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Steinhauser, Michalec Lead FHS

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Flatonia High School will hold its graduation ceremony Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. in the FISD Cafetorium.

 

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Source:: Fayette County Record

      

Opponents Plan Court Challenges for Many New Texas Laws

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By Public News Service Opponents Plan Court Challenges for Many New Texas Laws AUSTIN, Texas – The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature passed some of the nation’s most conservative laws during the current session, but political analysts say the real battle may just be getting started.

The session is scheduled to end this weekend, but when the gavel comes down, opponents of the myriad anti-abortion, anti-immigrant and religious-freedom measures passed by GOP lawmakers are vowing to continue to fight them in the courts.

James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, says when conservative lawmakers support such divisive issues, they are not necessarily representing a large majority of Texans.
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Source:: Texas News Service

      

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Congressman Farenthold Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Patent Trolls

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      Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) applauds the Supreme Court of the United States for the 8-0 ruling on TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group. This Supreme Court decision puts limits on where patent lawsuits can be filed. In this decision, the court says that patent suits should be filed in the state where the defendant resides or where the harm is committed if they have an established place of business there. Congressman Farenthold calls this a huge win, as it will help prevent frivolous l...

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Source:: Texas U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold

      

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LCRA, Bluebonnet award $14,438 grant for fire department emergency equipment

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LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representatives present a $14,438 grant to the Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department for new emergency equipment. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Milton Shaw, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative director; Joyce Buckner, Bluebonnet community development representative; David Childress, Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department representative; Donald A. Leclerc, Maxwell VFD representative; Rick Arnic, LCRA governmental affairs representative; and Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member.

The Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department soon will purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus refill equipment thanks to a $14,438 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.

The grant, along with $4,956 in local matching funds, will allow firefighters to more quickly refill the tanks they need to protect their lungs from smoke and dangerous fumes they encounter when fighting fires and at other emergencies.

“This system is a huge deal,” said Jennifer Lott, fire captain. “This will be the second system in (Caldwell County), and the other one is all the way on the other side of the county. Between us and all the other departments that need refills, it’s really an issue.”

She added that having limited capacity to refill tanks could affect firefighter safety and the department’s ability to respond quickly to emergency calls.

Lott said the all-volunteer fire department was formed in the mid-1960s by residents in the rural area who felt helpless after a series of house fires. In the years since, the population has grown substantially and is expected to continue to expand with the construction of nearby housing subdivisions. This growth is expected to increase the number of calls to which the department responds.

The new system also will improve firefighters’ ability to properly train using their air tanks, Lott said. Without the refill equipment, the department has had to be careful not to use all the available tanks when training, in case an emergency call came in.

“This means we will have more of an ability to train as if we are at an actual fire,” Lott said.

“We are supported by the community’s tax dollars, and we want to be what the community needs us to be,” Lott said. “This is one more step in that process. We really appreciate this grant.”

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants are due July 31. More information is available atlcra.org/cdpp.

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than40​ parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit
lcra.org.

Media Contact
Clara Tuma
512–578–3292
clara.tuma@lcra.org

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Source:: LCRA News Release

      

2017_AreaGoTexan_ScholarshipRecipients

TEXAS YOUTH ARE COLLEGE BOUND THANKS TO MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS FROM THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™

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HOUSTON — College dreams became reality for 79 Houston-area high school graduates during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Area Go Texan Scholarship Banquet, Wednesday, May 17. Thirty percent of graduates will be the first in their family to attend college.

“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is proud to support the youth of Texas through scholarships to help high school graduates achieve a postsecondary education,” said Joel Cowley, president, and CEO. “We are confident that these students will represent us well at colleges and universities across the state, and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”

Show officials and volunteers hosted 79 scholarship recipients from 68 Area Go Texan counties. Each recipient was awarded a four-year, $20,000 scholarship from the Show for a total commitment of $1,580,000. A deserving high school senior from each county was presented a scholarship, and an additional 11 scholarships were awarded at large to eligible students within each Area Go Texan district.

Scholarships are awarded to students who meet the program requirements and demonstrate academic potential, leadership and financial need. All scholarship recipients must attend a Texas college or university.

The Area Go Texan scholarships represent a portion of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s annual commitment of more than $26 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants and other educational programs. For more information on the Show’s educational support, visit rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/Commitment.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2018 Show is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 18.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ 2017 Area Go Texan Scholarship Recipients (by county)

Anderson Fayette Lavaca Refugio
Bradi Brownlow Lillie Steinhauser Brenda Manzano Clara Aguirre
Angelina Freestone Lee Robertson
Zachery Trotter James Kirgan Joel Mackey MaKayla Smith
Aransas Goliad Leon Rusk
Haley Sinclair Kodye Neel Marissa Wall Josephine Malone
Austin Gonzales Limestone Sabine
Gabriel Rodriguez Katherine Bonilla Jocelyn Martinez Cameron Kittman
Bastrop Gregg Live Oak San Augustine
Katelin Bishop Sommer Harkins Kelsey Webb Emily Evans
Bee Grimes Madison San Jacinto
Natalie Rivas Yecenia Huerta Camryn Frederick Joshua Cronin
    Randall Navarro  
Bell Hamilton   San Patricio
Kristin Crouch Emma Polster Matagorda Abbigale Sample
    Mansi Pandya  
Bosque Hardin   Shelby
Makayla Meador Sarah Harper McLennan Aslin Lucio
  Eva Short Natalie Hoelscher  
Brazos     Smith
Cassandra Soto Harrison Milam Emily Sparkman
  Blaire Beaty Annie Hasselbach Carlos Villapudua
Burleson   Hannah Hux  
Alecia Berry Henderson   Trinity
  Casey Pitchford Mills Caleb Yarbrough
Caldwell Marisol Suarez Dakota Busby  
Makayla Gutierrez     Tyler
  Hill Nacogdoches Andrew Harmon
Calhoun Whittney Soule Bailey Melo  
Colton Blinka     Victoria
  Houston Navarro Alexandria Butler
Cherokee Meghan Adams Jerry VanZuuk  
Emily Wintermute     Walker
  Jackson Newton Shelby Lepley
Colorado Danielle Smith Kayla Williams  
Charla Spears     Washington
  Jasper Nueces Kennith Marshall
Comanche Raven Stegall Meagan Harrington  
Angel Garza   Trenten Wahlen Wharton
  Jefferson   Marco Jimenez
Coryell Lauren Hoffpauir Orange Lauren Lathon
Sophia Caro   Stephanie Licon  
Imari Neal Karnes   Williamson
  Cole Ratliff Panola Anna Kurtin
Dewitt Alexis Ehlers Cara Coligan Jasmine Tumewu
Martina Stavinoha      
  Lampasas Polk  
Falls Allison Harrell Landon Creel  
Daniel Amador   Jasmine Hernandez  

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