Saturday, February 16, 2019

District Champions

DISTRICT CHAMPIONS -- The Lady Bison are the District 20-3A Champions with an undefeated 12-0 district record. Their season record is 30-2. The Lady Bison took on Rogers in the Bi-District Game last night at Riesel. Pictured are (front) Karla Dominguez, Lindsay Gonzalez, Aleida Gonzalez, Melanie McGill, Samantha Pate, A’Sia Bradley, Iris Valles, Mackenzie Houston, Kayleigh Rhodes, Coach Lane Agapiou, (back) Coach Nicole Smith, Coach Avie McKnight, Josie Henson, Namonie Woods, Yomele Almeida, Mollie Dittmar, Rylee Reeves, Kenzie Barnes, Maddie Bates, and Coach Dustin Bates.

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“Justice for Jan” Lawsuit in Court

A hearing on a lawsuit involving the website “Justice for Jan” and Texas Public Corruption was heard in District Court in Centerville Thursday, January 31. The Honorable District Judge Michael Davis presided. The case involves the death of Janice Lee Willhelm who died in 2010 and her husband Gerald Willhelm who passed away in 2017.

Problems began after Gerald Willhelm filed for probate of his wife’s will following her death. In her will, Jan Willhelm left her husband all of her property and specifically disinherited her adult children, Jennifer Davis and Howard Farmer.

Farmer and Davis filed suit to challenge the will. As part of their challenge, the children questioned the cause of their mother’s death which had been ruled a suicide by the Leon County Sheriff’s Department and the medical examiner.

With their challenge to the will, came the creation of a Facebook Group known as “Justice for Jan”. The website questions the Leon County investigation into the death of Jan Willhelm, suggesting that she did not die of suicide, but rather was murdered by her husband.

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Latham Sentenced to Ten Years

Steven Latham

Steven Latham was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections in a hearing Friday, February 1, held in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Michael Davis presided. District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook presented the state’s evidence against Latham. Attorney John Bankhead defended Latham.

Latham, at an earlier date, entered a guilty plea to the charge of Injury to a Child with Intended Bodily Injury. The judge ordered a Pre Sentencing Investigation (PSI), and set the date for sentencing.

The state first called Adult Probation Supervisor Michael Cannaine to summarize the PSI. Cannaine described the victim as the 4 year old step son of Latham who was injured as a result of Latham spanking the child for not doing his homework.

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Waters Wins At Ft. Worth

SHOWMANSHIP WINNER - Avery Waters won 1st in Showmanship 8-13 Years Old at the Ft. Worth Stock Show with her goat Limo on January 28th. She also won 1st in Class 14 Heavy Weight. Avery is the daughter of Adam & Melissa Waters.

4-H student Avery Waters, from Buffalo, TX, captured First in Showmanship 8-13 Years Old in the Junior Wether Goat Show at the 2019 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo on January 28. The 2019 Show is hosting junior goat exhibitors from across Texas competing for awards and $18,060 in premiums.

Of the 33,000 entries at the nation’s longest-running livestock show, the livestock exhibited by the more than 11,500 junior exhibitors are among the best market animals in the country. While the livestock are impressive, one of the Show’s main objectives is to support the professional and leadership development efforts offered by the 4-H and FFA programs in Texas. Bonuses for the livestock show total $18,750 while the Agricultural Development Fund has committed more than $79,000 in additional premiums to the barrow, breeding sheep, dairy cattle, wether lambs, wether goats, youth rabbits, youth poultry and youth dairy goats since 2015. An additional $8,000 in premiums has been added in 2019 for barrows, breeding sheep, dairy cattle, wether lambs and wether goats, for a total of $106,150 in support.

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Court with Judge Davis

Leon County District Court was held Thursday, January 31, in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Michael Davis presided over a crowded docket. There to represent the state were Leon District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook.


Ryan Scott Magby plead guilty to a charge of Possession of Child Pornography and was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC). Magby had a prior history with other charges of pornography. The attorney representing Magby was John Bankhead.

Anthony Robinson of Buffalo was sentenced to 2 years on probation after he plead guilty to a charge of Burglary. The prosecutor in this case was Leon County Attorney Caleb Henson. The attorney for the defense was Joel Hardy.

Donald Reynard Craig plead guilty to the charge of Attempt to Take Weapon from an Officer and to the charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Craig was sentenced to 12 months in the county jail and will be credited with the 5 months he has already served. The attorney for Craig was John Bankhead.

Otilio Alberto Loide plead guilty to a charge of Money Laundering and was sentenced to 6 months in the county jail which was the minimum for this offense. Loide will be deported to his home country after the sentence is completed. The attorney for Loide was John Bankhead.

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Thompson & Garcia Sign to Play Football

SIGNING -- BHS Seniors Chase Thompson and Jesus Garcia sign with East Texas Baptist and Trinity Valley to play football on Wednesday, February 6th. Pictured standing with the seniors are BHS Athletic Director Brandon Houston, and Coaches Mark Martin, Pete Heintze, Evan Stone, James Ehlert, Chuck Carr, Roger Masters, and Principal Corey Hickerson.

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Vera Barnett’s Retirement Party

Come Celebrate With Us

February 15, 2019

Vera Barnett’s Retirement Party

Citizens State Bank is proud to host a retirement party for Mrs. Vera Barnett. Mrs. Barnett was hired at the Bank on January 20, 1964 as a file clerk and bookkeeper. Over the years Mrs. Barnett worked in numerous departments, excelling in various roles including Teller, Public Relations, Compliance Officer, Security Officer and Loan Officer. On December 31, 2009, Mrs. Barnett retired as a Senior Vice President and Loan Officer, but remained an active member of the Board of Directors until December 31, 2018. This represents a 54 year career in banking!

Please stop by Citizens State Bank

on February 15, 2019 from 9:00 am to Noon

and help us celebrate this impressive career.

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