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Thu
07
Feb

Develop partnerships

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor,

Pearsall and Dilley ISD trends stated in the Texas Education Agency 2019 report suggest that 50% of students should graduate with a vocational certificate by 2030 and 10% should be ready to go to college (TEA recommends 60%).

Our schools average low on all college exams and most will not complete college. Our local ISD’s should develop partnerships with local non-profits to be more inclusive and progressive.

 

 

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Thu
31
Jan

Senate Finance panel starts work on state budget

By: ED STERL

Jane Nelson, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, on Jan. 22 said she would follow an aggressive agenda to deliver a budget ready for floor debate by the end of February.

“There are a lot of things this committee and the full Senate will decide to add, subtract, change, before we actually recommend out of this committee a budget,” she said. At the top of the list are school finance and property tax relief.

Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has chaired the powerful committee for three consecutive sessions. On Jan. 15, Nelson filed Senate Bill 1, a base budget for the 2020-2021 biennium, and scheduled daily meetings for the panel to consider the particulars that go into a document that typically exceeds 1,000 pages in length.

Thu
31
Jan

Weather Whys

Yes it is, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. “An ice storm is a storm with large amounts of freezing rain that quickly coats trees, roadways, power lines, and other objects with ice,” he confirms. “They result from the accumulation of freezing rain, which is rain that becomes supercooled and freezes upon impact with cold surfaces.

“Supercooled means that the rain must be in a liquid state at temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Water must have something to freeze onto when temperatures are below freezing. Once this rain - which is colder than 32 degrees - falls on an object that is below freezing, it will instantly freeze on that object and form a sheet of ice.

“As ice forms, it helps to freeze other raindrops that fall onto the sheet, and this process helps freezing rain accumulate quickly.”

What causes an ice storm or freezing rain?

 

Thu
24
Jan

State’s top elected officials take oaths of office at inauguration

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Public officials and private citizens gathered at the south steps of the state Capitol on Jan. 15 to for a day’s worth of inaugural events, most notably the administering of oaths of office to Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who were reelected to four-year terms in November.

In his inaugural address, Gov. Abbott predicted the 86th regular session of the Texas Legislature, which convened on Jan. 8, would be “transformative.” He said that with the help of Lt. Gov. Patrick and newly elected House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, leadership would “usher in a new era for children, teachers and taxpayers.”

“We must finally rein in skyrocketing property taxes in Texas,” Abbott said. “To fix this, Texas must limit the ability of taxing authorities to raise your property taxes. At the same time, Texas must end unfunded mandates on cities and counties. And taxpayers should be given the power to fire their property tax appraiser.”

Thu
24
Jan

A renewed sense of vigor

STATE OF THE DISTRICT

As we begin the New Year, I want to reflect on 2018 and highlight some of the accomplishments and goals of your district attorney’s office for 2019.

Since taking office in 2017, there’s been a renewed sense of vigor and justice in the courthouses throughout the district. The district judges, district clerks’ offices, and community members serving on both grand juries and jury trials have all worked diligently to ensure the wheels of justice turned smoothly and swiftly.

We want to continue that momentum.

 

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Thu
17
Jan

House elects new speaker as legislative session kicks off

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

The 86th Texas Legislature convened on Jan. 8 with all its customary ceremonies and recognitions— chief of which was the unanimous election of a new House speaker — Angleton Republican Dennis Bonnen.

On Jan. 9, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate, and Speaker Bonnen announced their joint commitment to passing legislation that would improve how public education is funded. That arduous and heretofore divisive task means rethinking and recalibrating what share of the cost would be funded by local property taxes — public education’s primary source of funding.

Thu
17
Jan

Back to work

HURD ON THE HILL

It is the privilege of a lifetime to continue serving as Representative of the good folks of the 23rd District of Texas. My bosses are each of you, the nearly 800,000 people I represent across the 29 counties of TX-23, and I fundamentally cannot perform my job without your regular feedback. Listening to your concerns and answering your questions informs my votes and allows me to make sure your voice is heard in Congress. And as I head back to Congress this week, I can assure you my team and I will continue to work hard and across the aisle to deliver real results back home for South and West Texans.

On the plane back to Congress earlier this week I took some time to reflect on the productive year my team and I had. During the 115th Congress, I’m proud that five of my bills passed in a bipartisan manner out of the House and Senate, and were signed into law by the President.

 

Thu
10
Jan

Texas Legislature to convene with list of big issues to tackle

By ED STERLING

 

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

The 86th Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 8 as the partial shutdown of the federal government that began Dec. 22 enters a third week.

As always, lawmakers’ priorities will be the writing of a two-year state budget and deciding how to fund it. In the 140 days of the regular session, they also will consider public education funding, property tax reform, health care, public safety, transportation, water and a host of other issues.

Thu
10
Jan

Hamburger

By BREYANA SEGURA

 

RANDOM RAMBLINGS

Memories are often vague but February 9, 2018 is so vivid to me and I find myself reliving the day quite often. The morning was horrible. Some pompous jerk who thinks he is entitled threw a handful of papers across a desk at me. I sat there calm and collected as he continued to spew subtle, undermining remarks at me. Until finally I had enough and left the situation. Then it happened. I’ll never forget it. I had just picked up Kynlee from the babysitter and Hayden asked if we were going to Kasie’s because it was Friday. “No baby, we are going home then going to dinner for Uncle Blake’s birthday.” 

 

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Thu
10
Jan

Rojelio Nieto

Rogelio Nieto, of Encinal, died on December 29, 2018 at the age of 63. He was born on June 20, 1955 to Margarito and Virginia Nieto. Rogelio is preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Roberto Nieto. He is survived by his siblings, Maria (Ramon) Delgado, Dora (Alberto†) Colchado, Yolanda (Eduardo) Adams, Margarito (Irene) Nieto Jr., Juanita (Sigifredo†) Rodriguez, Jorge Luis (Anna Maria) Nieto and Patricia (Jesse) Adami, along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 2, at Peters Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, January 3, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Encinal Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Peters Funeral Home of Cotulla. www.peters-fh.

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