Thursday, October 30, 2014

Remembering Honorable District Judge Ken Keeling

KEELING -- Judge Ken Keeling presents a portrait of Judge William Daniel Wood back in May 2012.

The Honorable District Judge Ken Keeling passed away early Monday morning, October 20th after a long battle with cancer and complications as a result of the disease and treatment for it.

Keeling was a revered member of Leon County and had many, many friends here. Keeling loved and respected history and was himself a historian. He wrote “Local Rules of Court for Leon, Walker, Madison and Grimes Counties” and “History of Leon County District Courts”. At the time of his death, Keeling was working on a book of the history of Leon County Sheriffs.

Keeling loved history, partly, because he was so fascinated by people. He knew so many and never tired of meeting more and hearing their stories.

Keeling was born in Leona on July 26, 1939. Though he moved to Huntsville in 1970 and lived their until his death, Keeling never stopped calling Leon County home. “It's God's country here,” he said once standing in front of the old courthouse in Centerville. Keeling as a new lawyer tried his first case in the old courthouse's upstairs courtroom.

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Tom Davis Receives Golden Trowel Award

FAMILY PHOTO -- Family members are all smiles with Tom Davis as he receives his Golden Trowel Award on October 20th. Pictured are Katja Galle, Amanda Davis, Gracie Davis, Tommy Davis, Clay Cromeens, Carrie Cromeens, Reese Davis, Jean Davis, Jarrett Fishbeck, Tom Davis, Sara Taylor, Jacob Fishbeck, Christie Fishbeck, and Bobby Fishbeck.

Family members and friends attended a ceremony at the Buffalo Masonic Lodge #554 Monday, October 20, 2014 to witness Thomas Maurice Davis receive the highest award that a man can receive, The Golden Trowel Award.

Tom became an Endowed Member of the Buffalo Lodge #554 on November 22, 1975

Positions that Tom has held are -- Junior Steward 6-24-1986 to 6-23-1987; Junior Steward 6-24-1983 to 6-23-1984; Senior Steward 6-24-1981 to 6-23-1982; Worshipful Master 6-24-1980 to 6-23-1981; Senior Warden 6-24-1979 to 6-23-1979; Junior Warden 6-24-1978 to 6-23-1979; Junior Deacon 6-24-1977 to 6-23-1978; Tiler 6-24-1976 to 6-23-1977.

Tom, a 1968 graduate of BHS, is married to Jean Lee Davis, a 1970 graduate of BHS. The two attended SFA and exchanged vows in 1970.

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Donations to Local VFDs

DONATIONS TO LOCAL VFDS -- Citizens State Bank Vice President Judy Boyd presents the local Volunteer Fire Departments with checks. Pictured are Judy Boyd, Sherry Smith, Leon County VFD/Oakwood; Robbie Boettcher, Buffalo VFD; Randall LaCour, Buffalo VFD; Michael White, Jewett VFD; Douglas Vanderford, Flo VFD

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BISD Recognizes Principals

At the recent BISD board meeting BISD Superintendent Lacy Freeman honored each campus principal with a framed proclamation from Governor Rick Perry who deemed the month of October “Principals Month”. The meeting was held Monday, October 20th. All trustees were present except Secretary Bobby Fishbeck. President Jennifer Humphries presided.

Freeman thanked the principals for the outstanding job each does every day to keep their campus running efficiently and recognized the long hours they keep to attend sporting events and other student activities.

Principals receiving recognition were High School Principal Tracy Gleghorn; High School Assistant Principal Janet Slaughter; Junior High Principal Greg Kennedy; and Elementary Principal Lisa Boudiette. There is also a proclamation for Assistant Junior High Principal Susan Shelton. Shelton was not present at the meeting.

The board heard from Agriculture Instructors Henry Goff and Mandi Neal. Both spoke of students’ preparations to show animals this year. “They will show sheep, goats, and steers among other animals,” said Goff.

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Happy Halloween!

Brayson Kingsbury

Brayson Kingsbury, 17 months old, wishes you all a Happy Halloween and a wonderful fall. He also reminds you that Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 2nd so don’t forget to back your clocks up before going to bed on Saturday night. Brayson is the son of Daren Kingsbury and Jennifer Pate.

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