Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

February 19, 2013

Navarro County Day held in Austin

Corsicana — About two dozen Navarro County residents took part in Tuesday's Navarro County Day in Austin, a trip sponsored by the Corsicana and Navarro County Chamber of Commerce.

The trip, held each year the Texas Legislature is in session, gives county residents and governmental leaders an opportunity to visit with legislators and other state government officials, and learn about the latest legislative happenings.

After a brief visit to the House chambers that included an introduction by State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana), the group was treated to a luncheon in the Capitol office building along with a series of guest speakers, including leaders in education, transportation and water planning, which Cook said was vital to the future of Texas.

Speakers included Mike Levine, executive director of the Texas Sunset Commission; Matt Nelson, manager of regional water planning for the Texas Water Development Board; Michael Williams, Commissioner of Education with the Texas Education Agency; State Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury); and Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.

Nelson said projected growth in Corsicana and Navarro County by the year 2060 could increase water needs for the region by as much as 50 percent over present usage levels.

Corsucana is expected to reach a population of 35,0000 by the year 2060, with Navarro County's population reaching near 90,000. County water demands are forecast to increase at the 50 percent level, he said.

Managing existing resources and developing responsible usage and conservation plans for all regions in Texas needs to be a priority, Cook said, adding he favors using money from the state's "Rainy Day Fund" to start that future planning.

Williams said Texas schools should focus more on core subjects, requiring four years of math, science, English and social studies, while focusing less on test scores.

"If it's not tested, it's not taught," he said.

Williams said there is room in the system to incorporate career and technical education while still teaching the core subjects, something being debated in the legislature now.

Williams said a long-term solution to funding of Texas schools will have to wait for the courts to decide - something he said is likely a year or two away.

"This is not the time to have that conversation," he said. He also expressed concern about the politics of Washington, saying Texas schools stand to lose over $500 million in federal funding due to the sequester in Congress, which would likely affect special programs.

The long-awaited Highway 31 relief route is on target according to TxDOT's Phil Wilson.

He said the money for the project has been dedicated, and that the project was "blowing and going."

Navarro County's State Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) said he is spending time working on water planning, service on the Sunset Commission, and the costs of higher education.

- - - - -

Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to "Soundoff" on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

 

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — A jury has awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

    July 29, 2014

  • Texas school trustee penalized in cheerleader case

    SAN MARCOS — A Central Texas school board has ordered a trustee to attended professional conduct training after parents and teachers said he used his position to get his daughter onto a cheerleading team.

    July 29, 2014

  • Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

    WASHINGTON — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

    July 29, 2014

  • 7-29-14 Lassiter.jpg Lassiter named new Calico director

    Brittany Watkins-Lassiter has been named the new Calico Director for Corsicana High School. Lassiter replaces Amy Tidwell, who resigned to become the dance squad coach at Sachse High School.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-29-14 McManus.jpg County OKs mall lease

    The question of where many county courthouse offices would move during the three-year historical restoration of the Navarro County Courthouse was officially answered Monday.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • City approves new building rules

    The Corsicana City Council eased somewhat the standards for masonry buildings on highways when the group met in regular session Monday.

    July 28, 2014

  • Local Beat

    A listing of meetings and events of interest from throughout Navarro County.

    July 28, 2014

  • FAA proposes to fines Southwest Airlines $12M

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.

    July 28, 2014

  • Jury says it is stuck in Ventura case after five days

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — The jury weighing former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle has told the judge they don't think they can reach a unanimous decision.

    July 28, 2014

  • City, county start week with meetings

    The Navarro County Commissioners Court and the Cosicana City Council both have meetings set for Monday.

    July 28, 2014

AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Twitter Updates