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Gatesville High School’s student council will host their annual blood drive on Oct. 22, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. The blood drive will be located at the culinary entrance of Gatesville High School. 

National 4-H Week is celebrated annually during the first full week of October.

Courthouse senior maintenance technician Todd Pierce wears a safety harness while beginning repair work on the mechanism that causes the courthouse bell to ring.

Several people of Mound attended the 2022 annual Gatesville High School Homecoming activities including the bonfire, pep rally, the GHS varsity football game, banquet and class reunions.

The following is a breakdown of activity reported through dispatchers during the period of September 25 – 28.  While there were many calls to the dispatcher, this is a partial list of more sig…

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In an effort to have the area's groundwater conservation authority more involved in helping to oversee local groundwater resources, the Coryell County Commissioners Court approved an agreement with the Middle Trinity Groundwater District on Sept. 27.

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Coryell County Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for an inmate who escaped from a work crew on Sept. 26 near Leon Junction.

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During its Sept. 27 meeting, the Gatesville City Council followed up on two houses which were ruled substandard structures earlier this year, but which have not been repaired during the time given for work to be completed.

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The Texas Attorney General's office has filed motions with the 440th District Court to dismiss human trafficking charges against nine people who were arrested and charged in June 2021.

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In response to a letter the Texas Jail Standards Commission sent to Coryell County leaders about noncompliance because of overcrowding and suggesting counties which have jail space available, the county recently reached an agreement with Haskell County to potentially send inmates there.

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After meeting with representatives of justice of the peace courts and the 440th District Court to get feedback, Jeff Heffelfinger, president of Southwest Architects, gave the Coryell County Commissioners Court an update on plans for a new building to house those entities.

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Blayr Barnard of Oglesby said she is not an opponent of development and growth, but a proposed 592-house subdivision that would be located near there has raised several concerns for her and other neighbors.

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Better than expected sales tax collections mean the city of Gatesville will have about $500,000 more to spend on different projects around the city.

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Businesses and governmental offices across Coryell County will join the rest of the nation on Monday, Sept. 5, celebrating Labor Day.

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While housing options for lower income residents in Gatesville may seem to be few and far between, one option that provides a lifeline for both families and single adults is housing offered by the Gatesville Housing Authority.

Two Gatesville City Council members have signed up for re-election to their current posts – Billy Sinyard, who represents Ward 2, Place 4, and John Westbrook, who represents Ward 2, Place 6.

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While property values continue to rise, meaning local residents will pay more taxes, the Coryell County Commissioners Court is proposing to lower the rate to help ease the burden on taxpayers.

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In order to meet maintenance requirements and continue to provide the same level of service, a consultant is recommending the city of Gatesville raise water rates and also restructure its tiers so that customers who use more water and have larger meters pay more.

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Coryell County Commissioners heard a report that 1,381 new water wells could be drilled to accommodate growth and new subdivisions throughout the county, helping prompt a discussion with the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (MTGCD) to help monitor the new well permits.

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USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds drought-impacted producers that they may be eligible for financial assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) to cover above normal expenses for hauling water or feed to livestock or haul…

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Although a decision will be made during an upcoming Gatesville City Council meeting, Council members were given a sneak peek at a water and sewer rate study which could result in increased fees for customers.

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A meeting room full of local residents and regional volunteers concerned about Gatesville's prolific feral cat population visited the Gatesville City Council during a recent meeting to let city leaders know what is being done – and what else can be done – to address this problem.

Whether helping Coryell County find sources of grant money, identify top concerns among low-water crossings or put important information and maps into an electronic database, Natural Resource Solutions of Austin has been busy assisting county officials and departments for several months.

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The Gatesville City Council reviewed budget goals for the 2022-23 fiscal year during its July 12 meeting, with a list of nine priority items to consider.

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Low humidity and scorching temperatures have been a brutal combination for local firefighters, who continue to work long hours battling blazes throughout Coryell County.

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…

The Gatesville City Council voted to continue its juvenile curfew for youths younger than 17, continuing a policy that was originally adopted in May 2008.

The Gatesville City Council has received details of a recent Insurance Services Office (ISO) inspection related to the Gatesville Volunteer Fire Department's ability to fight structure fires, and the city was rated a 4 in its public protection classification.

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Despite a little rain falling on Coryell County the day before their meeting, Coryell County Commissioners voted to prohibit the use of fireworks in the county with the exception of professional municipal displays such as the one in Gatesville.

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Solutions for overcrowding at the Coryell County Jail include some expensive possibilities and facilities that have been used elsewhere in America, but not in Texas.

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The Gatesville Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to create a district police department, with an expected start date of Aug. 1, and is working with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to finalize plans.

The Gatesville City Council recently approved a subdivision application for 9.62 acres at 675 Old Pidcoke Road which will divide the property into two tracts, to be known as Emerald Estates.

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As incidents of school violence continue to rock the country, school leaders, including those with the Gatesville Independent School District, look for ways to keep students as safe as possible.

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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 look through a 5,000 page statement of intent filed by the company.

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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 works with the county, told Coryell County Commissioners about a grant available from the U.S. Depar…

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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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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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.

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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice recently held a memorial service to honor TDCJ employees and officers who died in the line of duty.

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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.

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Coryell County residents have two options to vote this month – in the constitutional amendment election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today (Saturday, May 7) and in the Democratic and Republican Party runoff elections on Tuesday, May 24.

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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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.

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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.

A local resident is hoping to build an upscale RV resort on land he owns on the east side of the Gatesville ball park, and is seeking city water service for the development. 

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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.