The area this week: Friday recap
Constitution Week celebrated by BISD schools
Schools from Breckenridge ISD celebrated Constitution Week this week over the course of three days. Some of the celebration though, did not exactly as planned. On Monday afternoon bells were supposed to ring from a variety of places whiles schools were supposed to go outside and stand in support. The bells, however, did not go off in certain places. On Tuesday the high school held a special assembly where they presented the flag and said the pledge of allegiance. Wednesday morning, fifth-graders from the South Elementary performed a play about the Constitution. Constitution Day was Monday and prior to these celebrations, Mayor Bob Sims signed a proclamation last week declaring Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week.
Hospital District holds public hearing and regular meeting, sets tax rate and budget
The Stephens County Hospital District met Thursday evening for a public hearing on the tax rate and budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. No residents appeared at the hearing. After the hearing was closed, the board moved to their regular session. The two noteworthy topics were the budget and the tax rate, both of which were passed in the meeting. The tax rate stayed at 0.239880 per $100 valuation of a property, but due to increasing valuations over the last year, the district can expect to make 1.62 percent more in tax revenue than last year. Administrator Matt Kempton estimated the increase would net about $20,000 extra for the district. They also discussed reports on their outreach lab, their marketing plan and the urgent care center, which will be seeing new hours on weekdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Nov. 5. Currently, the center is open only on weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting Nov. 2 to mark the occassion.
Breckenridge man attacked by bees
Last week a man was attacked by a swarm of bees while mowing his lawn outside. Kenneth LaFaveres, 77, was taken to the hospital in Abilene after the incident, but has been release, according to officials. It was originally thought the bees were Africanized, but there has been no evidence since to suggest this is the case. The bees have since been removed.
As of Sept. 17, gas prices in Texas have fallen by a little more than half a cent per gallon this week, averaging $2.60 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s survey. Nationally, gas has gone up half a cent to $2.84 per gallon. Compared to this time last year, local gas prices are up about 13 cents and are a little less than one cent lower than this time last month. With the ending of tropical storms across the nation and the state, Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, anticipates the prices to relax over the next week, according to a press release.
Weather from the tropical storms to hit several parts of Texas
Several parts of Texas is expected to receive significant rain and weather over the weekend. West Texas and Stephens County is expected to receive between two to five inches of rain through Sunday. Certain parts of North Texas and Oklahoma can expect anywhere from three to eight inches of rain. A flash flood watch was put out early Friday morning for numerous counties in north central and northeast Texas, including Stephens County. According to the warning from the National Weather Service, the weather is expected to continue into tomorrow, with storms and showers becoming more frequent. The heaviest rainfall is expected late Friday afternoon into Friday night.
BEDC appoints new members, purchases property from city
The Breckenridge Economic Development Corporation met Tuesday and appointed four new members to the board. Those members are, Greg Pitzer as president, Dr. Wade Toombs as vice president, Nic McClymond as secretary and Mike Parvack as treasurer. Also on the agenda, they approved their financial reports for August 2018, approved a contract with George, Morgan and Sneed, an accounting firm that performs an annual audit for the BEDC, and purchased a property from the city.
Bucks to take on Brock Friday
The Breckenridge Buckaroo varsity football team will visit the Brock Eagles tonight in Brock with the game kicking off at 7 p.m. As of publishing around 2 p.m., the game has not been cancelled despite the weather. In the area of the game tonight, there is a 100 percent chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Brock is celebrating its homecoming tonight and are coming off a 21-0 loss to Liberty Christian from Argyle that dropped them to 2-1 on the season. the Bucks are also 2-1 coming off a 34-13 loss to the Cisco Loboes, where they committed three turnovers. Last year, the Bucks and the Eagles played in Breckenridge, with the Bucks outlasting the Eagles in a 30-28 shootout.
Check out photos from the week in the slideshow at the top of the article.