Trustees to discuss proposed calendar
The Leander school board will discuss the 2013-14 school calendar at a meeting Thursday.
State law stipulates that the earliest the district can start is Aug. 26, 2013.
The meeting is scheduled at 6:15 p.m. in the cafeteria at Four Points Middle School, 9700 McNeil Drive in Austin. To view the meeting agenda go to www.leanderisd.org.
The Helping Hands Coats for Kids program is accepting donations of new and slightly used coats until Friday.
New coats can be donated at Hutto Elementary campus, 100 Mager Lane, or at Quest Math and Reading Center of Hutto, 409 W. Front St. Ste. 100. Slightly used coats can be donated at Guthrie Cleaners, 307 Farley St.
The Coats for Kids program and the Hutto Orange Santa program will team up to distribute items to those in need from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd.
For additional information, call the Hutto Police Department at 759-5983.
Grain farmers in Williamson County and across the state are being asked to vote on a self-funded protection program to prevent financial loss in the event of the failure of a grain elevator or buyer.
After some Texas farmers lost significant money when an elevator storing their grain went out of business, the state Legislature called for a referendum on the creation of a fund to protect farmers of corn, sorghum, soybeans and wheat.
Farmers would pay into the fund through a fee assessed on grain at the first point of sale. If a farmer lost grain because of the closing of a grain elevator or buyer, the loss could be reimbursed up to 90 percent, according to a news release.
Ballots, which are available at the Texas Agrilife Extension Service office in Taylor, 2301 N. Main St., and in offices across the state, must be mailed to the Texas Department of Agriculture with a postmark no later than Friday.
The drought persists and conditions are right for wildfires, Emergency Management Coordinator Jarred Thomas told county commissioners on Tuesday before they voted to put a burn ban in place for 30 days.
Thomas told the court that a controlled fire in Copeland grew out of control Monday and drew several area fire crews, StarFlight and the Texas Forest Service to battle the blaze. The fire saw flames 15 to 20 feet in length, Thomas said, “which means the fire’s moving at a very rapid rate.”
Thomas said the likelihood of winter cold fronts — and the high winds they bring — also makes wildfires more dangerous.
Commissioners will consider whether or not to ban fireworks over the holidays at their next meeting.