Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.8 Billion in April

Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.8 Billion in April

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.8 billion in April, 3 percent more than in April 2018.

“State sales tax revenue continued to grow, but at a modest pace compared to recent months,” Hegar said. “Increased sales tax collections were mostly from the construction and services sectors, while collections from retail trade saw a moderate decline.”

Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in April 2019 was up 6.2 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sales tax is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 57 percent of all tax collections.

In April 2019, Texas collected the following revenue from other major taxes:

motor vehicle sales and rental taxes — $297 million, up 1.3 percent from April 2018;
motor fuel taxes — $322 million, down 0.2 percent from April 2018;
natural gas production taxes — $128.1 million, down 0.7 percent from April 2018; and
oil production taxes — $344.2 million, up 8.9 percent from April 2018.

Help Stamp Out Hunger in East Texas on May 11

Help Stamp Out Hunger in East Texas on May 11

With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and U.S. Postal Service employees in 10,000 communities nationwide, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11. Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

Last year’s drive resulted in carriers collecting 71.6 million pounds of food from local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since the drive began in 1993, total donations have surpassed 1.6 billion pounds of food. The food drive has become the nation’s largest one-day campaign to collect food for distribution to needy families.

Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 11, before their letter carrier arrives. In the days leading up to the food drive, letter carriers will be delivering special bags along with your mail that may be used to make donations. Food collected during Saturday’s drive will be delivered to local community churches, food banks and food pantries for distribution.

While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.

Food Drive TIPS

WHAT TO GIVE: Most-wanted foods include:

Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon).
Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese).
Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils).
Pasta, rice cereal.
Canned fruits.
100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed).
Canned vegetables.
Cooking oil.
Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads).


Rusty or unlabeled cans.
Glass containers.
Perishable items.
Homemade items.
No expired items
Noncommercial canned or packaged items.
Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda.
Open or used items.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

PTK donates cereal to Mission Carthage

PTK donates cereal to Mission Carthage

The Pi Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Panola College donated more than 400 boxes and packages of cereal to Mission Carthage on May 1.

“Our PTK group wanted to do a community service project this semester and chose to collect goods for Mission Carthage for the month of April. The students specifically chose to focus on the collection of cereal boxes,” said Emily Zabcik, mathematics professor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor.

PTK is a long standing club at Panola College. Members may attend monthly meetings, and participate in community service projects coordinated by the club. To be eligible for membership, Panola College students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above and have completed a minimum of 12 transferable hours through Panola College.

Port Arthur Man Charged with Violent Crime Acts

A 20-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

Jamon Roshaud Brooks was named in a two-count indictment charging him with Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on May 1, 2019.

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 21, 2018, Brooks brandished a firearm while robbing a business located at 2150 Stillwater Drive in Beaumont, Texas, which engaged in, and affected interstate commerce in violation of the Hobbs Act.

If convicted, Brooks faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the robbery and seven years consecutive for brandishing a firearm.

Rusk County Accident

At approximately 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department, the Henderson Fire Department, and Henderson EMS were dispatched to a location off Rusk County Road 311 and 317. First reports indicated that some type of oilfield explosion had occurred.

Later reports indicated a crew was removing old pipe from the ground with heavy equipment. The pipe sheared and struck two workers. One was airlifted from the scene with head injuries. The second was transferred to a local hospital by ambulance with unknown injuries.