Officers of the Ajuy municipal policestation have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN ILOILO City – A 31-year-old man wasfound dead along the shoreline of Barangay Luca, Ajuy, Iloilo. Police identified him as 31-year-old JoebertGuanzon. Residents discovered Guanzon’s bodyaround 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, the report added. Guanzon – resident of Barangay Ilaya3rd, Dumangas, Iloilo – was believed to have drowned, a police reportshowed.
Ronald Dean Strunk, 79, of Versailles passed away Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Oneida, Tennessee on November 26, 1940 the son of Beatty and Maude Goodman Strunk. Survivors include his daughters Tracy and Deanna of Oregon, Sherry of California, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Edward, Billy, Herman, Willis, Clyde, Harold, and Jr., and his sister Leona. Ronald had formerly lived in Oregon and worked as an auto body technician. Funeral services will be held at 7pm, Wednesday, December 18 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Doug Cornett officiating. Visitation will begin at 5pm. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.
Caribbean American residents of the city of Lauderdale Lakes, may have to brace to face increased property taxes. This according to city Mayor Hazelle Rogers who said the city is in a financial bind which it is slowly climbing out of.Lauderdale Lakes already has the highest property tax rates in Broward County but plans to raise taxes and fire-rescue fees due to a $1.1 million budget gap.Commissioners votes for increaseCity commissioners voted recently to tentatively set a property tax rate of $8.50 on every $1,000 of taxable value. That’s the same rate as last year, but when coupled with rising property values, it will result in tax increases. The fire-rescue fee, which appears on the property tax bill, is proposed to rise 10 percent to $321 for a residential property.Since 2011 the city has downsized its City Commission, fired its city manager, replaced him, and elected new leaders.Rogers said the city can’t afford to cut back on property tax income right now. The city has largely returned from the brink of bankruptcy but still is financially fragile. “We’re looking good,” she said, “but we have to be so cautious. The new commissioners just want to take time to look at everything.”Expenses to be cutEven with the new tax rate, some expenses would have to be cut because of the projected budget gap. Merit-based pay raises could be eliminated, cost-of-living raises delayed, and special events eliminated among other cuts.Highest tax rate in Broward CountyWith other taxes factored in, property owners in Lauderdale Lakes last year paid about $24 on every $1,000 of taxable value, the highest total tax rate in the county, according to the property appraiser’s office. (The lowest total rate is consistently the city of Weston, where property owners last year paid about $17 in tax for every $1,000 of taxable value.)Property values in Lauderdale Lakes are, however, relatively low, helping to keep tax revenues low despite the tax rate. The average home value is $101,855, less than half the county average.Rogers said a key focus of the city’s efforts in the coming year will be economic development. This includes attracting higher income-earners to Lauderdale Lakes. A quarter of the city’s population lives below the poverty level, much higher than the countywide average of 14.5 percent.
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has been named in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations best XI squad.The Black Stars striker scored one goal in six matches but created several assists for his teammates as Ghana finished fourth.Gyan was selected by CAF’s Technical Study Group to strike upfront with Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike who was joint top scorer with Mubarak Wakaso with four goals.African XI: Vincent Enyeama-Bakary Koné, Nando Maria Neves, Efe Ambrose-Jonathan Pitroipa, Siaka Tiéné, Seydou Keita, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Asamoah Gyan, Emmanuel Emenike.
Newly-promoted Premier Soccer League side Chippa United have secured the services of Ghana World Cup goalkeeper Fatau Dauda on a six month loan deal.The 29-year old has struggled to establish himself as the number one for the Bucs, despite being a regular with the Black Stars and has been itching for some first team action for a while. .Sources at the clubs are reported to have confirmed that the two parties have agreed on terms, with paperwork being finalised, which would allow the goalkeeper to switch camps, albeit temporarilyDauda wiill be hoping he can be Chippa’s number one between the sticks , although he will face competition Tshepo Motsoeneng who is also another new signing in the goalkeeping department