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With the backdrop of COVID-19 and threats of civil unrest, the 87th Texas Legislature convened at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in the Texas State Capitol. State Sen. Lois W. Kolkhorst, joined by members of her family, took the Oath of Office administered by Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht.

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Fees paid Aransas County through the two justices of the peace, district clerk, county clerk, the Aransas County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), and animal control are down $202,632.13 year-to-date (through November 2020), compared to the same period the previous year.

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(Editor’s note: The Rockport Pilot will publish the latest COVID-19 report when received from Aransas County’s public information officer. It will include the historical case count, number recovered, and number of deaths, as well as any pertinent information related to the virus.)

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The Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan 12 unanimously approved support of a proposal by the Rockport Cultural Arts District (RCAD) for a legislative initiative to exempt from sales tax original works of art sold in the RCAD.

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Rockport City Manager Kevin Carruth has announced the City of Rockport has entered Stage 1 - Moderate Water Shortage. The city implemented Stage 1 in response to the combined lake storage levels of Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon dropping to 40 percent of capacity.

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The public is invited to join the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce (RFCC) for its 16th annual Windshield Bus Tour Wednesday, Jan. 27. The tour of the Rockport-Fulton area is a great opportunity to see what progress has occurred in the past year.

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The public is invited to a premiere event to kick-off the Sesquicentennial Celebration of the 150th anniversary of Aransas County. The premiere is set for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 at the History Center for Aransas County.

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Regional Administrative Judge Sid Harle granted the defendants’ “plea to jurisdiction” Friday, Jan. 8, effectively ending the case brought by Jeff Hutt and Andrew Kane (plaintiffs) against Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills and County Commissioners Jack Chaney, Bubba Casterline, Charles …

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A written historical descriptive and photographs from the Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA) regarding the Kline’s Café building was presented to Aransas County Commissioners at their regular meeting Monday, Jan. 11.

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The following are open records information compiled by The Pilot staff. These records will be published each Wednesday, except when schedules prevent such publication. This week’s report covers the extended period between Jan. 4, 2021 and Jan. 10, 2021.

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The reopening of Cedar Bayou is one step closer to reality. Aransas County Commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Jan. 11, approved a resolution authorizing County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills to issue a notice of intent to award a contract for implementation of the Cedar Bayou project.

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The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has rejected TWIA’s filing for a 5% rate increase on residential and commercial policies. TWIA’s Board of Directors voted to make the filing at its Dec. 8, 2020 meeting.

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(Editor’s note: The Rockport Pilot will publish the latest COVID-19 report when received from Aransas County’s public information officer. It will include the historical case count, number recovered, and number of deaths, as well as any pertinent information related to the virus.)

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The third time is the charm. Corpus Christi Medical Center (CCMC) opened ER 24/7 Rockport Tuesday, Jan. 5. It is located at 400 Enterprise Blvd., which is the same building in which Code3ER was located.

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The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate basketball team began this season with a different team make up than in previous seasons under fourth year head coach Damien Bates.

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Aransas County residents are reminded that the entrance fee to Rockport Beach remains the same for local residents as long as an individual visits the Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) office during regular office hours to buy a pass.

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The following are open records information compiled by The Pilot staff. These records will be published each Wednesday, except when schedules prevent such publication. This week’s report covers the extended period between Dec. 14, 2020 and Jan. 3, 2021.

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Blame it on the weather or on COVID-19, or credit good behavior on the part of Aransas County’s residents and visitors – the combined Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays were pretty ho hum, according to local law enforcement officials and one fire chief.

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Texas Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst has requested the Texas Office of Attorney General (AG) to investigate the circumstances surrounding a new report – Induced Termination of Pregnancy (ITOP) - issued by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, that revealed at least six infants were born…

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The Aransas County Courthouse had a possible COVID-19 exposure Dec. 15 during regular business hours, and was closed to the public to further protect county employees. The courthouse was expected to reopen to the public Monday, Jan. 4, but Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills, Jr. decided …

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The Rockport Police Department (RPD) has once again been awarded “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” status from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program. Begun in 2006, the Program evaluates a Police Department’s compliance with more than 166 Best Business Pra…

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The City of Rockport received a 95% performance rating from the Texas Municipal League’s Intergovernmental Risk Pool’s (TMLIRP) Gas Utility Survey. This program is intended to assist TMLIRP members with risk management and operations issues, and to address potential risks associated with the…

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The Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8 approved on first reading an ordinance that will add “all-way” stop signs on Palmetto Avenue, at the intersections with S. 11th and S. 12th streets. They are expected to approve and adopt the ordinance on second reading at the…

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(Editor’s note: The Rockport Pilot will publish the latest COVID-19 report when received from Aransas County’s public information officer. It will include the historical case count, number recovered, and number of deaths, as well as any pertinent information related to the virus.)

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Aransas County Commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Dec. 28, approved authorizing a carryover maximum of 160 hours vacation from the current year into 2021 for all county employees. The Aransas County Employee Handbook (2B-13) provides for such action due to the March 13, 2020 Pre…

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Aransas County Commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Dec. 28, unanimously approved a new lease for the courthouse space currently being used in the Harbor Oaks Village Shopping Center, along with an additional $25,920 payment for 2020 due to increased costs (taxes, insurance). The …

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The aggregate amount of sales tax rebate revenue received by the three local entities, which collect the tax, was up 4.41% this month, and closes 2020 up 5.95%.

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