News

Wed
24
Aug

Feds say they will end use of private prisons

 

County-owned prison not classified as private

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Justice Department’s announcement late last week that it has decided to phase out the use of private prisons to house federal inmates raised questions in some quarters about the future of the Limestone County Detention Center. Because it is owned by the county, however, a government entity, the ruling does not apply to it.

The county-owned LCDC has been empty since June 2013, when the federal government removed the last of its prisoners there, and county officials have been trying since then to locate a new source of inmates to restore the income to the county, as well as the high-paying jobs it represents.

Wed
24
Aug

Market Report

GROESBECK AUCTION & LIVESTOCK COMPANY
The Groesbeck Auction & Livestock Company held its weekly livestock auction sale on Thursday, August 18.  The sale is held each Thursday beginning at 12 noon. There were 43 sellers and 27 buyers. There were 279 head sold. The market report from last week’s sale is given below:
SLAUGHTER COWS 
& BULLS: 
Boner and Cutter Cows:
Medium - $76-$80
Breaker Cows:  
Heavy, average dress, $83-$87
Canner:
Medium, average dress, $49-$73
Thin Cows:
Light, average dress, $65-$70
Bulls Yield 1 & 2: $96-$100
Bulls Yield 3 & 4: $93-$96
STOCKER COWS:
Young Bred Cows, 
$1200- $1700
Older Plain Bred Cows, 
$900- $1100
Good Choice Pairs, 
$1300-$2000
Common Medium Pairs, 
 $1200- $1500
STOCKER & FEEDERS
CALVES & YEARLINGS
STEERS (Good & Choice):   
300-400 lbs., $170-$215

Thu
18
Aug

Sheriff to use forfeiture money to upgrade weapons, gear

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson has told county commissioners that he intends to use some of his forfeiture money to upgrade his armory.

He estimated the amount in the fund to be around $30,000-$40,000 and proposes to spend about half of it.

“What we’re in dire need of is we have got to have an upgrade of our tactical gear: bullet-proof vests and also our weapons as well,” Wilson said. “We’re severely outgunned right now by the criminals we face every day. I’ve got to get my guys some updated, upgraded weapons so we can be protected.”

Wilson had brought up the matter at the August 2015 budget workshops, noting at that time that some of his deputies had been outgunned in a confrontation in Coolidge.

Thu
18
Aug

meet the goats

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Senior football players and their mothers at Meet the Goat Night.

Journal photo/Todd Boyd

 

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Senior girls athletes have a little fun at their last Meet the Goat night.

Journal photo/Todd Boyd

 

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Coach Tyrone Carter pumps up the football team at Meet the Goat night.

Journal photo/Todd Boyd

Thu
18
Aug

Coach Hale, speaker at Lions Club

 

 

By Tom Hawkins

Groesbeck Goat Head Football Coach Steven Hale, was the speaker for the Groesbeck Lions Club on Wednesday, August 10. He was introduced by Jim Bohls.

In addition to being head football coach, Hale is also the athletic director for the school district.

Coach Hale stated that there were 85 boys participating in high school football. He added that the varsity team is expected to carry 31 players.

Coach Hale stated, “This group of boys was very well conditioned in reporting to two-a-day practices.” He also described  the group as being very athletic.

The team will run a multiple offense according to Coach Hale. The team was also described as being very physical up front. He also noted the importance of special teams to the success of the team.

Thu
18
Aug

Homeowner Applications Available for Blessings in October Workday

 

Many Groesbeck citizens recall the impact that Blessings in October made for 55 homeowners during the non-profit organization’s first six years. In 2010, five homes were adopted. Ten homes were adopted in each subsequent year. Each year between 100 and 170 volunteers during this period have installed windows, replaced porches, painted houses, made plumbing repairs, trimmed shrubs, constructed wheel chair ramps and a host of other clean-up chores. “Volunteers are helping fulfill the non-profit organization’s mission of winterizing, repairing and enhancing the safety of homes of low-income elderly and disabled individuals in our community”, stated Charles Eastburn, founder of Blessing in October.

Thu
18
Aug

Mexia Man Sentenced to Prison for Drug Possession in a Drug Free Zone

 

            A Limestone County 77th District Court jury sentenced Francisco Javier Hernandez to 12 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Tuesday August 9, 2016 after convicting him of Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone.  The 28-year old Mexia man was prosecuted for possessing methamphetamine found after he was pulled over in December 2015 for a traffic violation. 

Thu
18
Aug

Groesbeck Senior News

 

By Kelli Young
Site Manager

Thu
18
Aug

GISD news to know

 

School starts Monday, August 22, 2016.

 Groesbeck Middle School - Stuff Your Lockers - will be on Thursday August 18 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Incoming 7th Graders will need to bring updated shot record.

Meet the Teacher has been scheduled for August 19th at H.O. Whitehurst from 3pm to 5pm and at Enge-Washington from 4pm to 6pm. Students are asked to bring all school supplies with them.

 Groesbeck High School "Fish Camp" will be on Friday, August 19th at 1:30 and Open House has been scheduled for August 29th from 6pm to 8pm.

Once the bells start ringing, parents need to know there will be a slight schedule change for release times. Due to the change from days to minutes by the State, all GISD campuses will release 10 minutes later for the 2016-2017 school year. Start times will remain the same and early release days will be at noon.

Start and end times are as follows:

High School - 7:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thu
18
Aug

Meet Groesbeck city leaders – Ray O’Docharty

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

The Groesbeck Journal asked each city council member as well as the city administrator and mayor what their goals are for the city council for the next two years and also what direction they think the city should take. In previous issues, the responses from Council members Matthew Dawley, Kim Harris, Tamikia Jackson, Arleen Taveras and Mike Thompson; also City Administrator and Police Chief Chris Henson were presented. Below is the final installment of this series, the response from Ray O’Docharty, mayor of Groesbeck.

 

Mayor Ray O’Docharty

Groesbeck Mayor Ray O’Docharty just began his second term of office, first winning his mayoral spot in 2014, then running unopposed and winning in the May 2016 election.

Perhaps because the new fiscal year is coming up, O’Docharty’s mind was on the city’s finances.

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