Monday, March 27, 2017

Bound for Nationals

Major Boys

BOUND FOR NATIONALS -- The Buffalo Little Dribblers Major Boys won first on Saturday and are headed to Nationals in Mt. Pleasant in April. Pictured are Trey Moore, Craig Shannon, Luke Pate, Jacob McGill, Anthony Brooks, Coach Marcus Carroll, Jacoby May, Aiden Savage, Kannon Brantley, George Zimmerman, and Dakota Helfenbein. More Photos on Page 11

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State Semi-Finalists

BHS Seniors Make History

Evan Grisham & Tate Slaughter

While the rest of the school was on spring break, seniors Evan Grisham and Tate Slaughter were making history for Buffalo High School. The two brought home state semi-finalist medals after competing at the State CX Debate Meet in Austin on Monday and Tuesday, March 13th-14th.

“Making it to the state level at all is hard enough, and making it to the second day of competition is a big deal,” Debate Coach Melonie Menefee said. “For these two guys to take it all the way to the semifinal round is a testament to their hard work and the dedication of the entire team in working to excel.”

There were 64 teams in 3A CX Debate. After four preliminary rounds on Monday, the Top 16 advanced to octafinals on Tuesday which was single elimination. Grisham and Slaughter were ranked seventh.

They won their octafinal and quarterfinal rounds before taking on a strong team from Mildred where they lost. Mildred went on to win the Finals.

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Wade Wilson Honored

Sgt. Wade Wilson

Members of the Leon County Commissioners Court met Monday, March 13th, for their first regular meeting of the month. All four commissioners were present. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

A resolution was approved by the commissioners to designate a portion of Interstate 45 to the memory of Sergeant Wade Wilson. Wilson, a Silver Star recipient, was killed while serving in Afghanistan in May of 2012. Wilson was a resident of Centerville.

Wilson’s mother and brother were in court to hear the resolution. Cindy Easterling expressed her appreciation for the measure to honor her son. “We are humbled by this resolution in Wade’s memory and feel thankful for the patriotic expressions of this court and our community.”

Commissioner Dean Stanford reported that about 225 persons from the Texans Against the High Speed Rail traveled to Austin on March 7th for an opportunity to address the Texas Legislators concerning their protest against the construction of the “bullet train” proposed to be built between Dallas and Houston.

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178 Counts of Animal Cruelty Near Buffalo

Dogs from the animal cruelty case near Buffalo.

On Friday, March 17th, during a court hearing in the Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 court, the court heard evidence that was gathered during an investigation by FCSO Deputy Travis Martin and representatives of the Humane Society of North Texas regarding 178 counts of Animal Cruelty against residents who reside in the southern part of Freestone County. During testimony, evidence was presented regarding a large amount of animals that had many problems ranging from a broken leg to different types of infections. These animals included 132 Dogs, 22 Chickens, 11 Fish, 7 Goats, and 6 Chinchillas.

The Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 court’s final ruling was that ownership of all the seized animals would be turned over to the Humane Society and the defendant’s were issued a court cost of $211.00 and a reimbursement fine to be paid to the Humane Society of $23,126.00.

“I hope this is a warning for residents in Freestone County that Animal Cruelty will not be tolerated,” Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said. “If you are unable to care for any animal the proper way, then do the right thing for yourself and your pet(s), find them a good new, loving home.”

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LC Appraisal Board To Challenge State

Members of the Leon County Appraisal Board met Monday, March 6th, for their regular monthly meeting. Chief Appraiser for the county, Jeff Beshears, brought members up-to-date on the challenge being raised to the state concerning the 2016 report of the Preliminary Property Values for Leon County.

The state has deemed all five school districts in Leon County out of compliance because the state has determined the property in each district to be at a higher value than local officials have determined it is. The values are assigned for funding purposes, and since the local value is lower than what the state has determined, it will mean less funding from the state for the school districts.

“We are filing an appeal to the state,” said Beshears. “The appeal is like an informal review. We are working in each district to address where the state says we are short. Part of the issue is that the state is using values from property in Hilltop Lakes to determine values of property in Oakwood where values are lower.”

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Court with Judge Ridley

Leon County District Court was held Friday, March 17th, in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Hal Ridley presided over the court instead of District Judge Deborah Evans who was ill. Representing the state were Leon District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook.

Judge Ridley announced that the third district judge for Leon County, Judge Bascom Bentley, will be retired as of March 1st. Another judge may be appointed to the county at a later date, but as of now just the two judges (Evans and Ridley) will share the dockets.

Chyanna May Richards was in court for a status hearing in her case. Richards, who is being held in the Leon County Jail, is charged with Abandonment/Endangerment of a Child with Imminent Danger of Bodily Injury. The case was reset for April 21st. Richards is represented in court by Attorney Richard Price.

Kenneth Gordon, who has been held in the county jail, pled guilty to the charge of Theft of Property. Gordon was sentenced to 238 days in the county jail and must pay a fine and court costs. Gordon will received credit for the time he has served in jail which is expected to amount to 238 days. Gordon will be released if days have been served. The attorney for Gordon was Richard Price.

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