The Gatesville Messenger
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By C.J. BERRYMAN

Last Saturday, longtime Gatesville residents Gary Keeton and Billy Vaden were recognized in appreciation for their years of outstanding service and devotion to the Gatesville Recreational Department. Both Keeton and Vaden were honored with plaques, which were added to the Wall of Honor at the Little League baseball and softball complex. Sam Cockrell, city recreational manager, said Keeton and Vaden have been offering their services to the Little League for a very long time, and that both men were more than deserving of the honor. 

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After 21 years of coaching, Wendell Jones has decided it is time to hang up the whistle. Jones will be retiring from his post as head tennis coach at Gatesville, and he will also be retiring from teaching Spanish, a subject he has taught in every one of his 26 years in the profession. Jones began coaching and teaching in Bremond, where he served one year as an assistant in track and fi eld, baseball and volleyball, and he was the Lady Tigers’ junior high basketball coach. After that one year in Bremond, Jones moved to Gatesville for five years in what ended up being the fi rst of two tenures. He taught Spanish and did not coach during that first term. 

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