HORNBECK – The Hornbeck Town Council met Monday to approve its budget and give updates on area issues.

The council approved its budget, which remains very similar to previous years. "The budget is pretty cut and dry," Hornbeck City Clerk Cara McDaniel said. "It's just the operating expenses and what the revenue is going to be for the town. This was probably the easier budget that I've done, because we don't have a lot of projects going on. There wasn't a lot factor in.

"Ours is really itemized so the public can fully understand what the expenses are."

The council also recognized freshman John Jett for his three gold medals at the state track meet and Kyle Hopkins for his third-place finish in the javelin.

The pair were presented with plaques and with cake following the meeting with their families.

"They are a huge part of the community," McDaniel said. "With all the negativity in the world, it's a moment to be positive and let our student-athletes shine."

The Optimist Club are in early discussions to build a new concession stand for the Hornbeck baseball and softball fields. The land is owned by the town, the Optimist Club leases the fields, but the high school uses it for its games.

"They're wanting to build a new concession stand and restrooms," McDaniel said. "They're taking care of the labor. They want the town to help them purchase the materials."