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Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Sarah:

Lubbock police chaplains help officers deal with horrendous scenes they face

Lt. Keith Woodward was working as a shift commander when he arrived to the scene of a 4-year-old girl who was brutally murdered. → Read More

Brownfield to lose $250K-plus annually as state prison closes Friday

BROWNFIELD — Moving trucks were parked outside of the West Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility on Wednesday afternoon as employees lingered in the parking lot and talked about their upcoming plans. → Read More

Hockley officials seek info on reports of gunshots Friday north of Smyer

The Hockley County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about reports of someone shooting guns while driving last week on a roadway north of Smyer. → Read More

Palm Valley PD seek info on missing woman; no foul play suspected

The Palm Valley Police Department doesn’t expect any foul play in the case of a missing 66-year-old South Texas woman whose vehicle was found 600 miles away in Lubbock. → Read More

UPDATE: Missing South Texas woman found near Lamesa

A woman who had been missing since Saturday from her home 600 miles south in the Rio Grande Valley was found Tuesday outside of Lamesa. → Read More

Lubbock police locate vehicle of woman reported missing more than 600 miles away

Two days after a South Texas woman was reported missing, officials located the 66-year-old woman’s vehicle more than 600 miles away in Lubbock. → Read More

NWS Lubbock says storm Tuesday night could bring severe weather, hail

A slow-moving weather system is expected to make its way to Lubbock by Tuesday night, bringing increased chances for severe thunderstorms, forecasters said. → Read More

Driver, 71, suffers moderate injuries after SUV flips

A 71-year-old man suffered moderate injuries when his SUV flipped during a crash Monday morning in Southwest Lubbock. → Read More

Planting time: Many South Plains cotton growers starting this week

Dirt blew up into the air as Patrick Middlebrook drove a tractor carefully planting cotton seeds throughout a 171-acre tract of land in Lubbock County. → Read More

Community event provides services to help parents raise ‘superstars’

Samantha Andrew visited several booths with information about early childhood development as her 3-year-old daughter, Trinity, played with other children Wednesday at the Ted Phea Branch of the Lubbock Boys &Girls Club. → Read More

Parent, advocates share dangers of sex trafficking ahead of Running2Rescue

A counselor called John Martinez to tell him his daughter was part of a group of middle school girls who downloaded a cellphone app sex traffickers can use to target victims. → Read More

Lubbock Christian University community plants 60 trees to ‘give life’ to campus for Arbor Day

Kara Stephenson grabbed a shovel and began digging a hole before carefully positioning a tree into the ground. → Read More

Traffic forced to exit at S. Loop 289, Southeast Drive after accident

The Lubbock Police Department is urging drivers to use caution on Southeast Loop 289, near the Southeast Drive exit. → Read More

Forecasters: Expect warmer-than-average late spring, summer in Lubbock, statewide

West Texans can expect temperatures to be warmer than normal at least through July, according to local and national forecasters. → Read More

Lubbock’s Crown Point donation raises total Zoe Campos reward to $11k

Melinda Campos is constantly wondering where her daughter Zoe Campos is and what happened when she went missing nearly 3½ years ago. → Read More

Texas Tech releases Title IX documents on Duffey suspension after AG ruling

They had two different recollections of what happened the night of April 16 last year. → Read More

Texas Tech’s RISE director Kimberly Simón promoted to Title IX administrator

Kimberly Simón will take over as Texas Tech’s Title IX administrator on May 15, where she’ll work to ensure the university maintains a safe and welcoming environment for its students, Tech announced in a statement Wednesday. → Read More

South Plains Boy Scouts honor new Eagle Scouts, award Silver Beavers

The Boy Scouts of America’s South Plains Council honored 35 of its members who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout last year. → Read More

Villa Town residents seek shelter, answers after management says court orders departure

An older man pushed a shopping cart filled to the brim with his belongings as he walked away from Villa Town Motel in Lubbock. → Read More

Spike Dykes remembered as ‘great coach and an even better person’

Mayor Dan Pope remembers former Texas Tech football coach Spike Dykes as someone who was always concerned about others rather than wanting to talk about himself. → Read More