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City and county offices reopen with new safety measures in place

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Hemphill County and District Clerk Lisa Johnson announced this week that her office was reopening with new restrictions that she hoped would provide “as safe an environment as possible for our customers and our employees.” City Secretary Kimberly Sloat also reported that her office had taken social distancing up a notch with installation of a secure payment and business window for customers.
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Eyeing deficits, council cuts annual sealcoating, but spares swimming pool the axe...for now

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City Manager Joe Jarosek warned council members last week that the combined impact of plummeting oil prices, and declining sales tax receipts due to the coronavirus shutdown, will be significant as the process of preparing a budget for fiscal year 2020-21 begins.
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The Mesa View

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The Mesa View Senior Living facility now officially resembles more home than construction site, with the work on completion of exterior walls underway, and selection of exterior finishes progressing. Hemphill County Hospital CEO Christy Francis reported to board members this week that some drainage issues have been identified following heavy rainfall last week, and construction of a berm began immediately to correct the problem. “In two weeks to a month,” she told the board, “you’re basically going to see the outside of the buildings completed, and work beginning on the inside. It’s coming together pretty well, I think.” The project completion date, at last report, was September 2020.