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Gatesville’s annual Boozaar Halloween Celebration is usually held annually on the Saturday before Halloween around the square in downtown Gatesville. This year the event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m.

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Keep Gatesville Beautiful, a community organization designed to educate and engage its citizens to take responsibility for a cleaner, more beautiful community, hosted a Day of Service event on Sept. 10 in downtown Gatesville.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife will be hosting “Moth Night” on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 7-9 p.m. at Mother Neff State Park. The gates will open at 6:45 p.m.  

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Luckily, the second half of August was a little more comfortable. We can appreciate this early cooling, but I am sure there is more summer to return. With this fair weather, we have had a few wind shifts that brought us a north wind. We know the future fall months as well as the winter and s…

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Dove hunting season in the Central Zone of Texas will begin on Thursday, Sept. 1 and will continue to Oct. 30, and then from Dec. 17, 2022 until Jan. 15, 2023. The daily bag limit for doves statewide is 15 and the possession limit will be 45.

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office recently announced a multi-county sheep and goat workshop which will be held on Friday, August 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is $20 per person and lunch will be provided.

An alternative to beat the summer heat and to enjoy some great fishing is to fish at night. The night has other advantages such as generally less wind and no skiers or Jet Skis. A little breeze is still preferred, especially on those hot, humid and stale nights.

It has been really hot for quite a while, and according to the weather forecast, it will continue for some time to come. Some species are more stressed by the heat than others, but these fish still have to feed to survive. The fun part of this season is that when the fish do feed, they are g…

Keep Gatesville Beautiful knows that readers have enjoyed seeing the beautiful, lush Yard of the Month selections. Given the current water situation and the drought that our area is enduring, they don't feel that it is appropriate to encourage the level of water use that those lawns require.

Gatesville’s Exchange and Lions Clubs will be hosting their 22nd Annual Golf Scramble on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Gatesville Country Club. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and there will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The Golf Scramble will be sponsored by First National Bank.

Hunting season will be upon us before you know it. Our super hot summer has everyone wishing for some cooler weather and some rain. But summer does not look like it is going to end any time soon and many believe that the hot dry weather may have the insects at bay. Don’t be complacent about insect protection. Be prepared and take precautions before you head out to enjoy the outdoors.

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The Gatesville Chamber of Commerce recently selected Comfort Inn & Suites as its July Chamber Member of the Month winner. The business is located at 111 N. Hwy. 36 Bypass and can be reached by calling 254-865-1207.

The descendants of Eli Michael "Yack" and Sarah Roberta "Bertie" Purvis Hampton will hold their 76th family reunion at the historic Pearl Community Center also known as “the schoolhouse" to many locals, July 14–17. For more information, please visit the family’s new web page, www.hamptonsofp…

Just like any kind of fishing, patterning catfish in the summer is required. That means trying different depths, locations and baits to coax a bite.

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The Gatesville Independent School District will have summer sports camps to help teach fundamentals and techniques, learn Hornet schemes and terminology and have fun with friends and future teammates.

A Gatesville Summer Music Camp will be held from June 27-30 (Monday-Thursday) from noon to 4:30 p.m. The camp is open to students who have finished kindergarten through eighth grade. The cost will be $50 per student. The music camp will be held at Gatesville High School in the auditorium and…

The water is warming up, and water temperatures are in the desired range where the fish are really active. The water temperature is not too cold or too hot and the fish are feeling it. Just like us in the outdoors in comfortable 70-degree weather.

The annual meeting of the Hillside Cemetery Association will be held on the third Saturday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m., at the cemetery on Slater Road northeast of Izoro. The physical address for the cemetery is 278 Hillsdale Road in Coryell County.

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The Gatesville Chamber of Commerce recently announced plans for the Gatesville Shivaree Color Run which will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 8 a.m.

An introduction to geocaching class will be held at Mother Neff State Park on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The class, instructed by Ron Willis, will be free. There will be a park entrance fee – adults $2 per person, children under 12 will be free.

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The Gatesville Parks and Recreation Department recently announced that the Splash Park, located at Raby Park, will open on Monday, May 2. The Splash Park’s hours of operation will be 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

Spring is a favorite time to go camping.  The weather is usually agreeable, and family outings make memories the little ones will never forget.

A benefit will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m. to benefit the children of Raul Medina, who suddenly passed away on March 5. The benefit will take place at the Texas Station Event Center.

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AUSTIN - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved hunting regulations for the 2022-23 season at its public meeting held March 24 in Austin. Commissioners adopted the following modifications and clarifications to the 2022-23 Statewide Hunting Proclamation:

Crappie anglers from all over Texas look forward to this time of the year to catch some of the best tasting fish around. Granbury anglers are no different.

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Reading a brief item in The Gatesville Messenger a few weeks ago brought back good memories to Laura Honea.

 Spring is almost upon us. Last week we discussed the spawning temperatures for a variety of species. Today’s discussion is on the potential spring topwater action for striped bass. Topwater action will be occurring for many species, but chasing some really large fish on the top is exciting. 

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The Oglesby Lions Club recently hosted the 52nd annual Rattlesnake Roundup last Saturday and Sunday. Despite cold weather and rain, the event was well attended, and the snake demonstrations were held each day which drew crowds of curious observers.

A fundraiser sidewalk sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 5 at 1208 N. Robinson Drive in Robinson. The sale will benefit the development of Our Hospice House, an around-the-clock hospice-level care home where terminally ill residents will be cared for at no cost to those in need.  Items fo…

We all know that the life cycle of the cold-blooded species we seek in our area waters is based on water temperatures. This is some of the most important information we have to locate and predict where the fish will be and hopefully put them in the boat.  

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Every year, I get questioned on what I use for bait especially artificial baits in the winter. By the way, I believe winter finally arrived this last week.

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The Mayborn Science Theater in Killeen has announced a new lineup of Saturday shows starting Jan. 8. Other features this month include weekday matinees each Wednesday, laser Friday, sky tour/talk and holiday matinee shows.

Anglers have the opportunity to target rainbow trout during the peak of cold-weather stocking and fishing season thanks to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) “no fee” public access lease on the Guadalupe River.

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NEWS FROM PEARL

The next Pearl Bluegrass event will be Nov. 6.

Plan to bring your RV, Camper, or tent on Nov. 5 to join in a Pearl Community Center RV Barbecue, and then stay the night for the Pearl Bluegrass event the next day.