There is a shortage of CASA Volunteers in Amarillo, If you haven't heard of the program it's actually an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate. What these amazing volunteers do is help kids in the foster system who may not be able to speak for themselves have a voice.

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Going to Court is Tough, Going As A Child is Tougher

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It's hard enough to go into the foster system for any child, and part of being in that system are hearings related to custody or placement and for some children the possibility that they may never be placed and age out of the system is very real. So imagine having to deal with that and having to prepare for a court case of which you may not be able to advocate for what is in your best interests.

CASA Volunteers act in those best interests by bringing information from children into the court as a set of eyes and ears that may have not otherwise been known which may help with a more positive outcome for the child going through the process. Another part of the job is making sure that safe housing is also available.

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The Amarillo program was first launched in September of 1994 and quickly expanded out of Randall and Potter Counties to include Armstrong, and Hutchinson counties in 1996. Today they also serve under the designation of Guardian Ad Litems in Armstrong, Briscoe and Swisher Counties.

The program is currently seeking volunteers as they have 28 children who need an advocate. There is a time commitment that can be anywhere from 5 to 10 months and they hope to have someone to help each of these children before school starts. There are several classes coming up in September and everything you need to know about volunteering can be found on the Amarillo CASA website

The 806's Strange & Screwed Up Crimes Of 2021.....So Far

It's 2021 and folks are making up for staying indoors and following the law all throughout 2020. This isn't always a good thing, though. There have been quite a few odd, wacky, and outright grotesque crimes committed in the Texas Panhandle this year so far.

From Friona to Lubbock, there's plenty of bad behavior on display throughout the 806 in 2021.

Take a look at what these hellions have gotten themselves into:

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There are plenty of lists of 'crazy Texas laws' that you can find online. Unfortunately, a lot of those 'laws' don't actually exist, or they were appealed a long time ago. However, there are plenty of laws that do actually exist and seem pretty silly. Some of them are very self-explanatory, while others are oddly specific. These are a few weird Texas laws that actually exist.

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Texans who disagree feel that removing these teaching standards are a step in the wrong direction and may lead away from educating our children about the diversity of American citizens and their histories.

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