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Energetic attention grabber
For those who are feeling drained by the first summer heat spell, or staggered by oppressive commercial property appraisal increases, the banner headline in the June 8 Karnes Countywide must have a...
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sad state of affairs following national tragedy
As political discourse runs rampant on Facebook over the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning, I cannot help but notice that the conversation about the event invariably leads ...
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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BCAD’s dog don’t hunt
Monday is the deadline for most commercial property owners to file a formal protest and get a spot before the Bee County Appraisal Review Board in coming weeks. With some of the crazy increases thr...
Jun 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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New norm’s disturbing
Sunday is Father’s Day, and sadly this year, some 49 families will be unable to celebrate with their children. In another incomprehensible act of terror and rage, an apparent lone gunman walked int...
Jun 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Appraisal district turns blind eye to vacant storefronts, office space
An informal walking survey of Beeville’s downtown provides a far different vista from the metropolis envisioned by the Bee County Appraisal District computer programs. While the computer whizzes at...
Jun 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Something worth singing about
It’s been a long time coming. Pardon the reference to the Crosby, Stills & Nash rock classic, but for those who have been yearning to realize the first home build for the Bee County Habitat for Hum...
Jun 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bee County Appraisal District: Doing its best to destroy the commercial real estate market
by Jeff Latcham
Jun 08, 2016 | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’ve been hearing “pops” and “plops” regularly the last few weeks, it’s the sound of taxpayers opening their property appraisal notices and then keeling over. In a local economy that’s still r...
Off to fresh start in BISD
by Chip Latcham
Jun 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Just three weeks ago, we welcomed Jerry Bomar to Beeville as the new Trojan athletic director and head football coach. On Tuesday evening, Dr. Marc Puig was selected as the lone finalist to fill th...
Chase runways going hot
by Jeff Latcham
Jun 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
The move to open Chase Field’s world-class runway as a public airport has always had the feeling of inevitability. It doesn’t take five minutes of study to determine the true value of the facility ...
Taking one for the team isn’t cheating
by Kevin J. Keller/My Thoughts on Paper
Jun 01, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Sickening. That’s the only word I could think to describe the email I received on Tuesday afternoon after I returned to my office from a meeting. I have what you might call an iron gut, meaning it ...
Remember those who paid the price
by Rachel Kibbe Williams
May 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The following editor’s column appeared in this week’s edition of our sister publication, The Progress, serving Live Oak and McMullen counties. With Memorial Day coming up, there are many thoughts t...
Jobs?!? We don’t need no stinking jobs
by Jeff Latcham
May 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’re a small business, you likely feel under siege. And you are right. For all the talk about being for the small guy that comes out of Washington and the White House, make no mistake small bu...