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San Patricio County’s decision on EDC delayed
by Jason Clay Jansky
Aug 05, 2015 | 60 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Commissioners once again delayed their decision on funding the county’s economic development corporation after an hour-long executive session Monday. Prior to the closed deliberation, the EDC’s Becky McMillan introduced herself to the court as the new interim director of the economic development corporation. Former Executive Director Lynn Spencer’s resignation was announced Monday after negotiations between the county and the EDC left the corporation’s future dangling. The county provides $55,000 annually to the EDC, more than a third of its operating budget. Without that money, the corporation’s efforts are severely impacted. Court members denied last week they had threatened to pull funding unless Spencer was fired. EDC Executive Board Chairman Roy DeBolt said Spencer’s resignation had already been on the table. “Lynn had already decided to leave. Her resume was already out on the street, and she was leaving,” he said during an interview after commissioners court. DeBolt did indicate there was some friction between County Judge Terry Simpson and Spencer. “When I went to speak to the judge ... he said ‘to tell you the truth, we’re not totally satisfied with everything, but I have included you in our budget,’” DeBolt said. “The thing that seemed mysterious was they were concerned about Lynn’s performance. I felt she was doing fine. He pointed out some personality conflict type issues, and we said we’ll go ahead and accept her resignation now.” Commissioners still had plenty to talk about during the meeting, though and elected to do so in secret. As with last week’s closed deliberation, language on the agenda describing the discussion was vague, citing only that commissioners would talk about “economic development.” However, Simpson did elaborate after the meeting. “It was in reference to the organization,” Simpson said, adding that the court did not talk about economic development projects, but instead the EDC itself. Simpson also said he approved of the EDC’s recent change in leadership. “I feel that they did what was necessary for the EDC,” he said. The meeting ended without action on the matter, but Simpson told those in attendance the court would reconvene in a special meeting Friday to make their final decision. The county currently is awaiting overdue property value numbers from the appraisal district before it can set a new tax rate and figure out how much money will be in the budget next year. “We’re hoping the appraisal district has our numbers so we can finalize our budget,” Simpson said. Chief Appraiser Rufino Lozano said during a phone interview the county will have its numbers before their Friday meeting.
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Police nab suspect after fleeing officers on Jones Street
by Gary Kent
Aug 04, 2015 | 2463 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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BEEVILLE – Residents living around the intersection of North Adams and East Jones streets awoke Wednesday morning to find patrol cars with flashing emergency lights and officers running all around the neighborhood. “We’re chasing someone,” Lt. Kenneth Jefferson shouted out when asked about the activity. Jefferson did not know it, but he was just minutes away from finding and arresting a fleeing suspect. Police Chief Joe Treviño said the incident started shortly after 7 a.m. when Patrolman Nathaniel Robinson noticed a suspicious-looking man walking along East Jones Street. Treviño said the young man was wearing a black backpack, his pockets were bulging, and he was staring at the ground, trying to avoid eye contact with the officer. Robinson drove beside the man and tried to engage him in conversation. But the pedestrian continued staring at the ground and seemed evasive. It was at that point that the officer decided to search the man to determine if he might be carrying stolen property. Treviño said officers had been investigating several recent residential and vehicle burglaries. Robinson stepped out of the vehicle and asked the man if he was carrying a knife. The 21-year-old said he did have a knife, and he reached for it. Robinson stopped him and said, “Don’t touch the knife.” Then, as the officer reached for the pocket where he believed the knife was, the man struggled with the officer and managed to break away from him. The suspect was gone quickly, and Robinson was unable to find him so he called for backup. Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, deputies with the Bee County Sheriff’s Office and city police officers immediately surrounded the area and began a methodical search for the suspect. “He wasn’t going anywhere,” Treviño said. “We knew where he was.” The chief said Jefferson was walking along the 900 block of North Adams Street looking for any evidence that someone might be hiding there, and he noticed a garage door open. The officer encountered the resident and asked him if he had left the garage door open, and the resident responded no. That was when Jefferson entered the garage and found the suspect hiding. When Jefferson tried to detain the suspect, he struggled again, but that time he was unable to escape. The chief said the suspect, identified as Jacob Benavidez, was taken to the Bee County Jail where he was booked in two Class B misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, synthetic marijuana and resisting arrest. Benavidez also was charged with one Class A misdemeanor, resisting arrest/detention. If convicted on the Class A charge, the defendant could face up to a year in the Bee County Jail and a $4,000 fine. A conviction on either of the Class B charges could result in a six-month jail sentence and a fine of $2,000.
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CBC to resume regular hours of operation beginning Aug. 3
Aug 04, 2015 | 77 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Coastal Bend College (CBC) will resume regular hours of operation beginning Monday, Aug. 3. CBC locations including Beeville, Alice and Kingsville will be open for business from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. CBC Pleasanton will also be open for business Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. CBC will conduct registration days at all locations throughout the month of August for students who have not yet registered for the fall semester. Registration days are set to take place on: · CBC Beeville: Aug. 17-18 · CBC Alice: Aug. 19-20 · CBC Kingsville: Aug. 3-7 · CBC Pleasanton: Aug. 10-11 Students who are interested in attending CBC and would like more information should call 361-354-2266 or email enroll@coastalbend.edu.
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Austwell-Tivoli Independent School District pre-registration
Aug 04, 2015 | 30 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TIVOLI – In preparation for this coming school year a brief pre-registration will be held for A-T ISD students Aug. 10-14. During this pre-registration students will get school schedules, and any other relevant paper work needed for the 2015-16 school year. The pre-registration schedule is as follows: Grade 7 – 8: Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 10 - 11 Grade 9 – 10: Wednesday, Aug. 12 Grade 11-12 – Thursday, Aug. 13 Any students who did not get to attend during regular pre-registration may attend Friday, Aug. 14. Pre-registration will start at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. on these days. For additional information or questions email w.lumpkins@atisd.net or call the school 361-286-3582.
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