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Property Tax Rates May Decline LISD Offering EMT Training Classes Three Sentenced in District Court

Property owners in Lee County could see their property taxes go down for the 2012 year, compared to last year’s rate.

“Valuations have actually increased over last year,” said Suzanne Kessler, Lee County Tax Assessor/Collector. “That is due, at least in part, to new properties being added to the tax rolls, oil and gas valuations undergoing some changes and personal property on existing and new businesses increasing over last year,” she continued.

Last year’s property tax rate was $.6459 per $100 valuation. This year, the Tax Assessor is suggesting a tax rate of $.6329 per $100 valuation. The actual decision will be left in the hands of the Lee County Commissioners’ Court, who will receive and review calculations of the 2012 tax rate on Monday, August 13, 2012. They will hold a budget workshop that same afternoon to further discuss the needs of the county.

The Commissioners will meet again on Monday, August 27 to discuss and propose the 2012 Lee County tax rate.

This fall, Lexington High School will offer an Emergency Medical Training (EMT) certification course for seniors. The EMT course will be offered in collaboration with the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Jennifer Mohr, EMT–B, will be serving as the TEEX instructor for the course.

Mohr met with incoming seniors who are enrolled for the class, and their parents, last week to review the course outline and expectations. These students will learn basic skills, including the knowledge of acquiring base line vitals, recognizing patients that have medical problems, such as cardiac, respiratory, neurological, diabetic, substance abuse, environmental, behavioral, and pregnancy/ delivery emergencies. Students will also learn trauma skills to include handling splinting, bleeding, shock, tissue injuries, muscoskeletal care, and head and spine injuries.

They will gain necessary knowledge of radio and ambulance operations, special ops training avenues, and look at extended EMS care, such as ALS, air ambulance service, and other medical related career opportunities.

Participants will travel to Brayton Fire School at Texas A&M for hands on application and practicing their skills during clinicals next May. Successful students will become certified in CPR and in the use of an AED. Next year the District will be extending a continuous sequence of medical science courses to the high school course catalogue.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Frances McArthur said, “I am so excited for our students to have this wonderful opportunity to earn a certification that not only will provide them relevant instruction in areas they are interested in, but also provide them with excellent job opportunities as they put themselves through college or medical school or as they prepare to be fire fighters, nurses, or paramedics. I am also excited about having more local EMT certified young adults to help our wonderful dedicated Lexington EMS.”

She continued, “Mostly, I am grateful to have an amazing and committed staff who have made the best of the difficult financial times and worked with me to think out of the box so we can meet our students’ needs without adding staff.

“As we strive to ensure all of our students have a post-high school mind set and are well prepared to enter higher education, the armed forces, or the workforce, Lexington eighth through twelfth grade students participate in My College Options Post Secondary Planning Survey. This survey provides a valuable, no cost tool for our students to communicate with nearly fifteen hundred Institutes of Higher Education, and it provides our counseling and administrative team key information as to the interest and goals of our students,” said McArthur.

“Consistently, for the past two years, medical science related careers have been the number one option for our students. The cuts made to personnel have presented some significant challenges in adding new courses, but fortunately we have not waivered from our path to provide students with the career pathways that interest them. After reviewing student surveys two years ago, we began planning a step by step process of adding medical science course offerings to our students, which we will continue to do in years to come,” she finished.

Three people were sentenced in the 21st Judicial District Court of Lee County last Thursday, August 2, with the honorable Terry Flenniken presiding.

Chasica Renee Justice, 28 of Giddings, was sentenced to five years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated five years, for forgery of a financial instrument against an elderly individual. She was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, $304 in court costs, a $400 court appointed attorney fee, $367.76 restitution, a $50 Bluebonnet Area Crime Stopper fee, and a $34 DNA testing fee. She was also ordered to successfully complete an intermediate sanctions facility program.

Kelly Tobias Garner, 57 of Lexington, was sentenced to 180 days confinement in the Lee County Law Enforcement Center for theft, less than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions. Garner was also ordered to pay $788 in court costs and fees.

Zachary Philip Mott, 26 of Giddings, was sentenced to one year confinement in the TDCJ jail facility and had his original sentence revoked for possession of a controlled substance – cocaine, less than one gram. He was ordered to pay all costs previously assessed, plus $400 for his court appointed attorney on revocation matters.

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