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13
Dec
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Abbott picks TCEQ to manage Clean Air settlement funds

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 4 announced his selection of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as the lead agency for Texas’ participation in the Environmental Mitigation Trust.

The trust was established in 2016 and early 2017 by the settlement of certain federal Clean Air Act claims against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche related to the car companies’ use of “defeat devices” to pass emission standard tests. As a participating state, Texas must develop a draft mitigation plan outlining how it would spend its $209 million share of the settlement funds in efforts to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides.

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Wed
13
Dec
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The “Most Wonderful Time” to discuss underage drinking

By REBECCA SMITH

As the song says, the holidays are “The most wonderful time of the year.”

There’s something magical about the comradery that comes from singing familiar songs, sharing meals, and opening gifts together.

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Wed
29
Nov
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Hurricane recovery continues with extension of disaster declaration

by ED STERLING 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 20 extended the disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Some 60 counties are included and they will continue to be eligible for assistance as they recover and rebuild.

“The most important message I want to send to the victims of this storm is that they are not alone as they continue to recover from this storm. While we still have a long way to go to return to a new normal, I have no doubt that Texas will eventually emerge from this disaster stronger than ever before,” Abbott said.

Declarations must be renewed every 30 days for assistance to remain available. Gov. Abbott said he would continue to renew them as needed throughout the recovery process.

 

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Wed
29
Nov
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We have to remember something…

I have been pondering this for a while, and I think that now is a good time to bring it up, since football season is over.

Frankly, I am appalled by the actions of some adults at local football games. Yep, I went there. When I was young, one of the first things I was taught was that you never “Boo” anybody- not the coaches, not the officials, and definitely not the kids playing football. I have seen this happen in all levels from little league football all the way to the varsity level. I have sat in the stands when things didn’t go the way the fans thought they should, and was honestly ashamed of what I heard.

Wed
29
Nov
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Pedestrian killed in weekend accident

by TONI WALKER 

DAINGERFIELD – A local man was killed after he was struck by a train on Nov. 25 in Daingerfield.

According to Daingerfield Police Chief Tracey Climer, officers were dispatched to Webb Street at approximately 7:55 a.m. in reference to a train hitting a pedestrian. After contacting railroad personnel, it was confirmed that the male had come out of the bushes, walking into the train.

Dwight Zimmerman, 49 of Daingerfield, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Jennifer Easley. Zimmerman’s family has been notified.

 

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Wed
22
Nov
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Letter Editor

To The Citizens of Morris County:

At this time I would like to take the opportunity to express my appreciation to those who have supported me during the last nineteen years. It has been a privilege and honor serving you, the citizens of Morris County, as your County Treasurer. However, I will not seek re-election and on December 31, 2018, I will retire after twenty years of service.

 

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Wed
22
Nov
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Capital Highlights

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Vice President Mike Pence on Nov. 15 received a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Joint Field Office in the capital city.

Pence, in town for the Republican Governors Association conference, joined Abbott, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and state and local officials to discuss ways to improve federal and state coordination of resources. Abbott thanked Pence for “his commitment to the people of Texas” in the aftermath of the hurricane that struck the Texas coast in late August, bringing historically heavy rains, flooding and destructive winds.

 

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Wed
15
Nov
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Hurricane Harvey debris removal funding gains approval

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and leaders of the Texas Legislature on Nov. 9 announced the approval of $90 million in emergency state funding to help Hurricane Harvey disaster-declared counties pay for the removal of debris.

Cities and counties in impacted areas are responsible for 10 percent of costs associated with debris removal. The funding, to be administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, is intended to help alleviate that burden as the rebuilding process continues, the Governor’s Office said.

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Wed
15
Nov
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Okay, let’s tell the truth about guns

By JIM SNYDER

I’m sorry, but someone has to bring some truth and common sense into the ongoing fight over guns in America. In the wake of the shooting incidents in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, the media and 99 percent of democrats are spewing every misconception they can think of when it comes to guns.

It seems these days that none of these folks need to look up the facts or do any research when it comes to guns. All they have to do is think up something and plaster it on every newscast they can and it’s supposed to be taken as the truth. So let’s look at some of the falsehoods that are being put forth these days.

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Thu
09
Nov
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America’s pastime

By TONI WALKER

I am a baseball fan. I always have been. I have watched many games and many World Series. And I have to tell you, what happened Wednesday night in Los Angeles, from my perspective, was nothing short of amazing. Really, what has happened the last two seasons has been remarkable, not just for the fans of those teams, but for fans of all teams.

Last season, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians, and their 108 year old drought, to win the World Championship. On Nov. 1, the Houston Astros brought their 56 year long championship drought by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not only was the Astros’ win the first for the franchise, but it also served as the first ever baseball World Championship brought to the state of Texas. (Between the Astros and the Texas Rangers, the title drought for the state of Texas eclipses that 108 game drought of the Cubs!)

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