Emory, Texas 75440 – Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – Volume XIX, Issue No. 37

Emory Weather

Mating season boosts eagle sightings

By DEBORAH WALKER
Rains County Leader staff

Rains County will hold its annual Eagle Fest on Saturday, January 19. All activities including bus and barge tour departures are centered at the Rains Elementary School. Rains County was declared the “Eagle Capital of Texas” by the Texas Legislature in 1995 as part of an effort to protect and preserve the American Bald Eagle.

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Court tends to new year’s business

By DEBORAH WALKER
Rains County Leader staff

Rains County Commissioners Court met for its regular meeting on Thursday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m. at the Rains County Courthouse. During the short meeting that lasted a little over 30 minutes, the court approved board appointments for the Emergency Service District (ESD) and Rains County Public Library, as well as, a nominee for the Rains County Appraisal District Board of Directors; received an update of the new Road & Bridge building at Precinct 1; and Judge Wayne Wolfe discussed Rains County Day in Austin on April 12.

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County, ET see rebate increases

By TREY HILL
Rains County Leader staff

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $734.7 million in local sales tax allocations for January, a 3.6-percent increase over January 2018. The allocations are based on sales made in November by businesses that report taxes monthly.

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Board honored during meeting

By TREY HILL
Rains County Leader staff

The Rains Independent School District’s board of trustees met in regular session Tuesday night, January 8, in the board room of the RISD Administration Building.

With the month of January being designated as School Board Appreciation month, board members were treated to

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Rains County Day slated for April 12

Rains County Day will be held in Austin on Friday, April 12. It is an opportunity to be an advocate for Rains County and impact potential legislation that affects local businesses.

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Former RHS coach passes

By TREY HILL
Rains County Leader staff

Former Rains High School head football coach Paul Branum, 82, passed away on Saturday, January 5, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

Branum was hired as the first head football coach for Rains High School after the consolidation of Emory and Point school districts formed Rains Independent School District.

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