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Dromgoole begins first year at Marine Academy
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After four weeks of training, Trey Dromgoole (center) graduated and became an official member of the Marine Military Academy Corps of Cadets.
After four weeks of training, Trey Dromgoole (center) graduated and became an official member of the Marine Military Academy Corps of Cadets.
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Contributed information HARLINGEN – Trey Dromgoole of Beeville graduated from introductory training on Sept. 13 and became an official member of the Marine Military Academy Corps of Cadets. At the introductory training parade and graduation, Dromgoole took the official oath of an MMA cadet and then pinned the Marine Corps insignia to his cover. He then participated in the parade’s pass in review ceremony for the first time as a full-fledged cadet. The event was held in front of MMA’s historic Iwo Jima Monument, located in Harlingen. He is the son of late Jimmie Dromgoole of Corpus Christi, Betty and Thomas Hinkle of Beeville. Dromgoole, an 11th-grader, arrived at the academy on Aug. 16 and immediately spent the next four weeks in training. Becoming an MMA cadet is not an easy feat. In addition to adjusting to a new school and a life away from home, a “plebe,” or new cadet, must quickly learn a new regimen, cadet regulations, customs and courtesies, uniforms and proper dress, drill, inspections, Marine Corps history and much more. On the weekends, he is required to participate in numerous outdoor challenges, such as ziplining, rappelling, rope bridging and circuit training. MMA is a college-preparatory boarding school for young men in grades 8-12 with an optional post-graduate year.
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Shooting’s done; photo contest winners to be named Saturday
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This is a sample of some of the entries in the Bee County Historical Society photo contest. The winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Saturday during an ice cream social at the McClanahan House at 206 E. Corpus Christi St.
This is a sample of some of the entries in the Bee County Historical Society photo contest. The winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Saturday during an ice cream social at the McClanahan House at 206 E. Corpus Christi St.
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BEEVILLE – The photos are judged and the winners selected — but their names will remain a secret for a few more days. Sponsored by the Bee County Historical Society, this photo contest was geared toward younger shooters. Photographers were encouraged to shoot during the summer months from June 1 through Aug. 1. While this was the target shooting time, photos shot prior were still accepted. Photos taken in Bee, Goliad, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, San Patricio counties were all eligible. The winners will be announced on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. during an ice cream social and photographer reception at the McClanahan House at 206 E. Corpus Christi St. Sylvia Garcia-Smith, who helped coordinate the contest, said that they had 44 photos submitted for the contest — quite a number given that this is the first year for the contest. Winning photos were chosen by two professional photographers and one H-E-B employee. “It was hard to choose; glad I didn’t have to do it,” Garcia-Smith said. All of the judging was done without anyone knowing who shot the photos. “The judges were very thorough in their decisions, and we are very confident in their choices,” she said. The contest was broken into two categories — youth and senior. Prizes for each division include: 1st prize: $25 plus ribbon; 2nd prize: $20 plus ribbon; and 3rd prize: $15 plus ribbon. There will also be a best of show prize: $50 plus rosette.
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Proposed county pay raises range from 0 to 89%
by Joe Baker
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KARNES COUNTY – Unlike last year’s budget where county officials and employees salaries all received a five percent pay increase across the board, this year’s pay increases outlined in the proposed budget vary dramatically. County Judge Richard Butler said the goal this year was to get pay rates in line with what comparable positions in comparable counties are being paid for the same job description and level of skill and responsibility. The county paid for a salary survey that was used as the primary tool in determining which positions received pay increases and which did not, and of those that did, the amount of increase. The overall goal, Butler explained, was to help the county to fill important positions and retain the persons in those positions. The labor market in Karnes County has changed, and as a result, county leaders feel that higher rates of pay are needed to stay competitive and keep qualified workers in important positions. While some elected and appointed officials are not slated to get any pay increase this year, others will see pay increases of up to 20 percent. There are no pay increases for the county commissioners in the proposed budget, but very slight pay increases listed for the county judge and county attorney. Also there are no pay increases shown this year for the county treasurer or elections administrator. Topping the list, in terms of percentage increase, is the position of emergency management coordinator whose listed proposed salary shows a 89 percent increase from $15,714 to $29,723 per year. The position of waste site operator shows an increase of 24 percent from $22,470 to $27,955 per year. The position of county auditor shows an increase of 20 percent from $55,800 to $66,726 per year. Positions of county librarian, veteran services officer, constables, highway patrol clerk, agricultural extension agent all show increases of about 15 percent. The position of county sheriff shows an increase of 13 percent from $48,200 to $54,662 per year. The position of county nurse shows an increase of 13 percent from $3.969 to $4,500 per year. The position of EMS administrator shows an increase of 12 percent from $46,200 to $51,522 per year. All four justices of the peace show pay increases of 11 percent, from $31,349 to $34,674 per year. The position of custodial supervisor shows an increase of 8 percent from $32,400 to $35,027 per year. The position of tax assessor-collector shows an increase of 8 percent from $41,950 to $45,115 per year. The position of county clerk shows an increase of 3 percent from $41,950 to $43,139 per year.
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Alamo Lumber Company located on U.S. Highway 181 in Kenedy was the scene of a burglary on Aug. 8.
Image: Google Alamo Lumber Company located on U.S. Highway 181 in Kenedy was the scene of a burglary on Aug. 8.
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Alamo Lumber Company located on U.S. Highway 181 in Kenedy was the scene of a burglary on Aug. 8.
Image: Google Alamo Lumber Company located on U.S. Highway 181 in Kenedy was the scene of a burglary on Aug. 8.
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