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  • City Council Discusses the Future of Raul Franco Softball Field
    During the regular session City Council Meeting on July 21 Council member, Sherrill Lindsey, asked about the Raul Franco Softball Field. Scott Jackson said the new BHS Softball Coach, Hector Limon, is wanting to start running a longer softball season for the BHS girls softball program, from January to October. Usually the season runs from January to April. The season extension will cause them to need the Raul Franco field until October. The problem with this is there are adult co-ed softball teams that use the facility during the summer months. The high school team puts up a temporary fence to meet the UIL rules for the field size and the fence would need to be taken down before the co-ed team uses the field. When the school is using the field they maintain the upkeep of the field so by extending their use of the facility they would also be responsible for mowing and watering through October. Brownfield ISD owns the bathrooms and concession stand building along with the score board. Jackson asked, “The question is whether or not the council wants to go ahead and let the school totally have Raul Franco field and maintain it or do you want to retain custody or retain responsibility to the city.” The question was raised how the co-ed league feels about losing the Raul Franco field and Jackson thought they would not care as long as the city still provides them with a field to play on. Jackson stressed that everyone including himself wants the school to have a successful softball program. The Mayor, Tom Hesse asked, “Now what about expanding one of the ball fields out there on the hill?” Jackson explained, “We can do that.” According to Jackson there has been talk between himself and Willie Herrera, Public Works Director, of expanding one of the softball fields on the hill to 300 hundred feet while doing field improvements. That would make it adult regulated. The field that is being looked at for the expansion is on the Northeast side, field number six. There is the option of putting up a temporary fence during the girls softball season so that the field is still usable. The city would completely relinquish their ownership to Raul Franco field if the school is willing to purchase the property. That is something that BISD would need to discuss.
  • Neugebauer Supports Increased Access to Mental Health Services
    Tragic Shooting in Dallas, Texas Dana and I were horrified by the tragic shooting of police officers in Dallas last week. Our men and women in uniform willingly put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe. We will continue to pray for the families of those killed in Dallas and for the speedy recovery of those injured. We appreciate law enforcement across the country and thank them for the sacrifices they make every day. There has been far too much violence and loss of life across America in recent weeks. Even when we disagree on how best to deter it, we cannot allow continued violence to divide our nation. Supporting Increased Access to Mental Health Services Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. I was proud to support this bill. H.R. 2646 improves services for those battling mental health disorders by strengthening existing federal grant programs for mental health treatment, prevention, and research. This bill requires each state to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that mental health efforts are coordinated across the nation. H.R. 2646 also clarifies existing law by allowing health care providers to communicate with a patient’s family and with law enforcement if a patient poses a serious threat of harm to themselves or others. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to take up similar legislation so we can better support those who need help the most. FBI Director Comey Testifies on Hillary Clinton’s Private Emails Last week, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey announced his recommendation that Hillary Clinton should face no charges for using a private email server to access classified information. Director Comey testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that Mrs. Clinton was “extremely careless” with her email and stated that other employees might have been fired for the same actions. No one should be above the law. In response, I have written a letter with several other Members of Congress asking Director Comey for more answers. Congress will continue to review Mrs. Clinton’s actions this week when U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
  • Brownfield City Council Meeting July 7
    When the Brownfield City Council met Thursday morning the first item on the agenda was an update from Marty Martinez on the Code Enforcement Services. Martinez stated that he has been in communication with Darwin Rautbort and progress is being made as far as building a privacy fence on his property to meet Code Enforcement standards. The city council approved recommendations from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenue for the YMCA/Brownfield Babe Ruth Girls Softball Pre-State All Star Tournament for $5000. The tourney hosted 18 teams. The council also approved recommendations from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenue for the Terry County Sheriff’s Posse for the 2016 Rodeo in the amount of $5000.
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  • Terry County Commissioners Hear from Elected Officials about LGS Service Agreement

    July 26, 2016

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    It was brought to the attention of the County Commissioners, in regular session on Monday July 25, that many of the county offices are having problems with the current computer program the county is using for their records. Several offices, including the County Clerk, County Attorney,  Justice of the Peace, District Clerk, Sheriff’s Office, and Court ...
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  • Randy Neugebauer Supports Separation of Powers Restoration Act

    July 19, 2016

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    House Passes the Conscience Protection Act  I was proud to vote for S. 304, the Conscience Protection Act, when it passed the House last week. This legislation protects health care providers, churches, and other religious entities from being coerced to perform or provide abortion services if it violates their conscience. No one should be forced to ...
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  • “Paving The Way” to High Plains Winery Estates

    July 19, 2016

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    During the recent Brownfield Industrial Development Corporation meeting on July 18th, members discussed the roadway options for the High Plains Winery Estates and voted to recommend 2 individuals to the city council to be appointed to the BIDCorp board. During the financial report David Partlow, Director of BIDCorp, informed the board that the Property Improvement Program awarded two $2,500 grants: ...
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  • Terry County Commissioners Meet

    July 11, 2016

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    Terry County Commissioners met in regular session Monday morning. Judge Wagner appointed Tommy Dill as the interim Emergency Management Coordinator. Dill is replacing Mitch McElroy who took a new position at the city. Monthly reports from the District Clerk, County Clerk, Justice of the Peace and County Judge were approved. Reports from the Sheriff’s Office and Ag ...
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  • LISTEN NOW: City Council Meeting July 7

    July 7, 2016

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    Click the player below to listen to the July 7 Brownfield City Council Meeting.
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  • LISTEN NOW: Representative Dustin Burrows on TownTalk Show

    July 5, 2016

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    Representative Dustin Burrows dropped in for the TownTalk Show. He talks about several issues going on in the world and in our state. He also addresses important topics and answers our questions regarding them. To hear the full interview click the player below.
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  • BIDCorp gaining more ground with Winery Estates

    June 28, 2016

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    When the Brownfield Industrial Development Corporation met on Monday, items on the agenda included hearing the latest sales tax numbers, as well as hearing an update on the High Plains Winery Estates. BIDCorp. Director David Partlow addressed the board by telling members BIDCorp has about $2 million in reserves, but had gotten a disappointing $1,400 in ...
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  • Terry County Commissioners button up CERTZ project

    June 27, 2016

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    When the Terry County Commissioners met on Monday, one of the items on the agenda was to approve the completion and closeout of the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant (CERTZ) project. Commissioners heard from Daniel Wetzel of Centerline Engineering and Consulting, who informed those present that the close of the project, which included a section of ...
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  • Brownfield City Council meeting: June 16, 2016

    June 16, 2016

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    Click the link below to hear the Brownfield City Council meeting for June 16, 2016.
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  • LISTEN NOW: Brownfield City Council meeting June 2

    June 2, 2016

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    Click the link below to hear the Brownfield City Council meeting for June 2.
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