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Local Man Wounded By Shotgun Blast
Thursday, May 21, 2015
A Muleshoe man is currently receiving medical treatment in a Lubbock hospital, while another man from the same residence is being held in county jail following a shooting that occurred on Friday morning, May 15.

According to Chief Roy Rice of the Muleshoe Police Department, a report of a self-inflicted gunshot was received from 315 E. Ave. D shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday.

Upon their arrival, law enforcement officers found Aaron Chavez, 26, of 315 E. Ave. D, with a single wound from a 12-gauge shotgun to his left upper thigh, near the groin, on the porch of the residence with a second person, Joseph Alarcon Gonzales, 29, according to Police Lt. Benny Parker.(Suspect Joseph Gonzales stands outside the crime scene while a county deputy holds the shotgun alleged to have been used in the shooting. Photograph by Larry Thornton)

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Council Approves Alcohol Sale Ordinances
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Muleshoe City Council adopted two alcohol sale-related ordinances during Monday’s meeting that will restrict the locations of businesses which have received the necessary city and state permits to sale such beverages.

Although the city officials had indicated there would be a public hearing prior to passage of such an ordinance at previous city council meetings to allow the public to voice its opinion concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption action was taken Monday without such a hearing.

In a second ordinance, the city council voted not to prohibit such businesses from selling such beverages from a drive by window in a split 3-1 vote, with Mayor Cliff Black — who was sworn into office for another term at the beginning of the meeting —casting the only dissenting vote.

(Matt Davis)

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Elegance Indeed
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Like much of Texas of late, the primary social gathering for Muleshoe High School was… well, sort of “under water.” The MHS upper classes gathered in all of their elegance Saturday evening, May 16, for the 2015 Junior and Senior Banquet. With a theme of “Meet Me Under The Sea,” the underwater decor welcomed the students to a fun-filled evening of celebration.

Pictured above, one of the gentlemen in attendance assist’s his lady from a carriage before their encounter with event emcee Jim Daniels. Pictured below, Alegra Mora displays the lace chapeau she wore to the affair to its best advantage.

(Photographs by Larry Thornton)

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MISD Board Studies Change To Graduation Policy
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Muleshoe Independent School District’s board of trustees held the first reading of a new policy that would change how the district handled students who were in danger of not graduating because of a failure to pass all of their state-mandated “end of course” exams.

School officials pointed out that of the 91 students graduating this year, a total of 89 would be walking across the dais, and the two who weren’t had chosen not to participate in the event even though they had passed the five required tests.

Superintendent Dr. Gene Sheets explained that a new state law had been passed last week, effective immediately, that required school districts to provide an alternative for students who had passed at least three of the five required tests, adding that it was up to the school board to set the criteria for the alternative graduation process.

(Jared Lee, Sergio Leal and Jay Cage are sworn into office during Monday’s meeting by City of Muleshoe election official Xania Carpenter.)

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Varsity Baseball Captures Golden GloveTrophy
Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Mules made Muleshoe High School baseball history over the weekend by defeating the Presidio Blue Devils two games to one. The wins gave the Mules the Area Golden Glove trophy in the Texas High School Baseball Playoffs.

During the three-game series neither team ever led by more than one run.

“These guys (Mules) won this series with the leather gloves on their hands,” said Mule coach Wes Boatmun. “We had talked all week about having a short memory, knowing the situation and playing in the now.”

“We did not want to worry about what we should have done but what we were going to do on the next pitch. We were not perfect but we beat a very good team in this series.”

(Mule Wes Clarkson reaches for the ball and a double play during the recent three-game series. Photograph by Gabby Perez)

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Lloyd Speaks To Art Association
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Muleshoe Art Association held its May meeting at the Muleshoe Public Library on May 5.

In the business meeting, the success and details of the recent art show were discussed, and plans were made for one meeting over the summer with regular meetings beginning again in September.

After business was discussed, Jan Lloyd from Clovis, N.M., shared an instructional video she made on painting with watercolors.

She has made a series of instructional painting videos, recorded in what she calls “zap time,” meaning quicker than real time.

The videos are available for viewing on YouTube™.

After the program, the group surprised member Reagan Cox, who is moving to Temple with his wife Marilyn, with a goody bag full of items relating to painting with oils, Reagan’s painting medium of choice.

(Art association members present included, from left to right, Melba Bratcher, Sandra Chancey, Pauline Clark, Jan Lloyd, Jackie Hinderliter; seated: Glenda Cox, Reagan Cox and Ann Johnson. Not pictured — Alice Liles.)

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Medina Showered
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Megan Barrett Medina, pictured above, was honored with a baby shower in the home of Rayniel Bamert on Saturday, April 18.

Hostesses for the event included Rayniel Bamert, Brenda Black, Vicki Black, Terry Byers, Julie Cage, Debbie Conner, JoEllen Cowart, Karen Harris, Darlene Henry, Debbi Hutto, Connie Kenmore, Marilyn Riley and Jody Wood.

The hostess gift was a Levana Keera baby video monitor.

Special guests attending included Margie Penix, Vicki Scivally, Nancy Purcell, Therese Barrett, Brennan Barrett and Cindy Barrett.

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