Monthly Archive: May 2011

May 18 2011

Career day

Southward Elementary School recently held a Career Day.  Many skilled people from the community attended to show students the wide assortment of vocations they can choose from after completing their education. The varied field included law enforcement as Precinct 4 Commissioner John Mathis described his career with the sheriff’s department.  He was particularly popular with …

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May 18 2011

Reading prescription

Premier Pediatrics has now included books on its medical regimen for children. The clinic has eagerly embraced the Reach Out and Read program as it is one of national initiatives now striving to give very young children a head start on their education. Reach Out and Read targets less-fortunate children who might not otherwise have …

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May 12 2011

Funding priorities first

Recently the House passed a budget that I voted against because it appropriated almost half a billion dollars to corporate welfare that I believe should be going to our schools, the weak among us and the elderly. Perhaps that was not popular with some of my fellow Representatives, but voting to send money to corporations …

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May 12 2011

Immigration bill moves to Texas Senate

The Texas House passed HB 12, the Sanctuary Cities bill, by a vote of 100-47 on third reading. This bill allows cities and law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws by preventing local policies in conflict with U.S. immigration laws and by establishing uniform, consistent standards for all Texas law enforcement. The sanctuary cities bill …

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May 12 2011

$15M awarded: Money to fund preliminary studies in Texas high speed rail

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has announced that the state will receive $15 million in federal funds to advance preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the development of a proposed high-speed rail corridor between Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. On Monday, US Department of Transportation officials released the list of recipients for $2 billion in …

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May 12 2011

Pine Tree teachers honored

The Pine Tree Independent School District (PTISD) recognized its top educators on May 5 at the annual Beacon Award banquet. The best teachers not only achieve success in classrooms, but make positive lifelong impacts on their students.  This event makes sure their special instructors are honored.  During the ceremony one student from each campus, and …

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May 12 2011

AEP SWEPCO touts National Electric Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month. AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) offers the following Residential Safety Checklist to assist customers in making their homes and offices more electrically safe this month and throughout the year. OUTLETS: Check for outlets that have loose fitting plugs, which can overheat and lead to fire. Replace any missing …

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May 12 2011

Pine Tree ISD hires new director of bands

The Board of Trustees of Pine Tree Independent School District approved Mark Melton as the new Pine Tree High School Director of Bands at the regular board meeting Monday, May 9, 2011.  PT’s previous Director of Bands, David Rollins resigned in February. “I am very excited to have been selected Director of Bands for Pine …

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