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    People concerned that they may be being stalked should start noting any suspicious behavior, Amarillo Police Department Sgt. Brent Barbee said.

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    Bushland Independent School District Superintendent Don Wood discussed the possibility of contracting with a food service provider on Tuesday in an effort to combat a lingering food services account deficit.

    During the school district’s Board of Trustees meeting, he said the district’s food service has a deficit more than $100,000, a drop from about $115,000 last year.

    The district hired a consultant two years ago to help with the deficit, but Wood thinks a food service company could reduce that number further.

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    Amarillo firefighters battled a blaze caused by a heater Thursday night at a west Amarillo house.

    No injuries were reported, Amarillo Fire Department District Chief Jerome Drerup said.

    About 9:20 p.m., Drerup said firefighters were dispatched to 2302 S.W. Second Ave., where a fire was contained in the attic of the house. The fire was under control in about 10 minutes, he said.

    Drerup said the fire was caused by a wood-burning stove that was too close to combustibles. 

    Damage estimates were unavailable late Thursday.


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    Police are looking for the person who shot a vehicle late Sunday in the 1200 block of North Monroe Street.

    No injuries were reported.

    Officers didn’t find damaged property in connection with a shots fired call about 11:45 p.m. Sunday, police said, but found window damage to a vehicle and three shell casings in the street when they returned to the area Monday.

    No one was in the vehicle when it was shot, police said.

    A witness told officers the suspect was in an older light-colored Jeep Cherokee.

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    Police said they found a handgun connected to a man in his 90s involved in an hourslong SWAT standoff Monday at a downtown retirement center.

    With consent to search the man’s apartment at Park Place Towers, 1200 Harrison St., police said officers found a handgun after 5 p.m. Monday. Police said it’s not known whether the gun belonged to the man involved in
    the standoff or another person.

    There are no pending charges related to the standoff.

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    Fire officials said they contained several grass fires that started Wednesday evening on Tascosa Road west of Bishop Hills. No structures or vehicles were affected, authorities said.


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    Police said they detained one person they found Tuesday in a stolen Dodge Neon near Western Street and Bushland Boulevard.

    Officers were searching for another person near the area of Kirkland and Wisdom drives about 6:40 p.m.


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    The organic gardening program at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch will dedicate a new hoop house that will extend the garden’s growing season at 3:30 p.m. Monday, said Susan Carter, vice president for development and marketing.

    The campus will use fruits and vegetables grown in the program in its dining hall and grocery store, she said.

    Funded with an $8,000 grant from Xcel Energy, the hoop house is part of a vocational program at Boys Ranch that has an emphasis on renewable and nonrenewable resources and explores areas of solar and wind energy, recycling and wildlife preservation.

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    Police said a woman was arrested on an aggravated assault charge Tuesday night after she allegedly injured her 34-year-old husband with a knife.

    The man was taken to a local hospital with injuries not considered life-
    threatening after police said he was stabbed with a small knife by his wife of nine years in the 2300 block of South Wilson Street.

    Police said the 38-year-old woman was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/domestic abuse.


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    Four graduate and faculty fellows in the Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program of the University of Texas at Austin presented their research at the program’s 12th annual symposium Wednesday at the Palo Duro Canyon Mack Dick Pavilion.

    Graduate and faculty fellows spoke on topics in molecular bioscience, history, economics and mechanical engineering.

    The symposium was hosted by the Harrington Fellows Program, the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation and the Amarillo Area Foundation and attended by UT-Austin President Bill Powers.

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    Bushland Independent School District Board of Trustees approved hiring an athletics director and a middle school principal Tuesday night.

    Jimmy Thomas, head football coach/athletics director at Danbury High School since 2009, will begin the combined position at Bushland on April 21. Thomas, a Fritch native, also served as an assistant principal during his career.

    “He’s strongly academically minded, so he’s going to help us in that area, too,” Superintendent Don Wood said.

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    The River Road High Schools band booster club is accepting entry forms for a car show to raise money for new uniforms.

    The show is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the River Road High School parking lot. The booster club will accept vehicle entries for a $25 entry fee that includes a meal and a gift.

    Vendors and nonprofits can also set up booths at the event for $20.

    For more information, call band director Marci Criswell at 806-383-8867.

    Entry forms are available on River Road Independent School District’s website, www.rrisd.net.


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    The River Road High School Dance Team will host a performance next week to raise funds for Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Foundation.

    At 5:30 p.m. May 3 in River Road High School gym, the West Texas A&M University Pom Squad, Texas Academy of Performing Arts and River Road’s dance team will perform during the event, which will also feature a silent auction for gift baskets, gift cards and other items.

    Tickets will be sold before the event and at Sparky’s Storage Solutions and Razzle Dazzle Dance Wear for $5 for students and children and $10 for adults.


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    Never fear, movie buffs. The Varsity Theatre in Canyon will not close its doors any time soon.

    Janis Poff, who has owned the theater since the ’80s with her husband Bryan, said the Varsity at 2302 Fourth Ave. in Canyon will remain open, despite the recent departure of manager Garry Cathey.

    The Poffs, who plan to work concessions this weekend during the opening of “The Amazing
    Spider-Man 2,” are brainstorming how to make the costly move from 35-mm film to a digital projection system.

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    A man and woman in their 20s died after a crash Sunday night on U.S. Highway 385 about 10 miles south of Dimmitt, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said.

    About 7:15 p.m., a 1998 GMC Sonoma was traveling south on U.S. 385, and a Chevy Malibu was traveling east on Farm-to-Market Road 145, DPS said, when the Malibu disregarded a stop sign at the intersection.

    The Malibu struck the Sonoma on the front passenger side, and both vehicles came to rest in a field on the southeast corner of the intersection, DPS said.

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    Authorities are investigating a dead body found Monday in a West Mobley Street mobile home.

    Potter-Randall Special Crimes Unit Lt. Erick Bohannon said authorities responded to a shots fired call Monday evening at a mobile home in the 200 block of West Mobley Street. Bohannon did not provide any details on the identity of the dead person, and did not offer further details on the investigation.

    Potter County Sheriff’s deputies are also at the scene.


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    West Texas A&M University’s theater program has become one of 10 accredited programs in Texas, and is the first in the Texas A&M University System to earn the distinction.

    The theater program has received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre, which reviews a program’s mission, curriculum, faculty and facility before granting accreditation.

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    Dumas Independent School District Superintendent Mark Stroebel died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, said Dumas ISD Board Of Trustees President Kirk Pope.

    “Mark was an incredibly strong leader for Dumas ISD,” Pope said. “He’s going to be very missed. Our community is in shock at this time.”

    Stroebel served as principal of Dumas Junior High School and assistant superintendent before going on to lead the district in 2011, for a total of over 20 years with Dumas ISD, Assistant Superintendent Of Business Greg Lewis said.

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    Tulia High School students will take their one-act play to state-level competition next week.

    Twenty cast and crew members from the high school will perform “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” in UIL state competition Tuesday in Austin.

    “It is exciting and terrifying all at the same time,” theater teacher Vivian Bennett said. “We’re really excited though.”


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    After the sudden death of Superintendent Mark Stroebel, the Dumas Independent School District Board of Trustees has selected an interim for the position, board president Kirk Pope said.

    In their meeting on Monday, trustees appointed Larry Appel, who served as superintendent prior to Stroebel, Pope said.

    “He had been with the district over 30 years, so he’s very familiar with our district,” Pope said. “He’ll be very instrumental in helping us through our search process for a new superintendent.”

    The board has not yet decided when to begin its candidate search, he said.


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