Category: Austin County News

Austin County Fair Shrimp Boil Fundraiser Showcases Fair Queen Candidates and Fair Talent Lineup [VIDEO]

The 2024 Austin County Fair Shrimp Boil Fundraiser introduced the Fair Queen candidates, each representing different parts of the county with local sponsors. The evening also announced a diverse entertainment lineup. The fair promises a week of music, rodeo events, and showcases of local youth’s agricultural efforts, highlighting the community’s spirit and support.

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Hurricane Beryl: Preparedness Alert for Austin County, TX

On Monday, July 8, 2024, Austin County can expect increasing wind speeds from 14 mph to 32 mph and significant rainfall totaling around 2.55 inches by 3 PM. Wind gusts will peak at 77 mph around 4 PM, and the wind direction will shift from northerly to southwesterly throughout the day. By Tuesday, July 9, wind speeds will decrease to 12 mph by midnight, with additional rainfall accumulation expected.

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Austin County Commissioners Discuss SB 22 Funding for Law Enforcement and Prosecutor’s Offices [VIDEO]

At the June 24, 2024, Austin County Commissioners Court meeting, officials discussed the allocation of $175,000 from Senate Bill 22 to supplement salaries in the District Attorney’s office. This grant, part of a state initiative to support rural law enforcement, must be fully utilized within the current fiscal year to avoid returning unused funds to the state. The county aims to ensure compliance with state guidelines while maintaining competitive salaries to retain and attract qualified personnel.

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Austin County SRT Executes Successful Narcotics Operation in Columbus, Texas

On June 24th, the Austin County Regional Special Response Team executed an operation in Columbus, Texas, resulting in the arrest of Eric Belmonte for narcotics-related charges. A search of Belmonte’s residence led to the seizure of multiple illegal substances and U.S. currency. The operation was a collaborative effort involving multiple local law enforcement agencies and the DEA.

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