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08
Oct
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State Rep. Murr talks upcoming Constitutional Amendment Election

State Rep. Murr talks upcoming Constitutional Amendment Election

The breakdown of the upcoming Proposed 2019 State Constitutional Amendments was presented to a pack crowd by State Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, Tuesday at the Ozona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

Murr, who also stopped in Sonora prior to visiting Ozona, took each of the 10 proposed amendments and broke them down. The election will be held Nov. 5. Early voting will be Oct. 21-Nov. 1.

Here are the propositions and how they appear on the ballot:

Proposition 1 - ““The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”

Murr said this would make it easier for an elected or appointed municipal judge to serve in other cities.

Tue
08
Oct
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Two people taken into custody for dog dumping

Two people taken into custody for dog dumping
Two people taken into custody for dog dumping

After months of dogs being dumped along an empty stretch of West Texas highway, officials have made an arrest.

People began matching photos of the dogs shared in coverage by the Standard-Times and USA TODAY Network-Texas sites with animals housed at the Atascosa County Animal Control shelter and alerted officials, according to a news release from Cow Dog Rescue, which has saved many of the dumped dogs from the roadside.

Using that information, officials set up surveillance at the Atascosa County Animal Control shelter in Jourdanton on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 and observed a gray Dodge minivan load dogs into the cargo area of the vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit.

The van left the shelter at 6:08 p.m. and the vehicle was followed for roughly 150 miles into Kimble County, where dogs have been dumped monthly since July.

Tue
01
Oct
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The future of District 23 without Will Hurd

The future of District 23 without Will Hurd
The future of District 23 without Will Hurd

AUSTIN — With U.S. Rep. Will Hurd opting to step away from representing Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, Republicans look to keep a seat held by a politician known to cross party lines and condemn President Donald Trump, while Democrats seek to make Texas just a bit more blue

And the district — known to waiver between being held by a Republican and Democrat — is ripe for the picking in 2020, according to pundits. Three-term incumbent Hurd being out of the picture only helps that case.

Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, said Hurd being out of the race “makes a big difference for Republicans in a negative way.”

“The reason the Republicans held that seat was because of Will Hurd. Period. He worked and worked to keep that district in the Republican column. Without him there to do that, the personal politics are removed to some degree and the partisan politics replaces it.”

 

 

Tue
01
Oct
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Lions smother Eagles in fourth shutout

Lions smother Eagles in fourth shutout

JUNCTION – Making it four in a row, the Ozona Lions got another shutout, 61-0, over Junction Friday night.

The Lions defense held the Eagles to a negative 13 yards.

Sophomore Lane Smith had an interception that he returned for a 50-yard touchdown, and Jesse Vega had a 55-yard interception scoring run.

Jaden Fay and Zachary Talamantez also intercepted the ball.

The Lions sacked the Eagles’ Quarterback five teams. Sacks were by Lazaro Rodriguez, Austin Damian, Aiden Fuentes, Emmanuel Venegas and Fay.

Jose Dominguez and Lazaro Rodriguez led the team with nine tackles each. Carlos Cantu had seven and Vega and Venegas had five each.

 

 

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Tue
01
Oct
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Car chase leads to arrest

Car chase leads to arrest
Car chase leads to arrest

A car chase through town, down the interstate and then 20 miles down a state highway resulted in an arrest by Crockett County Sheriff’s Deputies on Sept. 19.

Jonathan Daniel Borrego, 33, of Ozona, was arrested for evading arrest in a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to a press release from the Crockett County Sheriff’s Office.

At 3:53 a.m. on Sept. 19, sheriff’s deputies spotted Borrego allegedly driving a black Acura tried to conduct a traffic stop after Borrego allegedly disregarded multiple stop signs in town, the release stated.

Borrego led the deputies east on 15th Street and then eastbound on Interstate-10 to the 372 exit.

Borrego allegedly drove the vehicle on the median in an attempt to lose the deputies and continued south on Taylor Box Road, where a third deputy joined the pursuit, the release stated.

 

 

Tue
24
Sep
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School board hears breakdown of state ratings

A breakdown of Crockett County CCSD’s state accountability ratings was given at the Sept. 18 regular school board meeting.

Ozona High School Principal Tamara McWilliams gave a report that showed where the district failed to meet standards in some areas, and the district’s improvement plan.

The district as a whole received an overall rating of “D” in the A-F rating system.

The ratings are determined by student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps, which tells how well different populations of students in the district are performing. The breakdown is by race/ethnicity, special education, continuously enrolled and mobile students, English Language Learners and economically disadvantaged.

McWilliams said the elementary and the middle school have 14 indicators they have to meet for closing the gaps, which is based on the STAAR test scores.

 

 

Tue
24
Sep
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Lions roll past ‘Horns

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Holding Harper to only 38 total yards of offense, the Ozona Lions rolled to a 68-0 victory during Friday’s homecoming game at Lion Stadium.

This was the Lions third consecutive shutout win.

“It feels amazing, especially as a senior. I know every one of these underclassmen are working toward getting more shutouts. It was awesome,” said Senior Jacob Childress.

Ozona forced two turnovers that led to points on the board.

“The defense did another great job and smothered Harper all night long,” said Athletic Director and Head Coach Kyle Freeman.

Sophomore Carlos Cantu led the team with eight tackles. He also caused and recovered a Harper fumble.

 

 

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Tue
24
Sep
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Commissioners approve closing of old jail

The Crockett County Commissioners’ Court approved to close the old Crockett County Jail during their regular meeting Tuesday.

The building, located at 903 Avenue D, could be subject to a state jail inspection if not officially closed by an order of the commissioners’ court, said County Judge Fred Deaton.

The building no longer meets state jail standards.

The commissioners also:

• Approved payment of bills.

• Took no action on new pump for a fire truck. Commissioners all recommended the money come out of the fire department’s budget.

• Took no action on planting new trees at the cemetery. Commissioners are going to go look at the cemetery to determine the best location to plant the trees.

 

 

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Tue
24
Sep
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Meeting details out CCCCSD Bond Election

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Details about the upcoming Crockett County CCSD bond election were broken down Monday night during an OHS Building Committee Meeting at the OHS Cafeteria.

The public meeting gave information about the $33.8 million bond that will renovate and remodel Ozona High School if passed. Election Day is Nov. 5.

WHAT IS THE BOND FOR?

The $33.8 million bond will be for renovation and addition to OHS that includes:

• All new academic classrooms, science labs, a commons area with a new cafeteria and kitchen, and new library in a new academic building that will be constructed between the Heritage Building and the existing Main Building.

Tue
24
Sep
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2019 OHS Homecoming Queen

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KENZEE TALAMANTEZ is all smiles as she is crowned the 2019 OHS Homecoming Queen by Mariana Garza, the 2018 OHS Homecoming Queen, Friday at Lion Stadium.

 

 

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