With 2008 behind us, NewsChannel 10 is bringing you the top local stories of the year ranked by website viewer hits.
Protesters are demonstrating in Amarillo against what they call a swingers club.
Calls to the Amarillo Police Department for Wednesday, December 31st
Before donning the Santa Claus suit that would disarm his first victim, Bruce Pardo spent months plotting his Christmas Eve massacre.
People are expected to spend less at Amarillo events this New Year's Eve compared to previous years. You can take advantage of their low expectations for the holiday.
From middle class to shaky ground, 23 million Americans are not financially ready to handle the economic recession.
The next Potter County Commissioner for precinct one is officially sworn into office on Wednesday.
Money issues are topping the list for 2009 New Year's resolutions.
A memorial fund has been set up for the ten year old Bushland resident who died in a ski accident.
A Kansas City, Missouri man is behind bars following a drug bust along Interstate 40 in Carson county Wednesday afternoon.
Clovis police tell us Veronica Galvan turned herself into authorities on Christmas Day.
U.S. military deaths in Iraq plunged by two-thirds in 2008 from the previous year, a reflection of the improving security following the U.S. military's counterinsurgency.
A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations.
An exclusive hotel just yards from the White House will become a temporary home "suite" home for President-elect Barack Obama and his family.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano says a 10-year-old Texas girl died Tuesday in an accident at Santa Fe Ski Basin.
Educators say Obama's sweeping school modernization program-if he spends enough-could jump-start student aceivement
Hard economic times have many people across the country looking for better jobs. A great number of them are to finding work in the Texas Panhandle.
Calls to the Amarillo Police Department for Tuesday, December 30th
Amarillo's economy seems to be down turning on many fronts, and while some may be good for you, there may be hidden drawbacks.
Sexual misconduct trial ends with prison time for Wayne Bent.
Amarillo strip malls are not immune to the downward trend the economy is having on our area. More retailers are moving out of strip malls at a rapid rate.
Police continue to look for a person who robbed an Amarillo fast food restaurant at gunpoint.
They provide needed services in our area, but some area organizations could no longer lend a helping hand. They say the struggling economy is creating a shortage in their volunteer base.
Seat restraints, pressure suits and helmets of the doomed crew of the space shuttle Columbia
Suspect faces two life-in-prison charges
More people in our area are cashing in their holiday gifts because of the difficult economy.
Calls to the Amarillo Police Department for Monday, December 29th
The power is back on for hundreds of people in White Deer and surrounding towns after more than a combined two hours of being in the dark.
A lawmaker from our own backyard says he is contemplating a run for the Texas Speaker of the House.
The economy is forcing more people to utilize the library's free resources.
Nearly 3 million rabies vaccines baits will be air dropped over some 41 Texas counties next month.
COVINA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have corrected a detail in the aborted escape plan of the killer in last week's Santa shootings in Southern California. They now say Bruce Pardo intended to leave for
DALLAS (AP) _ Southwest Airlines is still negotiating with the Federal Aviation Administration over alleged safety violations four months after regulators gave the airline a deadline to pay a $10.2 million
State House Democrats say they've lined up enough opposition to oust Republican Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick.
The Sheriff's Department in Springfield, Colorado wants your help solving a possible homicide.
A Canyon man died in Colorado after his car went off the road and rolled several times.
Amarillo Area Lane Closures from the Texas Department of Transportation: 12/29/08 - 1/4/09
Fewer police officers died in the line of duty in 2008 compared to last year
A Curry County man received an appointment to the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.
Calls to the Amarillo Police Department for Sunday, December 28th
A mother on a mission to catch her daughter's killer while raising awareness on DNA evidence is moving through the Panhandle region this weekend.
Israel obliterated symbols of Hamas power on the third day of what the defense minister described Monday as a "war to the bitter end"
The Bush administration called Monday for an end to the new flare up in Mideast violence
Two men who police say robbed a bar on Amarillo Boulevard remain on the loose
The day after Christmas is normally a mad house of shoppers looking to cash in on those "after the holiday" sales.
Friday's high winds have elevated the chance for wildfires in our area.
Amarillo Police have stepped up their efforts to get drunk drivers off our streets. In the past 48 hours, police say they have arrested 10 people for Driving While Intoxicated
Burglaries handled by the Amarillo Police Department from Friday, December 19th through Thursday, December 25th.
Barack Obama will inherit two wars and the worst economic conditions in three generations when he takes the oath of office on Jan. 20.
While most people are relaxing and enjoying the holiday... One local bond agent is taking advantage of this time of year, hunting down those who have skipped out on their bond requirements.
Some state funded-agencies have as much as $1 billion in uncollected fees, fines and penalties for fiscal years 2006 and 2007.
Calls to the Amarillo Police Department for Thursday, December 25th
The bloodbath began when an 8-year-old girl attending a Christmas Eve party answered a knock at the door.
President-elect Barack Obama spent a private Christmas Day with family and close friends
Retail stores may be closed for christmas, but scammers are open for business.
Advocates of high-speed rail in Texas are urging lawmakers and investors to develop corridors to take advantage of a generous match program from the federal government.
A short police standoff in Clovis lands a Murder suspect behind bars.
On large bases and small outposts across the country, American troops marked Christmas with special meals and chapel services.
Investigators in eastern Oklahoma used some unusual evidence to catch a suspect in a string of burglaries, tobacco spit the suspect left at crime scenes.
President-elect Barack Obama offered appreciation to the U.S. military on Christmas Eve in a recorded message and then asked children of uniformed troops if they had their wish lists ready.
While many of us celebrate Christmas with our families, one Amarillo family still mourns a son they lost at this time last year.
More people are heading to Amarillo homeless shelters who may not be homeless at all.
One person is in police custody being questioned about a possible involvement in Clovis' latest Homicide.
Clovis police will also hit the streets Friday. Officials say from 11 pm to 3 am officers will be on DWI saturation patrol.
Taxpayers responsible for $600,000 of a $3.2 million project.
Retailers are expected to have one of the worst holiday seasons in years as consumers cope with job uncertainty and the nerve-racking stock market
President-elect Barack Obama is asking the country to look to George Washington's improbable crossing on the Delaware River on Christmas Day as inspiration to get through current tough times.
Some children in the panhandle received an early Christmas, thanks to the Eveline Rivers Christmas Project
Here is the list of 19 pardons and one commutation that President George W. Bush granted before leaving to Camp David.
A man suspected in a series of rush-hour shootings near Dallas is a former Utah state trooper wanted on burglary and robbery warrants
You may want to think twice about throwing away your old gadgets; they could end up earning you some big bucks!
The state is hot on the tracks of those not buckling up... With a lead foot, or hitting the bar without a safe ride home.
A Pro-Life organization is claiming credit for recent changes at an Amarillo clinic. A New Year is bringing a new name for the Amarillo Planned Parenthood health center.
Dozens of local children were treated to an early Christmas gift as Santa Claus made a stop at Baptist St. Anthony's hospital.
25 weight-loss pills considered unhealthy by Federal officials.
A multiple-vehicle accident in Amarillo near I-40 and Soncy sends two people to the hospital.
A former Boy Scout leader accused of molesting as many as 12 preteen boys has been sentenced to five years in prison in a case involving three brothers.
A dozen girls were sexually abused at a polygamist group's ranch targeted in a high-profile raid last spring, and parents neglected more than 250 other children
A company that makes animal supplements expects its new Curry County plant to be in full production by mid-January.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
If you're considering nursing home care for a loved one, a new report could help you avoid places that one agency says are below their standards.
Abuse victims are flocking to area shelters in record numbers, escaping from violence caused by the holiday and economic stress.
Police Need Your Help.
The push to bring an elderly man convicted of theft is hitting a road block at the hospital. A local "Bail Jumper" may be using Amarillo hospitals as a way to hide from bond agents.
It's an alarming trend happening right here in the Texas Panhandle... More child abuse and family violence cases are being reported now than at the same time last year.
Investigators are still trying to find out how a fire started in a Northeast Amarillo home.
Biological father arrested, child safe back with mother.
Woman takes advantage of tornado victim's and profits nearly $150,000.
Five former Houston-area high school varsity cheerleaders accused of hazing other cheerleaders agreed today to take part in a program similar to probation that could lead to the charges being dismissed.
Five Muslim immigrants were convicted Monday of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix
Two subjects are being sought for questioning in reference to murder of Elizabeth McAdams of Clovis
Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will report the first operating loss in 70 years
President-elect Barack Obama plans to reveal on Tuesday his staff's conversations with the Illinois governor accused of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat
Baby is kidnapped, then suspect is found with gun-shot wounds and the unharmed child.
Investigators took photos and measurements at the charred wreckage of a Continental Airlines jet Monday, searching for clues about why the plane veered off a runway and skidded into a shallow ravine.
Calls to the Amarillo Police Department for Sunday, December 21st
Amarillo drivers are getting the message. Fewer of them are running red lights where cameras are installed.
The need for quick holiday cash in a struggling economy has some trading some of their red for green.
It's something any bank would demand to know before handing out a loan: Where's the money going?
While there's still a very slim chance of having a white Christmas, TxDOT is making sure snow plow drivers are ready, just in case.
While there is not any snow in the immediate forecast, TxDOT is making sure the snow plow drivers are prepared for the next winter blast.
Police conitnue searching for the murder suspect of an arson-homicide.
Dozens of Panhandle residents came together today to honor the memory of an Amarillo Police Officer.
The victim of a gunshot wound is not the woman the Amarillo Police Department originally reported.
Officers continue to look for a man they say robbed a Pak A Sak on Tuesday.
Citing danger to the national economy, President Bush approved an emergency bailout of the U.S. auto industry
More Amarillo students may be held back if they do not pass all core subjects this school year, according to A.I.S.D. school officials.
Preliminary autopsy results in the death of an 18 year old Palo Duro High School student indicate no signs of foul play.
CHICAGO (AP) - An unwavering Gov. Rod Blagojevich served notice Friday that he has no intention of quitting over his corruption arrest, declaring with an almost Churchillian flourish: "I will fight. I
Government health officials said Friday that a leading flu medicine, Tamiflu, might not work against all cases of the flu this year.
One woman recovers while another is booked into jail for an early morning shooting.
A public forum in city hall has residents debating if Amarillo is doing enough to cut down the city's carbon footprint. The city has been in the business of recycling for more than a decade..
Calls to the Amarillo Police Department for Thursday, December 18th
Burglaries handled by the Amarillo Police Department from Friday, December 12th through Thursday, December 18th.
Orlando authorities say DNA tests confirm the skeletal remains recently found in the woods belong to missing toddler Caylee Anthony.
Divine Home Makeover
When we met the Bosell family three weeks ago, they knew their community was building them a new home. But they had no idea there would be more blessings inside the house.
A eightteen year old man is found dead in north Amarillo this afternoon.
The Amarillo Fire Department is investigating what caused a trailer home to catch fire in east Amarillo Thursday afternoon.
Two California people are in the Wheeler County jail this afternoon facing drug charges following a traffic accident.
Residents who recycle may cause more harm than good if they are not educated on how to do it properly.
A Potter County man will spend the rest of his life in prison for for sexually assaulting a five year old girl.
Credit card companies will soon be making some changes that could save you money on your interest rate. Currently, credit card companies can raise your rates on existing balances.
Pampa residents, now is the time to pay the city if you have any unpaid tickets or fines with the city.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is urging lawmakers to hold the line on spending and resist temptations to raise taxes.
A new project to conserve water while lengthening the life of area vegetation is being pioneered in Amarillo.
An accused robber of area establishments has been indicted on aggravated robbery charges in Randall County.
Officer Mark Simmons will be buried with full police honors. Viewing will be all day on Friday, December 19th, at Smith Funeral Home, 210 W 3rd St (3rd and Main), Quanah, TX.
Federal officials say a Texas Panhandle man who tried to sell a 25-gallon drum of cyanide to an FBI informant will serve nearly six years in prison.
The Bush administration is looking at "orderly" bankruptcy as a possible way to deal with the desperately ailing U.S. auto industry
A Lamar University doctoral student was charged with making a terroristic threat
Rural Oklahoma Communities
They provide a vital service during a medical emergency, but in one part of our area, a funding crunch has their existence in jeopardy.
Calls to the Amarillo Police Department for Wednesday, December 17th
President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday defended his choice of a popular evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration
Republican Rick Perry tomorrow afternoon becomes the state's longest-serving governor.
An Amarillo Police Officer passes away from injures he sustained on while on duty in 2005.
A Tucumcari man is in satisfactory condition at an Amarillo hospital after trying to outrun a freight train on foot.
He admitted to trying to sell enough cyanide to "kill a small city" in his words. Now, a Higgins man is headed to federal prison.
A man who transported drugs across state lines will spend the next 10 years behind bars in federal prison.
If you do not have your digital converter box yet, buyer beware.
The switch to DTV happens on February 17, 2009. There are plenty of rumors circulating about what you need and don't need to have a successful transition.
Drug incidents have spiked in the Amarillo Independent School District in the last year.
A federal agency wants to save more prairie dogs in our area by adding it to the endangered or threatened species list. But some fear this decision will do more harm than good.
If you're hoping to get away for the holidays, now's a great time to book a flight. Airfares are at their lowest point since September 11th.
Blood, sweat and tears.. For the past six months cadets have devoted their physical and mental states to become police officers.. And now they cross the finish line.
Very cold weather is expected to hit us this weekend. Once the cold temperatures hit most of bundle up and do what we can to protect ourselves from frigid temps.
Officers continue to look for the man who robbed a Pak-A-Sak on South Western early this morning.
A drug bust in north Amarillo nets police close to $5,000 dollars worth of drugs.
A serial killer who died more than a decade ago is the person who decapitated the 6-year-old son of "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh in 1981, Florida police said Tuesday.
The Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush was expected to appear before a judge Wednesday
Calls to the Amarillo Police Department for Monday, December 15th
The nation's first near-total face transplant has been done on a woman at the Cleveland Clinic, the hospital announced Tuesday.
Aggravated robbery and drug possession charges have an Amarillo man running between counties.
Holiday Shipping Deadlines
New regulations put in place to curb use of lead in toys.
An Amarillo man is facing several charges after being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Three people are taken to the hospital after a one vehicle accident east of Amarillo Monday afternoon.
It is a five second ride that can feel like an eternity. Being tased contracts muscles and temporarily disables a person.
Calls to the Amarillo Police Department for Sunday, December 14
Jurors in Taos on Monday convicted the leader of an apocalyptic northeastern New Mexico sect on one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Authorities in the Texas Panhandle say they've arrested an Arkansas man with 920 pounds of marijuana in his van
The High Plains Food Bank just wrapped up their "Together We Can" food drive on Friday, but despite thousands of donations, they are still in need. We've heard time and time again about the food bank's
240 million dollars could help roads and jobs in the Panhandle.
Programs will be in place after farmers have to plant crops.
Guns and jewelry are the top sales at local pawn shops who say business is good this holiday season.
Fingers of blame point everywhere as efforts to save the auto industry and, in turn up to three million jobs, come to a screeching halt.
A memorial fund has been set up for the family of a single mother of three who was killed this week.
Gas prices fell four cents over Wednesday night, and Thursday's average price of $1.42 is nearly two dollars less than one year ago.
You may have noticed your child enjoying school more this semester if you live in the Amarillo area.
An area barbeque restaurant was swarmed by narcotics officers Thursday afternoon after they found drugs and cash inside.
A California man is in the Carson County Jail after being busted for carrying almost 13 hundred grams of cocaine along I-40.
Burglaries handled by the Amarillo Police Department from Friday, December 5th through Thursday, December 11th.
The FDA is advising people to stop taking some asthma medication that they say can be harmful to your health.
With Congress gridlocked and the economy floundering, the Bush administration declared Friday it would step in and prevent the "precipitous collapse" of the U.S. auto industry
General Motors Corp. said Friday it will temporarily close 20 factories across North America and make sweeping cuts to its vehicle production
A Texan convicted of rape must serve life in prison in a case where dog feces on his shirt matched DNA from the victim's pet.
Gastric Bypass Surgery has risks, but it's also life changing, and gaining in popularity in our area.
Mel's Diner in Wheeler made Texas Monthly.
16 people have been killed in Amarillo this year alone. That includes two children, then we had officer involved shootings, and in-custody deaths.
A man wanted for aggravated robbery is believed to be loose on Amarillo streets.
We are already into day 7 of the Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas ....and several Panhandle Cowboys have made big money.
Church members of an apocalyptic cult in our area took the stand Thursday, defending their leader Wayne Bent.
Even though gas prices are dropping, the struggling economy is affecting many people, especially parents with children in day care.
An area man is convicted of two aggravated sexual assaults and sentenced to three life terms in prison.
Texas authorities are now looking for a man released by mistake from the Curry County Jail
A $14 billion auto industry bailout bill stalled in the Senate on Thursday
A Florida sheriff says the child's skull found near the Orlando home of a missing 3-year-old girl was "totally underwater" during previous searches for the toddler.
CHICAGO (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama declared Thursday he was "absolutely certain" his staff members engaged in no dealmaking concerning the filling of his former Senate seat, and he announced an
Over 3,000 children across the High Plains will have a merry Christmas this year thanks to the Toys For Tots program.
A dangerous escaped inmate from our area is caught after a tip from a Clovis resident.
An Amarillo man is in jail after police say they confiscated more than $10,000 worth of marijuana.
A suspected murderer from Amarillo waits to be brought back to the area, after being caught in Mexico.
They aren't making movies the way they used to, not in Texas, anyway.
American International Group Inc. said Wednesday it is working on resolving nearly $10 billion in soured investments-without asking taxpayers for more money.
President-elect Barack Obama hasn't even stepped into office and already a scandal-not of his own making-is threatening to dog him.