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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.

Thu
03
Jan

Workforce commission reports continuation of employment trend

By ED STERLING

 

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in November, remaining at the same 42-year low rate as in October, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Dec. 21.

The Texas economy added 14,000 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs in November and annual employment growth was 3.0 percent for the month, marking 103 consecutive months of annual growth, according to the commission.

“The addition of 365,400 jobs over the year and 14,000 jobs in November demonstrates the consistency with which employers in our state create job opportunities for the highly skilled Texas workforce,” said TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “The Texas economy offers employers access to a competitive workforce and provides job seekers with career options in a variety of growing Texas industries. The numbers are a testament to the resilience of our Texas employers and the diversity of our Texas economy,” she added.

 

Thu
03
Jan

The hands of our time

By BREYANA SEGURA

 

ANDOM RAMBLINGS

As she sat there quietly, she reached over and lightly scratched the tiny leg of her granddaughter.

I had seen those hands all my life, but that morning they looked different to me. Her fingernails were still painted some eccentric color and long, of course. But for some reason I saw those hands in a different light.

They were the same hands that met my mouth when I was a teenager and had some snarky comment. The same hands that came across my bottom when I ignored the several warnings to stop. The hands that had molded me into the woman I am today.

 

 

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Thu
27
Dec

Whitley succeeds Pablos as Texas Secretary of State

By Ed Sterling

 

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 17 announced the appointment of David Whitley as Texas’ 112th secretary of state.

 

In his new role, Whitley will act as Texas’ chief elections officer, as protocol officer for state and international affairs, and will serve as liaison for the governor on Mexico and border affairs. Whitley’s appointment fills the vacancy left by outgoing Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, who served in the post for two years.

 

Thu
27
Dec

Play it safe when choosing toys this season

NEWS FROM THE BBB

 

The Better Business Bureau, serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin, reports that it wants families to be safe when shopping for toys this holiday season.

 

Selecting the right toy can be a challenge and although they are intended for fun, they can pose hazards if not handled by an age-appropriate user, according to the Bureau.

 

A recent report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) estimates there were 265,000 toy-related injuries treated in US hospital emergency rooms in 2012. Of those injured, approximately 72 percent were children younger than 15 years of age.

 

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