Schleicher County Commissioners are facing some harsh realities as they work to prepare the county’s new budget. Among those are Sheriff’s Department salaries that have lagged well behind those paid by area counties, and the possibility of a 40 percent “Cadillac Tax” if the county continues to offer an upper tier health insurance plan to its employees.
Also vying for room in the upcoming budget are a much needed computer software upgrade and a new water truck for the road department.
Discussion of the county’s 2015 budget took up most of the commissioners’ time during their regular meeting on Monday.
The Schleicher County Rodeo Association is sponsoring its annual team roping on Saturday, July 19th, 2014. Contestants from surrounding counties will be participating, including Schleicher, Crockett, Sutton, Menard, Tom Green, and Irion. The events will be held at the Schleicher County Rodeo Arena in Eldorado, Texas. Books open at 9:00 a.m, and roping will begin at 10:00 a.m. The entry fee is $125 per roper.
The top 10 teams from the event will be invited to come back the following week and rope during the annual Top of the Divide Rodeo for the opportunity to win buckles and prize moneys.
Among the ten teams that advance, teams ranked six through 10 will rope on Friday, July 25th. Teams ranked one through five will compete on Saturday, July 26th, and all teams must keep their original partners for the entirety of the competition. For more information, see the advertisement on page 5 of this edition or call (325)-650-1904.
BY JEREMY DORAN
THE ELDORADO SUCCESS
The Schleicher County Public Library has recently received a grant worth over $2,200 that allowed them to buy 230 of the newest young adult novels to supplement their already-impressive collection. The grant is being provided by the Texas Book Festival, an organization that, since 1996, has funded 1,010 grants totaling more than $2.6 million to over 600 libraries across Texas.
“Before, we did not have a young adult section,” librarian Linda Thomas said. “We decided that we were going to create that, so we had to go through all of the juvenile books and figure out which ones were for young adults and re-catalogue them. That’s when we decided that we were going to write a grant to the Book Festival to get more young adult books.”
James Lloyd uses a garden hose to fight a fire that was sparked Tuesday by a lightning strike near a home on North Street in Eldorado. The lightning bolt blew the top off of an electric transformer on a nearby utility pole and set the surrounding grass on fire. Units of the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department responded quickly and doused the blaze. AEP crews were notified to repair the blown transformer.