Bearing treats, more than two dozen 4H youth from Brown County visited the Commissioners Court Monday to hear County Judge Ray West proclaim the week of Oct. 3-9 as National 4-H Week.
    County Extension Agent Scott Anderson guided the young people into the small commissioners courtroom, where they gathered behind commissioners court members, spread across the width of the courtroom..
    “You’re in a program that gives you a great start in character building,” West told the 4-H members. “We’re proud of you.”
    The proclamation, which West and all four commissioners signed, noted that more than 602,000 urban, suburban and rural youth, from ages 8 to 19, participate in the 4-H Youth Development Program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
    4-H “provides a learning experience for the whole child, including head, heart, hands and health,” the proclamation states.
    In other business Monday, commissioners:
    • Also declared the week of Oct. 3-9 as National Texas Extension Education Association Week.
    • Agreed to give Brown County Court-at-Law Judge Sam Moss the same 3 percent raise all other county employees and elected officials are receiving in the 2016-’17 fiscal year. Moss had been the only county employee and elected official who did not initially receive the 3 percent raise.
    During budget hearings, commissioners set Moss’ increase for the year at $384 so his salary would not exceed that of the district judge. Moss told commissioners during budget hearings he would forgo a 3 percent raise if commissioners would use that money for pay raises for his staff, but commissioners declined that request.
    On Monday, Moss said he would forgo the 3 percent raise if other elected officials would forgo their raises.
    A 3 percent increase for Moss will mean a $4,536 budge amendment.
    • Recognized Brown County Jail Administrator Capt. Becky Caffey for her national designation of certified jail manager by the American jail Association. The certification is granted upon “the successful completion of a rigid background application and an intensive four-hour examination,” a press release states.
    Caffey has been in jail administration since 1993 and has been with the sheriff’s office since 2006.
    • Declared the property that formerly housed the Brown County Jail and the juvenile lockup as surplus so the property can be sold.