Meet & Greet With Ronny Jackson

The Cotton Country Republican Women are holding a meet and greet for Congressman Ronny Jackson to welcome him back home on Friday, June 8th. Hailing from Levelland originally, Dr. Jackson has had a long career in Washington as a physician to former presidents Obama and Trump, and now holds the congressional seat for Texas District 13. He is expected to be the keynote speaker at the Hockley County Centennial Celebration on Saturday, July 9th, though the meet and greet will be the night before at 6pm inside Studebakers Event Center on the square.

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$10K In Scholarships Awarded To LHS Grad Riley Siders

during the recent 4-H roundup in Fort Worth Levelland High School Graduate Riley Siders was honored with the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate scholarship. This $10K scholarship will help him to attend West Texas A&M where he plans to continue his agricultural education with a major in Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences. Congratulations, Riley!

Credit: Cristal Isaacks, Public Information Officer & Library Coordinator
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Levelland PD Arrest Driver After Damage To Cemetery, Headstones

On July 1st Levelland PD received a call advising them of a vehicle that had caused damage to the City Cemetery in the 1400 block of Avenue H. Officers observed this vehicle leaving the area and conducted a traffic stop, where upon the driver exited the vehicle and approached the police cruisers. The suspect, Gerald Carpenter was instructed to remain at his vehicle, to which he returned, with his hands up. A pat down was performed to check for weaponry before continuing with the investigation. Officers saw signs of alcohol consumption, but Carpenter denied having any that day. After a search of his vehicle, however, Carpenter admitted to having “one” drink, and during sobriety field tests began to sway on his feet. When asked what happened, Carpenter stated he’d lost his glasses, making it difficult to drive. When officers moved to arrest him, Carpenter resisted, forcing officers to force him to his knees to place him in handcuffs. The search of his vehicle revealed 4 empty Keystone Light cans, as well as a Winchester model 30-30 in the pickup. Surveyed damage show that the vehicle had struck the chain link fence at the cemetery, 4 headstones, and a tree as well. He was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, and damage to public property.

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Levelland Fire Teams Have Busy Holiday

A busy 4th of July was had by Levelland Fire Department this year, as is to be expected. Though light showers covered the region briefly last month, its been a dry scorching heat along the south plains ever since, leaving acres of dry, dead foliage. As Independence Day celebrations got under way throughout the area, LFD was called out to 4 separate fire calls. 2 grass fires, 1 alley rubbish fire, and a call for mutual Aid by Sundown for a car fire, which required the jaws equipment to access were called in various times over the evening. Despite the hectic nature of the events, no injuries or major damages were reported.

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Hockley County Unveils Centennial Commemorative Sculpture

A crowd gathered around the entrance to the Hockley County Courthouse this morning to see the unveiling of a commemorative wood carving commemorating the County’s 100th anniversary. Crafted by Cam Dockery, the piece is carved from the dead wood of an Elm tree from Levelland City Park. It features a cotton boll, a pump jack and windmill in stunning detail. The piece will sit outside the main entrance to the Courthouse just in time to be shown off for the Centennial Celebration taking place over the weekend, and at the ceremony of the unveiling Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldridge praised Dockery’s hard work and attention to detail.

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Mainstreet Watermelon Crawl

The Levelland Mainstreet Program celebrated the first weekend of July with their annual Watermelon Crawl on Saturday. The event encouraged families from around town to set up watermelon themed booths around town, and also to enter the watermelon carving contest, both for a chance at cash prizes. Sweet Treats food truck was set up for snacks and refreshments as shoppers perused the downtown merchants, and also partook of various family concoctions like watermelon kettle corn. The winners for best booth decoration went to Elle and Ivy Watermelon Company, and the best watermelon carving award went to Kenna Trotter in Studio K for her shark sculpture! Another good showing out for Mainstreet as they roll into the last half of a busy summer season with the Hockley County Centennial and Thunder on the Plains set to wrap things up.

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Deadly Crash In Hale County Leaves Man Dead

A deadly single vehicle crash claimed the life of one Plainview man last Thursday, the 30th in Hale County. Around noon along CR95 2 ½ miles outside of Plainview, Jerry Alan Cox, 69 of Plainview, was driving a 2004 Honda 4-wheeler when he entered into a side skid. The vehicle rolled, ejecting Cox, who was not wearing a helmet. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

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City Report Shows Structures Demolished

The City of Levelland has released their building permit report for the month of June. Last month there was a single permit granted for a new single family home, as well as a permit granted for new SPC additions. A Variety of alterations and additions were also granted, and 6 structures were demolished. That brings the grand total of demolished structures in town up to 16 as the Code Enforcement Department’s crusade against dilapidated structures begins to bear fruit.

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Fire Dept. Called To Fireworks-Related Incident

Levelland Fire Department got a call around Midnight on Thursday, the 30th in reference to a grass fire in town. When units arrived at 511 9th st. they found the grass fire to have been extinguished already. Upon further investigation, they found that the fire was started by fireworks. Both Levelland Police Department and Hockley County Sheriff’s Office have posted about fireworks on their social media over the past few days. They remind citizens that there is an ordinance against setting off fireworks in city limits. Doing so is considered a misdemeanor and can be punishable by a fine of up to $2,000.

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Mainstreet Seeking Prestigious GAMSA Award

The Levelland Mainstreet Advisory Board had their regular meeting yesterday during the noon hour to go over plans for the area long-term, as well as talk more improvements to the downtown area in the near future. It’s been a busy summer for the Mainstreet area with multiple Shop The Square Events, Sip and Swirl, as well as more events to come. As such, Tania Moody, Mainstreet Coordinator was happy to report that the groups funds were doing rather well. Their eyes are now set on getting a sound system for downtown, to increase music coverage. Additionally, with their work being so well received, Tania felt as though now was the time to set their goals high, and begin to look at the Great American Mainstreet Award (GAMSA). These are highly prestigious awards with only 3 being handed out each year, and they show off programs that are the epitome of what the Mainstreet Program seeks to be: revitalized traditional downtowns and business districts. Tania will be applying this year to get her feet wet with the process, which will give her insights in what direction to head next as she pursues this award for the community. Additionally, there will be a training trip to Laramie, Wyoming (One of this year’s GAMSA winners) later on in the year in which she’ll see first hand what it takes to have a GAMSA winning downtown area.

The remainder of the meeting was used to remind the board members of what events were coming up, most notably the next Saturday Shop the square coming up on Saturday, and the upcoming Hockley County Centennial Celebration happening on the 9th. Additionally we heard updates from the LEDC and the new City Manager, Brandon Anderson who said he’d “hit the ground running” and was working hard to live up to his new role. The LEDC director Justin Balderas stated that work was coming along well with their Rail Park upgrades as well, as pipe was being laid for the new expansion. They hope to go out for bid relatively soon for the next portion of the project, bringing extra lots in the rail park that much closer to accommodating business.

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