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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
AUSTIN — When the Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13, 2015, lawmakers will have the job of revising the state’s school finance system, again. This task was made necessary on Aug. 28, when state District Judge John Dietz ruled the current finance system violates these four state constitutional standards: the state property tax prohibition and the education clause requirements of adequacy, suitability, and financial efficiency. In his 400-page ruling, Dietz pointed out that the Legislatu ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014 • Photos
The Highland Lakes Master Naturalist chapter for Burnet, Blanco, and Llano counties recently held their August recertification and awards meeting. Only 6 months into the year, 58 members have already achieved at least 40 volunteer and 8 advanced training hours and received their recertification pins. Two members received special recognition and pins after volunteering over 1000 hours throughout their time as members of the chapter.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
Just like a golfer swinging at a ball in a sand trap, many local families try to get away from abuse but often find themselves haunted by the violence that traumatized them. When you become a sponsor or donor for the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center’s Annual Golf Tournament you help families make a sandy. “We see more than 350 individuals a month for various services ranging from counseling to emergency shelter,” said Alma Lahmon, Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center Executive Director ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry on Aug. 20 walked the block and a half from the Governor’s Mansion to the Travis County Courthouse, presented himself for arraignment by a state district judge and routine booking procedures, spoke at a five-minute press conference and left. Perry was indicted on Aug. 15 by a Travis County grand jury on felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
In September KACC will feature an exhibit relating to the geological history of the Hill Country. Visitors to the exhibit will see fossils representing more than 500 million years of the Hill Country’s geological evolution. This interactive exhibit will be fascinating and educational for adults and students alike. Ted Schulenberg, local geologist and curator of the exhibit, describes Hill Country geology in poetic terms: “The Texas Hill Country and the plateau from which the hills have bee ...
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
AUSTIN — A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Count I alleges Perry, on or about June 14, 2013, intended to harm Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County district attorney and chief of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, by intentionally or knowingly misusing public property in withholding funding approved by the Texas Legislature for the operation of the Public Integrity Unit.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Posted August 14, 2014
On August 1, Hill Country Memorial welcomed Claudia Ubinas Frias, M.D., to its hospitalist program. As a hospitalist and internal medicine physician, Dr. Frias specializes in caring for patients who have been admitted to the hospital. Just as cardiologists care for hearts and pediatricians care for children, a hospitalist is a specialist who oversees the daily care of patients in the hospital and coordinates such care with nurses, other specialists and primary physicians. “Because a hospi ...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Posted August 14, 2014
AUSTIN — The class of 2013 Texas high school on-time graduation rate was 88 percent, the highest on record and 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous record set by the class of 2012, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced on Aug. 5. The figures are included in the Texas Education Agency report, Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 2012-13. ““We’ve set the bar high for Texas students to ensure every graduate is ready for college or ...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 8, 2014 • Photos
Two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10, as part of the 2014 summer season. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the Gillespie County Race Meet weekend will also include three livestock shows taking place in the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. For the races, the gates open at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 8, 2014
AUSTIN — Congress left Washington, D.C., Aug. 1 for a month-long recess, without having passed an immigration bill addressing the porous U.S.-Mexico border and humanitarian crisis. Figures compiled by the federal Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection division show 57,500 “unaccompanied alien children” have been apprehended and processed since October 2013, the majority in the Rio Grande Valley.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
AUSTIN — Tensions continued last week, concerning the tens of thousands of Central Americans — primarily unaccompanied minors and women with small children — who cross into the Lone Star State, without documentation, to escape violence and poverty in their own countries. Those intercepted by the authorities are moved to detention facilities and processed according to federal and state protocols.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 25, 2014
AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 17 appointed Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as chair of the powerful, state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. The two-year state budget totals close to $200 billion. Nelson, the first woman in the history of the state to chair the committee, called the appointment “a tremendous honor and responsibility” and pledged that under her leadership the committee would “keep the Texas miracle moving full steam ahead.” She has served as a memb ...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 18, 2014
Music, games and entertainment will be combined with two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing for the Night In Old Fredericksburg weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, while the Night In Old Fredericksburg celebration will be held on Saturday, July 19, at the Gillespie Count ...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 18, 2014
AUSTIN — As unaccompanied minors and mothers with children and from Central American countries continued to cross the border into Texas, President Barack Obama met with Gov. Rick Perry on July 9 in Dallas to discuss how to address the situation. Afterward, Perry said he urged Mr. Obama to: • Witness in person what’s going on at the border; • Deploy 1,000 more National Guard troops to enhance border security; • Direct the Federal Aviation Administration to allow the National Guard ...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 • Posted July 11, 2014
AUSTIN — A U.S. House Homeland Security Committee field hearing titled, “Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors,” was conducted in McAllen on July 3. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw was among those who testified. He said unaccompanied Central American children are continuing to make the journey to the United States through Texas in record numbers; and - U.S.