Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

News

PEAK expands to cover dual credit at CHS

CISD Superintendent Mike Norrell presents a check for $7,000 to CC President Robert Riza for the PEAK Scholarship Fund from monies raised during the 2015-2016 school year. CC Photo By Ashlee Estlack, Clarendon College The cost of a college education is now even more affordable for Clarendon High School students thanks to the expansion of the PEAK Scholarship program. As part of a pilot program, the... [Read more]


Local schools meet state standards

Clarendon and Hedley schools met the state’s expectations during standardized testing this spring, according to information released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) last week. The state released the 2016 state accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, as well as more than 8,600 campuses statewide. The ratings reveal that approximately 94 percent of school districts... [Read more]


County to increase funding for library

Donley County’s proposed budget raises taxes slightly but allows for a modest increase in salaries and restores some funding to the Burton Memorial Library. The county’s total tax rate – ad valorem, special, and debt rate combined – will go from $0.657406 to $0.673110 and will raise the annual tax on a home valued at $100,000 by $15.70. The $2.4 million budget proposed by commissioners is about... [Read more]


Clarendon sales tax revenue up for August

Clarendon’s sales tax revenue surged ahead when Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar made his monthly allocations last week. The city’s sales tax figure of $43,444.47 for the month represented an increase of 10.85 percent over the same period last year. These allocations are based on sales made in June by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in April, May and June by quarterly filers. Clarendon... [Read more]


City backs off some proposed increases

Clarendon residents may still see their taxes go up, but the city is backing away from earlier discussions of other fee increases. Last week’s Enterprise reported that the City Council was considering a seven percent increase in sewer rates, but during a budget workshop last week, aldermen said they did not wish to raise that rate at all this year, expressing an aversion to hitting citizens with... [Read more]


CC, CISD partner on Spanish offerings

A new partnership between Clarendon ISD and Clarendon College will provide more opportunities for local students to earn foreign language credits while in high school. Clarendon ISD Trustees approved a memorandum of understanding with the college to formalize the agreement Monday night during their regular meeting, according to Superintendent Mike Norrell. “We’re very proud of this partnership,”... [Read more]


County doubles down on vacant constable office

Donley County Commissioners put another nail in the coffin of the Precinct 1 & 2 constable’s office during their regular meeting Monday. The county had officially declared the office as “dormant” in March of 2003 following controversy in which a write-in candidate was elected to that office in 2000 after it had been vacant since 1978. A legal battle over the office’s salary ensued before... [Read more]


CEDC awards 23rd façade grant

The Christ’s Kids Ministry building in downtown Clarendon has been successfully remodeled thanks in part to a grant from the Clarendon Economic Development Corporation. CEDC President Terri Floyd awards a check for $2,000 to Steve Carter of Christ’s Kids Ministries for façade improvements. Also pictured here is Jakoby Dunham, a Christ’s Kids volunteer. Enterprise Photo / Roger Estlack Steve... [Read more]


City eyes revenue increases

The Clarendon City Council is faced with raising taxes and sanitation rates to balance its 2017 budget and will hold tax hearings on August 11 and 28. During its regular meeting last Thursday, July 28, aldermen voted to propose a tax rate of $0.74800 per $100 valuation, which is higher than the effective rate (the rate required to bring in the same revenue as last year) of $0.707967. The city’s taxable... [Read more]