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Thu
26
May

Tom’s Topics

 

 

By Tom Hawkins

It seems impossible, but the 2015-1016 school year for the GISD is almost over. Groesbeck High School’s graduation is Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m. at Groesbeck Stadium. The GHS Baccalaureate Service was held on this past Sunday afternoon in the GHS auditorium.

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A personal word of congratulations to my longtime friend and neighbor, Lea Hardison. Lea is retiring from the field of education following  a career which spanned forty-five years. Lea served as a classroom teacher for many years, and she also served a building principal for several years.

A big salute to Lea on her most outstanding career.

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The annual Thornton homecoming will be this Friday and Saturday. A big welcome home to all former Thornton folks!

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Speaking of the Thornton homecoming, this is the season for numerous community reunions and memorials as well as family reunions.

Thu
26
May

Ribbon cutting held for Ken Givens

 

 

The Groesbeck Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Ken Givens on Wednesday, May 17, at the Groesbeck Convention Center. Givens and his company holds membership in the Groesbeck Chamber of Commerce, and he is also a member of the Groesbeck Lions Club. He and his wife now live at Lake Limestone.

Pictured above are Scooter Kennedy, Jerri and Ray O’Docharty, Ken Givens, Denise Thompson, Karmen Hoffpauir, and Joan McEntrye.

Givens consults with businesses and non-profits to increase sales, cash flow, and avoid loses with their payment systems. Since 1995, Ken has provided payment processing tools and methods to thousands of organizations throughout the USA. His company, U. S. Merchant Payment Solutions LLC, operates offices in Waco  and Austin, with affiliates in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Odessa/Midland, Los Angles, Oklahoma City, El Paso, and Ruidoso, N. M.

Thu
26
May

Groesbeck Mayor Ray O’Dcoharty speaks to Groesbeck Lions Club

 

 

By Tom Hawkins

At its meeting on Wednesday, May 17, the Groesbeck Lions Club heard a talk by Groesbeck Mayor Ray O’Docharty. He was introduced by Mike McLelland, program chairman. The Groesbeck mayor is also one of the Lions Club’s newest members.

Mayor O’Docharty gave his audience a brief resume of  his career before moving on to information about the Groesbeck city government.  He pointed out that the city has a budget which it must live by each year.

The Mayor cited some of the dire needs of the city. Among these needs the importance of the city’s street with hopes for the improvement of the city’s streets.

In looking at the city’s future, the Mayor stated, “I see Groesbeck as an important tourist and retirement center in the future.”

The Mayor also reviewed the possibilities of the MLK Community Garden which is being organized and developed at the present time.

Thu
26
May

Lea Hardison retiring after 42 years in GISD

 

 

By Tom Hawkins

The 2015-2016 school year for the Groesbeck Independent School District will end next Friday, June 3rd.

The end of the school year will also mark the retirement of one of GISD’s most respected educators, Lea Barnes Hardison. Lea will retire after 45 years serving in education. Forty-two of those years have been in the Groesbeck Independent School District. She also taught one year in New Caney and two years in Riesel.

On this Thursday, May 26, the Groesbeck Independent School District will honor Lea with a come and go reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Enge-Washington Intermediate School Library in honor of  her many years of service to the GISD. All parents, students, former students, and her many friends are cordially invited.

Thu
26
May

Grand Jury Indictments

 

BE IT REMEMBERED that on this the 18th MAY A.D. 2016 there appeared in Open Court, the Grand Jury, a quorom being present, and presented into Open Court the following indictments,  which were received by the Court and the Clerk ORDERED to issue proper service herein:

The State of Texas vs. Mark Anthony Beachum, Possession of Controlled Substance,  $5,000 bond.
The State of Texas vs. Markee Domond Boyd, Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled substance, $20,000 bond.
The State of Texas vs. Eric Lamont Brown, possession of a controlled substance, $2,500 bond.
The State of Texas vs. Wilford Lee Carrol, Evading Arrest with Vehicle, $5,000 bond.
The State of Texas vs. Jeffrey Adam Cooper, Theft $2,500-$30,000, $5,000 bond.
The State of Texas vs. Koby Dwain Dabney, Burglary of Habitation, $20,000 bond.
The State of Texas vs. Fernando Gardea, Jr., Tampering with Evidence, $10,000 bond.

Thu
26
May

Three vehicles, eight people, zero fatalities

 

Approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20th, the call came in about an accident involving three vehicles on Highway 14 just two miles north of Groesbeck.

Groesbeck VFD, LMC EMS, Mexia FD, Teague EMS, Shiloh VFD, Robertson County EMS, as well as numerous Limestone County Sheriff Office deputies and Groesbeck Police Department officers responded.

All eight of the people involved in the wreck were transported to various hospitals, including two being flown to higher level care hospitals.

As of press time this week, details regarding the accident were unavailable. We will post an updated story to the Groesbeck Journal website as soon as the full story is available.

Thu
26
May

Lake study to improve county’s grant odds

 

By Roxanne McKnight

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners have agreed to fund a study on Lake Mexia to establish flood levels, which is expected to increase the county’s chances of winning grant money for flood victims.

The decision was made at commissioners court’s May 10 meeting at the recommendation of County Engineer Ted Kantor.

He told the court he thought some grant applications were turned down last year because that information had not been established.

“They score those grants by a benefit-cost analysis,” Kantor said. “That’s based on the savings they think we’re going to have in flood claims that don’t happen versus what could have happened. Part of the data that’s based on are the flood levels, and we don’t have any flood levels as a baseline. We’re just using an empirical number. We’re basically using a number that’s a little bit higher than the worst event, and that’s our best available data.”

Thu
26
May

County settles with Labor Board on infraction

 

By Roxanne McKnight

Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners court agreed to pay $55,629 in overtime pay to about 20 Sheriff’s Office employees after a recent review by the U.S. Labor Department revealed non-standard payment practices that amounted to employees working more than 40 hours a week without receiving overtime pay.

For the past three years, the dispatchers and some jailers were allowed to work the 80 hours within a two-week period in unequal amounts, such as working 56 hours one week and 24 the following week.

“That way the employees could get long weekends and time off, and they loved it,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen.

He said allowing employees flexible hours cut down on turnover, which had been a problem before the Sheriff’s Office had began the flexible-hour policy, resulting in their constantly having to train new employees.

Thu
26
May

Groesbeck City Council swears in new Officials

 

The Groesbeck City Council met last Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00pm for their regular monthly meeting. All members were in attendance with the exception of Councilman Bob Zeman, who did not seek re-election for the coming year.

The first six items on the agenda were taken care of quickly with all of the requests being approved. Those items included a waiver for a fireworks display during the July 4th celebration in the park, next was a grant variance request to build a carport on a city lot. Item number three was a request for a water tap to be placed between two existing taps outside the city limits on Highway 164 East. A bid on two trustee lots for sale was approved and a rate change requested by Atmos Energy was also approved.

Next item on the agenda was the approval of the 2016 City Council election results and then the swearing in of the newly elected officials.

Thu
26
May

Homemade bomb found in Kosse

 

By Roxanne McKnight

Staff Writer

Investigation continues into the origins of an incendiary device found Tuesday morning, May 17, in a vacant house three miles north of Kosse on Hwy. 14.

According to Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, a deputy found the device after a confidential informant tipped off the Sheriff’s Office about the homemade bomb that morning.

When an investigator confirmed the presence of a propane tank in the house matching the tip, Wilson had him contact the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office to send a bomb squad.

Specially trained McLennan County personnel used a robot to investigate the device and verify it was a bomb then disable it.

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