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  • Randy Neugebauer: A better way to manage health care
    Back to School  For much of Texas, this week marks the beginning of the new school year. As children go back to school, summer routines and commutes change for all of us. Please watch for children crossing streets and buses stopping to pick up and drop off students. Remember to slow down as you drive through school zones. Dana and I wish students across the 19th District a safe and healthy start to the new school year. We also thank the teachers, administrators, and school police officers who are welcoming students and their parents back. Your work is so important, and we appreciate your dedication to our students. Department of Justice’s Decision to Reduce Use of Private Prisons I have already heard from many residents of the 19th District who are concerned by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to begin phasing out its use of private prisons. Private prisons have provided the needed capacity to house prisoners in the past several years. Before we embark on any major changes to the federal prison system, a comprehensive analysis should be conducted. I will continue to monitor this situation as it develops, and I have already requested additional clarification from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). A Better Way to Manage Health Care It’s no secret the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, isn’t working for Americans. Not only have many of you not been able to keep the doctor you prefer, but the number of options for health insurance providers has been steadily decreasing. Already this year, UnitedHealth Group announced it would no longer offer individual insurance policies in 26 states next year, including Texas. Now, Aetna says it will drop out of 11 state exchanges and only keep its plans available in four states. When insurance companies pull out of the ACA marketplace, consumers lose choices. As choices go down, and costs go up under the ACA, it is time for a new approach, or in the words of House Speaker Paul Ryan, it is time for a “Better Way.” As part of a series of Republican proposals, working groups have identified the shortcomings of our health care system. Some of these problems existed before Obamacare, and the ACA created other problems on its own. The solution is not just repealing the ACA, something I have voted for time and again, although that is a necessary first step. The premise of the solution is simple. We need to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care. To lower the cost of insurance, increasing competition is vital. We increase competition by giving people more control and more choices. Americans need to be able to pick the health insurance plan that best meets their needs, not Washington’s mandates. When individuals have this control, insurance companies will be forced to compete for their business, not Washington’s approval. Speaker Ryan’s proposal also calls for protecting Medicare and making the program viable for both our current and future seniors, rather than using Medicare to prop up the ACA. Another important ...
  • 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.

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  • Hospital Board meets to consider proposed tax rate

    August 19, 2016

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    Monday night’s hospital board meeting started out with an apology from Mike Click for leaving the proposed tax rate and working the budget off the agenda. Because of this there was a special meeting at noon on Thursday. Mike said “In 26 years of doing this, I think this is the first time I’ve left ...
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  • Council Approves the Sale of City Owned Property

    August 18, 2016

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    During the August 18 City Council Meeting several items were discussed and voted on. One of the items to discuss and consider is the sale of city owned property. The property is located in the 200 block of South 5th Street. The council heard from Willie Herrera about the property. It is the former site of an abandoned ...
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  • City Council Meeting August 18

    August 18, 2016

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    The City Council met on August 18. Click below to listen to the meeting.
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  • BISD School Board Holds Budget Workshop

    August 16, 2016

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    During the Brownfield ISD regularly scheduled meeting the topic of discussion was the Budget Workshop. Bobby Vaughan put together a preliminary budget for the board to look at and discuss. The 2016-17 school year budget must be voted on and approved by the board on or before August 31, 2016. Therefore the board will hold a ...
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  • BISD Board Talks about Pay Raises and Insurance Premium Increases

    August 16, 2016

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    In Monday nights School Board meeting Bobby Vaughan talked to the board about teacher pay raises. Raises are set up into two categories. The teacher scale which covers classroom teachers, librarians and nurses includes about 140 employees. In 2014 TASB recommended that the district eliminate step raises for teachers and instead give an equal general pay ...
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  • Governor Abbot’s Proposed Police Protection Act

    August 14, 2016

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    by Emilio Hernandez Special to TownTalk News info@towntalkradio.com In the wake of the July 7th sniper shooting of five police officers in Dallas, Governor Greg Abbott has proposed an initiative to combat crimes against law enforcement. Known as the Police Protection Act, this law would extend hate crime protections to law enforcement officers statewide. Brownfield Police Chief Tony Serbantez agrees with ...
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  • Public Notice from Terry County District Clerk

    August 11, 2016

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    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 ...
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  • Juvenile Probation Gets State Funds Cut, Asks County for Money

    August 9, 2016

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    One of the items on the agenda for Monday morning’s, August 8, Commissioners Court was Juvenile Probation Supervisor, Karina Stults, Detention Funds. Stults stood before the Commissioners and explained in the past 18 years that she has worked for Juvenile Probation possibly only one time have they had to ask for extra funds for Juvenile Probation, ...
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  • Randy Neugebauer looks at Plan to Improve National Security

    August 9, 2016

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    Military Academy Applications Due October 1st One of the greatest honors I have as a Member of Congress is nominating young men and women to our nation’s service academies. The 19th District of Texas has a long history of sending some of our best and brightest to receive an excellent education and serve our nation. Any ...
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  • Commissioners Court August 8

    August 8, 2016

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    During regular session Commissioners Court August 8 Commissioners heard from Ronny Burran, Chief Appraiser for Terry County Appraisal District, about the proposed tax rate for 2016. Burran stated that they cerified values on July 8 and they came out to $781,889,325. The values are down from $972,078,238 in 2015. That makes a difference of $190,188,913, almost ...
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