Alice airport is hub for hunters traveling here

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Jim Wells County Correspondent

The Jim Wells County Commissioners' Court welcomed a gift of additional lighting at the Alice International Airport by Exxon Mobil on Friday.

With Commissioners Oswald Alanis, Zenaida Sanchez and Ventura Garcia in attendance at the meeting, Airport manager Charles Brazzell explained the difference the gift will make for the airport.

"Between November and February, we have a large influx of hunters with high dollar planes, and there's not enough lighting currently to observe all the planes for security purposes," Brazzell said.

Exxon Mobil, he said, generously donated the electrical distribution poles and electrical power systems to the airport, so that local law enforcement, who serve as security for the planes as a side job, will be able to keep a better watch over the parked aircrafts.

The City of Alice and Jim Wells County Commissioners' Court would share in the cost of electrical usage.

The court also nominated Commissioner Javier Garcia once again to the JWC Appraisal District Board. Garcia currently serves as secretary of the board.

As part of the county audit presented earlier this month to the court, independent auditor Raul Hernandez, CPA, recommended in his letter for the county to perform a re-inventory and appraisal of all items and property in the county.

County Auditor Eladio Gonzalez received a proposal from Maximus Inc., who preformed the previous appraisal on the county three years ago. Their charge is $8,250 for the service. Commissioners felt this it was important to conduct the re-inventory, not only because it was recommend after the audit, but because it will give the court an accurate picture of what property, buildings and items are in the county's possession.

Although Gonzalez's office keeps track of such information, the office is not certified to appraise assets.

In celebration of 100 years of 4-H in the state of Texas, students from area 4-H organizations were present during the special centennial proclamation. According to the proclamation, "Since 1907, the 4-H club has provided a world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change."

Texas 4-H is a program of the Texas Cooperative Extension and Texas A&M University System. The organization boasts 658,810 current members. Texas 4-H Centennial Day is Oct 9, and that week will be considered National 4-H week.

Also on the agenda, JWC Elections Administrator Pearlie Jo Valadez presented the list of election judges and alternates who will serve during the early voting and Election Day proceedings for the constitutional amendments on the ballots this November.

The court approved the list of judges for the 22 precincts.

Valadez also provided a list of sites where early voting will take place, from Monday, Oct 22 through Friday, Nov 2.

Registered voters can take their turn at the ballot for early voting at the Elections Administrator's office in the Jim Wells County Courthouse, at Premont City Hall or at Orange Grove City Hall. Election Day is Nov. 6.