On a Tuesday evening earlier this month, outside Ralls’ City Hall, nearly two dozen residents waited in the 90-degree Texas heat. For two hours, they anxiously awaited word from their city leaders on whether they will keep their Emergency Medical Service (EMS)—the city’s last-standing lifeline following a string of budget cuts.  

Evan L'Roy/The Texas Tribune

From The Texas Tribune: 

With less than half of Texans vaccinated and the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus spreading, the percentage of COVID-19 tests coming back positive in the state has climbed to a rate unseen since winter.

AJ McCleod was raised by within the tight community of East Lubbock. Even after moving out of the neighborhood, he still considers it home. Following two tragedies that struck the McCleod family, ripping prominent men out of AJ’s life, ending gun violence became his mission. In this episode, AJ discusses the mission to better his community, which raises the question: could speaking out ultimately cost him his life, like so many Black men in history?

Lubbock County SWAT Sergeant Killed, Four More Officers Wounded In Levelland Standoff

Jul 15, 2021

A 22-year-old is now in custody after repeatedly firing shots that killed one law enforcement officer and injured four others from a Levelland home he was barricaded in for over 10 hours Thursday. 

The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office confirmed SWAT Commander Sgt. Josh Bartlett was killed during the standoff. Four other officers were injured, one critically, according to the most recent information available.  

The Holmes Family Legacy | Beyond The Report Podcast

Jul 6, 2021
Mikayla Holmes stands beside the mural painted on the side of the Caviel Museum, next to the portrait of her great-grandfather.
Photo courtesy of Mikayla Holmes

In this community profile, three generations of East Lubbock residents unpack their family’s legacy in the Hub City. George Woods, established himself as a prominent, trusted businessman despite the barriers in place for Black men in the 30s, 40s and 50s. His descendants have all dedicated their lives to education—a passion they say started with him. In this episode, hear first-hand accounts of the Holmes family whose roots span the decades of Lubbock’s history.