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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Leon County Youth Livestock Show

Hudson Wood, Jacie Jones, Garrison Wood, Natalie Freeman

Hudson Wood (age 3) and Garrison Wood (age 7) enjoy time at the Leon County Youth Livestock Show on Sunday afternoon with BHS junior Jacie Jones and BHS sophomore Natalie Freeman. Garrison & Hudson are the sons of Clayton & Kasey Wood.

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Rawls Sentenced in District Court

Christopher Michael Rawls, in a plea bargain agreement, entered a guilty plea in Leon County District Court, Thursday, April 9th. The Honorable District Judge Deborah Evans presided. A special prosecuter from the Attorney General's office helped reach the agreement with Rawls and Rawls' attorney Chad Morgan.

Rawls, originally under three charges that included Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Violation of the Motor Fuel Tax Code, and No Manifest for Shipping Motor Fuel, pled guilty to Violation of the Motor Fuel Tax Code after the other two charges were dropped, and an agreement was made to avoid trial.

Judge Evans sentenced Rawls to 10 years deferred adjudication and warned Rawls that he could serve in prison for up to 20 years if he does not comply with the terms of the community supervision. Rawls must also pay $60,000 in restitution and a $500 fine.

Rawls will begin his probation in Leon County, but the probation will be transferred to Freestone County since Rawls in a resident of Freestone.

The special prosecutor also met with the attorneys' of Rawls co-defendants to reach similar agreements. Thomas Glenn Durisoe is charged with 2 counts of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity; Wayne Keith Johnson, Ryan Ross Stone, and Maxwell Hardy Winn are each charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Each of these cases were reset for May but are expected to settle out of court before that date.

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Court with Judge Ridley

Leon County District Court was held Monday, April 6th, in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Hal Ridley presided over a full docket.

Jairo Dominguez-Hernandez of Jewett, currently held in the Leon County Jail pled guilty to the charge of Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More. Hernandez said he was guilty of having driven while intoxicated on August 9th, 2011, February 28th, 2012, and February 8th, 2013 in Leon County. Hernandez received a probated sentence of 5 years during which time Hernandez must complete a substance abuse program. Judge Ridley warned Hernandez that entering the guilty plea could jeopardize Hernandez's immigrant status in the United States. Hernandez was represented by Attorney Doug Lowe.

Stevenson Newsom, Jr. entered a guilty plea to two charges. Newsom, held in the county jail, pled guilty to a Family Violence charge and received 21 days in the county jail and must pay court costs. Newsom also pled guilty to a charge of Intoxication Assault with a Vehicle and received a 3 year probated sentence. Newsom will receive credit for time served in the county jail. Newsom was represented by Attorney Doug Lowe.

Jason Dale Neal pled guilty to a charge of Evading Arrest with a Motor Vehicle, enhanced to a Felony 3 – habitual. Neal was sentenced to 15 years in Texas Department of Corrections where he is already serving time. Neal was represented by Attorney Doug Lowe.

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Scoreboards at Harriman Park

BYO Grounds Keeper Josh Cheek, CNB Vice President Chase Glick, BYO Board Member Lacy Freeman, BYO Vice President Tim Ezell, and BYO Treasurer Amanda Skelton

SCOREBOARDS AT HARRIMAN PARK-- Members of the Buffalo Youth Organization would like to graciously thank Chase Glick and Community National Bank for purchasing scoreboards for the baseball/softball fields at Harriman Park totaling over $16, 000. Pictured are BYO Grounds Keeper Josh Cheek, CNB Vice President Chase Glick, BYO Board Member Lacy Freeman, BYO Vice President Tim Ezell, and BYO Treasurer Amanda Skelton.

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Sanderson Farms: An Important Industry in Leon County

GOLD PIN -- Lion’s Club Member Karen Noles presents Pic Billingsley of Sanderson Farm with a gold pin while Lion’s Club President Harold Summerall looks on.

Members of the Buffalo Lions Club invited a speaker from Sanderson Farms to update them and others who were interested on what Sanderson is doing and plans to do in Leon County and the surrounding area. Bob (Pic) Billingsley, Director of Development and Engineering for Sanderson Farms, Inc. delivered an interesting insight to productions at Sanderson Farms.

Sanderson processes 10 million chickens a week to supply a growing demand by consumers who are eating more chicken these days. “We are the largest supplier to H.E.B., Hill Country Fair, and Cisco's,” said Billlingsley. The first Sanderson Farm to locate in Texas was in the Bryan area in 1996. “Rick Perry was the Commissioner of Agriculture at the time, and he sort of steered us into the Bryan area, and it was a good choice.”

Recently, a new Sanderson Farm processing plant has been added at Palestine. “It is nearly complete now and will be in full operation by the first of 2016.” Also adding to the Sanderson production is a new feed mill in Oakwood.

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Simply Spa - Grand Opening

Simply Spa Grand Opening

SIMPLY SPA -- Simply Spa located at 1045 Railroad Street in Buffalo held its Grand Opening on Thursday, April 9th. Pictured are (back) Wain Glass, Office Manager Janis Trahan, Eddie George, Carol George, Linda Bass Vollers, (front) Massage Therapist Jessica Wilkins, Owner/Esthetician Tailor Jenkins, Owner/Esthetician Lorie Jenkins, Larette Gordon, Cheryl Curry, Stacey Clark. Simply Spa is open from 9am-6pm Monday-Friday and 9am-2pm on Saturday. Call Simply Spa today at (903) 322-3869 to make your appointment.

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