Updates and Breaking News

BP to push ahead with big oil project in the Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON (AP) — BP PLC is moving ahead with a $9 billion oil project in the Gulf of Mexico after a cost-cutting redesign, a sign of confidence about future prices for crude.

The UK-based oil giant announced it would continue with the second phase of its Mad Dog project off the Louisiana coast just a day after OPEC ministers agreed to cut production, a move that sparked a rally in oil prices.…

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US rig count up 4 this week to 597; Texas adds 7

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by four this week to 597.

A year ago, 737 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have curtailed exploration, although the rig count has been rising in recent weeks.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc.…

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Trump team says he backs disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump supports completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline in the Midwest, a policy that a spokesman says is not related to Trump’s investments in a partnership building the $3.8 billion pipeline.

Spokesman Bryan Lanza says in a memo to supporters Trump’s backing for the pipeline near a North Dakota Indian reservation “has nothing to do with his personal investments” and is based on policy.…

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Sports Updates

Wilber’s big play keys Cowboys’ 11th straight victory

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Wilber came to his locker to start getting dressed when a hoard of media gathered around him.

“They must think I’m Dak,” Wilber said, referring to rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.

This time, a third-string linebacker that has bounced from position to position during five years in Dallas took center stage over any of the Cowboys’ numerous playmakers.…

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Lady Cats defeat Loop

The Wellman-Union Lady Cats improved their record to 2-2 with a victory over the Loop Lady Longhorns on Friday.

The Lady Cats out scored Loop every quarter but the last to ease to a 45-23 non-district win. The Ladies held Loop scoreless in the second quarter while mounting an 18-5 lead to go into halftime.…

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Wildcats fall to O’Donnell 52-44

The Wellman-Union Wildcats traded in the cleats for basketball shoes this week as they played their first round ball game of the year. Unfortunately, The Cats did not come away with the “W” as they fell to O’Donnell by a score of 52-44.

O’Donnell fielded a team that came straight off the football field, as well, but they were ready to play.…

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Area News

Terry Co. vineyards honored across state

The first Texas International Wine Competition (TXIWC) was held in Austin from November 18-19. The competition was founded by Bonnie Villacampa, an international wine judge and co-founder of Baron de Villacampa, a wine brand from the Rioja region in Spain.

Ms. Villacampa has judged at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC) in New York for more than 10 years.…

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2017 South Plains UWCD Conservation calendars ready

The 2017 South Plains Underground Water Conservation District calendars are available and ready to be picked up.

Each year as part of the Southern Ogallala Conservation and Outreach Program (SOCOP), the SPUWCD conducts a calendar artwork contest open to all Terry County fourth and fifth graders.  Students in Brownfield, Meadow, and Wellman-Union participated in the contest last spring.…

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ACES has big December plans

Arnold Community Educational Services (ACES) has big things going on in December. Big things that involve the whole town.

ACES will be participating in “Christmas Lights on The Square” on Thursday, December 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This will be a fun filled evening to enjoy refreshments and fellowship with your neighbors as the whole town gathers on The Square to celebrate Santa and Mrs.…

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