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Aug

Tom’s Topics

 

 

By Tom Hawkins

The general election for 2016 will be on Tuesday, November 8.

As mentioned in previous columns, the highlight of this year’s general election will be the presidential election.

Folks will hear plenty in the upcoming weeks from Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

However, the general election also includes races on the state and local or county level.

In Texas there are numerous important state races. However, in Limestone County, the names (all Republican) on the ballot on the county level are all unopposed.

However, since this year’s presidential election is very important all citizens should be sure that they are registered to vote  in the upcoming election.

Thu
11
Aug

Groesbeck school board has special meeting

 

 

By Tom Hawkins

The Board of Trustees of the Groesbeck Independent School District met in a special school board meeting on Thursday night, August 4, in the Board Room which is located on the campus of Groesbeck High School.

Tom Sutton, school board president, presided. Other board members present were Chris Rand, Randy Hunter, Bridgett Jackson-Tatum, Bob Waller, and Mika Morgan. Bill David Sadler was absent.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a review of the mission statement of the school district.

The names of Tom Sutton and Chris Rand were added to the Groesbeck ISD’s bank account at the First National Bank of Groesbeck. The name of Scott Wilson, who did not seek reelection to the school board, was removed.

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11
Aug

Pancake Breakfast to honor GHS Students; Pep Rally for first football game to follow

 

 

 

By Tom Hawkins

The students of Groesbeck High School will be honored with a back-to-school pancake breakfast on Friday, August 26. The back-to school pancake breakfast for all GHS students has been held for the past several years.

The breakfast and related events is being sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck.

The pancake breakfast will be served from the Methodist Activity Center (MAC Building) located  on West Navasota Street. The 200 block of  West Navasota Street will be roped off for the Pancake Breakfast and the Pep Rally which will follow the breakfast.

The serving of the breakfast will begin at 7:30 p.m. Following the breakfast a brief devotional and prayer will be led by Steve Nance, pastor of Groesbeck First United Methodist Church.

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11
Aug

Farmers State Bank Assign New Titles

 

 

The Board of Directors of the Farmers State Bank has recently assigned new titles to three veteran employees, All three of these employees work in the bank’s  Groesbeck office. Jeri Penny, who has worked for the bank for nineteen years, was named senior vice-president; Debbie Hobbs, who has been with the bank for twelve years, was named a banking officer; and Laura Billingsly, who has been a bank employee for five years, was also named a banking officers. The three ladies are pictured above, left to right, Jeri Penny, Debbie Hobbs, and Laura Billingsley.  Journal Photo/Tom Hawkins

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11
Aug

Hot time in the park with Nat'l Night Out

 

The high temperatures didn't seem to bother the kids much last Tuesday evening as they ran around the Groesbeck City Park enjoying the National Night Out event hosted by Groesbeck Police Department.

Groesbeck Fire Department, the Groesbeck Public Works crew, the Groesbeck Swimming Pool staff, the Crimestoppers board and the Living Proof Church volunteers all pitched in to make this event another success. Officer Autumn Cox of the Groesbeck PD was the event coordinator.

The event was free to the public and included a mechanical bull, a zipline, swimming, face painting, a dunking booth and a "Fall Out" obstacle course. Pizza, hot dogs, cold drinks and popcorn was served to anyone with a hunger or thirst.

 

Photos taken by Tabatha Blacknall

0545- Officer Autumn Cox takes a moment to look at the camera for a photo.

0549- The zipline was very popular with all the kids.

0562- Officer Scott Logan gets set up for another dunk.

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11
Aug

MSSLC Gala proceeds to make better life for residents

 

By Roxanne Thompson

Staff Writer

Those considering attending the annual gala fundraiser of the Mexia State Supported Living Center Volunteer Council have just over two weeks to get their tickets and possibly sponsor a table.

The gala is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. at the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, Mexia.

“Laissez les bon temps rouler!” or “Let the good times roll!” said Cheryl Cockrell, MSSLC community liaison, in a nod to the Mardi Gras theme this year.

Attendees are encouraged, though not required, to dress with the theme in mind.

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson will be the evening’s emcee, sharing his wit, telling jokes and keeping the atmosphere fun.

Dinner will be catered by Limestone County Young Farmers, a crowd favorite, which regulars will remember as top notch cooks of the past few years. Serving will be FFA student volunteers.

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11
Aug

JOIN US IN PRAYER WALKING OUR GROESBECK SCHOOLS

 

Each year many concerned community members walk the halls of our Groesbeck schools to pray for students and those who teach and care for them.  The four main campuses will be open Sunday evening, August 21 from 6 to 8 pm.  All are welcome at this come-and-go event.  This is the fifth year the Groesbeck community has come together to support our schools in this way.

 The focus for this event is on prayer, spending time lifting up to God the requests of teachers, administrators, and other staff.  Prayer walkers are encouraged to keep conversation with others to a minimum so as to maximize time spent with the Lord.  Prayer request flyers will be offered to school employees and many will post them on their doors all throughout the schools as a guide for prayer walkers.

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11
Aug

Groesbeck Senior Citizen News

 

By Kelli Young
Site Manager

Good day to all of our senior citizens out there. We hope you are all doing well and had a good week. We are praying for Putt Riddle’s son Brent, he is having heart problems. We are also still praying for Ms. Thompson’s daughter Judy. We are sorry none of you could make it for the manicures on Wednesday. We thank Kami with Guardian for coming out and we are very sorry nobody came. The jackpot winner this week at bingo was Alice Ogles on Tuesday and Friday. We thank Pat for calling both days. We also thank Rosa Wallace for the cookies she donated. We thank Ms. Stockton’s daughters for the cake they brought the staff. We were happy to have Ms. Josie and Elaine with us for bingo Friday. It’s always good to see their sweet faces. We hope all of you have a good week and we will see you at the center.

Thu
11
Aug

GISD news to know

 

The official start of school in Groesbeck begins in less than two weeks, on Monday, August 22nd. Until then, there's lots of activities and schedules to be aware of.

 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.

"Meet the Goats" is scheduled for August 15th at 7:00pm at Goat Field.

Thu
11
Aug

First Families: John James & Sarah Ann Phillips

 

The First Families of Limestone County is a project sponsored by the Limestone County Historical Commission that recognizes early settlers who were living in the county before or during 1896.  During the Commissioners Court meeting on April 11, several individuals were presented certificates that designated their ancestors as First Families members.  William Reagan of Groesbeck received certificates for his 3rd great grandparents, John James and Sarah Ann Phillips.

John James Phillips was born in Amherst County, Virginia on April 7, 1816.  His parents were Moses and Nancy Wyatt Phillips.  He married Sarah Ann Abernathy in Tennessee on November 6, 1841.  She was born in Tennessee on June 14, 1827 and was the daughter of Sterling Abernathy and Mary Louise McCormick.

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