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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Horiffic Head-on Collision

Horrific Head-on Collision

HORIFFIC HEAD-ON COLLISION – A white F550 septic truck was heading northbound on Hwy 79 at approximately 5pm on Monday afternoon July 21st. According to witnesses, the F550 had a blowout and crossed the center lane and into the path of a red F150. According the DPS Trooper Steven Wood, the driver of the F150 attempted to miss the F550, but the vehicles collided head-on. The names of the drivers were not being released on Monday night because next of kin had not been contacted. Judge Lori Reid pronounced the driver of the F150 dead on the scene. The driver of the F550 was lifeflighted to ETMC Tyler. The wreck occurred about 11 miles north of Buffalo at the intersection of CR 215 and Hwy 79. Assisting Trooper Wood at the scene were DPS Trooper Mike Asby, Buffalo VFD, Buffalo EMS, Oakwood VFD, Fairfield EMS, Jewett EMS, Air Evac, and Mike & Chris Glick with Glick Automotive.

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BISD School Board Prepares for New Year

SWORN-IN -- Terry Cotton is sworn-in to Position #2 of the BISD School Board by Superintendent Secretary Cindy Jones.

The Buffalo ISD School Board met last night, July 21st, as they continue to prepare for the upcoming school year. Board members present were Jack Helmcamp, Bobby Fishbeck, Randy Ayres, and Monty McGill. Not present were Jennifer Humphries, Pat Bell, and Willie Gilliam.

A letter of resignation from board member Pat Bell was read by Vice President Jack Helmcamp. The board went into executive session at 6:53 to discuss the matter. After returning, the board appointed Terry Cotton to Position #2 to replace Bell. And Cotton was sworn-in.

After taking care of some of other business, the board returned to executive session at 7:26. Returning at 8:14pm, the board approved the hiring of Aaron Bell, Dathan Bristol, Eric Garcia, Amber Lynch, Aaron Snow, and Reba Taylor. They also accepted resignations from Valerie del Bosque, Bryan Pauler, Stephanie Reed, and Pat Roberts.

The board approved the new state base salary scale for district personnel. The board also approved the STAAR, EOC staff retention bonus. BISD outscored the state in 19 of the 22 areas on the tests.

Paul McCullough with ACI Architects gave the board an update regarding the Buffalo High School renovation project. McCullough reported that they had eight requests from companies in Tyler, Lufkin, Temple, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Hempstead, and two in Houston. However, only two of the companies responded.

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Nix Attempts Hillbilly Klub Challenge

HILLBILLY KLUB CHALLENGE -- Cactus Jack’s BBQ Owner Richard Presutti gives Jordan Nix his Hillbilly Klub Sandwich to try and eat in one hour.

It wasn’t an ordinary lunch for Jordan Nix on Thursday, July 17th at Cactus Jack’s BBQ in Buffalo. Nix gave it his best as he tried to eat and digest the 4 ½ lb Hillbilly Klub Sandwich in one hour. The sandwich consisted of beef, sausage, turkey, pork, chicken, bacon, cheese and cole slaw on a large Hawaiian bun.

When asked if he had eaten anything today Jordan replied, “I have had an egg and a piece of toast.”

The sandwich was huge, but I thought that he would have no problems eating every bite of it. When he took the top bun off, no one could believe just how big that sandwich really was.

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Bison Take 5th at State Tourney

STATE FINALISTS -- The Bison Teenage baseball team defeated Ennis 6-2, Iredell 6-2, and Iredell 9-3 before being knocked out by Wortham with a 1-3 loss. Pictured are (front) Landon Agapiou, Fernando Mancilla, Caleb Ayres, Bryce Ryder, Matt Gilliam, Paul Mata, Case Adair, Jesse Torres, Darius Darsey, (back) Coach Monty McGill, Bryce Fulmer, Avery Williams, Logan Freeman, Kyrell Miller, Clay McGill, Kyle Simpson, and Trey Minter. Not pictured is Coach Lacy Freeman.

Twenty-three teams came to Leon County over the weekend to take part in the 2014 Texas Teenage State Baseball Tournament. Out of the 23 teams, the Bison finished 5th overall.

Competing in the tournament were Athens 1, Athens 2, Brownwood, Buffalo, Caldwell, Centerville, Clifton, Comanche, Crockett, Crossroads, DeKalb, Ennis, Eustace, Fairfield, Franklin, Grapeland, Hearne, Iredell, Leon, Palestine, Rice, San Saba, and Wortham.

The tournament was postponed from Friday to Saturday due to the rain that the area received throughout the week. The Bison team won all three of their games on Saturday before being knocked out of the tournament on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, the Bison defeated Ennis 6-2, Iredell 6-2, and Iredell 9-3. The three wins matched the Bison up with Wortham on Sunday morning at 10am.

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