Jon Beilue, A-J Media

Jon Beilue

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Amarillo, TX, United States

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Past articles by Jon:

Beilue: Have onion weather forecast, will travel

It was about this time several years ago and Garry Karber was minding his own business as parts manager at Hergert Ford in Perryton. A big, burly guy with a leather vest, shoulder-length hair and a braided beard — and with a knife in one hand — went to the service area and asked a mechanic where this Garry Karber was. → Read More

Beilue: Waldrip family said Boys Ranch staffers didn’t’ abuse, took steps to stop it

Roger Waldrip didn’t want to, but he made himself read every word of the story in the British newspaper. It was a scathing story in which former residents at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch said cases of sexual and physical abuse occurred again and again in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s. Not only did adult staff often not prevent it or take action, but in some cases they were the instigators. → Read More

Beilue: Texas under siege: Dairy Queens are shutting down

The brave citizens of Clarendon, Claude, Perryton and Shamrock, those down-home residents of Wellington and Dalhart, Dumas, Gruver and Stratford — and many other beleaguered small towns throughout West Texas — must know now how Sam Houston felt when the Alamo fell. → Read More

Baseball back in Amarillo: Elmore Sports Group moving San Antonio Missions of Texas League to new downtown ballpark

Elmore Sports Group bringing San Antonio Missions of Texas League to new downtown Amarillo ballpark. Move will affect Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Helena Brewers. → Read More

Beilue: Long lines of hope

Vicki Snelgrove was one of nearly 30 people lined up in 36-degree temperatures waiting for the door to open Monday afternoon at Generation Next Worship Center, 3503 S.W. Sixth Ave. → Read More

Vet Wars: Tech, A&M draw Austin battle lines

The Texas Tech brass, led by Chancellor Robert Duncan, chartered a jet for a very short jaunt three days ago from Lubbock to Amarillo. Suffice to say, they weren't coming for Taco Tuesday. → Read More

Beilue: Courage amidst chaos

"This diary would be sufficient to hang me five times a week . I am rather astonished I am not reported for my allied sympathies. → Read More

Beilue: City should aid, not enable, homeless

Not long ago, Raymond Gonzales, the benevolence director of Faith City Mission, encouraged a homeless man to come inside as the sun was setting. It was cold that night, and, as usual, there was room in the overnight shelter. → Read More

Beilue: Amarillo High support overflows for Ethiopian water well

There's nothing like seeing some abject poverty up close to make a lasting impression. Betsy Bargsley spent last summer in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa. → Read More

Beilue: The fight of his life

Nancy James watched her husband Doug cling to life in the ICU unit of a Corpus Christi hospital this summer. He was in a coma; a ventilator kept him alive. It was a scrape, an ordinary dumb scratch on his left leg from a rock as he started to climb onto a pier after wade fishing in the Texas Gulf just a few days before. But he was dying, and doctors realized that.A flesh-eating bacteria — with… → Read More

Separate holiday fact from fiction

Think you know a lot about Thanksgiving? It's more than Pilgrims and turkey. Here's 14 bet-you-didn't-know items about Thanksgiving, probably more than you wanted to know: 1 The common idea the first Thanksgiving was in 1621 is not true. → Read More

Beilue: Held captive: 'God shaped me in the jungle'

The terrifying weeks crawled by, one after another. Gracia Burnham and her missionary husband Martin did not know if the next sunrise in the Philippines jungle would be their last. → Read More