Governor Abbott issues Executive Order prohibiting government entities from mandating masks

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order prohibiting government entities from mandating masks

ROCKWALL, TX – May 18, 2021 — Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order prohibiting governmental entities in Texas — including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities, or government officials — from requiring or mandating mask wearing. Public schools may continue to follow current mask-wearing guidelines through June 4. After June 4, no student, teacher, parent, […]

Distracted driving continues to plague Texas roadways

Distracted driving continues to plague Texas roadways

Cell phone use, other distractions cause 1 in 5 traffic crashes AUSTIN – Sadly, distracted driving is still near the top of the list when it comes to crashes on Texas roadways, coming in at No. 2 for traffic crash causes. Last year Texas roadways saw nearly 1 in 5 crashes caused by a distracted driver […]

Rockwall County Historical Foundation to present ‘Signers of Texas Declaration of Independence’ exhibit

Rockwall County Historical Foundation to present ‘Signers of Texas Declaration of Independence’ exhibit

ROCKWALL, TX – March 29, 2021 – Beginning April 6, 2021, The Rockwall County Historical Foundation will present “Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence,” an exhibition by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. On the frozen morning of March 1, 1836, forty-four men shivered in an unfinished house […]

Biologists advise cleaning feeders to prevent spread of diseases among birds

Biologists advise cleaning feeders to prevent spread of diseases among birds

AUSTIN – With spring around the corner, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists are asking residents with bird feeders to routinely clean them, and the areas surrounding them, in order to help slow the spread of potentially deadly diseases among bird species. Seeds and seed hulls that accumulate on feeder trays and on the […]

Public input sought on Texas hunting regulation proposals for 2021-2022

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is now taking public comment on the following proposed changes to the 2021-2022 Statewide Hunting and Migratory Game Bird Proclamations: Add crossbow to the definition of lawful archery equipment Modify the muzzleloader definition to clarify only the bullet or projectile must be loaded through the muzzle […]

Promising spring season on the horizon for Texas turkey hunters

Promising spring season on the horizon for Texas turkey hunters

AUSTIN – Much of the Rio Grande wild turkey range in Texas experienced two great years of turkey production and recruitment in 2019 and 2020, and this means that hunters this spring season can expect to see many jakes and two-year-old gobblers across most of the Rio Grande range. “Those jakes will also keep things […]

Governor Abbott, TDEM request addition of 32 counties for major disaster declaration

Governor Abbott, TDEM request addition of 32 counties for major disaster declaration

March 2, 2021 – Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has re-requested that an additional 32 counties be added to the federal Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance. The Governor originally requested Individual Assistance for all 254 Texas counties on February 18th. On February 20th, the White House partially […]

Rep. Justin Holland appointed to House Appropriation Subcommittee

Rep. Justin Holland appointed to House Appropriation Subcommittee

ROCKWALL, TX – February 22, 2021 — The Chairman of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Dr. Greg Bonnen, has tapped State Representative Justin Holland to serve on the Subcommittee on Articles I, IV, and V of the Texas State Budget for the 2022-2023 Biennium. The powerful budget-writing House Appropriations Committee is among […]

President Biden approves major disaster declaration for Texas

President Biden approves major disaster declaration for Texas

WASHINGTON – FEMA announced federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a severe winter storm beginning on Feb. 11, 2021 and continuing. The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Angelina, Aransas, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, […]

Governor Abbott waives certain regulations to help deliver resources to Texas families

Governor Abbott waives certain regulations to help deliver resources to Texas families

AUSTIN, TX – February 19, 2021 – Governor Greg Abbott temporarily waived certain regulations from the Department of Motor Vehicles to aid in the response to winter weather and power outages throughout the state. The waivers issued by the Governor will allow commercial vehicles conducting responsive activities to travel in Texas as long as the […]