Faith Matters: Remembering Louise and Giles McCrary


Giles McCrary was an oilman, a rancher, an art collector and a world traveler. On his treks across the globe he bought plenty of souvenirs, many of which now grace the OS Museum in Post.

McCrary, who died in 2011, also was a WW II Army veteran. From 1969 until 1991, he served as mayor of Post, where residents honored him and Citizen of the year in 1985.

Known for his generosity and philanthropy, McCrary often paid tuition, room and board and books for several...

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Texas Tech nutritional sciences professor Nik Dhurandhar.
Betsy Blaney

ITT: Obesity Tied to Viral Infection

Texas Tech nutritional sciences professor Nik Dhurandhar wasn’t looking for a virus that causes obesity. He wanted to learn IF one did. And he succeeded. The AD36 virus and Dhurandhar’s startling research since 1995 will be spotlighted by National Geographic this fall.

Studies by research groups across every continent except Africa have brought similar findings since he confirmed that infectobesity, obesity through infection, is real.

“Now I’m not alone anymore, and...

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Salem witch trials.
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Rebecca Sleeper Irons has roots that run back to the Mayflower. From their settlement on Plymouth, Massachusetts to the Salem Witch trials, Rebecca's mother has traced these stories through history. On this week's Faith Matters, we finish up our two-part series depicting Rebecca's family history.

Music Crossroads of Texas Playlist: Celebration of African American History Month

An Arizona real estate investment company has developed a master plan for 288 acres southeast of Lubbock’s airport that in time could be home to as many as 5,000 residents. Regis Park would have single- and multi-family housing, a K-12 equestrian charter school, retail space and an auditorium. Some of the land was rezoned from industrial to commercial last year.

Music Crossroads of Texas: Playlist Dedicated to Buddy Holly

For many, Gabe Rivera’s death in mid-July brought back memories of his glory football days in Jones Stadium. The legacy of ‘Señor Sack,’ the nickname he got in his sophomore year as a Red Raider, is legendary. He was named to the SWC all-decade team for the 1980s and inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in 1993.

Gabe Rivera was an unrelenting menace to offenses. The standout defensive lineman for Texas Tech from 1979-1982 went on to become an All-American, a first-round NFL draft choice and later a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Texas Tech Ring of Honor.

Rivera, whose NFL career was cut short by a car accident, passed away July 16. He was 57.

Pittsburgh sportscaster Bob Pampeani at KDKA-TV profiled Rivera a few years ago after speaking to him in San Antonio.

Music Crossroads of Texas – Rock n’ Roll

On any given day more than 79,000 children in Texas are sexually exploited. A group of concerned Lubbock women have stepped up to help some of them to recover from their traffickers’ abuse. In May, the nonprofit One Voice Home used $450,000 it had raised to purchase property in West Texas that will house and help underage girls mend their lives.
 

This week on the Music Crossroads of Texas we devote the entire show to the West Texas super group: The Flatlanders. Along with the group, he also explores some of the solo music from the group’s three-principle members: Joe Ely, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock.
 

Music Crossroads of Texas: The Flatlanders Playlist

Lubbock residents gather for a game of Pickleball.
Betsy Blaney

You don’t have to be highly athletic or particularly agile to play Pickleball, a racket sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping pong. Pickleball was named after a dog whose owner was one of the game’s founder in 1965. A group of Pickleball players in Lubbock – the city’s lone member of the USA Pickleball Association - stakes its home at Davis Park.

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