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County saves $98K on DA

Pecos County Auditor Kay Hardwick reported to commissioners court Monday the final reconfiguration of the four-county agreement for funding the 83rd District Attorney’s operations. The court last year announced to the Heart of West Texas counties Brewster, Presidio and Jeff Davis that it would no longer fund more than its per capita share for the 83rd DA service area. Even that is generous, given that the 83rd DA tries cases in Pecos County only every other month; the 112th DA, whose jurisdiction overlaps in this county, tries cases in the other months. The savings to Pecos County amount to about $98,000 per year. Hardwick said that the 83rd DA, Rod Ponton, was able to make up the loss by obtaining state grants to fund both an assistant DA position and 80 percent of his office’s victims assistance coordinator position.

CEO discusses PCMH wait times

PCMH patients know about the hours-long waits in the local clinics, including the Fast Track clinic of the emergency room. Most patients, even those presenting well before their appointment time, have experienced that frustration. It has been an ongoing dilemma in the community, whether it is flu season or not.

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