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JUL 22

(TAYLOR)–A WILLIAMSON COUNTY WOMAN TOOK

HER OWN LIFE EARLY THIS MORNING IN THE PARKING LOT

OF WALMART IN TAYLOR. THE VICTIM WAS IDENTIFIED AS

38 YEAR OLD ELIZABETH C. VAUGHN OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY.

THE WOMAN DIED BY A SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND.

(ROCKDALE)–A LONGTIME ROCKDALE NURSING HOME

IS CLOSING ITS DOORS IN SEPTEMBER. ROCKDALE RESIDENCE

AND REHAB CENTER WILL CLOSE ON SEPT. 21ST. THE FACILITY,

FORMERLY KNOWN AS MANOR OAKS NURSING HOME, HAS

BEEN IN ROCKDALE SINCE THE 1970′S. THE CLOSING WILL

LEAD TO THE LOSS OF 70 JOBS AND WILL LEAD TO

58 RESIDENTS BEING DISPLACED.

(UNDATED)–THE MILAM APPRAISAL DISTRICT

REACHED A SETTLEMENT WITH LUMINANT OVER TAXABLE

VALUES RESULTING IN A SIGNIFICANT LOSS IN PROPERTY

TAX VALUE. THE SETTLEMENT LEADS TO A REDUCTION OF

65 MILLION DOLLARS IN TAXABLE VALUE FOR LUMINANT

FROM 2013 TO 2014. ROCKDALE I-S-D IS BEING FORCED TO

RELY ON STATE FUNDING AS A SUPPLEMENTAL SOURCE

OF INCOME. THE COUNTY EXPECTS THE OIL ACTIVITY

BY HALLIBURTON NORTH OF CAMERON WILL MAKE UP

A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE DIFFERENCE IN COUNTY

BUDGETS.

(UNDATED)–BEGINNING MONDAY JULY 28TH, TXDOT

WILL MAKE THE CURRENT 2 WAY STOP AT F-M 485 AND

HIGHWAY 77 INTO A FOUR WAY STOP INTERSECTION.

THE 10 THOUSAND DOLLAR FOUR WAY STOP PROJECT

IS BEING DONE BY TXDOT MAINTENANCE FORCES AFTER

TXDOT CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC STUDY IN THE AREA TO

SEE WHAT IMPROVEMENTS COULD BE MADE. THE LOCATION

HAS BEEN A FREQUENT SPOT FOR ACCIDENTS. THE LATEST

OCCURRED SUNDAY WHEN 3 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO

AREA HOSPITALS AFTER A 2 VEHICLE WRECK JUST

BEFORE 10 O’CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING. A NON-INJURY

ACCIDENT WAS ALSO REPORTED AT THE LOCATION AROUND

5:45 MONDAY AFTERNOON.

(UNDATED)–A TEENAGER WHO DROWNED FRIDAY

IN LAKE GEORGETOWN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. THE 16 YEAR

OLD BOY WAS IDENTIFIED AS 16 YEAR OLD MATTHEW HOOD

OF ROUND ROCK. THE BODY WAS FOUND AROUND 9:15

SUNDAY MORNING ABOUT 50 FEET BELOW THE SURFACE.

(UNDATED)–A MILAM COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT IS

LEAVING THE EXTENSION SERVICE. JON GERSBACH HAS

BEEN THE COUNTY AG EXTENSION AGENT FOR AG AND

NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THE AGRILIFE EXTENSION

SERVICE IN MILAM COUNTY FOR THE PAST 9 YEARS. HE WILL

LEAVE THE EXTENSION OFFICE TO ACCEPT ANOTHER JOB

IN THE AGRICULTURAL FIELD. A RECEPTION FOR GERSBACH

IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY AUGUST 1ST FROM 2 TO 4 PM

AT THE EXTENSION OFFICE AT 100 EAST FIRST IN CAMERON.

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