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Monday, December 4th Morning News


Today is Monday, December 4th and I’m PJ Benevich.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has announced the transfer of more than three billion dollars into the State Highway Fund.

He also transferred about five and a half billion to the Economic Stabilization Fund, commonly known as the “Rainy Day Fund.”

The Rainy-Day Fund, which normally receives the same amount as the highway fund, received about two and a half billion more because of the general fund surplus at the end of fiscal 2023.

Hegar noted the strong Texas economy and judicious budgeting by lawmakers netted a surplus.

For the first time in more than a decade, the state set aside an additional amount to ensure we are able to weather future downturns.

The Rainy Day and State Highway funds are tremendous assets for the taxpayers of Texas and help provide the foundation needed for the future of what he called “this great state.”

The combined increases in these two funds were based on crude oil and natural gas production tax revenues in excess of 1987 collections.

If either tax generates more revenue than the 1987 threshold, an amount equal to 75 percent of the excess is transferred.

The Sul Ross Small Business Development Center has released details of its training sessions this week. All will be virtual, by Zoom.

The Annual Marketing Planning Zoom Webinar will be from 10 to 11 tomorrow.

During this session, it will review the most important aspects of planning out your marketing strategies for the year.

Attendees will receive a marketing calendar to walk through together, along with a list of marketing areas to focus on each month.

Taking time to work on your marketing plan will help create a path for your business promotion and keep your company top of mind with your customers and prospects.

The presenter is Nikki Riojas, Owner of Made in Corpus Christi L.L.C. and Made in Texas Company.

For more information and to sign up or log on, contact Norma Martinez at 837-8813 or email

For kids who haven’t talked to Santa yet, the Big Bend Amateur Radio Club can make that happen by shortwave radio on Wednesday of next week.

The club will set up ham radio equipment from 5 to 7 December 13, the 16th time it has hosted this activity.

In its announcement, the club said it hopes children and their parents will enjoy it as much as they have in past years.

They want to show kids that ham radio can be fun as well as increase their awareness of ham radio opportunities in the area.

The Radio Club communication van will be staffed with “elves” to help children talk to Santa.

Dress warmly and come to True Value between 5 and 7 Wednesday next week to have your chance to contact the North Pole in person.

For more information, contact Rob Kinucan at 837-2055.

The Big Bend Arts Council has reported to its members that Wednesday is the entry deadline for “Historic Structures of Jeff Davis County.”

It will be at the Overland Trail Museum in Fort Davis from Saturday to January 6.

The Arts Council will have its Christmas get together at the Gallery on the Square from 5 to 7 this Friday.

Then at 7:30 that night, the Big Bend Community Chorale performance will be at the First United Methodist Church.

Figure Classes are at 6:45 on Thursday evenings at Telent Arts at 102 North 8th Street. 

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