School funding addressed by Morath

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath has given the following statement on school funding for 2020-21 academic year: “Over the past month, TEA announced a funding waiver framework that fully funds schools for remote instruction for the entire year for any family that requests remote instruction. To generate funding for remote instruction, school systems must also provide daily on-campus instruction for families that want to come on campus, with several critical exceptions designed to maximize the health of students, teachers, and staff: • As part of an 8-week back-toschool transition period, school systems can offer a solely remote instructional setting, subject to some requirements; • For up to 5 days if a school building is closed due to a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus, at any point during the school year, schools will be funded for providing remote-only instruction; • Even beyond this 5-day exception, any day a school building is closed as part of a legally authorized closure order, schools will be funded for providing remote-only instruction; • High schools can offer an alternating on-campus/remote instructional experience in order to reduce the number of students in campus buildings at one time.

Lavaca Basin CRP virtual meeting set

The Lavaca-Navidad River Authority (LNRA) will hold the annual Lavaca Basin Clean Rivers Program (CRP) meeting on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m.

Hay tests offered; hay show cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cancellation of the Fayette County Fair, the annual Schulenburg Young Farmers hay show and sale for this year will also be cancelled. The Schulenburg Young Farmers will continue to do hay testing this year, however.

Cars & coffee at Jack & Mary’s

The second Rise & Stein Cars & Coffee event was held this past Saturday, Aug. 1 at Jack & Mary’s at 610 Upton Avenue in downtown Schulenburg. It featured about 35 vehicles as well as car detailer That Way Auto Detailing on site along with food by Faith’s Barbecue. “Some of the cars were local and some from out-oftown car clubs or groups,” said Ryan Wotipka, one of the organizers. “It was a good mix of cars.”

Courthouse Report


Fayette County Court

Adult Misdemeanor Cases

Filed July 15

Police Report


Schulenburg Police Chief Troy Brenek reports that officers responded to 102 calls for service and three reportable incidents were investigated during the week of July 25-31.

Steinhauser swears in CASA volunteers

Jeff Steinhauser (center), 155th District Court judge, swore in two additional volunteers for CASA of Bastrop, Fayette and Lee Counties on July 22. The new Court Appointed Special Advocates are Sherri Ahart (left) and Sheryl Berg (right), both residents of Fayette County. Ahart and Berg participated in CASA’s first volunteer training held online through Zoom.

State’s annual sales tax holiday slated

With the Texas economy slowly awakening from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-9.