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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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