“His greatest gift is the ability to build positive relationships with students, employees, parents and all other stakeholders,” Dr. Michael Novotny said of Salado High principal Burt Smith.
That gift is one of the reasons Smith was recently named by the 2013 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as the Region 12 High School Principal of the Year. Smith will find out later this year if he will be named as the State High School Principal of the Year.Read more: Burt Smith is named Principal of Year
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.Read more: Meet the Eagles
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.Read more: Salado wins Lone Star Cup
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.
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.Read more: Chili Supper benefits Drama
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
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.
Read more: Warrant Issued (2)
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®.Read more: Grants for College
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.Read more: Tim Brown to file for re-election
Judge Jon Burrows will seek re-election as Bell County Judge, seeking his fifth term in office.Read more: Judge Burrows seeks re-election
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.Read more: Clearwater UWCD (2)
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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CTC Continuing Education registering for November classes
Registration for Continuing Education classes in November at Central Texas College (CTC) is underway now. A variety of non-credit classes in exercise, business, home décor, cooking and other topics are being offered. Some of the available classes include:Read more: Continuing Education
USDA Provides Farm Bill Funding for Pest and Disease Management Programs
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the allocation of $48.1 million, provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), to projects across the country that will help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America's agriculture economy and the environment.Read more: Battling Invasive Pests
Split ruling will allow donors to give in the millions
By John Michaelson
AUSTIN, Texas - Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country.
Read more: Supreme Court favors big donors -- again
Proposed rule could end decades-long battles
By John Michaelson, Texas News Service
AUSTIN, Texas - It's a plan to better protect the most vulnerable waters across the state and nation, and among those giving cheers are some Texas beer lovers.Read more: Brewer raises glass for clarity on Clean Water Act
Native and Adapted Plants Help Keep Rivers Flowing
By John Michaelson
AUSTIN, Texas - With drought conditions persisting through the state, more Texans are discovering a solution in their backyards - and putting native plants into landscaping can pay off in more ways than one.Read more: Texas Drought | Help by Planting Seeds of Water
A Troublesome Increase Among Middle-Aged Men
by John Michaelson
AUSTIN, Texas - September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and according to mental health experts, taking the steps to possibly save someone's life does not require any special skills or training. Melissa Heinen, who coordinates suicide prevention services, said people who are contemplating ending their own lives often speak out - and when they do, friends, family and neighbors need to listen and take action.Read more: Always Preventable: Suicide Awareness Month in Texas
Discounts based on total household income
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now offering eligible drivers with unpaid Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) surcharges significant reductions in fees owed as part of a new Incentive Program. In addition, drivers can now apply for the already existing Indigency Program and the new Incentive Program through one application process, which ensures that customers who are denied indigency status will automatically be considered for the Incentive Program if they are eligible. Both programs were created by the Texas Legislature.Read more: DPS Announces Driver Responsibility Incentive Program
Written by Robert Burns, Texas A&M University
COLLEGE STATION – Within two weeks, reservoir water levels could reach an all-time low throughout the state, according to Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist in, College Station.
Read more: Texas reservoirs could reach all-time low
New Traffic, Criminal Laws Take Effect Sept. 1
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today highlighted notable traffic and criminal laws that go into effect on Sept. 1, 2013.
“As a result of these new provisions, Texans now have additional protection while traveling our roadways, and individuals who disregard our laws will face tougher penalties for a variety of crimes,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS encourages all residents to educate themselves about the laws affecting their lives and to do their part in keeping Texas safe.”Read more: New traffic laws go into effect
Texas Unemployment Rate Declines for Fourth Consecutive Month
2012 concludes with nearly 11 million jobs in Texas
AUSTIN — Texas’ unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in December, down from 6.2 percent in November and from 7.4 percent a year ago. This marked the fourth straight month that the unemployment rate in Texas has declined. Texas employers added 4,100 total nonfarm jobs in December for a total of 260,800 jobs added over the year. In December 2012, Texas employers reported 10,904,000 total nonfarm jobs.Read more: Unemploymentrate2
110,000 New Cancer Cases Recorded in Texas in 2012
Rates Falling in U.S., but Challenges Remain
By John Michaelson
Texas News Service
AUSTIN, Texas - There is good news in the battle against cancer in the United States, although the latest data show serious challenges remain on several fronts.
Greg Cameron, director of communications and market strategies for the High Plains Division of the American Cancer Society in Texas, says overall death rates continue to decline for all of the most common cancers, including lung, colon, prostate and breast.Read more: Cancer cases in Texas (2)
Most Of Texas Still In Drought, But Storms Could Bring Hope, Says Texas A&M Prof
COLLEGE STATION– Most of Texas is still in a moderate-to-severe drought, but a storm forming 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii may be the key to drought relief for the state, says a Texas A&M University professor who also serves as the state climatologist.
John Nielsen-Gammon, professor of atmospheric sciences, says that precipitation everywhere in the state has been running below normal since Oct. 1.Read more: Drought continues in Texas
Texas Immigrants to Rally on Int'l Human Rights Day
By Peter Malof
Texas News Service
EL PASO, Texas -- Immigrant advocates in Texas are marking INternational Human Rights Day today (Dec. 10) by decrying what they call "systematic violations" of international law and the U.S. Constitution. At a 1 p.m. rally at the border fence in El Paso, protestors will demand sweepign reforms of the immigration system.Read more: Human Rights Day
DPS Program Saving Lives, Protecting Children
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today highlighted the success of the unparalleled Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program, which helps officers identify and recover missing or exploited children. In 2009, DPS launched the IPC program to teach troopers and officers how to identify, recognize, intervene and remove endangered children without obvious signs of abuse being present.Read more: DPS child program
EPA Proposes Approval of Public Participation Rules in Texas’ Clean-Air Plan
(DALLAS – November 30, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to approve the Texas clean-air plan that covers public notification requirements for facilities applying for air permits. The proposed approval applies to existing facilities that plan to make major changes as well as new projects.Read more: EPA rules
State Aid Levels a Mystery as Texans Apply for College
By Peter Malof
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - As they put the finishing touches on their college application essays, many young Texans are unable to estimate how much aid they may be eligible to receive during their quests for diplomas.Read more: State finances
Study: Texas Wealth-and-Income Gap Continues to Grow
By Peter Malof
AUSTIN, Texas - A new study based on census figures shows the gap between the rich and poor continues to grow quickly. The most recent figures say Texas has the seventh-highest inequality of any state. Analysts say it's becoming a serious issue for the economy as a whole.Read more: Wealth and income gap
Texas Employers Add 36,600 Jobs in October
Unemployment rate falls again
AUSTIN — Employers added 36,600 total nonfarm jobs in October in Texas for a total of 277,400 jobs added over the year. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent in October from 6.8 percent in September. The unemployment rate in Texas remains well below the national rate of 7.9 percent.Read more: Texas adds jobs (2)
Texas WDB launches website with reservoir information
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has launched a new website www.waterdatafortexas.org, which will provide the most comprehensive information available on Texas reservoir conditions. TWDB compiled extensive records from federal, state, and local partners to generate current and historical information on reservoir levels, storage, surface area, and elevation-area-capacity curves. In many cases, the website provides data for the entire history of the reservoir.Read more: Water statistics
Hiring Red, White & You! Veterans Job Fairs
Scheduled for November 15
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development areas, will host statewide veterans job fairs on November 15. Hiring Red, White & You! is a joint initiative supported by Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. “Red” Duke Jr., the Texas Veterans Commission and TWC to connect our returning veterans in Texas with Texas employers.Read more: Hiring Red White and Blue
Big Turnout Leads to Big Predictions of Immigration Reform
By Peter Malof Texas News Service
EL PASO, Texas - As political analysts debate whether this week's election results will ease the gridlock in Washington, D.C., some are predicting a quick breakthrough on at least one major issue. Immigration reform has been blocked in recent years - primarily by a Republican base that wants to seal the border first. That stance alienated enough Latino voters to help propel Democrats to a national victory this week, according to Adriana Cadena, statewide coordinator of the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance. She says Hispanic voters will not be satisfied with anything less than comprehensive reforms.Read more: Immigration reform
3,000 non-abortion affiliated providers enrolled to provide women’s health services
GEORGETOWN – Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner (HHSC) Kyle Janek, M.D. today announced that the state-funded Texas Women’s Health Program (WHP) is ready to begin providing preventative health screenings and services to thousands of low-income Texas women, while fully complying with Texas state law. They were joined by Texas lawmakers at Lone Star Circle of Care at Lake Aire Medical Center, a qualified provider participating in the Texas WHP.
“Earlier this year, the Obama Administration, which is one of Planned Parenthood’s biggest supporters, said they would pull funding from the Women’s Health Program and in response, I promised the women of Texas that they would continue to have access to this important health care, whether funded by the federal government or the state,” said Gov. Perry. “HHSC has been working to line up providers across the state for the new Texas WHP, a program that not only meets the needs of Texas women, it also respects life and honors the will of Texas voters, ensuring no taxpayer money goes to abortion providers and their affiliates.”Read more: Women's Health Program
Travis’ “Victory or Death” letter to return to the Alamo for first time
Patterson now working to raise $100,000 for once-in-a-lifetime display
AUSTIN — The Texas State Library and Archives Commission voted today to allow the return of Col. Travis’ “Victory or Death” letter to the Alamo in March for the 177th Anniversary of its writing. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, custodian of the Shrine of Texas Liberty, made the request for the historic return.
“I am honored to be entrusted with the display of this Texas treasure,” Patterson said. “Travis’ ’Victory or Death‘ letter is one of the great, defining documents of American history and will inspire countless Texans who take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it for themselves.”
Patterson is now working to raise $100,000 in private donations to pay for transportation and security expenses to display the letter.
“The question all Texans will be asking next spring is: Have you seen The Letter?” said Patterson. “We welcome the world to the Alamo to share in this moment in history.”
For more information on the Alamo, please visit the Texas General Land Office website at glo.texas.gov or the Official Alamo website at thealamo.org.