Sunday, August 28th, 2016


Seliger, King field questions on education, health care

State Sen. Kel Seliger (left) stands with Clarendon College President Robert Riza, State Rep. Ken King, Texas Association of Community Colleges President Jacob Fraire, and Frank Phillips College President Judd Hicks following last Friday’s Town Hall meeting at the Bairfield Activity Center. Enterprise Photo / Elaina Estlack Education and the rising cost of health care insurance were leading topics... [Read more]

CC opens fall semester with positive outlook

CC opens fall semester with positive outlook

Dr. Paul Matney delivers the keynote during All College Day at Clarendon College last week. Energy is high this week on the Clarendon College campus with students beginning the fall semester this week and an administration looking forward to continuing a tradition of student success. CC President Robert Riza set the tone for the semester last Thursday during All College Day as he listed statistics... [Read more]

Two men sentenced in district court here

Two men were sentenced in separate cases when the 100th District Court met in Clarendon last Monday, August 15. District Attorney Luke Inman prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding. Eduardo Carrillo Vaquera, 36, from Amarillo pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 12 years in the Institutional... [Read more]

CC Regents approve $9.3 million budget for FY 2017

Clarendon College Regents approved a $9.3 million budget during a called meeting Monday afternoon and managed to avoid making major cuts despite a six-figure decline in tax revenue in Gray County. CC President Robert Riza said the college expects to lose about $161,000 in revenue from the neighboring county due to the drop in oil and gas values, but the president also said the budget for fiscal year... [Read more]

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]