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Bridge Work

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Work progressed this week on repairs to the Red Deer Bridge west of Canadian. The bridge has been closed to traffic each weekday from 8 am to 4:30 pm since work began on May 26, and is expected to continue for another week to 10 days.Travel is being detoured through Miami on Quarter Horse Road, though provisions have been made for emergency vehicles.
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Facing $1.6 million less revenue, commissioners consider sharp cuts to proposed 2020-21 budget

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County commissioners had the knives out in court Monday morning. The first “very rough” draft of the budget for fiscal year 2020-21 was on the chopping block, and without raising the tax rate, Hemphill County is facing a $1.6 million loss of revenue.
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A gift to the Little House

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The local Modern Woodmen of America Chapter donated $1,500 to Rachel’s Little House during the recent COVID-19 shutdown to help with supplies and other needs. Modern Woodmen managing partner Landon Landry is show here with Little House students after presenting the contribution. Nationwide, Modern Woodmen donated $1.1 million to local nonprofits to help with hardships suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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State sales tax revenue takes a 13.2 percent dive

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AUSTIN—Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.61 billion in May, 13.2 percent less than in May 2019 and the steepest yearover-year decline since January 2010. The majority of May sales tax revenue is based on sales made in April and remitted to the agency in May. Widespread social-distancing requirements were in place across much of the state throughout April.
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Only 35 percent of Hemphill County residents respond to 2020 survey by U.S. Census Bureau

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In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 census. The census counts every person living in the United States. Once the invitation arrives, households should respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. The census is presently in the self-response stage, where citizens can complete census forms online, by mail, or by phone.
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Canadian VFD’s ladder truck gets its annual physical

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Two representatives of CFS Inspections, of Searcy, Arkansas, were in Canadian this week to conduct an inspection of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Department’s 75-foot Quint aerial ladder firetruck. The 2004-model pumper was purchased in 2009 after lengthy and, at times, heated debate by the Hemphill County Commissioners, some of whom questioned its usefulness in town with few multi-story buildings, as well as its cost (around $550,000), and the ability of volunteer firefighters to operate and maintain the high-powered equipment.