Austin

Allison Getz

Allison Nathan Getz, Jefferson County Tax Assessor-Collector, was one of hundreds of county officials who gathered in Austin on Aug. 24-26 at the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) 2016 Legislative Conference to discuss the upcoming legislative session and the common concerns shared by Texas’ local governments and local taxpayers.

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Waterhouse’s leaf-nosed bat

Bat Week, which this year will be Oct. 25-31, includes a signature event on Capitol Hill, a week-long social media campaign aimed to engage and educate the public on bats and a Guinness World Record attempt for most bat houses built in a day. The record setting attempt will aptly be held on Halloween Day at multiple locations including Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and at Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge, the largest urban bat colony in the world.

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Charlton-Pollard Elementary School Choir Director Cindy Gibson led the children

Two local legends and leaders in education were inducted into the Texas Hall of Honor at the Capitol Rotunda in Austin on Feb. 19 by The Spirit of Star Day Foundation, and elementary choir students from the Beaumont school bearing their names were asked to visit the state’s capitol and celebrate the lives of these historic figures through song in honor of the birth of the Texas government and Black History Month.

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Thomas Cobb and Mavis Triebel

Thomas Cobb and 18 other students from across the state competed in the Texas State Citizen Bee in Austin. Cobb was one of five students to have a perfect score in the oral portion of the contest and had a total score of 97 out of 100 points to win First Place and a $1,000 scholarship. The Texas Citizen Bee is a statewide civic education program and competition that offers teachers and high school students an exciting way to study America’s heritage. Contestants participate in a timed, multiple-choice written examination and an oral round.

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Anyone interested in having their voice heeard in face-to-face meetings with their state elected leaders in Austin is invited to make the five-hour drive to the capitol city alongside city officials during Golden Triangle Days in Austin, held Feb.

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