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Rep. DeWayne Burns speaks at Aug. 22 luncheon
August 13, 2019

Texas State Rep. DeWayne Burns – R Cleburne – is guest speaker at the Keene Chamber of Commerce luncheon at noon Thursday, Aug. 22, at the new Keene Community Center, 1000 N. Old Betsy Road in Keene. 

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. 

The caterer will be Mr Jims Pizza of Keene, presenting a variety of pasta options. Admission is $15 for those who RSVP by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. Admission for non RSVPs is $18.

Burns was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2014 and is currently serving his third term in office. Raised in southwest Johnson County, he grew up on a small farm near the Bosque County line and the Brazos River. He attended public schools in Cleburne and graduated from Cleburne High School in 1990 and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from Tarleton State University in 1994.

Prior to his election to the Texas House, DeWayne served as Coordinator for Special Issues for Ag Commissioner Rick Perry. He has served in his local community as Vice President of the Cleburne ISD Board of Trustees, as President of the Johnson County Farm Bureau, as a member of the Johnson County Economic Development Commission, and as a Fire Commissioner for the Johnson County Emergency Services District #1. Representative Burns married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, and they are the proud parents of two sons, Parker and Austin, and a beautiful daughter, Emma. They believe service is a family affair that is inspired by faith and exemplified in Jesus Christ. The Burns Family are members of First Baptist Church of Cleburne.

Rep. Burns is a member of the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

Sales tax revenue down a little from July 2018
July 29, 2019

As Ezekiel Elliott holds out of Cowboys training camp, Keene's sales tax revenue is thrown for a loss.

Keene is one of three Johnson County cities to receive a decrease in sales tax revenue in July compared to the same month last year, according to figures released recently by State Comptroller Glen Hagar.

Keene is down 6 percent on revenue of $64,834 versus $68,917 last July, Godley is down 4 percent, receiving $97,777 compared to $101,593 in July 2018, and Venus is down 4 percent on revenue of $45,694 compared to $47,449 last July, Hagar's figurers indicate. 

The allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly, according to Hagar’s release. The monies are collected in May, counted in June and distributed in July.
Keene’s sales tax is 2 percent. The city retains 1 percent and the other 1 percent is divided by the Keene Economic Development Corporation (Type A board) and the Keene Business Development Corporation (Type B board).

County-wide for July, Alvarado is up 16 percent on revenue of $185,652 compared to $159,999 in July of last year. Briaroaks is up 91 percent on revenue of $2,975 versus $1,556 last July. Cleburne is in the positive by 2 percent on revenue of $1,073,958 versus $1,049,420 in July 2018. 

Grandview is ahead by 2 percent on revenue of $75,738 compared to $74,084 in July 2018, and Joshua is ahead 14 percent on sales tax revenue of $119,320 compared to $104,414 in July 2018. Rio Vista is up by a whopping 48 percent on revenue of $16,713 compared to $11,291 in July 2018.

Fire destroys shed behind General Insurance Service
July 11, 2019

A fire caused by downed power lines Wednesday evening destroyed a 30-year-old shed behind the office of General Insurance Service at 100 S. Old Betsy Road at the southwest corner of Old Betsy and Hillcrest Street. 

Strong winds blew down a tree that fell onto power lines, according to longtime GIS owner Richard Bothe. The power lines began arcing and a fire started before Oncore could turn off the power, Bothe said. No one was injured in the incident and there was no damage to the GIS office building. 

The shed was 25-30 years old and contained old files, outdated records and Christmas decorations, Bothe said.

General Insurance Service has been in business at its current location since 1978 and is a charter member of the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

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Keene offers visitors and residents the charm and warm hospitality of small-town life at its best combined with easily available modern conveniences and amenities. Located 30 minutes south of Fort Worth, Keene has it all: a mild four-season climate, recreational opportunities, a large University, award-winning schools, myriad of cultural and social activities, affordable cost-of-living, and a thriving and prosperous business community.

The Keene Chamber of Commerce has been serving Keene since 1993. We strive to partner with local businesses, government and education to support a favorable economic environment. The Chamber represents business, organization, and individual members who depend on the Chamber for member services including networking events, community and business development, ribbon cuttings, growth opportunity reports, economic data gathering, business referrals, business seminars, relocation packets, and being an advocate with governmental and regulatory bodies. These are among the many services we provide to our members.

The Keene Chamber's objective is to provide a platform from which our members can enhance their business or organization through networking and programs designed to improve their bottom-line and to make available the tools necessary to excel as the economy improves. Our mandate is to pursue opportunities in the areas of retail development and education. We will work diligently to ensure that our local economy is strong and vibrant.

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