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The Bend News

March is closing out with a nice bit of rain. No big storm just some gentle rain falling. It is cloudy and cool. The Blue Bonnets are out in full bloom and so are some of the wild flowers. It is a good time to get out and drive around looking at the scenery.

April 5 will be Palm Sunday and next Sunday April 12 we will celebrate Easter.

Checked on some of the ones that are at home fighting their battle with cancer. Jack Danials is resting most of the time and eating very little which is to be expected. He is in no pain which is a very good thing and some of his family is always with him. His son Gene lives next door to him at the river and some of his girls came in from San Angelo to be with him. Lanell is there with him most of the time except when she has to return home to check on things and pay the bills.

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San Saba County Sheriff's Office Report

Arrests for March 9, 2020 to March 29, 2020

Mathis, Terry L - Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon

Alcorn, Micki J - Possession CS PG 1 < 1G and Tampering/Fabricating with Physical Evidence

Perez, Rosario R - Failure to Identify / Giving False Fictitious Information

Reed, Timothy D - Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon

Lively, Austin - Possession of Marijuana < 2OZ and Man/Del CS PG 1 < 1G

Salinas, Adam - Theft of Property

Martinez, Carlos - Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Member and Resisting Arrest

Milum, Cole D - Possession CS PG1 >1g < 4g

Martinez, Juan P - Criminal Nonsupport and Assault Causes Bodily Injury

Neal, Jody L - Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More

Cassell, Christopher S - DWI 2nd

Current Inmates – 13

San Saba – 0

Brown Co – 5

McCulloch Co – 4

Mills Co – 4

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Texas Association of Counties welcomes federal disaster declaration

The following statement on recent COVID-19 developments may be attributed to Texas Association of Counties Executive Director Susan M. Redford:

“Today’s major disaster declaration from President Trump provides welcome relief for state and county governments in combatting the outbreak of COVID-19. Texas counties are on the frontlines fighting this pandemic, making critical decisions to stop the spread of the virus, while dedicating unprecedented resources and manpower to save lives.

“We thank the President for expediting Governor Abbott’s request for this declaration and look forward to reviewing its details as they relate to Texas counties in the coming days.”

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Commissioner Miller requests Governor to list agriculture industry as an essential service

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has requested Texas Governor Greg Abbot recognize the agriculture industry as an essential industry which provides a service indispensable in the effort to protect our nation’s food supply. In a letter to Governor Abbott, Commissioner Miller stressed the significant role farmers and ranchers play during the COVID-19 health emergency. Miller asked the Governor to provide protection and assistance to the agriculture industry during this global pandemic as an industry that is needed now, more than ever.

“Our farmers and ranchers feed and clothe the nation,” Commissioner Miller said. “Every day, 365 days of the year, agriculture influences your life. And right now, during this healthcare emergency, we rely on our farmers and ranchers even more to keep our food supply safe and bountiful.”

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Game Warden Field Notes

Gesundheit!

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CARES Act provides much-needed relief to Texas farmers, ranchers

The following statement may be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening following today's signing by President Trump of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

"Today's signing by President Trump of the economic recovery package known as the CARES Act is welcome news for Texas farm and ranch families suffering economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"These measures provide emergency funding to help farmers and ranchers survive during this national health emergency. Sharp declines in commodity prices and disruptions in market access have put a serious financial strain on America's producers of food, fiber and fuel.

"This historic stimulus package represents a positive step in the economic recovery of Texas farmers and ranchers. Texas Farm Bureau thanks the administration and the Texas Congressional delegation for working to enact this important legislation. We look forward to its implementation."

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Reducing barriers to mental health treatment

Almost one in five adults experiences a mental health illness each year, but fewer than half receive treatment. Can better enforcement of mental health parity laws help us improve those statistics? It’s time to find out.

If a health insurance plan covers mental health issues, state and federal laws require it to give the same level of benefits, such as the number of office visits or access to emergency care, as it does for a physical illness or injury. This is known as mental health parity. The concept is simple. But ensuring parity among different medical specialties can be difficult.

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is exploring ways to better evaluate parity and identify treatment limitations within health plans. As part of this effort, we’ve met with stakeholders and asked for broad input to identify best practices to enforce mental health parity.

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San Saba County Commissioners Court approves a state of emergency proclamation

The San Saba County Commissioners Court held a regular meeting on Monday, March 23rd, in the Courtroom on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse.

County Judge Byron Theodosis called the Court to order at 9:00 a.m. and welcomed everyone. Commissioner Rickey Lusty gave the invocation followed by everyone joining for the pledges to the American and Texas flags.

County Clerk Kim Wells was not able to attend the court because of work, so there was a delay in the court procedure to wait for the arrival of Sally Gibson from the County Clerk’s office. During the delay, there were informal discussions on how the community is dealing with the virus and the loss by fire of our only full market grocery store.

Special Action Items:

Item 1. Discuss and Take Possible Action on Partnership of Equipment Within the Pcts.

Decision: This item was tabled so that proper identification of the Equipment can be presented.

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9 Garden Planning Tips for the Greatest Return

9 Garden Planning Tips for the Greatest Return

We’ve all done it…gotten overzealous in spring and overplanted or planted the wrong varieties for our tastes and needs. Make this the year you plan your garden for the best return on your investment.

First, prepare a list before placing your catalog order or making that first trip to the garden center. Without a bit of preplanning our carts end up filled with more seeds and plants than space available or varieties that are not suited to our growing conditions or our family’s taste.

Make sure each plant you select provides the greatest return on investment by including winning varieties with a visit to the All-America Selections (AAS) website (all-americaselections.org). This non-profit trialing organization has test sites across the US and Canada that trial and select winning varieties for their taste and garden performance.

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DSHS accelerates COVID-19 case reporting

The Texas Department of State Health Services is updating its method of reporting COVID-19 cases in Texas. In order to provide more timely information, the DSHS daily case count now includes all cases reported publicly by local health departments around the state. With the change, Texas is now reporting 715 cases of COVID-19.

“We want to make sure the public and local leaders have the best possible information in one place as they make decisions about COVID-19,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. “This new method allows us to share case counts faster.”

DSHS previously received its case information from official case reports provided by local jurisdictions and validated each case before adding it to the online count. That process allowed DSHS to confirm case details but led to slower reporting.

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