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87th Legislative Session Opens Amid Virus, Economic Worries

87th Legislative Session Opens Amid Virus, Economic Worries

It was a muted start to this year’s legislative session in Austin Tuesday as lawmakers returned to tackle the biggest public health crisis in living memory and the economic downturn it caused. The normal raucous hallways and packed galleries of past opening days were replaced by quiet on a day usually filled with ceremony and celebration as the pandemic kept constituents and well-wishers at home. One day before, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar laid out his projected forecast for state revenue for the next two fiscal years, telling lawmakers how much they’ll have to work with as they look to pay for state services over the upcoming biennium. “The pandemic, which resulted in steep declines in key sources of revenue in the later half of fiscal [year] 2020 and has continued to drag down collections in fiscal [year] 2021 wiped out a projective positive ending balance and has turned it into a currently projected deficit of nearly $1 billion,” said Hegar.

Alpha Tau Sorority Still Serving the “Community”
Alpha Tau Sorority Still Serving the “Community”
Alpha Tau Sorority Still Serving the “Community”

Alpha Tau Sorority Still Serving the “Community”

Apha Tau, Kaufman County Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, fulfilled the Christmas Wish List of Still Waters. “This was part of an ongoing project of our chapter, as we have also helped the resource center with items that were needed in the past. During the last few months, our members were busy gathering listed needs and donated almost all products on the list! It was so exciting to present the items to Still Waters!—especially at Christmas!” stated Cathy Stewart, First Vice-President of Alpha Tau.

Where is the Vaccine?
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Where is the Vaccine?

Kaufman County residents have watched reports of nearby counties distributing the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine to its residents, with no sign of the same occurrence in our own county. This has left many in the area full of questions. Who is eligible for the vaccine? Where can I get it? When will it be available? Does Kaufman County even have any vaccines?

The 2021 Redistricting Process Will Impact Texas Politics for the Next 10 Years. Here’s How It’ll Work.

The Texas Legislature is expected to go through the redistricting process during the 2021 legislative session. Credit: Austin Price/The Texas Tribune

The 2021 Redistricting Process Will Impact Texas Politics for the Next 10 Years. Here’s How It’ll Work.

When the Texas Legislature meets in 2021, lawmakers are expected to take on the complicated and contentious process of redistricting — the decennial redrawing of maps for the state’s congressional, legislative and State Board of Education boundaries.

Could This Happen to the United States?
Could This Happen to the United States?

Could This Happen to the United States?

I was scanning the news articles on the Internet the past few days while waiting for it to warm up outside, and something “caught my eye.” It seems that a certain Bosnian city, MOSTAR (Balkans area), which is in the southern part and famous for “differences of opinions along ethnic lines,” but also for fine architectural accomplishments (Bosnia-Herzegovina), made headlines for something we take for granted.

Prescribed Burn of Dormant Vegetation at NTMWD Wetland
Prescribed Burn of Dormant Vegetation at NTMWD Wetland

Prescribed Burn of Dormant Vegetation at NTMWD Wetland

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) will be performing prescribed burns to address brush and excessive vegetative thatch at the East Fork Water Reuse Project (Wetland) in Kaufman County. The prescribed burns will be conducted over multiple days beginning in December 2020 through February 2021. The timing and conclusion of the prescribed burns will depend on local weather conditions.

I Think I Might Move to NEW ZEALAND!
I Think I Might Move to NEW ZEALAND!
I Think I Might Move to NEW ZEALAND!

I Think I Might Move to NEW ZEALAND!

According to KRON-4 on January 3, 2021, NEW ZEALAND’S large crowds gathered “MASKLESS” to “ring in the New Year.” Supposedly, this was made possible by action beginning last February, when the country set forth a strict COVID-19 plan to combat the pandemic, helping them to achieve a result of only 25 deaths in total from the virus since that time. (Ministry of Health)

Start the New Year with $5 Admission to the Dallas Arboretum

It’s time to leave 2020 behind and look forward to a new year! To kick off 2021 and encourage people to enjoy the gardens and the outdoors, the Dallas Arboretum offers $5 general admission beginning January 2 for the entire month. Tickets must be purchased online. Parking is $15 or $10 if purchased online in advance. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is closed for preventative maintenance January 2nd to February 19th.

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