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Effective next Wednesday, March 10, Gov. Greg Abbott said he is ending the statewide mask mandate.

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The freezing temperatures, including a windchill reaching -14 degrees at least one day of winter storm Uri, are etched into the minds of area fire departments, who battled the storm and all that came with it last month.

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“Nearly two months since becoming law, the SBA still has not made the application for the $15 billion SVOG program available for the thousands of music venues, theatres and museums that are struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic,” Williams said. 

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“No, sir,” was the response of Parker County Emergency Management Coordinator Sean Hughes when asked if there was a plan in place —including a warming center — before the winter storm hit the area.

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Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler died Saturday, at the age 82, surrounded by family and his wife, Gail Fowler, according to a release from the sheriff’s department over the weekend.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Monday called for the resignations of Public Utility Commission Chair DeAnn Walker and Electric Reliability Council of Texas CEO Bill Magness, criticizing them for a lack of preparation ahead of the deadly winter storm that led to massive power outages across the state for multiple days.

Lauren Brooke Bohme, 18, of Royse City was taken into custody in Colorado in mid-January by the United States Marshal’s Service on a warrant on a charge of murder involving the death of Ismael Rincon, 15, of Greenville.

The City of Heath has announced the water will be off temporarily, starting this afternoon, in one local neighborhood:

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With at least two days of showers and thunderstorms in the forecast National Weather Service has posted a Flood Warning for the South Fork of the Sabine River near Quinlan-affecting Rockwall, Hunt and Kaufman and for the Cowleech Fork of the Sabine River at Greenville.

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Bottled water distribution continued in Mineral Wells Tuesday afternoon as the city makes repairs to increase its tank levels and water pressure.

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Robin Mayhew of Cleburne and thousands of other Johnson County residents spent the past five or six days without power wondering if they’d been left behind.

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Texas will get nearly 600,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for next week, allowing the state to distribute the vaccine to the largest number of counties so far. The deliveries will help catch up storm-delayed first and second shots for eligible Texans.

 

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday provided an update on the state's response to winter weather and power outages. As part of his update, the governor declared a new emergency item for this legislative session. Abbott is asking the Legislature to mandate the winterization of Texas' power system and for the Legislature to ensure the necessary funding for winterization.

Palo Pinto County is trying to make its way through a 7,400-plus list of people signed up for the COVID-19 vaccine and will be getting some help from Parker County within the next week.

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