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The following is a breakdown of activity reported through dispatchers during the period of January 23 - 25. 

The Coryell County Commissioners Court took no action on a request by Sheriff Scott Williams to draw from unused salary allotments in order to increase the pay of the sheriff’s administrative …

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County leaders received an update on the list of projects they submitted to the state during a Jan. 24 meeting of the Coryell County Commissioners Court.

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Coryell County’s efforts to complete a hazard mitigation plan are well underway, and the public has responded.

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Coryell County's Road and Bridge Department is off to a busy start in 2023, collecting data, improving roads and continuing monitoring on-site sewage permit requests.

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Gatesville residents had an opportunity to show their appreciation to retiring Gatesville Police Chief Nathan Gohlke during a reception Jan. 24 at Gatesville City Hall, as the city honored him for nearly 25 years of service.

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The Coryell County Courthouse recently underwent a slight facelift with the installation of a new roof.

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Finding ways to protect Coryell County residents and their property — and also finding out what concerns people the most when it comes to natural disasters and how prepared they are — are the  primary points of emphasis of the hazard mitigation plan (HMP) that Coryell County is working on wi…

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The Coryell County Commissioners Court approved a $13.6 million plan to finance the expansion of the Coryell County Jail and the construction of a justice center, the Leon Street Annex, during the Jan. 10 meeting.

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A statewide search for Gatesville's next police chief led to the selection of a candidate who is well acquainted with Central Texas — Brad Hunt.

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In 2022, Texas experienced one of the most severe wildfire seasons in more than a decade. The Texas A&M Forest Service and local fire departments responded to more than 11,000 wildfires across the state, covering 645,000 acres.

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In an effort to help the county prepare for — and potentially avoid — disasters, Coryell County leaders are working with Natural Resources Solutions (NRS) on a hazard mitigation plan and are seeking public input.

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During a meet the candidates session on Jan. 4, local residents had the opportunity to talk to the four finalists for Gatesville Police chief ahead of the selection of a new chief.

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The past year was full of many significant events in Gatesville and Coryell County, whether good, bad or somewhere in between.

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The city of Gatesville has announced four finalists for chief of the Gatesville Police Department, and local residents will have a chance to meet the candidates during a Meet the Finalists presentation set from 4:30-5:30 p.m. today (Jan. 4) in the Gatesville City Council Chambers at 110 N. E…

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Looking for ways to help ensure that adequate water is available to meet growing demands, members of the Coryell County Commissioners Court met with Patrick Wagner, general manager of the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (MTGCD) during a recent workshop.

The following is a breakdown of activity reported through dispatchers during the period of Dec. 22-25.

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An unexpected jump of $3 million in the cost estimate of a new justice building delayed approval of financial plans to proceed with the project and also at least temporarily delayed financing approval for expansion of the Coryell County Jail.

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Ray Ashby has served for six years as a Coryell County commissioner for Precinct 4, but his last official day in office will be Dec. 31.

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The city of Gatesville has an ambitious list of capital improvements planned for 2023, and much of the cost of the work will be paid for by state or federal grants.

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Big changes are coming in garbage collection and recycling for Gatesville residents, aimed at helping to enhance the cleanliness of the community and also improve convenience.

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While offering his appreciation for a recent upgrade to Pidcoke Street, Gatesville resident Steve Rolfing told the Gatesville City Council that he is concerned about the impact of two dilapidated houses on nearby Lutterloh Street.

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The Gatesville City Council approved a street renaming policy and procedure during its Dec. 13 meeting, ending a months-long process.

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Coryell County leaders, working in partnership with Natural Resources Solutions (NRS) consultants, have identified several projects to enhance the safety of the community and will submit grant applications in hope of getting state or federal funding for those improvements.

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A career in law enforcement is something that intrigued Nathan Gohlke since childhood, but after 31 years in that line of work - including 29 as a licensed peace officer — he will be hanging up the badge and working in an entirely different career.

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After receiving six proposals by different organizations to help the county develop a local hazard mitigation plan, the Coryell County Commissioners Court chose Natural Resources Solutions of Austin for the job.

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The Coryell County Commissioners Court approved a contract during its Nov. 22 meeting for new phone service with Vested Networks.

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The Gatesville City Council approved an ordinance which updates the definition and owner responsibility regarding dangerous dogs and also addresses the issue of numerous cats roaming city streets.

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In 1999, after a tragic string of baby abandonment's hit Houston, Texas passed the nation’s first Safe Haven law. It was nicknamed the “Baby Moses Law” after the Bible story of Moses’s mother abandoning him on the Nile River to ensure he wasn’t drowned at birth under the order of the Pharaoh…

Two houses that the city of Gatesville identified as substandard will have until early 2023 to complete repairs following action by the Gatesville City Council.

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The contributions of area first responders and law enforcement officers were celebrated during a breakfast that the Gatesville Exchange Club held to honor those who protect and serve local residents.

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Efforts to bring the Coryell County Jail in compliance with state standards regarding the number of inmates housed, and also to build a new county justice building took another step forward as the Coryell County Commissioners Court recently approved moving to the next phase with construction plans.

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The Coryell County Commissioners Court approved a request by Sheriff Scott Williams to enter into a fleet management program with Enterprise Fleet Services that will send reminders for when vehicle maintenance is needed.

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The Coryell County Commissioners Court voted on Nov. 8 to discontinue the burn ban and revisit the issue at their Nov. 22 meeting.

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Gatesville city and school incumbents – just like many of those statewide – retained office following elections on Nov. 8.

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Veterans Day closings will occur on Friday, Nov. 11 to honor our veterans. The closings will include the following: 

Coryell County leaders discussed the ability of the county's road and bridge department to negotiate contracts with a trio of engineering firms to expedite work when a work contract is less than $50,000, and also talked about the need for a designated floodplain manager.

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Aaron Smith has authorized The Gatesville Messenger to announce his candidacy for the office of Gatesville City Council in the upcoming Nov. 8 elections.

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On Thursday, Oct. 27, members of the CRSP (Coryell Retired School Personnel), heard a program presented by Fire Chief Billy Vaden addressing the topic of fire safety tips, especially for seniors.

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Gatesville city staff members are working on an ordinance for the Gatesville City Council regarding policies and procedures for renaming streets in Gatesville and presented the draft of a nine-section document to address future name changes.

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A timeline of work needed to expand the Coryell County Jail, and plans to finance it, were presented by Commissioner Scott Weddle at the Oct. 25 meeting of the Coryell County Commissioners Court.

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The Coryell County Commissioners Court voted to continue the ban on outdoor burning because of drought conditions, despite recent rainfall the county has received.

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While election day is officially Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., early voting begins Monday, Oct. 24. Those interested in voting early can do so at the Coryell County Annex building at 801 E. Leon St. in Gatesville (across from the U.S. Post Office).

Justin Latham, director of the Coryell County road and bridge department, recently gave an update about work done, a water board meeting he attended, and the availability of equipment that will help his crew do their work more efficiently.

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the employees at the Coryell County Courthouse recently showed their support for breast cancer awareness by dressing in pink.