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The next Pearl Bluegrass event will take place on Saturday, July 2, at the Pearl Community Center. If any bands would like to play under the pavilion or on the stage, they can call Ronald Meda…

The following is a breakdown of activity reported through dispatchers during the period of June 16 – 19. While there were many calls to the dispatcher, this is a partial list of more significa…

A rate request from Oncor Electric Delivery that would have gone into effect June 17 was suspended by a vote from the Gatesville City Council at a meeting June 14 that will allow attorneys to …

Coryell County to pursue roadIn an effort to better identify ways to make high risk roads safer in Coryell County, Maddie Todd of Natural Resources Solutions of Austin, a consulting firm that …

The following is a breakdown of activity reported through dispatchers during the period of May 12 – 15. While there were many calls to the dispatcher, this is a partial list of more significan…

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The Gatesville Swarm 14-U baseball team won a NCS (National Championship Sports) title recently in North Texas, defeating teams from throughout the state in the process. The Swarm prevailed in a 19-team field to win the championship.

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For its 2022 Lion of the Year, the Gatesville Lions Club honored Charlie Wise, whose positive impact has gone far beyond Gatesville.

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The Coryell County Genealogical Society recently made a generous donation to the restoration fund of the Historic Eagle Springs Baptist Church in memory of Carol Smith who passed away in March.

The Keep Gatesville Beautiful Yard of the Month for the month of May goes to Diana and James Brown who live at 109 Inwood Lane. Diana and James have lived there for a couple of years.

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The Gatesville Chamber of Commerce Junior Ambassadors recently helped with a graduation ceremony held at Coryell Rehabliving at The Meadows for residents who never received their high school diplomas. The Jr. Ambassadors brought roses for each of the nine participating graduates, read aloud …

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Aaron Kaulfus, a 2008 graduate of Gatesville High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, recently received his Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Turnersville’s Volunteer Fire Department may receive the funds requested from Coryell County to help with building a brush truck, but it will be a few more months until the item can be considered during budget talks.

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Continuing dry conditions with little to no relief in sight prompted the Coryell County Commissioners Court to continue its burn ban, and also to prohibit the sale of fireworks for the Memorial Day holiday.

Martha Ann Lawhorn, Ranie and Benjamin Phillips, Zoie Rhoades and Richard Carothers were Mother’s Day lunch guests of Elizabeth Phillips.

A special dedication ceremony will take place on the Gatesville Junior High campus on Monday, May 16, at 5 p.m. The junior high main gym will become known as the GJHS Mary Bishop Gymnasium in honor of the long-time Gatesville ISD educator, coach, and Hornet fan. Bishop was a fixture at GISD …

The regular meeting of the United Women in Faith (formerly known as the United Methodist Women) was held on May 10, in the Banquet Room at the First United Methodist Church in Gatesville, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Eleven members were in attendance. The hostesses were Marilyn Decker and Shirleen…

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More than 40 people crowded into the Gatesville City Council chambers for a May 10 meeting, many of whom were there to either support or oppose a proposed RV park to be located near the city ballpark and the Gatesville Civic Center.

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Facing what seems to be a no-win situation with no easy solution in sight, county officials once again are scrambling to find help dealing with the chronic problem of overcrowding at the Coryell County Jail.

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The National Day of Prayer was observed on Thursday, May 5, by area churches and community members who came and prayed at or with the First Methodist Church in Gatesville. This is an annual event which strives to raise the awareness for the need of prayer, not only on specific day or for cer…

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Two brothers from Gatesville – Dennis and Mike Myers – who both served in the military during the Vietnam era recently were able to enjoy the experience of a lifetime – an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. with tours of monuments and military sights through Honor Flight Austin.

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Helping maintain order in the skies between Dallas and Austin – especially in the Central Texas region around Fort Hood is both a mission and a calling for Mark Vick and Aristotle Ponder, two air traffic controllers who work to help ensure safe flights.

We are so sad to report the passing of our dear friend, Judy Vernon, on Thursday, May 5. Judy was a long-time visitor and supporter of the Pearl Cottage Bookstore, and she will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. A memorial service will be planned for her in Evant at a later date. Ju…

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Gatesville Primary School recently celebrated their Field Day on the Tommy Davidson Field at McKamie Stadium. This was the first Field Day event at the stadium since COVID and the first one that parents could attend.

The last meeting of The Morris Federation for the 2021-2022 calendar year is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, at the Junction at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will be Dutch treat, with members ordering items individually from the menu.

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In August 2020, The Gatesville Messenger published a story about Donna Crosby meeting her 100th great-grandchild. Recently, Donna Crosby, affectionately known as “Grandma Crosby,” celebrated her 90th birthday and reported that the number of her great-grandchildren had increased from 100 to 116.

The Central Texas Travel Club will be meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at Johnny’s Steaks and Barbecue in Salado, beginning at 11 a.m. Future trips will be discussed including day trips and trips to South Dakota, Scotland, Ireland and Switzerland. The meeting is open to anyone interested in trave…

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The Gatesville Chamber of Commerce recently selected Grace Bible Church as May’s Business of the Month. Pictured above are representatives of the chamber presenting the trophy and certificate to church officials.

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Sophomores and juniors from Gatesville High School are helping rebuild the city's skatepark, next to Raby Park and the city outdoor swimming pool, with some support from local companies.

Three members of the Coryell County Commissioners Court and Gatesville City Manager Bill Parry participated in a recent workshop with Natural Resources Solutions of Austin to discuss local conservation projects and funding sources, along with other improvements.

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Gatesville's Splash Pad is now open for business and offers free entertainment, and the Gatesville City Council recently set fees for other local recreation options, including the outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and participation in adult sports.

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Waiting for the next move in a military deployment can be difficult but receiving rush orders can be even worse – and the toll taken on family can be harder than on the troops.

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Don’t Mess with Texas recently promoted a “Trash Off” event. Keep Gatesville Beautiful encouraged families, businesses and groups to take part in the statewide campaign by picking a date and location to conduct a litter pick-up.

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…

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Texas Farm Bureau will be sponsoring a Summer Ag Institute for K-12 teachers on June 13-16 in Waco. The program will allow teachers to incorporate what they learn about agriculture into their classrooms. Teachers will be participating in field experiences, interacting with agriculture and ed…

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One evening in April 2021, Eric Newell was out for a ride in Houston when his motorcycle was rear-ended by a vehicle, breaking both of his legs, dislocating his hips, and injuring his back and hands. He was just one of 2,318 Texas motorcyclists seriously injured in crashes last year.

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Responding to a heavy medical caseload at the Coryell County Jail, the Coryell County Commissioners Court approved hiring personnel to help decrease the workload on the jail's nurse.

Everyone has been asking about the very famous Pearl personality, Kay Pruett. She even has a dog named Pearl. Kay has recently had hip surgery, but she is back home with rehab and doing well. In fact, she’s back to her old self. Seems like all our visitors want to know more about Kay, so we …

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.