Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
Defiance city leaders say they are looking at a levy as a possible way to bring more money in for the public safety departments.
The city is already operating with a smaller crew than they've had in years past, and leaders say if more money isn't brought in, cuts at the fire department will only continue.
"We've had numerous issues with an eroding tax base," said City Administrator Jeff Leonard. "We're losing money…We do have to make adjustments, and we will make adjustments."
Leonard says more than half of the city's general fund goes to the public safety department, so adjustments could be made there, but the assistant fire chief says they've lost six firefighters through attrition recently. Those positions have not been filled.
City leaders are leaving the topic open for discussion, but many residents are not sure if they'd support higher taxes.
The levy is still in the very early stages, and officials say they will look for public input before making any decisions.