Offer to donate skate park gear gives boost to restoration

TIMELY DONATION: A piece of skate park equipment leans against a car on Tony Zapata’s land in earlier this month. COURTESY PHOTO BY BILL PARRY.

Thanks to a generous donation by Tony Zapata, owner of the Gatesville Flea Market, the Gatesville Skate Park is one step closer to being restored.

The Gatesville City Council voted to approve the first reading of a resolution on Tuesday that would set user fees for youth sports, civic center and auditorium rental, planning and zoning and ceme

Unopposed council members reelected


Three Gatesville City Council seats were up for reelection in November, but without any candidates filing to oppose the incumbents the council voted to cancel the council election.

Pickin’ Pearl Bluegrass

SOUND CHECK: Participants rehearsing in a practice room prior to the show. The rooms were booked full in the morning and a storage closet had to be used.

Triple G, House Arrest, Bass, Beards & Bromance and Pearl Jam performed at Saturday’s Pearl Bluegrass event.

Woman with Gatesville ties reported missing

Geneva Ford

A Bonham woman with ties to Gatesville was reported missing on Saturday.


Area first responders, including this canine officer, attended the early morning 9/11 remembrance service held on the courthouse lawn.

In 2020 there were 23,166 DUI-related traffic crashes in Texas, resulting in 963 fatalities and 2,102 serious injuries. Alcohol-related traffic fatalities made up 25% of all traffic crashes.

Q: When did train service end in Gatesville?

Sheriff’s Office launches #9PMRoutine online

SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGE: The first Facebook post by the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office during its #9PMRoutine campaign. FACEBOOK

On Sept. 7, the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office began a #9PMRoutine campaign on Facebook to share daily reminders and best safety practices with residents.


CRAFTY DEMONSTRATION: Blacksmith Jess Streetman, above, demonstrates his skills making various objects out of horseshoes. Several vendors, below, found shady locations to set up their tents.

Freedom Park was recently the setting for the quarterly Homestead Fair & Market.


Luis Arellano had a breakout game with five touchdown runs and 213 yards rushing to lead the Evant Elks to a 56-6 football rout over the Brookesmith Mustangs Friday at Brookesmith.

Jonesboro’s success rate early has Eagles flying high

TD DANCE: Nat Hilliker celebrates a touchdown reception in Jonesboro’s win against Johnson County Sports Association. PHOTOS BY MARK GOODSON | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

The Jonesboro Eagles have raised their football program to the elite level during Eddie Gallegos’s tenure. In 13 seasons, he has centered his team around toughness and speed.

Jonesboro senior is hands-on player

GOOD RUN: Jaden Domel runs for yardage behind solid blocking for the Jonesboro Eagles.

Jonesboro High School seniors Nat Hilliker and Manny Torres put on a football show Friday night in Jonesboro.

The Gatesville varsity volleyball team rolled past the Taylor Ducks Friday at Gatesville to improve to 19-5 overall.


West Allman hauls in an interception for the Gatesville freshmen in Thursday’s battle against Lorena. The Leopards pulled out the win, 36-34. MARK GOODSON | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

Gatesville ran into a hungry Lorena Leopard football team Friday and it wasn’t pretty.

Gatesville dominates Taylor in team tennis, 17-2

TEAM PLAYER: Tyler Hutts won his singles match to help the Hornets to a team tennis victory. MARK GOODSON | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

The Gatesville High School dominated the Taylor Ducks Friday in a home team tennis match, winning 17 of 19 matches.

Anna Mitchell defeated Wekoye Anderson in girls No. 1 singles, 8-1.

FOOTBALL ROUNDUP Six-man teams rolling with early wins

Coryell County six-man football teams have dominated the competition early this season.

Through two games, the three sixman schools have posted a combined 6-0 record.

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