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  • Public Notice from Terry County District Clerk
    Public Notice The Terry County Commissioner’s Court will conduct a public hearing to consider a plan for the District Clerk’s Technology Fund, to fund, GC 51, subchapter D, for the preservation and restoration of the District Clerk’s records. The meeting will be help on September 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Courtroom of the Terry County Annex, Brownfield,Texas. District Court Technology Fund GC 51.305 GC 51.305 provides that the District Clerk of Terry County may collect a fee up to $10.00, with approval by the TerryCounty Commissioner’s Court, for filing in the District Civil Court of Terry County. This fund becomes effective with the fiscal budget for Terry County, January 1, 2017, at which time the District Clerk will continue collecting this fee. All monies collected will be placed in a line item  in the budget labeled District Court Technology Fund to be used for the restoration and preservation of records in the District Clerk’s Office.
  • Terry County Commissioners Make Additions to Jury Donations and Approve Elections Calendar
    When Terry County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday one of the items on the agenda was to make additions to their list of jury donations. Judge Wagner said he had someone ask if they could donate their $6 for being on jury duty to an organization that is not on the list. The current donation list includes CASA, Terry County Childrens Protective Services Board and Crime Victims Compensation Fund. The suggested additions were Senior Citizens Building and The Boys and Girls Club of Brownfield. All of the Commissioners approved the additions. Krystal Valentin presented the Commissioners with a list of potential election workers, along with her recommendation for Election Judges and workers. The Commissioners appoint precinct judges, alternate judges and central count for the upcoming November election. The Commissioners accepted her recommendations and unanimously approved all workers. Valentin also talked about the Election dates and hours. She has decided to extend early voting hours on the first Monday of early voting. Those hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The remainder of early voting hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year early voting will also be available from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 29. The one day with extended hours and a Saturday is due in part to give people a chance to vote outside of their working hours. Election day will be on Tuesday, November 8. The extended Election hours were approved. Other business items on the agenda included the Sheriff’s monthly report. The Commissioners also agreed to renew their contract with West Texas Centers to continue to allow them use of the office building. They voted to leave the TXDMV optional fees the same as they currently are. Also approved was the Soil Conservation application. All Commissioners were present.
  • 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.

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  • Early Voting Dates and Election Day for Terry County

    September 22, 2016

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    It is almost time for the 2016 election. Remember to get registered, if you are not already. The last day to register to vote is October 11. You can register at the Terry County Annex Building. All early voting will take place at the Terry County Annex Building, 507 W. Main. If you choose to vote on Election ...
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  • BISD Teachers earn Academic Achievement

    September 21, 2016

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    During the regular session BISD School Board meeting on Monday, September 19, several items were on the agenda. At the start of the meeting Kathleen Crooks, BBAC Principal, recognized Devin Cruz as the Student of the Month and Zairy Vasquez as the Teacher of the Month. Following the student and teacher of the month presentations, Ray Vasquez ...
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  • Randy Neugebauer: Financial Services Committee Approves Financial CHOICE Act

    September 21, 2016

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    Letter to DOJ and BOP about Private Prison Directive Last Friday, I was joined by five other Members of Congress in asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for detailed answers to questions raised by the DOJ’s August directive to phase out the use of private prisons. Texas 19 is one ...
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  • BIDCorp Discusses Possible Event Center

    September 20, 2016

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    The Brownfield Industrial Development Corporation (BIDCorp) board met on Monday evening. Board members in attendance were Brian Brisendine, Michael Franke, and Mike Swaringen. Most of the discussion in the meeting centered on the continued development of the High Plains Winery Estates. BIDCorp was previously in discussion with investors interested in creating an event center at the ...
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  • Hospital Board Approves Budget and Tax Rate At Monthly Meeting

    September 20, 2016

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    During the September 19, monthly meeting of the hospital board the first two items on the agenda were to consider and approve the budget and tax rate. The first item was the budget. Paul Gafford gave a PowerPoint presentation, as well as a handout with all of the numbers for the 2016-2017 budget. Total operating revenue of $13,059,000, ...
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  • Arrington makes case for ag producers during TACC meeting

    September 18, 2016

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    When the Texas Agricultural Co-op Council Board met in Lubbock Thursday morning, several things were on the minds of the participants. But, one of the main items up for discussion was gathering support for American farmers who feel they’re fight is being waged on an uneven playing field. “They (American farmers) don’t want an advantage, they want ...
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  • Randy Neugebauer discusses the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act

    September 13, 2016

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    H.R. 5063, the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5063, the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act. If signed into law, this legislation would close a loophole that has allowed the Obama Administration to bypass the Congressional budget and spending process and funnel money to interest groups of its choosing. ...
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  • Terry County dips into reserves for 2017 budget

    September 12, 2016

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    The budget does not look good, according to Terry County Judge J.D. “Butch” Wagner. During the regularly scheduled Commissioners’ Court meeting, commissioners voted to approve the 2017 budget and tax rate. As far as the property tax rate, it is set at $0.800000/100, the same as last year. The effective tax rate is at $0.998363/100. The budget is tight ...
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  • City Council Approves Budget

    September 9, 2016

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    The City Council met on September 8. The council voted to adopt the 2016-17 budget. The total budget is $220,368,096, including $895,157 of undesignated reserve funds. Some of the highlights that the council went over included a $75 per month cost of living raise for each city employee, about $86,000 annual payroll increase for the city. The budget also includes $31,000 ...
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  • Downtown area established as slum by Council

    September 8, 2016

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    The Brownfield City Council met in regular session at 7:30 a.m. on September 8. Kelly Davila with South Plains Association of Governments approached the council with the recommendation to establish the downtown area of the city as slum or blighted. The recommendation was met with resistance. Leon Pope, council member, said, “It just sounds bad, I don’t like that.” Davila ...
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