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210 E Broadway St
Andrews, TX 79714
(432) 523-2085
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No Charges Against AHS Girls' Basketball Coach A school district employee being investigated by police for a possible inappropriate relationship with a student was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing when the investigation was completed last week, according to Andrews Police Chief Ronny McCarver. The Andrews County News reported in January that AHS girls’ basketball coach Brooke Miller was replaced by the JV coach while the investigation was ongoing. Police and school officials did not divulge the school district employee’s name, but stated only that an investigation was occurring. On Tuesday, McCarver said police concluded the investigation last week and found no evidence supporting criminal charges against the school district employee. The case is closed, the police chief added. McCarver said police launched an investigation after an anonymous person approached the school resource officer.

Strip Center Includes Cici's Pizza, Orange Leaf A major retail project in southwest Andrews consisting of brand name eateries should be completed next month, according to the developer and owner. Stephen Warren of Warren Development LLC from Midland said the strip center construction off of S. Main near the former site of the Andrews Glass Shop business will likely be finished sometime around March 14. The 15,500 square-foot facility, known as “The Shops of Andrews,” already has four of six leases confirmed. Among those are a Cici’s Pizza, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt and a Jack ‘N’ Jill Donut Shop. A Sailor wireless business will also locate at the strip mall, according to Warren. He said he has two other leases pending, including one that is another restaurant. “We get calls every day for spaces,” Warren added of the seemingly strong demand. As far as retail is concerned, it is the first brand name restaurant additions since before the oil downturn, when McAllister’s Deli and McDonald’s and others located in Andrews. Those with the Andrews Economic Development Corporation and a local realtor said the project is a good sign. “Things are looking up—it has been very busy this year,” AEDC Interim Director Hope Reese said. “A project like this adds jobs and there are other possibilities with business expansion. “Everything is really falling in place,” Reese added. “And we really needed something on that side of town to serve the market over there.” Furthermore, the community seems to always flock to new restaurants and retail stores when they open. “The retail is always good concerning the quality of life basis,” Reese noted. “That’s what people want to see as growing in our economy and we want to see what is best for them. We definitely can use an Orange Leaf and the new strip center is very nice.” Warren said construction began in mid-October. His philosophy is to build high-end developments and that’s what the multi-million dollar investment will offer, he said. The architecture will consist of high quality awning and brick construction. “It will be cutting edge and something like you would see in Dallas,” Warren said of the architecture. “My philosophy is build it and they will come, so we wanted to do something on the cutting edge and we want to make it the nicest strip center in the whole town. “The architecture look came from Dallas and we wanted to do an urban look because many people drive by strip centers that are just blah,” he added. “My philosophy is to make something nice so the crowd will come and that goes with apartments and houses and other projects.” Warren said he chose Andrews for the development because the strong potential that exists here. The oil economy is slightly rebounding and good things should be in store. “Andrews is a great area,” Warren explained. “It is growing and we have real estate in the area already, so we feel like it is going to be a good move and a good move for these restaurants. “This area has been starving for retail,” he added. “I’m sure the community is excited, too. You would not believe the number of people stopping by (and asking about the restaurants).” The strip center businesses will also provide good meal coverage throughout the day. Jack ‘N’ Jill Donuts will provide breakfast and beyond, while Cici’s Pizza—a buffet restaurant with pizza, salad, pasta, soup and dessert—will meet lunch and dinner needs of local residents. The Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt business has also proven to be popular around lunch and dinner times. Two of the businesses are franchises and they all follow corporate guidelines. Warren said the location off of S. Main will be good for attracting business. It’ll likely attract customers traveling Highway 385 and local residents, along with others staying in nearby hotels. “It was just the right fit,” he noted of the location. “It’s across the street from the new hotel (Oakwood Suites) and then you’ve got the Holiday Inn Express right up the street. It is between the first and second (set of traffic lights) and with the traffic going by, it will help pick up that area.” The strip center will create numerous employment positions and generate additional economic development. Warren said they’re shooting for a grand opening sometime in April. He also said Jack ‘N’ Jill Donuts will likely be the first business there to be finished. Presently, construction is moving along at a solid clip and business signs have been erected in front. Warren has previously developed in Andrews and he has another major project he’s presently working on that will include a 50,000 square-foot facility with apartments and businesses beside the new hospital. Local realtor Cynthia Blocker of Legacy Real Estate is providing pre-leasing arrangements. Another local realtor who is assisting, Liz Posey, said the strip center will be a great addition to Andrews. It has been several years since brand name restaurants have located here. “It’s time for Andrews to grow with a little bit of movement,” Posey noted. “It introduces peo-ple to good change and positive change. I think it is all good.” Warren said Warren Development will also build a similar strip center in Greenwood.

Former Andrews Resident Dies In Plane Crash A former Andrews resident who was working in Oklahoma with a company that flies pipelines died Tuesday in a small engine aircraft crash in Rusk County, according to authorities. Cody Gail Stewart, 24, died in the wreck, which apparently occurred when his Cessna Cardinal 177 impacted guy wires of a cell phone tower and he lost control of the plane. Investigators said the crash occurred when Stewart was inspecting pipelines. The plane exploded following the impact, according to authorities.

Andrews Man Alerts Home Occupant Of Fire An Andrews man who noticed a neighboring mobile home smoldering Wednesday night was able to alert an occupant who safely fled the home, according to a fire department spokesman. The man inside the home in the 1000 block of SW 2nd St. is at least partially deaf and there was no smoke detector inside, authorities said. It’s possible the outcome could have been much worse had he not been warned of the smoke—especially with the way mobile homes can go up so quickly.

Postmaster Transfers From Area A local postmaster who came under fire amid so many complaints regarding the local post office that an internal investigation occurred, recently transferred to another area, according to an Andrews Post Office representative. Yolanda Bradley, who served a tumultuous two-year tenure as the local postmaster, apparently requested to be transferred. Bradley reportedly left for the Fort Worth area earlier this week to assume a role with the post office there. Supervisor Robbie Brackett will oversee postmaster duties here in the interim period, a local post office representative said.