Charges against Porter dismissed


A charge against Coryell County Sheriff’s Office Jail Administrator Lt. Karen Porter was dismissed last week in Gatesville.

Keeping it secure

Photo by Heather Ashley

Beginning Feb. 3, those entering the Coryell County Courthouse must do so through the south entrance, facing Leon Street, as part of newly expanding security protocols. 

Beginning Feb. 3, those entering the Coryell County Courthouse will see changes as the county institutes new safety procedures, in line with Texas Senate Bill 42.

Woman seeks ‘Kicks for Kids’

Photo by Heather Ashley

Kickin’ it

Michele Velasquez, right, stands with her sons, Isaac and Tyson Crawford, in The Messenger office after picking up a box of donated shoes on Friday. Velasquez is collecting and distributing shoes to local youth in need.

For years, Michele Velasquez has been handing out cleats and footballs to kids who did not have them and could not get them.

Gatesville Chamber of Commerce members and members of the community will celebrate at the Chamber’s annual Membership Banquet at 6 p.m.

Burn ban is back

Coryell County Commissioners have reinstated the outdoor burning ban which became effective at sunset on Monday, Jan. 20.

The Gatesville Exchange Club will host the 23rd annual Taste of Gatesville and First Responder Chili Cook-Off Competition 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Gatesville Civic Center.

The Gatesville City Council swore in the newest Council member, approved the sale of two properties and heard an update about several city issues Tuesday evening during their first meeting of 2020.

Coryell County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Billy Holder recently completed Specialized Weapons and Tactics certification training in Killeen.

Holder gets pinned

Photo by Heather Ashley

Deputy Billy Holder, left, is presented with his pin welcoming him to the Coryell County SWAT team by Sheriff Scott Williams, right.


Hornets remain atop district

Photo by Mark Goodson

Scramble for control

Lexie Smalley scrambles for a loose ball. The Lady Hornets have played solid defense to start District 18-4A play. They close the first half of district with Connally and Robinson. Gatesville and Robinson face off Friday at Robinson in a key game.

Gatesville continued to play solid defense and delivered with a balanced attack to run the Lady Hornets to a 3-0 record in District 18-4A play.

Washington powers lifters

The Gatesville High School powerlifting team placed fourth in the girls’ division of the Belton meet Saturday. 

Messenger Sports Editor

Gatesville erupted in the second half to run their District 18-4A record to 2-0 with a Tuesday win over La Vega.

Big game in the lane

Photo by Mark Goodson

Alayna Washington drives by a Waco La Vega player in Tuesday’s Lady Hornet win at Gatesville.

Girls Soccer: Varsity picked up second straight win with 5-0 shutout at Lampasas.

The team has scored 10 goals through two games. 

Jonesboro ran past the Evant Elks Friday, 44-22, in girls’ basketball at Evant High School. Jonesboro (14-1, 3-1) led from the outset.

Leading scorer

Photo by Mark Goodson

Grace Penrod (5) scored three goals in the season opener for the Lady Hornets. The team’s Friday game was cancelled due to inclement weather. The area was hit with thunderstorms and hail.

First place

Kyle Strmiska (upper photo) took first place in the heavyweight division of the first powerlifting meet of the season for the Hornets. They competed Saturday at Little River Academy.

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