Levelland Zoning Board Approve One Request and Deny Another

The City of Levelland Zoning Board of Adjustment met in a regular meeting on Tuesday.

The board held a public hearing concerning a variance request for a 20 x 20 accessory building to be built at the rear property line with a door facing the alley. Their was no one present to speak at the hearing and the variance request was approved with little discussion for the building to be located at 306 Cottonwood Lane in Levelland.

The board also held a public hearing concerning a variance request for a game room on Avenue G to be located within 300′ of a church and to allow parking spaces currently in place to remain and be in compliance with the city ordinance. It was noted that the current city ordinance states that a game room cannot be within 300′ of a church or hospital. Their are two churches, less than 300′ of this establishment. Under the ordinance, the game room which was established prior to the ordinance would have until April to come in compliance. The ordinance also requires that their be 2 parking spaces for every machine in the business. Currently the establishment has 22 machines and approximately 4 parking spaces in front of the building. It was noted that the parking is not reserved for that business as it is downtown parking. Following some discussion, the board denied the variance request on a unanimous vote.

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Levelland City Council Holds Regular Meeting

The Levelland City Council met Monday night in a regular meeting.

The council approved the order to call the May 4, 2019 election. City Council members for District B and D are on the ballot as well as the reauthorization of 1/4 of 1% sales tax for street maintenance. The sales tax would not increase, the city has been collecting the tax for the past several years. If the sales tax is not reauthorized it would likely mean property tax would have to go up 17% or 12 cents per $100 property value in order to make up for the lost income and pay for street maintenance through property tax.

The council also took action to approve a request from the Hotel Occupancy Tax commmittee for $4,000 from the Texas Limousine Association Field Day show at the Mallet Event Center and Arena in May.

The council held a public hearing on an amendment to the Levelland Zoning Code authorizing the use of game rooms and amusement redemption machines as a permitted use in the industrial zones within the City of Levelland. No one was present to speak in the public hearing.

The council took action to approve an ordinance amending a current ordinance to authorize the use of game rooms and amusement redemption machines as a permitted use. In 2018 the council approved a licensing procedure and a fee for game rooms. The current ordinance dictates hours of operation and states a game room cannot be within 300 feet of a church. They are adding a portion to limit game rooms to only the industrial zones of the city. Current game rooms would be grand fathered in. Councilman JoeBill Vardeman stated he has received a phone call about posts on social media about how much money people are winning and the amount of trash around the facilities.

The council also took action to approve an ordinance regulating the use and operation of game rooms and amusement redemption machines. Based on experience in the past three months the city is changing the annual license fee to expire one year from date of issuance. The city is also adding an additional inspection fee of $150 if the city has to re-inspect. There have been a large amount of man hours spent enforcing the current ordinance. This ordinance changes will apply retroactively. The city is also adding a clause to allow the city to deny a permit for a game room if they have had a conviction of violating a law including illegal gambling, money laundering or a crime involving moral turpitude. The ordinance was approved on a first reading.

The council took action to approve the Levelland Economic Development Corporation to market approximately 5 acres of land to the east of the Oxy sports complex and the north of the Mallet Event Center. The LEDC board has approved the EDC Director and City Manager to work together on marketing the land for future economic development and to issue a Request for Proposals. Any final recommendation on the property would be approved by the city council and Economic Development Board. It was noted that the land was part of the land donated by Occidental Permian for the sports complex and the city has got their approval to market the property. It was also noted that any development would be required to build a buffer zone around the homes in the area.

The city approved a resolution authorizing the city to apply for a grant to renovate and concrete the existing the Lobo Lake Walking Trail on the west side and add an additional 874 linear feet to finish the walking trail on the east side. The grant is an 80% grant through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The council also approved an ordinance to authorize Lamb County Electric to operate and do business in the City of Levelland and for collection of franchise fees by the city.

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Obituary: Camellia Jean Battin, 76 of Lubbock

Memorial Services are scheduled for Camellia Jean Battin, 76 of Lubbock and formerly of Levelland. Services are set for Sunday, January 27th, 2019 in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland. Camellia passed away on Sunday, January 20th, 2019.

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Obituary: Jill Reep, 48 of Ropesville

Funeral Services are scheduled for Jill Reep, 48 of Ropesville. Services are scheduled for 10:30 am Monday, January 21st in the Monterey Church of Christ in Lubbock. She passed away on Wednesday, January 16th. Services are under the direction of Lakeridge Chapel and Memorial Designers of Lubbock.

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Hockley County Junior Livestock Rabbit Show Results

The results from the Rabbit Show held as part of the Hockley County Junior Livestock show is below.

Grand Champion Commercial Doe–MaKayla Pittman, Smyer FFA

Reserve Champion Commercial Doe–Kaidyn Lee, Ropes FFA

Grand Champion Commercial Buck–MaKayla Pittman, Smyer FFA

Reserve Champion Commercial Buck–Tristan Stewart, Ropes FFA

Grand Champion Fancy Doe–Kaidyn Lee, Ropes FFA

Reserve Champion Fancy Doe–Danni Brooks, Ropes FFA

Grand Champion Fancy Buck–Raily Pence, Hockley County 4-H

Reserve Champion Fancy Buck–Grayson Robinson, Hockley County 4-H

Supreme Champion Doe–MaKayla Pittman, Smyer FFA

Supreme Champion Buck–MaKayla Pittman, Smyer FFA

Grand Champion Meat Pen–MaKayla Pittman, Smyer FFA

Reserve Champion Mean Pen–Ethan Ramirez, Smyer FFA

Junior Showmanship–Verity Robinson, Hockley County 4-H

Senior Showmanship–Emily Robinson, Hockley County 4-H

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Hockley County Junior Livestock Barrow Show Results

The results for the Hockley County Junior Livestock Barrow Show are below:

York Breed-Class 1

  1. McKinley Tucker–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Mattie Buxkemper–Levelland FFA
  3. Ryan Terry–Hockley County 4-H

York Breed-Class 2

  1. McKinley Tucker–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Mark Buxkemper–Levelland FFA
  3. Logan Rodriguez–Levelland FFA

York Breed-Class 3

  1. Randen Reep–Hockley County 4-H
  2. William (Brenn) Edwards–Ropes FFA
  3. Karli Rhoads–Ropes FFA

York Breed Champion–McKinley Tucker–Hockley County 4-H

Reserve Breed Champion–McKinley Tucker–Hockley County 4-H

Spot Breed-Class 1

  1. Kaden Smith–Smyer FFA
  2. Kati Rhoads–Ropes FFA
  3. Ella Kirkland–Smyer FFA

Spot Breed-Class 2

  1. Logan Rodriguez–Levelland FFA
  2. Tyler Gilliam–Ropes FFA
  3. Ava Grace Falls–Ropes FFA

Spot Breed-Class 3

  1. Clayton (Clayte) Edwards–Ropes FFA
  2. Kayden Gillit–Smyer FFA
  3. Estevan Trevino–Hockley County 4-H

Breed Champion–Kaden Smith–Smyer FFA

Reserve Breed Champion–Kati Rhoades–Ropes FFA

Hamp Class 1

  1. Paige Smith–Smyer FFA
  2. Carson Bates–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Bryar Sherrill–Levelland FFA

Hamp Class 2

  1. Haven Wisdom–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Logan Rodriguez–Levelland FFA
  3. Ashley Austin–Levelland FFA

Hamp Class 3

  1. Tristan Wisdom–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Mark Buxkemper–Levelland FFA
  3. William (Brenn) Edwards–Ropes FFA

Hamp Class 4

  1. Tristan Wisdom–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Micah Scott–Ropes FFA
  3. Sydney Albus–Smyer FFA

Hamp Class 5

  1. Mattie Buxkemper–Levelland FFA
  2. Randen Reep–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Tristan Wisdom–Hockley County 4-H

Breed Champion–Tristan Wisdom–Hockley County 4-H

Reserve Breed Champion–Haven Wisdom–Hockley County 4-H

Poland Class 1

  1. Radley Partington–Ropes FFA
  2. Tye Ketchersid–Ropes FFA
  3. Jayden Vergara–Levelland FFA

Poland Class 2

  1. Ransom Rhoads–Ropes FFA
  2. Kiara Doshier–Levelland FFA
  3. Alicia Moore–Smyer FFA

Breed Champion–Ransom Rhoades–Ropes FFA

Reserve Breed Champion–Radley Partington–Ropes FFA

Chester Class 1

  1. Mark Buxkemper–Levelland FFA
  2. Mattie Buxkemper–Levelland FFA
  3. Kennedy Wood–Hockley County 4-H

Chester Class 2

  1. Ollen Pearson–Levelland FFA
  2. Logan Delgado–Ropes FFA
  3. Adley Smith–Smyer FFA

Chester Class 3

  1. Garrett Gilliam–Ropes FFA
  2. Ashley Austin–Levelland FFA
  3. Adalyn Falls–Ropes FFA

Breed Champion–Mark Buxkemper–Levelland FFA

Reserve Breed Champion–Mattie Buxkemper–Levelland FFA

Berk-Class 1

  1. McKinley Tucker–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Trevin Riley–Ropes FFA
  3. Alicia Moore–Smyer FFA

Berk-Class 2

  1. Adaline Utley–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Mattie Buxkemper–Levelland FFA
  3. Ava Grace Falls–Ropes FFA

Breed Champion–Adaline Utley–Hockley County 4-H

Reserve Breed Champion–McKinley Tucker–Hockley County 4-H

Cross-Class 1

  1. Randen Reep–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Kennedy Wood–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Ethan Ramirez–Smyer FFA

Cross-Class 2

  1. Jace Richardson–Ropes FFA
  2. Kinley Terry–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Clayton (Clayte) Edwards–Ropes FFA

Cross-Class 3

  1. Garrett Gilliam–Ropes FFA
  2. Ally Riedel–Smyer FFA
  3. Deacon Trevino–Hockley County 4-H

Cross-Class 4

  1. Randen Reep–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Haven Wisdom–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Kiara Doshier–Levelland FFA

Cross-Class 5

  1. Haven Wisdom==Hockley County 4-H
  2. Adaline Utley–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Tristan Wisdom–Hockley County 4-H

Cross-Class 6

  1. Kolton Smith–Smyer FFA
  2. Kayden Gillit–Smyer FFA
  3. Jayden Pearce–Smyer FFA

Breed Champion–Randen Reep–Hockley County 4-H

Reserve Breed Champion–Hockley County 4-H

Duroc-Class 1

  1. Ethan Ramirez–Smyer FFA
  2. Kiara Doshier–Levelland FFA
  3. Ella Kirkland–Smyer FFA

Duroc-Class 2

  1. William (Brenn) Edwards–Ropes FFA
  2. Hunter Gibbs–Levelland FFA
  3. Carson Wood–Hockley County 4-H

Duroc-Class 3

  1. Kinley Terry–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Jace Richardson–Ropes FFA
  3. Adaline Utley–Hockley County 4-H

Duroc-Class 4

  1. Ollen Pearson–Levelland FFA
  2. Ryan Terry–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Carson Wood–Hockley County 4-H

Duroc-Class 5

  1. Ethan Ramirez–Smyer FFA
  2. Tyler Gilliam–Ropes FFA
  3. Brayden Moore–Levelland FFA

Breed Champion–Ollen Pearson–Levelland FFA

Reserve Breed Champion–Ehtan Ramirez–Smyer FFA

Grand Champion–Randen Reep–Hockley County 4-H

Reserve Grand Champion–Haven Wisdom–Hockley County 4-H

Junior Showmanship–Ollen Pearson–Levelland FFA

Reserved Grand Champion–Adaline Utley–Hockley County 4-H

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Hockley County Livestock Steer Show Results

The Hockley County Junior Livestock Steer Show was held on Wednesday at the Mallet Event Center. The results for that show are posted below.

Light British

  1. Caden Crenshaw–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Britton Clevenger–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Ethan Parkinson–Hockley County 4-H

Light Medium British

  1. Dylan Popelka–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Machayla Parkinson–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Kolton Smith–Smyer FFA

Medium British

  1. Cooper Shaw–Smyer FFA
  2. Ethan Parkinson–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Tyler Parkinson–Hockley County 4-H

Medium Heavy British

  1. Dylan Popelka–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Copper Popelka–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Cooper Shaw–Smyer FFA

Heavy British

  1. Jaylee Blair–Ropes FFA
  2. Machayla Parkinson–Hockley County 4-H

Breed Champion–Dylan Popelka–Hockley County 4-H

Reserve Champion British–Cooper Shaw–Smyer FFA

Light Cross

  1. Tyler Chase–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Machayla Parkinson–Hockley County 4-H

Light Medium Cross

  1. Tyler Chase–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Tyler Parkinson–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Tucker Parkinson–Hockley County 4-H

Medium Cross

  1. Copper Popelka–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Ethan Parkinson–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Tucker Parkinson–Hockley County 4-H

Heavy Cross

  1. Caden Crenshaw–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Tyler Chase–Hockley County 4-H

Breed Champion–Tyler Chase–Hockley County 4-H

Reserve Champion Cross–Copper Popelka–Hockley County 4-H

Grand Champion Steer–Tyler Chase–Hockley County 4-H

Reserve Champion Steer–Copper Popelka–Hockley County 4-H

Junior Showmanship–Tyler Chase–Hockley County 4-H

Senior Showmanship–Machayla Parkinson–Hockley County 4-H

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