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Retired County Judge Reflects on Events of 2018

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County Judge Ed Janecka (center) and Commissioners sign the minutes at Janecka’s last meeting of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Janecka and Pct. 2 Commissioner Gary Weishuhn (second from right) retired at the end of 2017.
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The year began with some changes to the feral hog and coyote bounty program. On Monday, January 8, the Fayette County Commissioners Court approved changes which were effective February 1, and are as follows:

• Accepting ears only of both feral hogs and coyotes;

• The amount paid per pair of ears will be: $5 for feral hogs and $12 for coyotes;

• Approved the new Bounty Forms which will need to be sworn to and which also includes the statement “making a false statement under oath is an offense under this section and is a Class A Misdemeanor”;

• Approved putting a cap on the monies budgeted each Budget Year;

 

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Source:: Fayette County Record

      

New Year, New Officials

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By News Staff

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Above: County Judge Joe Weber (left) delivers the oath of office to county officials on New Year’s Day. Officials taking the oath were (from left) District Clerk Linda Svrcek, County Clerk Brenda Fietsam, County Surveyor Gene Kruppa, Pct. 2 Commissioner Luke Sternadel, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sheila Coufal, Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Charles Zapalac, Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Dan Mueller, and Fayette County Groundwater Conservation District board members Leo Wick, Terry Hays and Harvey Hayek.
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A standing-room-only crowd packed the Fayette County District Courtroom on New Year’s morning to witness the swearing-in of a dozen county officials.

District Judge Jeff Steinhauser began the ceremony by delivering the oath of office to the new County Judge, Joe Weber.

“I want to thank all the citizens who voted for me, and even those who didn’t vote for me but voted for somebody,” Weber said after taking the oath. “I’m your judge. I’m not the judge of the Republicans, I’m not the judge for the Democrats, and I’m not the judge for the liberals or conservatives. I’m the judge for everybody in this county. I pledge to all of them … I won’t let you down, I promise.

 

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A Look Back at the Weather of 2018

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As measured near La Grange, 2018 was another wet year in Fayette County, the fourth in a row going back to 2015. Precipitation was 46.26 inches last year, almost six inches above the average.

The official long-term precipitation average (going back to 1940) is 40.46 inches. Going back further to the early 1900s, the local rainfall average was less by 1.85 inches at 38.61. The Record uses the more recent figures as published in the Texas Almanac.

 

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Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott proclaims January 2019, to be Human Trafficking Prevention Month.The concepts of freedom, justice, and the pursuit of happiness are intricately woven into the fabric of American culture. We may find it hard to fathom that we live in a world where people are deprived of these rights, a world where people are trafficked for labor or bought and sold in the sex trade. The heinous crime of human trafficking is not confined to some remote country; it is happening right here, and even children have become commodities for the pleasure of sexual predators and the profit of traffickers.

The State of Texas will not tolerate the inhumane practices carried out by coercive and manipulative criminals. We provide serious penalties for human traffickers, and we continuously look for ways to better serve the victims. Since the creation of the Child Sex Trafficking Team in my office, innovative and promising practices have been launched around the state. My team knows that a spirit of collaboration is critical in this endeavor, and I commend all those working toward a stronger and more coordinated response.

I thank our state’s service providers, law enforcement officers, and prosecutors for their dedication to combating this terrible crime. I also applaud the faith communities, businesses, foundations, and other advocates who are stepping up to make a difference. I especially want to express my gratitude to the incredible survivors who share their voices and their stories to help others; their grit and resilience is a testament to the Texas spirit and a constant inspiration to us all.

At this time, I encourage all Texans to learn more about the risks and indicators of human trafficking and to do their part in helping end this atrocity. The reality of this evil enterprise can be staggering, however Texans will not be overcome in the face of adversity. Together, we can protect the vulnerable, help victims find healing, and bring offenders to justice.

Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim January 2019, to be

Human Trafficking Prevention Month

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

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