I'm not much of a political person. Sure, I pay attention to it but I'm not overly involved.

However, when it comes to the city I live in and represent, I want to know what's going on and where we're headed.

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Today, it was announced that the State of the City has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 6th. The event will be held from 8-9am at HODGETOWN.

I use the word event because I have never in my life seen a state of anything be held at such an elaborate place. When you think HODGETOWN, you think baseball. You think concerts. You think of anything BUT politics right?

The above events are full of excitement, entertainment, food and alcohol. Can we expect all these things at the State of the City address?

Ok, I'm just having a little fun with it here. The reason for choosing HODGETOWN is because it's an outdoor venue as we keep COVID-19 in mind. This way the public can attend it in a safer fashion than being crammed in a small room somewhere at City Hall.

Let's get real about what we can really expect. While not too many details have been given about what we're going to hear about, we know Mayor Nelson and City of Amarillo leaders will be on hand. We know they'll be discussing where we've been, where we are and where we're headed.

I think the thing I'm most anticipating in hearing about is the plan for parks as well as proposed tax hikes we've been hearing about through the rumor mill. I'm hoping these are a couple things that will be addressed.

More details about the event will be released in the coming days, so keep your eyes peeled!

The Eerie Abandoned Puckett Place Apartments of Amarillo

The Puckett Place apartments at 3447 Amherst St. have been a vacant and in disrepair for well over a decade. The building has finally been slated for renovation and at long last, Puckett Place will see a new life.

In the meantime, here's a glimpse at the strange and derelict beauty that is the abandoned Puckett Place.

A Look Inside the Abandoned St. Anthony's Hospital in Amarillo, Texas

The old St. Anthony's hospital in Amarillo, Texas has sat abandoned--but not forgotten--since the early 2000s. The 100-year-old structure still cuts an imposing and impressive figure against the Amarillo skyline. The building serves as a cornerstone memory for many Amarillo natives--the place where life begun (or came to an end).

But for decades, the old St. Anthony's hospital has remained under careful surveillance, and not many know what now lies within. In July 2021, local artist and photographer, Ian Watson, was granted full access to the abandoned hospital--his photos offer an intimate and stark look at the legendary landmark of St. Anthony's as it stands now.