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Ector County Health DepartmentOne day last month, Ector County residents seeking preventative care arrived to the county’s Health Department Building to see a sign on the front door: “Clinic closed today.”The clinic at 221 N. Texas Ave. couldn’t open that day, Health Department Director Gino Solla said, due to the department’s only two nurses both being out. Solla said this is the first time in his 15-year tenure as director he has had to close the clinic for an entire day.“I don’t have the license of a nurse that I can grab a syringe and start giving vaccines,” Solla said. “When the nurses are not here, close down the clinic. We’re out of business.”Closures are a recurring problem for the department, often having to close their clinic several hours early due to the lack of staff, and with the amount of people that come to the Health Department’s clinic; the wait can be quite long for those who do come for care. Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation WhatsApp The small staff of the department is the result of several years of budget cuts by county commissioners in a struggling local economy. In 2015, the health department had a budget of $1,695,725. Over a period of two budget cycles, that number was cut down to $1,351,242, around a quarter of their budget.With those budget cuts came staff cuts, Solla had to cut four full-time positions, bringing the department staff down from 15 to 11, including himself. That included two of their full-time nurses, leaving only two left.The primary function of the Health Department is to prevent and contain the outbreak of communicable diseases. Unlike the Ector County Hospital District, which treats people once they become ill, the health department tries to prevent the illness in the first place. Those who come to their clinic are there for vaccine shots, STD screenings, or tuberculosis testing. The clinic is particularly important to those who are struggling financially.“We are the safety net for people that don’t have health insurance or a means to pay,” Solla said. “If someone comes in and says ‘I don’t have the financial resources,’ we waive our fees.”But if budget cuts to the department continue, Solla is worried those functions may not be possible.“I don’t see where we can cut anymore without cutting services,” Solla said. “The commissioners will have to decide if they want to continue to provide clinical services from the Health Department.”And some staff members have been quitting out of frustration with the limited budget, Solla said. A long-term sanitarian, who handles duties such as restaurant and pool inspections, left abruptly around three weeks ago, and the office manager will be leaving the department soon after 26 years of working there.“They’re tired of not being able to give the citizens their services,” he said. “We’re giving them lip service instead of services.”With discussions for the next budget year beginning Tuesday, Solla said he has some proposals for expanding the department he plans to bring forward to the commissioners’ court. He plans to ask the court for another sanitarian position, a part-time secretary, and two more full-time nurses.Solla said he’s hoping that due to the recent increase in oil prices and land value, there will be more revenue available to prevent any further budget cuts.County Judge Ron Eckert said it is too premature at this point to say exactly what will be done to the department budgets, but that options will be explored throughout the numerous budget hearings. Eckert said they have not received any final certified values, but based upon preliminary values, there should be an increase in tax dollars and revenue, but not considerably more.“We haven’t reached the full extent of the boom cycle yet, and there’s catch-up time for values to catch up with the economy,” Eckert said.With the decrease in staff, came an increase in communicable diseases. Health Department records show that from 2011 to 2017, patients seen for sexually transmitted diseases increased from 866 to 1,328. The number of Ector County residents with sexually transmitted infections increased from 558 per 10,000 people in 2012 to 726.3 per 10,000 people in 2017.And with the staff cuts, Solla said they had to turn away around double that amount of patients. Solla attributed this increase in patients to the closure of Planned Parenthood in Odessa in 2011, which provided STD testing and contraceptives.“I believe the Texas legislators made a big mistake when they cut funding to Planned Parenthood,” Solla said, “because Planned Parenthood was our savior in collaborating with us in fulfilling that need.”Solla said he hoped Ector County residents would pass the sales tax assistance district whenever it next comes up for election, which would create a new 1.25 percent sales tax on goods sold in unincorporated Ector County. Officials estimate it would raise around $15 million a year, more than a quarter of the county’s $59 million expenditure budget.“I feel that will help us not only expand, but help us catch up to the growth that the county is experiencing in new residents,” Solla said. Landgraf prepares for state budget debate
Already off to a 2-0 start, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls swim team welcomed Christian Brothers Academy to the Cazenovia College pool for Wednesday night’s marquee meet.Despite plenty of individual standout performances by the Brothers, it was the Hornets again unleashing its deep roster late in the meet and doing enough to earn a 94-90 victory.CBA led through the first half of the event, starting with the 200-yard medley relay, where Kaitlyn Bushnell, Darien Tompkins, Lauren Kelly and Ally Howard roared to a time of one minute, 52.90 seconds, well clear of F-M’s 2:01.85. Newman won that race in a season-best 5:17.49, but Luttrell was second in 5:32.55, with Lindsay Mathews third and Grace Reyna, all good for 11 crucial points.Then, in the 200 freestyle relay, Luttrell, Kellogg, Kingsley and Georgia Langan went 1:43.62 to CBA’s 1:47.83, and F-M went on to get clinching points by having Addie Antshel finish second in the 100 backstroke (1:06.37) before Kingsley and Katie Ottaviano got second and third, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke.CBA won all of those late events, Tompkins swimming the 100 backstroke in 1:03.56 and Kelly going 1:06.99 in the 100 breaststroke. In the closing 400 freestyle relay, Kelly, Tompkins, Newman and Sophia Silver won in 3:44.79, just ahead of the 3:46.13 from the Hornets’ quartet of Kellogg, Kingsley, Luttrell and Mathews.Before all this, Jamesville-DeWitt opened its girls swim season Sept. 6 against Syracuse City at Nottingham High School, the Red Rams working its way to an 89-75 victory.Sofia Bebla led J-D with a pair of individual titles, going 2:31.41 in the 200 before a victory in the 500 freestyle in 6:15.76. Amelia Hesler swam the 100 freestyle in 55.06 seconds and helped Claire Huyck, Marianna Lorenzo and Lucy Falso go 2:01.14 in the 200 medley relay.Emily Ninestein, in 1:05.88, edged Gwen Lisetr (1:06.76) in the 100 butterfly, with Kathryn Donaghue taking the 200 freestyle in 2:19.67 as Hadwynne Gross was second in 2:25.53.Abby McGuire earned 192.25 points in diving to beat out teammate Grace Evans (172.30). Lister swam the 100 backstroke in 1:07.35 to beat out Huyck’s 1:09.12 as Lucy Heflin went 1:19.81 in the 100 breaststroke.A meet between J-D and CBA set for last Thursday got pushed back to Sept. 24, after the Red Rams have its own battle with F-M on Thursday, two days following a meet with Mexico.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAF-MJ-Dswimming The Brothers would win each of the first six events and led 48-44. Kelly went 2:16.02 to claim the 200 individual medley, while Bushnell, in 25.64 seconds, edged the Hornets’ Morgan Kingsley (25.67) in the 50 freestyle and Tompkins held off the Hornets’ Emma Luttrell, 59.84 seconds to 1:00.67, in the 100 butterfly.Kayla Newman broke two minutes in the 200 freestyle, winning in 1:59.85 to the 2:02.74 from F-M’s Hannah Kellogg. Also, in diving, Sophie Menar got 204.85 points, with the Hornets’ Alessandra Manicone (196.60) a close second.F-M had enough second and third-place finishes to keep pace, caught up when Kellogg won the 100 freestyle in 55.32 seconds to Bushnell’s 57.63, and then took the lead for good in the 500 freestyle.
If Former New Zealand speedster and Mumbai Indians (MI) bowling coach Shane Bond is to be believed, Jasprit Bumrah will successfully carry his form to Champions trophy for India.”Bumrah has the skills to succeed everywhere. He can carry this form to England and if he does he will be successful,” Bond spoke after returning to Mumbai with the IPL crown.Jasprit Bumrah’s 20 wickets in 16 IPL matches fall well short in summerizing his real value to this year’s IPL champions.The 23-year-old pacer was entrusted with bowling the most difficult overs in T20 cricket, inside the first powerplay and at the death given his accuracy with bowling yorkers and variations with slower deliveries. He even won Mumbai Indians a game bowling the super over.Bond concurs Bumrah became the spearhead of their attack also comprising of Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McCleneghan and Mitchell Jhonson.”He makes me look good when he is bowling well. He was always put under pressure with bowling the tough overs and he did so well. When we looked at our attack we tried to balance our bowling. Malinga would otherwise naturally bowl at the death and we had Harbhajan. We than had to tweak and base our bowling around Bumrah.”We tried to use Malinga as a defensive bowler in the middle and use the leg-spinner (Karn Sharma) as an attacking option. When you are starting to base your attack around a bowler like Jasprit that shows about his quality,” he said.Bumrah became MI captain Rohit Sharma’s go to man this IPL just the way he had become a bowler on whom captain MS Dhoni would rely on throughout last year playing limited overs cricket for India.advertisement”I prefer not to say stuff like he is the best t20 bowler. Such things would add pressure on him. He knows he is doing a great job. He knows his capabilities. We saw him with the super over against specialist like Mccullum and Finch where he defended 11 runs. He has all the capabilities to be a No. 1 bowler,” was captain Rohit Sharma’s assessment of Bumrah.The Gujarat-based pacer, who was first discovered by MI talent scout and former India coach John Wright, is yet to play a Test match but Bond is confident that day is not far behind.”I have said this before that he will play Test cricket and be a world class bowler across all formats,” he predicts.The Indian selectors are yet to give Bumrah a Test cap but with Bond becoming the second foreign coach after Ricky Ponting last year to back Bumrah’s test potential, the wise men would have begun to think about that possibility with all seriousness.