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UPDATED: Court extends Reagor-Dykes employment of CRO; officer discusses potential dealership buyers

LUBBOCK, Texas - A federal bankruptcy judge allows Reagor Dykes Auto Group to continue to use a chief restructuring officer to stay in business.

Bob Schleizer with Black Briar Advisers testifies the focus is on stabilizing the business and maintain its value. Schleizer notes he's not taking orders from co-owners Bart Reagor and Rick Dykes on how to operate.

The CRO tells Federal Judge Robert Jones there are three prospective buyers for the auto group, but didn't specify whether it's some or all of them. Schleizer notes any purchase would have to be approved by the manufacturers and potential bids will be likely be presented September 18.

Notably absent: Bart Reagor. David Langston, the auto group's former attorney served a subpoena to Reagor's 19th street home earlier this month. This is the second hearing he's missed; his personal attorney was present at today's hearing.

The next hearings are set for September 18 and 19.

Brownfield football player overcomes injury, pursues higher education

BROWNFIELD, Texas - It was a game in mid-October against Denver City when Dante Flournoy felt his knee pop and found out he tore his ACL.

Flournoy underwent surgery a month later. He just got cleared for full-contact. His surgeon, Dr. Stephen Flores at Covenant Hospital, said Flournoy should return as the same player he was before.Ten months after his surgery he's ready to get back on the field for his senior season.

"He's a hard worker, these injuries can definitely be a setback for athletes, but he's kept working hard and mentally he's just kept pushing and that's all I can ask for my athletes is to just keep pushing and keep working," Dr. Flores said.

According to head coach Duane Toliver, he'll get reps as a wide receiver, quarterback and linebacker.

Flournoy and his mom, a single mother of four, say an athletic scholarship is the only way he can afford to further his education. Scouts have already been out recruiting him. According to Flournoy, he wants to study architecture or get into coaching.

Brownfield opens up it's season Friday, August 31st against Post.

Election judges could be armed come midterm elections

LUBBOCK, Texas - Firearms are not allowed at poll sites while voters are casting ballots in the state of Texas according to the Texas penal code.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton put out a formal opinion offering guidance on arming election judges in November. He cited Hooks v State which ruled judges given the authority by district courts are allowed to keep guns at polling places. 

Presiding election judges who are licensed to carry could be allowed to bring guns if an advisory is officially issued by the Texas Secretary of State's office.

"We are to await an advisory from the Secretary of State's office," said Neal Burt, Civil Division Chief for the Lubbock County District Attorney's office. "The advisory will give more information and guidance of exactly how this particular AG opinion is going to affect our election cycle. "

There is no expected date as to when the Secretary of State's office will release the advisory, but it can come sooner than later. 

Pumpkin Farm in Floydada starts harvest leading up to Dallas fall festival

FLOYDADA, Texas - Floydada is the home of what many people call the "Pumpkin Capital of Texas." It is also the home to Pumpkin Pyle Farms. A place where Dave Forehand, the vice president of gardens at the Dallas Arboretum, said is the backbone of pumpkin production for the festival each year. 

"Almost 95 percent of our pumpkins, squash and gourds come here from the Pyle family and the Pumpkin Pyle Company. They're a great supplier. They've been very reliable. No matter what, they seem to be able to really come through, whatever the weather might be, which can be very different every year out here in West Texas. but we can always count on them to grow these out for us every year," Forehand said. 

Partner, Kember Rainwater, said the farm's tight-knit working environment is what makes the business like a family operation. 

"I think that's the whole reason why it's successful because if you call up here, you're going to talk to one of the owners. Or if you show up here, it's going to be one of us here," Rainwater said.

Lubbock Council approves one-cent increase to tax rate

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Lubbock City Council gave preliminary approval Thursday to the new tax rate.It's a one-cent increase to last year's rate will mostly go to fund the city's public safety initiative.

The $60 million project includes constructing three police substations, a new police headquarters and other facilities.

Mayor Dan Pope says approving this tax rate is a fiscally responsible move.

"It was about 14 years ago, as I recall, that this same Lubbock City Council slashed tax rates," Pope said. "And there's a lot of chest beating around that, and maybe it was all good. What started to happen is that we paid a lower tax rate but we started funding a lot of things with debt. We started swiping the credit card. We were financing desktop computers. That evades any kind of finance mindset."

The final reading and anticipated approval will be at the September 13 council meeting.

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