Shining less bright The Texas Education Agency partially extinguished STAAR for this school year because of the pandemic. The agency said the A-F ratings would be paused for 2020-21 school year because of the disruptions to learning.
In a major procedural step on Monday—five weeks after the general election on Nov. 3—the Electoral College affirmed Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump, denying the incumbent a second term in office.
Twenty-eight local small businesses received some very welcome season’s greetings this week, in the form of checks delivered by the Canadian-Hemphill County EDC, on behalf of the City of Canadian, Hemphill County Hospital, and Canadian Independent School District.
The holiday season entered full swing in town last weekend with the official Christmas in Canadian celebration, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Celebrations across town created scenes so idyllic, they could have been from a nostalgic Christmas card.
The second wave of COVID-19 cases in Hemphill County is proving to be not only the largest of 2020, but the most persistent, as well. The number of new COVID-positive tests performed by the Hemphill County Hospital Laboratory Department has continued to rise over the last seven days.
Explore full-page map online at https:// datawrapper.dwcdn.net/sQnOK/7/ The number of people from rural counties who died from COVID-19-related causes in a one-week period topped 3,000 for the first time last week, marking the fifth consecutive week of a record-setting number of fatalities. Rural counties broke another record last week for the number of counties in the red zone, defined as 100 new cases per week per 100,000 residents.
DALLAS—With the approach of the holidays and the upcoming tax-filing season, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies, and the nation’s tax industry are promoting the 5th Annual National Tax Security Awareness Week from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 with tips on basic safeguards everyone should take.
Texas is preparing to distribute the COVID-19 vaccination to medical staff and other first responders later this month. “Texas is ready to distribute these vaccines in the coming days,” Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Sunday, sharing a Wall Street Journal news story about United Airlines operating charter flights to position doses of Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine for quick distribution if the shots are approved by regulators. Earlier, Abbott and the State Department of Health Services announced their guiding principles of vaccine distribution. Texas will initially allocate vaccines based on the following criteria:
The entire board of the Canadian/Hemphill County Economic Development Council was present for Monday’s commissioners court meeting. It was an impressive show of support for a request to fund a $12,000 jobcreation grant, which marks the start of a new initiative by the EDC to attract remote workers to the community.
A default judgment on the now-vacant Canadian Apartments, located at 203 Birch, will be issued in court sometime this month. Once the judgment is returned, the property may be offered for sale by local taxing entities in an effort to recoup the back taxes owed and return the property to the tax rolls.