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A huge error in appraisal value of a home has county entities scrambling to correct tax rates, and budgets ahead of state deadlines. How did this happen? Sabine County Appraisal District explains how the error occurred in the attached video, and what is being done to remedy future mistakes.

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​It has been really hot and humid the last few days and we need to be extra careful while doing outside chores. We are in the prime time of hurricane season and there have been and are still some systems to watch; always be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.  

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Sabine County Hospital District proposed property tax rate is set to decrease in 2019, as the valuation rise. The SCH Board of Directors voted on a 2019 proposed tax rate of .16837269 per $100 valuation. The 2018 property tax rate was .20744610 per $100 valuation. A decrease of .03907341 bel…

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New Texas laws go into effect this Sunday, Sept. 1 which were passed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year. Here are a few of the big ones.

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 Five things you may need to know from the Capitol

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With the month of September just around the corner, school is officially underway, football stadiums will light up the Friday night sky, and sportsmen and women will finally have a chance to get back in the field with a shotgun for dove season. With that in mind, I want to encourage all of m…

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Stressing the importance of the 2020 Census was the topic, as several representatives spoke with Sabine County Commissioners this morning. One of the issues is getting local people to count local people. "We want to reach out to the library's and senior centers to assist us with some of the …

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Newton County Sheriff Billy Rowles was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Sheriffs' Association of Texas at their 141st Annual Training Conference held in San Antonio July 27 - July 30, 2019.  More than 1500 participants were in attendance at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center w…

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The Pineland Fire Department would like to introduce the newest piece of firefighting apparatus. This unit is designated as brush 2 or unit 102 and will serve as our secondary brush and EMS unit. This truck was purchased from wildfire trucks in Alvarado, Texas with funds secured from the Kee…

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Rep. Trent Ashby addressed caller ID spoofing in his column this week. Taking advantage of hardworking Texans has to stop, he says. Warning of what is being called "Caller ID Spoofing."

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As the last days of summer are fast approaching and you are trying to fit in one last vacation, why not look at some of the exciting destinations in Texas? You can visit the Texas Travel Guide online at www.traveltex.com to find a compilation of attractions and places to stay all across the …

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A cool front in late July?  In many areas across East Texas, records were shattered this past week as temperatures plummeted into the upper 50s and lower 60s. The cooler temperatures were welcome relief to many as we were just settling in to the dog days of summer.  As we approach and enter …

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On July 4th, we will celebrate our nation's freedom. The signing of the Declaration of Independence, in 1776, marked the birth of the United States of America as an independent Nation. I hope you are able to celebrate with fireworks, friends and family, as I know I will be.  

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By the time you read this column, the Texas House will have adjourned Sine Die (meaning without assigning a day for a further meeting), closing the curtain on the 86th Legislative Session. While in previous sessions, legislators returned home with the looming possibility of a special session…

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​This week the House began debating legislation as a body and we passed several measures over to the Senate for consideration.  Next week, we will debate House Bill 1, the general appropriations act, better known as the state budget.  HB1 is the only legislation that we are constitutionally …

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​How time flies! We are almost half way through the 86th Legislative Session.  Last Friday was the bill filing deadline and once that deadline had come and gone, there were 7,281 bills and constitutional amendments filed in the House and Senate.  While a number of them are duplicates or comp…