Obituary: Royce Edward Blankenship, 93 of Plano

Memorial Services are scheduled for royce Edward Blankenship, 93 of Plano. He was born in Levelland to Wallace & Rose Teresa (Baudine) Blankenship. Services are set for Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at 3:00 pm in the Wildwood Chapel in the Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. He passed away on Saturday, January 11th in Plano. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The Wallace in Levelland.

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Rabbit Show Results from Hockley County Livestock Show

The following is results for the Rabbit Show

Junior Fancy Doe

  1. Railey Pence–Hockley County 4H

Junior Commercial Buck

  1. Avery Hodges–Smyer FFA
  2. Makayla Pittman–Smyer FFA

Junior Commercial Doe

  1. Makayla Pittman–Smyer FFA
  2. Delyla Stark–Ropes FFA
  3. Tressa Phillips–Levelland FFA

Junior Fancy Buck

  1. Kamryn Gillit–Smyer FFA
  2. Riley Scifres–Levelland FFA
  3. Adriano Pueno–Smyer FFA

Senior Commercial Buck

  1. Avery Hodges–Smyer FFA
  2. Makayla Pittman–Smyer FFA
  3. Maegan Smith–Smyer FFA

Senior Commercial Doe

  1. Makayla Pittman–Smyer FFA
  2. Avery Hodges–Smyer FFA
  3. Maddison Clark–Ropes FFA

Senior Fancy Buck

  1. Tyler Gilliam–Ropes FFA
  2. Verity Robinson–Hockley County 4H
  3. Chloe Horn–Smyer FFA

Senior Fancy Doe

  1. Ruston Pence–Hockley County 4H
  2. Kamryn Gillit–Smyer FFA
  3. Verity Robinson–Hockley County 4H

Supreme Champion Doe—-Railey Pence, Hockley County 4H

Supreme Champion Buck–Tyler Gilliam, Ropes FFA

Grand Champion Commercial Doe–MaKayla Pittman–Smyer FFA

Reserve Champion Commercial Doe–Avery Hodges–Smyer FFA

Grand Champion Commercial Buck–Avery Hodges–Smyer FFA

Reserve Champion Commercial Buck–Avery Hodges–Smyer FFA

Grand Champion Fancy Doe–Railey Pence, Hockley County 4H

Reserve Champion Fancy Doe–Rustin Pence, Hockley County 4H

Grand Champion Fancy Buck–Tyler Gilliam, Ropes FFA

Reserve Champion Fancy Buck–Kameron Gillit, Smyer FFA

Junior Showmanship–MaKayla Pittman, Smyer FFA

Senior Showmanship–Verity Robinson, Hockley County 4H

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Steer Show Results from Hockley County Livestock Show

Below are the results from the 2020 Steer show held Wednesday night.

Class 1 American

  1. Jaylee Blair–Ropes FFA
  2. Jaylee Blair–Ropes FFA
  3. Cutter Thompson–Ropes FFA

Class 2 Champion American–Jaylee Blair–Ropes FFA

Class 3 Reserve Champion American–Jaylee Blair–Ropes FFA

Class 4 British-Light Weight

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

Class 5 British-Medium Weight

  1. Braxie Albus–Hockley County 4H
  2. Dylan Popelka–Hockley County 4H
  3. Campbell Latta–Ropes FFA

Class 6 British Heavy Weight

  1. Braxie Albus–Hockley County 4H
  2. Colt Parkinson–Hockley County 4H
  3. Ethan Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Class 7 Champion British–Braxie Albus–Hockley County 4H

Class 8 Reserve Champion British–Braxie Albus–Hockley County 4H

Class 9 Cross Light Weight

  1. Britton Clevenger–Hockley County 4H
  2. Machayla Parkinson–Hockley County 4H
  3. Tyler Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Class 10–Cross Medium Weight

  1. Braxie Albus–Hockley County 4H
  2. William (Brenn) Edwards–Ropes FFA
  3. Tucker Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Class 11–Cross Light Heavy Weight

  1. Caden Crenshaw–Hockley County 4H
  2. Tyler Chase–Hockley County 4H
  3. Colt Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Class 12–Cross Heavy Weight

  1. Copper Popelka–Hockley County 4H
  2. Tyler Chase–Hockley County 4H
  3. Caden Crenshaw–Hockley County 4H

Class 13–Champion Cross–Copper Popelka–Hockley County 4H

Class 14–Reserve Champion Cross–Caden Crenshaw–Hockley County 4H

Class 15–Grand Champion–Braxie Albus–Hockley County 4H

Class 16–Reserve Grand Champion–Copper Popelka–Hockley County 4H

Junior Showmanship–Copper Popelka–Hockley County 4H

Senior Showmanship–Machayla Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

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Heifer Show Results from 2020 Hockley County Livestock Show

The following is the Heifer Show results from the livestock show on Wednesday:

British

Class 1–Machayla Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Class 2

  1. Copper Popelka–Hockley County 4H
  2. Kaidyn Lee–Ropes FFA

Champion British–Copper Popelka–Hockley County 4H

Reserve Champion British–Kaidyn Lee–Ropes FFA

Exotic

Class 3

  1. Danni Brooks–Ropes FFA
  2. Danni Brooks–Ropes FFA

Class 4

  1. Colt Parkinson–Hockley County 4H
  2. Tucker Parkinson–Hockley County 4H
  3. Colt Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Class 5

  1. Tucker Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Champion Exotic–Colt Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Reserve champion Exotic–Tucker Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Supreme Champion–Colt Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Reserve Supreme Champion–Tucker Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Junior Showmanship–Tucker Parkinson–Hockley County 4H

Senior Showmanship–Kaidyn Lee–Ropes FFA

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Lamb Show Results from Hockley County Junior Livestock Show

The Lamb Show was held Wednesday as part of the Hockley County Junior Livestock Show.

Lamb Show Results:

Dorper

  1. Reese Bolen–Smyer FFA
  2. Bryar Sherrill–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Reese Bolen–Smyer FFA

Dorper Breed Champion: Reese Bolen, Smyer FFA

Dorper Reserve Breed Champion: Bryar Sherrill, Hockley County 4-H

Finewool

  1. Kayden Gillit–Smyer FFA
  2. Hannah Wilde-Jones–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Kayden Gillit–Smyer FFA

Breed Champion: Kayden Gillit, Smyer FFA

Reserve Breed Champion: Hannah Wilde-Jones, Hockley County 4-H

Finewool Cross Light

  1. Bailey Turner–Ropes FFA
  2. Kambry Turner–Ropes FFA
  3. Bethany Morris–Levelland FFA

Finewool Cross Heavy

  1. Calleejo Burt–Smyer FFA
  2. Cooper Wallace–Levelland FFA
  3. Ryan Pyeatt–Levelland FFA

Breed Champion–Bailey Turner–Ropes FFA

Reserve Breed Champion–Kambry Turner–Ropes FFA

Southdown Light

  1. Danni Brooks–Ropes FFA
  2. Danni Brooks–Ropes FFA
  3. Danni Brooks–Ropes FFA

Southdown Medium

  1. Calvin Neal–Smyer FFA
  2. Kamryn Gillit–Smyer FFA
  3. Trystan Steward–Ropes FFA

Southdown Heavy

  1. Bethany Morris–Levelland FFA
  2. Reese Bolen–Smyer FFA
  3. Kaidyn Lee–Ropes FFA

Breed Champion–Calvin Neal–Smyer FFA

Reserve Breed Champion–Bethany Morris–Levelland FFA

Medium Wool Class 1

  1. Clara Cochran–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Elisa Zamora–Levelland FFA
  3. Clara Cochran–Hockley County 4-H

Medium Wool Class 2

  1. Bryar Sherrill–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Clara Cochran–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Calleejo Burt–Smyer FFA

Medium Wool Class 3

  1. Calvin Neal–Smyer FFA
  2. Teghan Brooks–Ropes FFA
  3. Bryar Sherrill–Hockley County 4-H

Medium Wool Class 4

  1. Bailey Turner–Ropes FFA
  2. Calvin Neal–Smyer FFA
  3. Bryar Sherrill–Levelland FFA

Medium Wool Class 5

  1. Teghan Brooks–Ropes FFA
  2. Bailey Turner–Ropes FFA
  3. Calvin Neal–Smyer FFA

Medium Wool Class 6

  1. Jace Richardson–Ropes FFA
  2. Jace Richardson–Ropes FFA
  3. Jace Richardson–Ropes FFA

Breed Champion–Teghan Brooks–Ropes FFA

Reserve Breed Champion–Calvin Neal–Smyer FFA

Grand Champion Lamb–Teghan Brooks–Ropes FFA

Reserve Grand Champion–Calvin Neal–Smyer FFA

Senior Showmanship–Calvin Neal–Smyer FFA

Junior Showmanship–Bailey Turner–Ropes FFA

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Goat Show Results from the 2020 Hockley County Junior Livestock Show

The Goat Show and Breeding Doe show was held this morning at the 2020 Hockley County Junior Livestock Show.

2020 Goat Show Results:

Class 1:

  1.  Trystan Steward–Ropes FFA
  2. Kaidyn Lee–Ropes FFA
  3. Trystan Steward–Ropes FFA

Class 2:

  1.  Brady McCombs–Ropes FFA
  2. Charley King–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Bryar Sherrill–Hockley County 4-H

Class 3:

  1.  Kaidyn Lee–Ropes FFA
  2. Brooklyn Mink–Ropes FFA
  3. Abigail Robinson–Hockley County 4-H

Class 4:

  1.  Braxie Albus–Hockley County 4-H
  2. Bryar Sherrill–Hockley County 4-H
  3. Trystan Steward–Ropes FFA

Class 5:

  1.  Braxie Albus–Hockley County 4-H
  2.  Bryar Sherrill–Hockley County 4-H
  3.  Bryar Sherrill–Hockley County 4-H

Grand Champion Goat–Braxie Albus–Hockley County 4-H

Reserve Grand Champion–Braxie Albus–Hockley County 4-H

Senior Showmanship–Kaidyn Lee–Ropes FFA

Junior Showmanship–Bryar Sherrill–Hockley County 4-H

Breeding Does:

  1.  Damian Rubalcava–Levelland FFA
  2. Harlee Hunt–Levelland FFA
  3. Cooper Wallace–Levelland FFA

Grand Champion Doe:  Damian Rubalcava–Levelland FFA

Reserve Grand Champion Doe–Harlee Hunt–Levelland FFA

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Levelland City Council Holds Regular Meeting

Students in Levelland ISD Destination Imagination spoke to Levelland City Council Monday.

The Levelland City Council held a regular meeting Monday night.

During the public forum portion of the meeting, the council heard from members of the Levelland Animal Friends. John Dupree spoke to the council saying he has the utmost respect of police captain, Tammie McDonald, but he noted that he has only had dealings with her with regards to the animal shelter. He stated that as long as she is in control of the shelter, Levelland will not have a good shelter. He said he cannot think of a change that has been made to help the shelter. He listed those changes including, she has taken away naming the animals which the animal friends group is against. Jill Pitts, a member of the animal friends group also spoke on concerns at the animal shelter. She noted that the animal wardens cell phones are no longer used and all calls are dispatched through the police dispatch. She also noted that the animal wardens are no longer taking sick or injured to the animals. It was noted that the city has offered to load the animals for volunteers to take the animals to the shelter. It was also noted that the shelter is locked up all the time now. Breann Rice also spoke concerning the animal shelter. She stated the shelter no longer gives a 24 hour euthanasia notices as they have in the past. It is important to point out that notices have been giving notices that the shelter is full, however, Animal Control Officers told a volunteer with animal friends last week that they no longer give Euthanasia notices as it was upsetting the public.

David Dunn also spoke to the council concerning garbage collection. He wants the contract to go out for proposals on the service. He noted we need to find the best service at the best cost.

The council received a presentation from the Levelland Intermediate School Destination Imagination team concerning a project to get a bike lane on Hickory street from Alamo to Levelland Intermediate School. They would request that a bike lane be striped on Hickory. Four students spoke requesting the bike lane. They feel that the bike lane would help keep students safe. There was no comment made by the council in regards to the item.

The council also took action to order the Saturday May 2nd general election to elect council members for district A and district C.

The council also approved the quarterly investment report. It was pointed out that interest rates are on a downward trend. It was also noted that the city now has some money in all local banks with CD’s at Aim Bank, Prosperity Bank and Sundown State Bank as well as the main depository bank, City Bank.

The council also took action to approve submitting a grant application to the Economic Development Administration for further infrastructure and improvements in the Levelland Industrial Rail Park to support EnviroTech as well as making other lots shovel ready for future projects. The Levelland Economic Development Corporation will pay the match portion of the grant.

The council was also advised that Mayor Barbra Pinner has appointed Butch Wade to serve on the Levelland Housing Authority Board

The city council also took action on the garbage service contract. City staff pointed out that Republic has revised their offer which includes a rate reduction and also reduced the cap of price increases every other year of 3%. Councilwoman Breann Buxkemper and Councilman Jim Myatt noted that this is the largest item in the city enterprise fund and the council has no choice but to go out for proposals for the citizens of Levelland. Mayor Barbra Pinner pointed out that Republic Services likely will not be able to make the offer they have now and continuing the contract with Republic is continuing service and they are the only company in the area large enough to handle the service. Councilman Joe Bill Vardeman also echoed those sentiments. Buxkemper stated that the integrity of the city council is at stake if we don’t go out for proposals. The mayor stated that it could cost the city as rates could go up substantially. It was noted that both companies that city staff have reached out to do not have a large presence in the area. Councilman Myatt stated it is not fair to the city if we don’t go out for proposals. Buxkemper made motion to authorize city staff to go out for proposals, Myatt seconded the motion and Myatt and Buxkemper voted in favor with Ledesma, Vardeman voted against. Vardeman then made a motion to approve extending the contract with Republic Services based on their proposal. Ledesma voted in favor while Myatt and Buxkemper voted against, the Mayor then broke the tie to extend the contract with Republic Services.

The council approved establishing an Animal Services Task Force to assist the City with evaluating the policies and procedures of animal control and the animal shelter. The task force will consist of two members from two separate animal welfare organizations, one member from a licensed veterinarian, one member from the city council, two community members not affiliated with any animal rescue or animal humane organizations and one member that lives outside the city limits of Levelland, but within Hockley County.

The council took action to deny a rate increase request from Southwestern Public Service, an Xcel Energy company. The request would have increased base revenue of 24.4% for SPS. The rate had been suspended while a steering committee made up of representatives from area west Texas cities. The steering committee has worked with legal counsel and tried to reach an agreement with SPS on rates, however they were unsuccessful and recommended the rate request be denied and the decision will now go to the Public Utility Commission.

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