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May

Groesbeck First Graders Given Free Prevent Tooth Decay Kits By Local Masons

 

 

Groesbeck, TX—All first graders at H.O. Whitehurst Elementary School were recently given free prevent tooth decay kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club. Members of Groesbeck Masonic Lodge, led by Jimmie Roe, assembled and delivered more than 145 dental hygiene kits to the school.

The Fantastic Teeth Fan Club, sponsored by Masonic Home and School of Texas (MHS), strives to prevent suffering from toothaches, reduce missed school days due to dental problems, and cut costs for dental treatment.

Prevent tooth decay kits contain:  a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, healthy teeth sticker, two-minute timer (optimal brushing time), Tips for Healthy Teeth educational info for parents in both Spanish and English, and a summary of MHS services.

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19
May

Groesbeck High Graduation Information

 

The Groesbeck High School Class of 2016 Baccalaureate Service will be held on May 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the HS Auditorium.

Commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2016 of Groesbeck High School will be conducted on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 8PM at the GHS Football Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the High School Auditorium and since there will be limited seating; each senior will be issued eight tickets to distribute to guests. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but due to fire codes, admission inside the auditorium would be by ticket only. 

Thu
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May

Groesbeck High School Senior Awarded Nucor Scholarship

 

 

Presley Stewart, a 2016 graduating senior at Groesbeck High School, has been awarded a four-year scholarship in the amount of $12,800 from Nucor Corporation. The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies and room & board.

 

            The Nucor Corporation Scholarship program, in its 42nd year, has awarded $80 million in scholarships to the children of its teammates.

 

            “Nucor is proud of its scholarship program and the benefit that it provides for its team members and their children,” said Thad Solomon, Vice-President and General Manager of the Nucor-Jewett division. “Contributing to their college education will not only create a positive impact on their future, but on our community’s future as well.”

 

Thu
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May

Plea of Guilty Ends Missing Funds Investigation

 

Chamberli Truett, a former Groesbeck citizen of the year who stole approximately eight thousand dollars from Backpack Ministries, pled guilty on May 12, 2016 in the 77th District Court in Limestone County, Judge Patrick Simmons presiding.    The Groesbeck Police Department began an investigation after a shortage of funds for Backpack Ministries was discovered; the funds being taken in 2014 and continuing into 2015.  Truett was indicted by a Limestone County Grand Jury on December 16, 2015 for felony theft over $1500 under $20,000. 

Theft over $1500 is a state jail felony, with a punishment range of 180 days to 2 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice- Institutional Division (TDCJ-ID) and a fine of up to $10,000.00.  If a defendant does not have any previous felony convictions, probation is also a punishment alternative.  

Thu
19
May

Limestone Co. APPRAISAL REVIEW BOARD holds meeting

 

Members of the Limestone County Appraisal Review Board met at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Appraisal District office located in Groesbeck, Texas. Members present: R. Gerry Sunday Penny Gray, Paula Smith Mike Gamble Devin Wilson, Members absent: Tom Levi, Appraisal staff: Karen Wietzikoski, Visitors: None

The meeting was called to order by R. Gerry Sunday and it was established that a quorum was present. Karen Wietzikoski, Chief Appraiser, certified proof of posting the meeting notice.

Paula Smith led the group in prayer, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

The board reviewed the ARB Hearing Rules & Procedures as presented. No changes were made to the procedures.

Thu
19
May

Ken Givens speaks to Lions Club

By Tom Hawkins

Ken Givens, a financial consultant, was the speaker for the Groesbeck Lions Club at its meeting  Wednesday, May 11.

Givens, who now lives on Lake Limestone, is also a new member of the Groesbeck Lions Club.

Givens is a consultant for businesses and non-profits to increase sales, cash flow, and avoid loses  with their payment systems. Since 1995, Givens has provided payment processing tools and methods to thousands of organizations throughout the United States. 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 Angels, Oklahoma City, El Paso, and Ruidoso,  N.M.

Givens is a registered PCI (payment card industry) consultant for financial institutions and provides processing services for Visa/MasterCard/American Express. He also teaches continuing education classes on card security to numerous groups.

Thu
19
May

Limestone SO hosts Peace Officer's Memorial Service

 

The Peace Officer's Memorial Service was held on the grounds of the Limestone County Sheriff's Office and included the unveiling of a monument honoring those who have lost their lives while serving as peace officers.

Captain Lee Cox directed the program, and Sheriff Dennis Wilson took a moment to thank Cox for his hard work and dedication in making all the arrangements for the service and the monument.

The program started at noon on Friday, May 13, with the raising of the flag by Troopers Damon Allen and Damian Conner. The national anthem was sung by Stacey Duffield, who also sang Amazing Grace later in the program. Air Evac Lifeteam conducted a helicopter flyover during the singing of the national anthem. The Rev. Clifton Fox, from Groesbeck Church of Christ, offered the prayer.

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May

Memorial held for Powell reburial

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On April 20, a memorial service for William James Powell and Florence Florinda Powell was held at the Ferguson Cemetery near Oletha.  William and Florence, who died and were buried on their family’s farm in 1872, were the children of Joseph Henderson and Caroline Matilda Herod Powell.  William was born in November 1869 and died in November 1872.  Florence was born in March 1871 and died in August 1872. 

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May

Primary runoff election is this Tuesday, May 24; Early voting will continue through this Friday

 

By Tom Hawkins

All Limestone County voters are reminded that the primary runoff election will be this coming Tuesday, May 24. The initial primary election for 2016 was held on March 1.

In Limestone County, the runoff election will  have only statewide races. There are no county level races that require a runoff. The ballot will include three Republican runoffs and one Democratic runoff in Limestone County.

Early voting for the runoff election  began on this Monday and will continue through this Friday. The two early voting  places in the county will be in Groesbeck in the Limestone County Courthouse, Rm. G-1, and in Mexia at the Mexia Courthouse Annex.

On primary runoff election day, May 24, there will be consolidated voting precincts. The polls on election day will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Republican Party runoff candidates are listed below:

Railroad Commissioner: Wayne Christian, Gary Gates.

Thu
19
May

The Constable’s Corner

 

By Glenn Shoemaker, Limestone County Precinct 3

With Memorial Day less than two weeks away, I would like to wish everyone a safe holiday and ask that we take time to remember and honor the brave military members who have died in service of our country.  Due to various reasons, it has been several month since my last column.  Therefore, I have combined the statistics for your Precinct 3 Constable’s Office from January through April.  For the four month period I served 139 civil process papers on 218 attempts for service fees totaling $9,990.00 and drove 3,669 miles in Limestone County for the purposes of patrol and civil process service.  Additionally, I assisted other agencies on 21 occasions, performed bailiff duties for 17 separate court functions, conducted 5 traffic stops, transported 1 prisoner and successfully completed 10 hours of low or no cost training.

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