The National Association of Active/Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Chapter 1191, held their monthly meeting in Waxahachie. The Honorable Carol L. Bush presented an overview of her Ellis County responsibilities and spoke about the challenges in delivering county services.
Judge Bush has administrative and judicial responsibilities for the Commissioners’ Court, County elections, County Communication, Indigent Health Care, Transportation, and many other services. As the County Chief Budget Officer, Judge Bush has a tremendous responsibility to provide increased county services and must stay within Federal and State statues and County guidelines. Ellis County government must follow all Federal and State statues even when projects are not funded by policy authorities. A good example is the 86 county dams which the county has maintenance responsibility with no additional funding.
Since the last census, Ellis County population increased from 111,000 to approximately 155,000, and this requires additional services throughout the county. In efforts to increase revenue the county is building a radio tower and is looking into privatizing the management of the Ellis County jail. There is also a need to increase the court system. This will expedite the increased flow of court cases. Despite all the county challenges, the Honorable Carol L. Bush always ensures professional services are provided to Ellis County residents, and she is proud our county has one of the lowest tax rates when compared with the other 252 counties in Texas.
NARFE members appreciate her dedication and professionalism in running our county government. As federal retirees, we truly understand having to do more with less, and the government work still has to be done.
Join us: The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) membership is open to all with a federal retirement program. For membership information, please call the nearest community to you, in Midlothian call (972) 268-5793 or (972) 775-2463, in Waxahachie call (469) 939-8102, Ennis call (214) 949-6197, Red Oak call (412) 722-6307, and in Corsicana call (903) 874-3092.
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‘Annie Get Your Gun’ through Sunday at the Palace
It’s the big musical, the one that makes me think of ‘cast of thousands,’ or in our case, dozens at least, and it’s here only for a few short days. ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ is Irving Berlin’s candy box treasure of a play about Annie Oakley, the sharpshooter in love with a showman.
It’s presented by the Warehouse Living Arts Center but because of its size is on stage at the Palace Theatre. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.
Short named Farmer of the Year
Agriculture businesses like farming and ranching are the backbone of Navarro County. Many farming families go back several generations.
Since at least 1965, the Corsicana Rotary Club (Wednesday club) has recognized and said “thank you” to the unsung heroes of the soil.
New clinic open
A new medical practice in partnership with Navarro Regional Hospital is now offering comprehensive occupational medicine services.
Purdon man sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for gun violations
Erik Willis, 31 of Purdon, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to serve a total of 258 months in federal prison following his conviction at trial in July 2013 on three felony firearms offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Heat Advisory issued for North Texas
• Avoid the Heat. Stay out of the heat and indoors as much as possible. Spend time in an air conditioned space. Only two hours a day in an air-conditioned space can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illness.
Corsicana’s Red Cross provides valuable assistance
Two weeks ago, when firefighters, oil field emergency crews and county crisis teams responded to a potential gas drilling disaster near Mildred there were also volunteers on the scene, serving cold water and Gatorade.
American Red Cross volunteers respond to a variety of situations, including fires, evacuations, tornadoes, and even bad car wrecks.
Texas Legislature debates road funding
The Texas Legislature has convened to debate new funding for roads and bridges by diverting money from the state's Rainy Day Fund.
Tax rolls reflect closures
The industrial closures that were announced over a year ago have finally come home to roost in the form of lower tax appraisals in Corsicana and Navarro County.
Sheriff attends conference
Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner recently attended the Sheriff’s Association of Texas 135th Annual Training Conference at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, July 20-23. Over 1,500 peace officers were in attendance.
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