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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bi-District Champions

BI-DISTRICT CHAMPIONS -- The Buffalo Bison celebrate their 35-19 victory over the Mildred Eagles on Thursday night in Athens in the Bi-District Championship. Buffalo will play West Rusk at 1pm in Bullard on Friday, November 24th for the Area Championship. The Bison are 10-1 on the season; their first ten win season in 56 years.

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25 Year Pin

25 YEAR PIN -- Congratulations to Nettie Haynie. She received her 25 Year Easter Star Pin from Deputy Grand Matron Dorothy Nevill during the Buffalo Eastern Star meeting.

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District Court with Judge Evans

Leon County District Court was held Friday, November 17, in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans presided over a long docket. Representing the state were Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook.

Robert Lee Weathered, who has been held in the Leon County Jail, pled guilty to a charge of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a plea bargain agreement. In exchange for the guilty plea, Weathered was sentenced to 5 years deferred adjudication. Judge Evans warned Weathered that noncompliance with the terms of the probation period could result in a life sentence in prison.

Weathered is required to pay $375 in court costs, a $500 fine, $50 to Crime Stoppers, $50 to Crime Victims, and $180 in restitution. Weathered is also required to perform 300 hours in community service and testify truthfully in another case related to his charges including one case of Assault. The attorney for Weathered is Joel Hardy.

Demarcus Devontrey Sherman pled guilty to a charge of Assault of a Public Servant, a felony offense, and also pled guilty to misdemeanor charges of Resisting Arrest and Possession of Marijuana. Sherman was sentenced to 54 days in the county jail which he has already served, and 5 years probation. The judge warned Sherman that non compliance with the terms of the probation can lead to a prison sentence.

Sherman is required to pay $341 in court costs, $219 in restitution, $50 to Crime Stoppers, and $50 to Crime Victims. Sherman must also write a letter of apology concerning the assault, complete community service hours and successfully complete an anger management class. The attorney for Sherman is Hutton Ask.

Jabraun Donche Washington entered a guilty plea to two charges of Aggravated Robbery. Washington was sentenced to 6 years deferred adjudication and warned that noncompliance to the terms could lead to a prison sentence.

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Commissioners Approve “Magic of Christmas”

SERGEANT AREA OFFICE -- Deputy Stephen Brochman discusses new Sergeant Area Office in Buffalo with LC Commissioners.

Carol Dickey of the Leon Art Commission addressed the County Commissioners at Court Monday, November 13th about plans for the second annual “Magic of Christmas” to be held on the Centerville Square, December 8th. There will be a parade with Santa arriving in a horse and buggy. An art display will be set up in the old courthouse, businesses around the square have been invited to be open, and there will be Christmas Carolers, a snow slide, and many other activities.

The commissioners approved the use of the square for the “Magic of Christmas” at the commissioners first meeting of the month. All were present except Commissioner David Grimes. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

Barbara Cook asked the court for permission to use the shooting range near the Expo to hold sporting clays and skeet shoots. This is part of the FFA program for the shooting team. Currently, students participate across the state in shooting tournaments. Cook explained that a location to hold the event is necessary, so that they can apply for a NRA Grant. “We hope to one day host shooting tournaments here,” said Cook. The request was granted.

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BISD Gives Update On Casey Ag Facility

CROSS COUNTRY -- Coach Sheila Rubel with two Cross Country Track students, Daniela Reyes and Jose Diaz.

Buffalo ISD Trustees met Monday, November 10, for their regular monthly meeting. All were present except Trustee Pat Bell. President Jennifer Humphries presided.

BISD Superintendent Lacy Freeman updated the board on the Casey Facility which is now open and in use. “We did exceed the amount we planned to spend,” said Freeman who has worked as the general contractor for the project. The decision has been made to request that the judge overseeing the Casey Trust release an additional $110,000 to cover the added expense incurred to build the Casey Facility. According to Freeman, this will still leave about $190,000 in the Casey Trust that will be used for scholarships.

“It is important,” said Humphries, “that we can say that the whole Casey Facility was built without using school money. ” Robert Casey left property to the school district to be used to assist agriculture students. The school sold the property because it was located too far from the school to use efficiently. The money from that sale is held in trust to be spent by the district on approval of a district judge.

The board voted in favor of the resolution to modify the Casey Estate Trust in order to pay the additional expenses on the Casey Facility.

BISD Superintendent Lacy Freeman recognized High School Instructor Sheila Rubel and two members of her Cross Country Track Team. “Ms. Rubel has build a strong program in the three years that she has been here that hardly existed before,” said Freeman.

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