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BELOVED FIGURINE: The animatronic butler named Lurch had moved to Waco with its owner, Harold Alexander, months ago to the chagrin of Gatesville locals. It is now back inside a window at the Coryell Museum. DAVID SCOTT | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

News

GRATEFUL FOR THEIR SERVICE

From the stormy beach of Normandy to the mountainous landscape of Afghanistan and many other places far and wide, America’s military men and women have played a vital role in keeping our nation str

Maintaining Coryell County roads and bridges is work that never seems to end — and something that takes a significant amount of money.

These ghost hunters confirm people ‘aren’t going nuts’

HAUNTED HOTEL: When Dave LaFave and his wife, Connie, bought the Old Park Hotel in Ballinger they were told it is haunted by at least 30 spirits. ALANA EDGIN, SAN ANGELO STANDARD-TIMES

Dan LaFave teaches computer technology at Grape Creek High School near San Angelo, where he lives.

Coryell County may have just found a way to cut its cost in housing jail inmates in Burnett County.

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“This is about taking care of small business ... ,” said City Manager Bill Parry, above. COURTESY PHOTO

Looking to boost economic development in the area, the Gatesville City Council approved an application for a $200,000 grant that requires a $40,000 commitment from the city.

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BELOVED FIGURINE: The animatronic butler named Lurch had moved to Waco with its owner, Harold Alexander, months ago to the chagrin of Gatesville locals. It is now back inside a window at the Coryell Museum. DAVID SCOTT | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

Five years ago, Harold Alexander paid $18.99 for an animatronic butler at the Goodwill store in Waco.

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FUTURE LEADERS: Three Gatesville 4-H ambassadors were recognized by the Coryell County Commissioners Court Tuesday. From left, Kylee Deason, Cayleigh Coursey and Samuel Belt. JEFF OSBORNE | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

With an emphasis on service, leadership and pursuing excellence, 4-H is helping to build a strong foundation for the future.

LAST CATTLE DRIVE IN CORYELL COUNTY

A depiction of an early-day cattle drive through Gatesville by artist Horace Lee Long. This sketch was presented to the Coryell Museum by the artist in 2002.

In 1989, Sam McLeroy and his wife, Vera, inspired by the epic television mini-series “Lonesome Dove,” recalled one of the last organized cattle drives held in Coryell County.

A memory that will surely stick with queen, king

GHS ROYALTY: Evan Hanson and his girlfriend, Queen Jozy Jackson, were crowned king and queen. MARK GOODSON | THE GATESVILLES MESSENGER

The roar for the 2021 Gatesville High School homecoming coronation will stick with Jozy Jackson and Evan Hanson for a long time.

On Sept. 14, six local CRSP members attended a District 12 meeting in Waco. Those attending were Jo Ann Sugg, Ann Eubanks, Anne Byrom, Terri Phillips, and Gerald and Gayla Linton.

Sports

Cougars claw Hornets to stay unbeaten

TRYING TO GET THROUGH: Gatesville’s Logan Edwards looks to get past China Spring defenders Friday night. JEFF OSBORNE | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

In a battle against the No.

Martinez family celebrates victories

Carlo Martinez is a running machine this fall. The district title was his seventh victory this fall. SEE STORY, A8 MARK GOODSON | THE GATESVILLE MESSENGER

Carlo Martinez said Thursday’s 5K race for the District 6-4A cross country individual title left him wanting more.

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Gatesville High School’s Fighting Hornet Marching Band won best in Class 4A, and best color guard at the Lake Whitney Marching Festival. The Hornet Band placed second out of 29 bands.

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STORMING THE COURTS: Stormy Tatum, above and Julee Sun cruised to an opening win, defeating Anyla Paschal and Brenda Reid-Vega, 6-0, 6-0.

Slone Early had one of his toughest matches of the fall team tennis season Tuesday in Gatesville High School’s bi-district playoff trip to Whitney High School.

Carlo Martinez and the Gatesville Hornets hope to do well in the District 6-4A cross country meet at Gatesville Thursday, Oct. 14.

The Gatesville varsity volleyball team opened the second round of District 6-4A with a road victory over the Lampasas Badgers Tuesday.

The Hornets won, 25-19, 25-19, 25-14.

Gatesville’s seventh grade A-team pulled off a 14-12 win over Salado to lead the sub-varsity football action this week.

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The Gordon Longhorns ran to a 58-14 mercy-rule victory to spoil the Evant Elks football homecoming Friday.

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