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      Town hall meeting tackles community issues

      Potter County Commissioner Alphonso Vaughn held a town hall meeting Wednesday evening at Travis Middle School to discuss issues within the community.

      Concerns including synthetic drugs, overpopulated schools, legal assistance and housing repairs were discussed.

      "Town hall meetings are just something we feel that as politicians we need to do to inform the populous," said Vaughn.

      He states that it's their way to get people to bring up the issues in their neighborhoods.

      One of the biggest issues that affect the area is synthetic drugs that are sold in the community.

      "It's still an issue in Amarillo," said LaViza Matthews, Project Director at Impact Futures. "We just wanted to give some more information and just educate the public as much as we can to let them know this stuff is just pure poison."

      There have been four places that have been closed down in Randall County but none still in Potter County. Matthews states that she has been working with Potter County District Attorney Randall Simms to help push the issue.

      Vice President of Board of Trustees at Amarillo Independent School District, John Ben Blanchard encouraged people to vote in the upcoming bond election.

      "The bond election is a $99 million bond election to raise funds and accommodate the growth of population we've had in Amarillo since the last bond election in 2003," said Blanchard.

      One of the most important parts of the election is to help upgrade security at local schools. The agenda also looks into building two sixth grade campuses in Travis and Bowie. The election will be held May 11th.

      Commissioner Vaughn encourages everyone to come out to the next town hall meeting that will be held in late June or July.