke.

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    Starting this week, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Breast Center of Excellence will offer Pampa women breast care the second Friday of each month.

    From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in Pampa Regional Medical Center’s South Medical Building at 100 W. 30th St., Suite 106, women can speak with physicians about breast cancer and other health topics.

    Appointments can be scheduled at 806-356-4659.


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    Police said six men were arrested in an Amarillo Police Department prostitution sting Thursday on Amarillo Boulevard.

    Undercover female officers posing as prostitutes approached male customers who were interested in engaging in sexual activities in exchange for money, police said. Six men were booked into the Potter County Corrections Center on prostitution and other charges, police said.

    Marcos Justin Martinez, 23, was arrested on resisting arrest, escape and prostitution charges, and Billy Clyde Welling, 34, was arrested on charges of evading arrest and prostitution.

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    Police are still investigating an early New Year’s Day armed robbery at an Amarillo convenience store.

    About 1:30 a.m., an armed man walked into the Toot’n Totum at 4500 S. Western St. with a shotgun and fired shots into the ceiling, police said.

    Two clerks gave the suspect an undetermined amount of money from the registers, police said, and the suspect left on foot.

    Police reported no injuries in this incident.

    Witnesses told police the suspect was white and wore a flannel shirt, blue jeans, tennis shoes and gloves.

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    In a split decision, the River Road Independent School District Board of Trustees voted against extending Superintendent Randy Owen’s contract beyond 2017 during its regular meeting Monday night. They voted 4-3 to not extend the contract for one year, and there will be no changes to his salary.

    “We decide as a board, and that’s why we have a group of seven,” Board President Stacey Johnson said, declining to elaborate on the decision.

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    A West Texas A&M official said caller-ID information for a university phone extension was used to make sales calls.

    WT Director of Police Operations Lt. Patrick Coggins said WT officials discovered Wednesday that one of the university’s extensions was the victim of a “spoofing” scheme, in which a call transmits false caller-ID information.

    In this case, the caller offered roofing services, Coggins said.

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    Third- through fifth-grade students from 10 schools will compete in the Randall County Junior Spelling Bee scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Sundown Lane Elementary School.

    The winner of the Junior Spelling Bee will advance to the Senior Spelling Bee, scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at Canyon Junior High School.

    The finalist of the Senior Spelling Bee, which includes sixth- through eighth-grade students from six campuses, will move on to the regional spelling bee in March.

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    The Amarillo fire and police departments responded to an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.

    A twin-engine plane carrying two passengers landed at the airport about 1:30 p.m. with no reported injuries, city of Amarillo spokesperson Sonja Gross said.

    “There was some damage to the plane, to the extent it had to be towed off the runway,” she said.


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    City of Amarillo spokeswoman Sonja Gross said a water main broke Thursday underneath Southwest 34th Avenue near Lometa Drive.

    Gross said the leak, which was reported about 2:20 p.m., was not large.

    Crews were still working to isolate the break and stabilize the site about 8:30 p.m.

    Gross said the number of customers affected was unknown Thursday night, and traffic remained blocked in the area of the leak.


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