Saturday, July 20, 2019

Robinson Arrested

ARRESTED -- On July 3, 2019 the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) assisted the Freestone County Sheriff’s Office in serving a search warrant and arrest warrants at 121 County Rd. 1230 Fairfield, TX. Recovered in the search was a stolen rifle, stolen credit cards and Narcotics including cocaine. Arrested at the scene Anthony Robinson of Buffalo, TX. He had numerous felony warrants out of Leon County and Freestone county. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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1957 CHEVY

1957 CHEVY -- Bill Frison is pictured with his 1957 Chevy Belair 2dr hd top that was presented to him during the 4th of July parade in Centerville by his daughter Nicole. Nicole bought the car and entered it in the car show. Frison won first place for the Antique Car. “It was a complete surprise,” Frison said. “It has a 283 with a T-10 tranny 4 speed and a 600 cfm Edelbrock carb. It was not a frame off but is very nice, especially since Nicole gave it to me.”

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Trent Ashby - Working for Leon County and its People

My travels this week took me east on Hwy 7 to the office of Trent Ashby in Lufkin, Texas for a factual update / information meeting from our Texas House Representative.

I was warmly greeted by Representative Trent Ashby’s District Director, Ms. Linda Parker and proceeded with outlining my purpose for requesting the meeting. After a few minutes of meaningful dialogue we were joined by Rep. Ashby and proceeded with an extremely detailed account of the accomplishments of the 86th Legislative session and the proposed opportunities for the next session beginning January 2020.

1st Topic – House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 2 - Property Taxes

The meeting “kicked off” with a discussion of House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 2 which deal with property taxes and school funding. We specifically visited about compliance with local property appraisal values and the $5 Billion dollar property tax relief package.

State Law dictates that property appraisal values must comply with State guidelines as administered by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (no more than a 5 % variation in actual value). If our county is out of compliance for 3 years, the State has the ability to intervene and withhold the local school districts’ funding by the amount the Comptroller has determined the local appraisal district is short on values. That’s the law.

Representative Ashby’s office has been “flooded” with taxpayer calls requesting relief on property taxes. Your requests were heard, action occurred, and results were achieved in the 86th Legislature.

Trent Ashby and other House elected officials from all over Texas came together, brought their research, worked in committees, authored, and got the massive House Bill 3 passed and signed into law.

Topline details House Bill 3 - $5 Billion Dollars of school district property tax relief.

How? – starting in 2020 property owners will receive an average 8 cents per $100 REDUCTION in the amount they pay towards school district maintenance and operations taxes.

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Chamber Plans Stampede!

Buffalo Stampede to Partner with Pickett Pro Rodeo

The Directors of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce met for a special called meeting, Friday, July 12th, to review plans for the Annual Buffalo Stampede that will be held September 21st at the Leon County Expo Center. Along with the Stampede activities, the Pickett Pro Rodeo will supply rodeo action Friday and Saturday.

Chamber Directors are excited to change up the format of the Stampede this year and hope that it will be enjoyed by the entire county. Stampede fans will find vendors and attractions for the kids at the Expo Center as well as an opportunity to enjoy a PRA Rodeo brought to the Expo by Cullen Pickett of Fairfield. The Chamber is pleased to join with Pickett to provide a fun weekend for Buffalo, the county, and all the rodeo participants and their fans.

Rodeo contests will include Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Tie Down Roping, and Women’s Barrel Racing.

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2020 Census Is Coming!

At the Commissioners Court meeting held Monday, July 8th, Emergency Manager Jim Carrington reported on the start of the United States 2020 Census Count. All four Leon County Commissioners were present. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

The 2020 Census Count will start in March of 2020. The Census is taken every ten years in every county in the country. It is important in obtaining information for realigning Congressional districts. It is also used to locate places to put public service facilities like roads and post offices and libraries.

In late March 2020, citizens will be mailed a self-response Census Survey. Persons can respond to these over the internet, by mail, or by telephone. Census takers will not call anyone to fill out the surveys; they are self-response, but a person can call a census taker if they need help or have questions and can give the information over the phone.

Persons interested in working for the Census can apply online at www.2020Census.gov. There are part time jobs and full time positions available. The part time position pays $15 an hour and includes the door to door collection of information from persons who did not self-respond.

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BEDC Tackles Agenda

Directors of the Buffalo Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) met Wednesday, July 10th for their regular monthly meeting. Vice President Bobby Fishbeck presided.

The board heard a request for funds from a representative of the Veterans Outdoor Event that will be held at the Expo Center on September 28th. Following a discussion, the board voted to allow $1,500 to help support the event which brings in participants for outdoor hunts and other activities.

A request from the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce for additional funds to help with the Buffalo Stampede was tabled.

The board voted to approve the BEDC Accountable Reimbursement Policy. Also approved was the schedule for training that new Executive Director Mike Anderson plans to attend.

Anderson also presented the board with plans for a Small Business Luncheon that will be held for persons who have recently opened a new business in Buffalo or are planning to open one. Three persons with new business adventures were present at the meeting.

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