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TexasSpeaks allows citizens to provide community input

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TexasSpeaks is being conducted in Austin County and across the State of Texas to allow the citizens of Texas to provide their input on the assets and issues in their communities. The local branch of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a rich history of providing educational programs that address the most critical issues in the county and invites your participation in the TexasSpeaks process.

Active cases declining

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To begin the week, Austin County had an estimated 60 active cases of COVID-19 according to the Department of State Health Services which was a 31-case decrease from the previous week. Since the beginning of the pandemic, DSHS has recorded 1,515 total COVID-19 cases in Austin County but estimated 1,692 cases had been declared recovered.
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City of Sealy awaiting lab results on water quality

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As of Monday morning, City of Sealy officials were waiting for lab results on the city’s water quality according to Mayor Carolyn Bilski.

Residents can sign up for the city’s public notification system and be notified when the boil water notice will be officially lifted. Notification settings can also be tailored to provide updates on the city, buildings and public works by visiting cityofsealy.bbcportal.com.

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Austin County Fireman Association training

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Despite the freezing temperatures over the weekend, the Austin County Firefighters Association hosted an annual training session at Heitmann Memorial Training Facility in Bellville where volunteer firefighters from Austin, Colorado and Waller County went through training exercises to learn changing strategies and tactics as well as technology of fire service. Sealy Fire Chief Kenny Willingham said six Sealy firefighters attended the training.
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Minyard celebrated

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Last week, JR Minyard was presented a retirement badge and plaque from the Austin County Sheriff’s Office that celebrated 13 years of dedicated service to Austin County. He was thanked for his guidance, devotion and friendship. Contributed photo