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Region’s water districts setting tax rates
amarillo.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:12:46 +0000

The tax rates of area water districts for the coming budget year will continue to have minor impacts on the wallets of taxpayers.

The North Plains Groundwater Conservation District is the only one proposing boosting rates, but that would only mean raising the tax bill of a residence worth the average taxable value of $74,486 by less than $2. It will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hampton Inn meeting room, 2010 S. Dumas Ave. in Dumas.

The rate would go from 2.5 cents per $100 of taxable property value to 2.7 cents.

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Boys Ranch Rodeo fans give boost to competitors
amarillo.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:13:42 +0000

About 10,000 people supported the residents of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch at the 70th annual Boys Ranch Rodeo.

The weekend event offered families a chance to participate in games, have a home-cooked meal and watch over a dozen rodeo events.

Of the many ingredients that make up a rodeo, residents at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch said the people who come out to support them outweigh everything else.

“It gives us confidence in our hearts and gives us a goal to meet,” said Robin Hicks, a 15-year-old Boys Ranch resident.

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Slow start at East Texas lake during Labor Day weekend
news-journal.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500
LAKE O’ the PINES — The sounds were the same at Sandy Beach, but the sight was far from a typical start to the Labor Day weekend.

‘Volunteerism’ topic at gathering
LMTonline.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:36:16 -0500
Several community leaders spoke at the Community Outreach Program, hosted by the Honorable Rosie Cuellar, Municipal Court Judge Saturday morning.

Stronger oilfield activity injects momentum into economy
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500
The impact of higher oil and gas activity, fueled by a run-up in crude prices, continued to flow into the general economies of Midland and Odessa in July.


Suspect arrested for sexual abuse of a child
LMTonline.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:36:16 -0500
A man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a girl.


State lauds Gruver ISD for student readiness
amarillo.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:59:15 +0000

Gruver Independent School District is one of 26 school districts in the state to earn a distinction for postsecondary readiness, according to Texas Education Agency.

“I’m so incredibly proud of (the students and teachers),” Superintendent David Teal said. “They set that standard so high, and for the staff and kids to achieve it was really a surprise.”

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Judge recommends train wreck videographer lawsuit be dismissed
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500
A federal magistrate judge  recommended dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a Midlander who filmed the Nov. 15, 2012, Show of Support parade train wreck against the city and county

Truck stop shooting
LMTonline.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:52:04 -0500
Laredo police shot and killed a man early Saturday at a truck stop in West Central Laredo after receiving a report of a person armed with a weapon.

New Diana ISD voters reject tax increase
news-journal.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:05:00 -0500
New Diana ISD residents rejected a tax rate increase Saturday to generate more state and local funding and boost staff pay by a 247 to 169 margin, Superintendent Carl Key reported.


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