Floyd County, Texas
Floyd County is a county in the U. S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 6,446; the seat of the county is Floydada. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1890, it is named for Dolphin Ward Floyd, who died on his 32nd birthday, March 6, 1836, defending the Alamo. The Matador Ranch, based in Motley County, once reached into Floyd County as well. Republican Drew Springer, Jr. a businessman from Muenster in Cooke County, has since January 2013 represented Floyd County in the Texas House of Representatives. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 993 square miles, of which 992 square miles is land and 0.4 square miles is water. U. S. Highway 62 U. S. Highway 70 State Highway 207 Briscoe County Motley County Crosby County Hale County Swisher County Lubbock County Dickens County As of the census of 2010, there were 6,446 people; the 2000 census showed 2,110 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile. There were 3,221 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the county was 74.16% White, 3.38% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 19.66% from other races, 1.81% from two or more races. 45.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 2,730 households out of which 39.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.90% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, 22.70% were non-families. 21.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.26. In the county, the population was spread out with 31.40% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males. The median income for a household in the county was $26,851, the median income for a family was $32,123.
Males had a median income of $25,487 versus $18,929 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,206. About 19.50% of families and 21.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.60% of those under age 18 and 16.50% of those age 65 or over. Floyd County is located in; the wind corridor stretches from the Panhandle of Texas up into Minnesota, including some of the most wind rich states in the country. There are several reasons why Floyd Texas is ideal for wind development; those reasons include the quality of wind in the region, the potential to connect into two different electric grid systems, the scheduled transmission line build-out in the area. Floydada Lockney Aiken Barwise Dougherty South Plains Dry county Quitaque Creek National Register of Historic Places listings in Floyd County, Texas Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Floyd County Floydada Economic Development Corporation Floyd County from the Handbook of Texas Online Floyd County Profile from the Texas Association of Counties
Littlefield is a city in and the county seat of Lamb County, United States. The population was 6,372 at the 2010 census, it is located in a significant cotton-growing region, northwest of Lubbock on the Llano Estacado just south of the Texas Panhandle. Littlefield has a large denim-manufacturing plant operated by American Cotton Growers. Littlefield houses the Bill W. Clayton Detention Center, a 310-bed, medium-security facility, named for the former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, who resided in Springlake. Near Littlefield is the Triple Arrow Ranch, known for its historical remnants, owned by Lamb County Commissioner's Court Judge and Mrs. William A. Thompson, Jr. Littlefield is named for George Washington Littlefield, a Mississippi native, Confederate officer, cattleman and benefactor of the University of Texas at Austin. In July 1901, Littlefield purchased the southern, or Yellow Houses, division of the XIT Ranch, forming the Yellow House Ranch. At that time, the ranch covered 312,175 acres in Lamb, Hockley and Cochran Counties.
In 1912, when surveys showed that a new rail line from Coleman, Texas, to Texico, New Mexico, would pass through his property, Littlefield formed the Littlefield Lands Company to sell the northeastern corner of the Yellow House Ranch, a total of 79,040 acres, to settlers and to establish the town of Littlefield in Lamb County. Littlefield became a stop on the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway in 1913. Littlefield is located at 33°55′02″N 102°19′30″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles, all land. Much like nearby Lubbock, Littlefield has a semiarid climate. On average, Littlefield receives 18 inches of precipitation per year. Summers in Littlefield are hot, with high temperatures in the 90s °F and dropping into the 60s °F at nights; the highest recorded temperature was 112 °F in 1994. Winter days in Littlefield are sunny and mild in the mid 50s °F, but nights are cold with temperatures dipping to the mid 20s °F; the lowest recorded temperature was -6 °F in 1979.
The economy of Littlefield traditionally depends on cotton. American Cotton Growers Denim Textile Plant of Littlefield is the largest employer in Littlefield and Lamb County. Plains Cotton Cooperative Association of Lubbock, a farmer-owned, cotton-marketing cooperative purchased the denim plant from ACG in 1987. American Cotton Growers announced the closure of their Littlefield denim mill on Friday Nov 07, 2014; the plant closed in 2015, was purchased by a dairy co-operative, Select Milk Producers. The city is headquarters to a grocery store chain in the American Southwest. In August 2008, Littlefield was selected as the new location for a biodiesel plant. Littlefield is the hometown of singer/songwriter Waylon Jennings. Waylon Jennings Boulevard is named in his honor. A celebration of Jennings' 73rd birthday was held on June 18, 2010, to raise funds for the Lands Duggan House Museum in Littlefield. Bull Lake is located about 5 miles west of town. A municipal campground is located on Highway 385.
The world's tallest windmill was said to be below Yellow Houses Bluff at nearby Yellow House Ranch from the early 1900s until 1926, when the 128-foot -high structure was blown over. On October 26, 1943, Littlefield was shocked by the murder of physician Roy Hunt and his wife, the former Mae Franks. Hunt, a Lubbock native, graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston and opened the Littlefield Clinic in 1937. While Dr. Hunt died of a gunshot wound, Mrs. Hunt was bludgeoned to death by a gun, their bodies, bound together, were found in bed by the couple's five-year-old daughter, who ran screaming to neighbors for help. An estimated 1,500 mourners attended the funerals in the First Methodist Church of Littlefield, which seated only 300; some 1,200 people stood outside the overflowing church to pay respects. A $15,000 reward was offered, Governor Coke R. Stevenson took a personal interest in the case. An investigation revealed that Dr. Hunt had been shot twice in May 1942 by Dr. W.
R. Newton, a former medical-school classmate who claimed that Hunt was showing an interest in Newton's wife, Ruth. Another suspect, Jim Clyde Thomas, was gunned down in a personal disagreement on August 22, 1951, in Durant, Oklahoma; the murders, called the "most heinous on the Texas South Plains", remain unsolved. The Hunts are interred at the City of Lubbock Cemetery. Clovis Road - The Dr. Roy Hunt Murder - Littlefield, Texas 1942 - 1943 was written in 2009 by a Littlefield native, Dana Middlebrooks Samuelson and Robert Samuelson, M. D. Jerry Scott Hughes wrote the foreword, the book was based on their research and the files of Judge Harold LaFont; that book was dedicated to his son, Bill LaFont. Additional information in the Hunt murder story has come to light since it was published in 2009, resulted in a revised and expanded second edition published in March 2013; the second edition is dedicated to former Texas Supreme Court Justice Ted Z. Robertson. Christena Stephens of the Llano Estacado Heritage Foundation is writing a book on the Hunt case.
At a time when forensic science was hardly known in Texas, Stephens has uncovered clues to solving the case, including tire tracks and black tennis shoes. On February 6, 1973, 7 children were killed and 16 children were hospitalized when a school bus was struck by a moving Santa Fe freight train; the bus was struck on the railroad street intersection on what is now N Eastside Ave. The accident occurred a little after 4:00 pm, with death certificat
Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Lady Raiders are the athletic teams that represent Texas Tech University. The women's basketball team uses the name Lady Raiders, while the school's other women's teams use the "Red Raiders" name; the university's athletic program fields 17 varsity teams in 11 sports all of whom have combined to win 70 conference championships as well as 4 national championships. The Masked Rider and Raider Red serve as the mascots representing the teams, the school colors are scarlet and black. Texas Tech is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference. From 1932 until 1956, the university belonged to the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Texas Tech was admitted to the Southwest Conference on May 12, 1956; when the Southwest Conference disbanded in 1995, Texas Tech, along with the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Baylor University, joined with all eight former members of the Big Eight Conference to form the Big 12 Conference. The university's athletic director is College Football Playoff committee representative Kirby Hocutt.
Bob Knight, the most victorious coach in men's Division I basketball history, coached the Red Raiders men's basketball team from 2001 to 2008. Following Bob Knight's retirement in 2008, his son Pat Knight assumed head coaching duties; the Red Raiders football team, coached by Mike Leach from 2000 to 2009, is a member of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and has appeared in the 19th-most bowl games of any team. Tommy Tuberville was named head coach in 2010 following the firing of Mike Leach and remained in the position until 2012 before resigning, he was replaced by former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury in 2013. In 1993, led by coach Marsha Sharp, the Lady Raiders basketball team won the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. Following Sharp's retirement in 2006, Kristy Curry was named Lady Raiders head coach. Red Raiders baseball coach Larry Hays, one of only four coaches in NCAA baseball history to win 1,500 career games, retired in 2008. On February 24, 1925, an article published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram suggested Tech's athletic teams be called the "Dogies" explaining that "a Dogie is a calf whose mother died and is forced to look out for itself" and "If anything had to rustle for itself, it was West Texas and Tech College."
Behind football and men's basketball, baseball is the third oldest sport at Texas Tech. The initial team organized in 1925 and the first game, an 18–9 victory over West Texas State Teachers College, was played in 1926. In the following game, the team suffered its first loss, 14–9 to the team it had defeated; the third game in the team's history—this one against Daniel Baker College—ended in a 3–3 tie after 11 innings. E. Y. Freeland was the first coach of the Red Raiders, though the team was known as the Matadors at the time, he remained in the position for three years. Higginbotham coached for only two years. From 1930 to 1953, Tech did not field an intercollegiate baseball team; when the program returned in 1954, Beattie Feathers became the head coach of the Red Raiders and remained until 1960. He was followed by Berl Huffman, Kal Segrist, Gary Ashby. Upon Ashby's departure, Larry Hays became the head coach of the team. Texas Tech's baseball team is coached by Dan Spencer. Larry Hays had been the Red Raider's head coach for the previous 22 years and accumulated over 800 wins with Texas Tech.
On April 2, 2008, Hays became just the fourth coach in NCAA baseball history to win 1,500 career games. The Red Raider's first win came on April 5, 1926 against New Mexico Military Institute. During the 1990s, Tech players drew notice from 17 big league organizations. Two Red Raiders were selected in the second round, one each in the third and fifth rounds; as of 2002, 16 former Tech players have appeared in Major League Baseball. Larry Hays took over the Red Raiders baseball team in 1987. Under Hays, Texas Tech endured only two losing seasons, his first and last, enjoyed their greatest success in baseball. Hays took Tech from having a losing tradition to being a national contender; when Hays started with the Red Raiders, the team's overall record stood at 550–576. By the time he left, he was the fourth-winningest coach is college baseball history and the team's record had improved to 1,365–1,054–9; the Red Raiders reached eight straight NCAA tournaments from 1995–2002 and again in 2004, three of which were held at Dan Law Field.
They won two conference championships, in 1995 and 1997, two conference tournament championships, in 1996 and 1998. The team is coached by Tim Tadlock, hired as associate head coach for the Red Raiders under Dan Spencer; the following season saw Tadlock replace Spencer as the ninth head coach of the Red Raiders following Spencer's firing. Tadlock's first season saw the team finish 26–30, 8th of 9 in Big 12 play. Prior to the 2014 season, the Red Raiders were selected to finish in 8th place in the Big 12 Conference in the preseason polls. In only his second season, the Red Raiders won their first NCAA Tournament Regional Championship, defeating the Columbia Lions and host team Miami Hurricanes to advance to the program's first Super Regional appearance; the team would host the College of Charleston in the Super Regional round before shutting them out twice in two 1–0 games, earning the programs first berth in the College World Series on the back of a 0.65 post season earned run average produced by assistant coach Ray Hayward's pitching staff.
Texas Tech's cross country and indoor/outdoor track & field teams are coached by Wes Kittley. Under his leadership, the progr
Lynn County, Texas
Lynn County is a county in the U. S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 5,915, its county seat is Tahoka. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1903. Lynn County, along with Crosby and Lubbock Counties, is part of the Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area; the Lubbock MSA and Levelland Micropolitan Statistical Area, encompassing only Hockley County, form the larger Lubbock–Levelland Combined Statistical Area. Lynn County was one of 30 prohibition, or dry, counties in Texas, but is now a moist county; the county has two historical museums, the O'Donnell Heritage Museum, with a Dan Blocker room in O'Donnell, the Tahoka Pioneer Museum in Tahoka. Apache and Comanche peoples roamed the high plains until various military expeditions of the 19th century pushed them away; the Red River War of 1874 was a military campaign to drive out the Apaches and Kiowas in Texas. In 1877, the ill-fated Nolan Expedition crossed the county in search of livestock stolen by Comanche renegades.
The various Indian tribes had moved on by the time of white settlement due to the depletion of the buffalo herds by hunters. In the early 1880s, sheep and cattle ranchers began to set up operations in the county; the situation changed as large-scale ranching spread into the county. W C. Young of Fort Worth and Illinois Irishman Ben Galbraith established the beginnings of the Curry Comb Ranch in the northwest part of Garza County. By 1880, it spilled over into Lynn County; the Square Compass Ranch of Garza County protruded into Lynn County. The county remained sparsely settled ranching territory for two decades after 1880, it had no towns. Farmers began to move into the county and invest in corn and cotton. Lynn County was formed in 1876 from Bexar; the county was organized with Takoha becoming the county seat. New towns were founded during the early years of the 20th century. O'Donnell, named for railroad man Tom J. O'Donnell, was established in 1910 as a speculative venture based on the opening up of new farmlands in southern Lynn and northern Dawson Counties.
Wilson, 13 miles northeast of Tahoka, was established in 1912 to attract farmers to the newly opened lands of the Dixie Ranch. A large number of Central Texas Germans purchased county lands, thus beginning a small-scale migration of Germans into the county that lasted into the 1950s. Cotton farming prospered in the early part of the 20th century. Farmers expanded to wheat and sorghum, plus cattle, sheep and poultry, chiefly chickens and turkeys. Oil was discovered in the county in 1950. By 1983, the total production was 10,612,550 barrels. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 893 square miles, of which 892 square miles is land and 1.6 square miles is covered by water. Caprock Escarpment, eastern edge of Lynn County Double Mountain Fork Brazos River, begins as a small depression between Draw and Grassland, Texas. Double Lakes, northwest of Tahoka Guthrie Lake, southwest of Tahoka Tahoka Lake, northeast of Tahoka U. S. Highway 84 U. S. Highway 87 U. S. Highway 380 Lubbock County Garza County Borden County Dawson County Terry County Hockley County As of the census of 2000, 6,550 people, 2,354 households, 1,777 families resided in the county.
The population density was 7 people per square mile. The 2,671 housing units averaged 3 per square mile; the county's racial makeup was 75.53% White, 2.84% Black or African American, 1.02% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 18.24% from other races, 2.21% from two or more races. About 44% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 2,354 households, 38.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.00% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.50% were not families. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.25. In the county, the population was distributed as 31.20% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males. The median income for a household in the county was $26,694, for a family was $33,146.
Males had a median income of $27,972 versus $19,531 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,090. About 19.30% of families and 22.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.00% of those under age 18 and 24.40% of those age 65 or over. The county is served by a weekly newspaper, nearby stations KBXJ and KPET, the various Lubbock radio and TV stations. KAMZ and KMMX are licensed to Tahoka, but have offices and studios in Lubbock and originate few if any programs from Lynn County. New Home O'Donnell Tahoka Wilson Grassland Wayside New Lynn Draw Dan Blocker, actor Jerry "Bo" Coleman, radio disc jockey Phil Hardberger, politician E L Short, former member of both houses of the Texas State Legislature National Register of Historic Places listings in Lynn County, Texas Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Lynn County Media related to Lynn County, Texas at Wikimedia Commons Lynn County government’s website Lynn County from the Handbook of Texas Online Lynn County Profile from the Texas Association of Counties Roadside America, Dan Blocker Memorial
Houston is the most populous city in the U. S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Located in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, the fifth most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA. With a total area of 627 square miles, Houston is the eighth most expansive city in the United States, it is the largest city in the United States by total area, whose government is not consolidated with that of a county or borough. Though in Harris County, small portions of the city extend into Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. Houston was founded by land speculators on August 30, 1836, at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837.
The city is named after former General Sam Houston, president of the Republic of Texas and had won Texas' independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles east of Allen's Landing. After serving as the capital of the Texas Republic in the late 1830s, Houston grew into a regional trading center for the remainder of the 19th century; the arrival of the 20th century saw a convergence of economic factors which fueled rapid growth in Houston, including a burgeoning port and railroad industry, the decline of Galveston as Texas' primary port following a devastating 1900 hurricane, the subsequent construction of the Houston Ship Channel, the Texas oil boom. In the mid-20th century, Houston's economy diversified as it became home to the Texas Medical Center—the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located. Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing and transportation.
Leading in healthcare sectors and building oilfield equipment, Houston has the second most Fortune 500 headquarters of any U. S. municipality within its city limits. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. Nicknamed the "Space City", Houston is a global city, with strengths in culture and research; the city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston is the most diverse metropolitan area in Texas and has been described as the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the U. S, it is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts; the Allen brothers—Augustus Chapman and John Kirby—explored town sites on Buffalo Bayou and Galveston Bay.
According to historian David McComb, "he brothers, on August 26, 1836, bought from Elizabeth E. Parrott, wife of T. F. L. Parrott and widow of John Austin, the south half of the lower league granted to her by her late husband, they paid $5,000 total, but only $1,000 of this in cash. They lobbied the Republic of Texas Congress to designate Houston as the temporary capital, agreeing to provide the new government with a capital building. About a dozen persons resided in the town at the beginning of 1837, but that number grew to about 1,500 by the time the Texas Congress convened in Houston for the first time that May. Houston was granted incorporation with James S. Holman becoming its first mayor. In the same year, Houston became the county seat of Harrisburg County. In 1839, the Republic of Texas relocated its capital to Austin; the town suffered another setback that year when a yellow fever epidemic claimed about one life out of every eight residents. Yet it persisted as a commercial center, forming a symbiosis with Galveston.
Landlocked farmers brought their produce to Houston, using Buffalo Bayou to gain access to Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico. Houston merchants profited from selling staples to farmers and shipping the farmers' produce to Galveston; the great majority of slaves in Texas came with their owners from the older slave states. Sizable numbers, came through the domestic slave trade. New Orleans was the center of this trade in the Deep South. Thousands of enslaved blacks lived near the city before the American Civil War. Many of them near the city worked on sugar and cotton plantations, while most of those in the city limits had domestic and artisan jobs. In 1840, the community established a chamber of commerce in part to promote shipping and navigation at the newly created port on Buffalo Bayou. By 1860, Houston had emerged as a commercial and railroad hub for the export of cotton. Railroad spurs from the Texas inland converged in Houston, where they met rail lines to the ports of Galveston and Beaumont.
During the American Civil War, Houston served as a headquarters for General John Magruder, who used the city as an organization point for the Battle of Galveston. After the Civil War, Houston businessmen initia
Plainview is a city in and the county seat of Hale County, United States. The population was 22,194 at the 2010 census. Plainview is located on the Llano Estacado. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.8 square miles, all land. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Plainview has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps; as of the census of 2000, there were 22,336 people, 7,626 households, 5,666 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,621.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 8,471 housing units at an average density of 614.8/sq mi. The racial distribution within the city was 63.21% White, 5.87% African American, 1.13% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 26.53% from other races, 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 49.83% of the population. There were 7,626 households of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.7% were non-families.
22.7% of all households were composed of single individuals, 11.2% were households of persons 65 years of age or older living alone. The average household size was 2.82, the average family size is four. In the city, the population was 31.0% under the age of 18, 11.5% aged from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males. The median income per household was $31,551, the median income per family was $35,215. Males had a median income of $26,434 versus $19,888 for females; the per capita income for the city was $13,791. About 15.0% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18, 14.8% of those aged 65 or over. In 2009, the Texas Department of State Health Services ordered the recall of all products produced by a processing facility near Plainview owned by Peanut Corporation of America.
Rodents and feathers in the plant had been found in the facilities products. The closure was not related to closures PCA plants due to salmonella concerns. A Cargill beef processing plant the largest employer in the city, closed in 2013 due to lack of incoming animals. A result of the 2010–2012 drought; the closure created challenges for the city, as an estimated 2,300 employees and their families relocated. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Region V office is located in Plainview; the current Region V headquarters opened in 1996 in a former Bank of America building. The city is served by the Plainview Independent School District, which enrolls 5,585 students as of 2018; the district attracts transfer students from surrounding school districts. Due to the PISD's size compared to surrounding districts, many of the district's schools provide extensive support for disabled students and students with special needs not available at other schools outside the district, in addition to more specialized courses.
The mascot for the Plainview High School is a grey English bulldog nicknamed "Big Red". Wayland Baptist University, a private four-year coeducational Baptist university, is based in the city. In 1908, when the school was founded, the campus was more than one mile from the city limit; the Museum of the Llano Estacado, which opened in 1976, is located on the university grounds. The museum is home to a permanent exhibit featuring artifacts from the Plainview Site, fossilized remains of a mammoth known as the Imperial Mammoth. An extension of South Plains College serves the residents of the city; the Plainview Herald the Plainview Daily Herald, is the city's only remaining newspaper. It was acquired from local owners by Hearst Communications in 1979, it is among the oldest newspapers in Texas still in publication. It became computer paginated in 1994, the same year it began publishing an online edition. Customers in the city are served by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, which reports on news from Plainview.
Eight radio stations broadcast from Plainview, including KVOP, the oldest radio station in the city. KVOP's callsign meant "Voice of Plainview"; the city is within the Lubbock television market. Due to the terrain, television stations based in Amarillo can be received over-the-air, either directly or via repeaters north of the city. Prior to 1993 all stations broadcast from Lubbock and Amarillo markets were retransmitted by the local cable operator. After changes were made to must-cary rules by the FCC only stations from Lubbock are available to cable and digital satellite customers in the city; the Steve Martin film Leap of Faith was filmed around Plainview. Several residents were hired as extras for the film; until 2016, a water tower east of downtown bore the name and mascot of the fictional town in which the movie is based: Rustwater Bengals. An episode of Vice falsely portrayed the city as a ghost town in a documentary feature called "Deliver Us from Drought", despite 22,000 residents still living in the city at the time of filming.
The feature used locations in the city, many of, closed or abandoned for years, as examples of rural flight following a drought crisis. The Vice feature followed the template of a documentary short "Dry and Drier in West Texas", broadcast on Showtime. Both documentaries portrayed residents of the city as excessively religious. James H. Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics and other companies. Jimmy Dean, singer and entrepreneur, host of The Jimmy Dean Show. Bob Dorough