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Paxton: ARPA funds akin to hazard pay

Ken PaxtonBy Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com AUSTIN – Last Tuesday Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion on the use of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) as premium pay for county officials. Paxton’s non-binding opinion was given…
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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

Members of the Polk County Historical Commission were recognized for receiving the Texas Historical Commission Distinguished Service Award for 2021, an award given each year to his-torical commissions across the state that demonstrate outstanding projects and programs en-couraging preservation and community partnerships. The Court was to present a distinguished service award to Member J.D. Coogler, 99, for his contributions to the commission, the state and the nation. Although Coogler was unable to be present to accept the award, other mem-bers of the commission accepted it on his behalf. (l-r) Roy Newport, Precinct 1 Commissioner Guylene Robertson, Betsy Deiterman, Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Overstreet, Mona Rae Marsh, Kathy Lott, Judge Sydney Murphy, Patricia Snook, Joanne Westmoreland, Nita Battise, Precinct 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent and Precinct 3 Commissioner Milt Purvis. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten
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Community Fair kicks off Friday

TCNS staff TRINITY — Join us for the 73rd Annual Trinity Community Fair Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 in Trinity boasts great food, many vendors, parade, carnival, entertainment and of course, Trinity youth and their livestock and projects. All events will take place at the Trinity Community Center on South Robb Street (next to McDonald’s). Schedule of Events Friday, Sept. 30 •6 p.m.: Little Miss September Pageant, Pavilion •7 p.m.-11 p.m.: Randy C. Moore, Front Stage Saturday, Oct. 1 •8 a.m.: Exhibit Hall opens, Exhibit Hall •10 a.m.: Grand parade, North Highway 19 •11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Kaitlyn Kohler with special guest: Johnny Riley, Front Stage •Noon: 2022 Fair Queen Coronation, Pavilion. Parade awards to follow. •4 p.m.-7 p.m.: Mandi Powell •4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.: Buyer’s reception, Exhibit Hall Annex •5:45 p.m.: Drawings and awards, Livestock Arena •6 p.m.: Livestock Youth Auction, Livestock Arena •8-11 p.m.: Texas Crossroads Band, Pavilion •9 p.m.: Exhibitor pick-up, Exhibit Hall
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HCHD votes to increase ambulance payment

By Jan Whitejan@hccourier.com CROCKETT – During the Hospital Board Meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, members voted to increase the monthly payment for their ambulance contract. The Ambulance Committee, after meeting with Regional Director Pete Wolf, discovered they had misread the terms of the contract. According to their three-year contract, which began in April 2020, the board agreed to pay $20,417 per month with an increase on the date of their anniversary in April 2021 to $367 per month. But there was an oversight, and the payment was not increased beginning in 2021. If contract terms were now met, the Hospital District would owe over $6k in back fees. However, the ambulance service did not ask the board for past reimbursement but simply requested that for the last seven months of the contract, they pay the $367 increase, amounting to approximately $20,784 per month. The board voted to pay the increase beginning in September, at the same time thanking the ambulance service for…
San Jacinto County Deputy Jared Oliver, Sgt. Mark Gustafson, Sheriff Greg Capers, Patrol Division Lt. Ray Bowen, K9 Handler Deputy Dustin Oliphant with K9 Lady Duna display a small sampling of the seized drugs and paraphernalia from a recent drug arrest in Cleveland. Courtesy photo

Two East Texas counties sheriffs come together as one

San Jacinto County Deputy Jared Oliver, Sgt. Mark Gustafson, Sheriff Greg Capers, Patrol Division Lt. Ray Bowen, K9 Handler Deputy Dustin Oliphant with K9 Lady Duna display a small sampling of the seized drugs and paraphernalia from a recent drug arrest in Cleveland. Courtesy photo Special to the News-Times A cooperative investigation between the San Jacinto County and Liberty County sheriff’s departments led to the arrest of a woman on narcotics charges. On Sept. 16, Leah Steiner was arrested on charges of manufacture or delivery of controlled substances, a first-degree felony after Steiner had been under surveillance for some time. Deputies from both agencies executed a narcotics search warrant inside the Express Inn on Highway 59 on the north bypass in Cleveland. Reports indicate that officials seized quantities of methamphetamines as well as a variety of paraphernalia, including packaging and distribution materials. Steiner was then transported and booked into the San Jacinto…

Tyler County News

Ken Paxton

Paxton: ARPA funds akin to hazard pay

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Ken PaxtonBy Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com AUSTIN – Last Tuesday Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion on the use of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) as premium pay for county officials. Paxton’s non-binding opinion was given in response to a request made in February by Tyler County Auditor Jackie Skinner. In his opinion, Paxton cites the Sept. 13, 2021 decision by the commissioners court to provide a one-time premium payment to county employees and county…

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Community Fair kicks off Friday

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TCNS staff TRINITY — Join us for the 73rd Annual Trinity Community Fair Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 in Trinity boasts great food, many vendors, parade, carnival, entertainment and of course, Trinity youth and their livestock and projects. All events will take place at the Trinity Community Center on South Robb Street (next to McDonald’s). Schedule of Events Friday, Sept. 30 •6 p.m.: Little Miss September Pageant, Pavilion •7 p.m.-11 p.m.: Randy C. Moore, Front Stage Saturday, Oct. 1 •8 a.m.: Exhibit Hall…

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HCHD votes to increase ambulance payment

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By Jan Whitejan@hccourier.com CROCKETT – During the Hospital Board Meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, members voted to increase the monthly payment for their ambulance contract. The Ambulance Committee, after meeting with Regional Director Pete Wolf, discovered they had misread the terms of the contract. According to their three-year contract, which began in April 2020, the board agreed to pay $20,417 per month with an increase on the date of their anniversary in April 2021 to $367 per month.…

Polk County News

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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

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Members of the Polk County Historical Commission were recognized for receiving the Texas Historical Commission Distinguished Service Award for 2021, an award given each year to his-torical commissions across the state that demonstrate outstanding projects and programs en-couraging preservation and community partnerships. The Court was to present a distinguished service award to Member J.D. Coogler, 99, for his contributions to the commission, the state and the nation. Although Coogler was…

San Jacinto County News

San Jacinto County Deputy Jared Oliver, Sgt. Mark Gustafson, Sheriff Greg Capers, Patrol Division Lt. Ray Bowen, K9 Handler Deputy Dustin Oliphant with K9 Lady Duna display a small sampling of the seized drugs and paraphernalia from a recent drug arrest in Cleveland. Courtesy photo

Two East Texas counties sheriffs come together as one

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San Jacinto County Deputy Jared Oliver, Sgt. Mark Gustafson, Sheriff Greg Capers, Patrol Division Lt. Ray Bowen, K9 Handler Deputy Dustin Oliphant with K9 Lady Duna display a small sampling of the seized drugs and paraphernalia from a recent drug arrest in Cleveland. Courtesy photo Special to the News-Times A cooperative investigation between the San Jacinto County and Liberty County sheriff’s departments led to the arrest of a woman on narcotics charges. On Sept. 16, Leah Steiner was arrested…

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