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Tue
14
Apr
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April is Community Banking Month

The month of April marks the celebration of Community Banking Month. On behalf of Ozona Bank, I want to thank the Ozona community for trusting us to meet your everyday banking needs. It is a privilege to provide personalized services for our customers and to do it responsibly.

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Tue
14
Apr
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Kill the Death Tax

Family farms and ranches in our district are part of a cycle that is as sure as the rising sun. They prepare their fields, manage their livestock and crops to protect their growth and then harvest the fruits of their labor. While the crops and methods may change through the years, and the bounty may be unpredictable, harvest time arrives

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Tue
07
Apr
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Two tax cuts, but only one with a sales pitch

by ROSS RAMSEY

With the first round of the Legislature's biennial budget dance almost complete, the Senate has made its ideas for state finance — particularly when it comes to tax cuts — much clearer than whatever the House is thinking. In a series of press conferences and committee hearings, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and various senators have laid out their plans to increase homestead exemptions, giving the average homeowner something like $206 in relief each year. They want to increase the size of companies that are exempted from the state’s franchise tax, roughly cutting in half the number of companies that pay that unpopular levy.

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Tue
07
Apr
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Complexification

by LEE PITTS

Currently there are eight saddles in my house and a couple more in my shop. Sadly, these aren't saddles I won team roping but very old saddles from the late 19th century. Apart from two sidesaddles I own there is very little difference between the 135 year old saddles and one you might ride today. Clearly, in a world full of change the American saddle has not kept pace. That's one reason why when modern cowboys go to check the cows and say they're going to get their "Mule", it's not one of the long-earred variety. One of the reasons people are opting for ATV's instead of horses is all the accessories they have that horses don't have.

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Tue
31
Mar
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House, Senate continue with primary task: adopting budget

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — The House Appropriations Committee on March 24 unanimously approved the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1) — the first hurdle toward passing a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

 

Tue
31
Mar
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Where'd Everybody Go?

By Lee Pitts
 
I don't get out much these days and the other day I went to the auction market for the first time in a long time. At least I thought it was the same auction market. There was a freshly painted sign out front, the auction barn was sporting a coat of fresh paint, the parking lot was covered with a fresh layer of asphalt and it was full of brand new pickups and Cadillacs. Was I lost? Was this a dairy auction barn?

 

Tue
24
Mar
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Get your business listed for free on Google

Search engines and small business truly have a mutually beneficial partnership when it comes to accessing local information from the Internet. Most search engines offer a free listing service in which a business owner can claim a listing and add pertinent information about the business, such as location, hours of operation, contact information, and even a link to their website.

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Tue
24
Mar
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Upgrade loathing

I have come to the conclusion that technology and I have a love/hate relationship. I’m sure many of you can relate to this. As a journalist, my iPhone has become one of my main reporting tools. It has a camera, video recorder, voice recorder, social media, e-mail, texting and a telephone all in one device.

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Tue
17
Mar
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Go ahead, take closed government personally

Don’t take it personally? That’s usually good advice, but today we urge the opposite reaction to all government bodies operating in the shadows, purposely avoiding public scrutiny and genuine transparency. In other words, take closed government personally. Please! Take it personally when a reporter is kicked out of a city council meeting so members can hold an illegal or unnecessary executive session. Take it personally when public access to government records is refused, limited, or attached to excessive fees.

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Tue
17
Mar
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OMS gives students positive opportunity

Dear Editor,
I wanted to take a minute to thank Mrs. Tammy McWilliams and her staff for going beyond teaching students, to reaching their students. Last week, Mrs. McWilliams took her entire school (faculty, staff, and students) to go see the very inspiring movie, “McFarland, USA.” I was invited to come along as someone who works with her students, and was so grateful to Mrs. McWilliams for bringing the students a positive opportunity. In my job, I don't always get to enjoy young people getting a positive moment, so it was really great for me, in that respect. Whether it was because it was a story they could relate to, or because they don't get to go to the movies very often, or because they simply got a moment to enjoy the school day, the care for students speaks to the character and true teaching professionalism of the faculty and staff of Crockett County Common Consolidated School District.

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