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    9 Welcome and introduction
    9:15 The American reader and the newspaper
    9:45 History and anatomy of page one
    10:20 BREAK
    10:30 Language of design
    11 Modular design and designing modules
    Noon LUNCH
    12:45 America’s page one – PART ONE
    1:45 America’s page one – PART TWO
    2:45 BREAK
    3 Putting it all together
    3:55 Wrapping it all up
    4 Conclusion

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    By Arthur Hahn
    [email protected]
    Friends and relatives told Jim
    McIngvale he would never make it
    in the furniture business.
    But McIngvale went from selling
    furniture and mattresses on the
    side of Houston’s streets to becom-
    ing one of the city’s most recogniz-
    able faces.
    Known as “Mattress Mack,” Mc-
    Ingvale visited the Tempur Sealy
    mattress plant here Tuesday to
    thank the facility for helping him
    make his dream come true.
    McIngvale now has three lo-
    cations of his Gallery Furniture
    business in Houston, his success
    fueled by hammy TV commercials
    in which McIngvale promised to
    “save you monnnnnnneyyyyy” and
    same-day deliveries.
    Working as a grocery store bag-
    ger for $3 an hour in Dallas, the
    then-28-year-old McIngvale landed
    a job with a furniture store there,
    riding a bus two hours to work and
    two hours back home each day.
    McIngvale, with a desire to start
    his own furniture
    store, asked his em-
    ployer “where would
    be a good place in Tex-
    as” to open one. He was
    told, “Houston’s a boom
    town. Try Houston.”
    So with $5,000 in
    cash, he and his wife
    Linda did just that.
    But, McIngvale said,
    he had “an unfair ad-
    vantage.”
    “And that was de-
    sire,” he told Tempur
    Sealy employees. “You
    can do anything you
    want to do if you want to do it bad
    enough.
    “We started selling furniture and
    mattresses off the side of the road.”
    When they eventually got a lo-
    cation, McIngvale said they “slept
    at the store for the first two years,
    because we couldn’t afford for any-
    body to steal the inventory.”
    After 40 years in the business,
    McIngvale said he still enjoys going
    to work every day.
    “I’m still working lots of hours,
    because I like to work. I believe
    work is life’s greatest therapy, and
    I wouldn’t know what to do if I
    wouldn’t work,” he said.
    McIngvale said his business “had
    ups and downs,” but credited sup-
    pliers like Tempur Sealy with help-
    ing in his success.
    “Our number one vendor over
    the past 40 years, starting way back
    in the 1980s, has always been this
    plant right here,” he said. “I came
    HERE & THERE
    Happy birthday wishes
    today go to LILA STEELE ...
    TODAY’S VERSE
    “A fool spurns his father’s
    discipline, but whoever
    heeds correction shows
    prudence.”
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    this evening, then skies
    turning partly cloudy after
    midnight. A few storms may
    be severe. Low 62. SSE winds
    shifting to WNW at 10 to 15
    mph. Chance of rain 90%.
    Thursday: Abundant sun-
    shine. High 81. Winds NW at
    10 to 20 mph.
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    dragging death to
    be executed today
    HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A
    man who orchestrated one
    of the most gruesome hate
    crimes in U.S. history is set
    to be executed today for the
    dragging death of James
    Byrd Jr. nearly 21 years
    ago.
    John William King, who
    is white and an avowed rac-
    ist, was put on death row
    for chaining Byrd to the
    back of a truck and drag-
    ging his body for nearly 3
    miles along a secluded road
    in the piney woods outside
    Jasper. The 49-year-old
    Byrd, who was black, was
    alive for at least 2 miles
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    Panel begins work on budget
    AUSTIN — Members of the House
    and Senate have begun the process
    of reconciling the two chambers’
    version of the budget
    Both proposals allocate identical
    amounts, $9 billion, towards state
    leaderships’ top priorities for the
    session — property tax relief, school
    funding reforms and an increase in
    teacher salaries.
    “This process is made easier by
    the fact that both chambers are
    prioritizing three key issues, that’s
    certainly property tax relief, edu-
    cation reform and teacher salary,”
    said Flower Mound Sen. and Fi-
    nance Committee chair Jane Nel-
    son, Finance Committee chair and
    a member of the budget conference
    committee. “The good news is that
    both chambers have demonstrated
    their commitment to our top prior-
    ities.”
    Her counterpart from the House,
    Appropriations chair and Rich-
    mond Representative John Zerwas
    was also optimistic.
    “I know without a doubt that
    this group will be able to consider
    the differences in our budgets and
    make the smart and reasonable de-
    cisions for what is best for Texas,”
    he said.
    Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham)
    is also a member of the conference
    committee.
    In raw totals the two versions are
    very close, with the Senate budget
    appropriating only $300 million
    more than the House’s $116.5 billion
    in non-dedicated state revenue over
    the next two years. Including fed-
    eral and all other funds, the bills
    are about $3.4 billion apart, with
    the Senate proposing to spend that
    Senate
    passes
    treatment
    center bill
    State approves
    legislation to reform
    licensing process of
    youth reform facilities
    AUSTIN — The Tex-
    as Senate has passed
    Sen. Lois Kolkhorst’s
    legislation on the li-
    censing of youth treat-
    ment centers.
    The Senate on
    Tuesday passed Kolk-
    horst’s SB 781, a major
    bill to reform the pro-
    cess of how youth cen-
    ters are licensed and
    operated across the state.
    Passage comes only a few days after
    a youth being housed at the Bluebonnet
    Haven treatment facility in Brenham left
    the campus and used a pipe to threaten a
    Brenham police officer.
    That youth was charged with aggra-
    vated assault of a public servant.
    Kolkhorst said she wrote SB 781 to
    strengthen the requirements necessary
    to obtain a license to open any new facili-
    ty and requires a public hearing so that a
    community is fully informed and heard
    as a facility seeks a license. The legis-
    lation also lists specific violations that
    will lead to a facility’s license probation,
    suspension and ultimately revocation.
    To avoid the challenges that have faced
    Austin County with the now-defunct
    Five Oaks center and the newly opened
    Bluebonnet Haven in Washington Coun-
    ty, Kolkhorst said that under SB 781, all
    proposed centers will be required to cre-
    ate a community engagement plan.
    The plan must include both an opera-
    tional plan and an educational plan that
    take into consideration local community
    review and feedback, including impacts
    on local schools and law enforcement.
    Another sweeping change will be to
    require collaboration between the Tex-
    as Education Agency (TEA) and state
    health officials to collaborate before a
    center is licensed.
    “As the chair of the Senate Commit-
    tee on Health and Human Services, I am
    dedicated first and foremost to the safety
    of every child in our CPS and foster care
    system. Texas must see that the system
    does not fail either our children or our
    communities,” said Kolkhorst (R-Bren-
    ham). “That’s why I am proud that the
    Senate has passed SB 781 with bipartisan
    support.
    Kolkhorst’s legislation now heads to
    the Texas House where District 13 Rep.
    Ben Leman (R-Iola) will push for pas-
    sage.
    ‘Mattress Mack’ praises plant here
    EMS director: CPR is
    proven lifesaver
    By Arthur Hahn
    [email protected]
    By almost all accounts, Mike Ant-
    kowiak shouldn’t be alive.
    Or as Kevin Deramus, director
    of Washington County Emergency
    Medical Services said Tuesday, “He
    should not be here today.”
    Deramus gave a presentation to
    Washington County commissioners
    on the latest “lifesaving” event, tak-
    ing advantage of an opportunity to
    promote the value of knowing cardio-
    pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.
    Antkowiak, he said, is alive and
    well today because of the combined ef-
    forts of a neighbor, well-trained emer-
    gency dispatchers Julie Neville and
    Jerod Hartfield, an EMS crew that
    provided expert medical care when
    they got to the scene and the efforts
    of Scott & White Hospital in College
    Station.
    Deramus recounted the incident for
    commissioners:
    Antkowiak was on his tractor in a
    remote area of southwestern Wash-
    ington County, off FM 2502, when it
    became stuck. While attempting to
    free it, he suffered a massive heart
    attack.
    Antkowiak’s son Jon and a neigh-
    bor, Chuck Buechmann, saw this un-
    fold and rushed to help. Because of
    spotty cell phone service, Jon Antko-
    wiak drove to a higher location to call
    911 and guide responders to the scene
    while Buechmann began CPR.
    Within 33 seconds of receiving the
    call, Neville and Hartfield has dis-
    patched EMS and also said advised
    that CPR should be started (it had
    been). In another 40 seconds, an am-
    bulance roared from the station.
    Because of the remote location, it
    took the ambulance about 13 minutes
    to arrive. In the meantime, Buech-
    mann was performing the CPR the
    whole time. That proved to be the
    State Senate, House
    start budget proposal
    reconciliation process
    Program set on shooter
    ‘behavioral red flags’
    By Arthur Hahn
    [email protected]
    A free program to teach “behav-
    ioral red flags” of potential mass
    shooters will be held here Saturday.
    “A Look Inside the Mind of a
    Public Shooter” will be held from
    10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cowboy Church of
    Brenham, 4400 Highway 105.
    The training is being sponsored
    by the Sheriffs’ Association of
    Texas and the Washington County
    Sheriff’s Office.
    The speaker will be retired Texas
    Department of Public Safety inspec-
    tor Marx Howell.
    Howell has more than 50 years
    of law enforcement experience, in-
    cluding 32 years with DPS. He is a
    graduate of the FBI National Acade-
    my and is and considered one of the
    leading authorities on the forensic
    application of hypnosis in the police
    field.
    Steve Westbrook, executive direc-
    tor of the Sheriffs’ Association of
    Texas and a Brenham resident, said
    the training will be beneficial not
    only law enforcement personnel.
    “It’s for everyone — churches,
    schools, teachers,” said Westbrook.
    The program will provide in-
    struction on understanding and
    recognizing behavioral indicators
    to identify a potential threat by an
    angry person.
    Mass shootings have been in-
    creasing in Texas,
    In November 2017, 26 people were
    killed when a rifle-wielding gun-
    man entered Sutherland Springs
    First Baptist Church near San An-
    tonio.
    At Santa Fe High School in Santa
    Fe, Texas, last May, a student killed
    eight students and two teachers.
    Lunch will be provided for Satur-
    day’s program. People wanting to
    attend or asked to call or text 830-
    5605 so an accurate meal count can
    be determined.
    Kolkhorst
    Arthur Hahn/Banner-Press
    Jim McIngvale praises employees of the Tempur Sealy plant here for their production standards.
    Arthur Hahn/Banner-Press
    Roy Finke, plant manager of the Tempur Sealy
    facility here, points out some of the produc-
    tion aspects for Jim McIngvale (center) of
    Gallery Furniture.
    PLANT continued on A3
    BUDGET continued on A3
    CPR continued on A2

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  7. America’s Page One
    P. O. Box 548 • 2024 Highway 71 • Columbus, TX 78934 • (979) 732-2304 • [email protected]
    WINDSHIELD
    XPRESS
    AUTO GLASS
    2035 Milam • 979-732-6269
    “Where quality makes the difference”
    $1.00 Vol. 162, No. 15 coloradocountycitizen.com Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    Remember to thank a Veteran
    and Serviceman every day!
    24 pages, 2 inserts
    LAGRANGEFORD.COM
    800.375.6461 | 979.968.6461
    1605 W. Travis St. | La Grange, Texas NMLS#799658
    CHS
    Golf
    teams
    take
    district
    Sports, 13
    A Look Back ..............................................3
    Applause ..................................................5
    Around Columbus .....................................8
    Around Weimar .......................................16
    Around The County ...................................6
    Arts & Leisure ..........................................12
    Church Page ............................................11
    Classifi ed ...........................................21-22
    Courts & Police ........................................17
    Obituaries .................................................2
    Sports ...............................................13-15
    Viewpoints ...............................................4
    Quilt up for grabs
    A quilt made by the St.
    Paul Lutheran Church
    Quilters is one of several
    items available in a silent
    auction bene ting the
    church’s childcare center, 8
    High Fashion comes
    to Live Oak
    High fashion came to Live
    Oak Art Center last week
    with their fashion show
    and salad supper, 12
    AROUND COLUMBUS
    ARTS & LEISURE
    ALSO INSIDE
    New Bielau
    community center
    seeks land
    The New Bielau-Content
    Community Center asked
    the Weimar Independent
    School District Board
    of Trustees for a gift of
    land near their existing
    community center, 16
    AROUND WEIMAR
    COLORADO RIVER
    at Columbus
    BANKFULL
    FLOOD
    STAGE
    FLOW
    Levels are as of 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
    10430
    18.96
    34
    30
    Religious leaders say Christians should advocate for Skull Creek, 18
    Clean Harbors worries intensify in wake of TCEQ inaction, ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
    Environmental leaders say TCEQ’s revolving door failing Colorado County, 10
    Damming creek proposed as solution to pollution by Inland, 9
    EDITORIAL: Time for immediate Sunset Review for TCEQ, 4
    OPINION: Stand up for your rights (or sit down), 4
    SKULL CREEK: TWO MONTHS LATER, IN WAKE OF THIRD INCIDENT
    “Conditions ... an imminent
    threat” to health, environment
    BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ
    [email protected]
    The Texas Commission on En-
    vironmental Quality determined
    as early as Feb. 12 that the sub-
    stance found in Skull Creek fol-
    lowing a Feb. 8 discharge created
    conditions that “are an imminent
    threat and substantial endanger-
    ment to human health and/or
    the environment,” according to
    a letter from a TCEQ official to
    owners of Inland Recycling, LLC.
    A copy of the letter, from
    Houston Regional Office Di-
    rector Nicole M. Bealle, was ob-
    tained by The Colorado Coun-
    ty Citizen this week. The letter
    indicates it was hand delivered
    to David Polston, owner of the
    company, on Feb. 12.
    The letter also deems Inland
    Recycling as the responsible
    party for the contamination
    in the creek, and demands the
    company take “immediate ac-
    tion” to rectify the incident,
    saying, “any delay will allow
    further impacts to human
    health and the environment.”
    Inland has previously de-
    nied any responsibility for the
    incident.
    STILL NO ANSWERS
    ■ MEMO, 9
    BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ
    & MICHELLE BANSE STO KES
    BORDEN – As state three state
    agencies punt the issue of which
    has control of the water at Bor-
    den Lake along US 90, the Wei-
    mar Lions Club believe they’ve
    found, at least for the moment,
    a solution to water being si-
    phoned out of the lake by a pri-
    vate contractor.
    The Colorado County Citizen
    learned of the siphoning last
    Monday afternoon when the
    newspaper’s publisher noticed a
    Brenham-based water well drill-
    ing company siphoning water
    from the lake while visiting the
    roadside park surrounding part
    of the lake.
    “I visited with them and we
    got everything straight between
    us,” said Julius Bartek, President
    of the Weimar Lions Club.
    “He was just misinformed by
    the person in TxDOT in Colum-
    bus,” Bartek said of the private
    well contractor.
    “He was thinking it was just a
    holding pond or collection pond
    and they could suck water out
    of there,” Bartek said.
    Bartek said when the Lions ad-
    opted the roadside park through
    the Texas Depatment of Trans-
    portation about a decade ago,
    the lake was nearly dry.
    “It was a mud hole. The wa-
    ter wasn’t three foot deep,” he
    said. He said he and the Lions
    took heavy equipment in and
    cleaned out the lake, ensuring it
    was between 9-12 feet deep in
    most places.
    In the fall of 2017, after Hur-
    ricane Harvey ravaged much
    of the South Texas Gulf Coast,
    the lake was stoked with over
    800 fish by the Texas Parks &
    Wildlife Department because
    the original lakes the fish were
    destined for had been too dam-
    aged by the storm and flooding
    in Harvey’s wake.
    Bartek said officials with Co-
    bra Water Well Drilling, LLC,
    the Brenham company caught
    siphoning water out of the lake
    last week, have agreed to spon-
    sor refreshments for the Wei-
    mar Lions Club’s upcoming Kid
    Fish day in late May.
    “He’s apologized, he was just
    under the wrong impression
    from TxDOT,” he said.
    Last week, James Untermeyer,
    maintenance supervisor for Tx-
    DOT’s Columbus office admit-
    ted to giving the company ac-
    cess to the lake across TxDOT’s
    rights of way.
    BORDEN LAKE
    State agencies punt jurisdiction
    Lions say situation seems resolved
    ■ BORDEN, 7
    FEB. 6: TCEQ takes a
    complaint alleging In-
    land Environmental is
    taking waste without
    proper permits.
    FEB. 8: TCEQ receives
    a complaint alleging
    the initial fi sh kill and
    foreign substance in
    Skull Creek.
    FEB. 9: TPWD, RRC,
    and TCEQ make a
    site visit to conduct
    an investigation.
    FEB. 10: TCEQ
    says a spiil from
    Inland was observed
    downstream of the
    facility resulting in
    a fi sk kill and that
    it resulted in an
    imminent threat
    of discharge to the
    Colorado River.
    FEB. 1114: TCEQ
    receives multiple
    air and water
    pollution complaints
    related to the initial
    contamination
    incident.
    FEB. 12: TCEQ, hand-delivers a letter to Inland
    Environmental demanding they take imme-
    diate action and that they have determined
    the company to be the party responsible for
    the contamination in the creek. TCEQ declares
    contamination at the creek “an imminent threat
    and substantial endangerment to human
    health and/or the environment.”
    MARCH 7: TCEQ
    tells The Citizen they
    are investigating In-
    land Environmental
    in connection with
    contamination in
    Skull Creek.
    MARCH 22: TCEQ
    receives complaint
    of a second incident
    of contamination at
    Skull Creek. APRIL 2: TCEQ, RRC,
    TPWD, OEM offi cials
    meet with county
    offi cials and provide
    no answers on water
    sample results.
    BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ
    [email protected]
    COLUMBUS — In the wake
    of a third contamination inci-
    dent at Skull Creek occurring
    sometime over the weekend,
    Colorado County Commis-
    sioners Monday morning vot-
    ed unanimously to authorize
    the county judge to exercise
    enforcement power available
    to the county under Chapter
    7 of the Texas Water Code fol-
    lowing an executive session
    lasting just under an hour.
    Chapter 7 of the Texas wa-
    ter code, among other things,
    allows counties to institute
    civil suits against those who
    violate provisions of the wa-
    ter code in the same manner
    as the authority exercised by
    the Texas Commission on En-
    vironmental Quality.
    Counties are not allowed to
    exercise enforcement powers
    under the Texas Water Code
    to remedy violations of either
    the water code or the Texas
    Health and Safety Code un-
    less the commissioners court
    adopts a resolution authoriz-
    ing the exercise of its enforce-
    ment powers.
    The resolution adopted by
    the commissioners court al-
    lows the exercise of enforce-
    ment powers for “past, exist-
    ing, or future” violations of
    the Texas Water Code.
    The resolution authorizes
    the county judge to take any
    actions necessary to exercise
    Commissioners ok authority to
    fi ght polluters under water code
    in wake of Skull Creek incidents
    ■ FIGHT, 9
    REMINDER:
    CANDIDATE FORUM
    TOMORROW
    The Colorado County
    Citizen will conduct
    a candidate forum for
    candidates for Columbus
    ISD Board of Trustees at 6
    p.m. in the meeting room of
    Nesbitt Memorial Library
    in Columbus. Call 979-732-
    2304 for more information.
    FOOD TRUCKS AT
    CITIZEN THURSDAY
    Sandtown Catering will
    make a return appearance at
    The Citizen from 10:30 a.m.
    until 1:45 p.m. Thursday
    with their award winning
    barbecue. R&R Shaved Ice
    will be at The Citizen from
    2 p.m. until 6 p.m. This
    week, a portion of proceeds
    will bene t the Columbus
    Elementary School Teacher
    Activity Fund.
    Skull Creek after the first
    contamination incident and
    fi sh kill.
    A turtle covered in an oily, black substance after the
    second incident at Skull Creek.
    Special To The Citizen | Cheryl Rose
    Dark black water fl ows through Skull Creek late
    last week after the third incident of contamina-
    tion was reported.

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    BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ
    [email protected]
    Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-
    part series wrapping up 2018 that will ap-
    pear in The Colorado County Citizen. Next
    week, we will announce our Newsmakers of
    the Year for 2018.
    In the annals of history, 2018 will go
    down as an important year for Colora-
    do County.
    Water features prominently in the top
    20 stories of this year: 2018 was the year
    local officials stood up (for the second
    time in two decades) to defend the coun-
    ty’s groundwater supply from a hazardous
    waste, and that two cities continued to
    grapple with water quality issues.
    Too, 2018 was a year of renewal and
    hope for the county, which suffered dev-
    astating flooding in September 2017 in the
    aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
    In 2018, Columbus showed it had re-
    covered with a better-than-ever Magnolia
    Days Festival, which served as a com-
    ing-out-party of sorts for the city that was
    beleaguered with three major floods in the
    span of three years.
    Case Beken, the young Weimar man who
    battled brain cancer and made it to the Col-
    orado County Fair to see his steer, Casper,
    named Grand Champion, also offered coun-
    ty residents a glimpse of renewing hope.
    Those were just a few of the major sto-
    ries from 2018. Here is a recap of the top
    20 stories of the year in Colorado County
    for 2018, as compiled by our staff.
    P. O. Box 548 • 2024 Highway 71 • Columbus, TX 78934 • (979) 732-2304 • [email protected]
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    Remember to thank a Veteran
    and Serviceman every day!
    24 pages, 4 inserts
    LAGRANGEFORD.COM
    800.375.6461 | 979.968.6461
    1605 W. Travis St. | La Grange, Texas
    Four
    gridiron
    players
    named
    All-State
    SPORTS, 8
    Sidney Frey: One of the Greatest Generation
    ■ TOP 20, 21
    COLORADO RIVER
    at Columbus
    A Look Back ...............................................3
    Amusements ...........................................15
    Applause ...................................................5
    Around The County ....................................6
    Church Page ............................................17
    Classifi eds ...............................................22
    Sports .................................................8-10
    Obituaries .................................................2
    Police & Courts ..................................16-17
    Viewpoints ...............................................4
    MLK Day
    celebrations set in
    Columbus
    The date of the 2019 Martin
    Luther King Day March
    has been set in Columbus,
    6.
    BGC Shops with
    cops
    The Boys & Girls Club
    of Champion Valley’s
    Columbus Club recently got
    to shop with a cop, 15.
    The crowning of Mr. and
    Mrs. CHS and snow in
    Eagle Lake top this week’s
    look back at Colorado
    County history, 3.
    COMING EVENTS
    AROUND THE COUNTY
    A LOOK BACK
    ALSO INSIDE
    A month-by-month look
    back at the news of 2018,
    20.
    2018 RECAP
    1. Fighting For Our Water
    2. Case Beken Gives Us Hope, Leaves A Legacy
    3. Colorado Materials Comes And Goes
    4. Uproar in Eagle Lake
    5. Water Improvements Take Center Stage
    6. Discord in Oakland
    7. Weimar Grapples With Manufactured Homes
    8. Rice CISD Passes A Bond
    9. Weimar Works For Aff ordable Housing
    10. Beason’s Park Reopens
    11. Etta Moten Barnett Honored
    12. Area Schools Move To Turf Fields
    13. Magnolia Days Survives Another Day
    14. County Gets Two New Athletic Directors
    15. School Threats & Safety
    16. Columbus Boys & Girls Club Gets New Home
    17. Cities Grapple With Mental Transport Changes
    18. Weimar Puts Reins On Horses
    19. Election 2018 in Colorado County
    20. Gambling raids in Garwood and Eagle Lake
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    Want liquor on New Year’s?
    BY BOB LOWE
    Special To The Citizen
    Sidney Frey was the only
    child born to Peter and Illian
    Frey of Colorado County, in
    their farmhouse, in 1925. Their
    farm was located just north of
    today’s Interstate 10 and less
    than a mile east of FM 949.
    During his youth, Sidney
    helped his mother and dad
    grow cotton, corn, peanuts, and
    raise cattle. He attended Mentz
    School for grades one through
    seven, and then Bernardo
    School for the eighth grade.
    Next, he attended Columbus
    High School, but dropped out
    before the summer of 1944.
    Sidney turned 18 as World
    War II was at its peak and all
    eligible young men were need-
    ed for the war effort. He joined
    the Navy rather than waiting to
    be drafted.
    In late 1944, Sidney was
    sent to Boise, Id., for 7 weeks
    for his basic training. After a
    leave to visit home, he was or-
    dered to Solomon, MD, where
    he was assigned to a landing
    craft infantry ship, (LCI 1069).
    Solomon was located near the
    Chesapeake Bay and noted for
    its shipyards where Naval ships
    were built and amphibious in-
    vasion forces were trained.
    His LCI was 150 feet long and
    manned by a crew of 34 sailors.
    BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ
    [email protected]
    Those wishing to celebrate
    the New Year’s Day holiday with
    a favorite cocktail may wish to
    stock up prior to the holiday,
    as liquor can’t be sold in Texas
    package stores on New Year’s
    Day, thanks to a law passed by
    the Texas Legislature in 1979.
    Texas also bans the sale of li-
    quor on Christmas Day—one of
    25 states to do so.
    The sale of liquor in Texas on
    Christmas Day has been banned
    since 1967.
    Staff at area liquor stores are
    encouraging local residents who
    TOP TWENTY OF
    BANKFULL
    FLOOD
    STAGE
    FLOW
    Levels are as of 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2018
    4752
    14.53
    34
    30
    AREA LIQUOR STORE NEW
    YEAR’S EVE HOURS
    COLUMBUS: The Vintage Shop: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    WEIMAR: Main Package Store: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    EAGLE LAKE: Liquor Barn: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Stock up early
    ■ NYE, 7
    ■ FREY, 7
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    IMPACT Navarro will hold
    its inaugural “Battle of the
    Businesses” on June 25 at the
    IOOF Park. There will be
    opportunities for team build-
    ing, company pride and deep-
    ening friendships through 3
    vs. 3 basketball, tug of war
    (rope pulling), bean bag toss-
    ing, scavenger hunt, sack
    races, push-up contests,
    wheelchair races, and egg
    tossing.
    “The overall organization
    winner will have its identity
    Mary’s Journey to the Cure
    Benefit for Barham scheduled June 4 at American Legion
    Passing out smiles and
    cheerful encouragement along
    with prescriptions, Mary
    Barham has worked as a phar-
    macy clerk at Brookshire’s
    Pharmacy for the last eight
    years. Regular customers loved
    it when Mary was there, and
    co-workers did too, because
    Mary knew what she was doing
    and things ran smoothly.
    Around the end of March,
    she began to feel bad, and
    thinking she might have bron-
    chitis, went to the hospital,
    where they kept her over the
    weekend, said her younger sis-
    ter, Rita Dickinson.
    “It was lung cancer,” Rita
    Turn
    out the
    lights
    Derrick Days
    over ‘til 2017
    The Derrick Days 2016
    Committee met at The
    Moontower Tuesday for its final
    meeting, to discuss what worked
    and what didn’t over lunch and
    enjoy some fellowship.
    President Brad Haynie led the
    meeting, and the first thing that
    was mentioned was prioritizing
    trash pickup around restaurants
    for next year.
    The team from the Parks and
    Recreation Department made up
    of Sharla Allen, Jeff Whitehead
    and Darrell O’Sullivan said their
    Spike-Out volleyball tournament
    was considered successful.
    “We liked our location, the
    only thing we needed was more
    bleachers, and we have more,
    we’ll bring them next year,”
    O’Sullivan said.
    “We will do something fun and
    exciting next year,” Allen hinted.
    “It may not be that, but it will be
    exciting.”
    One recurring theme with
    most committee members
    seemed to be a shortage of porta-
    potties, and/or placement thereof.
    “The Gospel Stage went really
    well, and people were still talk-
    ing about it a week later,” said
    Margaret Evans, assistant pastor
    with Single Believers Ministries.
    Wrenda Freeman with the
    Main Street Program reported
    there had been talk of next year
    putting all the food vendors in
    one long row all the way down
    See DERRICK, Page 14
    See BENEFIT, Page 3
    Battle of the businesses
    Event to raise funds
    for IMPACT Navarro
    See BATTLE, Page 5
    Mary Barham,
    who has worked
    at Brookshireʼs
    Pharmacy for
    eight years, was
    recently diag-
    nosed with can-
    cer in her lungs,
    liver and bones.
    Mary is fighting
    valiantly, taking
    two kinds of
    chemo simultane-
    ously, and will
    also need radia-
    tion. A benefit will
    be held for Mary
    beginning at
    noon Saturday,
    June 4 at the
    American Legion.
    A live auction will
    start at 6 p.m.
    Courtesy photo
    By Deanna Kirk
    Daily Sun
    By Deanna Kirk
    Daily Sun
    By Deanna Kirk
    Daily Sun
    1
    The Surface
    Transportation
    Board is the
    regulatory
    authority
    on the matter.
    2
    Eminent Domain
    is a priority for
    both sides.
    3
    It is the first
    project of its
    kind in the U.S.
    4
    Texas Central
    claims the
    project will
    bring economic
    benefits.
    5
    Neither side is
    estimating a
    majority of
    travelers will opt
    to travel via the
    High-Speed Rail.
    Index
    • Classifieds Pages 11-12
    • Lifestyles Page 6-7
    • Local Beat Page 2
    • Opinion Page 4
    • Sports Pages 9-10
    • Weather Page 2
    GUEST COMMENTARY
    East Texans Say ʻNOʼ
    to Federal Government's
    Invasion of Texas Property
    Rights. Page 4
    Thought for the Day
    >> “The cave you fear to
    enter holds the treasure you
    seek.”
    – Joseph Campbell
    Closed Memorial Day
    The Daily Sun offices will be closed
    Monday, May 30 in observance of
    the Memorial Day holiday.
    Corsicana Daily Sun
    corsicanadailysun.com May 28, 2016 $1.50
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    GC Baseball: Mildred dominates 18-3A team Page 9
    Benefit for Mary
    American Legion,
    632 N. Beaton St.
    Saturday, June 4
    Noon, brisket dinner
    3 p.m. games
    6 p.m. live auction
    raffle tickets sold all day
    www.gofundme.com/26mcv7us
    By Jennifer Miller
    Daily Sun
    The debate over the Texas
    High Speed Rail continued
    last week with a 3,115 page
    filing by Texans Against
    High Speed Rail with the
    Surface Transportation
    Board on May 19. It
    contains
    1,500 verified statements
    from landowners in more
    than 15 counties who are
    against Texas Central’s
    April 19 Petition for
    Exemption and Petition for
    Clarification, also filed with
    the Surface Transportation
    Board.
    Kyle Workman, president
    of Texans Against High-
    Speed Rail was the featured
    speaker at the May 19
    Navarro County
    Board of Realtors
    INSIDE
    “It’s foolish to think these guys
    are not going to use our land
    as collateral...”
    — Kyle Workman, president of
    Texans Against High-Speed Rail
    See DEBATE,
    Page 8
    Courtesy image
    Daily Sun graphic/
    Michael Kormos
    Courtesy image
    500 years of service
    Retired and
    still active law
    enforcement
    officers meet
    for breakfast
    the third
    Thursday of
    the month at
    Across the
    Street Diner
    for fellowship
    and laughs.
    The combined
    total of serv-
    ice years at
    the table May
    19 was over
    500 years.
    Courtesy photo
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    Three people accused of
    dealing methamphetamine
    in Fredericksburg were
    arrested this week by offi-
    cers working together from
    the Fredericksburg Police
    Department and the Gillespie
    County Sheriff’s Office.
    Just under 10 grams of meth
    packaged for delivery were dis-
    covered during the execution
    of a search warrant by officers
    around midnight on Saturday,
    Feb. 1, at 21 Linda Drive,
    Apartment 4, off U.S. Highway
    87, north of Fredericksburg,
    according Detective Terry
    Weed of the Fredericksburg
    Police Department (FPD.)
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    Dru Williams
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    amilton Herald- ews
    143nd Year Volume Twenty-Six Thursday, June 28, 2018 75 Cents
    By Maria Weaver
    Hamilton’s lawmen will face off
    July 7 on the square for a bragging-
    rights battle.
    “I’ve been honing my skills,”
    said Sheriff Justin Caraway. “I’m
    ready to put the hurt on Isaac and
    Keith. They better bring tissues, be-
    cause there will be crying.”
    “Aw, I’m just gonna let him win,”
    said Police Chief Keith Madison.
    “That’s how I do all my children.”
    “I’m just gonna say good luck,”
    said deputy district clerk and re-
    serve officer Isaac Partain, “because
    they are both going to need it.”
    All seriousness aside, only one
    will be crowned Watermelon King
    of Hamilton County at Hamilton’s
    Independence Day/Junkin’ Journey
    celebration July 7.
    The event will include 281 Junkin’
    Journey vendors, face painting, bal-
    loon twisting, children’s train rides,
    inflatables and free hot dogs.
    Vendors will be set up 8 a.m. to
    4 p.m.
    The watermelon contest will be
    at 10 a.m., and other activities will
    begin at 10:30 a.m.
    Brookshires donated the hot
    dogs, which will be served by
    Hamilton Police Department and
    Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
    from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Uncle Sam will be there, and there
    will be fireworks launched from
    Pecan Creek Park’s amphitheater af-
    ter sunset, pending burn ban status.
    Free vendor spaces are avail-
    able. Call Hamilton Chamber of
    Commerce at 254-386-3216 or
    email hamiltonchambertx@gmail
    for more information.
    Lawmen to battle at Junkin’ Journey
    Hollingsworth announces for sheriff
    Editor’s note- Hamilton
    Herald-News allows office-
    seekers to announce their
    candidacy, and following is
    the announcement of Billy
    Joe Hollingsworth.
    My name is Billy Joe
    Hollingsworth Jr., a regis-
    tered Republican running for
    the office of Hamilton County
    Sheriff in 2020.
    I am a strong supporter of
    the Constitution of the United
    States and each amendment,
    particularly the first and sec-
    ond. I can and will make
    Hamilton County a safer and
    better place for all of us to
    live. When I say Hamilton
    County I mean every per-
    son in the City of Hamilton,
    Hico and every community
    throughout the county re-
    gardless of gender, ethnicity,
    political or religious affilia-
    tion. All people.
    I will always treat you
    with respect and dignity. I
    will treat every person the
    way I would treat my own
    family and extended family. I
    always try to see the good in
    people and not the bad until
    circumstances warrant it.
    My younger years were
    spent in Fairy, attending ele-
    mentary school and attending
    Hamilton High School dur-
    ing 1973-74. At that time, my
    grandparents, Raymond and
    Una Mae Perry, also lived in
    Hamilton County.
    In 1974, I moved to Dallas
    and in 1976 married Tammy
    K. Mosley and we moved
    back to Cranfills Gap to work
    for my grandmother in her
    See Page 5
    smack-down
    smack-down
    Ban won’t stop fireworks
    That’s the question all over
    town this week as repairs to
    the Hamilton Municipal Pool
    pump continue to stall the
    opening originally set for the
    day after school was out.
    And City Administrator
    Pete Kampfer is as anxious
    as anyone to get it open.
    The pool actually was set
    to open on time, Kampfer
    said, and then they threw
    the switch, and nothing hap-
    pened.
    Since the pool is so old,
    the part had to be built, then
    put into the pump and then
    installed. Kampfer was hop-
    ing all this would happen on
    Tuesday.
    Actually, he was hoping
    it would happen last Friday,
    and the Friday before that,
    and…
    “As soon as the pump
    comes in and we know it will
    run, we will fill it up and get it
    going as quickly as possible,”
    he said. “I know, I’ve been
    saying that for three weeks,
    but maybe today it will come.
    “As soon as it is going, we
    will get the chemicals going
    and let the kids in as soon as
    possible.”
    It takes 24 hours to fill the
    pool, so he estimates it will
    be open by Friday and hopes
    it will be ready way before
    then, like, Thursday.
    By Maria Weaver
    Hamilton County com-
    missioners Tuesday morning
    put a burn ban in effect, but it
    does not affect fireworks.
    “We’ve batted this around
    for months,” said Judge Mark
    Tynes. “We would all vote in
    favor except for events on the
    4th in precinct 3 and the 7th
    in precinct 2.”
    The court discussed sev-
    eral options of exempting
    the two events, but Commis-
    sioner Dickie Clary said he
    had researched it, and burn
    ban statutes do not mention
    fireworks.
    The court authorized the
    burn ban for 90 days with
    a caveat for fireworks and
    household garbage burned in
    screen-covered barrels.
    The county judge has au-
    thority to lift the ban, and
    Tynes said he will use that
    authority, as he predicts three
    to four inches of rain in the
    near future.
    Commissioners also be-
    gan discussion of subdivision
    rules for the county.
    In the comments portion of
    the meeting, Richard Layne
    encouraged the court to lean
    toward “making the hurdles
    higher so we don’t end up
    with a bunch of junk trailers
    and such.”
    “Some subdividers do
    well with homeowners asso-
    ciations and such, but I sug-
    gest your guidelines be held
    among higher standards,” he
    said.
    Clary said a developer in
    the county plans to bring his
    800-acre subdivision request
    to the court in a few weeks.
    Clary said the court should
    review the current rules and
    seek advice regarding amend-
    ments before the issue is pre-
    sented. No action was taken.
    The court approved use
    of courthouse property for a
    July 4 reading of the Declara-
    tion of Independence and for
    placement of decorated hay
    bales as a fund-raiser for the
    Hamilton Public Library..
    In other business, the court
    approved the consent agenda
    including payment of bills
    totaling $75,156.63 and dis-
    cussed future agenda items
    and held a budget workshop.
    Dove Festival
    parade Sept. 1
    The Hamilton Chamber of
    Commerce invites everyone
    to the 47th Annual Hamilton
    County Dove Festival Parade
    Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m.
    The chamber’s board of
    directors voted to move the
    parade back to Labor Day
    Weekend but keep the fes-
    tival the fourth Saturday in
    See Page 5
    Is there room in your heart and home for me? I am Happy,
    and I am at the Hamilton Shelter, looking for my forever
    home. I will be at the Clear The Shelter adoption event
    Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the courthouse square.
    The free adoption event sponsored by Hamilton Police
    Department and staffed by Hamilton 4H. The city will
    waive fees, but a $12 rabies vaccination is required. L &
    L Veterinary Clinic is discounting spay/neuter in June for
    me and my pals at the shelter. Can I go home with you?
    So… when can we swim?
    can I go home with you?
    HOLLINGSWORTH
    Yard of the month
    program begins
    Page2
    Hamilton Herald-News will be closed
    July 4, but papers will still be delivered
    to local businesses that are open
    Hamilton Herald-News will be closed
    July 4, but papers will still be delivered
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    Photo by Steve Snyder
    Muenster could get more
    windmills in south area
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    The Muenster area could
    get another wind farm in the
    future, with the first financial
    step toward that possibility
    happening April 8.
    A proposed tax abatement
    reinvestment zone for the
    proposed Wildcat Farm drew
    plenty of discussion in the
    Cooke County Commissioners
    Court April 8. The wind
    farm would go into Cooke
    County Precinct 3 if built, but
    opponents of the abatement
    cited what they saw as
    downsides of wind farms
    north of Muenster.
    The reinvestment zone
    would be about 40,000 acres.
    The site would have 50 or
    so windmills and generate
    18 megawatts of electricity,
    according to Josh Coon, a
    project manager for EDP
    Renewables, the company
    that would build the wind
    farm if it decides on that.
    The reinvestment area is
    roughly centered on FM 1630
    and is mainly south of U.S.
    82. It extends to FM 373 on
    the west and County Road
    323 on the east. It would be
    mainly southeast of Muenster
    but part of it is due south.
    The matter was discussed
    briefly at the April 10
    Muenster ISD board meeting.
    “They’re predicting $130
    million of investment,”
    Superintendent Steven Self
    said.
    About 25 percent of it
    would be in Muenster ISD,
    said Board President Mel
    Walterscheid.
    The Cooke County
    Commissioners Court had
    a public hearing at the
    meeting before voting on the
    reinvestment zone.
    Daniel Klement, who was
    raised in the area, said he
    supported the abatement for
    energy-generating windmills.
    “I would rather live among
    windmills than another
    subdivision,” he said.
    Mary Klement spoke next.
    “There’s not enough water
    there for more subdivisions.
    And I don’t care if the value
    of the land decreases,” she
    said, saying that could help
    farmers.
    Speakers who opposed the
    abatement raised that issue.
    “Since the Wolf Ridge Wind
    Farm went up in Muenster, a
    … 25-50 percent reduction in
    property values … has been
    proven,” said a representative
    of Mossy Oak Properties.
    He also spoke about changed
    site lines.
    “I can see all the red lights
    at night and that’s 15 miles
    away,” he said.
    He concluded by saying
    that a small portion of the
    landholder’s land would be
    rezoned and lose agricultural
    zoning.
    Another speaker, a Ms.
    Carlson, noted that school
    districts would be hurt. She
    also attacked claims of job
    creation.
    “The majority of wind
    company employees are non-
    local … skilled labor,” she
    said.
    “I want a fair hearing,” said
    Joe Knight. “I want to be sure
    all conflict of interest will be
    removed,” he added, noting
    that Daniel and Mary Klement
    were the parents of Precinct 3
    County Commissioner John
    Klement.
    County Judge Jason
    Brinkley promised any
    conflicts of interest in
    the issues would be fully
    addressed.
    Joe Molina, a representative
    of the wind farm company’s
    property tax consultant,
    spoke next, saying he wanted
    to address some issues raised
    by opponents.
    “You will have a spike in
    revenues. You will have a
    small amount of land rezoned,”
    he said.
    He then talked further
    about tax issues.
    “You will also have franchise
    and use taxes,” he said.
    Byron Berry, an attorney
    representing property rights
    issues, spoke next.
    “I think we’re on the tail
    end of the wind industry,”
    he said. He elaborated that
    he expected solar efficiency
    to increase and prices to
    drop below wind. He also
    referenced Muenster, saying
    much of Muenster ISD’s
    current property tax revenue
    was based on wind farms.
    “Then, we’ll be stuck with
    pad sites and none of these
    people are going to tear them
    up later,” he said. “I don’t think
    anybody in Cooke County is
    going to like what this looks
    like in 20 years. It’s going to
    be a bad sight from I-35.”
    The hearing lasted
    approximately 20 minutes.
    Commissioners then went to
    the deliberation on the item
    itself, which had company
    representatives speak about
    it.
    Josh Coon of EPR spoke
    next.
    “Right now, we’re applying
    for the reinvestment zone,”
    he said. “The abatement itself
    would come later.
    Brinkley stressed this in a
    comment to the public.
    Coon said that it was a
    SEE WIND, pg. 3
    In the photo above, some of
    the nearly 30 preschoolers
    at Dynamite Daycare hit
    the street April 11 to trike
    for St. Jude’s Children’s
    Research Hospital. In the
    photo at right, Muenster
    Police Officer Laura
    Brackeen gives the kids a
    safety lesson in advance.
    Daycare
    trikes for
    St. Jude’s
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    Muenster preschoolers
    hit their tricycles and Big
    Wheels for a good cause
    recently.
    Children enrolled
    at Dynamite Daycare
    pedaled away April 11 as
    local participants in the
    St. Jude Trike-A-Thon.
    Dynamite’s owner, DeeDee
    Dangelmayr, said that St.
    Jude’s Children’s Research
    Hospital had reached out
    to her to ask about having
    Dynamite involved in the
    event.
    She gladly agreed, and
    a first-time event was
    launched.
    She said that the basics
    of how it worked was for
    parents to donate money
    for St. Jude’s in order for
    their children to ride.
    “We raised almost
    $1,000,” she said.
    St. Jude’s sent her a
    complete packet about
    the Trike-A-Thon. Each
    participating school or
    child care facility sets up a
    site on the webpage for the
    event, stjude.org/trike. The
    hospital has letters to send
    home to parents.
    For kids, the website
    helps day care owners and
    managers like Dangelmayr
    and school teachers explain
    tricycle safety. It also has
    stickers and coloring books
    for the kids.
    Muenster Police Officer
    Laura Brackeen had
    additional goodies to hand
    out when she gave a brief
    safety presentation before
    the start of the riding.
    “You have to stay right
    where your momma and
    daddy say,” she said.
    The St. Jude’s coloring
    books are about more
    than just crayons, though.
    They’re about educating
    children about St. Jude’s.
    That’s because the event
    is not just to raise money
    for St. Jude’s but to raise
    awareness about it.
    “We told our kids about
    what they do,” Dangelmayr
    said.
    Nationwide, the hospital
    has been conducting the
    Trike-A-Thon for 36 years.
    It has raised more than
    $131 million during that
    time. The introductory
    packet explains what
    different donation levels
    will do for the work at St.
    Jude’s. The hospital says
    that, in part due to these
    donations, treatments
    invented at St Jude’s
    have raised the childhood
    cancer survival rate from
    20 percent 50 years ago
    to more than 80 percent
    today.
    St. Jude’s Children’s
    Research Hospital is
    located in Memphis,
    Tennessee. It has eight
    affiliate clinics, including
    one in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    The hospital was founded
    in 1962 by actor and
    comedian Danny Thomas
    after making a prayer and
    vow to St. Jude, commonly
    known as the patron saint
    of lost causes, asking for
    help with his career. After
    he achieved career success,
    he started the hospital
    in fulfillment of the vow.
    The hospital today treats
    children from across the
    United States and around
    the world.
    SEE COUNTY, pg.3
    Board OKs new stadium
    lights, full project funding
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    The Muenster ISD Board
    of Trustees had two new
    football stadium related
    action items on its April 10
    agenda.
    The board first approved a
    proposal from Addall Electric
    for replacing lighting at the
    Muenster football stadium,
    for $55,000.
    “You remember that we
    have 12-13,000 candlepower
    and we’re supposed to have
    30,000,” said President Mel
    Walterscheid. “And this
    is all bond money (to fund
    this).”
    “This is also a safety
    issue,” said Superintendent
    Steven Self.
    The proposal would
    replace the current 32
    lights, eight on each pole,
    with 40, 10 on each pole.
    The company will test the
    lighting level of the whole
    system after it is installed.
    The lights have a five-year
    warranty.
    “TXU will provide $6,000
    for the project. Oncor has not
    yet made a commitment,”
    Self said, as for possible
    additional funding help.
    In another stadium-
    related item, Self said the
    district’s attorneys had
    reviewed it contract with
    Symmetry Turf. He said no
    action was needed by the
    board.
    The board then approved
    a budget amendment to
    move $900,000, part of it
    from district reserves, for
    funding the agreement
    with Symmetry to oversee
    the work on the stadium
    improvements, and the
    improvements themselves.
    “The budget amendment
    was to move funds from
    surplus in the budget
    to Function 36 which is
    extracurricular activities.
    Back in June of 2018, when
    the budget was approved,
    we did not anticipate the
    turf project. It’s basically a
    bookkeeping matter,” Self
    said.
    In a progress report update
    on work at the stadium, Self
    said the current portion of
    work on replacing the grass
    at the football field with turf
    was on schedule and would
    be done by the second week
    of May.
    In other action items,
    the board first adopted a
    statement of impact about
    a proposed expansion of
    Brazos River Charter School
    in Denton. The statement
    of impact urged state
    Education Commissioner
    Mike Morath to oppose the
    expansion, on the grounds
    that expansions of charter
    schools in general impacts
    public schools by reducing
    funds for public school
    districts.
    The board then approved
    a $2,000 policy review
    session with the Texas
    Association of School
    Boards. The agency’s review
    is designed to make sure
    the district’s policy manual
    has any inconsistencies
    removed from it, is made
    more clear and makes it
    easier to do new updates.
    TASB will send the district
    a questionnaire. After it
    is done, TASB will send a
    consultant to meet with
    district administrators and
    to hold a workshop with the
    board if desired.
    Finally, the board
    approved teacher and staff
    contracts it had on the
    agenda. There were no non-
    renewed contracts and no
    resignations, Self said.
    Leon and John Klement discuss county right of way issues with Judge Jason
    Brinkley.
    County wrangles about subdivision and
    right-of-way regulatory standards
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    The Cooke County
    Commissioners Court had
    several smaller items on
    its April 8 agenda besides
    a wind farm reinvestment
    zone.
    County road right-
    of-way issues, raised
    by Commissioner John
    Klement, drew extensive
    discussion. Commissioners
    disagreed somewhat
    within themselves about
    how specific to be on new
    development standards and
    how firm to be about them.
    “The first is mailboxes,”
    Klement said. He
    presented details from
    the Texas Department
    of Transportation about
    suggested standards on
    rural mailboxes, including
    no brick mailboxes.
    “They’re a safety hazard
    on a road with a speed limit
    more than 40 mph,” he
    said.
    He then went to concrete
    driveways that cover bar
    ditch areas in concrete.
    “If we have to cut out a

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    Opinion.................... 5A
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    InsIde thIs Issue
    NEWS YOU NEED
    Spring haS Sprung! See home & garden Section in Life & StyLe
    Lake Lavon LeveLS
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    UPCOMING
    CALENDAR
    Saturday, March 30, 9
    a.m. - Travis Estates Street
    Project construction ground-
    breaking. Parking at Travis
    Farms Park.
    Tuesday, April 2, 6 p.m. -
    Murphy City Council meeting
    at City Hall.
    By Wyndi Veigel
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Loss of life, trauma, physi-
    cal and emotional damage are
    just a few of the potential re-
    alities that could happen as a
    result of drinking and driving.
    Students at McMillen High
    School in Murphy were ex-
    posed to these realities thanks
    to Shattered Dreams.
    The program, which was
    held Thursday, March 21,
    involves an accident reenact-
    ment, guest speakers and a
    coordination effort between
    Murphy Police Department
    and Murphy Fire-Rescue,
    along with Medical City of
    Plano, Wylie Auto Towing,
    CareFlite air ambulance and
    Aria Funeral Home.
    “The Shattered Dreams
    program is a program that I
    saw as a senior in high school
    and remember the impact it
    See PROGRAM page 6A
    From Staff Reports
    [email protected]
    Murphy Chamber of
    Commerce invites area
    residents to come out this
    Saturday, March 30, and
    take part in the activities
    on tap for the ninth annual
    Spring Fever.
    The community event
    will be held from 10 a.m.
    until 4 p.m. in the Lowe’s
    parking lot at FM 544 and
    Murphy Road.
    “This is an event you
    won’t want to miss. It has
    something for the whole
    family,” Chamber Execu-
    tive Director Juli Richards
    said.
    Opening the event is
    Murphy Mayor Scott
    Bradley who will offer
    some brief remarks prior
    to a singing of the national
    anthem.
    Featured this year are 75
    booths for businesses, arts
    and crafts and food ven-
    dors, live music, a petting
    zoo, a variety of children’s
    activities, a game truck
    and a custom and classic
    car show.
    “You can even get ad-
    vice from the ‘Old Coots’
    when you visit their
    booth,” Richards said.
    Musical entertainment
    includes Boggess Elemen-
    tary School, Murphy Mid-
    dle School and the Tantric
    Saints band.
    Murphy Chamber
    Scholarship Foundation,
    which awards college
    scholarships to senior stu-
    dents from Murphy and to
    teachers, will offer a golf
    ladder game as a fund-
    raiser.
    Spring Fever title spon-
    sor is Republic Services,
    and car show sponsor is
    Methodist Richardson.
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Murphy City Council candi-
    date Elizabeth Abraham, Place
    1, cites her service on city
    boards for preparing her to step
    up to elective office this spring.
    Abraham faces one opponent
    in the May 4 election, for a seat
    held by Owais Siddiqui, who
    opted to not seek another term.
    “Having been able to serve
    on Murphy’s Planning and Zon-
    ing Commission and the Board
    of Adjustment have equipped
    me with the knowledge and pro-
    tocols required of a city coun-
    cil position,” Abraham said. “I
    look forward to serving all the
    citizens of Murphy and provid-
    ing a voice on the council to
    those who would like me to rep-
    resent them.”
    The candidate is a graduate
    of L.V. Berkner High School in
    Richardson and earned a Bach-
    elor’s Degree at Southern Meth-
    odist University. For the past 18
    years, she has worked in various
    See PLANS page 3A
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Murphy City Council just said
    yes last week in approving a sub-
    division plat, new business loca-
    tions and designs for a park and
    roadway median landscaping.
    The council, however, de-
    layed a decision on whether to
    designate city ponds as catch
    and release fishing that would
    remove the ponds from Texas
    Parks and Wildlife Department
    regulations.
    First approval, given after a
    public hearing, was to change
    zoning at 610 E. FM 544 from
    single family residential to
    planned development to allow
    the construction of a facility for
    Service First Automotive Center.
    The 2.95-acre property is on
    the west side of E. FM 544 be-
    tween McCreary Road and N.
    Maxwell Creek Road and con-
    tains a residence at the back of
    the tract. First Service proposes
    building a 10,250 square foot,
    brick and stone automotive cen-
    ter, and will allow the resident of
    the house to remain there as long
    as he is able.
    Karen Mitchell of Service
    First told the council that the
    business is headquartered in
    Houston and is expanding with
    30 new locations in the Dallas-
    Fort Worth area. The business
    performs minor repairs, oil
    changes, front-end alignments
    and safety inspections.
    The facility will include an in-
    door child play area and coffee
    bar among its amenities.
    A concern expressed by Keith
    Hauk, who lives behind the site,
    is stormwater runoff. The site
    is partly in a flood plain and re-
    quires backfill to raise the build-
    ing out of the flood plain. He also
    pointed out that the site is one of
    three contiguous parcels in the
    area and would prefer those to be
    developed at the same time with
    a coordinated design.
    Council members also ex-
    pressed concerns about whether
    raising the ground level out of the
    flood plain would contribute to
    flooding of nearby properties and
    would like to see the three tracts
    developed simultaneously, but
    that is out of the council’s control.
    Councilmember Chris George
    pointed out that the business has
    asked for no zoning or design
    variances and that it is taking care
    of the resident living in a house
    on the back of the property, two
    points in favor of Service First.
    The council unanimously ap-
    proved the zoning change.
    Approval of site and land-
    scape plans for IndoPak Super-
    market to build a 17,530 square
    feet store at on 2.358 acres at
    420 Village Drive off W. FM
    544 was approved unanimously.
    The supermarket, with sev-
    eral locations in the area, stocks
    See ZONING page 6A
    Place 7 council candidate
    brings board experience
    Site, landscape plans for supermarket OK’d
    Students witness ‘A Shattered Dream’
    9th Spring Fever
    opens Saturday
    Game on!
    Maddie Smith/Murphy Monitor
    Mother and son duo, Amanda and Parker Webster, play checkers at the Mother &
    Son Extravaganza March 23 at the Murphy Community Center. The event featuring
    games and food focused on mothers and sons celebrating super heroes.
    Register to vote
    by April 4
    Collin County residents plan-
    ning to vote in the May 4 elec-
    tion need to register by Thurs-
    day, April 4.
    Voter registration applica-
    tions can be picked up from the
    county Voter Registrar’s Office
    or many libraries, high schools
    or government offices. You can
    also print one online at sos.state.
    tx.us and mail it into the Voter
    Registrar’s Office.
    Let the summer fun be-
    gin! Kids Summer Guide
    Inside this issue.
    Wyndi Veigel/Murphy Monitor
    Layla Bensellam is administered a field sobriety test by State Trooper after being involved in a head-on collision
    near McMillen High School. In the background, Murphy Fire Rescue extricates students who were killed in the
    crash. Editor’s note: Shattered Dreams is a reenactment exercise and no one was injured, killed or arrested.

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    On Thursday, family,
    friends and former play-
    ers gathered together to
    remember the life of for-
    mer Taylor football coach
    Eddy Spiller.
    Spiller passed away
    Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the
    age of 75. He was born
    Oct. 11, 1943, in Texas
    City, as the youngest of
    three boys to parents
    Travis and Ivy Spiller.
    He attended Bronte High
    During the Thanksgiving
    weekend, several people in
    Taylor went without power
    for a bit. Prior to that, others
    had flickering lights and out-
    ages that didn’t last long.
    “Our power went out
    Thanksgiving day, Friday
    night and Saturday morning.
    We live on Crystal Circle and
    it seems like we are the last
    to get power restored,” said
    John Estes.
    “It seems like we lose
    power weekly,” said Dan
    Finck. “It flickers a lot as
    well. It’s messed up our ther-
    mostat and we lost breast
    milk and lots of food in our
    deep freezer because of it.”
    Oncor, electric delivery
    in Taylor, provided some
    answers as to why people
    may have had trouble over
    the last few weeks.
    “Three of [the recent out-
    ages] were related to trees
    interfering with power lines,”
    Eddie Ferguson, area man-
    ager said. “We’re well aware
    of it and our engineers are
    drawing up projects of what
    we need to do to improve
    service.”
    Ferguson said Oncor was
    aware of the outages and
    service technicians were out
    working to fix the problems.
    Technicians temporarily
    trimmed trees to clear the
    problem to get the lights back
    on.
    Another outage was
    caused by a squirrel on a
    transformer. The fifth outage
    was caused by a construction
    truck hitting a power line.
    Ferguson said to improve
    the service Oncor has several
    options, such as installing
    more fuses along the lines.
    “If we have an outage at
    one location, it won’t affect
    the whole neighborhood,”
    he said. “We’re also going to
    replace some of the transform-
    ers with a different type that
    can withstand the interference
    [from trees] a little better.”
    He said over the next
    few days Oncor technicians
    will be working in Taylor to
    improve service. According
    to Ferguson, the work should
    not effect customers power. If
    someone needs to have their
    power disconnected, they will
    be notified.
    While Oncor has identified
    some of the recent outage
    problems, residents also dealt
    with flickering lights or short
    outages that last only a few
    minutes on multiple occa-
    sions.
    Next weekend, you do not
    want to miss the annual tell-
    ing of the Christmas story
    when Immanuel Lutheran
    Church, 411 CR 401, hosts a
    Pilgrimage to Bethlehem.
    On Dec. 8 and 9 from
    5:30 to 8:30 p.m., take a
    walk and see the recreation
    of when Jesus was born.
    The story begins in the
    city of Nazareth where the
    angel Gabriel came to Mary
    and Joseph to tell them they
    were going to have a son.
    Then, the story moves into
    the city of Bethlehem, and
    the set features inns and a
    marketplace.
    The final scene, the birth
    of Christ, is at the manger
    and includes shepherds,
    wisemen and angels.
    More than 100 actors and
    actresses participate and
    help make the production
    a success. Music is incorpo-
    rated into the tour, which
    begins at the front of the
    church and moves into the
    village and back outside.
    As people arrive, they will
    go into the church and sing
    Christmas songs along with
    the choir. Groups of 20-25
    are called every 20 minutes
    for a tour to begin. A guide
    will lead the groups through
    the scenes.
    Along with the recreation
    of the Christmas story, the
    event is also a food drive for
    Shepherd’s Heart and Hutto
    food pantries. The church is
    collecting monetary dona-
    tions and non-perishable food
    items.
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    PILGRIMAGE TO
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    WHEN: DEC. 8-9
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    to vote for your favorite businesses to win a Readers’ Choice Award!
    Ballot is on page 2!
    Elizabeth Matthews says there are
    only 23 days left until Christmas.
    JASON HENNINGTON
    [email protected]
    On Thursday, residents
    in Hutto watched social
    media as a police responded
    to a call with guns drawn
    followed by an arrival by
    SWAT. The original post on
    Facebook, which showed
    officers near Carl Stern Dr. in
    Hutto, was removed.
    “We had an emotionally
    disturbed person expressing
    suicidal ideations,” said Eliska
    Padilla, Hutto public informa-
    tion officer. “When the call
    came across the lines, SWAT
    was in the area and did come
    to the scene.”
    Padilla said the issue was
    resolved peacefully before
    SWAT arrived and no one
    was injured. She said the
    scene was cleared within half
    an hour.
    The General Election may
    be over but folks in Taylor
    have one more ballot to fill
    out.
    Or four of them.
    Our annual Readers’ Choice
    is drawing to a close but we
    can’t finish it until you do.
    Turn to page two to see
    the ballot.
    It lists the
    top three
    finalists as
    chosen by
    our readers
    for a whole slew of entries …
    from best baked potato to nail
    salon tech.
    Taylor Press staffers tabu-
    lated nearly 500 ballots and
    determined the top three (or
    two, or four) in each of more
    than 100 categories. The
    resulting ballot is on the next
    page of this paper.
    It is also on our website.
    Readers are encouraged to
    cast votes either way. In fact,
    unlike the General Election,
    readers may vote up to four
    times — twice on paper and
    twice online!
    The deadline to cast a ballot
    is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.
    Santa Claus has started
    making his list as Christmas
    fast approaches. As always,
    the Taylor Press has agreed
    to help the Jolly Ol’ Gent
    with his mail needs. We will
    be collecting children’s let-
    ters to Santa in the decorated
    box inside our office during
    normal business hours, 211
    W. Third St. until Monday,
    Dec. 17. They will be in the
    Christmas edition of the
    paper, but will be delivered
    to the North Pole.
    SANTA’S
    MAIL BOX
    IS OPEN!
    Hutto PD
    call causes
    local social
    media stir
    Select your
    winners by
    Wednesday
    Live nativity scene next weekend
    JASON HENNINGTON
    [email protected]
    JASON HENNINGTON
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    Santa Claus has started making his list as
    Christmas fast approaches. As always, the
    Taylor Press has agreed to help the Jolly Ol’
    Gent with his mail needs.
    Photo by Jason Hennington
    Take a walk during the Pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Dec. 8 and 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. At Immanuel Lutheran Church. Tours were held
    every 20 minutes and follow Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus.
    File photo by Jason Hennington
    PLAYERS, FRIENDS REFLECT
    ON THE LOSS OF LOCAL COACH
    JASON HENNINGTON
    [email protected]
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    Nearly half of all Lamar County house-
    holds struggled to make ends meet in
    2016, according to a recently released
    report from The United Way.
    The study aimed to assess the Asset Limited,
    Income Constrained, Employed population of
    Texas. It defined these households as those
    earning more than the federal poverty line but
    less than the area’s basic cost of living.
    By The Numbers
    In 2016, 20 percent of Lamar County house-
    holds were below the poverty line and 25 percent
    more were ALICE while the remaining 55 per-
    cent were classified as stable, the data shows.
    Lamar County’s median household income
    was $40,283, compared to the state median of
    $56,565, and the county’s 7 percent unemploy-
    ment rate was much higher than the state’s aver-
    age of 5 percent. The poverty also was higher
    here, 20 percent compared to the state’s 14 per-
    cent average, according to the report. Although
    the report found 58 percent of Texans were
    stable, it also found 28 percent were ALICE.
    “We all know ALICE,” United Way Executive
    Director Jenny Wilson said. “We see her every
    day. She is our friend. She goes to church with
    us; her kids go to the same schools. That’s why I
    think saying ALICE is so important. It human-
    izes the problem.”
    In a breakdown of local cities, Roxton was
    found to have the highest percentage of strug-
    gling households, with 59 percent being below
    the poverty line or ALICE. Forty-nine percent
    of Paris households were ALICE or below
    the poverty line, with Deport coming in at 45
    percent, Blossom at 41 percent, Sumner at 38
    SURVIVAL
    $1,616/month
    HOUSEHOLD INCOME
    LAMAR COUNTY
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    ALICE
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    Constrained, Employed)
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    ALICE
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    Poverty
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    HOUSEHOLD
    Two adults and
    two school-aged children
    $589 $547
    $322 $158
    STABILITY
    $19,392/year
    SURVIVAL
    $4,031/month
    STABILITY
    $52,403/year
    $2,198 $664
    $525 $644
    Other expenses
    Transportation Food
    Housing
    SOURCE: The United Way of Lamar County
    Mardi Gras event breaks record
    By Tommy Culkin
    [email protected]
    More than 400 people joined
    together Friday evening at
    Love Civic Center to raise tens
    of thousands of dollars for the
    area’s needy.
    The Lamar County Human
    Resources Council’s annual
    Mardi Gras offered a night of
    music, food, laughter and fel-
    lowship. Executive Director
    Shelly Braziel said there were
    about 100 more attendees than
    last year’s festival, and they
    were all part of what possibly
    is the largest turnout the event
    has ever seen.
    “We go back and forth. Some
    years we’ll sell out and some
    years we’ll have a couple tables
    left open, but this year we sold
    out, added additional tables,
    and then sold out of those, too,”
    she said.
    With so many in attendance,
    the Mardi Gras celebration
    brought in more funds than
    ever before. Funds raised typ-
    ically range from $40,000 to
    $65,000, but this year, Braziel
    said, they raised roughly
    $83,000, exceeding the previ-
    ous record of about $68,000
    The night also featured 12
    more sponsors and underwrit-
    ers than last year, making it
    the most in the event’s history,
    too.
    Not failing the record-set-
    ting trend, Braziel said the
    funds raised through the live
    auction, totaling $36,500, is the
    most ever raised — and that’s
    See MARDI, pg. A5
    Financial fight
    United Way report shows
    low-income struggle to get by
    See REPORT, pg. A5
    By Aliyya Swaby
    The Texas Tribune
    On the night of the deadline to file bills
    this legislative session, Texas Senate lead-
    ers turned in their first crack at legislation
    designed to reform school finance — round-
    ing out a series of proposals in the upper
    chamber aiming to address rising property
    EMREE WEAVER/The Texas Tribune
    State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, is the
    author of the Senate’s school finance bill.
    Texas Senate
    unveils its school
    finance reform bill
    By Annabelle Smallwood
    Special to The Paris News
    Jackie Robinson had a
    dream for years — she want-
    ed a quilt show right here
    in Paris. There was never a
    more ideal time, however,
    until after she joined the Red
    River Valley Quilt Guild.
    Robinson had some hesita-
    tion at first when her friends
    See SENATE, pg. A7
    Submitted Photo
    The Last Supper Quilt, which took Dr. Donald
    Locke more than two years to complete, will
    be on display during the Red River Valley Quilt
    Guild’s Eiffel in Love with Quilts show in May.
    Guild to host
    Eiffel in Love
    with Quilts
    Raffle will raise funds
    for local nonprofits
    ROBINSON
    See GUILD, pg. A5
    Paris News stock photo
    LORA ARNOLD/The Paris News
    A group of women gather for a photo during Mardi Gras on Friday
    at the Love Civic Center.

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    Children found locked in dog kennel
    NEWARK
    ‘Just horrendous’
    BY BRIAN KNOX
    [email protected]
    Four children discov-
    ered living in what Sher-
    iff Lane Akin described as
    “horrendous” conditions
    T u e s d a y
    near New-
    ark were
    doing well
    in foster
    care later
    in the
    week.
    It’s a far
    cry from
    what offi -
    cers saw
    when they
    e n t e r e d
    the metal
    shop in the
    100 block
    of County Road 4930 not
    far from Seven Hills Ele-
    mentary School Tuesday
    morning.
    An arrest affi davit in
    the case provides details
    of what a Wise County
    Sheriff’s deputy and
    Texas Department of Pub-
    lic Safety trooper found
    inside.
    “One child was wrapped
    up in a blanket, lying on
    FABILA
    HARKINGS
    JOE DUTY/WCMESSENGER
    SURVEYING THE CRIME SCENE — Offi cers with the Wise County Sheriff’s Offi ce and Texas Department of Public Safety collect evidence at the
    home where four kids — including two found locked in a dog kennel — were removed and placed in foster care Tuesday. Their parents were
    charged with four counts of child neglect. See Investigation on page 2A
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    HATS HELP — William Lee Martin, a stand-up comedian and founder of the Cowboys
    Who Care Foundation — which donates cowboy hats to kids battling cancer —
    shows off some of the hats his organization will donate from his offi ce in Rhome.
    The nonprofi t has donated more than 8,000 hats to cancer patients over the past
    seven years.
    WISE COUNTY
    Giving
    smiles
    Comedian’s nonprofi t
    equips cancer patients
    with cowboy hats
    BY AUSTIN JACKSON
    [email protected]
    After days surrounded by
    water, cracking up the
    Carnival cruise masses,
    William Lee Martin fi nds
    his legs at his offi ce in
    Rhome, where cowboy hats stretch to
    the ceiling.
    He takes a gulp of his blackberry lime
    beverage and eyes the inventory, await-
    ing the next opportunity to make some-
    body’s day better.
    See Martin on page 2A
    Decatur
    races to be
    contested
    Both Decatur ISD board spots
    and all three Decatur City
    Council seats on the May ballot
    will be contested.
    The deadline for fi ling for a
    spot on the ballot for the May
    4 general election was 5 p.m.
    Friday. Candidates have until
    5 p.m. Tuesday to fi le as a
    write-in.
    Former Decatur ISD trustee
    Chris Lowery joined the fray
    Thursday, fi ling for the Place
    2 seat currently held by School
    Board President Cheri Boyd.
    The Place 1 seat currently
    held by Wade Watson will have
    three candidates — Thomas
    Houchin, Stan Shults and Pete
    Rivera. Watson decided not to
    run for a third term.
    See Filings on page 13A
    See page 8A
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    By Arthur Hahn
    [email protected]
    A total ban of tobacco use at city of
    Brenham parks could be in the future.
    A recommendation from the city’s
    Parks and Recreation Advisory Com-
    mittee involving cigarettes, smoke-
    less tobacco and increasingly popular
    electronic cigarettes is expected to be
    finalized at the committee’s March
    meeting.
    Any recommendation made by the
    committee would go before the Bren-
    ham City Council for action.
    The advisory committee discussed
    tobacco use at its meeting this week,
    with members indicating they want to
    move forward with a total ban.
    “It’s basically smoke-free parks.
    It’s a combination of quality of air in
    the parks and also litter management
    with cigarettes,” said city Public
    Works Director Dane Rau.
    “They were in agreement that they
    would like to move forward with lan-
    guage and more ‘teeth.’”
    Under current city ordinance, to-
    bacco use is allowed in parks, al-
    though smoking is restricted in some
    areas.
    That current “no smoking” ordi-
    nance addresses outdoor sports ar-
    eas “where members of the general
    public assemble to engage in physical
    exercise, participate in athletic com-
    petition or witness sports or other
    events.”
    It also prohibits smoking in all city
    facilities, including “buildings, en-
    closed areas in parks, and vehicles
    owned, leased or operated by the city.”
    Proposed wording would ban all to-
    bacco use — “It shall be unlawful for
    any person to smoke or use tobacco in
    any city park which includes, but is
    not limited to, enclosed and outdoor
    sports arenas, dugouts, bleachers,
    playing fields, playgrounds, flower
    gardens, trails (hiking and biking),
    HERE & THERE
    Happy birthday today
    to HANNA SCHWARTZ,
    21; CODY NEUTZLER; and
    ROGER MCGEE ...
    Belated happy anniversa-
    ry wishes to EDWARD and
    MAMIE LORENZ, who are
    celebrating 72 years ...
    TODAY’S VERSE
    “Ask and it will be given
    to you; seek and you will
    find; knock and the door
    will be opened to you.”
    Matthew 7:7
    TONIGHT: Partly to mostly
    cloudy. Areas of patchy fog
    developing. Low around 55.
    Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
    Saturay: Overcast. High 71.
    Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
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    Facebook, Fed.
    Trade Commission
    discussing
    multibillion
    dollar fine
    NEW YORK (AP) — A re-
    port says Facebook and the
    Federal Trade Commission
    are negotiating a “multi-
    billion dollar” fine for the
    social network’s privacy
    lapses.
    The Washington Post
    said Thursday that the fine
    would be the largest ever
    imposed on a tech company.
    Citing unnamed sources, it
    also said the two sides have
    not yet agreed on an exact
    amount.
    Facebook has had several
    high-profile privacy lapses
    in the past couple of years.
    The FTC has been looking
    into the Cambridge Analyti-
    ca scandal since last March.
    The data mining firm ac-
    cessed the data of some 87
    million Facebook users.
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    Lake level at 7 a.m. today: 242.06.
    City of Brenham water usage:
    Feb. 14: 2.490 million gallons
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    Rainfall this year: 5.03”.
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    Per recommendation from Parks and Recreation Advisory
    Committee, issue could go before city council
    Blinn College has a contested
    board of trustees race.
    Dennis Crowson and H.F. Poehl-
    mann have filed for at-large Posi-
    tion Three on the Blinn board.
    The filing deadline is 5 p.m. to-
    day.
    Crowson and Poehlmann are
    seeking the seat being vacated by
    David Sommer, who is not seeking
    reelection.
    Two other positions on the Blinn
    board are unopposed in the May
    elections.
    Charles Moser, current board
    president and Position One incum-
    bent, is the only candidate for that
    seat.
    Jim Kolkhorst is unopposed for
    Position Two, currently held by At-
    wood Kenjura. Kenjura is also not
    seeking reelection.
    As of today, there are two contest-
    ed races for municipal and school
    board seats — Blinn Position Three
    and Brenham mayor, with incum-
    bent Milton Tate and former Mayor
    and Washington County Judge Dor-
    othy Morgan filing.
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    Valentine’s Day Royalty
    Photo courtesy of Washington County Healthy Living Association
    Margaret E. Blizzard Senior Activity Center announced its King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Hearts recipients,
    honored Thursday on Valentine’s Day. The “royalty” are selected in a random drawing and receive a crown, sash
    and a bag of goodies. Pictured are (front, from left) Queen Dorothy Lattimore and Prince Jack Schulte; and (back,
    from left) King Johnnie Jankowsiak and Princess Barbara Hawkins.
    City eyes tobacco ban in parks
    Two sentenced on theft,
    drug-related charges
    A Bastrop man has been sentenced to
    state jail for not following the terms of
    his probation.
    Christopher Baker, 29, received
    the jail sentence after his probation
    was adjudicated in district court here
    Thursday. Baker had been placed on
    probation for possession of a controlled
    substance (less than one gram), a state
    jail felony.
    Judge Carson Campbell handed
    down the sentence and also ordered
    Baker to pay a $1,500 fine.
    Campbell also placed 27-year-old Vic-
    tor Hugo Aguilar of Brenham on proba-
    tion for three years for theft of property
    (less than $2,500 with two or more pre-
    vious convictions), a state jail felony, in
    relation to a Jan. 25, 2018 offense.
    Aguilar was ordered to pay a $200
    fine and complete 100 hours of commu-
    nity service restitution.
    Local governmental entities
    and public schools will have a
    holiday Monday in observance of
    Presidents Day.
    Brenham and Burton schools
    will not have classes.
    The Washington County court-
    house will also be closed
    Monday, however, will not be
    a holiday for the city of Bren-
    ham, with City Hall open as usu-
    al along with city facilities like
    Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial
    Library, the recycling center, the
    waste collection station and Blue
    Bell Aquatic Center.
    Schools, county
    closed Monday
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    What would be better as a third
    grader than the opportunity to de-
    sign the city of their dreams and
    present it to their own city’s council
    members? And not just present, but
    have your ideas considered in future
    planning of your hometown? To the
    29 students of Brenham ISD Gate-
    way program at Alton Elementary,
    nothing could have been better. At
    least for one day.
    A special session of council was
    Thursday, when students learned
    about community development then
    broke into groups to create their
    own city.
    The sounds of laughter mixed
    with serious planning discussions
    filled the room.
    Council members and city staff in-
    teracted with each group to answer
    questions and encourage the plan-
    ning ideas.
    Daven Johnson brought chuckles
    to the room when he asked city lead-
    ership how the water system was
    handled and knowing it may require
    a lengthy description says, “It’s OK
    if it takes all day to answer. I’m here
    to listen.”
    “Today we had the wonderful op-
    portunity to engage our youth pop-
    ulation and learn from them in the
    city planning and community devel-
    opment context. It was refreshing
    to hear their perspective on what
    makes a great park, a great neigh-
    borhood, and a great community. I
    am thankful to have been involved
    in such a unique opportunity,” said
    Stephanie Doland, assistant direc-
    tor of Development Services.
    Einstein said, “Logic will take you
    from A to B. Imagination will take
    you everywhere.” Students modeled
    this today as they stretched their
    imaginations and put on their cre-
    ative hats to build a city that offered
    such amenities as a shopping mall,
    ice skating rink, paintball park,
    homeless shelter, lakes for fishing,
    an arcade, a dog park and even a
    shooting range.
    Their plans for dining includ-
    ed restaurants like Olive Garden,
    Chick-Fil-A, Freebirds, Fuddruck-
    ers, Popeyes, Cheddars, Cracker
    Barrel and Dave and Busters.
    “For our students, the future lead-
    ers of Brenham, this visit and special
    working session with the council
    members and leadership team was
    an invaluable learning experience,”
    said Kaylee Roznovsky, third grade
    Gateway teacher at Alton. “Not only
    do they better understand city plan-
    ning, they also were afforded the op-
    portunity to flex their creative mus-
    cles and share innovative ideas with
    Brenham’s current leaders.
    “The students have bought into
    being active in their community
    and are passionate about the ideas
    and planning shared at this special
    work session. Thank you, council
    members and Brenham leaders, for
    taking the time to work with our stu-
    dents, considering their input valu-
    able and creating a love of communi-
    ty in our students.”
    HERE & THERE
    Happy birthday today to
    SIMON CARTER; CHARLES
    MATHIS JR.; and DAVE
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    TODAY’S VERSE
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    summed up in a single com-
    mand: ‘Love your neighbor
    as yourself.’”
    Galatians 5:14
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    this evening followed by
    thunderstorms late. Low
    56. Winds SE at 5 to 10
    mph. Chance of rain 90%.
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    the morning will give way
    to mostly cloudy skies late.
    High 69. Winds W at 10 to 20
    mph. Chance of rain 90%.
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    mer Enron Corp. CEO
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    released from federal cus-
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    Skilling was discharged
    Thursday after serving
    12 years in prison and six
    months in a halfway house
    after being convicted for
    his actions that led to one
    of the worst corporate melt-
    downs in history.
    The 65-year-old was ini-
    tially sentenced in 2006
    to 24 years in prison and
    fined $45 million for mul-
    tiple counts of securities
    fraud, conspiracy and
    other crimes. In 2013, the
    sentence was reduced to 14
    years.
    Houston-based Enron
    collapsed into bankrupt-
    cy in 2001 after years of
    illicit business deals and
    accounting tricks that put
    more than 5,000 people out
    of work, eliminated over
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    Feb. 21: 1.739 million gallons
    Rainfall this month: 1.84”.
    Rainfall this year: 6.87”.
    Average annual rainfall: 45.34”.
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    Alton students get
    chance to plan for city
    By Arthur Hahn
    [email protected]
    A financial company with offices
    around the country has purchased
    $3 million in certificates of obliga-
    tion issued by the city of Brenham.
    Council members Thursday ac-
    cepted a bid from FTN Financial
    Capital Markets for the debt issu-
    ance that will fund flood repairs and
    water line replacements.
    FTN was among eight companies
    bidding for the certificates. It had
    the lowest interest rate at 2.9 percent
    over a 20-year payback period.
    Garry Kimball of Specialized Pub-
    lic Finance, the city’s financial advi-
    sor on the debt issuance, said the low
    interest rate it received is an indica-
    tion of Brenham’s strong financial
    condition.
    “We’re pleased with the response,”
    he said. “A 2.9 percent fixed rate over
    a 20-year period is extremely attrac-
    tive.”
    The Standard & Poors rating agen-
    cy maintained the city’s AA-rating
    and commented on its “strong man-
    agement and good financial policies
    and practices,” said Kimball.
    When the debt issuance was first
    discussed, a 4 percent interest rate
    was estimated.
    “When we started this process,
    market rates were closer to 3 1/2 (per-
    cent), so we were hedging against
    the possibility of this continuing to
    rise,” he told council members. “For-
    tunately, they started to fall immedi-
    ately.”
    The 2.9 percent rate, compared to
    the 4 percent estimate, means the
    city will pay about $325,000 less in
    interest over the payback period,
    Kimball added.
    Brenham officials have said the
    debt issuance won’t affect the over-
    all tax rate. Kimball said that’s be-
    cause the city will pay off a total of
    $5 million in debt this year.
    “You’re borrowing a little over
    $3 million. You’re not borrowing as
    much as you’re paying off,” he said.
    Kimball said he began working
    with the city in 1994, it had a DDD+
    rating.
    “That’s four notches from where
    you are today,” he said.
    While it may appear the city’s debt
    has grown considerably, in reality it
    is in much better financial condition
    than it was in 1994, said Kimball.
    “In nominal terms, that may be
    true. But in terms of leverage (the
    amount of debt compared to the to-
    tal tax base), which is what markets
    look at ... your leverage is lower than
    it was 25 years ago,” he said.
    “I think that shows you’ve man-
    aged to keep up with the infrastruc-
    ture demands of the community, and
    yet the tax base has grown faster
    than your outstanding debt.”
    About half of the $3 million debt is-
    suance will fund street and drainage
    improvements for Burleson Street at
    Higgins Branch, Jefferson Street at
    Higgins Branch and on Industrial
    Boulevard. Those streets were heav-
    ily damaged by flooding in 2016.
    The remaining money will fund
    replacement of 2.7 miles of cast iron
    and asbestos concrete pipes in the
    water system.
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    Brenham OKs expanded use of ADUs
    By Arthur Hahn
    [email protected]
    The Brenham City Council has
    approved an amendment that will
    broaden the use accessory buildings
    for housing.
    The council’s action Thursday
    added a new definition for “acces-
    sory dwelling units (ADUs)” and
    allows them in residential zoning
    districts.
    ADUs, in the definition estab-
    lished, includes a guest house,
    “mother-in-law” quarters and ga-
    rage apartments.
    In the previous ordinance, only
    garage apartments were allowed.
    ADUs would be considered on an
    individual basis, requiring appli-
    cation for a special use permit that
    would go before the Planning & Zon-
    ing Commission and then the Bren-
    ham City Council.
    Stephanie Doland, assistant direc-
    tor of Development Services, said
    the units would also have to meet
    on-site parking requirements and
    setback limits.
    The council also:
    • Heard reports from Police Chief
    Allwin Barrow on the 2018 crime
    report and the department’s racial
    profiling, use of force and pursuit
    statistics.
    Barrow said use of force statis-
    tics in 2018 showed 11 instances in
    which a weapon was pointed, three
    in which a Taser was pointed or
    used, four cases of “weaponless” use
    of force and one instance in which
    pepper spray was used.
    Barrow called those numbers
    “phenomenal” and told council
    members that use of force a self-de-
    fense mechanism.
    “It’s our use of self-defense for the
    officer’s safety,” he said.
    Barrow also said the department
    was involved in four vehicle pur-
    suits in 2018, none of which resulted
    in damage to any police units or in-
    juries to officers.
    • Approved a new fee schedule for
    the city’s Animal Control Services.
    The new schedule establishes a
    “surrender” fee for the first time,
    setting it at $25. There had previous-
    ly been no charge for dogs and cats
    brought to the shelter.
    In a report to the council, animal
    services director Allison Harper
    said, “Many people use the shelter
    as a way to get rid of their unwant-
    ed kittens/pets. They need to be en-
    couraged to spay/neuter their pets,
    and hopefully having a fee would
    give us a tool by which to educate the
    public on spay/neuter.”
    It also raises the adoption fee from
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    Susan Nienstedt, city of Brenham human resources manager; Fire Chief
    Ricky Boeker (center) and council member Clint Kolby hear ideas from
    Alton Elementary students on where to best put facilities like a police
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    BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ
    [email protected]
    EAGLE LAKE – Months of un-
    certainty and false-starts in the
    city of Eagle Lake’s search for
    a new police chief ended last
    Tuesday night, with the ap-
    pointment of Eagle Lake native
    Frank Briscoe as the city’s top
    law enforcement officer.
    Briscoe’s first day on the job
    is tomorrow (Nov. 1).
    Briscoe, who says he is a big
    believer in community policing
    and keeping officers visible
    and on the streets, was born
    and raised in Eagle Lake, and
    graduated from Rice Consoli-
    dated High School in 1974.
    No stranger to law enforce-
    ment, Briscoe was employed
    by the Harris County Con-
    stable, Precinct 5, where he
    served as both a lieutenant
    and a seargent. He supervised
    more than 35 deputies. His
    office was responsible for the
    BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ
    [email protected]
    COLUMBUS – Evan Her-
    chek was presented the Eagle
    Scout rank—the highest rank
    for boys in the Boy Scouts of
    America—during a court of
    honor ceremony Saturday in
    Columbus.
    Herchek, of Columbus, is
    the 53rd young man to be
    awarded the honor in the 73-
    year history of Columbus’ Boy
    Scout Troop 312. He is the son
    of Billy and Beth Herchek.
    Earning the rank of Eagle
    Scout requires scouts to earn
    a specific number of mer-
    it badges—including certain
    badges off a specified list—
    and to complete a service
    project.
    For his service project, Her-
    chek, a senior at Columbus
    High School, raised funds for,
    purchased, and installed play-
    ground equipment at the city
    of Columbus’ Cardinal Park
    near Columbus High School.
    Herchek said he got the idea
    for the project while attend-
    ing the St. Anthony Catholic
    Church picnic in 2016.
    “I was sitting across from
    some friends of my parents,
    and they mentioned how they
    would love for there to be a
    new place for kids to play,
    with Midtown park being in
    the hot sun, and I thought
    that would be a great idea for
    a project, “ Herchek told The
    Citizen.
    He said raising the funds
    was the most difficult of the
    project. Herchek had to raise
    in excess of $20,000 for the
    equipment.
    “I had to spend my summer
    going to a lot of things—club
    meetings, and businesses, but
    it all paid off,” he said.
    He said scouting has helped
    him become a “much better
    person, more organized,” by
    living by the Scout Oath and
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    Around Eagle Lake ..............................8B
    Around The County ..............................6A
    Around Weimar ...................................9A
    Arts & Leisure ......................................1B
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    Obituaries ...................................2A, 20A
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    at Veterans’ Memorial Field in Altair Friday night. The district recognized veterans before last week’s home football game.
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    Citizen | Vince Leibowitz
    Eagle Lake native Frank Briscoe
    was named Eagle Lake’s police
    chief last Tuesday, with his fi rst
    day on the job set for tomorrow.
    Citizen | Vince Leibowitz
    Billy Herchek adorns his son, Evan, with an Eagle Scout Neckerchief as
    part of Evan’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor Saturday in Columbus.
    BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ
    [email protected]
    COLORADO COUNTY – The
    deadline for applications for
    the Colorado County Sheriff’s
    Department’s Deputy Santa
    program is Friday, Nov. 16 at 5
    p.m., Colorado County Sheriff
    R.H. “Curly” Wied announced
    Monday.
    The deadline for members of
    the public to donate toys for
    distribution to needy children
    is Dec. 7, said Lt. Troy Neisner
    with the Colorado County Sher-
    iff’s Office.
    The department is currently
    making contact to begin col-
    lecting information on under-
    privileged children in Colorado
    County in anticipation of the
    event.
    Toy donations needed by Dec. 7
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    A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO
    I New traditions
    I Lawn & pasture care
    I Planting ideas
    I Roof care
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    FALL 2018
    Fall Home &
    Family
    Check out our Fall Home
    & Family section in this
    week’s newspaper for
    great home and garden
    ideas for fall.
    SECTION C
    Rice salutes
    veterans
    Rice Consolidated
    Independent School
    District saluted its
    veterans last week prior to
    the Raiders game against
    Hitchcock. Find this
    and information on the
    Raiders/Cardinals game
    this Friday in SPORTS.
    11A-14A
    Live Oaks, Dead
    Folks Saturday
    Nesbitt Memorial
    Library’s popular
    cemetery tour is back for
    its 16th run on Saturday.
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    LEISURE.
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    BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ
    [email protected]
    WEIMAR – Weimar City Man-
    ager Mike Barrow told the Wei-
    mar City Council last Thursday
    afternoon it may be time for
    them to consider giving up on
    the city’s pool.
    At this point it, just seems
    more and more that we are
    trying to fit a square peg in a
    round hole,” Barrow told the
    council.
    Late last year, the city coun-
    cil rejected the sole bid they
    received for pool renovations
    and a splash pad as unquali-
    fied.
    He told the council that once
    a certain dollar amount of work
    is done on the pool, they must
    then bring restrooms and other
    things up to current code.
    He told the council it may
    be time to, “think about going
    back to abandoning the pool
    and building a spray pad that
    would be free to everyone from
    March through October.”
    Weimar’s pool project has
    been a source of contention in
    this western Colorado County
    City for more than a year. Last
    year, the council approved a
    pared-down pool and splash
    pad project, after previous
    plans examined in 2017 ex-
    ceeded cost expectations.
    When that project was bid
    out last year, only one bidder
    submitted a bid.
    Barrow told the council the
    city’s project wasn’t large
    enough in terms of cost to at-
    tract many pool companies,
    who are already busy with larg-
    er municipal projects across
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    A Look Back ..............................................3
    Applause ..................................................5
    Around Columbus .....................................8
    Around Weimar ........................................9
    Around Eagle Lake ..................................10
    Around The County ...................................6
    Church Page ............................................16
    Classifi ed ...........................................21-22
    Courts & Police ........................................17
    Obituaries .................................................2
    Sports ...............................................13-15
    Viewpoints ...............................................4
    Youth & Education ..................................12
    Water, fi ltration
    issues top council
    agenda
    Water issues from issues
    with the city’s new  ltration
    system to upcoming
    projects took center stage at
    the Columbus City Council
    meeting Monday night, 8.
    Community policing
    in action
    Eagle Lake police
    chief Frank Briscoe
    recently visited the local
    intermediate school, 9.
    One hundred years ago this
    week, Cicero Howard was
    laid to rest. Who was he?
    Find out, 3.
    AROUND COLUMBUS
    AROUND EAGLE LAKE
    A LOOK BACK
    ALSO INSIDE
    Course to get new
    cart sheds
    The Weimar City Council
    voted last week to build
    new cart sheds at the city’s
    golf course, 10.
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    MANAGER TO WEIMAR COUNCIL: CONSIDER
    RODEO ART SEASON BEGINS
    Citizen | Vince Leibowitz
    Brock Polak a freshman at Rice Consolidated High School, left, points at a painting he made of a combine and
    some farmers last Thursday night at Rice Consolidated Independent School District’s fi rst Raider Night Out, which
    featured artwork made by students for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Western Art Competition as se-
    noor Connor Schulman listens.
    New Bileau native sees century mark
    CISD renews
    Morris until ’23
    26th MLK
    March set
    Monday
    Citizen | Michelle Banse Stokes
    The Weimar Municipal Pool as seen Friday morning. The pool and renovation
    plans have been a source of controvery in the city for over a year.
    BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ
    [email protected]
    WEIMAR – When Weimar
    resident Ellyn Stryk was born,
    World War I had just ended, the
    United States hadn’t yet seen
    the height of the Roaring ’20s,
    and the Great Depression was
    still more than a decade away.
    Stryk passed the century
    mark Dec. 30, celebrating her
    100th birthday with family and
    friends at Parkview Manor in
    Weimar.
    “We walked or we rode horse-
    back [to school] when it was re-
    ally cold, so we could get there
    faster,” Stryk recalled last week.
    She was one of four sisters–
    and was herself a twin. Her sis-
    ters, Selma, Esther, Nora, and
    her twin sister Helen grew up
    together.
    The family farmed cotton at
    New Bileau.
    “We had a big sack, and
    we had to stick the cotton in
    there,” Stryk recalled. When
    they would get to the end
    of a row, they would have it
    weighed.
    Although her parents spoke
    German, the children in the
    family weren’t trained to speak
    the language, Stryk said.
    She also recalls the time her
    dad went to town to sell a bale
    of cotton, and came back with a
    brand new transistor radio.
    “We played baseball or rode
    bicycles,” for entertainment as
    children, she said.
    At home, the family would
    crank up their Victrola record
    player, and dance in their par-
    lor.
    Stryk worked as a homemak-
    er, and later worked for the Mc-
    Call Sanders Egg Company.
    “I graded eggs for them,”
    Stryk said.
    She later worked as a nurses
    aid at Parkview Manor for 14
    years, when it was a retirement
    home. She had a reputation as
    a kind person whom the resi-
    dents dearly loved.
    An excellent seamstress, she
    always made her daughters a
    surprise dress for Christmas.
    Her first husband, Emil
    Helmcamp, passed away some
    years ago, and she remarried
    William Stryk, who lived until
    he was 90.
    Stryk has four daughters,
    two step-daughters, one step-
    son, 12 grandchildren, 11 great
    COLUMBUS – The march is
    on and plans are rapidly com-
    ing to fruition for Columbus’
    26th annual Martin Luther King
    Day celebration and festivities
    Monday, Jan. 21.
    The traditional march begins
    at 10 a.m. at Mid-Town Park
    and proceeds down Dewees
    Street to Rampart Street and fi-
    nally to St. Paul’s United Meth-
    odist Church.
    A brief prayer will be recited
    prior the march; a program will
    be conducted at the church fol-
    lowing the march.
    Organizers for the event said
    at press time that the featured
    speakers have not been con-
    firmed as of Monday afternoon.
    Free snacks and games, as
    well as a bounce house for
    the youth are set to be part of
    the fun and festivities at the
    church.
    BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ
    [email protected]
    COLUMBUS – Columbus In-
    dependent School District will
    continue under the leadership
    of Dr. Brian Morris until the
    end of the 2023 school year fol-
    lowing a vote by
    the Columbus In-
    dependent School
    District Board of
    Trustees Monday
    night to extend
    Morris’ contract.
    Morris was also
    given a two per-
    cent pay raise, making his sala-
    ry $126,480 effective July 1.
    Morris told The Citizen he
    had a number of things he’d
    like to accomplish during over
    the next several years.
    Morris
    ■ SEE PARADE ROUTE MAP, 7
    ■ MORRIS, 7
    ■ STRYK, 7
    Citizen | Vince Leibowitz
    Ellyn Helmcamp Stryk turned 100 years old on Dec. 30, 2018. She grew up
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    By Megan Hempel
    Daily Sun
    Navarro County Commissioners
    Court unanimously approved the cre-
    ation of a Reinvestment Zone and sub-
    sequent tax abatement encompassing
    more than 3,000 acres in Navarro
    County following a public hearing at
    its Mon., April 22 meeting.
    Economic Development Director
    John Boswell explained that the rein-
    vestment zone will span approximate-
    ly 2,241 acres, including land previ-
    ously approved by Commissioners in
    October of 2018, in addition to 885
    From Staff
    Reports
    The Corsicana
    Airsho welcomes the
    exciting 2014
    International Aerobatic
    Club National
    Champion, the Curt
    Richmond Airshows
    featuring a Pitts
    Special and a
    Motorcycle. The Pitts
    S-2B is a two-seat aer-
    obatic biplane. It is
    powered by a 6-cylin-
    der 260 horsepower
    Lycoming engine.
    There have been some
    modification to the air-
    craft to enhance the
    performance.
    Richmond has been
    From Staff Reports
    The Lions Club of Corsicana
    hosted its Oil Town Minithon,
    Saturday, April 20 at the YMCA.
    The annual 1k/5k kicked off a
    week of Derrick Days events and
    raised money for the Lions Club
    charities.
    The overall winner for the male
    division in the 5k was Lavaro
    Perez and the overall winner in
    the women’s' division was
    Whitney Bugg.
    Kaylee Kind earned the win-
    ning title in the 12 and under
    women's division and Abraham
    Cortez won in the male division.
    Second place went to Moses
    Cortez and third went to Bobby
    Warren.
    In the 13 to 20 division first
    place went to Gerardo Delgadillo;
    Grant Beason earned second place
    and third place went to Kyle
    Beason. No women competed.
    Lavaro Perez earned first place
    in the 21 to 39 male division.
    Nelson Grounds took second place
    and Richard Phillips earned third
    place. In the women's division,
    Whitney Bugg earned first place
    and second place went to Carina
    Gartias. Celia Quiroz took home
    PAGE: COMMENTARY
    Donʼt mess with Texas
    >> As Easter comes to an end and
    spring continues to unravel, our beautiful
    Texas blue bonnets keep on blossoming.
    Page 4
    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
    >> Never argue with stupid
    people, they will drag you down
    to their level and then beat you
    with experience.
    – Mark Twain
    TO SUBSCRIBE
    call 903-872-3931
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    By Sarah Allen
    Daily Sun
    A pickup truck struck a
    man who walked into traffic
    around 8:30 p.m. Sunday,
    April 21 between the 1100
    block of E. MLK Blvd and
    200 block of S. Benton St.
    PHI Air Medical trans-
    ported Richard Leon
    Meankins, 71, of Corsicana
    See MINITHON, Page 6
    See COUNTY, Page 6
    INSIDE >>
    Community Care Club to host giant
    garage sale April 27, Page 3
    corsicanadailysun.com Tuesday, April 23, 2019 75 Cents
    << GC Football: Hal Wasson era begins Tuesday Page 9
    Corsicana DailySun
    AREA
    Mayor proclaims Odd Fellows Week,
    Page 3
    Derrick Days Festival 2019
    Daily Sun photo/ Ron Farmer
    Police responded to an accident involving a pedestrian Sunday, April 21 in the 1100 block of MLK Blvd.
    Derrick Days underway
    Oil Town Minithon kicks off annual heritage festival
    Exciting new event to open Airsho
    County
    clears way
    for solar
    project
    Daily Sun photo/ Ron Farmer
    The Corsicana Lions Club hosted its Minithon at the YMCA Saturday, April 20.
    Courtesy photo
    Index
    • Classifieds Pages 9-10
    • Lifestyles Page 5
    • Local Beat Page 2
    • Opinion Page 4
    • Sports Pages 7-8
    • Weather Page 2
    Pickup strikes man, leaving him hospitalized
























    See AIRSHO, Page 6
    Corsicana Airsho
    Gates open
    at 8:30 a.m.
    Saturday, May 11
    Corsicana
    Municipal Airport
    From Staff Reports
    An unnamed third grade teacher has
    been placed on administrative leave as
    Corsicana Independent School district
    launches an investigation into allegations
    of inappropriate behavior.
    A letter circulated throughout the dis-
    trict April 17, signed by Corsicana ISD
    Chief Executive Officer Billy Harlan and
    Sam Houston Elementary Principal
    Tracey Jordan, notified parents of the
    teacher's removal from the classroom and
    Elementary
    teacher
    placed
    on leave
    See TEACHER, Page 6
    See TRUCK, Page 6
    District investigates
    recent allegations
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    Update on Faith
    Index
    • Classifieds Pages 11-12
    • Lifestyles Page 13
    • Local Beat Page 2
    • Opinion Page 4
    • Sports Pages 9-10
    • Weather Page 2
    PAGE: COMMENTARY
    The hunt for Easterʼs origin
    >> The origins of Easter usually date
    back to stories from the Bible, when Jesus
    Christ was killed and resurrected for the
    salvation and sins of man-kind. Page 4
    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
    >> Laziness may appear
    attractive, but work gives
    satisfaction.
    – Anne Frank
    TO SUBSCRIBE
    call 903-872-3931
    corsicanadailysun.com
    NCSO arrests violent wanted
    fugitive from San Antonio
    By Michael Kormos
    Daily Sun
    The Navarro County Sheriff’s
    Office apprehended a violent
    wanted fugitive Thursday after-
    noon in a remote area off
    NWCR 4450 near Frost.
    According to Navarro County
    Sheriff Elmer Tanner, five mem-
    bers of NCSO Tactical Team,
    assisted by two patrol units,
    arrested Lino Ramirez, 40, of
    San Antonio, without incident.
    Ramirez was accused of beat-
    ing a woman in front of a Bexar
    County residence leaving
    injuries to her body and face,
    including several stab wounds.
    According to FOX San
    Antonio: “Bexar County Sheriff's
    Office deputies were dispatched
    in April for a disturbance in
    See SUSPECT, Page 3
    AREA
    The Navarro County Youth Expo
    donated two processed hogs to the
    Navarro County Food Pantry,
    Page 3
    corsicanadailysun.com Saturday, April 20, 2019 $1.50
    CHS Baseball: Tigers beat Midlothian
    9-2 to clinch playoff berth Page 9 >>
    Corsicana DailySun
    Photo courtesy of NCSO
    Lino Ramirez, 40, of San Antonio.
    Grand Jury no
    bills student
    dragging case
    By Sarah Allen
    Daily Sun
    The Navarro County Grand Jury met
    for March and returned 77 indictments
    against 56 individuals.
    A Corsicana Independent School District
    aide from Carroll Elementary was no
    billed, which means the Grand Jury decid-
    See TEACHERʼS, Page 14
    Hopping into Easter
    Boys and Girls
    Club hosts
    Easter egg hunt
    By James Page
    Daily Sun
    Easter is the time of year where
    new beginnings and the resurrec-
    tion or Christ are celebrated around
    the globe.
    The Boys and Girls Club of
    Navarro County celebrated with it's
    own Easter party, Thursday April
    18, at it's headquarters located at
    1000 G.W. Jackson Ave.
    Crafts, food, games, face paint
    and an egg hunt were set-up for to
    the youth members to enjoy.
    The children looked like they
    had a good time as they danced and
    played games with one another.
    The club is always looking for
    good people to volunteer their time.
    If you are interested in donating
    or volunteering at the Boys and
    Girls Club of Navarro County be
    sure to contact them at: (903) 872-
    9231 or by email: bgcnav-
    [email protected]
    Daily Sun photos/James Page
    By Michael
    Kormos
    Daily Sun
    Faith Beamon,
    18, the young moth-
    er who was in a hor-
    rible car accident
    while on her way to
    See BEAMON,
    Page 14
    • More photos on Page 16
    Early voting starts Monday: See profiles on Navarro College and Corsicana ISD candidates on page 5, 6 and 7
    Billy ʻToddʼ McGraw George Procter-Smith John Avila Jamie Roman Ramon ʻBamʼ Thomas
    Navarro College Board of Trustees Corsicana Independent School District
    General Election
    for cities, schools
    and college board
    Saturday, May 4
    Early voting
    starts Monday,
    April 22
    Daily Sun photo/Ron Farmer
    Faith Beamon came home Tuesday with par-
    ents Brian and Christie by her side.
    To help:
    GoFundMe,
    enter Faith
    Beamon,
    Account at
    Community National
    Bank and Trust,
    Christie
    Beamon/Benefit
    for Faith Beamon
    • Report child sex abuse 4
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    The Farmersville Times
    Serving Farmersville and East Collin County Since 1885
    • Farmersville, Texas, Thursday, September 27, 2018 • 2 Sections, 10 Pages $1.00
    Farmersville Football takes on visiting liFe Waxahachie Friday – sports, 1b
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    Issue 43
    Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . .3B
    Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . .. .3A
    Opinion . . . . . . . . . ... . . .4A
    Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . 3B
    Sports . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 1B
    InsIde thIs Issue
    Lake Lavon Levels
    Normal – 492
    494.70 ft
    as of 09/25/18
    Lake Jim Chapman
    Normal 440 – Current
    438.37 ft
    Source: US Army Corps of Engineers
    © Copyright 2018. All Rights Reserved.
    C&S Media Publications
    Courtesy Collin County Sheriff’s Office
    A Kansas City Southern railroad train was derailed Friday, Sept. 21 as a result of flooding. More than 12 inches of rain fell over the weekend.
    Additional photos page 6A.
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    A train derailment occurred
    and multiple roads were closed
    after more than 12 inches of
    rain fell over the weekend in
    the Farmersville area.
    It was all hands on deck Fri-
    day, Sept. 21 around 11 p.m.
    when a Kansas City Southern
    train en route from Shreveport
    to Dallas derailed two loco-
    motives and 11 rail cars near
    County Road 605 and County
    Road 558 outside Farmersville.
    According to information
    released from KCS railroad, no
    one was injured in the derail-
    ment.
    A small amount of diesel
    fuel leaked from one of the lo-
    comotives and is being remedi-
    ated by the company. A tank
    car spilled non-hazmat brake
    fluid while other cars spilled
    steel plates.
    The rail line was closed to
    train traffic until 2 a.m. Sun-
    day, Sept. 23 and further clean
    up is in progress.
    The cause of the derailment
    is under investigation, KCS
    representatives stated.
    Flooding, along with wind
    and thunderstorms, created
    other issues for Farmersville
    including an hour long power
    outage in the city and a 6-inch
    water line breaking behind
    H&H Storage on the corner
    of Hwy. 78 and Farmersville
    Pkwy.
    According to City Manager
    Ben White an alert about wa-
    ter usage was sent out as a pre-
    caution since the water tower
    See TRAIN page 6A
    Deluge creates closures, train derailment
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    A three-year battle to restrict
    the use of a 34-acre tract of land
    for an Islamic cemetery ended
    last Thursday.
    In a special meeting Thurs-
    day, Sept. 20 Farmersville City
    Council unanimously approved
    a settlement with the Islamic
    Association of Collin County
    which will allow the group to
    move forward with its develop-
    ment of the property.
    The land overlooks Lake La-
    von and is in the city’s extra-
    territorial jurisdiction located
    along Hwy. 380 and CR 557.
    The city’s attempts to block
    the cemetery ended after it ap-
    proved the settlement, reversed
    last year’s decision to disap-
    prove the tract’s preliminary
    plat and approved the prelimi-
    nary plat.
    The settlement states the city
    will approve the final plat with-
    in 21 days after submission as
    long as it meets all of the city’s
    requirements.
    IACC did not ask for any
    money to be reimbursed by the
    city, including their legal fees.
    The settlement agreement also
    includes a release of claims
    from the IACC against the city.
    According to First Liberty
    Institute, a Plano based non-
    profit group that specializes
    in religious liberty cases, the
    settlement will allow IACC to
    move forward with the platting
    process “without fear that there
    will continue to be religious lib-
    erty violations.”
    In a press release from First
    Liberty, Chelsey Youman, coun-
    sel for the organization said
    “Religious liberty in America
    includes the rights of landown-
    ers to use their land for religious
    purposes, including burial in
    accordance with religious tradi-
    tion.
    “Politicians in Farmersville
    would have spent thousands of
    See CEMETERY page 5A
    Islamic cemetery approved by council
    Lindsay Bain/The Farmersville Times
    Preparing for set up
    Farmersville’s Jordan Davis prepares to set the ball up at the net against Community
    last Friday in the District 13-4A opener. The Lady Farmers won the match in five sets.
    For the story and additional photos see this week’s Sports. Additional photos at farmer-
    svilletimes.com.
    By Morgan Howard
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    School board members
    voted on a set of goals for the
    new school year.
    At a meeting Monday,
    Sept. 24, the board approved
    S.M.A.R.T. goals. School dis-
    trict employees will work to
    achieve all objectives by the
    end of the 2018-’19 school
    year.
    S.M.A.R.T. stands for
    “Specific,” “Measurable,”
    “Attainable,” “Relevant”
    and “Time-bound.” These at-
    tributes are intended to keep
    FISD on track with improving
    schools.
    Two specific goals are
    increasing student profi-
    ciency in reading and math.
    Board members hope the
    S.M.A.R.T. outline will help
    teachers better prepare stu-
    dents for standardized testing.
    “Every kid needs to get
    better,” Superintendent Jeff
    Adams said. “We shouldn’t
    sit in a classroom all day and
    not get better. We want to see
    improvement. They’ve got
    to get better than what they
    were.”
    The board also voted to ap-
    prove a memorial plaque in
    honor of Glenn McClain, who
    died in August.
    The plaque will highlight
    McClain’s service as a school
    board member and football
    game announcer. It will be lo-
    cated near the concession area
    in Fightin’ Farmer Stadium.
    McClain’s seat in the
    school board will remain va-
    cant until the May 2019 elec-
    tion.
    According to new state
    guidelines handed down,
    board members must receive
    their required training by the
    See SCHOOL page 2A
    School board sets
    goals for school year
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    Those interested in being a
    vendor for Old Time Saturday
    only have a short amount of
    time left to apply.
    One of the highlights of
    OTS, scheduled for Saturday,
    Oct. 6, is the vendors that pro-
    vide good eats, tasty treats and
    fun shopping.
    Vendors have until Wednes-
    day, Oct. 3 to reserve their
    spots. Booth spaces that sur-
    round the Onion Shed are avail-
    able for food, arts and crafts
    and service related vendors.
    Spaces range from $50 to
    $160 and can include electricity
    for an additional cost.
    Vendor applications are
    available online at www.farm-
    ersvilletx.com. For more infor-
    mation regarding vendors con-
    tact Cynthia Craddock-Clark at
    469-422-2261.
    Many other activities are also
    included in Old Time Saturday
    including the annual East-
    ern Star Pancake Breakfast at
    Farmersville High School from
    7 a.m. until 11 a.m.
    Tickets are $8 each and will
    include pancakes, sausage,
    juice, milk or coffee. Kids un-
    der 2 eat free accompanied by
    an adult.
    Tickets are available in ad-
    vance from any Eastern Star
    member or the day of the event
    at the high school.
    To burn off the calories from
    the pancake breakfast, there
    will be the annual Audie Mur-
    phy Hero 5K run from 7:30
    a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
    The run will start at Farm-
    ersville Heritage Museum.
    See OTS page 2A
    Vendor
    deadline
    Oct. 3 for
    OTS

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  26. America’s Page One
    Serving Farmersville and East Collin County Since 1885
    • Farmersville, Texas, Thursday, February 28, 2019 • 2 Sections, 10 Pages $1.00
    The Farmersville Times
    Volume 133
    Issue 13
    © Copyright 2019. All Rights Reserved.
    C&S Media Publications
    Lake Lavon Levels
    Normal – 492
    492.52 ft
    as of 2/26/19
    Lake Jim Chapman
    Normal 440 – Current
    440.54 ft
    Source: US Army Corps of Engineers
    In thIs Issue
    Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . .3B
    Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . .. .3A
    Opinion . . . . . . . . . ... . . .4A
    Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . 4B
    Sports . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 1B
    Contact us at:
    972-442-5515 or
    [email protected]
    www.farmersvilletimes.com
    UPCOMING
    CALENDAR
    Farmersville soFtball picks up non-district wins – sports, 1b
    Saturday, March 2: 9 a.m.
    to 3 p.m., Farmers and Fleas,
    Onion Shed
    Thursday, March 7: 4:30
    p.m. City Amenities Board
    meeting, City Hall
    Monday, March 11: 4:30
    p.m. Main Street Board meet-
    ing, City Hall
    Monday, March 11: 6 p.m.,
    Farmersville Community De-
    velopment Corp. Board meet-
    ing, City Hall
    Wyndi Veigel/The Farmersville Times
    Above, friends enjoy time together at the annual Farmersville His-
    torical Society Luncheon Saturday, Feb. 23. From left is Bettye Pe-
    tree, Rebecca Petree, Doris Happle and Ali Harris. Right, Phoebe
    Attaway swirls her skirt as she models historic loungewear in the
    society’s annual fashion show. Photos page 6A.
    Historic times
    Annual style show, luncheon garners profits
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    A luncheon full of lounging took
    place Saturday, Feb. 23 as the Farm-
    ersville Historical Society’s annual
    style show and luncheon took place.
    During the style show, historic
    women’s loungewear from Henson-
    Kickernick, a Greenville based fam-
    ily-owned company was presented.
    The style show went through the
    eras of beautiful sleepwear spanning
    from 1924 into the 1970s.
    “For nearly 40 years, discrimi-
    nating women and the fine stores
    throughout the nation looked
    to Henson-Kickernick
    to set the fashion in
    loungewear,” Su-
    san Lanning, the
    Executive Di-
    rector of the
    Audie Mur-
    phy American
    Cotton Museum of
    Greenville, said.
    See STYLE page 6A
    In a close play at the plate Randy Johnson tags the Bells baserunner for the out last
    Thursday during the Farmersville Invitational. For the story and additional photos see
    this week’s Sports and farmersvilletimes.com.
    Victor Tapia/The Farmersville Times
    Out or safe?
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    After a double fatality fire
    impacted the community last
    week, the Farmersville Fire De-
    partment is taking additional
    steps to prevent future deaths.
    Thanks to the generosity of
    an anonymous donor, the Del
    and Betty Sergent Memorial
    Smoke Detector Fund has been
    established with a $1,000 dona-
    tion.
    “The death of Del and Betty
    Sergent was extremely tragic
    to their family and those of the
    Farmersville community. The
    couple were long-term residents
    of the city and lived in a very
    modest home on Maple Street,”
    Fire Chief Kim Morris said.
    According to information re-
    leased by the Farmersville Fire
    Department, at 4 a.m. Feb. 19
    a 911 call was made to Collin
    County Dispatch that the Ser-
    gent’s home was on fire. Law
    enforcement personnel were the
    first on the scene and were told
    that the couple had not emerged
    from the house.
    Officers broke out a window
    See SERGENT page 5A
    Smoke
    alarm
    fund
    formed
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    A slew of candidates have
    filed for the May 4 election
    for city council and school
    board including newcomer to
    the area, Dwain Mathers who
    is running against incumbent
    Todd Rolen for Place 5.
    Professionally, Mathers is a
    pilot for American Airlines and
    currently flies internationally to
    Beijing, Paris and Seoul among
    other popular destinations.
    His educational background
    includes graduating from the
    University of Alabama with a
    degree in aerospace engineer-
    ing and a commission as a Sec-
    ond Lieutenant.
    Following his commission,
    he spent seven years on active
    duty with the U.S. Air Force
    and 10 years with the Air Na-
    tional Guard flying missions as
    a fighter pilot throughout Eu-
    rope and the Middle East.
    While still in the Air Nation-
    al Guard, in 1986 Mathers be-
    came a commercial pilot with
    American Airlines where he
    has spent the past 32 years.
    Mathers and his wife, Al-
    lison, recently came to Farm-
    ersville and purchased the
    Murchison Honaker House on
    College Street.
    Since moving here, Mathers
    said he and his wife have been
    welcomed and have genuinely
    felt at home in the community.
    “I feel that my military ex-
    perience and leadership skills
    are a good fit for meeting the
    kinds of challenges and op-
    portunities that Farmersville
    faces at the moment. I believe
    public service is about servant
    leadership, which means that
    your decisions should serve the
    community first, and I also be-
    lieve that when a city confronts
    change the most important
    thing is for leaders to unite, not
    divide, people,” he said.
    The issue that Mathers be-
    lieves is the most pressing is
    reconciling growth and the
    small-town feel.
    “I’ve been here long enough
    to know that people here feel
    that the most important issue
    facing Farmersville is the pos-
    sibility of being unprepared for
    growth that is on the horizon.
    Being located in one of the fast-
    est growing counties in Texas,
    this city has the opportunity to
    not only grow but to grow sus-
    tainably and harmoniously,” he
    said.
    If he is elected, Mathers
    said that he will work on this
    issue by improving communi-
    cation by allowing the people
    of Farmersville to have a say
    about how their city will grow
    and change.
    “In practice, that means tak-
    ing seriously my responsibility
    to listen to the input of citizens’
    concerns, bringing together
    ideas, and being a problem
    solver that uses innovative
    policy solutions to better this
    community’s infrastructure,
    schools, business climate, and
    other facets of life in Farmers-
    ville where the city council can
    make an impact,” he said.
    Mathers is supported is his
    See RACES page 2A
    Newcomer files against incumbent for council race
    Board talks school
    calendar dates
    By Morgan Howard
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Plans for the 2019-20
    school year are already un-
    derway.
    The Farmersville ISD
    School Board unanimously
    approved the year’s cal-
    endar during their regular
    meeting Monday, Feb. 25.
    The first day of school
    will be Aug. 14 and last
    day May 21, 2020. Breaks
    are planned for Sept. 2
    (Labor Day), Oct. 14 (Fair
    Day), Nov. 25-29 (Thanks-
    giving), Dec. 20-Jan. 6
    (Christmas), Jan. 20 (Mar-
    tin Luther King, Jr. Day),
    Feb. 17 (Presidents’ Day),
    March 9-13 (Spring Break)
    and April 10 (Good Fri-
    day).
    Staff development days
    will be Aug. 5-13, Sept.
    23, Nov. 4, Jan. 7, Feb. 14,
    March 6, May 22 and May
    26-28. School employees
    will have May 25 off for
    Memorial Day.
    According to Superin-
    tendent Jeff Adams, FISD
    is going on its fifth year of
    not having to utilize snow
    days.
    Further plans for the
    2019-20 year included
    endorsing a construction
    management pathway at
    Farmersville High School.
    New classes will include
    Construction Technology
    I, Electrical Technology I,
    Plumbing Technology I and
    Masonry Technology I.
    The board also approved
    See BOARD page 2A
    The monthly Farmers and
    Fleas market will be held from 9
    a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March
    2 at the Onion Shed.
    Farmers and Fleas features
    fresh produce, plants, food,
    crafts, collectibles, jewelry and
    more.
    The market was established
    to assist sellers in the direct
    marketing of their products, and
    to attract customers to down-
    town Farmersville.
    It is the city’s version of a
    ‘trades days’ market.
    For more information call
    972-784-6846.
    Farmers and Fleas
    this Saturday
    A community-wide CPR/
    AED and basic first aid class
    is being offered from 6 p.m. to
    10 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the
    Civic Center.
    Training is free but there is a
    $30.00 fee, from American Red
    Cross for the certification.
    Registration can be done in
    person at the Farmersville Po-
    lice Department.
    The class will include Adult
    and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/
    AED training with local train-
    ers from the Farmersville Police
    and Fire Departments.
    For more information call the
    police department at 972-782-
    6141.
    Class size is limited and
    based on first come, first serve.
    CPR training
    held Friday, March 1
    The Collin County District
    Clerk has been barred indefi-
    nitely by the U.S. State Depart-
    ment from issuing new U.S.
    Passport applications.
    District Clerk Lynne Finley
    reported that State Department
    officials took the action because
    of a 5-year passport fraud inves-
    tigation. See page 5A
    District Clerk passport
    service halted

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  27. America’s Page One
    Serving Farmersville and East Collin County Since 1885
    • Farmersville, Texas, Thursday, February 21, 2019 • 2 Sections, 10 Pages $1.00
    The Farmersville Times
    Volume 133
    Issue 12
    © Copyright 2019. All Rights Reserved.
    C&S Media Publications
    Lake Lavon Levels
    Normal – 492
    492.49 ft
    as of 2/18/19
    Lake Jim Chapman
    Normal 440 – Current
    440.50 ft
    Source: US Army Corps of Engineers
    In thIs Issue
    Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . .3B
    Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . .. .3A
    Opinion . . . . . . . . . ... . . .4A
    Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . 4B
    Sports . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 1B
    Contact us at:
    972-442-5515 or
    [email protected]
    www.farmersvilletimes.com
    UPCOMING
    CALENDAR
    Farmersville soFtball opens season – sports, 1b
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    A contested race has de-
    veloped for the May 4 elec-
    tion both for Farmersville city
    council and Farmersville Inde-
    pendent School District Board
    of Trustees.
    On Farmersville ISD school
    board, both Tommy Monk and
    David Ketcher have filed for
    Place 5, which was formerly
    held by Glenn McClain.
    Ketcher, who is retired, has
    30 years in public education
    as a teacher, coach and a high
    school principal.
    He stated he is running
    because of his experiences
    give him the perspective
    of being both a teacher and
    an administrator.
    Monk is retired from Gar-
    land Power and Light. He cur-
    rently works for Crown Pools
    Company.
    He is running for school
    board to make a positive dif-
    ference in the community and
    leave the world a better place
    than he found it, he said. He
    also previously served on the
    school board from 2010 to
    2017.
    Brian Brazil has filed for
    Place 6 on the school board,
    which was previously held by
    Kenneth Roose who withdrew
    his application early in the fil-
    ing period.
    Brazil’s professional back-
    ground includes working at
    State Farm Insurance after
    graduating from Austin Col-
    lege. After seven years and
    multiple promotions at State
    Farm, he became the vice presi-
    dent of operations for a smaller
    insurance company, and then
    spent two years as the AVP of
    Sales for a telecommunications
    company.
    Brazil is running for the
    board because of his love of the
    community and wanting to give
    back to Farmersville.
    For Place 7, Jason McTee
    has filed. Incumbent and presi-
    dent of the school board, Jeff
    Hurst, did not seek reelection.
    Professionally, McTee has
    worked for ABB/Dodge for 10
    years as a sales engineer cover-
    ing East Texas and North Loui-
    siana. He has been in the power
    transmission industry for over
    20 years starting in production
    and working his way up to his
    current position.
    He is running for school
    board because though he has
    been a volunteer in myriad
    ways he believes it is time for
    him to focus on the education
    of local kids.
    For city council, a contested
    race has emerged for Place 5,
    which is currently held by Todd
    Rolen.
    Both Rolen and Dwain
    Mathers filed for this seat.
    Rolen, who is a warehouse
    manager and sales engineer,
    has lived and worked in Farm-
    ersville his entire life and is a
    1988 Farmersville High School
    graduate.
    “As a lifelong resident of
    Farmersville, I was fortunate
    to have so many help with my
    development. It was their giv-
    ing nature that shaped me into
    who am I today. It is imperative
    that others have the same op-
    portunity. For this, I would like
    to continue serving as a council
    member for the city that served
    me and my family,” he said.
    Rolen said the most impor-
    tant issue that Farmersville is
    facing is imminent growth and
    the path that the city will take
    to deal with the growth will be
    the biggest challenge.
    “Building and financing im-
    provements in infrastructure
    will be our biggest limiting
    factor. Infrastructure improve-
    ments will facilitate growth in
    all facets within our city. At
    this point, I don’t think we are
    See ELECTION page 5A
    Contested race develops on council, school board
    Wyndi Veigel/The Farmersville Times
    Investigators look into the cause of a deadly house fire on Maple Street that occurred in the early morn-
    ing hours of Tuesday, Feb. 19. For more photos see page 6A.
    Double fatality fire under investigation
    Former
    police
    officer
    arrested
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    A former Farmersville police of-
    ficer has been arrested on a felony
    drug charge by the Texas Rangers.
    Bradley Jason Dean, 33, of
    Greenville was arrested Feb. 7 by
    Hunt County Sheriff’s deputies on
    a warrant filed by Texas Ranger
    R e u b e n
    Mankin.
    T h e
    charges are
    for posses-
    sion of a
    controlled
    substance
    in penalty
    group 3,
    more than
    or equal to
    28 grams,
    less than 200 grams, which is a
    Third Degree felony.
    According to information in-
    cluded in the arrest warrant that
    was signed by Hunt County Justice
    of the Peace Sheila Linden, Mankin
    began conducting an investigation
    Aug. 29, 2018 into allegations that
    Dean was purchasing additional
    prescription medications, outside
    his prescribed amount, through an
    individual named Teri Trejo.
    Mankin was able to confirm
    it was happening, the document
    said, and that the transactions were
    See TEXAS page 2A
    Bradley
    Jason Dean
    Teens evade police,
    total car in wreck
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    A joyride turned danger-
    ous as two teens fled from
    Farmersville police Friday,
    Feb. 15.
    According to information
    released by Farmersville
    Police Lt. Marsha Phillips,
    two 16-year-old males from
    Princeton were traveling on
    Hwy. 380 close to Brook-
    shire’s when Patrol Officer
    Korey Redding clocked them
    for speeds over 100 mph in
    a white 2010 Nissan Altima.
    The teens fled from the
    officer after he attempted to
    initiate a traffic stop.
    Continuing down Hwy.
    380, the teens turned onto
    CR 559, the road that leads
    to the lake.
    The car wrecked on CR
    562 after hitting a tree.
    Both teens were taken to
    Medical City of McKinney
    and then released to their
    parents.
    Farmersville Police will be
    filing felony eluding charges
    on the driver of the vehicle
    and are investigating why the
    teens were carrying counter-
    feit currency with them.
    The driver suffered inju-
    ries to his knee and his nose
    from the airbag deployment
    See WRECK page 6A
    Wyndi Veigel/The Farmersville Times
    A car was totaled Friday, Feb. 15 after two 16-year-olds from Princeton slid into a tree
    while trying to evade Farmersville police officers.
    Boy Scout Troop 310 and
    Cub Pack 309 will pick up
    grocery bags at houses in
    Farmersville Saturday, Feb.23
    to collect non-perishable food
    items for the Farmersville
    Outreach Alliance Food Pan-
    try.
    Scouting For Food is an
    annual community service
    project done by scouts to help
    fully stock local food pantries.
    Most needed items include
    canned meats, peanut butter,
    canned fruits, beans, hearty
    soups, diapers, and baby for-
    mula.
    Filled bags need to be
    placed by front door for early
    pick up prior to 9 a.m. Satur-
    day, Feb. 23.
    Anyone who does not re-
    ceive a bag, may still donate
    by dropping items off in the
    box located at the family life
    building at theFirst United
    Methodist Church prior to
    Feb. 23.
    Scouting for food to
    be held Feb. 23
    Thursday, Feb. 21: 6:30
    p.m. Farmersville EDC meeting
    (4A), city hall, council cham-
    bers
    Monday, Feb. 25: 7 p.m.
    Farmersville ISD School Board
    meeting, Administration build-
    ing
    Tuesday, Feb. 26: 6 p.m.,
    Farmersville City Council, city
    hall
    Saturday, March 2: 9 a.m.
    to 3 p.m., Farmers and Fleas,
    Onion Shed
    Farmersville Historical
    Society luncheon Saturday
    The Farmersville Historical
    Society will host its annual
    luncheon and style show at 11
    a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the
    Farmersville High School.
    Tickets, which serve as
    the society’s main fund-
    raiser, are $20 and available
    for purchase at Dyer Drug
    Store, Main Street Antiques,
    Fiber Circle or at the door.
    One of the main high-
    lights will be a style show
    of historic women’s lounge-
    wear, presented by Henson-
    Kickernick, Inc.
    Other entertainment in-
    cludes a reading of Catharine
    Ingelman-Sundberg’s “The
    Little Old Lady that Broke
    all the Rules.” Book review-
    er Susan Boone will lead
    the discussion.
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    A house fire on Maple Street quick-
    ly turned deadly in the early morning
    hours of Tuesday, Feb. 19 for two el-
    derly individuals.
    According to information released
    by Farmersville Police Chief Mike
    Sullivan, longtime Farmersville resi-
    dents Delvin Sergent, 86, and Betty
    Sergent, 88, were found deceased
    within the structure.
    Immediate family members who
    responded to the scene are also from
    Farmersville.
    The initial 911 call came into Col-
    lin County Dispatch shortly after 4
    a.m. when a neighbor saw flames and
    called emergency services.
    Farmersville Police Officer Mag-
    gie Olvera and Collin County Deputy
    Jonathan McCann were the first on
    scene and saw the home that was fully
    engulfed by flames on one side.
    According to Sullivan, Olvera and
    the deputy saw a walker near one of
    the windows and broke a window to
    see if they could rescue a potential
    victim.
    They were unable to gain access to
    the home as was the fire department
    due to the home being engulfed by
    flames.
    As embers rained down throughout
    the neighborhood it quickly became
    evident that the fire was of a signifi-
    cant size and due to the proximity of
    the other houses, three other homes
    were evacuated.
    The fire department went defensive
    to keep the fire from spreading to ad-
    joining homes.
    Farmersville Fire Department
    and the Princeton Fire Department
    See FIRE page 6A

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    By Ken Esten Cooke
    Standard-Radio Post editor
    District 21 Congressman
    Chip Roy (R-Dripping
    Springs) told community
    leaders last Thursday at the
    Fredericksburg Convention
    and Visitor Bureau his first
    term started strangely but he
    is digging in to his new duties
    and focusing on conservative
    issues.
    “Getting up there and start-
    ing in the minority (party)
    and during a shutdown is not
    exactly what I envisioned,” he
    said. “But we’ve had an inter-
    esting three months with a lot
    of important issues.”
    Front and center for Roy is
    border security.
    “I’ll say in a nonpartisan
    way, that what our Congress
    is allowing to happen on the
    border — and the administra-
    tion, to some degree, frankly
    — is unconscionable,” Roy
    said, “in terms of the num-
    ber of people being allowed to
    flow across the border.”
    Roy said of 400,000 people
    coming to the border, just
    200,000 would be appre-
    hended. And of those, 90
    percent would be caught and
    released.
    “You can’t do that,” he said.
    “Even if one percent of this
    crowd is doing something not
    good or is tied to cartels or
    gangs or moving drugs, that’s
    a large number of people caus-
    ing problems. Meanwhile, it’s
    Fifteen feature films and 82 short films rep-
    resenting 12 countries along with panel discus-
    sions, closing night party and awards program
    and send-off reception will highlight the 10th
    Annual Hill Country Film Festival Thursday
    through Sunday, April 25-28.
    For the fourth consecutive year, the festi-
    val will screen short films fully produced and
    directed by high school and college student
    filmmakers.
    All screenings take
    place at Fritztown
    Cinema while eve-
    ning celebrations will
    be held at Ausländer
    Biergarten and
    Restaurant, West
    End Pizza and St.
    Joseph’s Halle.
    A Sunday Sendoff
    takes place at
    Pedernales Cellars at
    Stonewall.
    The event is pre-
    sented by the Hill
    Country Film
    Society, and a com-
    plete lineup can be
    found on the festival
    website at www.hill-
    countryff.com.
    The festival sched-
    ule is now available
    on the same website.
    Feature films
    The narrative feature films to be screened
    include:
    • “Adonis Complex” (d. Chad Werner, U.S.)
    • “Amanda and Jack Go Glamping” (d.
    Brandon Dickerson, U.S.) (special screening/
    out-of-competition).
    The special screening of “Amanda and Jack Go
    By Ken Esten Cooke
    Standard-Radio Post editor
    Fredericksburg Independent School District last
    Tuesday voted unanimously to weigh in against the
    proposed route of the Permian Highway Pipeline
    project, joining Harper ISD trustees, who came out
    against the project the night before.
    “One of the core pieces we are trying to fix is emi-
    nent domain,” said Heath Frantzen, a local activist
    working against the PHP, who addressed the board.
    “In Texas, we are a ‘quick take state,’ which means a
    landowner can be minding his own business, a con-
    demning authority can want to take the land under
    eminent domain, they can give him an initial offer,
    a final offer, and condemnation.”
    FISD and HISD joined the City of Fredericksburg
    and Gillespie County.
    “The landowner can be forced to give up his land
    without ever stepping foot in a courtroom, without
    ever litigating it,” said Frantzen, who also worked
    with the Texas Real Estate Advocacy and Defense
    Coalition (TREAD). “There is no due process in
    Texas — that’s why it’s called the ‘quick take state.’”
    Trustee Mark Cornett asked about accountability
    POSTAL MAIL LABEL SPACE
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    Run for Health:
    HCM Wildflower Run/
    Walk kicks off Saturday
    morning  A/B17
    Ambleside girls’ golf
    takes TAPPS state title
     A/B20
    Rancher, columnist
    says pipeline eminent
    domain unfair  D2
    fredericksburgstandard.com
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    WEATHER
    April 16-22, 2019
    Rainfall for this week ............. .75
    Rainfall for April .................. 1.48
    Rainfall for 2019 ................... 4.92
    Normal for Date .................. 7.12
    Same Date Last Year ........... 4.14
    Low — April 19,20 .................. 42
    High — April 17,18 ............... 84
    High Low Rain
    Tuesday 77 65
    Wednesday 84 53 .75
    Thursday 84 53
    Friday 72 42
    Saturday 71 42
    Sunday 81 61
    Monday 78 64
    Total Rain .75
    Courtesy Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park
    Burn ban is off for
    Gillespie County. Use
    caution and call 997-
    5603 for information.
    © 2019 Fredericksburg Publishing Co.
    Advertiser index......A2
    Ag/Outdoors ........... D7
    Business ................A6-7
    Classifieds ..........F10-11
    Commentary ........D2-3
    Community .............. D1
    Events calendar .......A2
    Gillespie Life ............ C1
    Jobs ....................F12-14
    Public notices .......E5-6
    Music ........................C3
    Obituaries ................D5
    Real estate .............E1-5
    Sports ................... B1-6
    Taste .........................C8
    TV/movies .............C4-7
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    U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 21
    New Rock & Vine focuses
    on entertainment, ecology
    and more  INSIDE
    INSIDE FREDERICKSBURG ISD
    ELECTIONS
    ROY ▶ A/B2
    ELECTION ▶ A/B9
    ALL GÜT THINGS ▶ A/B14
    Foundation delivers
    first education grants
    FOUNDATION ▶ A/B5
    FHS wraps up district
    title run, eyes playoffs
     A/B16
    Roy reflects on start in Congress
    Trustees: Reroute PHP
    The Fredericksburg Independent School
    District Education Foundation on Tuesday
    awarded the first three classroom grants to
    help teachers provide for projects and sup-
    plies outside the normal district budgeting.
    In a raucous setting, foundation board
    members and FISD administrators marched
    through the halls of Fredericksburg
    Elementary School and slapped hands with
    children on the way to the classroom of
    Alyssa Mohr, who was presented with a sym-
    bolic check.
    Mohr will use her funds to purchase 44
    Chomebook computers to aid in classroom
    FISD ▶ A/B11
    Board members also mull potential child-care option for teachers, staff
    District 21 Congressman Chip Roy visited with community lead-
    ers last Thursday at the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor
    Bureau. Roy said immigration reform and enforcement are two
    of the most pressing issues facing the congress and administra-
    tion. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
    New representative talks immigration, rural healthcare, justice
    10 YEARS
    Annual Hill Country Film Fest
    to screen 97 films this weekend
    as it marks first decade
    Festival documentary
    chronicles German culture
    Movie poster for “All Güt Things” documentary, by
    Chase Honaker. The film contains scenes from a Gil-
    lespie County Schuetzenfest.
    By Ken Esten Cooke
    Standard-Radio Post editor
    Chase Honaker wants to help preserve a piece of
    Texas.
    Honaker’s film “All Güt Things” will debut at the
    10th Annual Hill Country Film Festival at 3:45 p.m.
    Thursday at Fritztown Theater.
    This is Honaker’s first work in the festival, and
    he feels it will appeal to Fredericksburg’s native
    German population, as well as general audiences.
    “I’ve been working on film for the last four years,
    Chad Mathews, who has
    local family ties, is execu-
    tive director of the Hill
    Country Film Festival. —
    Standard-Radio Post file
    photo
    FILM FESTIVAL ▶ A/B14
    Early vote
    sees 90 for
    park bond,
    67 for seat
    FVFD to serve up fish,
    prizes on Saturday
    Early voting by personal appearance for
    two different elections will continue through
    Tuesday, April 30.
    Voters will be going to the polls to decide
    on a proposed sports park bond for the City
    of Fredericksburg and to elect a director for a
    seat on the Hill Country Underground Water
    Conservation District.
    Although running unopposed, the two
    individuals seeking the two open seats on the
    Fredericksburg City Council will also appear
    on the ballot.
    Election day for both the city and the
    HCUWCD is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on
    Saturday, May 4, at the Fredericksburg
    Middle School Cafeteria.
    On Monday when early voting opened, 90
    people cast ballots in the city election and 67
    voted in the HCUWCD election.
    Early voting
    Early voting by personal appearance for
    both elections takes place at the Girl Scout
    Cabin at 202 West Austin Street.
    Extended hours will be offered twice dur-
    ing the early voting period.
    FISH FRY ▶ A/B9
    A fried fish meal, prize drawing, music,
    auction, children’s activities and more are on
    the menu when the Fredericksburg Volunteer
    Fire Department hosts its 2019 Fish Fry and
    Prize Give-Away on Saturday, April 27, at
    Marktplatz.
    The serving line opens at 5 p.m.
    Also at 5 p.m., the drive-through food
    line opens behind the Fredericksburg Fire
    Station at the old bank drive-through.
    Music also starts at 5 p.m. and continues
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    Communities across
    Gillespie County will be
    participating and hosting
    the annual National Night
    Out crime and drug pre-
    vention event on Tuesday,
    Oct. 2.
    National Night Out is
    sponsored by the Nation-
    al Association of Town
    Watch and is co-spon-
    sored locally by the Gil-
    lespie County Sheriff’s
    Office, the Fredericksburg
    Police Department and
    the fire and emergency
    services departments.
    National Night Out
    is designed to heighten
    crime and drug prevention
    awareness, generate sup-
    port for and participate in
    local anti-crime efforts,
    and strengthen neighbor-
    hood spirit and police-
    community partnerships,
    and send a message to
    criminals letting them
    know that neighborhoods
    By Ken Esten Cooke
    Standard-Radio Post editor
    One of North America’s largest pipeline
    companies is looking to cross Gillespie
    County with a natural gas pipeline
    stretching from the Permian Basin to
    near the Gulf of Mexico.
    Kinder Morgan officials told the
    Standard-Radio Post on Tuesday it is or
    will soon be in contact with landown-
    ers of 233 parcels in southern Gillespie
    County who may be affected.
    “We own the pipe, someone else owns
    the gas,” said Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan
    vice president of public affairs. “We’re in
    the initial stages where we are contacting
    landowners, planning routes and start-
    ing permits.”
    The buried pipeline will be a 430-mile
    line starting north of Fort Stockton and
    stretching across Texas to its destina-
    tions near Houston. It will connect with
    other lines that will reach down near
    Agua Dulce. The line will feed smaller
    By Erika Vela
    Standard-Radio Post reporter
    Local residents and landowners
    arrived in big numbers to Monday’s
    workshop on the Fredericksburg
    Relief Route Study held at the Fred-
    ericksburg High School Gym.
    The City of Fredericksburg, Gil-
    lespie County, Gillespie County
    Relief Route Task Force and the
    Texas Department of Transporta-
    tion are exploring a potential U.S.
    290 Fredericksburg relief route.
    This event was to draw comments
    to help the entities whittle down
    from nine potential routes to three.
    The project would relieve traffic
    and improve mobility in downtown
    Fredericksburg by giving motorists
    — particularly large trucks — the
    option to travel around rather than
    directly through the city.
    With the city, county and visi-
    tor population increasing annu-
    ally, traffic congestion and safety
    become larger community issues.
    Safety was definitely a topic of
    many comments received.
    “The traffic has to go around
    Fredericksburg, with all the truck
    fredericksburgstandard.com
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    Sept. 18-24, 2018
    Rainfall for this week ............. .97
    Rainfall for September ....... 8.49
    Rainfall for 2018 ................. 20.59
    Normal for Date ................ 21.94
    Same Date Last Year ..........18.36
    Low — Sept. 22 ...................... 61
    High — Sept. 18 ................... 88
    High Low Rain
    Tuesday 88 68
    Wednesday 87 70
    Thursday 82 72 .70
    Friday 80 62 .26
    Saturday 67 61 .01
    Sunday 72 64
    Monday 84 68
    Total Rain .97
    Courtesy Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park
    Burn ban is off for
    Gillespie County. Use
    caution and call 997-
    5603 for information.
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    Advertiser index......A2
    Ag/Outdoors ........... D7
    Business ................A6-7
    Classifieds ..........F10-11
    Commentary ........D2-3
    Community .............. D1
    Events calendar .......A2
    Gillespie Life ............ C1
    Jobs ....................F12-14
    Public notices .......E5-6
    Music ........................C3
    Obituaries .............D4-5
    Real estate .............E1-5
    Sports ................... B1-6
    Taste .........................C8
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    RELIEF ROUTE ▶ A3
    GILLESPIE COUNTY
    Love of elephants leads
    to animal preserve  A6
    COUNTY ▶ A10
    PIPELINE ▶ A10
    Looking for work?
    See pages F12-F14
    or go online to
    MURDER MYSTERY
    Fredericksburg Theater
    Company to stage ‘Dial
    ‘M’ for Murder’  A2
    ATTEND COLLEGE
    University Center to
    stage local “attend col-
    lege here” open house
    on Oct. 3  A9
    FATALITY
    Man dies in Monday
    motorcycle-truck acci-
    dent  A11
    CONSTANT
    CHANGE
    Hospital CEO says enti-
    ty is meeting changes,
    challenges in healthcare
    industry head on  D2
    NEIGHBORHOODS
    WATCH ▶ A5
    RELIEF ROUTE
    Elliott, Billies pick off rival
    Wimberley  B1
    ENVIRONMENT/ENERGY
    Workman’s
    comp for
    volunteers
    a big cost
    FINES ▶ A8
    County can pay
    up to $5,200 per year
    to cover helpers
    National Night Out
    events set for Tuesday
    Law, fire, EMS will host anti-crime events
    HUG OF
    GRATITUDE
    Layna Ottmers,
    front, hugs 2018
    Gillespie County
    Fair Duchess Emma
    Travland after buy-
    ing her cake for
    $700 in the live
    auction at the 22nd
    annual Scholarship
    Fest at the Gillespie
    County Fair Grounds
    on Saturday. Also
    pictured is 2019
    Duchess Triniti
    Chenault, far right,
    who makes sure
    the chocolate cake
    doesn’t fall during
    the special moment.
    — Standard-Radio
    Post/McKenzie
    Moellering
    Progress & property
    US 290 Relief Route plans offer public chance to weigh in on proposed routes
    Natural gas pipeline will cross county
    KINDER MORGAN
    PIPELINE INFO
     42 inches, carrying up to 2
    billion cubic feet of natural gas
    each day.
     430-mile buried line (45.1 in
    Gillespie County)
     Construction start: Fall 2019
     Operation start: Fall 2020
     Company will purchase
    50-foot easements from prop-
    erty owners
     Cost: $2 billion
    ONLINE
    www.KinderMorgan.com
    Project will cross 45 miles, 233 parcels of land
    Patty Gonzalez, left, watches as her husband, John Gonzalez, points out a possible relief route to Darlene Hartmann,
    Marc Prieve and Laurie Rach at Monday’s Fredericksburg Relief Route workshop held at the Fredericksburg High School
    Gym. — Standard-Radio Post/Erika Vela
    Comments by local citizens and landowners
    were left behind on the maps. Attendees
    had the opportunity to provide feedback
    and ask questions to officials.
    By McKenzie Moellering
    Standard-Radio Post reporter
    Gillespie County
    Commissioners on Monday
    agreed to provide workers’
    compensation insurance to
    cover one volunteer each at
    Pioneer Memorial Library and
    the Gillespie County Airport.
    The debate with depart-
    ments heads, who asked for
    more volunteer coverage,
    brought to light the large costs
    of covering volunteer labors
    in a community that values
    service.
    Gillespie County Treasurer
    Laura Lundquist stated that
    county departments can elect
    to cover volunteers to receive
    workers’ compensation insur-
    ance.
    “This is through the Texas
    Association of Counties and it
    allows us to add or drop indi-
    viduals as needed,” Lundquist
    said.
    Originally, Pioneer Memorial
    Library wished to cover two
    persons and Gillespie County
    Airport Manager requested to
    cover four.
    “If we do not have an actual
    record of the number of hours
    these people worked, there
    is a set amount that we sub-
    mit. And we would likely pay
    around $5,200 per person, but
    it is dependent on the rates,”
    she said. “We then submit our
    actual payroll, and we usually
    get a refund.”
    “I really wish we knew how
    much this would actually
    cost us,” County Judge Mark
    Stroeher said.
    Lundquist said she was
    unsure what rates for the 2019
    Can we make
    a list of spe-
    cific volunteers with
    specific job descrip-
    tions? Because these
    are people that are
    technically working
    for the county at the
    time that something
    happens.”
    — Commissioner
    Donnie Schuch

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    Obituaries
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    Delores White
    Dale Caraway
    Bill Shaffer
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    amilton Herald- ews
    143nd Year Volume Sixteen Thursday, April 19, 2018 75 Cents
    Early voting
    starts Monday
    For city, school elections
    Early voting begins
    Monday for Hamilton mayor,
    city council and school board
    elections set for May 5.
    City of Hamilton residents
    will choose a mayor and
    two council members, and
    HISD residents will elect two
    school board members.
    Jim McInnis is the sole
    candidate for mayor, while
    Jim Eidson, Jack Kindle,
    Cody Morris and Raymond
    Riley will vie for the council
    seats.
    In the school board race,
    candidates are Brenda
    Andrews, Dr. Randy Lee and
    Amanda Thompson.
    Hamilton Herald-News
    asked each candidate to an-
    swer a survey, and their re-
    sponses are below:
    Why have you filed for
    this position?
    McInnis- I was contact-
    ed by a few members of the
    community who believe in
    my ability to be a good mayor
    and who convinced me to file
    for the position.
    Eidson- Though I recently
    moved to Hamilton, my fam-
    ily has been part of the city
    and county for more than 160
    years. I have always consid-
    ered Hamilton as my place of
    origin. I moved here because
    I love its history, culture and
    traditions. Above all, I love
    the people – independent,
    caring – with one foot in the
    past and the other in the fu-
    ture. I believe, and have re-
    peated often, that Hamilton
    must change in order to stay
    the same. I believe I possess
    some skills and talents which
    may be of use to the com-
    munity (dancing is not one
    of them). I offer them, and I
    hope I have the opportunity
    to help.
    Kindle- I want to continue
    to try and make Hamilton a
    better place to live, to try to
    improve our infrastructure
    and serve the people of our
    community.
    Morris- I would like to
    serve the citizens of Hamilton
    and try to make a difference
    in the future of this commu-
    nity.
    Riley- I have been on the
    council for two years. I feel
    that the council, the city man-
    ager and mayor have made a
    lot of improvement. I would
    like to be re-elected so that I
    can be a part of our city im-
    provement.
    Andrews- As a student of
    HISD, I became a Hamilton
    Bulldog at six years old. I
    love Hamilton. I cherish all
    the wonderful opportunities
    Hamilton has given my fam-
    Citywide
    garage
    sale map
    on page 3
    Gas rates
    going down
    By Maria Weaver
    Hamilton Atmos custom-
    ers will have a rate reduc-
    tion effective Jan. 1, thanks
    to a municipal coalition that
    negotiates rates with energy
    companies.
    Hamilton City Council ap-
    proved the rate reduction in
    last Thursday’s meeting.
    Instead of absorbing a
    corporate tax rate reduction,
    Atmos is passing the savings
    through to the consumer, ac-
    cording to City Administrator
    Pete Kampfer.
    “We will continue to nego-
    tiate and always get the best
    rate possible,” he said. “This
    is a mechanism for how this
    works through the Railroad
    Commission and also the
    most logical way to address
    it.”
    After a public hearing,
    the council ratified a recom-
    mendation from the Planning
    and Zoning Commission to
    issue a specific use permit
    for 722 W. Hill; and OK’d a
    letter of support for Hamilton
    County Hospital District,
    the Hamilton Chamber of
    Commerce hotel and motel
    financial report, Hamilton
    Economic Development
    Corporation quarterly finan-
    cials, expenditure of munici-
    pal court security funds, a
    five-year lease of a backhoe
    tractor and an extension of
    an agreement with Pathway
    See Page 13
    Books
    & Butt
    Friday
    The Friends of the
    Library’s 2018 Books and
    Butt event is this Friday at
    Hamilton Public Library.
    Kent Wenzel’s delicious
    “Bite My Butt” pork butt
    sandwiches will be available
    onsite or as carryout from
    11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for
    $8 a plate, which includes a
    pickle, bag of potato chips
    and bottled water or iced tea.
    Carry out orders are available
    by calling 254-386-3474 or
    emailing hamiltonpublicli-
    [email protected].
    Orders for five or more
    lunches will be delivered
    within Hamilton or the out-
    skirts if requested. Pre-orders
    the day before would be ap-
    preciated, with pickup at the
    library or delivery after 11
    a.m. April 20. Cash or check
    only; sorry, no credit cards.
    The Friends will also be
    selling individual servings
    of homemade desserts for $1
    each. Tables and chairs will
    be provided under shelter for
    those who wish to visit with
    friends and family over lunch
    or read a new book they just
    bought for pennies on the
    dollar.
    See Page 13
    CITIZEN OF THE YEAR- Lucy Lee is the 2017 Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. She was pre-
    sented the award by Toni Lanfranco Monday night at the annual chamber awards banquet at Crossfire Cafe at Circle
    T Resort. Other award recipients were Business of the Year Rejuvenation Station, Business Person of the Year Andy
    McMullen, Agriculturist of the Year Colin Melton, Volunteers of the Year Rodney Craddick and Garland Anglin and
    Teachers of the Year Cindy Craig, Shelley Hale and Stephen Heers. Staff Photo
    McINNIS EIDSON KINDLE MORRIS
    RILEY ANDREWS LEE THOMPSON
    ily. I feel a responsibility to
    this district. I have always
    been a Bulldog as I received
    all of my primary and sec-
    ondary education at Hamilton
    ISD. I did my student teach-
    ing at HHS and taught here
    for 34 years and I have been
    recognized for my contribu-
    tions to the field of education
    locally, regionally and state-
    wide.
    I consider myself a posi-
    tive, encouraging and ap-
    proachable person who is an
    avid advocate for education.
    I represent the community
    on the board as I am familiar
    with our schools, our teach-
    ers, parents, and students.
    The board is responsible
    for the multi-million-dollar
    budget of all three campuses,
    their students and employees.
    Conservatively providing a
    world-class education for our
    students is my number one
    priority. The students always
    are my first concern when
    making decisions that come
    to the board. Putting students
    first not only benefits our
    children, but also our com-
    munity. I firmly believe that
    a student-first approach pro-
    vides the best return on our
    tax dollar investment.
    Lee- I am seeking reelec-
    tion as school board trustee
    for HISD. I am proud of the
    progress made by the ad-
    ministrative team. I feel like
    we are blessed with a strong
    board that works exception-
    ally well together.
    Thompson- I would like
    to be on the school board to
    represent my community and
    affect the education of the
    students in our community.
    I believe that consistent in-
    See Page 5
    Council OKs daycare plan
    all about
    Longhorns,
    Page 6
    Ag essay
    winners
    Page 7

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    take Round 1
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    Cold won’t stop
    John Deere Day
    Page 12
    H N
    amilton Herald- ews
    143nd Year Volume Fifteen Thursday, April 12, 2018 75 Cents
    LONGHORNS ARE COMING- Longhorns are coming to
    Circle T this weekend. Above, Cody Garcia of Rafter M
    Ranch in Hico carries the flag for the National Anthem in
    a previous longhorn event. See story, Page 6.
    Photo courtesy HOTTLA
    KEEP HAMILTON BEAUTIFUL- More than 50 Hamilton volunteers braved the cold Saturday morning to participate in the Keep Hamilton Beautiful Trash Bash. Despite the cold
    temps and occasional sprinkle of rain, the workers of all ages showed up with smiles and a willingness to collect litter and help unload household and electronic items at the City of
    Hamilton Service Center. See story, Page 5. Staff Photo
    Benefit
    Saturday
    to help
    Calhoun
    By Maria Weaver
    Hamilton’s Judy Calhoun
    has cared for others all her
    life, but now she finds herself
    on the receiving end of care
    after being diagnosed with
    lung cancer.
    A benefit is planned for
    Saturday at Nita and Glen’s
    BBQ, 1107 S. Rice in
    Hamilton, to help Judy with
    her medical bills. She has no
    insurance.
    Sign-in for the benefit
    horseshoe tournament will be
    11 a.m., and entry is $20 per
    team. Prizes will be awarded.
    A crawfish boil will start at
    5 p.m. at $20 per plate, and
    a silent auction also will be
    See Page 7
    Sisters Ann Blair and Maria and Sheila McBride from Newry, County Down, in Northern Ireland, have enjoyed a three-
    week stay in Hamilton in the home of Gwen and Pat Kelly. Staff Photo
    We love your town!
    Sisters ‘crăic’ on Hamilton
    By Maria Weaver
    Three Irish sisters are leav-
    ing today after three weeks
    in Hamilton. Last Thursday
    they took time for a little
    “crăic” about their visit.
    Sisters Maria and Sheila
    McBride and Ann Blair have
    been staying with Pat and
    Gwen Kelly for the past three
    weeks. During that time, they
    also visited Comanche, San
    Antonio and Corpus Christi.
    The trio was a hit in
    Hamilton and enjoyed the
    hospitality and friendliness
    of this community.
    While in Hamilton, they
    enjoyed a golf buggy tour of
    the park and walked to town
    every day. They have eaten
    at Storms and El Jardin a lot
    See Page 7
    JUDY CALHOUN
    Friday’s deadline to get
    garage sales on map
    TxDOT: Work zone
    fatalities increase
    The deadline to sign up for
    the annual Citywide Garage
    Sale is this Friday, April 13.
    The garage sale will be
    April 20-21, and a large map
    of all locations will be in-
    cluded in next week’s edition
    of the Herald-News. Copies
    also will be places in local
    convenience stores.
    To register, call Mike
    Lovell at 386-4661.
    The annual event is spon-
    sored by Hamilton County
    Leadership Alumni.
    AUSTIN – In recogni-
    tion of National Work Zone
    Awareness Week, April 9-13,
    the Texas Department of
    Transportation reminds driv-
    ers that every day requires
    caution when driving through
    work zones.
    In 2017, work zone fatali-
    ties in Texas increased 9 per-
    cent over the previous year,
    resulting in 199 deaths and
    813 serious injuries. With 4
    percent of those fatalities be-
    ing road crew workers, the
    remaining 96 percent was
    comprised of motorists, pe-
    destrians and bicyclists.
    “We always urge driv-
    ers to exercise great caution
    and obey traffic laws, espe-
    cially in work zones,” said
    TxDOT Executive Director
    James Bass. “Doing so helps
    ensure everyone – motorists
    and work crews – gets home
    safely to their loved ones.”
    As the state’s population
    continues to boom, the price
    of progress can mean more
    than 2500 active TxDOT
    work zones at any given time.
    In 2017, there were 27,148
    work zone crashes in Texas,
    an increase of 5 percent over
    2016. The leading causes of
    statewide work zone crashes
    – speeding and driver inat-
    tention – are entirely prevent-
    able. Fines in work zones
    double when workers are
    See Page 4
    HGH Foundation
    gives grants
    Page 12
    Obituaries
    Page 4
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    History Alive School Education Day
    Courtesy photo
    Bringing History into the
    hands of the youth
    Gainesville, TX: Camp
    Howze MVPA, a local 501 (c)
    3 non-profit, will be hosting
    another History Alive
    Program for local North
    Texas Schools to experience
    WWII in person. Located
    at the Cooke County
    Fairgrounds property at
    1901 Justice Center Blvd,
    and encompassing the large
    facility for the vehicles and
    encampment.
    The school day allows
    the participants to interact
    with actual WWII Veterans,
    including soldiers from
    all branches of service, as
    well as a real life Rosie the
    Riveter! From inspecting
    K- Rations, to operating
    Field Phones and handling
    period uniforms and gear,
    the only rolling museum
    that gets the public up
    close and involved.
    A full day of Learning
    Stations and Interactions
    are set for Friday March
    29th 2019 starting at
    8:00am and running until
    last school group around
    3:00pm. As with all Camp
    Howze MVPA’s educational
    programs there is no cost
    and all staff are volunteers
    that believe in keeping
    history alive for the
    younger generations. All
    North Texas Public and
    Private schools have been
    invited and are welcome.
    Suggested age group may
    get the most out of the
    program is Middle School
    through High School, and
    should find this supporting
    their current history
    curriculum.
    Some of the learning
    stations to include:
        •  Hands  on  Zone 
    – Try becoming a WWII
    Soldier
        •  Communications  – 
    Operational Field Phones
        •  Medic  Minute  – 
    Learn about advanced
    medical of the 40’s
        •  Food for the Troops 
    – Presentation about the
    various food types of the
    soldier
        •  Tire  and  Track 
    – large variety of fully
    functional WWII Vehicles
        •  Meet  the  Hero’s  – 
    WWII and Korean Soldiers
    and Rosie the Riveters on
    premise and interacting
    with public
    Our goal is to supplement
    the classroom with hands
    on experience to lead to
    real world connections
    and increasing the
    learning engagement. The
    combination of classroom
    concepts with full hands
    on immersion of the field
    trip to activate more parts
    of the childs brain that can
    directly transfer to long
    term memory.
    Camp Howze MVPA:
    If you’re a school
    administrator and
    interested in your group
    participating please
    contact Brad Meeks (PIO)
    at [email protected] or
    Lauren Bayer (Secretary)
    at [email protected] or
    by phone at 903-200-5944.
    Snyder named Enterprise editor
    Staff Report
    E x p e r i e n c e d
    newspaperman Steve
    Snyder has been named
    the newest editor of the
    Muenster Enterprise and
    Lindsay Letter, according to
    publisher Austin Lewter.
    Snyder has relocated from
    Sulphur Springs and began
    work at the Enterprise office
    on Monday.
    “We are excited to have
    Steve onboard,” Lewter
    said. “He is a newspaper
    veteran and a passionate
    community journalist. He
    is a great storyteller and
    experienced manager.”
    Snyder comes to Muenster
    from the Sulphur Springs
    News-Telegram where he
    worked as a copy editor and
    features writer.
    His duties there included
    managing the production of
    weekly special sections and
    daily news budgets.
    Prior to his tenure at
    Sulphur Springs, Snyder
    served as managing editor
    of the Center Light and
    Champion. Prior to that, he
    was editor and publisher of
    the The Marlin Democrat.
    He also worked at the
    Odessa American and Today
    Newspapers.
    He was the 2005 North
    and East Texas Press
    Association Journalist of
    the Year.
    Snyder holds a bachelor’s
    degree with St. John’s College
    and a master’s degree from
    Concordia Seminary and
    has worked as an adjunct
    college instructor.
    “Steve is a true newspaper
    pro,” Lewter said. “He
    brings decades of experience
    to our small group of papers
    and we are thrilled to have
    him.”
    “I am looking forward to
    meeting people from both
    communities and hearing
    their input,” Snyder said.
    “I welcome thoughts on
    news and feature stories as
    well as letters to the editor
    on matters of community
    importance.”
    Snyder can be contacted
    at muensterenterprise@
    ntin.net and welcomes your
    introductions and story
    ideas.
    Photo by Janie Hartman
    Sales taxes have a strong month
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    Texas Comptroller Glenn
    Hegar announced earlier
    this month he was sending
    cities, counties, transit sys-
    tems and special purpose
    taxing districts $711.7 mil-
    lion in local sales tax alloca-
    tions for March, 6.1 percent
    more than in March 2018.
    These allocations are based
    on sales made in January
    by businesses that report
    tax monthly.
    Cities received 456.9 mil-
    lion, up 5.9 percent from a
    year ago and counties were
    returned $45.0 million, up
    7.2 percent from March
    2018.
    Locally, Muenster’s March
    allocation of $38,354.24 was
    up 11.72 percent from last
    year’s $34,328.61. Lind-
    say’s return of $9,590.40
    was up 12.54 percent
    from last year’s $8,521.32.
    Cooke County’s alloca-
    tion of $293,441.69 was
    up 12.37 percent from the
    $261,128.31 of March 2018.
    For the year to date,
    Muenster’s rebate of
    $121,471.98 is 6.62 per-
    cent ahead of last year’s
    $113,927.19, while Lind-
    say’s yearly allocation of
    $32,551.79 is off 2.88 per-
    cent from 2018’s $33,517.19.
    The county’s rebate for the
    year of $1,058,641.15 is
    30.28 percent ahead of last
    year’s $812,558.48.
    Fourth-quarter 2018
    mixed beverage sales taxes
    were reported earlier this
    year. Muenster’s $937.95
    was down 15.12 percent
    from the $1,105.03 of the
    fourth quarter of 2017 and
    its 2018 total of $3,702.89
    was off 3.59 percent from
    the $3,840.88 of a year ago.
    Lindsay’s fourth quarter
    beverage taxes of $710.61
    were off 14.60 from the
    2017 fourth quarter return
    of $832.12 and the 2018
    yearly total of $3,394.15
    was down 3.43 percent from
    2017’s $3,514.66. County-
    wide, Cooke County’s mixed
    beverage taxes for the
    fourth quarter of 2018 were
    $13,758.97, up 3.86 percent
    from the 2017 fourth quar-
    ter of $13,247.67, and its
    yearly total of $55,310.70
    was up 4.15 percent from
    the $53,107.40 of 2017.
    Monthly drilling steady in area, state
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    The Railroad Commission
    of Texas issued a total of 961
    original drilling permits in
    February 2019 compared
    1,097 in February 2018.
    For District 9, which in-
    cludes Cooke County, the
    state issued 40 new drilling
    permits. Of these, 23 are
    for new drilling, two for re-
    entering and 15 for re-com-
    pletions. By type, 13 are oil,
    22 are oil and gas, three are
    gas and two are injection
    wells.
    In February, Commission
    staff processed 584 oil, 175
    gas, 21 injection and four
    other completions compared
    to 672 oil, 149 gas, 56 injec-
    tion and five other comple-
    tions in February 2018.
    Total well completions pro-
    cessed for 2019 year to date
    are 1,804; down from 1,845
    recorded during the same
    time period in 2018.
    For District 9, which in-
    cludes Cooke County, the
    area had 34 new oil comple-
    tions and 3 gas completions.
    Of the oil completions, 32
    were for new wells and two
    were re-completions. Of the
    gas wells, two were new
    drilling and one was a re-
    completion.
    According to Baker
    Hughes Inc., the Texas rig
    count as of March 8 was
    502, representing about 49
    percent of all active rigs
    in the United States. Oil
    prices for West Texas In-
    termediate have traded in
    a relatively narrow $52-59
    per barrel range for most of
    this year.
    “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
    Ecclesiastes 3:1 Spring has officially arrived as the buds and the bees got an early
    start after extra warm temperatures followed early showers this past week.
    Photo by Janie Hartman
    Spring is here
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    Spring arrived in
    Muenster on Wednesday
    with plenty of sunshine and
    seasonal temperatures,
    and the promise of a full
    load of blooms.
    This year’s heavy rains
    in winter and early spring
    have hindered farmers and
    ranchers in trying to plant
    crops and work pastures,
    but have already produced
    a start on what promises
    to be a bounty of spring
    wildflowers.
    The Texas Parks and
    Wildlife Department
    has already predicted
    this year will produce a
    profusion of bluebonnets
    and other flowers along
    area roadsides. In Cooke
    County and throughout
    North Texas, the state says
    that many wildflowers are
    already out. The landscape
    currently features Indian
    paintbrushes, brown eyed
    Susan, winecup, American
    basket flower, Barbara’s
    buttons, American wild
    carrot, showy evening
    primrose, plantain, Texas
    prairie parsley, fleabane,
    prairie clovers, blue-
    eyed grass, buttercups,
    snakeherb, butterfly
    weed, false dragon-head,
    sundrops, beeblossum,
    Texas skeleton plant,
    larkspur, coneflowers,
    blue mealy sage, wild
    indigo and overwhelming
    numbers of green
    milkweeds, according to
    TPWD.
    Because of the amount
    of rain already this year,
    and the degree of soil
    saturation it has produced,
    this year’s blooms will
    remain for most of the rest
    of spring. TPWD botanist
    Jason Singhurst said.
    “Vibrant spring
    wildflower displays
    have been remarkable
    across the Texas
    landscape recently,” said
    Singhurst “With recent
    rains carpeting a large
    percentage of Texas, we
    are experiencing dazzling
    wildflower displays and
    should expect increasing
    wildflower concentration
    through April and into
    May.”
    Texas wildflowers on
    highways are courtesy of
    the Texas Department of
    Transportation. Today, the
    department buys and sows
    about 30,000 pounds of
    wildflower seeds each year
    along more than 800,000
    miles of right of way.
    Contrary to an old urban,
    or rural, legend, it is not
    illegal to pick bluebonnets
    in Texas, at least if a
    person is on a highway
    right of way. There is
    no law against picking
    bluebonnets in Texas,
    according to the Texas
    Department of Public
    Safety. People should not
    trespass onto private land
    for bluebonnets or any
    other wildflowers. And it
    is illegal to pick flowers at
    state parks.
    TPWD staff, along with
    TxDOT, reminds Texans
    to remember to exercise
    caution when taking
    wildflower photos on busy
    roadways. People should
    use emergency lights and
    pull as far off the roadway
    as possible. They should
    park on the same side of
    the road as the wildflowers
    they want to stop to see or
    photograph.
    Wildflower hunters
    should also be mindful
    of disturbing wildlife
    resting or hiding in photo
    opportunity spots, such as
    nesting birds, or animals
    in burrows, as well as
    taking precautions to
    try to avoid undesirable
    encounters with venomous
    snakes and fire ants.

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    New resale store has a big heart
    Photo by Steve Snyder
    Ron Koehler, president of the board of directors of My Brother’s House, describes some of the work involved
    with launching the new Brothers Helping Brothers resale store in Lindsay.
    Photo by Steve Snyder
    A road grader helps prepare a portion of a shoulder on FM 373 for eventual wid-
    ening of the paved surface of the roadway. Drivers may see delays in the area in
    days ahead, with some road sections limited to one-lane, one-way traffic.
    FM 373 work may cause delays
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    Drivers headed north
    of Muenster on FM 373
    will need to exercise extra
    caution in days ahead as
    road widening work gets
    underway.
    The widening started
    last week moving from
    Muenster northward, with
    culvert work done. Drivers
    may see delays in the area
    in days ahead, with some
    road sections limited to one-
    lane, one-way traffic. Adelé
    Lewis, a Texas Department
    of Transportation public
    information officer, said lane
    closures will occur regularly
    for some time.
    FM 373 will be widened
    by Jagoe Construction in
    an area from Ninth Street
    north for 6 miles. The paved
    width will increase from 22
    to 28 feet. This will provide
    motorists with two 11-foot
    lanes like it has right now
    but the additional width will
    allow for 3-foot shoulders on
    each side.
    “They are doing the dirt
    work in sections and paving
    right behind the dirt work.
    They will be widening on
    both sides of the road,” Lewis
    said. “Once the widening
    is finished, the contractor
    will come back to overlay
    the enter width of the road
    with new hot mix and get it
    striped.”
    Lewis said she didn’t have
    a date for the overlay at this
    time.
    The contractor has 204 days
    on the contract to complete
    the work. It was expected
    to be completed by August.
    However, TxDOT does not
    charge the contractor time
    on bad weather days.
    Cooke County received
    considerable rain throughout
    the winter. Many projects
    had to be delayed due to
    muddy conditions,” Lewis
    said.
    Photo by Steve Snyder
    Precinct 4 County Commissioner Leon Klement discusses with fellow members
    of the Cooke County Commissioners Court details about whether Justice Center
    Boulevard is a county road or should actually be a city one.
    Jail-related items top
    commissioners’ agenda
    County property insurance
    may climb due to Harvey
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    Is Justice Center
    Boulevard a city road or a
    county one? Sheriff Terry
    Gilbert request for some
    repair work on the road
    — short-term work to fix
    potholes that would be
    desirable led to that broader
    issue in the March 25
    meeting of the Cooke County
    Commissioners Court.
    His request led
    commissioners to discuss
    matters of longer-term
    maintenance on the road.
    That, in turn, led to the
    issue of whose road it is, or
    SEE JAIL, pg. 2
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    Hurricane Harvey is
    having ripple effects more
    than a year later and
    hundreds of miles away.
    County property insurance
    bills may go up the middle of
    this year and the hurricane
    may be to blame.
    County Judge Brinkley
    told the Cooke County
    Commissioners Court March
    25 that the Texas Association
    of Counties had informed
    him that property insurance
    rates might be going up as
    much as 20 percent. He said
    that he suggested raising
    the county’s deductible, at
    least in some areas and get
    quotes with that.
    “You may only save a couple
    of thousand by raising our
    deductible … from $1,000 …
    to $5,000 and it may not be
    worth it,” Buckley said.
    “Are they saying Hurricane
    Harvey is a problem?”
    asked Commissioner Leon
    Klement.
    Buckley said that was
    indeed a problem.
    Commissioners then
    approved applying for
    insurance with deductibles at
    $3,000, $5,000 and $10,000
    to get multiple options. They
    will make a decision at a
    future meeting.
    One item was pulled off the
    consent agenda of routine
    items by Commissioner
    Leon Klement. That was for
    renewing a grant application
    to the Victim Service
    Office to renew a Victim
    Coordinator Liaison Grant.
    Klement said that he had
    wanted further discussion
    because Cooke County
    was combining county and
    district attorney’s offices.
    Previous versions of the
    grant, and the position, have
    been run through the county
    attorney’s office. Victim’s
    assistance coordinator Callie
    Paxton is listed at both
    the county attorney’s and
    district attorney’s offices on
    various webpages within the
    county’s website.
    “I remember being told
    basically told both would
    disappear,” Klement said. “I
    want to make sure we keep
    it.”
    “I don’t want to refight that
    battle,” Klement said when
    told that the offices would
    not disappear, just the
    titles.
    Brinkley then weighed in
    to say his office was the one
    designated to oversee the
    grant and “as far as I know,
    it’s not going away.”
    Buckley then said he
    wanted to make sure the
    application had unanimous
    support to improve grant
    chances of approval.
    The county received three
    bids for a contract for the
    county’s depository bank.
    Muenster State Bank,
    Landmark Bank, and First
    United Bank. A bid will be
    awarded later, tentatively
    at commissioners’ April 8
    meeting.
    Commissioners quickly
    approved the final plat of
    the North Oaks Subdivision,
    Lots 1-4. This is located off
    Northshore Drive in Precinct
    2.
    The court had several
    routine items it approved
    besides those lumped
    together on its consent
    agenda. The court renewed
    SEE HIKE, pg. 2
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    People wanting a new
    local option on thrift store
    shopping, as well as a
    new place for charitable
    donations, and some very
    good causes to help, can
    hit up Lindsay’s newest
    business, Brothers Helping
    Others.
    Ron Koehler, president
    of the board of directors
    of My Brother’s House, a
    men’s sober living facility
    in Muenster, explained that
    Brothers Helping Others
    will use profits from store
    sales to help MBH, but not
    just it. Mary Pat’s, a similar
    women’s sober living facility
    in Gainesville, Abigail’s
    Arms, the county’s family
    crisis center, VISTO and
    other area nonprofits, will
    also benefit, and Brothers
    Helping Brothers is a
    separately incorporated
    nonprofit from My Brother’s
    House.
    Both Koehler and Rose
    Sticking, who will be in
    charge of the store, talked
    about what it meant to
    have the facility open and
    how they got to this point,
    as My Brother’s House just
    celebrated an anniversary.
    “Seven years ago this month
    we opened My Brother’s
    House in Gainesville. It
    was a five-bedroom house,”
    Koehler said. “Those people
    were absolutely broke.”
    It gave them a place to eat,
    food and transportation.
    In exchange, other than
    abiding by daily living rules
    at the facility, there’s just
    one basic request.
    “When men get a full-time
    or part-time job, we ask that
    they give money back to
    support us,” Koehler said.
    The need for the facility
    soon became clear.
    After three years in
    Gainesville, we had too many
    guys there,” Koehler said.
    He explained that My
    Brother’s House is the
    only residential sober
    living facility between the
    Metroplex and Wichita Falls,
    so it attracts people in need
    of its services from a wide
    area.
    “Out of the blue, our
    prayers were answered. We
    got a call from the guy who
    owned the nursing home in
    Muenster,” he said.
    The facility currently
    houses about 39-45 people.
    SEE STORE, pg. 4
    Muenster council votes
    to increase water rates
    for users out of city limit
    By Steve Snyder
    Editor
    The Muenster City Council
    after brief discussion, decided
    to increase water rates for
    people outside the city limits
    wanting to tap into the city’s
    system instead of drilling a
    well.
    City Administrator Stan
    Endres suggested allowing
    such persons to connect to
    the city system by paying a
    tapping fee and covering the
    cost of laying line to their
    property. If the homeowner or
    business wants their land to
    be annexed by the city, they
    would then pay normal water
    rates. If they do not want to
    be annexed, they would then
    pay all costs in getting water
    to their property and double
    in-town water rates. The city
    would also reserve the right
    to annex the site in three
    years.
    Water racks, which is
    bulk water sold into tanks
    from the city’s water town,
    had their rates discussed as
    well.
    Endres said the current
    rates had stemmed from
    oilfield development about a
    decade ago.
    “At that time, we hadn’t
    expanded our water lines,
    so we didn’t know how much
    water we had. So, the council
    decided to charge four times
    the normal,” Endres said.
    “But we haven’t had any
    oil companies ask us for
    water for years. Mainly its
    construction companies or
    for highway improvements.”
    For example, Endres said
    that Jagoe Construction,
    doing new paving work on
    U.S. 82 and widening work
    on FM 373, had told him it
    would likely need some such
    water but had not yet made
    a formal request.
    So Endres suggested
    adjusting those rates as
    well, to be near what other
    cities are at. His idea was
    $27 for the first 1,000
    gallons and $5 for each 1,000
    gallons afterward. He said
    he had looked at pricing for
    bulk water by Gainesville
    and other area cities in
    suggesting the new rates,
    so that Muenster would be
    generally compatible.
    Mayor Tim Felderhoff
    said he was concerned the
    language in the ordinance
    was a little bit imprecise.
    Endres said the law firm that
    had codified the city’s current
    ordinances would make
    sure language that went on
    the city’s book was clarified
    and made precise. After
    brief additional discussion,
    the council unanimously
    approved the ordinance.

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    Volume 15 Issue 14 Murphy, Texas • Thursday, April 18, 2019 • C&S Media Publications • 3 Sections, 24 Pages $1.00
    Classifieds................ 4C
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    Obituaries................ 2C
    Opinion.................... 5A
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    Become an informed voter, see voters Guide 4-8a
    Lake Lavon LeveLs
    Normal 492
    493.96 ft.
    as of 4/15/18
    Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Early voting opens April 22
    and runs through April 30 at
    Murphy Community Center,
    205 N. Murphy Road, and at
    any Collin County early voting
    center.
    Early voting begins
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Having enjoyed a life as a model, busi-
    nesswoman and bridge master, Toni Roberts
    of Murphy celebrated her 99th birthday last
    week with balloons and a cake at Lynridge
    Assisted Living Center.
    The birthday honoree turned 99 on Tues-
    day, April 9 and is one of three residents of
    the center approaching 100.
    “I’ve had a lot of fun,” Roberts declared.
    Born in the Oklahoma farming communi-
    ty of Wilson near Anadarko, she was reared
    in Norman, Okla. and earned a degree at the
    University of Oklahoma, where she studied
    psychology and economics.
    As a teenager and young woman, she
    worked at a department store and mod-
    eled clothes. As television started becom-
    ing popular, the store filmed its models and
    broadcast the episodes over a closed circuit
    system to demonstrate television.
    “I used to model,” she said, and joked,
    “I’m not doing any modeling now.”
    During World War II, she taught typing
    and helped her mother who was a college
    professor.
    Roberts was married to Gordon McCor-
    mick until his death, and the couple worked
    See LYNRIDGE page 3A
    99 years of
    celebrations
    By Morgan Howard
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Among the many nation-
    al celebrations recognized
    throughout this month, ranging
    from pecans to poetry to soft
    pretzels, one often-overlooked
    organization gets a moment in
    the spotlight. April is National
    School Library Month.
    As the school year winds
    down, one of the busiest plac-
    es on campus is the library.
    But it is no longer a place sole-
    ly for quiet studying; in recent
    years, libraries have morphed
    into media centers, complete
    with technology, events and,
    of course, all types of reading
    material.
    At the various school lev-
    els, the overall goal remains
    See LIBRARIANS page 12A
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Collin County property own-
    ers this week started receiving
    notices of estimated tax values
    from Collin Central Appraisal
    District and have until May 15
    to file formal protests of those
    values.
    The CAD calculates values
    on real estate and personal busi-
    ness property every year for
    taxing entities to use in setting
    their tax rates to fund budgets.
    Chief Appraiser Bo Daffin re-
    ported that values on real estate
    have been mailed and business
    personal property will be mailed
    in May.
    “They are going out Friday
    afternoon (April 12) from our
    print vendor,” Daffin said.
    He reported that 400,000 real
    estate estimates were mailed to
    Collin County property owners.
    Appraisal estimate totals for
    all taxing entities will be avail-
    able at the end of April. Esti-
    mates of those appraisals were
    given to entities earlier this
    month so that they could start
    budget work.
    “I don’t think those estimates
    will move much, but they
    See OWNERS page 3A
    Property
    value
    estimates
    mailed
    Pictures of trash on beaches, a
    whale found with a belly full of
    garbage, and turtles with plastic
    straws up their nose are no laugh-
    ing matter. They are all just a tiny
    snapshot of reality today.
    The impact of the world’s over-
    use of plastic is causing havoc on
    the environment.
    For over 20 years, China was
    the recipient of millions of tons of
    paper and plastics per year from
    the U.S. and it was a profitable
    business for the U.S. for many lo-
    cal cities with recycling programs.
    In 2017, China made the decision
    to ban imported nonindustrial
    plastic waste, and the country also
    added more restrictions for im-
    ported paper waste. Stateside,
    many cities are no longer making
    a profit and recyclables are now
    a drain on budgets, and in some
    cases, costing as much as they
    previously earned.
    See pg. 1C.
    Make changes to
    purge the plastic
    NEWS YOU NEED
    David Jenkins/Murphy Monitor
    McMillen High School’s Austin Svidlow fires a pitch to the plate during a start against McKinney North’s
    freshmen team last Tuesday at Plano East. McMillen came up on the losing end 13-3. For additional photos
    see this week’s Sports or murphymonitor.com.
    Fever pitch!
    Joe Reavis/Murphy Monitor
    Born in a small Oklahoma farming commu-
    nity in 1920, Toni Roberts of Murphy cel-
    ebrated her 99th birthday last week.
    School libraries offer
    more than books
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Craft beers, crawfish, music,
    games, a car show and more
    are on tap Saturday, May 4
    when gates open for the fourth
    annual Tunes, Tails and Ales
    celebration in Murphy.
    The event, sponsored by the
    city, is open from 2 p.m. until
    8 p.m. at Murphy Central Park
    on N. Murphy Road. Most
    activities are free to the pub-
    lic. Parking is available in the
    Plano Sports Association, City
    Hall and Kimbrough Stadium
    lots.
    Because of the date, on May
    4, the event carries a Star Wars
    theme, as in “May the Fourth
    be With You.”
    “We encourage people to
    dress in their Star Wars cos-
    tumes and T-shirts,” Special
    Events Coordinator Kayla Mc-
    Farland said.
    Tickets are required to en-
    ter the beer tasting tent where
    samples of craft brews will be
    available. Tasting tickets are
    $30 in advance and $40 at the
    See TUNES page 3A
    Craft beer, music, car show on tap in two weeks
    Friday, April 10--Murphy
    city offices will be closed for
    Good Friday, except for the City
    Secretary’s office that will be
    open from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
    in the City Hall lobby.
    UPCOMING
    CALENDAR
    Morgan Howard/Murphy Monitor
    With 26 years of experience, McMillen High School li-
    brarian Mary Long understands what’s needed to run
    a successful high school library.

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    The Offi cial Newspaper of Princeton
    The Princeton Herald
    Lake Lavon Levels
    Normal – 492
    492.88 ft
    as of 12/04/18
    Lake Jim Chapman
    Normal 440 – Current
    440.03 ft
    Source: US Army Corps of Engineers
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    As December rolls in with
    full force so do myriad Holi-
    day events around Farmers-
    ville, Princeton and the DFW
    metroplex.
    Princeton
    Princeton’s downtown area
    will come to life Saturday,
    Dec. 8 as the town’s fi rst-ever
    Christmas parade takes place.
    Myriad events, both by the
    city of Princeton and the Princ-
    eton Chamber of Commerce,
    are scheduled.
    Starting at 5 p.m., free ice
    skating is being provided by the
    city near the downtown Veter-
    ans Memorial Park. According
    to Community Relations Co-
    ordinator Stephanie O’Brien,
    a 30- by 40-foot ice rink will
    be placed and ice skates will be
    provided at no charge.
    Feed the Community will
    also begin at 5 p.m. and is be-
    ing hosted by city of Princeton
    Public Works. Citizens will get
    a free meal including hotdogs,
    chips and drinks served by
    public works employees.
    See HOLIDAY page 2A
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    Those who have traveled
    along Highway 380 recently
    may have noticed increased
    traffi c and a construction proj-
    ect currently underway west of
    Princeton.
    The project includes a 5-foot
    concrete median, which is being
    built where the center turn lane
    is currently located.
    According to TxDOT, the
    median will eventually extend
    from FM 1827 (New Hope
    Road) to CR 985 in Princeton,
    right before Lake Lavon.
    “We are very pleased that Tx-
    DOT is fi nally moving on the
    project. We hope it will save lives
    along with beautifying the city,”
    City Manager Derek Borg said.
    See CONCRETE page 6A
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    The long-awaited Crossroads
    Development will be offi cially
    welcomed into Princeton with a
    groundbreaking ceremony next
    week.
    The ceremony will be held
    at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12
    at the corner of Boorman Road
    and Hwy. 380 and is being host-
    ed by International Capital and
    Range Realty Advisors.
    The Princeton Crossroads
    project includes constructions
    on the 297- acre site.
    The property was acquired
    in 2016. A Public Improvement
    District (PID) was approved and
    funded in September 2018 for
    the construction of providing
    water and sanitary sewer servic-
    es to the project, which broke
    ground in November 2018.
    “International Capital will
    celebrate the groundbreaking
    See PUBLIC page 2A
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    Last week, a parent was ar-
    rested at Princeton High School
    after allegedly assaulting an
    educator by throwing hot cof-
    fee at her face.
    According to information re-
    leased by the Princeton Police
    Department, School Resource
    Offi cer Isidro Trevino received
    a call from a teacher at the
    Special Programs building re-
    questing the offi cer responds
    immediately because of an
    irate parent. The call occurred
    around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday,
    Nov. 28.
    Director of Special Pro-
    grams Liz Goen was waiting
    at the building for the offi cer
    and advised that a parent had
    thrown hot coffee at her. The
    coffee made contact with the
    right side of her face and neck,
    along with her clothes, the re-
    port stated.
    Amanda Leigh Donnelly,
    31, identifi ed as the parent who
    threw the coffee, was imme-
    diately placed under arrest by
    Offi cer Trevino on a charge of
    assault on a public servant, a
    Third Degree felony.
    When talking to Donnelly,
    she explained to Offi cer Trevi-
    no that she knew throwing cof-
    fee was wrong. The parent was
    at the Special Programs build-
    ing for a meeting about her son
    and his behavior. She was up-
    set because Goen was late and
    began cursing at the director.
    When Goen asked her
    See ASSAULT page 2A
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    The post of county judge
    changes hands in a few weeks
    as former County Commis-
    sioner Chris Hill steps in for
    Keith Self, who is retiring after
    serving three terms.
    But there probably won’t be
    many changes because the two
    offi cials share the same conser-
    vative views on limited gov-
    ernment and on keeping prop-
    erty taxes low. Hill served fi ve
    years with Self on the
    commissioner’s court
    and the two share a
    friendship outside
    county government.
    “Judge Self has
    been a tremendous
    resource for me,” Hill
    said. “We are close,
    personally, so we talk
    often.”
    Hill declared for the offi ce
    of County Judge a year ago
    and resigned from the commis-
    sioner’s court to run for the top
    Collin County elected offi ce.
    He will be sworn
    in Jan. 1, 2019
    and plans to work
    full time as county
    judge even though
    state law allows
    a county judge to
    work outside his
    offi ce.
    “It would not be
    practical, wise or
    a good steward to hold a full-
    time position outside Collin
    County,” the judge-elect said.
    Hill holds a Bachelor of
    Political Science degree from
    Texas A&M University-Com-
    merce, Master of Accounting
    and Information Management
    degree from the University
    of Texas at Dallas, Master of
    Business Administration de-
    gree from Webster University
    and Master of Pastoral Lead-
    ership degree from Colum-
    bia Biblical Seminary. He has
    worked as an accountant since
    resigning from the court and
    is currently wrapping up that
    business.
    See HILL page 5A
    Hwy. 380 median
    under construction
    Groundbreaking next
    week for Crossroads
    Parent arrested for throwing coffee on educator
    New Collin County judge ready to get to work
    Deck the holiday with activities
    Michael O’Keefe/First Response Photography
    Princeton fi refi ghters work on an extrication in the early
    morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 29 after a head-on col-
    lision occurred on Hwy. 380 near the Creekview subdivi-
    sion. A new concrete median project that started recently
    is aimed to help prevent these kinds of collisions.
    Courtesy photo
    Rileigh Bloodworth can’t believe there was a birthday party with snacks for her Care Bear during the Smith El-
    ementary stuffed animal sleepover. See story on page 6A.
    ‘B’ is for bear
    Courtesy photo
    Joseph Duran focuses on playing a carol at Faith Baptist
    Church’s Christmas Bible School Saturday, Dec. 1. Addi-
    tional photos page 5A.
    Christmas bells are ringing
    Deadlines for Princ-
    eton’s Angel Tree program
    are quickly approaching
    and the Lions Club is ask-
    ing for the community’s
    help to provide a great
    Christmas for kids.
    Angel Tree adoptions con- tinue until Monday, Dec. 10.
    To adopt an angel call
    469-952-5400 or email
    contacts Amy Ivy at aivy@
    princetonisd.net or Kim
    Williams at kwilliams@
    princetonisd.net or stop by
    the PISD Administration
    Office at 321 Panther Pkwy.
    Angel Tree adoption deadline nears
    NEWS YOU NEED
    Chris Hill

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    News YOu Need
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    Princeton volleyball earns all-District awarDs, see sPorts
    Lake Lavon Levels
    Normal – 492
    494.02 ft
    as of 11/27/18
    Lake Jim Chapman
    Normal 440 – Current
    440.09 ft
    Source: US Army Corps of Engineers
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    Glistening lights, ice skating
    and the spirit of the holiday sea-
    son will be filling Princeton’s
    downtown area Saturday, Dec.
    8 at the first-ever Christmas pa-
    rade takes place.
    Myriad events, both by the
    city of Princeton and the Princ-
    eton Chamber of Commerce,
    are scheduled.
    Starting at 5 p.m., free ice
    skating is being provided by
    the city near the downtown
    Veterans Memorial Park. Ac-
    cording to Community Rela-
    tions Coordinator Stephanie
    O’Brien, a 30- by 40-foot ice
    rink will be placed and ice
    skates will be provided at no
    charge.
    Feed the Community will
    also begin at 5 p.m. and is
    being hosted by city of Princ-
    eton Public Works. Citizens
    will get a free meal includ-
    ing hotdogs, chips and drinks
    served by public works em-
    ployees. The meal is while
    supplies last so citizens are
    encouraged to get there early.
    Also, citizens are being asked
    to donate one new, unwrapped
    toy for Toys for Tots.
    At 6 p.m., the Christmas pa-
    rade will traverse around the
    area utilizing the same route as
    the Homecoming parade. This
    year’s theme is ‘Santa Claus is
    coming to town.’
    See CHRISTMAS page 6A
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    Deadlines for Princeton’s
    Angel Tree program are quick-
    ly approaching and the Lions
    Club is asking for the commu-
    nity’s help to provide a great
    Christmas for kids.
    Applications are being ac-
    cepted on each Princeton
    campus for children who can
    benefit from this charitable ef-
    fort. These will be verified us-
    ing information from the free
    and reduced meal program, as
    well as recommendations from
    counselors regarding new cir-
    cumstances.
    According to Superinten-
    dent Philip Anthony, there
    are hundreds of students who
    might go without Christmas if
    it weren’t for the efforts of the
    Lions Club.
    “There’s no other civic or-
    ganization besides the Lions
    Club that is set up to help and
    target the Princeton area ex-
    clusively,” he said. “For the
    past 10 years, we’ve always
    been able to assist every eli-
    gible applicant.”
    The deadline for applica-
    tions is Monday, Dec. 3. All
    Angel applications are re-
    viewed on a first-come, first-
    served basis.
    Angel Tree adoptions start-
    ed Monday, Nov. 5, and con-
    tinue until Monday, Dec. 10.
    The community support
    plays a big role in getting ev-
    ery child adopted. The city of
    Princeton joins First Bank and
    Trust and Independent Bank
    with Angel Trees in those lo-
    cations.
    According to Anthony, dis-
    trict employees do a great job
    in stepping up to help. Many
    See DEADLINE. page 2A
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    Construction documents have
    been launched in order to turn
    Huddleston Intermediate School
    into a daycare center and ex-
    panding the Career and Technol-
    ogy Education (CATE) center.
    Huddleston Intermediate
    School, which currently con-
    tains sixth grade only, will be
    transformed into a daycare cen-
    ter to be utilized by PISD em-
    ployees and students, if need-
    ed. Sixth grade will be placed
    into both Clark Junior High
    School and Southard Junior
    High when opened in the fall.
    Currently, PISD has a day-
    care center known as Panther
    Cub daycare located behind
    Godwin Elementary School in
    portable classrooms.
    See TRUSTEES page 2A
    Decking the halls
    Huddleston to become a
    daycare, CATE center in 2019
    First ever Christmas parade coming to town
    Groundbreaking
    ceremony Dec. 12 for
    Crossroads Development
    A groundbreaking ceremony
    is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednes-
    day, Dec. 12 for the new Princ-
    eton Crossroads Development.
    The ceremony is being host-
    ed by International Capital and
    Range Realty Advisors in part-
    nership with the Princeton EDC
    and CDC.
    The ceremony will take place
    at Hwy. 380 and Boorman Lane.
    Those attending are asked to
    RSVP to Sandra Bauer at sbau-
    [email protected] or
    call 469-687-2501.
    Annual Blue Ridge
    event on tap
    The annual Holiday Sip and
    Stroll in Blue Ridge will be held
    from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday,
    Dec. 7.
    The event is hosted by the
    Blue Ridge Chamber of Com-
    merce and showcases downtown
    businesses in Blue Ridge along
    with food and drink from area
    wineries and breweries. Tickets
    are $35 for alcoholic beverages
    are food and $15 for nonalco-
    holic beverages and food.
    For more information contact
    Dina Brown at 972- 369-6355.
    See Area Briefs on pg. 2A for
    additional events.
    Wyndi Veigel/The Princeton Herald
    Students from Harper Elementary School got a jump on the holiday season by taking a field trip to the Lois Nelson Public Library Tuesday, Nov. 27 to hang handpainted orna-
    ments on a Christmas tree. From left is Westen C., Isabella L., Gael A. and Elisa H. Additional photos at princetonherald.com and page 6A.
    By Sonia Duggan
    Associate Publisher
    [email protected]
    When Lucas resident Diane
    Leigh went missing last May,
    the Collin County Sheriff’s
    Department and Lucas Fire De-
    partment conducted a search for
    hours with no luck.
    The 71-year-old woman was
    last seen helping her husband
    with yardwork, and when he
    went inside, she wandered off.
    A neighbor’s surveillance cam-
    era had footage of her and the
    direction she wandered, but
    search efforts soon stalled.
    Lance Gant, Assistant Fire
    Chief and Emergency Man-
    agement Coordinator for Lu-
    cas Fire-Rescue felt that they
    needed additional assistance in
    finding the missing woman. He
    contacted the fire chief and city
    manager who approved Gant’s
    idea to call in a unique minis-
    try that works to bring home
    the lost and missing; Lone
    Star Search and Rescue, a K-9
    search and rescue team.
    By the time LSSAR reported
    on scene at noon May 17, Ms.
    Leigh had been missing for 24
    hours and the prospect of find-
    ing her alive was grim. Aside
    from bringing various types of
    See ALL page 5A
    Lone Star Search and Rescue team ready to assist agencies
    K-9 team aids Lucas,
    Blue Ridge FDs, helps
    find missing women
    Courtesy photo
    Team members from Lone Star Search and Rescue gather prior to training one week-
    end. The group is comprised of multiple teams including six K-9 teams, Flankers (the
    person responsible for communication, navigation and first aid), Command, ATV and
    Outreach. The nonprofit was started by five years ago by Michele and Terry Benjamin.
    Angel tree adoptions
    continue through Dec. 10
    Courtesy illustration
    Huddleston Intermediate School will be transformed into Panther Cub Daycare, a
    childcare center for PISD employee’ children and student’s children.

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    UPCOMING
    CALENDAR
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    Princeton wrestling qualifies for state tournament, sPorts Pg. 1B
    Lake Lavon Levels
    Normal – 492
    492.48 ft
    as of 2/19/19
    Lake Jim Chapman
    Normal 440 – Current
    440.39 ft
    Source: US Army Corps of Engineers
    NEWS YOU NEED
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    After more than a year, Gary
    Lynn Marrs, 55, was indicted
    on a felony DWI charge after
    a school bus accident on FM
    982.
    Marrs, of Princeton, was in-
    dicted for DWI-third or more,
    a Third Degree felony on
    Tuesday, Feb. 12 by the Collin
    County Grand Jury.
    The accident occurred Feb.
    16, 2018 when a Princeton ISD
    school bus was reportedly rear-
    ended on FM 982 by Marrs
    who was driving 2006 Green
    Hyundai Tucson
    sports utility ve-
    hicle.
    According to
    information pro-
    vided by the po-
    lice department,
    the bus was
    stopped with the
    stop signs out to
    let students exit
    when the driver
    rear-ended the
    bus. Students did have their
    seat belts on while riding the
    bus. Paramedics checked out
    two students who were stand-
    ing to exit the bus when the
    crash occurred, but ultimately
    no students were in-
    jured in the crash. An-
    other bus arrived to
    transport the student.
    The indictment pro-
    ceedings, in part, took
    an extended amount of
    time due to having to
    wait for toxicology re-
    sults for Marrs’ blood
    alcohol level from the
    DPS crime lab.
    Marrs was critical-
    ly injured in last year’s crash
    and had to be airlifted from
    the scene. If convicted, Marrs
    could serve two to 10 years in
    jail and pay a $10,000 fine for
    the Third Degree felony.
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    Curtis Lee Zetterlund, 36,
    was arrested on a laundry list
    of charges after he was con-
    nected to a string of vehicle
    thefts and burglaries, along
    with a robbery, in Princeton.
    The crime spree began
    when two trucks were stolen
    Wednesday, Feb. 6 – one on
    Cedar Cove Drive and one on
    Hazelwood Street.
    A burglary of a vehicle
    also took place Feb. 6 on
    Rock Court after a vehicle
    was left unlocked.
    Multiple items were stolen
    from the vehicle including
    the victim’s wallet, back-
    pack, purse, medical sup-
    plies and a Harley Davidson
    pea coat.
    Also on Feb. 6, the robbery
    of an individual took place as a
    See THEFTS page 2A
    By Wyndi Veigel
    News Editor
    [email protected]
    A newly launched book
    club at the Lois Nelson Public
    Library will offer bibliophiles
    a chance to make new friends,
    discuss popular books and
    read new works of fiction.
    The first informational
    meeting will be held Thurs-
    day, Feb. 26 at the library
    starting at 7 p.m.
    The book club is open
    to men and women ages 18
    years and older.
    The first book that club
    members should read to be
    discussed at the Feb. 26 meet-
    ing is “The Great Alone” by
    Kristin Hannah.
    People are responsible for
    supplying their own copy of
    the book, Library Director
    Cathy Dunkel said.
    The idea for the book
    club came about after con-
    versation at a library advi-
    sory board meeting where the
    members made the sugges-
    tion to start a book club.
    See LIBRARY page 6A
    By Jean Ann Collins
    Contributing Writer
    [email protected]
    For the third consecutive
    year, junior Marquis McBride
    has earned a place on the All-
    State Choir, however, this is
    the first time it was for the
    5A/6A large school division.
    Marquis, who is a PHS
    choir student and the son of
    Marquita and Isiah McBride,
    will perform Saturday, Feb.
    16, in San Antonio as part of
    the 2019 Texas Music Educa-
    tors Association Convention.
    He was chosen for this pres-
    tigious honor through a com-
    petitive process of auditions
    at district, region and area
    levels.
    According to PHS choir
    director Rachel Lavender, her
    student’s road to All-State has
    been challenging.
    “He’s in the Top 2 percent
    of music students in the state,”
    she said. “I don’t think people
    realize how challenging the
    music really is.”
    According to Lavender,
    for his most recent audition,
    Marquis had to learn three
    pieces of complicated music,
    including advanced works of
    Johannes Brahms and Sydney
    Guillaume’s “Gagot,” which
    is a mix of Haitian, Creole and
    French languages.
    “He has to practice all of
    it, because you don’t know
    which piece they will pick for
    you to sing in the rounds,” she
    said. “When the piano starts,
    you better be ready.”
    Since All-State is the high-
    est honor a Texas music stu-
    dent can receive, only 1,780
    students are selected through
    a process that begins with
    more than 68,000.
    Once in San Antonio for
    the TMEA convention, All-
    State students participate in
    three days of rehearsals di-
    rected by nationally-recog-
    nized conductors. For the All-
    State concert schedule, go to
    the Performances section of
    www.tmea.org/convention.
    Marquis doesn’t want his
    All-State experience to end
    with this year’s performance.
    “I can hopefully go next
    year for the fourth time,”
    he said. “I’m going to try to
    make the mixed choir so I
    can say I made it in all choirs
    available.”
    Marquis said he comes
    from a family of singers who
    have been supportive.
    “Everyone in my family
    sings, but no one has pursued
    it like I have,” he said. “But
    they are always proud of me.”
    Marquis may have started
    singing too early to remem-
    ber, but his official chorale
    music education started in
    sixth grade.
    “I’ve always sang in my
    church choir,” he said. “That
    made me want to choose choir
    See PHS page 6A
    DWI defendant indicted in bus wreck
    Gary Lynn Marrs
    File photo
    One year ago a Princeton school bus was hit on FM 982
    while its stop signs were out to allow students to exit the
    bus. The driver of the car was arrested for DWI.
    Victor Tapia/The Princeton Herald
    Orlando Arzate watches the ball against Denison last Friday in District 10-5A at
    Jackie Hendricks Stadium. Princeton came away with the programs first district
    wins as a Class 5A program 2-0. For the story and additional photos see this week’s
    Sports and princetonherald.com.
    Laser
    focus
    Book club to start
    at library
    Suspect arrested
    on multiple charges
    Curtis Zetterlund
    Singing notes of high praise
    Wyndi Veigel/The Princeton Herald
    A car was totaled Friday, Feb. 15 after two 16-year-olds
    from Princeton slid off the road into a tree while trying
    to evade Farmersville police officers. Story on page 6A.
    Car totaled as teens
    run from police
    PHS junior travels
    to All State Choir
    performance
    Thursday, Feb. 21: 6:30
    p.m., Library Board Meeting,
    Lois Nelson Public Library, 323
    McKinney Avenue
    Monday, Feb. 25: 6:30 p.m.,
    Princeton City Council, city
    hall, 123 W. Princeton Dr.
    Monday, Feb. 25: 6:30 p.m.,
    Princeton ISD School Board
    meeting, Administration build-
    ing, 321 Panther Parkway
    Thursday, Feb. 28: 7 p.m.,
    Book Club, Lois Nelson Public
    Library, 323 McKinney Avenue
    Notable perfection
    The Princeton High School
    Band performed well at the UIL
    Region 25 Solo and Ensemble
    Contest Saturday, Feb. 9.
    Eighty-nine students performed
    in 83 events at the contest.
    One hundred eighteen first divi-
    sion medals were awarded to stu-
    dents in this division.
    Twelve students advanced to
    State on their solo and as a part of
    an ensemble. Fifty-two total stu-
    dents advanced to the UIL Texas
    State Solo and Ensemble Contest
    at UT Austin in June. See pg. 5A
    InsIde thIs Issue
    Twenty-three students from
    Clark Junior High competed in
    the Skills USA District contest.
    These 8th-graders brought home
    26 medals, and 11 students will
    be representing Princeton ISD
    at the state level competition in
    April. See pg. 5A
    SkillsUSA touts awards
    at junior high level
    Clarabelle Galbraith, from
    Princeton, captured Grand
    Champion and Reserve Grand
    Champion Turkeys in the Open
    Junior Poultry Show at the 2019
    Fort Worth Stock Show and Ro-
    deo in late January.
    The 2019 show hosted poul-
    try exhibitors from across Tex-
    as competing for awards and
    $4,180 in premiums. See pg. 5A
    Grand Champion
    turkey award presented
    to Princeton girl

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    The dust from the Nov. 6
    General Election is still set-
    tling.
    Wednesday and Friday, the
    Williamson County Late Ballot
    Board will count the provi-
    sional and late mail-in ballots
    but candidates who lost by a
    narrow margin shouldn’t look
    to this process to overturn the
    election.
    WilCo Elections Director
    Christopher Davis said his
    office has about 1,900 ballots
    remaining to be counted.
    “Provisional ballots will
    begin to be processed by the
    Late Ballot Board tomorrow
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    There’s a time and a place
    for everything. Thursday is
    the time to have your ques-
    tions about city projects
    answered.
    Robert Garcia, Dist. 4 rep-
    resentative to the Taylor City
    Council, will host a town hall
    style meeting 5 to 8 p.m. at
    Corral Lozano on W. Second
    St.
    “I value everyone’s voice
    and their concerns,” Garcia
    said. “City staff and other
    council members will be in
    attendance and this gives us
    the opportunity to gauge what
    is important to the Taylor citi-
    zens [outside of streets] and
    what we need to improve on.”
    Garcia pushed out an
    aggressive agenda for the
    event.
    The list of topics he plans
    to discuss are:
    • District 4 update
    • Community update
    • Police and Fire update
    • Parks update
    • Community engagement
    (Fix-Tt Form training)
    The Taylor football team
    clinched its eighth straight
    trip to the playoffs Friday
    night with a 42-28 victory
    over Burnet, and a loss by
    Fredericksburg.
    The Ducks (4-6, 2-3
    District 14-4A) didn’t miss a
    beat without injured quarter-
    back Cole Harms, racking up
    nearly 500 offensive yards
    in his absence. Jailen Tealer
    rushed for 196 yards and
    two touchdowns on 17 car-
    ries, Jayson Saucedo added
    80 yards on nine carries, and
    Jason Martinez carried the
    ball 18 times for 77 yards and
    three scores.
    Taylor will face District
    13-4A champion Sealy in the
    bi-district round Thursday at
    Bastrop ISD Memorial Stadium
    in Cedar Creek. Kick-off is set
    for 7 p.m.
    Advance tickets are $5 each,
    $3 for students, and available
    through the TISD athletic office
    at Taylor High School. For more
    information, call 512-352-6326.
    Tickets will also be avail-
    able at the gate for $8 each.
    Sealy, the sixth-ranked
    team in 4A according to Dave
    Campbell’s Texas Football,
    enters the game unbeaten at
    10-0.
    The Taylor City Council
    made it clear it is in favor
    of public art. The issue is
    how is that public art going
    to be funded.
    “We’re attempting to
    change how Taylor has
    operated in the past with
    some respects to things
    that are valued,” said
    Mayor Brandt Rydell at
    Thursday night’s council
    meeting. . “[Is Taylor] a
    community that embraces
    the arts?”
    The council voted to
    introduce an ordinance to
    move forward with a public
    arts advisory board.
    The original proposal
    was to create a fund and a
    budgeting process for the
    acquisition of art in public
    places.
    “Annually the council
    would appropriate, as it
    sees fit, the funds that
    would be in that public arts
    fund,” Tom Yantis, assistant
    city manager development
    director, said.
    The funding mechanism
    for art in public places
    was proposed at one per-
    cent of certain Capital
    Improvement Projects (CIP)
    not including any water,
    sewer, drainage or streets.
    He said the ordinance
    implements the program
    and establishes an arts
    advisory board with seven
    members appointed by the
    council.
    Yantis said many cities
    have ordinances for public
    art, and although they are
    slightly different, many uti-
    lize a percentage of capital
    projects for funding.
    The proposal of the
    ordinance is a result of
    the council’s strategic
    The controversy surrounding a public art wall in Potters Alley off Main Street between
    Third and Second streets is the impetus for the city to propose a Commission on Public
    Art.
    Photo by Richard Stone
    The Taylor Ducks will
    play the Sealy Tigers
    in the first round of
    the playoffs 7 p.m.
    Thursday at Bastrop.
    Advance tickets are
    $3 and $5 and are
    available at the
    Taylor High School
    athletic office.
    Photo by Larry Pelchat
    The American Legion displayed the memorial book that
    includes names of Taylor veterans who were in WWI,
    WWII, the Civil War and the Spanish American War.
    The American Legion Graham D Luhn, Post 39 in Taylor hosted its
    annual Veterans Day Breakfast and read the names of WWI veterans
    that are known to the Post.
    Local veterans Vencil Mares (left) and Angel Zavala have a conversation during the Veterans Day Breakfast at the American Legion Sunday morning.
    Photos by Joe Burgess
    Ducks are playoff bound!
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    WilCo
    set to vet
    provisional
    ballots
    Town Hall
    set for
    Thursday
    Public art imminent, funding still unclear
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    See MEETING • page 2
    See ART • page 2
    On Veterans Day, the
    American Legion Graham
    D Luhn, Post 39 in Taylor
    hosted its annual Veterans Day
    breakfast. Veterans from all
    branches of the military attend-
    ed and enjoy breakfast donated
    and served by volunteers from
    the community. During the
    event, a brief ceremony was held
    to read the names of WWI veter-
    ans that are known to the Post
    during WWI. There were also
    displays recognizing veterans
    that featured items used in the
    war. To see how Taylor ISD rec-
    ognized veterans, go to page 14.

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    An Ecstasy pill found in a
    child’s hamburger wrapper
    lead to the arrest of three
    Sonic Drive-In employees last
    night. The pill was discovered
    after an 11-year-old girl was
    unwrapping the kid’s meal
    hamburger for her 4-year-old
    brother. The parents brought
    the entire meal, including
    the Ecstasy pill, to the Taylor
    Police Station.
    Police officers conducted a
    field test on the substance and
    it tested positive for Ecstasy.
    Officers and detectives
    responded to the restaurant
    promptly to investigate and
    identify all employees. The
    investigation resulted in the
    arrest of three Sonic employ-
    ees.
    Officers
    found Sonic
    employee Jose
    Molina, 22, of
    Taylor, to be
    in possession
    of marijuana.
    Sonic Manager
    Tanesha Dancer, 30, of Taylor,
    was wanted on an outstand-
    ing warrant out of Guadalupe
    County for Parole Violation-
    Larceny, a state jail felony.
    Sonic employee Jonathan
    Roberson, 35, of Taylor, was
    wanted on three outstanding
    warrants out of Travis County
    for theft by check, a class B
    misdemeanor; driving while
    Since moving to the new
    Taylor High School campus
    seven years ago, the Ducks
    have never hosted
    a varsity basket-
    ball tournament –
    until now.
    On Thursday,
    the inaugu-
    ral Taylor Boys
    Basketball
    Tournament
    tipped off with a
    five-game slate
    that featured the Ducks, as
    well as Giddings, Rockdale,
    Manor New Tech, Brazos
    and IDEA Montopolis.
    The six-team round robin
    tournament continued on
    Friday and concluded the
    following evening.
    “Taylor is a community
    that loves basketball, and
    I always thought it made
    sense for Taylor to host a
    tournament,” Ducks coach
    Michael Williams said.
    “Whenever you start it out
    like this you’re only going to
    have six varsity teams, but
    I’m hoping to make this a big
    deal moving forward.”
    Taylor opened the tourna-
    ment Thursday afternoon
    with an 82-55 victory over
    a scrappy Montopolis team
    that dressed only seven play-
    ers.
    Despite being outnum-
    bered, the Bulldogs trailed
    just 29-27 in the final min-
    utes of the first half before
    forward Ja’Ron Carver
    scored six straight points to
    give Taylor a 35-27 halftime
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    Narcotics found in burger leads to three arrests
    Over the past year, Taylor
    ISD has made strides in safety
    and security within the dis-
    trict. At Wednesday night’s
    Pints, Politics & Culture, board
    president Marco Ortiz said the
    trustees have been monitor-
    ing safety for some time now.
    Taylor ISD
    president
    discusses
    safety plans
    Regina Wright got more
    exposure on Wednesday
    than she
    probably bar-
    gained for.
    That
    afternoon,
    Wright was
    a guest on
    “Around the
    Watercooler,”
    the weekly sports show pro-
    duced by the Taylor Press
    and streamed live on the
    paper’s Facebook page.
    She was on the show to
    talk about her athletic career
    Local athlete
    busted; arrest
    shown live on
    national TV
    Ducks open inaugural tourney with bang
    See SONIC • page 3
    See PPC • page 3
    See BUST • page 3
    See TOURNEY • page 10
    Taylor ISD President Marco Ortiz was the
    special guest on Pints, Politics & Culture.
    Photo by Jason Hennington
    Dancer Roberson
    Josh Blue splits two Giddings defenders on his way to the basket during the Taylor Duck
    basketball tournament Friday afternoon.
    Wright
    STUDENTS LIVE LIVESTOCK LIFESTYLE
    lease be mindful that we have a
    show going on and give the ani-
    mals the right-of-way as the head
    to the arena,” blared over the
    loud speaker.
    At that time, Lindsey Dube and her
    brother Cooper, both students at Thrall High
    School, looked at their watches and realized
    they still had a few minutes to eat before
    preparing for the show.
    “It’s a complete lifestyle commitment,”
    Lindsey said. “You have to invest time, ener-
    gy and money into buying quality animals,
    working with the animals and make sure
    you aren’t taking shortcuts in how they are
    raised.”
    Cooper said it is important to feed the
    animals well and have a good feed program.
    Lindsey said a typical day begins before
    the sun comes up with feeding. She said the
    feed has to be mixed according to a ration
    based on protein percentages and feed to
    gain ratios. Then it’s off to school.
    “When we come home we have to walk
    them, wash them, condition their skin, give
    them exercise, give them their nightly feed-
    ing and make sure their pens are clean,” she
    said.
    Lindsey Dube finishes up some homework while waiting to go to the arena at the
    livestock show.
    Kellen Kincaide takes a quick nap with his pig before heading to the arena.
    Photos by Jason Hennington
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    JW Kincaide is in his first year of the Ag lifestyle and said he enjoys raising his animals.

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    Aledo graduate Austin
    Underwood’s ‘Under-
    dawgs’ food truck big hit
    in area
    By Tony Eierdam
    The Community News
    In his desire to become a chef,
    Aledo High School 1999 graduate
    Austin Underwood has taken the
    necessary steps and put in the
    work to see his franchise, “Austin’s
    Underdawgs” take off.
    Underwood’s food truck was on
    hand last week at the Aledo High
    School home tennis tournament,
    but it was rained out. During the
    delay before the cancelation of the
    tournament, Underwood sold his
    patented hot dogs out of his food
    truck.
    Underwood, who has Down
    Syndrome, has always wanted to
    own a restaurant. Since Austin had
    never learned to read, he was not a
    good candidate for a chef job, but
    he quickly learned skills to be an
    excellent prep chef in the Eastern
    New Mexico University cafeteria.
    Underwood began classes at
    Eastern New Mexico when he
    was 21. He attended a vocational
    program at ENMSU designed for
    people with special needs and/or
    limited abilities.
    His mother, Jan, said Austin’s
    love of food had him “yearning to
    own his own restaurant.” More than
    a decade and a half later, Austin is
    taking his show on the road selling
    “Underdawg Hot Dogs” in his trav-
    eling “Dawgmobile.”
    After college, Underwood
    took jobs at an area McDonald’s,
    Albertson’s café and eventually
    Campisi’s which eventually led to
    Underwood’s new venture – sell-
    ing his specialty-made hot dogs
    from the truck at various events or
    parties.
    Underwood was certified under
    a program in Chicago at Vienna
    Beef’s Hot Dog University, similar
    to the McDonald’s program in the
    Windy City called “Hamburger U.”
    He developed a menu which
    also includes a vegetarian dog,
    “The Un-Dawg” along with his
    most popular dog, “The Straw
    Dog” which is a frankfurter with
    “dawg sauce,” bacon bits and
    grilled onions served on a toasted
    bun.
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    BEARCAT GROWTH
    COMMITTEE
    Group sees facts,
    challenges of
    student growth
    Surge in property values
    could pay for bond issue
    By Bob Buckel
    The Community News
    Just like the communities it
    serves, the Aledo school district is
    growing. That reality comes with
    both a challenge and a blessing.
    The challenge? The district
    needs to build more classrooms to
    educate those children.
    The blessing? The district’s
    underlying property wealth is also
    growing, providing the tax revenue
    to meet those needs — as long as
    voters approve.
    But while voters will likely be
    asked to approve a bond issue
    in November, it’s possible no tax
    increase will be needed to pay for
    it. Growth projections in Aledo ISD
    indicate there’s enough room to
    fund $105 million to $137 million
    in new bonds without raising the
    tax rate.
    “With the value growth and the
    assumptions that we’ve made, we
    think that we would be able to do
    the most critical projects and not
    have to increase that tax rate,” Earl
    Husfeld, the district’s chief finan-
    cial officer, told the Bearcat Growth
    Committee last Thursday.
    The meeting, held at the dis-
    trict’s teacher training center, was
    designed to give the committee’s
    38 members a look at finances and
    projected growth. Husfeld, super-
    intendent Dr. Susan Bohn, and
    bond advisor Josh McLaughlin all
    spoke and fielded questions during
    the three-hour session, the group’s
    third.
    Husfeld presented an overview
    of the district’s financial condi-
    tion, explaining the two tax rates
    — M&O, or maintenance and oper-
    ations, and I&S, or interest and
    sinking.
    The M&O tax rate, currently
    set at the state maximum of $1.17
    per $100 in property values, pays
    for the school district’s day-to-day
    operations — salaries, transporta-
    tion, utilities, insurance, etc. That
    part of AISD’s budget is roughly
    $50 million, with $41 million fund-
    ed by local property taxes.
    State funding, Husfeld noted,
    has steadily gone down as the dis-
    trict’s property wealth has increased.
    This year the taxpayers of Aledo will
    send about $1.2 million back to the
    state as part of the “Robin Hood”
    school finance system.
    The legislature, which is cur-
    rently in session, has pledged to do
    something about that system, but
    it’s anybody’s guess what that will
    be.
    Turn to WALSH, page 4
    Top Underdawg
    SPECIAL TO THE COMMUNITY NEWS
    Austin Underwood poses in front of his “Dawgmobile,” a food truck where he sells his specialty hot dogs.
    Underwood, who has Down Syndrome, is a 1999 Aledo High School graduate.
    Turn to UNDERDAWG, page 3
    SPECIAL TO THE COMMUNITY NEWS
    Willow Park Police Officer Clarissa Wolfe and the rest
    of the force are eager to give citizens, young and old, a
    glimpse of the human side of police work during the city’s
    Citizen’s Police Academy. The 10-week course is set to
    begin March 21.
    ALEDO ISD
    District receives
    good financial news
    Staff Reports
    The Community News
    Aledo ISD has received state rec-
    ognition for its commitment to finan-
    cial responsibility and management
    of taxpayer dollars.
    The district got an “A” rating for
    “Superior Achievement” under Texas’
    School FIRST financial accountability
    rating system. The rating is the state’s
    highest, demonstrating the quality of
    Aledo ISD’s financial management
    and reporting systems.
    It marked the 15th straight year
    the district has received the highest
    rating, based on an analysis of staff
    and student data and audited budget
    and actual financial data.
    “We are very proud of earning the
    Superior Achievement Rating for the
    15th consecutive year,” said school
    board president Hoyt Harris. “We
    are diligent in our commitment to
    financial responsibility and this rating
    helps provide our stakeholders with
    evidence of our dedication to sound
    fiscal management and reporting.”
    ALEDO ISD
    Visiting Austin
    Staff Reports
    The Community News
    Superintendent, board
    members meet with
    legislators in Austin
    Aledo ISD school board mem-
    bers and Superintendent Dr. Susan
    K. Bohn traveled to Austin Tuesday
    to advocate for the district and pub-
    lic schools.
    Trustees Bobby J Rigues, Forrest
    Collins, and David Lear, along with
    Dr. Bohn, visited the State Capitol
    and met with Senators Beverly
    Powell and Pat Fallon, Rep. Phil
    King, and legislative staff members,
    who represent the voters of Aledo
    ISD.
    Topics included the district’s leg-
    islative priorities, adopted by the
    school board in December, includ-
    ing protecting local decision-mak-
    ing, issues related to fast growth,
    and additional funding to support
    Aledo schools.
    Aledo ISD is expected to add
    more than 2,600 students over the
    next five years.
    Turn to AUSTIN, page 3
    Turn to FINANCE, page 3
    Reagan
    Parker County Republicans hold
    their annual Reagan Day Dinner.
    PAGE 2
    150 Years Old
    State legislators honor
    Weatherford College on its
    150th birthday.
    PAGE 4
    Clean Slate
    Ladycats maintain undefeated
    record in soccer.
    PAGE 7
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    Looking at the season ahead
    with a softball advance.
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    Aledo Education Foundation
    Gala sets record on attendance.
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    Community turns out in force
    for a “Workout for Emma.”
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    Ladycats soccer team headed to
    regional tournament.
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    Flipping and
    Flying
    Area boys participate in
    USA Gymnastics
    By Randy Keck
    The Community News
    While local opportunities abound
    for girls to participate in gymnastics,
    there is growing interest in the sport
    among boys.
    A group that includes boys from
    the Aledo-Willow Park area trains
    regularly at the Cheer Connection,
    located between Aledo and Benbrook
    on Interstate 20.
    Known as the North Texas Elite
    Gymnastics Team, the group is com-
    posed of young men aged 6-18.
    The group is part of the USA
    Gymnastics Junior Olympic pro-
    gram.
    “A lot of your guys that are on
    the Olympic team went through
    the same system,” said Scott
    Dickerson, who coaches the
    North Texas Gymnastics Elite
    team.
    Dickerson grew up play-
    ing football, baseball, and
    running track. But, as a
    100-pound freshman in
    high school, he looked at
    other athletic options
    as well.
    “I was on the
    football team. But
    one of my best
    friends who had
    cystic fibrosis
    and I got on
    the swim team, because it’s good for
    your lungs,” Dickerson said.
    Dickerson’s interest at Western
    Hills High School tilted toward div-
    ing, so as a freshman he ended up on
    the diving team.
    “But I realized the people who
    were diving had been doing club div-
    ing since they were young,” he said.
    So I was like Rodney Dangerfield.
    I thought, ‘I may not be first, but
    I’m not going to be last.’ So our high
    school had gymnastics – we had a
    team and a class so I joined gymnas-
    tics to help out my diving. And two
    weeks later, I ended up competing.”
    Dickerson continued to compete
    until he injured his neck three days
    into his senior year, but he ended
    up cheering for three years at the
    University of Texas in Arlington,
    where he received his degree in kine-
    siology.
    He was on faculty at TCU for
    nine years in kinesiology.
    He also worked as a lifeguard for
    17 years at the General Dynamics/
    Lockheed Martin Recreation Area.
    “In college, just as a second job,
    I started coaching just boys classes
    – kind of help them with their tum-
    bling program and so on, and then
    just kind of kept up with it on to the
    competitive aspect,” Dickerson said.
    A couple of the gyms where his
    team worked out went out of busi-
    ness, so they had to find new gyms,
    which also went out of business.
    “So at that point in time I talked
    to a guy who’s a financial advisor,
    and he said, ‘why don’t you start
    doing this as your own thing?’ My
    background was not business, but I
    started buying equipment, little by
    little. And, you know, that way, I had
    more of a bargaining chip.”
    With his own equipment,
    Dickerson didn’t have to rely on
    equipment that might not be there if
    the gym failed.
    With a passion for coaching,
    Dickerson didn’t want to own his
    own gym.
    “If I did that, I wasn’t going to
    be coaching anymore. I’d have to be
    more on the administrative side of
    it,” he said. “And I wanted to keep
    coaching.”
    To make the financial insurance
    and retirement part of his passion
    possible, he joined the DWF Airport
    Fire Department, where he has
    worked for 15 years.
    That makes scheduling workouts
    a little unique each week, as his fire
    department duties are 24 hours on
    and 48 hours off.
    Dickerson said the competitive
    season is December through April,
    Carson White, a
    student at Aledo
    Middle School, works
    out with North Texas
    Elite Gymnastics
    team.
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    RANDY KECK/THE COMMUNITY NEWS
    Dr. Tod Farmer, Weatherford College President, was part of the pro-
    gram on higher education during the East Parker County Chamber of
    Commerce monthly luncheon on April 10. Farmer said Willow Park is
    looking at opportunities to either put a campus in East Parker County,
    or to partner with the Aledo ISD.
    WILLOW PARK
    Council approves
    audit
    Site plan for
    Mariposa’s approved
    By Randy Keck
    The Community News
    The Willow Park City Council,
    fresh with a new video and sound
    system, approved a 2017-18 audit
    conducted by CliftonLarsonAllen,
    a large accountancy firm head-
    quartered in Minneapolis,
    Minnesota.
    The council met for its regular
    monthly meeting on April 9.
    The audit, in summary, looked
    at three major areas: financial
    stability, long-term debt, and
    interfund receivables. The audit’s
    findings were presented to the
    council by Chris Knopik, CPA,
    CFE , and Reba Long, CPA .
    Regarding financial stability,
    the audit concluded that “the city
    is in a stable spot financially with
    a sufficient balance in cash and a
    good outlook for future growth,
    which will increase sales and
    property tax revenues.”
    Under long-term debt, the
    auditors advised the city to “con-
    tinue to monitor and manage out-
    standing debt with future goals of
    the City.”
    The interfund receivables was
    a bit more complicated. In 2015,
    the city’s wastewater fund bor-
    rowed about $1.5 million from
    the city’s water fund in order to
    provide needed sewer services.
    The wastewater fund paid
    back a portion in 2016, but still
    owes $1,453,535.
    The auditors encouraged
    the city council to decide if the
    wastewater fund will pay back the
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    No injuries in Sunday fire
    By Klark Byrd
    [email protected]
    Thick smoke engulfed the neigh-
    borhood around the 300 block of
    17th Street Northeast as firefight-
    ers and police responded to a home
    fire Sunday evening. In attempt-
    ing to assess whether anyone was
    home, an officer injured his hand
    trying to get inside, Paris Deputy
    Fire Chief Jerry Horton said.
    It was the only injury at the
    scene, Horton said, as the home-
    owner had just stepped down the
    street when neighbors spotted the
    fire and began calling for help.
    Flames shot out from under the
    roof on the sides and back of the
    house, and a flame flared up at
    the top of a front window as fire-
    fighters worked to quell the fire.
    Neighbors lined the yards and
    sidewalks on the opposite side of
    the street, watching as the fire-
    fighters doused the flames to pro-
    tect neighboring homes.
    The homeowner returned and
    spoke with Horton before joining
    neighbors in their yard where they
    shared an embrace.
    Firefighters fought the fire for
    about two hours, responding to the
    call at 8:19 p.m. and pulling away
    at about 10:08 p.m. At about 9:30,
    Horton said fire crews were work-
    ing on mop up duties so they could
    safely go inside and determine how
    and where the fire started.
    This morning, Horton said it’s
    believed the fire started in the
    kitchen and the fire marshal may
    elect to investigate further.
    The home sustained significant
    enough damage that it was unsafe
    for the homeowner to return.
    Horton said the homeowner told
    him he had lined up a place to stay.
    Staff writer Erin Jusseaume contributed to this
    report.
    Justin’s Journey:
    By Erin Jusseaume
    [email protected]
    The doors had barely
    opened Sunday
    for a fundraising
    benefit for Justin Exum
    when hundreds of people
    descended upon the Paris
    Elks Lodge looking for
    somewhere to park.
    “We’ve got family here
    from as far as Tennessee
    to support Justin and the
    event,” said Justin’s mom,
    Sherry Yeatman. “It’s
    really overwhelming, and
    the outpouring of support
    from everyone in the com-
    munity has been a real
    blessing.”
    With tables stacked as
    close together as possible,
    just 39 minutes into the
    event, friends and family
    were rolling out more, all
    while trying to leave a
    little space on the dance
    floor for the kids enjoying
    the music.
    Justin visited with
    attendees at his table in
    front of the stage. That
    included a visit with
    Tyler Browning, a Paris
    EMT who had traveled
    with Justin to Plano after
    the Dec. 13 accident that
    caused 22 broken bones,
    brain injuries and a severe
    burn to his left shoulder
    and arm.
    Justin had been
    Former UT
    President Bill
    Powers has died
    By Matthew Watkins
    The Texas Tribune
    Bill Powers, who
    served as president of the
    University of Texas at
    Austin from 2006 to 2015,
    has died, according to the
    university.
    A school spokesman said
    he passed away on Sunday
    from a rare muscle dis-
    order and “complications
    from a fall several months
    earlier.” He was 72.
    Powers — a Southern
    California native who
    joined UT-Austin as a
    law professor in 1977 and
    gradually rose through the
    ranks of university leader-
    ship — presided over the
    state’s top-ranked public
    university during a period
    of significant change. His
    tenure brought the launch
    of the Dell Medical School
    and the Longhorn Network
    on cable TV, as well as an
    effort to increase the uni-
    versity’s four-year gradua-
    tion rate to 70 percent — a
    benchmark the university
    essentially met last year.
    But his tenure will likely
    be most remembered for
    his fight to preserve what
    his supporters commonly
    referred to as “the soul of
    the university.”
    Beginning about a
    decade ago, some conser-
    vative UT System regents
    and statewide leaders, led
    by then-Gov. Rick Perry,
    Second Street
    traffic reverse
    starts today
    By Mary Madewell
    [email protected]
    Beginning today, motor-
    ists going in either direc-
    tion can use 2nd Street
    Southwest and Northwest.
    The change from one-
    way to two-way traffic
    moves the downtown traf-
    fic plan for two-way streets
    one step closer to reality.
    Paris City Council
    approved the 2nd Street
    change at a Feb. 11 meet-
    ing, giving time for signs
    to be put in place for
    today’s transition.
    City Manager John
    Godwin said he expects
    the change to run smooth-
    ly as similar switches for
    Houston and Price streets
    in the spring of 2015 and
    3rd Street Southeast in
    2017.
    “The conversion of West
    2nd is part of our over-
    all plan to increase down-
    town mobility. This is not
    a very busy street, but we
    WHOA there: Horses teach bully prevention
    By Erin Jusseaume
    [email protected]
    We help one another
    — that was the message
    Monarch the miniature
    horse and his brother,
    Hero, a miniature dwarf,
    brought to the children
    of Chisum Elementary
    School.
    The small horses pro-
    vide a unique perspective
    on perceiving differences,
    a service their owners,
    Mini Hooves of Love, are
    proud to provide. Friday’s
    presentation was in part-
    nership with the Paris
    Police Department on
    the importance of saying
    “WHOA” to bullying.
    “This is another way
    to teach kids about bul-
    lying, and we get to use
    Hero and Monarch to help
    them understand the dif-
    ferences we all have, and
    that it’s OK to be differ-
    ent,” Paris Police Officer
    Curtis Graham said.
    Two sessions were
    offered Friday afternoon,
    and the kids excitedly wel-
    comed both minis into the
    school gym. Graham spoke
    with the kids
    TODD WISEMAN/The Texas Tribune
    Bill Powers was president of the University of Texas at Austin
    from 2006 to 2015. He died Sunday at the age of 72.
    See POWERS, pg. 5
    See HORSES, pg. 5
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    you fix to help
    financially
    struggling families
    in Lamar County?
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    See TRAFFIC, pg. 5
    See JOURNEY, pg. 5
    ERIN JUSSEAUME / The Paris News
    Miniature horse Hero poses with Chisum Custodian Sandra
    Ferguson before he met with students in the gym.
    ALL PHOTOS BY ERIN JUSSEAUME / The Paris News
    Justin Exum, with wife Courtney and children Hollan, Dilin and Lynnlee, were in great spirits as they welcomed everyone to
    the benefit and caught up with as many friends and family as they could.
    There
    were
    plenty
    of gift
    certifi-
    cates up
    for grabs
    in the
    silent
    auction,
    and they
    took up
    a whole
    table
    on their
    own.
    KLARK BYRD/The Paris News
    A Paris firefighter watches as flames burst through the roof and out
    the front window of a Paris home on 17th Street Northeast on Sunday
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    By Tommy Culkin
    [email protected]
    Inside the Love Civic Center on a cold and
    rainy Tuesday came an outpouring of love
    and warmth for and from the family and
    friends of Brandon Luke Earley.
    The center filled to standing room only as
    hundreds gathered to honor and celebrate a life
    tragically cut short Friday afternoon in a vehicle
    collision along Highway 37. Pickups driven by
    Luke, 17, and fellow Rivercrest High School stu-
    dent Kolby “Tut” Fletcher collided when one
    of their vehicles drifted from its lane of travel
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    Firefighters work to control a blaze at a Helena Drive home
    Wednesday. Max Brian and his mother, Noreen Flores, made
    it out safely, but they lost family pets and many posses-
    sions.
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    Property tax reform may cause college tuition hike
    By Shannon Najmabadi
    The Texas Tribune
    The community colleges
    that educate about half the
    state’s higher education stu-
    dents are warning of possi-
    ble tuition hikes if the Texas
    Legislature enacts its sweep-
    ing property tax proposal.
    The high-priority legisla-
    tion would slow the growth
    of property tax revenue,
    which makes up an average
    40 percent of community
    colleges’ funding, accord-
    ing to an association that
    represents them. The share
    for state appropriations for
    the schools, meanwhile, has
    plummeted from 66 percent
    in the 1980s to near 23 per-
    cent today.
    “Community colleges
    are alarmed,” said Brenda
    Hellyer, chancellor of San
    Jacinto College. While she
    understands the need for
    property tax reform, she
    said, “The concern is you’ve
    got two revenue sources —
    your state revenue source
    is pretty much capped. And
    now, if you put a very tight
    cap on your property taxes,
    what can you do other than
    increase tuition and fees or
    cut your services?”
    Tuition and fee increas-
    es are the only way Paris
    Junior College has made up
    for declining state funding
    the past few years, school
    President Pam Anglin said.
    If Senate Bill 2 — in its cur-
    rent form — had been in
    place, the college’s “tax
    revenue would have been
    almost $300,000 less over the
    last two years,” she said.
    KLARK BYRD/The Paris News
    Paris Junior College and other community colleges may
    have to hike tuition and fees to make up for property
    tax revenue losses if Senate Bill 2 passes as written.
    PJC president: Senate bill would have
    cost school $300K this biennium
    See REFORM, pg. 5
    Fundraiser
    opens for fire
    victims
    By Erin Jusseaume
    [email protected]
    A fundraising effort
    has begun for two people
    lucky enough to escape
    their blazing home early
    Wednesday morning.
    A GoFundMe page, set
    up by Heath Biondo for
    Max Brian and his moth-
    er, Noreen Flores, seeks
    to raise $5,000 to help the
    family rebuild their lives
    after the fire claimed
    about 25 percent of their
    Helena Drive home. As
    of press time, the fund-
    raiser had raised $150.
    Although neither Brian
    or Flores was injured
    in the fire, which was
    reported to dispatchers
    at about 8:30 Wednesday
    morning, firefighters at
    the scene
    believed
    three of
    five pets
    perished.
    “We
    believe
    that the
    fire start-
    ed near
    an electrical point in
    the secondary bedroom
    next to a night stand,”
    Powderly Volunteer Fire
    Department Chief Roger
    Bussell said. “One of the
    home’s occupants stated
    that he noticed the bed
    mattress was on fire
    before attempting to
    remove it through a win-
    dow unsuccessfully.”
    Bussell said once Brian
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    United Way honors Bulls’ leadership
    By Kim Cox
    [email protected]
    Derald J. Bulls said he
    has followed the example
    of his parents in providing
    years of charitable service.
    “It was clear to me,
    learning about my par-
    ents, that they were going
    to be great servants,” he
    said.
    United Way of Lamar
    County on Wednesday
    awarded Bulls its lifetime
    leadership achievement
    award during its annu-
    al meeting in the Paris
    Junior College ballroom.
    Executive Director Jenny
    Wilson also recognized
    volunteer of the year, Tim
    Walsworth, and food truck
    of the year, Burgerland.
    United Way President
    Angela Chadwick intro-
    duced Bulls, the director
    of institutional advance-
    ment and alumni affairs
    for Paris Junior College.
    Bulls is an alum him-
    self of the college, and
    went on to get his bach-
    elor’s degree at East
    Texas State University.
    Bulls, she said, has either
    chaired, been president of
    or led by example on sev-
    eral boards, including the
    Lamar County Chamber of
    Commerce, United Way of
    Lamar County and Paris
    JCs. She said Bulls has
    won a slew of awards for
    his work in the commu-
    nity, such as being on the
    KIM COX/The Paris News
    United Way President Angela Chadwick hands Derald J. Bulls
    his lifetime leadership achievement award Wednesday after-
    noon at the Paris Junior College ballroom.
    Nonprofit raises
    $547K to support
    24 organizations
    See UNITED WAY, pg. 5
    Just Be. Conference
    to celebrate women
    By Klark Byrd
    [email protected]
    Who am I? Most peo-
    ple wonder that at some
    point in their lives. Am
    I an employee? A par-
    ent? A spouse? Just
    Be. Ministries founder
    Cortney Newman says
    we’re more than that,
    more than just our titles;
    we are our stories, and
    good, bad or ugly, those
    stories should be shared
    and celebrated.
    That’s just what
    Newman has planned
    with the first Just Be.
    Conference, slated for 9
    a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
    The women’s meeting
    will take place at Heritage
    Hall, 1009 W. Kaufman
    St. in Paris, and will fea-
    ture small
    group
    break-out
    sessions in
    addition to
    speakers.
    Lunch will
    be catered
    by On
    Top Of It
    Catering, Newman said.
    She said the idea for
    the conference developed
    on the realization that
    everyone has a story, and
    sometimes those stories
    aren’t shared because of
    trauma, guilt or shame.
    “This will be learning
    to give our stories voices,
    regardless of what we’ve
    been through,” Newman
    LORA ARNOLD/The Paris News
    A community of family and friends gathers Tuesday morning to support and love the family of the late Luke Earley
    at Love Civic Center.
    Family, friends recall
    Rivercrest student’s big
    personality, laughs and love
    See MEMORY, pg. 5
    NEWMAN
    See WOMEN, pg. 5
    In Memory
    LORA ARNOLD/The Paris News
    Chris Brown hugs the family of the late Luke Earley at
    Love Civic Center on Tuesday morning during Earley’s
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    For five local children, fam-
    ily is about more than blood.
    Laura Goughnour began tak-
    ing her kids to Mustang Creek
    Estates of Sachse around Eas-
    ter 2018 to teach them the
    importance of volunteering.
    A year later, the senior living
    community has become a sec-
    ond family to them.
    “We were looking for a fam-
    ily service project,” Gough-
    nour said. “We found that even
    though (the kids) are all dif-
    ferent ages, they all had some-
    thing to offer the residents. My
    little ones like Play-Doh and
    cooking, and my older ones
    like crafting. We like inter-
    acting with the residents and
    spending time with them, see-
    ing them smile.”
    All five Goughnours –
    Claire (13), Emily (11), Benja-
    min (9), Jane (6) and Ethan (3)
    – are homeschooled, and their
    volunteer work serves as part
    of their education. They craft,
    cook and converse with the
    See CHILDREN page 8A
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    NEWS YOU NEED
    see show n’ saLe, Best of, speciaL sections inside this issue!
    Morgan Howard/The Sachse News
    At a St. Patrick’s Day celebration held Wednesday, March 13 at Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse, people of all ages
    come together over crafts. From left to right, Vondaine St. Marie, Jane Goughnour, Emily Goughnour and Shirley
    Remo work on making shamrocks.
    Family serves at senior living community
    By Morgan Howard
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    One of the city’s smelli-
    est subjects will get freshened
    up as Sachse transitions solid
    waste providers.
    The contract with Commu-
    nity Waste Disposal (CWD)
    officially begins Monday,
    April 1, although the switch
    from Republic Services start-
    ed this week.
    All homes are divided into
    blue and yellow zones that de-
    termine when trash and recy-
    cling is collected. Blue zone
    residents set out their old Re-
    public containers this past
    week, which were collected
    with the waste. A gray trash cart
    and blue recycling cart from
    CWD were delivered later.
    The same system applies to
    yellow zone residents the week
    of March 25. Some homes will
    switch zones to make collec-
    tion more convenient, and have
    been notified.
    A major difference between
    the two contracts is the in-
    crease in recycling services;
    they will collect recycling ev-
    ery week instead of every two
    weeks. CWD asks residents to
    place recyclable items directly
    in the container with no bag.
    When the new contract
    starts, brush and bulk pickup
    will take place at the trash and
    recycling collection site. Ac-
    cording Sachse’s website, city
    staff are working on designat-
    ing specific pickup days.
    See APRIL page 3A
    Residents ready to talk trash
    New solid waste
    contract begins in
    April
    Chamber brings back golf tournament
    From Staff Reports
    [email protected]
    Although the 2019-20
    school year won’t start for
    almost six months, planning
    has already begun. To pre-
    pare families for the fall, Gar-
    land ISD will offer several
    key events by the end of this
    month.
    Choice of School for kids
    starting Pre-K and kindergar-
    ten opened March 20 and con-
    tinues through April 18.
    Each year, students entering
    kindergarten, sixth or ninth
    grades must select a campus.
    Choice of School allows fami-
    lies to choose any school in
    the district for their children to
    attend. Current students com-
    plete the selection process on
    Skyward, GISD’s online re-
    source for families and teach-
    ers. Children new to the dis-
    trict will choose a campus as
    part of the enrollment process.
    Magnet program appli-
    cations also opened March
    20, and last until Saturday,
    March 30.
    These programs are special-
    ized areas of studies. Avail-
    able choices for elementary-
    aged kids are Academy for
    Excellence, classical studies,
    dual language, Mandarin Chi-
    nese language and leadership,
    Montessori and math, science,
    technology (MST) training.
    Nine different GISD cam-
    puses house magnet programs.
    The application is done via
    Skyward, with testing sched-
    uled for Saturday, April 6 at
    Dorsey Elementary.
    Results will be posted April
    29 and the deadline to accept
    a seat is May 3, both of which
    are also done on Skyward.
    The district will host a kin-
    dergarten magnet information
    See ALL page 3A
    Pre-K, kindergarten enrollment opens in GISD
    Special needs Easter
    egg hunt planned
    An Easter egg hunt for kids
    with special needs is set for Sat-
    urday, April 6 at Garland’s Jerry
    Carter Softball Complex. A free
    lunch will be provided at 1 p.m.,
    with the egg hunt kicking off at
    2 p.m. RSVP by emailing Kristal
    Davis at kristal@specialonesnet-
    work.com. The softball complex
    is located at 550 W. Oates Road.
    Registration for the Arbor Day
    Jubilee is open to everyone hoping
    to make a difference. Groups will
    have a chance to plant trees and
    pick up trash around Sachse be-
    ginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April
    6. Supplies will be handed out in
    the city hall amphitheater, located
    behind 3815-B Sachse Road. To
    register, visit http://cityofsachse.
    com/406/Arbor-Day-Jubilee-
    Team-Up-Clean-Up.
    Arbor Day Jubilee
    registration opens
    Monday, March 25 – Plan-
    ning and Zoning Commission
    meeting, 6 p.m. at city hall
    Tuesday, March 26 – Greta
    the Reading Therapy Dog, 6
    p.m. at Sachse Public Library
    Monday, April 1 – New solid
    waste services start
    Monday, April 1 – City
    Council meeting, 7:30 p.m. at
    city hall
    Morgan Howard/The Sachse News
    A showing of “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies!” at
    Sachse Public Library draws several families Friday,
    March 15. Steele, 5, is ready to watch with his blan-
    kets and snacks. The event was part of the library’s
    Spring Break noon movie series.
    ‘Reel’ fun
    at the library
    By Morgan Howard
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    After a decade-long hiatus, Sachse Chamber of
    Commerce’s golf tournament is back in the swing
    of things just in time for spring.
    The tournament will take place Friday, March
    29 at Woodbridge Golf Club. It will begin at noon
    and last until about 5 p.m.
    “We’ve been talking about this since last fall,
    but it didn’t work out with Fallfest,” said Chamber
    President Molly Hall. “There’s been lots of interest
    in the community.”
    Although the chamber hosted a tournament for
    many years, there has not been one since 2009.
    The chamber did participate in a tri-cities one with
    Wylie and Murphy until about five years ago.
    Each team will consist of four people and cost
    a total of $400, which includes a lunch.
    Three different sponsor levels are also avail-
    able. All levels include the business’s name at
    the registration table and on the chamber’s web-
    site and Facebook page.
    Hole sponsors cost
    $250 and include the name
    on signs at the holes. Goody
    bag sponsors cost $500 and fea-
    ture the business’s logo on golfers’
    goody bags. Beverage cart spon-
    sors also cost $500 and will
    have the name on the bev-
    erage cart that will drive
    around the tournament.
    Groups wanting to both
    play and sponsor can get a
    See TOURNAMENT page 3A
    Best of Sachse
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  45. America’s Page One
    VOLUME 139 - NO. 64 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 DECATUR, TEXAS 20 PAGES IN 2 SECTIONS PLUS INSERTS $1
    Wise County Messenger
    P.O. Box 149 • 115 South Trinity
    Decatur, Texas 76234
    www.wcmessenger.com
    Scan this QR code with your
    smartphone to go to our website.
    ON THE
    WEB ...
    INDEX
    Opinion . . . . . . . . 4A
    Obituaries . . . . . . 5A
    Sports . . . . . . . . . 1B
    Classifi eds. . . . . . 4B
    5Things
    toKnow
    See page 3A
    Fake bills
    surface at
    local stores
    BY BRIAN KNOX
    [email protected]
    The Wise County Sheriff’s Offi ce is investigating a
    string of incidents where counterfeit money is being
    used at local stores.
    Wise County Sheriff’s Offi ce Chief Deputy Craig
    Johnson said they’ve received four reports of coun-
    terfeit bills being passed in the last couple of weeks.
    Three of those reports came from Chico and one came
    from Alvord.
    “It’s mainly low denominations, but one $50 was
    passed,” Johnson said.
    On Nov. 26, a counterfeit bill was passed at the
    Alvord Dollar General. The complainant in the case
    recognized the person and provided his identity to the
    sheriff’s offi ce. Jason Michael Hubbard of Alvord was
    arrested the same day on a felony charge of forgery
    government/national institution/money/security. He
    posted $15,000 bond and was released Nov. 29, accord-
    ing to Wise County jail records.
    Body
    identified as
    local resident
    BY BRIAN KNOX
    [email protected]
    The man who apparently set himself on fi re and
    jumped from a bridge on Texas 114 on the south side
    of Bridgeport Nov. 30, has been identifi ed as a 20-year-
    old Bridgeport resident.
    Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said Tuesday
    that the Dallas County Medical Examiner had posi-
    tively identifi ed the man as Lance Coe. Coe was a 2016
    graduate of Bridgeport High School, according to Wise
    County Messenger archives.
    Stanford said a suspicious person call came in
    around 6:40 a.m. about a man walking up and down
    the viaduct over the railroad tracks. The police depart-
    ment soon after received a second call about a fi re on
    the bridge with no one around.
    The chief said Coe had apparently doused himself in
    gasoline, and the fi re on the bridge was likely from the
    gasoline that had spilled onto the ground.
    Offi cers responded to the scene and found Coe below
    the bridge.
    “They ran down there. He was still on fi re. They used
    their fi re extinguishers to put him out, but he had
    already passed,” Stanford said.
    Coe was pronounced dead at the scene and sent to
    the medical examiners offi ce.
    Coe was featured in a 2014 Wise County Messenger
    story as a member of Bridgeport High School’s robotics
    club. Coe, a junior at the time, was on the marketing
    team for the robot.
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    Remembering 41
    Decatur resident
    recalls days with
    late president
    DECATUR
    BY AUSTIN JACKSON
    [email protected]
    After hearing the
    news of the death
    of George H.W.
    Bush, retired U.S.
    Army, Command
    Sgt. Maj. Barry Wheeler, a
    Decatur resident and Army
    veteran, stepped outside his
    home with a heavy heart and
    lowered his American fl ag to
    half staff, joining the world-
    wide remembrance of the 41st
    president of the United States.
    It was an observance of loss,
    service and of memories he
    forged with the man who once
    held the most powerful offi ce
    in the world.
    Through his 35-year career
    in the U.S. military, Wheeler
    was one of many who got to
    look the president in the eye
    and shake his hand.
    Back in 1973, Wheeler was
    just a kid from Kleberg, Texas,
    at the bottom of the totem
    pole, enlisting as Private E-1.
    Some 27 years later, the senior
    enlisted member of U.S. Forces
    BOYD
    AUSTIN JACKSON/WCMESSENGER ● Buy reprints at wcmessenger.com/reprints
    REFLECTING ON 41 — Retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Barry Wheeler and his wife Pat
    Wheeler spent multiple days with President George H.W. Bush at Camp Casey in South Korea in
    2000. They honored the late president by lowering their fl ag to half staff.
    See Bush on page 5A
    Granting a cherished wish
    WISH GRANTED —
    Make-A-Wish foundation
    Wish Granters Kelly
    Read and Deena Mar-
    tinez sit with Delylah
    Taylor, 4, of Alvord
    Wednesday night at
    CiCi’s Pizza and Buffet
    in Decatur. Dyer, who
    has battled brain cancer
    for the past two years,
    was granted her wish of
    going to Disney World
    AUSTIN JACKSON/WCMESSENGER
    4-year-old visits
    Disney World
    BY AUSTIN JACKSON
    [email protected]
    Beyond the fl ashing lights of the
    arcade, a little girl from Alvord with
    curly hair and bright eyes chomps down
    on some pepperoni pizza Wednesday
    See Dyer on page 7A
    One hurt in rollover
    BY AUSTIN JACKSON
    [email protected]
    The driver of a 2006
    Toyota Tundra was
    transported by ambu-
    lance to John Peter
    Smith Hospital in Fort
    Worth after a rollover
    wreck late Thursday
    night off Farm Road
    2048 in Boyd.
    The driver was
    unconscious but
    breathing after Boyd
    Fire and Cottondale
    Fire extricated the
    driver from the vehicle.
    The vehicle came
    to a stop overturned
    in a steep ditch after
    swerving off FM 2048
    approximately two
    miles east of Farm
    Road 51 shortly before
    midnight.
    ROLLOVER WRECK —
    The driver of a 2006
    Toyota Tundra was
    transported to John
    Peter Smith Hospital
    in Fort Worth after
    a rollover wreck late
    Thursday night in
    Boyd. Boyd Fire and
    Cottondale fi re extri-
    cated the driver from
    the vehicle.
    Austin Jackson/WCMESSENGER
    DECATUR
    TO THE FINAL FOUR
    After fi nishing fourth in District 4-4A Divi-
    sion I, the Decatur Eagles stormed into the
    state semifi nal Thursday with a victory over
    Hereford.
    See page 1B.

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  46. America’s Page One
    VOLUME 140 - NO. 5 SATURDAY, FERUARY 2, 2019 DECATUR, TEXAS 22 PAGES IN 2 SECTIONS PLUS INSERTS $1
    Wise County Messenger
    P.O. Box 149 • 115 South Trinity
    Decatur, Texas 76234
    www.wcmessenger.com
    Scan this QR code with your
    smartphone to go to our website.
    ON THE
    WEB ...
    INDEX
    All Around Wise . . 2A
    Obituaries . . . . . . 5A
    Sports . . . . . . . . 10B
    Classifi eds. . . . . . 5B
    5Things
    toKnow
    See page 3A
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    Hightower arrested for sex crime
    BY BRIAN KNOX
    [email protected]
    A former Wise County sher-
    iff’s deputy who spent time in
    prison for crimes of a sexual
    nature has been arrested for
    solicitation of a minor.
    The Denton County Sheriff’s
    Offi ce Wednesday announced
    that 13 people had been
    arrested as part of a joint
    undercover online solicitation
    of a minor operation involving
    multiple law enforcement agen-
    cies last week.
    Among those arrested was
    Boyd resident Chad Alan High-
    tower, 45.
    According to the arrest affi -
    davit obtained through an open
    records request, the offi cers
    involved in the operation posed
    as children under the age of
    17. The purpose of the
    operation was to iden-
    tify “targets” wanting to
    engage in sexual contact
    with underage children
    and eventually set up
    meetings with the “tar-
    gets” at a predetermined
    location.
    The affi davit states that
    Hightower contacted the offi cer,
    who was posing as a 15-year-old
    boy, on an undercover
    account through the
    social networking app
    Grindr.
    After talking to the
    undercover offi cer about
    the “boy’s” sexual expe-
    rience with other men,
    Hightower agreed to
    meet the undercover offi cer.
    The offi cer then sent Hight-
    ower a “selfi e,” and Hightower
    responded with two photos of
    himself, the affi davit states.
    The conversation then moved
    to text messaging where the
    undercover offi cer once again
    told Hightower his age was 15.
    “Hightower acknowledged
    this by asking if the undercover
    offi cer had school the following
    day and then continuing with
    discussing their sexual encoun-
    HIGHTOWER
    WISE COUNTY
    See Hightower on page 3A
    Citizenship
    check
    56 asked for proof to
    stay on voter roll
    BY BRIAN KNOX
    [email protected]
    Fifty-six Wise County
    residents were mailed a
    letter this week asking
    them to provide proof of
    U.S. citizenship in order
    to remain on the voter
    rolls.
    Late on Jan. 25, Texas
    Secretary of State David
    Whitley announced his
    offi ce would send a list
    of 95,000 registered vot-
    ers in the state who were
    fl agged as possibly non-
    citizens who are ineligi-
    ble to vote. Whitley said
    the names on the list are
    people who had provided
    the Department of Pub-
    lic Safety with a form of
    identifi cation — such as a
    work visa — that showed
    they were not a citizen
    when obtaining a driver’s
    license or identifi cation
    card.
    Texas Attorney General
    Ken Paxton sent a news
    release that same after-
    noon announcing that of
    the 95,000 identifi ed indi-
    viduals, roughly 58,000 of
    them have voted in recent
    years.
    According to a story in
    the Texas Tribune, the
    58,000 were said to have
    cast a ballot in one or
    more elections from 1996
    to 2018.
    While some initial
    reports indicated that all
    UTGCD drops proposal
    Tract size for well to stay at two
    BY RICHARD GREENE
    [email protected]
    The Upper Trinity Groundwater
    Conservation District (UTGCD) is
    no longer looking to increase the
    minimum tract size for a new well
    from two acres to fi ve acres as part
    of its rules update.
    The UTGCD board of directors
    voted 5-2 Monday night to amend
    the rules update to keep the mini-
    mum at two acres. The district is
    expected to hold its next public
    hearing on the rules in March.
    Wise County’s two directors, Don
    Majka and Brent Wilson, cast the
    dissenting votes to move ahead
    with the proposed fi ve-acre mini-
    mum. Directors from Hood, Parker
    and Montague voted to keep the
    minimum at two acres.
    “Last night we were there for
    over six hours,” said Majka dur-
    ing a workshop Tuesday with Wise
    County commissioners. “We were
    aiming for the fi ve acres and were
    going to compromise with the 3.5.
    The reason we voted against was
    WISE COUNTY
    No
    longer
    his
    victim
    DECATUR
    Decatur woman fi nds hope
    after years of domestic violence
    JOE DUTY/WCMESSENGER
    SEEKING SHELTER — An average of 400 people seek treatment at the Wise Hope Crisis Cen-
    ter and Shelter every year. One of them, a domestic violence survivor from Decatur, shared her
    story about how she grew from victim to survivor.
    BY AUSTIN JACKSON
    [email protected]
    Blood from her head
    spilled into the toi-
    let bowl, turning the
    water red.
    She tried to fi ght him off,
    but the man she had been
    married to for 24 years
    punched her head repeatedly
    until her body went limp.
    The last thing she remem-
    bers before she lost con-
    sciousness that night in
    March 2016 was her hus-
    band attempting to rape her.
    See Shelter on page 9A
    WISE COUNTY
    See Groundwater on page 7A
    See Proof on page 9A
    ALL-WISE FOOTBALL
    LEADING THE
    STARS — After
    leading the
    Decatur Eagles
    to the state
    semifi nal and
    earning a 4A all-
    state selection,
    senior receiver
    Beau Bedford
    earned Wise
    County MVP
    on this year’s
    All-Wise football
    team. See the
    entire team in
    today’s issue,
    starting on page
    1B.
    JOE DUTY/WCMESSENGER
    Buy reprints at wcmessen-
    ger.com/reprints
    LAST CHANCE
    TO VOTE!
    SEE PAGE 12A FOR BALLOT!
    TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
    Messenger Publisher Kristen Tribe
    confi rms the arrival of Villa Grande in the
    former Bono’s building.
    See page 4A

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    Covering Wylie and the surrounding area since 1948
    Volume 70 Issue 44 Wylie, Texas • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 • C&S Media Publications • 3 Sections, 16 Pages $1.00
    ©Copyright 2018. All Rights Reserved.
    How to reach us:
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    THE WYLIE NEWS (USPS) 626520) is
    published each Wednesday at 110 N.
    Ballard, Wylie, 75098. Second Class
    Postage paid at Wylie, 75098. Send
    address changes to P.O. Box 369,
    Wylie, 75098. Published by C&S
    Media, Inc. ©Copyright 2018. No re-
    production without permission.
    Classifieds..................... 4C
    Life.&.Style.................. 1C
    Obituaries..................... 2C
    Opinion......................... 5A
    Sports............................ 1B
    InsIde thIs Issue Lake Lavon
    LeveLs
    Normal 492
    500.02 ft.
    as of 03/05/18
    Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Got kids? We’ve Got kidprint this Week...see paGe 3C
    THE WYLIE NEWS
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    A decision on an incentive for
    a 286-unit apartment complex
    was delayed and opposition to a
    proposed freeway through Wy-
    lie was revisited last week by
    the city council.
    The council convened in reg-
    ular session Tuesday, Feb. 27.
    Approval of a 380 Agree-
    ment on financial incentives
    proposed for Crossroads Devel-
    opment was requested by Sam
    Satterwhite, Wylie Economic
    Development Corporation ex-
    ecutive. The agreement is for
    the city to waive $475,000 in
    development fees and WEDC
    to provide $250,000 in incen-
    tives for a project to build apart-
    ments, a retail space, two res-
    taurant pads and office space.
    Location of the development is
    between FM 540 and Hwy. 78.
    Satterwhite reported that
    12 acres of the 15-acre site is
    the site of an industrial land-
    fill that needs to be mediated
    before construction can begin.
    The landfill consists of a series
    of 6-foot-deep pits containing
    plastic shavings from a copper
    wire recycling facility. Waiving
    some development fees and the
    WEDC incentive would help
    remediate the site, the WEDC
    executive said.
    The multi-use development
    will cost an estimated $32 mil-
    lion and Satterwhite pointed out
    that a property with problems
    would be put to productive use.
    “No developer has been in-
    terested in the property because
    of the landfill and its location,”
    he said.
    Two weeks earlier, the council
    See RESIDENTS page 3A
    By Sonia Duggan
    [email protected]
    Wylie Police took a 13-year-
    old male into custody last week
    for terroristic threat after the
    student reportedly posted a
    threat of a shooting at Burnett
    Junior High School on the so-
    cial media application Snap-
    chat.
    The police department re-
    ceived multiple reports on the
    threatening messages Tues-
    day, Feb. 27 and immediately
    launched an investigation to
    identify the origin of the threat,
    Sgt. Donald English said.
    The message included a pic-
    ture of a handgun and threat-
    ened a potential shooting at
    Burnett Junior High. Additional
    security measures were taken at
    the school to protect teachers
    and staff, English reported.
    Officers took the 13-year-
    old into custody at 10:05 p.m.
    Wednesday, Feb. 28 and trans-
    ported him to Collin County
    Juvenile Detention Center.
    “The Wylie Police Depart-
    ment will continue to proac-
    tively investigate any threats
    towards schools, whether they
    are meant as a joke, or not,”
    English said. “Parents are
    asked to remind children about
    the dangers of posting threats
    on social media.
    Wylie ISD echoed the state-
    ment saying all threats would
    be taken seriously. “If you
    make a threat, whether online
    or in person, the police will
    be involved, and you will face
    serious consequences. Please
    think about what you say and
    do. It can affect the rest of your
    See DISTRICT page 3A
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    To avoid future overcrowd-
    ing at two elementary school
    campuses, Wylie Independent
    School District trustees ap-
    proved zoning changes for
    three neighborhoods, routing
    students to other campuses
    starting in Fall 2018.
    School trustees met in regu-
    lar session Monday, Feb. 26,
    and also approved $1.1 million
    in Chromebook computer pad
    purchases and replacement of
    high-mileage school buses.
    Assistant Superintendent
    Scott Wynn reported that Whitt
    and Cox elementary schools
    are nearing capacity and sug-
    gested routing select students
    to other elementary schools.
    Cox is currently at maximum
    capacity and Whitt is at 97 per-
    cent capacity.
    Slated for the changes in
    campuses are students who live
    in Woodbridge North and Bluff
    Creek subdivisions, Townhome
    Villas and Olympus Wood-
    bridge Apartments.
    From Whitt, students in
    Woodbridge North will attend
    Smith Elementary, students at
    Townhome Villas will attend
    Dodd Elementary and stu-
    dents in Bluff Creek will go to
    Groves Elementary.
    The new feeder pattern from
    those neighborhoods will see
    those students progress through
    Draper Intermediate, Cooper
    Junior High and Wylie High
    School, unchanged from the
    current Whitt feeder pattern.
    Current and future Cox stu-
    dents living in Olympus Wood-
    bridge Apartments will attend
    Birmingham Elementary in
    fall, and then progress through
    Davis Intermediate, McMillian
    Junior High and Wylie East
    See BOARD page 3A
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Seven counts of aggravated
    assault with a deadly weapon
    were added last week to a capital
    murder of a police officer charge
    against a man arrested in the Feb.
    7 shooting death of Richardson
    Police Officer David Sherrard of
    Wylie.
    The attack on police
    at a Richardson apart-
    ment was described as
    an ambush by officers at
    the scene, a claim that
    has been substantiated by
    a review of police body
    camera footage.
    Arrested in the fatal
    shooting was Brandon McCall,
    26, who is in Collin
    County Detention Cen-
    ter under bonds total-
    ing $1.75 million on
    the aggravated assault
    charges. No bond has
    been set on the capital
    murder charge.
    Sherrard, a 13-year
    veteran of the Richard-
    son police force, was the first of-
    ficer to enter the apartment after
    receiving a report that a man had
    been shot. Rene Gamez, 30, was
    found outside the apartment with
    a gunshot wound that proved to
    be fatal.
    Seven officers, with Sherrard
    in the lead, entered the apartment
    to locate the gunman and Sher-
    rard was struck in the upper torso
    by two bullets. Sherrard stepped
    outside the apartment, saying that
    he had been hit, and was taken to
    a Plano hospital where he died.
    Shooting from the apartment
    continued and police reported
    that they saw a suspect lying on
    the floor of a bedroom with a rifle
    aimed down the hallway. Offi-
    cers reported the gunman would
    moan as if in pain and would fire
    when police exposed themself to
    peer down the hallway.
    After several hours of nego-
    tiations, McCall surrendered and
    stepped out of the apartment un-
    armed. Police recovered an AR-
    15 semiautomatic rifle equipped
    with a scope and two shotguns.
    Police reported that McCall
    stated that he accidently shot
    Gamez, but purposely fired at of-
    ficers.
    By Wyndi Veigel
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Andrew Callaway, 28, of
    Wylie, received the
    maximum sentence,
    two years in state jail,
    for animal cruelty and
    also 10 years in prison
    for probation violations
    last week.
    “This sentence sends
    a message that animal
    abuse will not be toler-
    ated in Collin County,”
    Collin County District Attorney
    Greg Willis said.
    On May 2, 2017, Wylie Po-
    lice Department was dispatched
    to the 600 block of East Oak
    Street in reference to an animal
    cruelty call.
    Officers Christopher Gor-
    don and Robert Harper met
    with Rose Howell, a neighbor
    who witnessed Cal-
    laway stomping on
    a 4-month-old boxer
    puppy multiple times.
    According to How-
    ell, she had seen the
    dog tied up outside
    with no food and wa-
    ter on numerous occa-
    sions.
    Officers attempted
    to check on the welfare of the
    puppy at the Callaway resi-
    dence, but Callaway denied
    See MAN page 6A
    Wylie man sentenced
    in animal abuse case
    Incentive for apartment complex delayed
    Juvenile arrested for
    terroristic threat
    Charges levied against man who killed officer
    WISD adopts student zoning changes
    Brandon
    McCall
    Andrew
    Callaway
    Luke Pendley/The Wylie News
    Wired for STEM
    Milton and Preston Pound work on building a circuit board at the SAGE Expo Saturday, March 3 at Wylie High.
    The expo provided information for parents of Special and Gifted Education students as well as fun for children.
    Just for kicks
    Oladipo Awowale/The Wylie News
    Wylie’s Ashley Vensel husles to the ball against
    Denton Guyer last Friday in District 6-6A action.
    For the story and additional photos see this week’s
    Sports.

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    Covering Wylie and the surrounding area since 1948
    Volume 71 Issue 9 Wylie, Texas • Wednesday, July 4, 2018 • C&S Media Publications • 3 Sections, 16 Pages $1.00
    ©Copyright 2018. All Rights Reserved.
    How to reach us:
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    [email protected]
    THE WYLIE NEWS (USPS)
    626520) is published each
    Wednesday at 110 N. Ballard,
    Wylie, 75098. Second Class
    Postage paid at Wylie, 75098.
    Send address changes to P.O.
    Box 369, Wylie, 75098. Pub-
    lished by C&S Media, Inc.
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    duction without permission.
    Classifieds..................... 4C
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    THE WYLIE NEWS
    NEWS YOU NEED
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Three families with members
    on active duty in the United
    States armed forces were pre-
    sented Blue Star Banners at a
    Wylie City Council meeting,
    continuing a program started
    four years ago to honor military
    personnel.
    “We value the Blue Star Ban-
    ner program because it shines
    light on the loved ones at home
    who make their own sacrifices
    while their children, spouse, or
    parent are serving,” Lynn Fag-
    erstrom, city human resources
    manager who pioneered the
    program, said.
    The city works with Ameri-
    can Legion Post 315 and Kevin
    Finnell with Woodmen of the
    World to review applications
    and award the banners. The city
    accepts and the American Le-
    gion reviews applications and
    Finnell supplies the banners.
    The city also presents families
    with special challenge coins.
    Fagerstrom reported that the
    criterion is that a family mem-
    ber is serving in the military,
    not necessarily on overseas de-
    ployment in a combat zone.
    The banners are 8.5 inches
    by 11 inches with a white field
    bordered in red. One or more
    blue stars are sewn in the white
    field to indicate the number of
    family members, up to five, that
    are actively serving in the mili-
    tary. If an individual is killed
    or dies, a smaller golden star is
    placed over the blue star.
    The banner was designed
    during World War I. During
    World War II, the Department
    of War issued specifications on
    manufacture of the flag, as well
    as guidelines indicating
    when the service flag could be
    flown and by whom.
    To date, 18 Blue Star Ban-
    ners have been presented to
    Wylie families, and three gold
    stars have been presented.
    See BANNERS page 6A
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Wylie City Council last week
    directed staff to fulfill a long-
    time promise to residents to
    complete a project that will ex-
    tend Stone Road/FM 544 to the
    south Collin County line as a
    4-lane thoroughfare.
    That direction was given as
    part of a workshop conducted
    by the council at a regular meet-
    ing Tuesday, June 26, that also
    dealt with McMillen Road. A
    second workshop addressed
    construction noise regulations
    and enforcement.
    Discussion of the Stone and
    McMillen projects was request-
    ed by council members Jeff
    Forrester and Matthew Porter.
    Assistant City Manager Chris
    Holsted presented the scope of
    the projects and estimated costs.
    “We’ve built this project in
    several stages over the years,”
    Holsted said of Stone Road.
    Widening Stone Road to four
    lanes from Ballard Avenue to
    the south county line was in-
    cluded in a 2005 bond issue ap-
    proved by voters but has been
    put on a back burner in favor of
    other road construction jobs.
    Holsted reported that finish-
    ing the final 6,600 linear feet
    would cost $8.5 million, of
    which the city has $5.7 million
    in bond proceeds specifically
    earmarked for Stone Road and
    Collin County would provide
    $4 million from 2007 bond pro-
    ceeds.
    “We have a responsibility to
    our citizens to do what we said
    we would do,” Mayor pro tem
    Keith Stephens declared.
    The McMillen Road pro-
    gram, which would widen the
    road to four lanes for 8,400
    linear feet and solve a frequent
    flooding problem, will not get
    underway for some time for
    lack of funding.
    Holsted told the council that
    the project would cost an esti-
    mated $13 million and although
    the county has earmarked
    $5.826 million from 2007
    bonds for construction and as-
    sociated costs, the city would
    have to raise $7.25 million.
    Cost of selling bonds to pay its
    portion would cost Wylie about
    $522,000 in annual debt ser-
    vice.
    “The city did not, and contin-
    ues to not have funding for that
    See CONSTRUCTION page 3A
    Blue Star Banner program honors military families
    Fireworks can affect veterans, pets
    Stone Road widening to be completed
    Courtesy photo
    United We Stand
    Soon-to-be one-year-old Esther is a happy toddler as
    she watches grandparents, Jeff and Lajuana Frederick
    of Nevada, set up the fireworks stand they manage in
    Lowry Crossing last week.
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    ‘Tis the season for recogni-
    tion and Wylie City Manager
    Mindy Manson recently re-
    ceived a pair of, from Dallas
    Business Journal and North
    Central Texas Council of Gov-
    ernments.
    Manson was selected by
    DBJ as one of its 2018 Women
    in Business honorees and by
    the COG as the Linda Keithley
    Award for Women in Public
    Management winner.
    “I’m one of many,” the Wy-
    lie city manager said of the DBJ
    award. The magazine selected
    30 honorees for 2018 and will
    fete them at a luncheon in Au-
    gust.
    Members of the city staff
    nominated Manson for the
    award.
    “They were pretty stealthy,”
    she said. “I had no idea any of
    it was going on.”
    Manson said she found it in-
    teresting that she, from a local
    government post, was chosen
    as one of the Women in Busi-
    ness honorees among company
    executives and entrepreneurs.
    “It’s absolutely an honor. I
    appreciate the folks who have
    the faith in me to submit my
    name,” she said.
    The city manager was nomi-
    nated by Mayor Eric Hogue for
    the COG award given in honor
    of Linda Keithley, a longtime
    NCTCOG employee. Recipients
    display traits of integrity, dig-
    nity, poise, loyalty, commitment
    See CITY page 3A
    City manager
    receives awards
    Visit state parks in the
    ‘Natural State’
    Are you tired of the heat and
    ready to abandon the concrete
    jungle for a few days with your
    family? Fill up your car, pack
    up your kids and check out
    some of the great state and na-
    tional parks located in Arkan-
    sas. See 1C.
    News offices closed July 4
    The Wylie News, located at
    110 N. Ballard Ave. in Wylie,
    will be closed Wednesday, July
    4 in observance of the Fourth
    of July. The office will reopen
    July 5.
    By Wyndi Veigel
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    For many Americans
    fireworks are a part of In-
    dependence Day, just like
    barbecues and time with
    family and friends at the
    lake.
    However, for veterans
    with PTSD, the weeks
    surrounding July 4 can
    represent a living night-
    mare as the repeated
    sounds of fireworks bring
    back battlefield memories
    time and time again.
    For those living in the un-
    incorporated areas of Collin
    County where it may be legal
    to shoot off fireworks, other
    concessions should be made
    depending
    on neighbors.
    “For many people fire-
    works represent freedom, but
    for veterans they represent the
    fight for freedom and those
    are two very different things,”
    Counselor and psychothera-
    pist Joseph Brigandi said,
    who works with the Counsel-
    ing Center of Texas. Brigandi
    specializes in PTSD treatment
    for both veterans and first re-
    sponders.
    According to Brigandi,
    sounds have the power to trig-
    ger feelings, which take peo-
    ple back to both good and bad
    experiences.
    “Fireworks have the power
    to transport veterans back to a
    battlefield just like a song may
    remind us of a good time we
    had with a friend,” he said.
    While it may seem simple
    to steer clear of firework
    events if one has been di-
    agnosed with PTSD, fire-
    works are legal in many
    places, so veterans may
    need to be prepared.
    One way is to notify
    neighbors before the holi-
    day that a veteran lives in
    the neighborhood. There
    are signs available that
    state ‘A combat veteran
    lives here, please be courteous
    with fireworks.’
    Brigandi also suggests that
    veterans seek out a pair of
    noise cancelling headphones
    so if the noise gets to be too
    much, they have those to help
    them cope.
    “They should also accept
    the reactions they are having,”
    Brigandi said. “It’s ok to have
    them and to talk about them
    with others.”
    One in five veterans that
    served in Iraq and Afghani-
    stan, he said, have PTSD,
    which amounts to about
    500,000 people.
    See FIREWORKS page 6A
    File photo
    Dogs such as Koda are
    not a fan of fireworks. Pet
    owners should take pre-
    cautions and keep them in
    at night so they do not get
    scared and run off.
    Joe Reavis/The Wylie News
    Aside from the Bluegrass bands, cars were the stars at the annual Bluegrass on Ballard Saturday, June 30. The
    bands played in Olde City Park and the car show lined Ballard Avenue. See additional photos page 6A.
    Cars n’
    stars

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  49. America’s Page One
    Covering Wylie and the surrounding area since 1948
    Volume 70 Issue 49 Wylie, Texas • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 • C&S Media Publications • 3 Sections, 16 Pages $1.00
    ©Copyright 2018. All Rights Reserved.
    How to reach us:
    972-442-5515 phone
    [email protected]
    THE WYLIE NEWS (USPS)
    626520) is published each
    Wednesday at 110 N. Ballard,
    Wylie, 75098. Second Class
    Postage paid at Wylie, 75098.
    Send address changes to P.O.
    Box 369, Wylie, 75098. Pub-
    lished by C&S Media, Inc.
    ©Copyright 2018. No repro-
    duction without permission.
    Classifieds..................... 4C
    Life.&.Style.................. 1C
    Obituaries..................... 2C
    Opinion......................... 5A
    Sports............................ 1B
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    Grab your camera, kids and find some bLuebonnets... PaGe c1
    THE WYLIE NEWS
    NEWS YOU NEED
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    A ribbon cutting ceremony
    was held Friday, April 6 at
    Amazing Grace Food Pantry to
    commemorate the recent open-
    ing of a new 3,600 square foot
    facility at 1711 Parker Road in
    Wylie.
    Amazing Grace was founded
    in 2006 to provide food and
    necessities to people in need
    throughout Collin County. It
    had operated in a 1,200 square
    foot house at the Parker Road
    site and was without plumbing
    service prior to completion of
    its new home.
    The food pantry works in
    partnership with North Texas
    Food Bank. Amazing Grace
    served 15 families when it ini-
    tially opened, and in 2017 it
    served 813 families, distribut-
    ing about 800,000 pounds of
    food during the year.
    Karen Ellis, Amazing Grace
    coordinator, reported that the
    food pantry is growing at about
    30 percent a year. In the future,
    she noted, they plan to offer
    classes on financial wellness
    See AMAZING page 6A
    From Staff Reports
    [email protected]
    Wylie Police are conducting
    an investigation into the death
    of a 42-year-old man whose
    body was found inside a pickup
    truck in the parking lot of Com-
    munity Park on Thomas Street.
    The body of David Collier
    was discovered about 12:43
    a.m. Monday, April 2. Collier
    has sustained a gunshot wound
    and cause of death is being in-
    vestigated as a suicide, Sgt.
    Donald English reported.
    The sergeant said that WPD
    was notified by a neighbor of
    the victim that the 42-year-old
    might be trying to commit sui-
    cide at the park. Police located
    the victim’s truck in the parking
    lot at Community Park and ob-
    served a deceased man inside,
    who was identified as Collier.
    Wylie Police investigators
    and a Collin County Medical
    Examiner’s Officer responded
    to the park. The investigation
    remains open, English said.
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    Longtime Wylie civic lead-
    er and banker Marvin Fuller
    was named Citizen of the
    Year last week at the Bowties
    and Bling 41st annual awards
    banquet of Wylie Chamber of
    Commerce.
    The banquet was held
    Thursday, April 5, at the Wylie
    Baptist Church Event Center
    downtown.
    On tap for the event were
    announcement of awards for
    community service, fundrais-
    ing auction, gift giveaways,
    recognition of retiring cham-
    ber directors and a meal ca-
    tered by Napoli’s Italian Res-
    taurant.
    The chamber announced its
    two annual awards, Citizen of
    the Year and Business of the
    Year, which went to Lawyer’s
    Title. A number of awards
    from Wylie civic organiza-
    tions also were presented.
    “This evening is about rec-
    ognition and honor,” Chamber
    President Mike Agnew said in
    his welcoming remarks.
    Event emcee Jeff Denton
    recognized retiring chamber
    directors Kim Spicer, Robert
    Diaz and Anita Collins for
    their service to the organiza-
    tion and presented them with
    plaques.
    Businesses selected for the
    chamber’s 4-Most service
    awards were Woodbridge
    Golf Club, Methodist Rich-
    ardson Medical Center, Farm-
    ers Electric Cooperative and
    Wylie Insurance.
    Reading Fuller’s list of ac-
    complishments for the Citi-
    zen of the Year award was the
    honoree’s son Dailey. Fuller,
    president of Inwood National
    Bank in Wylie, has served on
    numerous boards of directors
    over the years, as well as do-
    nating his time as a volunteer
    for area activities.
    The honoree is a past presi-
    dent and board member of the
    chamber, a founding member
    of Wylie ISD Education Foun-
    dation, serves as Wylie Eco-
    nomic Development Corpo-
    ration president and is on the
    North Texas Municipal Water
    District and Farmers Electric
    See AWARDS page 3A
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    A Collin County Historical
    Marker designating the loca-
    tion of the old Gulf, Colorado
    and Santa Fe Railway Compa-
    ny depot in Wylie will be un-
    veiled at a ceremony Saturday,
    April 14.
    The ceremony starts at 11
    a.m. at the location of the
    marker, on N. Ballard Avenue
    across the street from Olde
    City Park. The site is near
    where the depot sat, which
    is now a parking lot for First
    Baptist Wylie.
    Hosting the unveiling is the
    Wylie Historical Society.
    WHS Vice President Jon
    Lewis explained that the rail-
    road tracks formerly ran along
    the same route as U.S. 78,
    which was not built until the
    1950s and parallels the old
    tracks. He also noted that the
    depot building was moved to
    a location on College Street
    and is still in use as a tri-plex
    apartment.
    Lewis, who did the research
    for the marker, says the Wylie
    society was contacted by Col-
    lin County Historical Com-
    mission to provide informa-
    tion for a county marker.
    “I felt like the county mark-
    er was more appropriate than
    a state historical marker,”
    Lewis said, explaining that the
    research for a state marker is
    more intensive.
    The Gulf, Colorado and
    Santa Fe was chartered in
    1873 by a group of Galveston
    merchants and businessmen
    See MARKER page 6A
    By Joe Reavis
    Staff Writer
    [email protected]
    The sparse turnout at a North
    Texas Municipal Water District
    information session on water
    quality begged the question of
    whether area residents com-
    plaining about their water want
    to hear what utility officials
    have to say.
    NTMWD held the meeting
    Thursday, April 5, at its head-
    quarters in Wylie and anticipat-
    ed an appearance by environ-
    mental activist Erin Brockovich
    who has conducted a Facebook
    campaign questioning NTM-
    WD water treatment processes.
    Brockovich was a no-show, but
    was represented by water ex-
    pert Robert Bowcock.
    In opening remarks, district
    Executive Director Tom Kula
    said that the information ses-
    sion was requested by Safer
    Water North Texas, a group
    formed with water quality con-
    cerns and boasts 12,000 mem-
    bership. Three SWNT members
    attended.
    “I’m very proud to present
    information about the water
    district,” Kula said. “No mat-
    ter how large the group, or how
    small, we want to share infor-
    mation.”
    “We fight every day to pro-
    vide safe water. That’s what we
    do,” Kula added.
    Complaints about NTMWD
    water quality surfaced in late
    February as the district started
    its annual, 30-day chlorine
    maintenance of distribution
    lines. During the maintenance,
    ammonia is removed as a treat-
    ment chemical, which often re-
    sults in a strong chlorine smell
    to water. The district has been
    conducting chlorine mainte-
    nance in early spring since
    2007.
    NTMWD Assistant Deputy
    Director Billy George pointed
    out that the utility provides wa-
    ter to 1.7 million customers in
    80 cities located in 10 counties
    and that the Wylie plant is one
    of the largest water treatment
    facilities in the country.
    See DISTRICT page 3A
    Food pantry opens
    new building
    Body found at
    Community Park
    Wylie train depot
    commemorated
    Activist skips NTMWD information session
    Joe Reavis/The Wylie News
    Community awards presented
    Wylie Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year recipient Marvin Fuller was
    joined by wife Melisa and son Dailey at the annual chamber awards presentation
    Thursday, April 6.
    Joe Reavis/The Wylie News
    Water expert Bob Bow-
    cock attended the NT-
    MWD meeting last
    week on behalf of Erin
    Brockovich.
    Running for our heroes
    Hail no, not again!
    Heavy rain, wind, and un-
    fortunately hail, hit parts of
    Wylie Friday, April 6 around
    6 p.m. Area cities warned
    citizens via NIXEL alert first
    of impending thunderstorms,
    then later reported a tornado
    warning for Collin County was
    in effect until 6:15 p.m. and
    large hail and radar indicated
    rotation. Citizens were advised
    to take shelter immediately.
    Reported damage in Wylie in-
    cluded downed trees, flooding
    and hail damage to cars. Due
    to the rain, Hwy. 78 in Sachse
    was temporarily closed Friday
    due to the flooding.
    Courtesy photo
    Wylie resident shows hail
    collected Friday, April 6.
    FBC Rodeo ropes up fun
    First Baptist Church in Wy-
    lie hosted their inaugural rodeo
    Sunday, April 8. Chute 2 Pro-
    ductions was in charge of setup
    and bull riders from the World
    Senior Professional Bull Rid-
    ers Association (WSPBR) took
    turns competing. FBW pastor
    Kris Segrest joined in on the
    fun and rode a bull as well. See
    photos 6A.
    WEHS yearbook featured
    in 2018 Look Book
    The Dynasty yearbook, has
    been recognized for excellence
    and featured in the 2018 Jos-
    tens Look Book, celebrating
    the best-of-the-best in year-
    book design and coverage. See
    story 4A.
    Success all around
    Wylie East track found suc-
    cess in the April 5-7 District
    15-5A meet in Lucas.
    The top four varsity individ-
    uals and relays advance to the
    April 19 15-5A versus 16-5A
    area meet at Pirate Stadium in
    Longview. See story 1B.
    Joe Reavis/The Wylie News
    Bundled up against the weather, runners take off for the seventh annual 1LT Robert
    F. Welch III Run for Our Heroes held Saturday morning in Wylie.

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    9 Welcome and introduction
    9:15 The American reader and the newspaper
    9:45 History and anatomy of page one
    10:20 BREAK
    10:30 Language of design
    11 Modular design and designing modules
    Noon LUNCH
    12:45 America’s page one – PART ONE
    1:45 America’s page one – PART TWO
    2:45 BREAK
    3 Putting it all together
    3:55 Wrapping it all up
    4 Conclusion

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