Trustees to dis­cuss pro­posed cal­en­dar

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — BEN­JAMIN WERMUND, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

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.

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