By Jimi Coplen
The Development Corporation of Haskell (DCOH) has been busy this time of year. It is the end of our fiscal year as well as the beginning of our next year. This means budgets, paperwork and tidying up details from the end of the year.
Texas Representative Drew Springer will be holding a Town Hall meeting on October 3 from 2-3 p.m. at the First Bank Texas meeting room. This is a great time to get an update from the legislative session and hear about issues facing our state. Rep. Springer is always great to talk with and we enjoy having him in Haskell. I hope you can attend.
We are also gearing up for our fourth year of the Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Program. That starts next week October 6. We have a good group of individuals, and we are excited to kick off the new year.
We also have the Possibilities Tour scheduled for October 21. we will be showcasing buildings in the downtown area that are available for sale or lease or just to showcase their revitalization efforts. You will be able to walk through these buildings, talk to owners and reminisce about days gone by. There are a lot of great buildings around our square with unlimited possibilities. We hope you will take time during homecoming to see these buildings. If you are a building owner and would like to showcase your building please call DCOH at 864-3424.
The cloud seeding program has been wrapped up for the year. This year we participated from May – August with great results. This project is split between the City of Haskell, Haskell County and the DCOH. It brings much relief to our farmers and ranchers and they contribute tremendously to our local economy. Below is a map of all the places that were seeded: http://haskelltexasusa.com/2017/09/cloud-seeding-map/
The DCOH office will be relocating. We will be next door to the Chamber of Commerce on the east side of the square. It will be about a month before move in, but we hope that when we do you will stop by and say hello.
Christina Isbell, Keep Haskell Beautiful
Yard of the Month recognizes Haskell citizens who contribute to the overall aesthetics and health of our city by maintaining exceptionally clean and beautiful properties. Nominations for the program are open to the public January – December of each year, and one winning “Yard of the Month” is selected by KHB volunteer judges. A sign will be placed in the winner’s yard, along with photos on KHB website and Facebook page.
HOLIDAY SEASON: In the months of October, November and December a Yard-of-the-Month award will be given based on holiday decorations and other seasonal presentations. This is usually for Halloween and Christmas/Hanukkah but may be awarded for Thanksgiving decorations.
Have you seen a yard that’s worthy of being honored as “Yard of the Month?” To submit a nomination, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 940-207-1729. Winner’s for the following month will be selected on the third Monday of each month.
The Chamber of Commerce will by hosting a garage sale on Oct. 7th. We will furnish each participant with a numbered sign to display in their yard; the number will correspond with a number and listing on the map. Deadline for entries will be 1:00 pm, Wednesday Oct. 4th. Numbered signs will be ready for pick up on Friday October 6th between 11 am and 1 pm. There is a $10.00 entry fee due when you submit your form. For more information contact the Haskell Chamber of Commerce – NEW LOCATION – 22 Ave. D (North East side of Square) 940.864.2477 or email@example.com.
Garage Sale Form can be downloaded here:
By Christina Isbell
In a joint effort between County Judge David Davis, the 2015-16 Knox-Haskell Rural Leadership Class and the West Central Texas Council of Governments (COG), Haskell has a new digital sign on the northwest corner of the downtown square. At the end of the 8-month class, the Haskell group, hosted by the Development Corporation of Haskell, encouraged the class to develop a community project. Members were Susan Jarred-Aycock, Jamie Ferguson, Nicole Buchanan, Jamie Jordan, Christina Isbell and Veronica Anderson.
“It was a great experience to be a part of a project for our county and the Leadership class and to work with a group to complete this service project,” Jarred-Aycock said.
Klose Welding, West Electric and Haskell County helped to install the digital sign.
“We are excited to have been involved in the digital sign project,” said Patti Davis, Regional 9-1-1 Program Coordinator for West Central Texas Council of Governments. Public education efforts in public safety are an ongoing process, always evolving to accommodate new technologies.
According to the coordinator, the new digital sign is an additional approach that our Regional 9-1-1 Program will be utilizing to educate the citizens of Haskell County on the proper use of their 9-1-1 system. This collaborative project is a prime example of how the community and its leaders have come together to implement a tool that will be utilized by individuals and organizations throughout the county.
“It was our pleasure to enable the project to become a reality through the grant funds awarded to the County, especially in light of the big impact it will have on the communication of important messages to Haskell County residents,” she said.
Not only will the sign have 9-1-1 messages for the community, the sign also will be used for countywide events. To set up guidelines for the sign, Judge Davis will create a board of county personnel, Keep Haskell Beautiful/Leadership Program, the Chamber of Commerce and other citizens. To have future events included in the messages, citizens can contact the county judge’s office at 940-864-2661. Please have patience with the group as they learn to use the sign and software associated with it.