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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…

Matthew Ryan Weaver, of Gatesville, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University – Kingsville. Two commencement ceremonies were held outdoors at Javelina Sta…

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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.

The Coryell County Commissioners Court approved participation in a broadband internet evaluation by the Foresight Group despite reservations about the $249,280 price tag.

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Coryell County Sheriff’s Office deputies interrupted a human smuggling operation and detained 12 people following a short pursuit early the morning of April 22 at Osage Road and State Highway 36.

Emotional discussion of possible changes to the Gatesville Independent School District's substance abuse policy led the GISD Board of Trustees delaying action for further consideration – possibly in May.

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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.

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The Gatesville Independent School District is able to celebrate "considerable improvements" in mock End of Course (EOC) assessments at the high school level from 2021 to 2022, according to Shane Webb, assistant superintendent for academics.

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The Coryell County Commissioners Court approved an interlocal agreement with the Coryell City-Osage Volunteer Fire Department and tabled an item (held off on a vote to consider it on a future agenda) regarding a financial request from the Turnersville Volunteer Fire Department during the Apr…

Producers in Coryell County are eligible to apply for 2022 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) benefits on short and long season small grains, native pasture, improved pasture, and annual ryegrass.

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week begins Sunday, April 24, and is a time to honor victims and the advocates of victims’ rights. This year’s theme — Rights, Access, Equity, for all victims-enforcing victims’ rights, expanding access to services, and ensuring equity and inclusion for all.

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Recent wildfires which have burned parts of Coryell County and the continued threat of fires due to extreme drought conditions prompted the Coryell County Commissioners Court to declare the county a disaster area.

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Parkinson’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness and difficulty with walking, balance and coordination that affects more than one million Americans and an estimated 7-10 million people globally.

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The Exchange Club of Gatesville recently hosted its “Day of the Child” event. Several local organizations participated and offered fun activities for the children to do such as face painting, horse rides, barrel train rides and football toss.

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Friends and neighbors of Fort Hood held a “Military Heroes Appreciation Concert” for soldiers stationed at North Fort Hood on Sunday.

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As Congress prepares to rename nine military installations throughout the southern part of the United States which had been previously named for soldiers who fought for the Confederacy, the Coryell County Commissioners Court weighed in with its own resolution on the matter.

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When fires at Fort Hood in late March burned out of control and even resulted in the evacuation of the community of Flat, local fire departments responded in a big way in helping to contain the threat.

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Whether human or canine, law enforcement officers take a lot of pride in caring for one of their own, so when police dog Stana needed surgery to repair a torn ligament in her left leg, the Coryell County Sheriff's Office reached out to the community for help with her medical bills.

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Businesses and governmental offices across Coryell County will join the rest of the nation on Friday, April 15, in celebration of Good Friday.

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The city of Gatesville is a step closer to having a uniform procedure for renaming city streets, although the Gatesville City Council won't take official action until a potential ordinance is presented for approval at a future date.

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Hamilton-Coryell Soil and Water Conservation District are seeking input from the public on how to best serve local citizens through Farm Bill conservation programs and technical assistance. The public is invited to attend their F…

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The Coryell County Commissioners Court is expected to take action on financial requests from local rural water districts on April 12.

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Many local residents know Georg Cleverley as a patrol lieutenant with the Gatesville Police Department, but before she served the community in blue, she wore U.S. Army green and camo in 25 years of military service.

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In the not too distant future, the U.S. Army base known for decades as Fort Hood will likely have a new name.

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Higher fuel costs have taken a significant bite out of the county road and bridge budget for the 2022 fiscal year, to the point where the majority of the budget had already been spent by late March.

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, McLennan County along with multiple county extension committees will host the 14th Annual Small Grain Field Day on Thursday, April 14 near McGregor.

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The annual household hazardous waste collection was recently held at the Gatesville Civic Center. This year, there were 359 participants who dropped off hazardous waste items including paint, pesticides, medications, motor oil and tires.

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Animal control concerns took center stage for Coryell County leaders during the March 22 meeting of the Coryell County Commissioners Court.

The Gatesville Independent School District is hoping to reap significant savings on fuel costs by participating in the Texas Association of School Board's energy cooperative.

A house at 2006 Bridge Street that the Gatesville City Council ruled as substandard and which faced possible demolition has a new lease on life after the structure's new owner presented a house renovation plan to the Council on March 22.

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Evacuations, warnings and billowing clouds of smoke weighed heavily on Coryell County residents as a trio of grass fires on Fort Hood merged into one large fire and threatened area homes.

Taking the next step in what a Coryell County facilities committee has deemed "dire needs" for some county offices, the Coryell County Commissioners Court set its top priorities for upcoming projects during a workshop on March 22. However, there were differing views on how to meet constructi…

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The annual household hazardous waste collection in Gatesville has helped clean up the county, the community and other participating counties in the Central Texas Council of Governments area, which stretches from Milam County in the east to San Saba and Mills counties in the west.

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Editor’s Note: Stephanie Keith has served as the education and public relations coordinator for Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District for the last five years. During her time at the district, she has established multiple educational programs ranging from classroom lessons to prese…

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Logjams and snags in the Leon River are causing property damage during high water events. Coryell County leaders are looking to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help resolve the problem.

Coryell County is looking for an auditor to fill the position when Ben Roberts retires, an assistant auditor to take over the responsibilities in the meantime, or possibly both.

A house at 2006 Bridge Street in Gatesville that has been ruled a substandard structure may still face the wrecking ball, but its fate has been delayed at least temporarily because the property has changed hands.