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Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Brooklynn Sweeney

MERRY CHRISTMAS! -- Three week old Brooklynn Sweeney enjoys her first visit with Santa on Saturday afternoon at the Davis Country Store. Brooklynn is the daughter of Dustin and Brittany Sweeney.

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BISD 2nd-5th Grade UIL Champs

DISTRICT CHAMPS -- April Lathrop, Carolyn Ferguson, Cheryl Lack, Susan Shelton, Karey Reeder, Lisa Boudiette, and Kelly Theis are all smiles after the BISD 2nd-5th graders claimed the District UIL title last week.

For the second year in a row, the Buffalo ISD 2nd-5th graders have been named the District UIL Champions. Last Wednesday, December 10th, the Bison claimed the title by earning 551.5 points. Leon came in 2nd with 433, Elkhart in 3rd with 372.5, and Westwood in 4th with 105.

“The hard work and dedication exhibited by all of the students, teachers and staff have made our UIL program a winning success!,” Buffalo Lower Junior High Principal Susan Shelton said.

“Everyone is elated that our 2nd - 5th grade students placed high enough to win District Champions two years in a row I'm not sure how long it has been since Buffalo Elementary and Lower Junior High has earned that title, but I am sure that doing it two years in a row is not an accident,” Buffalo Elementary Principal Lisa Boudiette added. “The coaches and students spend hours and hours preparing for these UIL events and they should be very proud to call themselves District Champions.”

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Leon County Grand Jury Indictments

Whitney T. Smith, District Attorney met with the Leon County Grand Jury members November 25, 2014 and presented twenty-seven (27) cases of crimes, of which some cases have multiple counts, alleged to have occurred in Leon County, for their review. An indictment (true bill) was returned on all cases.

The name of the defendant, date of birth, city of residence and the offense(s) follow:

Abushanab, Nassir; B/M; DOB 03/02/1982; Houston, TX; Burglary of Habitation.

Ballard,Tracy Beck; W/F; DOB 06/02/1976; Buffalo, TX; Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.

James, Beck; W/M; DOB 12/08/1973; Buffalo, TX; Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.

Crocker, Dillon Wayne; W/M; DOB 02/20/1994; Madisonville, TX; Theft.

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Marissa Jones Named KBTX Classroom Champion

Marissa Jones

Buffalo High School Senior Marissa Jones was named the KBTX Classroom Champion for Thursday, December 11th.

Jones excels in both the classroom and on the court. She currently has a 3.9 GPA and is in the Top 10% of her class. Jones has been a member of the Lady Bison volleyball, basketball, and track teams for all four years of her high school career. She has received numerous All-District honors including Academic All-District.

“Marissa doesn’t use anything for a clutch. She takes everything with a stride and works hard to balance all of the responsibilities that she has,” BHS Teacher Wendy Neyland said. “I have never heard her whine about having homework on a game night. She takes pride in what she does.”

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10 Point Alberta Whitetail

10 POINT ALBERTA WHITETAIL -- On Saturday, November 29th in Alberta, Canada hunting with Rod Hunter, Buck Brush Outfitters, Ed Phillips took this 300 lb+, 10pt Alberta whitetail. It was day 7 of an 8 day hunt in -25 degree Fahrenheit weather. It was the hunt of a lifetime.

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Centerville News to Continue

Ed Phillips

At the Monday, December 8th meeting of the Leon County Commissioners, Leon County Judge Byron Ryder announced that the Centerville newspaper will continue to operate. “Christie Neyland Stanford will be the new owner and operator of the Centerville News,” said Ryder. Last week, Ryder had announced that the current owner of 40 years, Ms. Emma Bass, planned to close the doors unless a buyer came forward.

In the open comments section of the meeting, Leon County resident Gilbert Gresham spoke in opposition of the plans to install high power lines. “The proposed plans tear up a lot of the countryside in the eastern part of our county,” said Gresham. “I applaud the court for their resolution against the “bullet train”, and I would like you to draw up a resolution against the high power lines as well.”

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Nucor Donates to Operation Finally Home

DONATION -- Nucor Steel donates $20,000 to Operation Finally Home, a nonprofit organization founded to provide custom-built, mortgage free homes to America’s Heroes and the widows of the fallen.

JEWETT – The men and women of Nucor Steel – Texas, in keeping with Nucor Corporation’s longstanding tradition of supporting our nation’s veterans in every way possible, on October 13, 2014 hosted a golf tournament to raise funds for Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonprofit organization founded to provide custom-built, mortgage free homes to America’s Heroes and the widows of the fallen. As a result, the company will donate $20,000 to the charity, which will be used to help returning veterans transition home.

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