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Meet the Eagles

Lone Star Cup will be presented during annual event on Aug. 24

The University Interscholastic League will honor Salado High School on Aug. 24 for its 2013 Class 2A UIL Lone Star Cup victory. The Lone Star Cup trophy presentation will take place at the Meet the Eagles Night at 7 p.m.

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Salado High School is the Lone Star Cup winner

Salado wins Lone Star Cup

Salado named best in state in UIL competition in 2A division

After a late season rise in the standings, Salado High School captured its second Conference 2A UIL Lone Star Cup win today (July 1). The Eagles excelled in the spring winning state championships in academics and girls golf, finishing third at state in one-act play and boys golf, and advancing to the state semifinals in baseball.

The announcement was made official on July 1 after a two-week waiting period when the final standings were released June 17.

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School legislation (2)

Education Advocates Say School Plan Laced With “Poison Pill”

AUSTIN, Texas - Public-education advocates are crying foul over a tax-credit provision in a Texas school-reform package proposed this week by the incoming head of the Senate Education Committee. They say it's a backdoor attempt to introduce school vouchers to the state. 

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Vidalia Sparks

Chili Supper benefits Drama

SOAP cleans up at state

Masons cook chili to benefit SHS Drama Department

What does it take to clean up at the UIL state meet?  A little SOAP . . . Salado One-Act Play.

  With four appearances at the state meet, two state championships, and innumerable individual awards, Salado High School’s theatre department continues to put trophies on the shelf.  

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Updated: Wagnon turns self in to Travis County Sheriff, may be out on bond

Lisa Wagnon has reportedly turned herself in to Travis County Sheriff's Department earlier today (Oct. 25). However, an online search of the Travis County Jail population that is updated every 15 minutes (https://public.co.travis.tx.us/sips/default.aspx) shows that L. Wagnon is not in the Travis County jail at this time. She may have paid the $10,000 bond to be released.

She is not listed among the active Bell County Jail inmates as of 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. http://www.co.bell.tx.us/Sheriff/CSTMR/bjaactlst.htm

SISD teacher resigns, warrant issued for improper relationship with a student

Judge Ted Duffield issued a warrant late on Oct. 24 for the arrest of Lisa Marie Wagnon, age 48, for the second degree felony of Improper Relationship between and Educator and a Student. 

 

Grants for College

Comptroller Offers Matching Scholarships, Tuition Grants to Students in State's Prepaid College Tuition Plan

(AUSTIN) — There is a new way to save for your child’s college tuition.

To encourage families to put aside money for the cost of higher education, the Texas Comptroller’s office is offering competitive matching scholarships and tuition grants to 150 students this year through the Texas Match the Promise Foundation®.

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Commissioner Tim Brown

Tim Brown to file for re-election

Precinct 2 Commissioner Tim Brown will file for re-election to the position he first filled two decades ago.

“The voters of Precinct 2 honored me with their trust,” Commissioner Brown said. 

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Judge Jon Burrows

Judge Burrows seeks re-election

Judge Jon Burrows will seek re-election as Bell County Judge, seeking his fifth term in office.

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Clearwater UWCD (2)

Clearwater UWCD regulates groundwater in Bell County

By Tim Fleischer, Editor-in-Chief

Since its creation in 1999, the  Clearwater Underground Water Control District (CUWCD) has registered 4,925 wells and permits for wells in Bell County.

Of those registrations, 4,060 are grandfathered exempt wells. Another 709 are also exempt wells, according to Leland Gersbach, president of the board of directors of the CUWCD.

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Scott and White gets facelift

Exterior reconstruction slated for Scott & White Memorial Hospital bed tower

Temple facility façade will switch from copper to stone masonry

 

CENTRAL TEXAS – (November 2, 2012) Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple will begin reconstruction of the exterior of its main facility, the Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM), in early 2013. This planned exterior reconstruction of the CAM was necessitated by the discovery of wide-ranging and systemic defects. The construction work is a necessary step to ensure the long term viability of the building, while maintaining the highest quality standards for patients and employees, according to Robert W. Pryor, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Scott & White Healthcare.

     Scott & White will begin the reconstruction of the CAM in February or March of 2013.  The expected duration of the construction is 18 months. Hospital officials expressed confidence that the work would be done without disturbing patient care provided at the facility. Cost of the reconstruction project is expected to exceed $20 million.

     “After extensive forensic analysis of the building, we have come to the conclusion that there are significant defects in the building envelope that make it imperative that we replace the entire exterior of the CAM,” said Dr. Pryor. “For that reason, among

other measures, we will be replacing the copper façade at the CAM with a new masonry exterior.”

     Pryor said that the health and safety of patients and employees at the main facility required Scott & White to take the extraordinary measure of reconstructing significant portions of the exterior of the CAM. 

     “We are taking all measures necessary to correct the defective building exterior. Once it became evident the defects were both wide-ranging and systemic, Scott & White was able to take appropriate corrective actions to ensure that no patients or employees were endangered in any way,” said Dr. Pryor.

     It is anticipated that construction will occur in enclosed 30-foot sections in multiple locations around the building, in order to maintain quality control and limit the impact on patients and building operations. Upon completion, the entire copper façade will be replaced. Scott & White has already begun constructing a mockup of the new exterior wall at a location across the street from the CAM.

     Scott & White is pursuing legal action against all parties responsible for the defects in this building, which was completed in 2008, less than five years ago.

     “We will not wait on that litigation to fix the problem,” said Dr. Pryor. “We are proceeding in a thorough and responsible fashion. Patient and employee safety comes first.”

     Scott & White has been taking quarterly air samplings of the patient care areas in order to confirm the facility is maintaining the appropriate air quality within the building.  These samplings have been taken on every floor of the CAM and at different locations on the floor.  Approximately 85 rooms have been sampled each time. 

     “We began and continue to maintain an ongoing air monitoring program that resulted in hundreds of air samples being taken at hundreds of locations throughout the facility,” said Dr. Pryor. “We have not seen any significant variations in the samplings. But we will continue an extensive air sampling program until this reconstruction project is complete.”

     Building codes require that hospital air systems maintain positive pressure to the outside.  As a result, properly ventilated hospitals should be pushing air out of the building rather than letting outside air push into the building.  Scott& White has taken multiple pressure readings throughout the building to confirm that the CAM is correctly pressurized (pushing air out).  This is a critical element to any building maintaining the correct air quality and allows for the control of temperature and humidity within the building at the correct levels.

     Earlier, Scott & White officials brought in building forensic experts to examine areas of the building where there were known leaks. Those areas, and others, were     completely disassembled, and in those areas examined, numerous defects were discovered. After confirming multiple problems in all these different locations, Scott & White leadership decided that a reconstruction of the exterior of the CAM was appropriate.

     “Those problems are being corrected and we will continue to pursue our goal of being the most trusted and valued name in American health care,” said Dr. Pryor.

 

About Scott & White Healthcare (sw.org)

Scott & White Healthcare is a non-profit collaborative health care system established in 1897 in Temple, Texas.  Among the leading health systems encompassing one of the nation's largest multi-specialty group practices, Scott & White provides personalized, comprehensive health care enhanced by medical education and research.  Scott & White Healthcare includes 12 hospital sites with two additional announced facilities, and 143 clinics at more than 65 clinic locations throughout Central Texas providing adult and pediatric care in 46 medical specialties.  Integrated, high-quality care is delivered by a dedicated staff of more than 12,000 (including 1,000 physicians and scientists and more than 300 specialized health care providers.) Get the latest news from Scott & White Healthcare by visiting our online newsroom, News blog or on Twitter (@swhealthcare).

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