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Covenant Health Levelland welcomes first baby of 2022

Covenant Health Levelland delivered the first baby of 2022 at 12:08 a.m. January 1, before either Covenant Children’s or University Medical Center in Lubbock. The first baby of 2022, Jiraiya Lee Pina, was born to Carleigh Gonzales and Christopher Pina of Levelland and was delivered by Dr. John Hanna. Jiraiya is the first child for…

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Levelland, Hockley County seeing start of Covid surge

Levelland and Hockley County is at the front end of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, seen across the nation and Texas. While cases in Levelland and Hockley County continue to trend up, the rest of the state, including the south and eastern areas of Texas, are beginning to trend down. However, with cases in…

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City council splits vote recommending plan for redistricting project

The Levelland City Council voted to approve a resolution recommending a plan for redistricting to the public at Monday’s city council meeting. The vote was 3-2 with Mayor Barbra Pinner breaking the tie in favor of the motion by Michael Stueart, council member for District D, to recommend a new plan that was brought before…

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Kelli Martin sworn in as new county treasurer

Kelli Martin was sworn in as the new treasurer for Hockley County Monday, on the heels of the county commissioners accepting the resignation of Denise Bohannon last week and appointing Martin to the position. On December 27, the commissioners met and approved the resignation of Bohannon, effective December 31, 2021. They then took action to…

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Ahava Honey Farm provides community resource

  By Kati Moody News Editor   There’s a lot of buzz about a new honey farm and AirBnB just outside of Levelland, Ahava Honey Farm. Christine and Keith Mitchell moved to Levelland about a year ago after discussing what they wanted to do with their lives. “We were driving around and Keith asked what…

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Hockley County jury returns guilty verdict in murder trial

A Hockley County jury returned a guilty verdict Friday for Brennon Guerra for the May 2020 slaying of Anthony Delgado, after hearing two days of testimony from the state and defense. After reading the verdict, the jury heard testimony from witnesses for the sentencing phase of the trial. Just before 5 p.m. Friday, the jury…

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Levelland ISD names lone finalist for superintendent

The Levelland ISD Board of Trustees has named Rebecca McCutchen as lone finalist for the position of superintendent following a special meeting Monday. The board spent six and half hours in executive session Monday and interviewed three finalists for the position before narrowing it down to McCutchen as the lone finalist. The board received more…

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Love Levelland buying tactical helmets for police

Love Levelland presented a check in the amount of $14,445 to the Levelland Police Department Monday for the purchase of tactical helmets after a weeks-long community campaign to raise the funds. Derek and Ashley Lawless represented Love Levelland at the check presentation Monday. Ashley said the discussion about a fundraiser for the police department began…

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Unemployment numbers show some improvement

Hockley County’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in September, better than the state’s unemployment rate of 5.6 percent. The monthly unemployment rate was released by the Texas Workforce Commission last week. In September, Hockley County’s unemployment report was the best for 2021 at 5.4 percent and an improvement from the 6.0 percent reported for August.…

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