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The Hamilton Herald-News Thursday, March 14, 2013 Page 7A


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RAISING MONEY FOR LEUKEMIA- Evant students recently held two fund-raisers to benefit children with leukemia. Collecting the most money were, back row, l-r, Steven Everett, Tyler Sorters, Jace Slone, Mason Wall, James Paul, Heather Belanger, Taylor Ballow, Luke Parrish, Nate Reed, Jeremiah Marwitz and Buddy Lewis and front row, Ashlee Mann, Junior Estrada and Marco Estrada.

Evant students raise money for leukemia patients The Evant Student Council recently had two fund-raisers to collect money for children battling leukemia. The first was called Pennies for Patients, where students


Continued from Page 1A in 2004 is 39.40 acres. The arena was built in 2004 and the hotel was built within that reinvestment zone in 2007. The new arena will also be on that property. The tax abatement approved by the Hamilton County Commissioners in 2004 and 2007 were for 100% of new construction for 7 years. The procedure involves public hearings and announcements in the newspaper and begins with commissioners signing a resolution to approve the application for abatement. The actual abatement cannot be signed until all the other procedures have been completed. “The court is very receptive to this,” Mills said. Jane Crouch of the Hamilton Economic Development Corporation said this will be the third abatement granted at Circle T. The first two were for the original arena and the hotel.

and classes collected coins in small banks. The other was called “Pasta for Patients” and sponsored by The Olive Garden with proceeds going to the same cause.

The top earners were Ashlee Mann, Pre-K; Marco Estrada, kindergarten; Junior Estrada, fourth grade; Buddy Lewis, Tyler Sorters and Jace Slone, fifth grade; Luke Parrish,

Mason Wall, Jeremiah Marwitz, Nate Reed and Steven Everett, sixth grade; James Paul, seventh grade and Heather Belanger and Taylor Ballow, tenth grade.

She said that sales tax has shown an increase every year since Circle T has come to Hamilton County. She stated that last year was the greatest in sales tax and this year is already shaping up to be better than that. “It has made a difference to have a Circle T in Hamilton,” she said. “Circle T is one of our major tourist attractions.” Crouch said that not every person who comes to Hamilton because of Circle T comes into town, but “enough of them do.” She told the court that the EDC had nothing negative to say about the proposed abatement. Marvin Herb, owner of the Circle T Arena addressed the court regarding his plans for the new arena. “If you don’t have two arenas, you’re not going to get any major events,” he said. Herb said the second arena will be the same size as the original arena and will be covered. He said other areas, including loping pens, will be covered as well. He said there will be a floor

for filming the events, misting sprays for the horses and a lift for handicapped people who wish to attend the events. Herb said he plans to hire four or, possibly five part-time workers, who will get 30-35 hours per weekend. “We’re doing a lot of things to make it a real showplace, a place that people will want to go,” Herb said. He said he will also add a number of new stalls for parking RVs. Mills asked Herb how Circle T’s arena compares to other arenas in the area. “The ropers say it is fantastic,” Herb said. “They like that the hotel and steak house are there.” Mills said that, in comparison to the first arena, “this is an easier decision to make because we have the benefit of hind sight.” Clary asked if the abatement amount changes as the tax rate changes from year to year. Crouch answered that it does. Clary asked what the rational

is for choosing the number of years to abate the taxes. Crouch said there is a mix of possibilities and the taxing entities can choose to abate taxes for a maximum of seven years and up to a maximum 100% abatement. She told the court that, according to studies that have been conducted, salaries earned in the county “turn over six times before they leave the county.” Crouch said the EDC recommends abating the new construction for seven years at 100% abatement because of the success of the past abatements at Circle T. “The board was very impressed with Circle T,” she said. After hearing the presentation, Wagner made the motion seconded by Tafel to approve a resolution to approve the application for tax abatement at Circle T. Henkes said he would have the resolution prepared for commissioners’ signature by Thursday.

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Thank you for your support As most all of you are aware, last Saturday night, March 9, 2013, our Hamilton store was heavily damaged by a fast-moving storm. All of us were in shock at the amount of damage but relieved that no customers or employees were seriously injured. Since the storm, the support that we have received from the community of Hamilton has been above and beyond the call of duty. Volunteers from the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Fire Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and the Hamilton County Commissioners Office worked around the clock to help secure our building and prevent any further damage to neighboring property owners. It may take us a little time to get back on our feet, but we are working diligently to reopen as soon as possible. On behalf of the David’s Family, “we are so fortunate and honored to serve the Hamilton Community and David’s is truly blessed to have such great community support.” Please accept our heartfeld thanks, Robert Waldrip David’s Supermarkets, Inc.

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