Amarillo Texas

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The cities of Amarillo and Canyon issued a joint press release Thursday announcing that gatherings of 10 or more people will not be allowed until further notice. In addition, area gyms must close, and local restaurants will not be allowed to offer dine-in options.

Amarillo Officials Announce City Coronavirus Response

Mar 1, 2020
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Officials from the City of Amarillo have begun crafting a plan for what to do if the coronavirus makes an appearance in the city.

In an official press release Casie Stoughton, Amarillo Director of Public Health, said the city “is collaborating with the medical community, schools, and state and national health officials regarding the coronavirus.”

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Last week Amarillo's Westgate Mall was purchased by a group of New York investors. Like many indoor shopping malls across the country, Westgate Mall has struggled in recent years with the advent of online shopping.

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The Amarillo City Council has unanimously approved a bond that would allow city residents to decide the fate of a proposed $319 million project to expand and renovate the Amarillo Civic Center.

As the Globe-News noted this week, the plan would include a massive overhaul of the huge facility on Buchanan Street in downtown Amarillo.

Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Jan 30, 2020
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Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson announced on Thursday that she has been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.

In a press release, Mayor Nelson wrote that the cancer was discovered during a routine blood examination.

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The Texas Tech Board of Regents has set a $90 million-budget for the construction of the highly anticipated new veterinary school in Amarillo.

As the Amarillo Globe-News notes, construction began this month on the new Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine, to be located just north of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center on Coulter Street, across from Northwest Texas hospital.

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The city of Amarillo made an appearance on the national stage on Tuesday, as the city was featured in The New York Times.

The nation’s most prominent newspaper published an article entitled, “Texas’ Governor Said No to Refugees. In Amarillo, They’re Saying Maybe.”

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One of the most important and vital nonprofits in the Texas Panhandle was struck by tragedy this weekend.

Early Sunday morning, the downtown Amarillo headquarters of Family Support Services was consumed by fire. There were no injuries, as the building was unoccupied at the time.

American Quarter Horse Association May Leave Amarillo

Oct 31, 2019
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The American Quarter Horse Association is still considering moving its headquarters from Amarillo to Fort Worth.

As KAMR reports, the AQHA released a statement this week about the potential move.

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Last week, the City of Amarillo hosted the first of four public forums on the proposed $319 million renovation of the downtown Civic Center.

The proposal, unveiled earlier this month, would double the capacity of the current Civic Center. It would also expand the exhibit hall and ballroom, while upgrading to full-service kitchens, modern concessions.

FORT SCOTT, Kansas — Thirteen-year-old Aura Brillhart and her 11-year-old sister, Morgan, will face a new sort of test in school this year: a drug test.

The middle and high schools in their community of Fort Scott, Kansas, are among the latest to require random drug testing of students who want to participate in sports, clubs, dances or any other extracurricular activities.

“I hate that it’s even an issue for us to have to address,” said their mom, Jody Hoener. “But putting our heads in the sand isn’t going to make things any better.”

Amarillo Nonprofits Help Animals In Need

Jul 14, 2019
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The month of August will mean some good news for the four-legged citizens of Amarillo.

First off, a new low-cost pet clinic will open on August 5. The P.E.T.S. clinic, located at 2500 SW 6th Ave., will provide low-cost spaying and neutering, as well as vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, wellness exams and other services.

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Amarillo’s Hodgetown, the downtown ballpark that’s home to the double-A Sod Poodles organization, has been named the best Double-A ballpark in America by Ballpark Digest, reports The Amarillo Globe-News.

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The Downtown Women’s Center of Amarillo has brought in an incredible fundraising haul this year, and the charity remains one of the most important resources for homeless women in the Texas Panhandle.

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Officials say Amarillo will not be affected by recent reports of groundwater contamination linked to Cannon Air Force Base—despite the fact that the Clovis, New Mexico, air base is less than 100 miles away from the city.

Amarillo's Homeless Population Growing

Feb 28, 2019
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Amarillo’s homeless population has increased over the last year, according to the results of a count performed in late January.

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As the new census approaches in 2020, Amarillo continues to lag behind many cities of similar size when it comes to educational attainment.

Sod Poodles Gear Up For Season Opener

Dec 4, 2018
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The Amarillo Sod Poodles have announced their name, but the Texas Panhandle’s new baseball team still has much to do before opening day, now scheduled for April 8 of next year.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the team plans to announce a mascot-naming contest in the coming weeks. In addition, the team’s ownership will sell the ballpark’s naming rights later this month, and the team’s uniforms will be revealed in January.

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City of Amarillo and Potter County officials are working to figure out the best way to make thousands of acres north of the city accessible to the public.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the 12,000 acres controlled by the Bureau of Land Management is the only land in the state of Texas owned by the federal government.

Amarillo Sod Poodles Naming Controversy Continues

Nov 18, 2018
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Last week, after a long and controversial process, the new Amarillo baseball team announced that it had finally settled on the nickname “Sod Poodles.”

The news was met with much cheering and no small amount of grumbling among baseball fans on the High Plains.

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A week before the midterm elections, Amarillo has become the focus of attention by both candidates in what has become one of the most heated Senate races in the country.

On Monday morning, Congressman Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, whose grassroots campaign has broken fundraising records, made the most recent of several stops in Amarillo to spread his message of inclusion and to speak out against the divisiveness of the current political culture.

Amarillo's Legislative Agenda Includes Big Ticket Items

Oct 14, 2018
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Amarillo city leaders have released their proposed legislative agenda, and it includes a number of big-ticket items that will require approval by the Texas Legislature.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the new plan includes operational funding for the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine and backing for the Texas Loop 335 expansion project.


The Amarillo Fire Department has announced its new plan to combat wildfires.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the plan was announced at the city council meeting this week.

"Hey Amarillo" Podcast Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Sep 27, 2018
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A podcast that has quickly become a cultural institution in the Texas Panhandle reached its one-year anniversary this month.

As of this week, Jason Boyett has interviewed 52 different people for his popular  “Hey Amarillo” podcast.

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The Amarillo City Council continues to receive a heavy backlash for its decision to move meetings to times that are less convenient for working Amarilloans.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, several citizens appeared at the gathering on Tuesday to voice complaints about the new meeting schedule, which has scheduled upcoming city meetings for 7 a.m.

Amarillo’s Downtown Paid-Parking Plan Moves Forward

Aug 26, 2018
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A plan to install parking meters in downtown Amarillo looks to be moving ahead.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, city officials have now approved an agreement with a company responsible for developing a comprehensive parking plan for the city center.

Beloved Amarillo Columnist Jon Mark Beilue Retires

Jul 15, 2018
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A legend in the world of High Plains journalism retired this weekend. Jon Mark Beilue’s first byline appeared in the Amarillo Globe-News 37 years ago, and the Groom native has been a steady voice of reason in the Texas Panhandle ever since.

Beilue began his career covering class 5-A football games for what was then the Amarillo Daily News, fresh off his graduation from Texas Tech.

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To address a shortage of rural vets, Texas Tech plans to build a new vet school, which would be the second in the state. But A&M said doing so would detract state resources without solving anything.

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A group of music lovers announced plans this week to build a privately funded plaza and amphitheater in downtown Amarillo.

The plaza will be named for beloved Amarillo singer-songwriter AJ Swope, who was tragically killed in a car accident five years ago. The group is hoping to secure land near the new multi-purpose event venue now under construction on Buchanan Street.

Legendary Pearl Harbor Relic Comes To Amarillo

Jul 4, 2018
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A relic from America’s patriotic past arrived in Amarillo this weekend, to stay for good.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the side of the boat deck from the USS Arizona as it arrived at the Happy State Bank Randall County Event Center. During the Pearl Harbor Attack of 1941. The Arizona was bombed by Japanese fighters while docked in Hawaii. The ship exploded and sank, with the loss of almost 1,200 crewmen.