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Levelland ISD employee resigns after allegation
5/26/2016

Levelland ISD Superintendent Jeff Northern issued a statement regarding a personnel issue Thursday. 
The statement said: “On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Levelland ISD was made aware of an allegation of possible inappropriate electronic communication between one of its teacher/coaches and a Levelland ISD student.
“The District immediately placed the employee on paid administrative leave while it conducted an investigation regarding the allegations.
“On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the employee resigned his employment with the District.
“The District promptly reported circumstances of the employee’s resignation to local and state law enforcement, as well as the State Board for Educator Certification.
“The District will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and educator licensing agencies in any on-going or future investigation.
“Student safety and welfare are of paramount importance to the District, and all required actions and notifications concerning this matter have been completed by the District. Due to state and federal privacy law, however, there will be no further information regarding this matter released by the District.”
Levelland Police Chief Toney Cowan, Levelland confirmed the police department received information about the issue from the school district last Thursday afternoon and immediately began an investigation.  Because of the nature of the investigation and the fact that a teen is involved, the police involved the Texas Rangers in the investigation.
If the investigation warrants, information gathered will be referred to the District Attorney’s office.


Election Results
5/7/2016

  Mike Box, incumbent, defeated challenger Richard Ellis 397 to 213 to retain his position on the South Plains College Board of Regents.
    Box carried the early voting 193 to Ellis’ 134 and then defeated Ellis 204-79 in Saturday’s balloting. A total of 617 ballots were cast in the election.
    Ronny Alexander was unopposed for Position 4 and received 541 total votes, 292 of which were cast in early voting.
    There were no Levelland School Board or City Council elections because candidates were unopposed.
    In the Ropesville School District election, incumbents Mike Metzig and Monica Escandon were re-elected. Metzig received a cumulative total of 136 votes while Escandon received 70 votes. Keith Erickson received a cumulative total of 22 votes.
    At Sundown, 65 votes were cast in the special election to extend the special sales tax for city street maintenance. Sixty-one votes were cast for the sales tax and four were cast against the sales tax. Sundown City Council and School Board elections were cancelled because candidates were unopposed.
    In the City of Whiteface General Electoin, Jack Seay was re-elected as Mayor with 40 votes.  Residents elected two aldermen, too.  Joe Ketcherside received 23 votes, Durward Stockman received 25 votes, Tasha Castenda received 15 votes and Stacy Kirkendall received 14 votes. Ketcherside and Stockman were elected.

Election Results
5/7/2016

  Mike Box, incumbent, defeated challenger Richard Ellis 397 to 213 to retain his position on the South Plains College Board of Regents.
    Box carried the early voting 193 to Ellis’ 134 and then defeated Ellis 204-79 in Saturday’s balloting. A total of 617 ballots were cast in the election.
    Ronny Alexander was unopposed for Position 4 and received 541 total votes, 292 of which were cast in early voting.
    There were no Levelland School Board or City Council elections because candidates were unopposed.
    In the Ropesville School District election, incumbents Mike Metzig and Monica Escandon were re-elected. Metzig received a cumulative total of 136 votes while Escandon received 70 votes. Keith Erickson received a cumulative total of 22 votes.
    At Sundown, 65 votes were cast in the special election to extend the special sales tax for city street maintenance. Sixty-one votes were cast for the sales tax and four were cast against the sales tax. Sundown City Council and School Board elections were cancelled because candidates were unopposed.
    In the City of Whiteface General Electoin, Jack Seay was re-elected as Mayor with 40 votes.  Residents elected two aldermen, too.  Joe Ketcherside received 23 votes, Durward Stockman received 25 votes, Tasha Castenda received 15 votes and Stacy Kirkendall received 14 votes. Ketcherside and Stockman were elected.

Firemen beat blaze
3/16/2016

Firemen beat blaze
Quick work by the Levelland Fire Department prevented a backyard grass fire from spreading to the home at 202 Austin Street Monday afternoon.

Community joins in prayer for oilfield
3/2/2016

Michael and Dianna Stueart and their children, Hannah and Jordan, hosted a morning prayer  for the oilfield event Saturday at their business, Stueartís Pit Stop.
SPC Foundation Gala raise nearly $180,000
3/2/2016

The 18th Annual South Plains College Foundation Scholarship Gala was a success, generating nearly $180,000 for future scholarships.
Two people arrested in meth bust
3/2/2016

Police arrested two people and seized a large amount of methamphetamine Tuesday night at a Levelland motel.
Sheriff loses race in primary elections
3/2/2016

An upset occurred Tuesday when Sheriff R.C. Cheek lost his re-election bid to former employee Ray Scifres.
Candidates tackle issues at SPC forum
2/29/2016

Questions on immigration, terrorism, education and the role of the federal government were fielded here Tuesday during a forum of congressional candidates.
Polls open Tuesday for primary elections
2/29/2016

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, March 1, to cast ballots in contested local, state and national races.
Richard Ellis makes bid for college regent
2/29/2016

Richard Ellis would like to give back to the college that he first attended after high school.
Xcel Energy warns of phone scam
2/29/2016

Xcel Energy is warning customers in the Littlefield area of attempted phone scams involving a caller making threats of arrest if the customer doesn’t pay a past-due balance over the phone. 
Investigation continues into Children's Hope
2/22/2016

An investigation into allegations of abuse in the Childrenís Hope program has been broadened to include the district attorney's office.
LEDC to sell strip of land to company
2/22/2016

A city board voted Thursday to sell a half acre of land in the Levelland Industrial Rail Park to Norton Drilling.
District 19 candidates to speak at SPC forum
2/22/2016

South Plains College will host a Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Tom T. Hall Production Studio. 
Indictments returned; most remain sealed
2/22/2016

A grand jury handed down 72 indictments Thursday for such offenses as drug possession, drunk driving and  aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Sales tax numbers disappoint this month
2/17/2016

Sales tax payments  were down - on average - for most local governments this month in the Lone Star state.
Most crime categories increase in city in 2015
2/17/2016

Crime went up again last year in Levelland compared to 2014.
Candidates square off at forum
2/17/2016

Candidates square off at forum
Questions on taxes, road repairs and jail overcrowding were among those fielded Monday during a political forum here.

 
 

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Submitted By: Don and Roseva FordSubmitted: 3/14/2015
We really appreciated Dr. Baker's leadership, support,and friendship when we were young students at the fledgling SPC during our time there in 1962-64. May he forever rest in peace. Don and Roseva (Lewis) Ford Whitney Tx


 
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