Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Snow Ball

Brynlee Jo Ezell

SNOW BALL -- Brynlee Jo Ezell has some fun playing in the snow as she throws a big snowball on Wednesday, February 25th. Brynlee is the 2 year old daughter of Bradley & Jessica Ezell of Buffalo.

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My Own Snow Cone

Rhett Bradley

MY OWN SNOW CONE -- Two year old Rhett Bradley makes his own snow cone while playing in the snow on Wednesday, February 25th. Rhett is the son of Stephen & Casey Bradley of Groesbeck.

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Commissioners Meets

TEXANS AGAINST HSR -- Kyle and Christen Workman head Texans Against the High Speed Rail. A meeting for all concerned will be held March 5th at the Jewett Civic Center at 6pm. Visit Texans Against HSR.com

Leon County Commissioners met Wednesday, February 25th in the Annex I building in Centerville. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

Kyle Workman of Jewett addressed the court to request that the Centerville join the 391 sub-regional planning commission that Workman has organized to protest possible plans to construct a high speed railway system in Leon County. The group is called Texans Against High Speed Rail.

To form the group, there must be two or more entities to join together. Jewett has already committed to joining, and with Centerville it will be enough to protest the high speed rail more effectively. By forming the 391 commission, representatives will have a stronger voice to discuss planning the high speed rail project with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot). Commissioners voted in favor of joining the 391 Texans Against the High Speed Rail.

The 391 commission must have one volunteer spokesperson and two elected officials. Workman was appointed as the volunteer and Commissioners Dean Stanford and David Grimes will serve as the elected officials. Both Stanford's and Grimes' precinct stand to be effected by the high speed rail if it comes through Leon County.

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District Court with Judge Bentley

Leon County District Court was held Tuesday, February 24th in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Bascom Bentley presided over a long docket.

A bond hearing was held for Tracy Beck Ballard. Ballard is currently being held in the Leon County Jail on charges of Engaging in Organized Crime and Possession of a Controlled substance. Ballard's attorney, Richard Price, requested a lower bond or a Personal Recognizance Bond.

Leon District Attorney Hope Knight's position was that the bond should be revoked in Ballard's case. Knight called a Leon County Criminal Investigator to the stand. The investigator testified that he had arrested Ballard in August of 2014 on charges of Burglary and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Ballard was able to bond out of the jail.

The same investigator arrested Ballard a second time on Charges of Burglary of a Building and Burglary of a Habitation in January 2015. The records indicate that Ballard was able to make bond again.

The investigator arrested Ballard a third time on a charge of Engaging in Criminal Activity. Knight said that when Ballard is freed, Ballard continues to steal property and is a threat to the community.

Judge Bentley agreed with the district attorney and revoked bond in this case. Ballard will remain in the jail.

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City Council Asks Voters to Vote for Continued Street Repairs

City Council members met Monday, February 23rd for their regular monthly meeting. All were present except Council member John Maneval. Buffalo Mayor Royce Dawkins presided.

Council members hope voters will vote “yes” in the election May 9th for the Street M&R 1/4% tax. “This is Not a new tax,” stressed Council member Dianne Ryder. “This is a vote to renew the tax already in place. Voting “yes” will not increase our taxes.”

The funds generated from the Street M&R tax are used solely for street repair. It is not used to build new streets.

At the same election Council members Dianne Ryder and Travis Crowder and Mayor Dawkins' terms will be expiring. The election will be held at the Civic Center on May 9th. The school board election will be held at the same location on the same date.

The council approved the appointment of Karen Capio to serve as election judge.

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Leon County To be Featured In TNT’s “Cold Justice” Spinoff?

As many residents of Centerville have noticed, there has been quite a bit of activity around Leon County Annex II over the past several weeks. Strange vehicles and cameras have been the interest of many, wondering just what is going on.

TNT is expanding its real-life investigation series, Cold Justice, into a franchise. The network has given the green light to an untitled spinoff from Wolf Reality and Magical Elves. Like its predecessor, the new series will follow a pair of crime experts as they travel the country to assist local law enforcement in closing long-unresolved cases.

Rather than tackling homicides, however, the new series will focus on sex crimes. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of its Cold Justice spinoff, with plans to launch the series in Spring 2015.

Emmy winners Dick Wolf,(Law and Order, Chicago Fire) Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipitz (Top Chef, Time of Death), and Tom Thayer (Hitchcock, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) serve as executive producers on both series, with Cold Justice expert Kelly Siegler also serving as an executive producer on the new show.

TNT’s new Cold Justice spinoff is an extremely timely series, especially in light of the sobering statistics for sex-related crimes in America.

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Bison Bring Home 1st Place

1st Place in Iola Tournament

CHAMPIONS -- The Buffalo Bison Baseball team won the Iola Tournament over the weekend. The boys defeated Alpha Omega 11-0, Normangee 10-0, Brazos Christian 8-3, and Iola 11-1 to bring home 1st place. Pictured are (front) Matt Gilliam, Roberto Carrillo, Logan Freeman, Paul Mata, Dalton Thornton, Mason Jonas, (back) Coach Chris Smith, Coach Ray Ramos, Malalel Esquivel, Jacob Fishbeck, Kyrell Miller, Kyle Simpson, Trey Minter, Cameron Varner, Clay McGill, Coach Gary Grubbs.

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