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How Much Does it Cost To Run a School?

How Much Does it Cost To Run a School? By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter ELKHART – So how much does it cost to run a rural school? The answer is millions of dollars each year. The taxes used to support the school will likely not increase this year, however, according to Superintendent Dr. Ray DeSpain. The Elkhart ISD held their annual back to school preliminary budget and tax rate meeting Aug. 15.  DeSpain covered the proposed budget in detail with the assembled school board. The tax rate is proposed to remain at $1.17 for maintenance and operations and .19...

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We’re Having a Party

We’re Having a Party Crockett PD, HEB, Local Donors Host Back to School Party By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – The Crockett Police Department and Crockett Fire Department are in partnership with Sears, HEB, The First Assembly Church and several other sponsors again this summer. This time, the group is hosting a ‘Back to School Fun Day’ at I.T. Williams park. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. on Aug. 19. “There will be prizes for just about everything,” CPD Lt. Clayton Smith said. “Just random stuff, even,” he laughed. “There will be an 18 foot waterslide from...

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No Crockett Animal Shelter Yet

No Crockett Animal Shelter Yet City and CPAC Make a Deal By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter CROCKETT – For several months, the City of Crockett has been searching for the money and method to open an animal shelter. The shelter would ostensibly remedy the large number of stray dogs and cats in the city.  Despite detailed plans and cost estimates by Sgt. Jerrod Vickers and the Crockett Police Department, the efforts have remained fruitless so far. To assist in maintaining control of the homeless animal population, the city has undertaken a partnership with the Coalition for the Prevention of...

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‘Seal’ Season in Texas?

‘Seal’ Season in Texas? Many State Highways Under Repair By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter ANDERSON COUNTY – It’s ‘seal’ season on Texas state highways, and motorists have noticed several miles of road throughout the county that are missing something important – lines and reflectors. The situation is well in hand, however, according to TxDOT spokesperson Rhonda Oaks. Oaks explained, “This roadwork is what we call ‘seal coating’ and we began that season about two weeks ago.” “This work is a yearly process that we do throughout our nine county district in various locations,” she said. “Our roads are seal...

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Palestine Chamber of Commerce Welcomes a New Venue

Palestine Chamber of Commerce Welcomes a New Venue Starr Hill Lodge, Inc Ribbon Cutting  By Teresa Holloway Messenger Reporter PALESTINE – The Palestine Chamber of Commerce is cutting the ribbon on the newest entertainment and relaxation venue in the area – Starr Hill Lodge, Inc. The ceremony will be held Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. at the facility located at 150 Anderson County Road 159. The public is invited to attend. The Starr Hill Lodge and the Chamber will host the popular band ‘Shiloh’ for the event and free food and beverages will treat guests to a cool afternoon...

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