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Homecoming at Mesa View Senior Living

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EVA TIMMONS HAD just arrived in her new room at Mesa View Senior Living last week, and had not yet taken it all in. In preparation for her arrival, family photos had already been hung, including one of her late husband, Tony, taken years ago on a business trip to Houston. Tony was standing on top of their hotel, Eva said, and she had captured his image. “I just love it,” she said, quietly.
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Candidate filing underway for city, hospital, school elections

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Candidate filing began last Wednesday, Jan. 13, for candidates seeking a place on the ballot in the May 1 city council, and hospital and school board elections. Aspirants to public office will have their choice of eight open seats. The filing deadline is Friday, Feb. 12, at 5 pm. Details about filing and eligibility for each governmental entity are as follows:
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Round 3 of Paycheck Protection Program for COVID relief kicks off

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched the third wave of its Paycheck Protection program (PPP) forgivable-loan initiative. Open to both first time PPP borrowers and to some qualifying borrowers that received loans last year, different rules and different applications apply for “first-draw” and “second-draw” borrowers. Initiated last spring to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the program is administered through banks.
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Hemphill County grand jury returns six felony indictments

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A Hemphill County grand jury returned six felony indictments last Thursday, Jan. 14. It was the first time a grand jury has been called here since Feb. 13, 2020, due to concerns about conducting in-person court hearings during the COVID pandemic. Some court proceedings have been held virtually in other parts of the state since then, but hearings involving a jury are more complex, particularly in criminal cases.
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State Capital Highlights

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The Texas Legislature opened quietly, which delighted everyone after the violence inside the U.S. Capitol the previous week. At the Texas state Capitol, a variety of legislative agendas took center stage at the start of the 87th session, which will run 140 days. Gov. Greg Abbott’s goals include ensuring Texans have access to high-quality healthcare, improving public safety, getting Texans back to work, and promoting the state’s economic recovery. Many other state organizations announced their agendas, too.
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Early medical treatment could help COVID-positive patients over 55

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Local medical providers are urging patients 55 years and older who experience any symptoms of COVID-19 not to delay getting tested. Those who have any high-risk medical conditions—including high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, obesity, or an immunosuppressive disease—and who test positive for COVID-19, may meet the criteria to receive a medication which may reduce the severity of the illness in patients.