Federal funds may help build county center

BUILDING LOT: The new county center will be built on this open lot on the corner of East Leon Street and South Fifth Street . KRISTEN MERIWETHER | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

At the corner of East Leon Street and South Fifth Street sits an expansive vacant lot.

Radio tower lights go dark

OLD LIGHTS: This light, which used lightbulbs, sat atop the original 290-foot tower. KRISTEN MERIWETHER | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

Warning lights for the Coryell County Radio tower have completely failed leading the county to use emergency funds to pay for the repair.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs awarded local non-profit Families in Crisis, Inc. a $529,650 Housing Stability Service Grant on July 23, according to a list provided by Gov.

Piece of Gatesville history finds a corner in new high school

THE OILD SCHOOL: The Gatesville school building was built in 1914 at a cost of $20,745 from a design drawn by architect Charles Page. COURTESY PHOTO

Tucked away in a warehouse sat a piece of Gatesville history: the cornerstone of the original school built in 1914.



When Wong Lee first stepped foot in Gatesville he was a curiosity.

Texas will be having its annual tax-free weekend from Aug. 6-8, the final weekend before school starts in Gatesville.

Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers responded to a head-on crash on July 18 at 4:31 p.m. on FM 1783, five miles west of FM 116.

Coryell County radio tower needs new lights

LONE LOOKOUT: Gatesville Fire Chief Billy Vaden uses binoculars to see if the strobe lights on the Coryell County radio tower are operational. PHOTOS BY KRISTEN MERIWETHER | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

On the east end of town, just across Highway 36, several tall equipment towers dot the rural skyline.

Rain and cloud cover have kept the daily high temperatures out of the triple digits for much of the summer.


EAGLE EYE: The bronze eagle atop the belltower of the courthouse is the second sculpture of the bird. MARK GOODSON | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

Seems fitting a vigilant bronze eagle watches over Gatesville. Its sculptor and hometown boy, Don Hunt, dubbed it “King of the Sky.”


Let the Fall begin — Football Camp held at Gatesville ISD

BUSTING OUT: Rashon Smith burst through the line on a handoff Monday. Smith is a solid player for the Hornets’ program.

Tigers play in coaches all-star games

Oglesby football players Coltin Brock, Nash Shaw, Ian Markum and Davin Burrow.

The Oglesby Tigers had four football players and three basketball players participate in the Texas High School Coaches All-Star games last week in San Antonio as part of coaching school.


Brian Strazza putts Friday during a round of golf at the Gatesville Country Club. 


The Gatesville Hornets are gaining numbers in the football program, head coach Luke Howard said Tuesday.

The Hornets are gearing for the start of football drills that begin Aug. 2.

Volleyball team takes shape

TEAM WORKOUT: Kinlee Gardner makes a return during Wednesday’s skills workout for the Lady Hornets. Grardner is an incoming freshman. MARK GOODSON | THE GATESVILLE

The clock is ticking for the first day of volleyball workouts for the Lady Hornets.

Gribbs team finishes 3-2 at state 8U tournament


Gatesville Gribbs Construction competed in the Texas Tenn-Age Baseball 8U Pitching Machine State Tournament last week hosted by Moody and Troy.

Hornets ‘starting in best shape’ in years

STAYING FIT: Hornets varsity players run sprints early Monday as part of strength and conditioning workouts. The Hornets start pre-season drills Aug. 2. The Hornet coaches are at the annual coaching school this week in San Antonio. Evan Hanson is in the yellow T-shirt. PHOTOS BY MARK GOODSON | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

Evan Hanson returns for his third year as a starting lineman for the Gatesville Hornets football team.

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine is on the racks. This year’s guide to Texas football, features four Texas Aggies on the cover.

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