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2018 was another wet year for Crockett County

It was another a very wet year for Crockett County in 2018.

Last year the county received 27.93 inches of rain, according to the Crockett County Groundwater District.

This is an increase from 2017’s total of 21.67 inches. This was also the fourth consecutive year for the county to receive total rainfall more than 20 inches.

The wettest year is 1941 with 37.99 inches. The driest year is 2011 with a total of only 5.54 inches.

The wettest month in 2018 for Crockett County was October with 9.21 inches. September was second with 7.36 inches. The driest month for 2018 was January with .05.

 

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Towering above

A new cellphone tower is now part of the Ozona skyline after being installed Monday.

The 199-foot tower, located in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express at 1308 Avenue E, is owned by Communications Tower Group LLC, according to a public notice that was printed in the Aug. 28, 2018 edition of The Ozona Stockman.

Communications Tower Group is the owner and developers of the tower and will lease space on the carriers for coverage in the area, said Erik Brooks, wireless site developer for Communications Tower Group.

“Our towers are basically open for all carriers to go on, which would improve the carrier coverage in the region,” said Communications Tower Group Vice President Rob Sandburg.

 

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The future of Ozona High School?

The future of the structures of Ozona High School, and moving forward toward a possible school bond, were all discussed at the Jan. 23 Crockett County CCSD School Board meeting.

The presentation, made by Steve Risser, of Gallagher Construction based in Richardson, Texas, showed different options for Ozona High School’s Main Building and Auditorium, as well as other buildings on the campus.

Risser and his staff toured all the OHS Buildings and found the same issues in each building needing plumbing, electrical, roofing and flooring work and upgrades, as well as needing to be up to code on ADA compliance and statewide building codes.

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Superintendent’s contract extended through 2022

The CCCCSD School Board unanimously voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Raul Chavarria another year during the Jan. 23 regular meeting.

“I appreciate the CCCCSD Board of Trustees trust in me and that they are pleased with the direction of our district. I will continue to listen to the needs of our community and staff as we work together for the success of our students,” Chavarria said after the meeting.

With the extension, Chavarria’s contract now runs through 2022.

The board approved Chavarria’s extension after meeting in a two-hour executive/ closed session, where they also conducted his evaluation.

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Will 2019 be the year of the turbine? Wind energy continues to surge in Texas

PORTLAND, Texas — Texas continues to be a force in wind energy, despite a downturn in investment and tariffs on the materials used to make the equipment.

And if a report by the federal government is any indicator, there’s growth potential for wind in oil country in the new year.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration this month released its projections for 2019.

It said a total of 10.9 GW of wind capacity is expected to come online nationally in 2019, most of it near the end of the year. Three states — Texas, Iowa, and Illinois — will be home to more than half of the wind capacity additions for the year.

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Wed
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Laredo man killed in truck crash

A 31 year-old Laredo man was killed when two truck tractor-trailers collided and caught fire late one foggy night last week.

Preliminary investigation show that at around 11:43 p.m. on Jan. 15, a 2000 International Truck Tractor and towed trailer, driven by Flavio Zapata, began to make a left turn onto U.S. Highway 190, at the U.S. Highway 190 and State Highway 137 intersection, and disregarded the stop sign while doing so, according to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Kyle Patrick Wartenbee, 37, of Gulfport, Miss. was driving a 2007 Peterbilt Truck Tractor and towed trailer that was traveling east on U.S. Highway 190 and saw Zapata’s vehicle enter the same highway.

 

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State Rep. Murr files bill that would end ‘Robin Hood’ plan, reform property taxes

BY MELISSA PERNER

State Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, has once again filed a bill to try to reform school finance and eliminate the “Robin Hood” recapture plan.

Murr has filed House Bill 297, which would fully eliminate the maintenance and operations (M&O) taxes that are used to pay for schools and that also account for nearly half of all property bills, according to a release from Murr’s office.

In the place of M&O taxes, Murr’s bill would incorporate a state sales tax increase to raise an equivalent amount of revenue, the release stated.

 

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West Texas Rehabilitation 2019 Telethon & Auction Saturday

By KATHI MASONHEIMER

ABILENE, TX - This year’s 49th edition of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center’s telethon and auction promises to be one of the best yet featuring favorite guests along with two great entertainers, Country Music Hall of Famer, Ricky Skaggs and Nashville’s newest trio, Runaway June.

The online auction will be one of the largest in the history of telethon.

This year’s telethon takes place Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Abilene Convention Center from 7 p.m.-midnight.

 

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CCCCSD Guardian Plan Policy approved

By MELISSA PERNER

The Crockett County CCSD School Board approved the first of two policies in adopting the Guardian Plan during a special called meeting on Jan. 9.

Board members approved changes to the district’s Safety Program/Risk Management Emergency Plans (CKC Local).

Revisions to the policy state that the board may authorize specific district employees to possess certain firearms at school and at school-sponsored, or school-related, events.

 

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January is School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Crockett County Consolidated Common School District will join the Texas Association of School Boards and other districts across the state to honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for Texas schoolchildren and public schools.

“School board members tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities. These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children or undermines our public schools,” said Raul Chavarria, Crockett County Consolidated Common School District Superintendent.

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