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November 28, 2013 n Page 5B

Commissioners OK 7-year tax abatement By April Walker

Commissioner’s approved the seven-year tax abatement for Sanderson Farms at the Nov. 20 meeting. The court had previously approved the paperwork for the abatement in early August. “The paperwork appears to be what the county requested for a tax abateCrossroads Ranch & Retreat got an area turnout for its ribbon cutting Thursday, Nov. 21, with the ment,” said County Attorney Fairfield and Corsicana chambers of commerce participating. Owners Vikki (white cowboy hat) and Chris Martin. Dale (black hat) Taloff cut the Fairfield chamber ribbon with the help of chamber members Ann Sanderson Farms will Freeman, holding the left end of the ribbon, and Pam Chavers, with the right end. Fairfield chamber receive the abatement on its executive administrator Brenda Shultz is behind Freeman. Crossroads is at 450 FM 416, east of property taxes for the feed Streetman. mill the company is building Photo by Mike Reddell in the Butler area. To qualify for the abatement, the company must employ a minimum of five full-time employees and have $500,000 in property non-commercial applicators in Milam County n Managing fire ants on From staff reports value, explained Martin. will be able to obtain their n Feral hogs’ biology and the farm by Dr. Sonja In other county news, A farm and ranch seminar required five hours within control presented by Dan Swiger, assistant professor Senior Services Director is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. the first five hours of the Gaskins, extension assistant and extension livestock/vet- Kathy Earley informed the to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. program. at Texas A&M AgriLife erinary entomologist at court that as of Friday, Dec. 12, at the Conference Center Topics and speakers Extension Service in Texas A&M AgriLife in Fairfield. include: Gatesville Extension Service in Program registration will n Laws and regulations n Managing herbicide Stephenville begin at 7 a.m.; the cost to related to pesticide applicaand pesticide application to n Herbicide protocols for attend is $50, which includes tors presented by local coun- protect water resources preconverting introduced paslunch. ty extension agent sented by Dr. Diane E. From Page 1A tures to native pastures by This seminar will provide n Aquatic vegetation conBoellstorff, assistant profesis very polluting, very carbon Dr. Larry Redmon, professor participants with the opportrol and management presor and extension water intensive,” Smith said. and state forage specialist at tunity to receive up to eight sented by Dr. Todd Sink, resource specialist at Texas He added that bitumen is a Texas A&M AgriLife continuing education units associate professor and fishA&M AgriLife Extension thick, tarry substance and Extension Service in College (CEU). eries specialist at Texas Service in College Station releases three times as much Station Of these eight hours, four A&M AgriLife Extension n Managing invasive greenhouse gases into the Individuals interested in hours will be in general, one Service in College Station species in drought conditions atmosphere. It takes a large hour in drift minimization, n The impacts and manin Bermuda grass and native attending this program amount of chemicals to make should pre-register, for lunch one hour in Integrated Pest agement of herbicide drift pastures presented by Hugh the bitumen flow smoothly purposes, by calling the Management (IPM), and two presented by Jon Gersbach, Aljoe, consultation program through the pipe, Smith said. hours in laws and regulaFreestone County extension county extension agent – manager, The Samuel Medina said her goal is to tions. Ag/NR at Texas A&M Roberts Noble Foundation in office in Fairfield at 903help people understand their Licensed commercial and AgriLife Extension Service Ardmore, OK 389-3436. rights as land owners and the laws surrounding eminent domain. In 1917, seven definitions of common carrier pipelines were stated in the State Legislature, Medina explained. The important thing to remember is that common carrier pipelines have eminent domain rights, while private pipelines do not, she said. Many pipeline companies simply state they are common carriers to go through with eminent domain, Medina noted. “Most of us in Texas think we own our property, but the burden rests with the land owner,” emphasized Medina. “It’s up to you to determine if they are common carriers.” Both Medina and Smith agreed that many people are

Farm, ranch seminar slated for Fairfield

6, the center will no longer have cooks. “Our head cook informed me that his last day will be December 6,” said Earley. “Our assistant cook is also leaving.” Earley explained that both are leaving because of the 29-hour rule, which limits the amount of hours both employees can work each week. Precinct 1 Commissioner Luke Ward suggested raising the cook’s salary to balance out the hours, but Earley assured him it was not possible. “I’m afraid we’ll have a hard time finding somebody. Come January you’ll probably see me in the kitchen!” she said. The centers busiest days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Earley assured the court that the senior citizens will get fed one way or another.


FJH students compete in food drive 

concerned not just because their land is being taken, but because if the pipeline should leak bitumen will contaminate their drinking water. Some health effects caused by the six major chemicals are developmental delays, confusion, breathing difficulties, death, blurred vision, headache, according to literature available at the hearing. On Nov. 12, CBS reported that 205 welds were questionable, Smith said He added that he flew over 250 miles of the pipeline and saw at least 125 areas were the pipe was being excavated because of problems. Both speakers were adamant that something needs to be done about these pipelines. There are several things a land owner can do, such as educating themselves on eminent domain laws, the hazards of bitumen and more. For more information, visit and This hearing was facilitated by the League of Independent Voters. To reach the League, call 512-2134511.

The Fairfield Junior High Can Food Drive collected 1,445 pounds of food. The sixth grade had 200 pounds, seventh grade, 186 pounds, and eighth grade, 1,059 pounds. The winning grade got a pizza party. Sorting through the goods were, from left: Jackie Hernandez, Nic Knight, Miller Smith, Brannen Peters and Noah Van.

Photo by Mike Reddell

Texas unemployment rates drop 6%

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Texas fell to 6.2 percent in October, down from 6.3 percent in September. The state’s unemployment rate remained well below the national October unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. In October, Texas had an estimated total non-farm employment of 11,232,700 jobs, an increase of 267,400 jobs over the year. Total non-farm employment in Texas rose by an estimated 7,400 positions in October following an increase of 36,400 jobs in September, a total of 43,800 jobs added over the last two months. “The private sector in Texas recorded a strong annual growth rate of 2.9 percent in October, adding

nearly 265,000 jobs over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. Seven out of 11 industries that added jobs in October included leisure and hospitality, which expanded by 7,600 positions; professional and business services, which added 5,000 jobs; and trade, transportation and utilities, which grew by 3,700 positions. “It’s good to see our unemployment rate declining for three consecutive months, from 6.5 percent in July to 6.2 percent in October,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. Industries such as mining and logging, and professional and business services, continued to show annual growth in Texas.

The mining and logging sectors added 15,000 jobs over the year, while professional and business services added 73,200 jobs. “The Texas economy continues to move forward, with every major industry in the state showing positive growth over the last year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communiti es prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit

What Matters Most The holidays remind us of what matters most in our lives. Family. Friends. Loved ones. This season, we hope your holidays are filled with laughter and those you care for as you create new memories for years to come.

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