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Celebrate a different kind of 4th of July in 2020

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The traffic winding into town Saturday may be a bit lighter, and the crowd on 6th Street may be thinner. The Smiley Johnson Band may not rock the courthouse lawn. The parade may be a bit shorter, and that meal that we start grazing on at breakfast, revisit at lunch, and hope still provides leftovers before the evening fireworks start…well, it may just be the old family favorites cooked out on the backyard grill.
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City council faces $125 million drop in property values as it prepares new budget, sets tax rate

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As it begins budget- and tax-rate planning for fiscal year 2020-21, the City of Canadian is grappling with sharp declines in property values, sales tax revenues, and hotel occupancy tax revenues—all of which will impact an already bare-bones budget.
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Council concedes need for written HOT fund policy guide

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Councilwoman Wendie Cook proposed drafting a “clear and concise” policy that could guide the city’s decision-making process for Hotel Occupancy Tax fund requests. City Manager Joe Jarosek acknowledged that the city has no policy now, other than information regarding the disposition of HOT revenues that is included in ordinances.
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Early voting in primary runoffs begins June 29

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Early voting for the July 14 primary runoff elections will begin on Monday, June 29. On March 20, Gov. Greg Abbott postponed the primary runoff election—originally slated for May 26—until July 14 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In May, he also ordered a one-week extension of early voting in the primary runoff, announcing that it would begin on Monday, June 29, rather than July 6.
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The familiar sight of TxDOT

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The familiar sight of TxDOT’s safety orange cones and piles of gravel strategically located near the intersection of Cheyenne and Main Monday morning signaled the start of a two-day sealcoating project on Main Street, from Sixth to Cheyenne, and from Cheyenne to Kingman Street. The project briefly reduced access to some side streets along the route, but the convoy of TxDOT trucks efficiently finished the project and moved on. Facing falling appraisal values and a troubled local economy, city and county officials are evaluating whether or not to budget for their annual sealcoating projects, and if so, what else they will cut to pay for it. Depending on what they choose, it may be a while before other city and county roads get the same treatment.
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A REMINDER: Voters 65 and older may register to vote by mail

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Hemphill County/District Clerk office is reminding voters, ages 65 and older, that they are eligible to vote by mail. All they need do is check the box for Annual Application which applies to all of the elections in the calendar year for which they are qualified to vote. There is still time to choose that option for the July 14 primary runoff elections. The deadline to submit an application for a ballot by mail for the July 14 runoff elections is Thursday, July 2.