Lubbock County to declare Feb 14th as day of prayer & fasting - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock County to declare Feb 14th as day of prayer & fasting

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Monday morning, Lubbock County Commissioners are scheduled to proclaim February 14th as "a day of prayer and fasting on the South Plains." 

"Every time there's a drought organizations call the County Judge and ask to get that on the agenda," says Commissioner Bill McCay.  

"The wording is pretty much the same as the last time we did it," says Commissioner Patti Jones.  The last such proclamation was in 2008, after months of drought and wildfires.

City and County leaders were singled out for a Texas Monthly Magazine "Bum Steer" award in December of 2008 for the public calls to pray for rain.  Religious organizations at the time, including Pray Lubbock, defended the public prayers and pointed to timely rains that rescued local cotton crops.

In other business, County Commissioners are expected to accept the resignation of Ken Jones from the Lubbock County Hospital Board.  Jones had not even taken the oath of office and discovered that he might have a conflict of interest.  Commissioners have their eyes on David Wilkerson to serve instead of Jones.

Commissioners will also honor county employees for years of loyal service.  Commissioner Jones says the average length of employment has gone up from 8.7 years to 12.3 years.

"Were finally doing something right with retaining employees instead of them using Lubbock as a training ground," Jones says.

Commissioners will also set a public hearing for a proposed 4-way stop at South University Avenue and Woodrow Road.  As of Sunday evening the anticipated time & location had not been set. 

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