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Top Stories This Week - January 12, 2017

Junior County Livestock Show to feature 167 exhibitors, 335 animals

The 82nd Annual Comanche County Livestock Show will get underway on Saturday, January 14, 2017 and will continue through Thursday, January 19, 2016. One hundred sixty-seven youngsters will be exhibiting 335 animals.
Competition will be great among the 23 market steers, 41 market lambs, 27 market goats, 130 market swine, 17 breeding beef, 10 breeding sheep, 29 breeding swine, 14 breeding meat goats, 15 dairy heifers, and 29 horses.
Youngsters from the Comanche County 4-H Clubs, the Comanche FFA, the DeLeon FFA & 4-H, the Gustine FFA, and the Sidney FFA will be competing at the four day event.

Comanche County Junior Livestock Show Schedule

SAT, JAN. 14
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Check in
Dairy Heifers
Beef Heifers
Market Steers
9:00 a.m. SHOW STARTS
Dairy Heifers
Beef Heifers
Market Steers
12:30-1:30 p.m. CHECK IN
Horses
2:00 p.m. HORSE SHOW
SUN, JAN. 15
2:00-5:00 p.m. CHECK IN
Breeding Swine
Breeding Sheep
Breeding Meat Goats
All Market Animals
MON, JAN. 16
8:00 a.m. SHOW STARTS
Breeding Swine
Market Swine
Breeding Sheep
Market Lambs
Breeding Meat Goats
Market Goats
THURS, JAN 19
5:30 p.m. BUYER’S DINNER
Buyers eat free.
At CCLA Barn.
6:30 p.m. PREMIUM SALE

90 Day BURN BAN in effect

WHEREAS, the Commissioners Court has determined that circumstances present in all or part of the unincorporated area of the county create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED by the Commissioners Court of Comanche County that all outdoor burning is banned in the unincorporated area of the county to begin January 9, 2017, for 90 days from the adoption of this Order, unless the restrictions are terminated earlier based on a determination made by the Texas Forest Service or this Court. This Order is adopted pursuant to Local Government Code 352.081, and other applicable, statutes. This order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental
Quality for (1) firefighter training; (2) public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; (3) planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or, (4) burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager certified under Section 153.048, Natural Resources Code, and meet the standards of
Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code.

85th Legislature goes to work

As the 85th Texas State Legislature convened on Tuesday, January, the House of Representatives and Senate will be considering thousands of bills. Many of those bills are crucial and will affect those of us who live in Comanche County and surrounding areas. A convenient way to contact both State Representative J. D. Sheffield – District 59 and State Senator Dawn Buckingham – District 24 is through their official email addresses. State Rep. Sheffield’s email is j.d.sheffield@house.state.tx.us. Senator Buckingham’s is d.buckingham@senate.state.tx.us. Remember to keep your comments brief, to the point, and how a particular bill will affect you personally. (Other contact information at end of article.)
The first day of the session begins with the adoption of a two-year budget. That may be a daunting task. Unfortunately, according to State Comptroller Glenn Hegar money is going to be tight. He says, “Ongoing weaknesses in activity related to oil and natural gas has been a drag on state economic growth and led to lagging revenue collections in 2016.”

2016-2017 Varsity Indian Basketball TeamIndians host Brady in district opener

The CHS varsity Indians will tip off district play this Friday when they host the Brady Bulldogs.
The Indians are sporting a 6-12 season record. Coach Richard Pringle says the Indians are beginning to play better and will be a solid district contender. “We had one of our better efforts last week, picking up a win at Clyde.”
District 6-3A teams include Comanche, Bangs, Dublin, Early and Brady. Coach Pringle says there are no weak links in the district. “Coleman and Dublin are probably the district favorites.”
The Indians 2016-17 squad has three seniors, Grayland Jackson, Alan Schulte and Dalton Grimes. Juniors are Caden Jones, Trevor Higginbotham, Jayton McGinnis, Colton Roberts and Bronte Hermesmeyer. Trendon Morin is a sophomore.

2016-2017 CHS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM: Pictured are members of the Comanche High School varsity basketball team and their coach, Richard Pringle. They are, front, left to right, Trevor Higginbotham, Kade Mercer, Jayton McGinnis, Colton Roberts and Bronte Hermesmeyer; back row, from left, Coach Pringle, Caden Jones, Grayland Jackson, Alan Schulte, Dalton Grimes and Trendon Morin.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Releases Biennial Estimate

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the state’s Biennial Revenue Estimate today, showing the state is projected to have approximately $104.9 billion in revenue available for general-purpose spending during the 2018-19 biennium.
This represents a 2.7 percent decrease from the amounts available for the 2016-17 biennium. It’s important to note that this decline is not due to a projected drop in total revenue collections from the 2016-17 biennium to the 2018-19 biennium. The Comptroller is projecting overall revenue growth from the current biennium to the next. Such growth, however, is offset by a significantly lower beginning balance of $1.5 billion. In addition, a 2015 voter-approved constitutional provision (Proposition 7) dedicates up to $5 billion in biennial sales tax revenue to the State Highway Fund (SHF) starting in the 2018-19 biennium to address important transportation infrastructure needs.

Central Appraisal District says farm applications could need updating

by Jo Ann Hohertz, RPA, Chief Appraiser
In 1966 voters passed Section 1-d to Article VIII of the Constitution which provided for certain kinds of farm land to be appraised at productivity value but 1-d was very restrictive. So, in 1978, Texas voters approved a second amendment adding 1-d-1.
This allowed open space land as well as timber to qualify for agricultural appraisal for corporations as well as individuals. And then in 1995 it was approved that ag land could be converted to wildlife management and continue to qualify for agricultural use valuation. Land that is currently devoted principally to agricultural use to the degree of intensity generally accepted in the area is eligible for productivity appraisal.


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