Bill’s Best Bets: ‘Annie,’ Neil Diamond & Eagles tribute, butterflies, dinosaurs and sports stuff

Television rarely is a Best Bet, but Texas Tech faces Michigan in the College World Series Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN. And looking ahead, Lubbock’s only professional company, Outpost Repertory Theatre, finally returns next weekend with the Lubbock debut of “Tigers Be Still,” starring Ashley Meyer. The play will run for two weekends, June … Continued

Is your favorite Texas Tech sports legend on the menu at All-American Eatery & Catering Company?

The menu  grabs your attention … especially if you’re a Texas Tech sports fan. At the All-American Eatery & Catering Company, all the menu items are named after Texas Tech All-Americans. There’s the: E.J. Holub hamburger on sourdough or jalapeno bun. Marsha Sharp chicken fried bacon BLT Zach Thomas chicken strips Bam Morris steak fingers … Continued

Isaac and Ashley Arellano’s Slaton ‘cue joint is getting recognition and we’re the beneficiaries

Last Saturday I had a religious experience … and it wasn’t in church. Although, in Texas, barbecue is a holy topic. This all started when I noticed two South Plains barbecue places landed in Texas Monthly’s list of top 25 new barbecue places … Pitforks and Smokerings in Slaton and Rejeno  Barbecue in Olton. Saturday, … Continued

Texas Tech basketball is nationally relevant … and the city it’s in is pretty special too

What’s the best thing about Texas Tech basketball? Star Red Raider player Jarrett Culver is from Lubbock and went to Coronado High School? Tech’s killer defense? Head coach Chris Beard’s fun “Fireside Chats” with Breaking News alerts telling students  if they came to Anaheim for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games they could stay … Continued

My limited federal government, more local control ‘Two Americas’ plan will never fly … but it would be interesting to see what could happen

America is broken and beyond repair. Let that sink in a little. Our national debt continues to rise. It’s embarrassing and just one of a bunch of things that don’t get fixed. Border security is another. Why can’t we fix things? Because we have two Americas and they cannot agree. So let’s do something radical … Continued

Sorry, Kamala … I’ll be thrilled with a smaller tax refund because it means I’m not being fleeced on the front end

I’m a native Californian who loves living in Texas because I’m surrounded by fewer crazy Democrats … like Sen. Kamala Harris. One of California’s two left-of-most-of-us-in-Texas senators Tweeted this a few days ago: “The average tax refund is down about $170 compared to last year. Let’s call the President’s tax cut what it is: a … Continued

Sen. Perry tells us his session priorities and why there’s more of an appetite to get things done

State Senator Charles Perry sat down with Lubbock Lights editor Terry Greenberg to discuss this Texas Legislature session and here are thoughts frm the Lubbock-based senator who represents 51 counties in West Texas. On session priorities “First is property tax reform. I think everybody supports property tax reform that will look like a reduced rollback … Continued

Thoughts on MLK Day … when do we get past race and grow as the human race?

While thinking about Martin Luther King Jr.  during the three-day weekend celebrating his life, my thoughts turn to “Star Trek,” the Golden Globe-winning movie “Green Book,” and Sasezley Richardson. Whoopi Goldberg wanted to be on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” because she was a fan of the original “Star Trek,” which ran on network television … Continued

I trust Kirby … it’s time to move forward

So Texas Tech has hired Utah State’s Matt Wells as the new football coach. Glancing at my Facebook feed, not everyone is thrilled with  Kirby Hocutt’s decision. Example: “Does Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt turning to Utah State’s Matt Wells to be the new head coach make any sense to anybody? Who gave him the … Continued