News

Wed
27
Aug

County proposes 2 percent increase in taxes

By Angela Guillory
 
Cass County Commissioners took a record vote on Thursday for the 2015 proposed tax rate. The proposed tax rate is .553062 per $100 value for 2015. An increase of .02 from last year’s .534241 adopted 2014 property tax rate. The effective tax rate is .533062. The rollback tax rate is .572701.
There was no opposition to the proposed tax rate by commissioners. Read more in our e-edition:  http://www.etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Casscounty1//Magazine61918/Full/index.aspx?id=61918
 
Wed
27
Aug

Council discusses city’s proposed 2015 budget

By Angela Guillory
 
Linden City Council spent more than an hour Thursday night reviewing the proposed budget for the first time. City Administrator Robbie Hood said the proposed budget is based on the same tax rate as last year’s .595839 per $100 value. This will generate an estimated $25,000 in additional revenue to help resurface streets within the city.
Wed
27
Aug

Trial ends with hung jury in sexual assault of a child case

By Bobby Horn
Special to the Sun
 
A mistrial has been called in the case of a man charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.
On Aug. 22, final arguments were heard in the case of the State of Texas vs. Robert Waylon Hawkins. Cass County Assistant District Attorney Tina Richardson said that within hours of final arguments, the jury reported back they were unable to render a “guilty or not-guilty” verdict. Richardson said that she has not spoken with the jurors to determine what caused their indecision.
Wed
27
Aug

County proposes 2% tax increase

By Angela Guillory
 
Cass County Commissioners took a record vote on Thursday for the 2015 proposed tax rate. The proposed tax rate is .553062 per $100 value for 2015. An increase of .02 from last year’s .534241 adopted 2014 property tax rate. The effective tax rate is .533062. The rollback tax rate is .572701.
There was no opposition to the proposed tax rate by commissioners.  Read more in our e-edition: http://www.etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Atlanta1//Magazine61915/Full/index.aspx?id=61915
 
Wed
27
Aug

School zones a safety concern for drivers, police

As local school districts return to class this week, drivers should remember that school zone safety is a major concern on local roadways. 
Drivers should closely observe all posted speeds in school zones and while operating their vehicles near busses. Never attempt to pass a school bus while it is offloading or onloading students. 
Wed
27
Aug

Animals await adoption

Aries is a male boxer. He is heartworm negative and will be neutered and current on his shots this week. 

See all the animals up for adoption in our e-edition: http://www.etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Atlanta1//Magazine61915/Full/index.aspx?id=61915

Wed
20
Aug

Distracted driver causes accident on 59

From Staff Reports
 
A Texarkana woman received a citation after she rear-ended a vehicle with her vehicle when she was distracted by her cell phone.
The accident occurred just after noon on Monday, Aug. 18.
Tiffany Templeton, 29, of Texarkana, was traveling north on U.S. 59 just north of Queen City in a 2012 Hyundai Tucson when she looked at her cell phone, according to State Trooper Johnathan Prosperie of the Texas Department of Public Safety. 
She told officers when she looked up, she rear-ended the other vehicle, a 2001 Buick driven by 44-year-old Joey Lon Moore of Queen City.
 
PHOTO: Photo by BOBBY HORN
A Texarkana woman was issued a citation Monday after she rear-ended another vehicle with her car while looking at her cell phone.
Wed
20
Aug

City seeks state grant to improve McNoble Harper Park

By Bobby Horn Jr.
Special to the Journal
 
The City of Atlanta will seek $75,000 in state funds to refurbish and expand the use of the McNoble Harper Park. The park, located on the northeast side of the city, is bordered by Polk, Melrose and Hodge Streets.
The grant is part of a program created by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to help cities improve their parks. 
City Manager David Cockrell said the city will apply for the $75,000 grant which will be paid over a three-year period. The grant is a 50-50 match fund, where the city has to agree to match the state funds.
If approved for the state funds, the plan calls for construction of a sand volleyball court, a walking trail and purchase of park equipment. Cockrell anticipates construction of the project would be between nine months and a year.
Wed
20
Aug

Linden has decrease in monthly sales tax revenue

By Angela Guillory
 
Linden’s sales tax revenue for August was down 9 percent but payments for the year are still up 8 percent according to a report from the Texas Comptroller and the Linden Economic Development Corporation.
Net payment in August for sales taxes revenue was $33,549.57 compared to payments in 2013 of $37,122.85, a decrease of 9.62 percent for the month.
Total payments to date in 2014 are $236,203.08 compared to payments in 2013 of $217,101.17. The only other city to report a decrease in revenue for August was Douglasville. It was down 17.03 percent for the month and down 11.24 for the year.
The rest of the cities within the county saw an increase in revenue. They were Atlanta, Avinger, Bloomburg, Domino, Hughes Springs and Queen City.
Wed
20
Aug

LEDC sent back to drawing board on debated budget

By Angela Guillory
 
 There was a heated discussion between aldermen on Aug. 11 during the Linden City Council meeting about the Linden Economic Development’s proposed budget. Alderman Sue Lazara accused the LEDC of presenting an unbalanced budget. 
The moment Mayor Clarence Burns announced the next item on the agenda was to take action on  LEDC’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-2015, Lazara said she would like to make a motion.
“I would like to make a motion right off the top that we require all city agencies to present a balanced budget, not a surplus spending budget. That is what we have here by $57,000,” Lazara stated.
Unsure of what the motion was, Burns and the remaining council asked Lazara to restate her motion. 

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