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State pays out sales tax rebates

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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced last week he would send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $911.9 million in local sales tax allocations for February. This is a 6.2 percent increase over Feb. 2017. The amounts are based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly. Smith County received $1,832,567.89 for the month, which is an increase of 2.59 percent over last February’s payment of $1,786,146.26. The year-to-date total of $3,317,652.02 is 4.56 percent greater than the $3,172,853.14 reported in 2017.

Smith County approves firework sales for Texas Independence Day

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Smith County residents will be able to celebrate Texas Independence Day with fireworks again this year. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Smith County Commissioners voted to approve an order authorizing fireworks sales from Feb. 25 through midnight March 2. Although fireworks can be discharged any time of year, there are only certain state-approved holidays when fireworks can be sold in Texas, including July 4 and New Year’s.

Whitehouse ISD Wildcat Events

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• Thursday, Feb. 15: Pep rally bell schedule; All day, Varsity softball at Forney Tournament • Friday, Feb. 16: 7:30 a.m., Faculty and staff breakfast served by FFA, main hall outside library; 7:45 a.m.,

Moran to compete in state swimming

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Joanna Moran will compete in two events at the State swimming Friday, Feb. 16. A senior, Moran will take the pool for warm-ups from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. Class-5A prelims will start at 10 a.m. Moran will compete in the 100-yard butterfly and will be in lane 2 of the first heat. She also will swim in the 200-yard freestyle and will compete from lane seven in the second heat. Lane assignments and heats are subject to change.