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NEWS BRIEFS Wells Fargo settles, H-GAC coming to town, drainage district planned, and chocolate popcorn

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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 3:49 pm | Updated: 4:35 pm, Fri Dec 28, 2018.

Wells Fargo settlement announced

Texas gets $47 million of the $575 million Wells Fargo has agreed to pay nationwide in response to complaints about the creation of bank accounts, transfers of funds and other business done without the consent of its customers between 2009 and 2016. The settlement was announced Friday morning by the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

Oldest man in U.S. dies

Richard Arvin Overton of Austin passed away Thursday at 112 years old. A World War II combat veteran, Overton received national recognition when he was honored by President Barack Obama in 2013.

H-GAC meeting planned for Liberty

The Houston-Galveston Area Council has several public outreach meetings planned in the new year over its 2045 Regional Transportation Plan, one of which is to be held in Liberty, Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the large room at the rear of City Hall that a handful of people in town insist on calling “Liberty Center.”

H-GAC is a quasi-government organization made up of local county and municipal governments that provides a variety of programs that help those local governments do their jobs.

The meeting will be an opportunity for the public to learn about what is in the works for developing transportation in this region.

Gytha McNair passes away

Longtime Dayton resident and former Colbert Elementary School principal Gytha McNair died Sunday at the age of 88.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Dayton.

New drainage district

As stated in his public notice printed in the newspaper, Rep. Ernest Bailes intends to introduce a bill in the state legislature for the creation of a county-wide drainage district.

Unemployment remains low

A Dec. 21 press release from the Texas Workforce Commission says that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in November, the same as October, and calls it a “historic 42-year low.”

The annual employment growth rate in Texas was 3 percent in November, “marking 103 consecutive months of annual growth,” TWC said.

Oil and gas production

The Texas Railroad Commission announced Dec. 20 that October’s statewide reported production was 89,719,771 barrels of crude oil and 601,079,149 mcf of total gas from oil and gas wells. These are preliminary figures based on reports from operators and might be updated as late reports are filed.

Locally, 59,011 barrels of oil were produced in Liberty County during October and 502,249 mcf of total gas, according to data available from the RRC.

From January through October, Liberty County operators have reported production of 705,835 barrels of oil and 6,417,463 mcf of total gas.

Hot Tea Month

The U.S. Census Bureau reminds us that January is “National Hot Tea Month.” So says the Tea Association of the U.S.A., Inc.

Last year, 2017, “continued to be a year of growth for the United States tea industry. Consumption of tea continued to penetrate all demographics. Millennials, Gen Xs, Gen Ys, Baby Boomers, will ensure that tea is on the front burner for years to come. And we welcome Gen Z’s to the family of tea consumers, who may very well be the largest tea consumers yet!

“According to statistics from ITC (International Tea Committee), the United States is still the only western country to grow in both tea imports and consumption.”

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