The Eldorado Eagles and the Winters Blizzards will kickoff the fall football season Thursday night as the two teams square off in San Angelo Stadium. The game will be the first game played this season in the Concho Valley. It will also serve as a fundraising opportunity and as an opportunity to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

Eldorado Head Coach Bryan Green and Winters Head Coach Stan Caffey and their two teams will be wearing special gold-colored bracelets emblazzoned with the phrase, “Kick Childhood Cancer.”

 

 

 

 

 

Local officials are accustomed to struggling with budget and taxation issues at this time of year. But, the 2014 budget season is proving to be especially challenging.

One over-arching concern impacting all of the county-wide taxing jurisdictions is the state’s seizure of the YFZ Ranch and the subsequent removal of $34 million appraised value from the tax rolls.

 

 

 

AUSTIN – Most folks don’t usually look forward to Mondays, but Texas dove hunters will be making an exception this year. The traditional September 1 dove season opening day in the North and Central Zones falls on Labor Day Monday.

Dove hunting this season should be good, according to wildlife biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, as both mourning and white-winged dove populations are seeing an increase over last year.

In any given year, Texans shoot between 4-5 million mourning doves and Shaun Oldenburger, TPWD Dove Program Leader, doesn’t expect that to change during the 2014-15 season.

 

 

Ever since the mandates outlined in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) were first revealed, employers across the nation have been looking for ways to hold down the cost of employee health care. The trend has even forced Schleicher County Commissioners to look for innovative ways to save money as they considered options for renewing the county’s insurance coverage.

Beginning on October 1, 2014, Schleicher County will be paying $764.80 a month per employee to Blue Cross Blue Shield through a purchasing pool managed by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC).

One year later, on October 1, 2015, county employees will be required to pay $35 per month if they fail a health assessment or don’t participate in the “Schleicher County Wellness Incentive Plan” also known as the Healthy County Program.