Levelland High School Band Announces All State Band Selections

LHS Band 2017-2018The Levelland High School Band program hosted the Association of Texas Small School Band All State auditions on Saturday.

Saidee Mendoza earned a first chair in trumpet in the Area West competition and Spencer Owens earned a third chair on trombone.  Both students will perform with the Texas All State Band in San Antonio during the Texas Music Educators Association annual convention and clinic in February.

Andrew Coronado, Desiree Lopez, Clarissa Pacheco, Alexander Torres and T.J. Brooks were all named alternate on their respective instruments.

The auditions were hosted by LHS Directors, Will Burks and John Barry, they were assisted by Middle School Director Gary Owens.

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Levelland FFA Holds Chapter Stock Show Monday

Levelland FFAStock Show Results are Brought to you by:  Capital Farm Credit and the Danny Grant Agency.

The Levelland FFA Chapter Stock Show was held on Monday in the Levelland Mallet Event Center.

In the Goat Show, the Grand Champion was shown by Amber Barrientos and the Reserve Grand Champion was shown by Bryar Sherrill.  The Senior Showmanship award went to Amber Barrientos and the Junior Showmanship award went to Bryar Sherrill

In the Lamb Show, the Grand Champion award and Reserve Grand Champion award was Bryar Sherrill.  Kennedy Newsome received the Senior Showmanship award and Bryar Sherrill received the Junior Showmanship award.

The Barrow Show Grand Champion award went to McKinney Tucker and the Reserve Grand Champion award went to Jordan Stueart.  Adaline Utley received the Senior Showmanship Award and Konner Alexander received the Junior Showmanship Award.

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Levelland City Council Holds Regular Meeting

cityThe council held a public hearing to consider changing the zoning of three pieces of property from single family 1 to single family 2.  The lots are in the far northeastern portion of the city.  It is near County Road and Ellis intersections.  One of the property owners, purchased the property with intention of putting a mobile home on the property, he believed that it was outside the city limits however, it was voluntarily annexed in 2008 and the city does not supply utilities to the location.  Another property owner also said he purchased the property with the understanding it was outside the city limits and he could place a mobile home on it, that lot was also voluntarily annexed in 2008.  Following the public hearing, the ordinance was approved to change all three lots to single family 2 on a first reading.

The council also took action on a request for $20,000 from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund to support the 2018 Cal Ripken Baseball Tournament.  The committee recommended approval of the request.  The tournament will be held July 12-17, 2018 in Levelland at the Oxy Sports Complex and will also use the Mallet and hotels in the city as well.

The council also heard a Main Street update from Missy Passmore, Director of the Levelland Main Street Program.  The Levelland Main Street Advisory Board recently completed a strategic plan workshop with the Texas Downtown Association and the Texas Downtown Association also performed an assessment on the downtown area.  This is the Main Street’s 20th year, one of the oldest in the state.  Some of the impressions from the assessment include the fact that most downtown businesses are closed at 5:30 pm.  It was also noted that the downtown events are popular and well attended.  Some of the weaknesses noted in the downtown area include parking, empty space, safety of pedestrians, need for more restaurants, building maintenance and lack of incentives.  The strengths noted include Support of the city, partnerships with businesses, courthouse square, volunteers for downtown events and engagement of merchants with Main Street.  It was also reported that the Main Street program held three events in 30 days time since October.  It was noted that Ladies Night Out, over 700 people attended the event.  It was also noted that the Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas on the Square was very successful.

The council held a public hearing on the Texas Community Development Block Grant program.  Currently the Levelland EDC has a prospect that is considering locating their business in the Levelland Industrial Rail Park.  The project will likely need additional infrastructure depending on which lot they locate on.  It is not known for sure if the prospect will locate in Levelland, however, this is a necessary step in preparing for making application for a grant to pay for establishing utilities to the prospective site.  No one spoke during the public hearing.

The council also took action to authorize staff to issue a request for qualifications for engineering services related to Texas Community Development Block Grant Program and the Economic Development Administration’s Economic Development Assistance programs. It was approved on a unanimous vote.

The council also took action to appoint a selection review committee related to procurement of engineering services related to project.  They are appointing city manager, assistant to city manager, Director of Economic Development and Council Member Jim Myatt.

The council also approved a revised plat for Lot 6A of the Levelland Industrial Rail Park.  This corrects a mistake when it platted previously.

The council also took action to order the City of Levelland general election for Saturday, May 7, 2018.  This year we elect a councilmember for District A and District C for two year terms and a Mayor to a three year term.

The council also approved the Quarterly Investment report.


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Levelland City Manager Retires After 36 Years

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City Manager Rick Osburn, (center) pictured with former City Manager Greg Ingam, (Left) and incoming City Manager Erik Rejino (right).

City Manager Rick Osburn was honored Friday with a retirement reception, he retires from the City of Levelland with 36 years of service.

Osburn would be the first to give credit for many of the success’s of his career to the employees who worked under him.  Rick Osburn is responsible for many successful projects in Levelland.  Tim Pierce, representative with the South Plains Association of Governments spoke of some of those projects Friday.  The Ethanol plant on Highway 114, likely would not be in operation without Osburn.  There are many ethanol plants on the South Plains that are not operational, said Pierce, Osburn worked to make the Ethanol plant viable in Levelland.  The water and sewer lines in the Levelland Industrial Rail Park would not be there, Osburn wrote the grant that paid for the project and last, but certainly not least, the Levelland Industrial Rail park would not be here and be a success without the work of Rick Osburn said Pierce.  One statement spoke by many at the reception Friday, was Rick “is a man of integrity and a man of his word.”  Many also spoke of his willingness to help other communities in the region saying, if it was good for this region it was good for Levelland.  Those words were spoken by Osburn on more than one occasion throughout his career.

To mark his retirement, Levelland Mayor Barbra Pinner presented Osburn with a key to the city.

Osburn went to work with the City of Levelland as a grant writer in October, 1981 and moved up to assistant city manager and eventually to City Manager in January, 2004.

Assistant City Manager Erik Rejino will become City Manager effective Tuesday, January 16.

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Obituary: Wilma Roxie Stanley, 97 of Levelland

Wilma StanleyFuneral Services are scheduled for Wilma Stanley, 97 of Levelland.  Services are scheduled for 2:00 pm Friday, January 12th in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 11th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Krestridge Funeral Home.  She passed away on Tuesday, January 9th.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Directors of Levelland.

For more information:  klvtnews.wordpress.com/obituaries

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West Plains Ag Conference Set for Friday in Levelland

Texas A&M AgriLife ExtensionThe Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hockley County has announced the West Plains Ag Conference is scheduled for Friday, January 12th in Levelland.

This years conference will be held in the Sundown Room on the South Plains College Campus in Levelland.  Registration will begin at 7:30 am with the program beginning at 8:00 am.

Registration is $30 and includes lunch.  Please contact the Hockley County AgriLife Extension office at 894-3159 for more information.


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Xcel Energy Sending Crews to Assist in Puerto Rico

xcel energyXcel Energy is sending approximately 65 line workers and support staff
to Puerto Rico to help with the ongoing power restoration efforts on the island. Hundreds of thousands of customers remain without power nearly four months after Hurricane Maria made landfall.
Xcel Energy trucks left for Puerto Rico earlier this month, were loaded onto a barge at the port of Lake Charles, Louisiana and are now on their way to the island. The company is sending about 50 line workers from the Upper Midwest, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, along with additional safety and support staff after receiving the call to help last month.  “We want to assist the people of Puerto Rico and we are honored to be part of this restoration effort,” said Kent Larson, executive vice president and group president, operations-Xcel Energy. “This is a massive undertaking under difficult circumstances, but our crews are ready to bring power back on safely- it’s what we would do for our own customers and we want to deliver that same quality of service to our fellow
citizens in Puerto Rico.”
Xcel Energy crews are expected to work in Caguas, a mountainous and remote region in the southeast area of the island. This is where the storm came inland and the damage is significant. The crews will fly to Puerto Rico at the end of month and work with incident management teams that have partnered with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) on restoration efforts.  PREPA is working with members of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on damage assessment and a coordinated restoration plan. More than 20 electric companies, including Xcel Energy, are part of a coordinated, nationwide mutual assistance response that’s bringing nearly 1,500 additional workers to
Puerto Rico. With these new workers more than 5,500 people will be part of the restoration efforts.

Employees from Levelland, Littlefield, Lubbock, Muleshoe, Seminole, Plainview will all be part of the crew leaving the end of the month according to Wes Reeves, a spokesperson for Xcel Energy.

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