They are leaders in the Texas agricultural industry, and Tuesday evening, a leader in the Texas House of Representatives came to Lubbock to talk to them about legislature. Speaker of the House, Pete Laney, was the guest speaker for the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership reception at the Merket Alumni Center. The reception was for a class made up of professionals who travel throughout the state and country to learn about different aspects of agriculture and how it affects Texas.
The City of Lubbock hopes a $900,000 project will leave a good impression on Lubbock's visitors. Tuesday marked the halfway point of Lubbock International Airport's Beautification Project. Hundreds of trees are going up along Regis St. and MLK Blvd. Aviation Director Mark Earle says it will go a long way toward improving Lubbock's image.
"Anybody that comes to town on business through the airport is going to see this corridor. It's going to be one of their first impressions, as they come into town, and as they leave as they're leaving town. It's the last impression that they'll have as well," said Earle.
The City of Lubbock, the airport board, and Keep Lubbock Beautiful all contributed money to the project.
Texas Tech got a visit from the highest office in the land Tuesday. The Deputy Director for the White House's Drug Control Policy, Mary Ann Solberg, met with students from Tech's Center for the Study of Addiction. Also visiting was Secretary of Education Advisor, Judge Eric Andell. They both talked with the students about drug prevention and enforcement.
An awards ceremony at the United Spirit Arena on Tuesday honored some of Lubbock's leading women. It was the Fifth Annual Marsha Sharp Making a Difference for Women Awards. Each year, Soroptimist International recognizes women and businesses who show a commitment to helping other women achieve success. Betty Anderson won the Marsha Sharp Award. Cox Communications won the award for big business. Westmark Realtors won the award for small business and Women's Christian Job Corp. won the award for non-profit businesses.