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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Leadership Retreat

Buffalo FFA & FCCLA Leadership Retreat

LEADERSHIP RETREAT -- Buffalo FFA and FCCLA Officers participate in their annual leadership retreat to MO Ranch in Hunt, TX June 20-22. Before heading to MO Ranch, both groups stopped by to volunteer at the Austin Baptist Chapel to serve meals to the hungry. After arriving at MO Ranch, the young people were put through a rigorous program that included team building, individual strength, and character building. Both officer teams came together as one unit and are excited about preparing to move these two programs even further to accomplish bigger things in the upcoming school year. Pictured are (back) McKenzie Ryder, FFA Advisor Mikaela Hall, Chelsea Harter, Taylor Adams, Ashley Thunderhawk, James Rodell, Janie Wells, Shawn Brown, Kaylee Morgan, Jarrett Fishbeck, Shalyn Cotton, FFA Advisor Henry Goff, (front) Gracie Ferguson, Natalie Freeman, Cheyenne Eitson, Kynlee Driskill, Chef Marcus, Jake Henigan, Makayla Gilliam, and FCCLA Advisor Wendy Neyland.

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Wakefield Crowned Miss Leon County

2016 MISS LEON COUNTY -- Caroline Wakefield was crowned Miss Leon County at the 2016 Pageant on Saturday, June 25th at Centerville High School.

Caroline Wakefield was crowned the 2016 Miss Leon County at the Mr. & Miss Leon County Beauty Pageant on Saturday, June 25th at Centerville High School. Wakefield was also awarded Prettiest Hair, Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Smile, Best Attire, Best Personality, Most Photogenic, Red, White, & Blue Wear, and Overall Queen.

The Young Miss Leon County went to Brighton Canada. She was also awarded Prettiest Hair, Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Smile, Best Attire, Best Personality, Most Photogenic, and Red, White, & Blue Wear.

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Ellis Requests Pay Increase for Staff

LC Sheriff Kevin Ellis

Leon County Judge Byron Ryder called a special Commissioners Court meeting to order Monday, June 20th. Actually, two court meetings took place back to back. The first one was a short agenda, and the second one was to work on the budget for the upcoming year. All commissioners were present.

The court heard from Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis. Ellis requested an increase in funds for his department in the next budget. “I want to increase the annual pay of my dispatchers and jailors so that they receive $32,000. Currently, they only make $28,000 a year.” Ellis asked for an increase for all his deputies, jailors, and dispatchers but some salaries won’t increase as much as others. “I want to invest in my people,” said Ellis.

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Leon County to Sue Volkswagen

A second special called meeting of the Leon County Commissioners for the week took place Wednesday, June 22. There were two meetings held back to back. All commissioners were present. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

The first meeting consisted of a phone conversation with Attorney Daniel Ray of Greenville. Ray instructed the Commissioners and Judge Ryder to adopt a water code that will give the county the authorization to sue Volkswagen. According to Ray’s website, Ray specializes in litigation and government work for cities and counties in Texas. The website reads, “My firm handles about 85% of all civil cases filed by Texas local government to enforce anti-dumping and pollution laws.”

Volkswagen has admitted to installing a soft ware in their vehicles that turned on the emission control only when the car is being tested. In normal driving, the cars are emitting 40 times more than the amount of pollutions allowed by vehicles in the United States. Volkswagen started violating the regulations in 2008. Federal regulations concerning emissions were not followed by Volkswagen because it negatively effected the gas mileage on the vehicles.

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State Inspection Successful for HUD

Commissioners of the Buffalo Housing Authority met Tuesday, June 21, for their regular monthly meeting. President Gary Danford presided.

Executive Director Elaine Graves reported that the recent state inspection of the Buffalo HUD units was successful. “We received our highest score. We had 93 points out of a possible 100. The inspector was helpful, and I learned a lot from him on what needs to be done before an inspection.” The inspector examined 13 of the 22 units in the Buffalo Housing sites.

In 2013, the inspection was not successful, and Buffalo Housing was deemed in “troubled condition.”

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BISD School Board Prepare for 2016-2017

SWEARING-IN -- Randy Ayres is sworn in for another term as a BISD School Board Member by BISD Business Manager Courtney Rodell.

Trustees of the Buffalo School Board met Monday, June 20th for their regular monthly meeting. All were present except Vice President Jack Helmcamp. President Jennifer Humphries presided.

The board held a closed session to discuss personnel matters. After returning to the public session, the board voted to hire the following persons: Debbie Read one year as counselor, Scott Oliver, Colinda Greer, and Amy Gaskin each one year as a teacher.

The pay scale step increase for 2016 – 2017 was approved.

The following resignations were accepted: Aaron Bell, Kaila Grissett, Deanna Hurt, and Shannon Pickens.

The board approved a bid to have the Junior High parking lot paved. Larry Young Paving will pave the parking lot for just under $90,000.

The board also approved a contract with The Physicians Centre Hospital for sports medicine services for the upcoming school year.

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Champion - THSRA Vice President

THSRA Vice President - Ima Champion

THSRA VICE PRESIDENT -- Ima Champion has been named the Texas High School Rodeo Association’s Vice President for 2016-2017. She received a $1,500 scholarship for serving as the THSRA Secretary for 2015-2016. Ima, a junior at Buffalo High School, is the daughter of Bob & Tonya Champion.

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Backyard BBQ Opens Today

BACKYARD BBQ -- Aaron Moreland along with his parents Glenda & Robert Moreland serve free sandwiches and wrap arounds on Saturday.

Backyard BBQ & Grill opens today, June 28th. The new business is ran by Aaron Moreland, the son of Robert & Glenda Moreland.

The Morelands served approximately 150 BBQ sandwiches and 50 sausage wrap arounds on Saturday for free as a trial run.

“We had a great turnout today and we are looking forward to serving the people here in Buffalo,” Aaron said.

Backyard BBQ & Grill is located at 803 W Commerce in Buffalo between Robinson Insurance and Harcrow CPA. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-7pm.

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