Monday, March 30, 2015


Moe Brandy, Parthena Moore, Tommy Pierce

LEON COUNTY CONCERT -- Moe Bandy takes a picture with Parthena Moore and Tommy Pierce at the Leon County Expo Center on Saturday night where he performed.

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Express Reporter Susan Wilder Interviewed For Investigation Discovery “Blood Relatives”

San Saba & An Interview

THE INTERVIEW -- Susan Wilder being interviewed for Investigators Discovery.

I recently visited San Saba and a small community just west of San Saba called Harkeyville. San Saba and Harkeyville are located in the Hill Country northwest of Austin.

San Saba bills itself as “The Pecan Capital of the World” and indeed there a lot of pecan orchards around the community. There are also several well preserved buildings in San Saba including the oldest public building in that county still in use, the San Saba County Jail.

Built in 1844, the jail is still used as a jail today. And the San Saba Courthouse is a good example of the many outstanding Texas courthouses.

Harkeyville was established in 1856 by four Harkey brothers from Arkansas. Two of the brothers, Israel and Riley Harkey had been Indian scouts in the 1840's when they saw and liked this area of Texas. Soon, Israel and Riley returned with their parents, two brothers, and four sisters, and the community began to flourish.

Harkeyville at one time rivaled San Saba to become the county seat. Besides having a school and a gin, a grocery store and other businesses, Harkeyville had a popular racetrack that drew large crowds on Saturdays. Riley Harkey bred and trained an excellent line of race horses, and his sons and grandsons continued that tradition. The family also owned some of the best pecan orchards in the county.

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BHS Students Bring Home UIL State Debate Medals

Kendall Morales & Evan Grisham

BHS junior Kendall Morales and sophomore Evan Grisham brought back medals this past week from the State CX Debate Meet in Austin.

What started out as over 225 debate teams earlier this year, Morales and Grisham found themselves competing among the top 16 teams in the state of Texas.

“I was really grateful to have the opportunity to debate at the state competition,” Morales said. “It couldn’t have been possible without all of the support from our family and of course our coaches. We went against some tough teams, but I am really proud of the results; working hard all year has definitely paid off and I can’t wait to be back at Austin next year.”

Grisham stepped in at the last minute before the state meet as Morales’s original partner, Kaci Allen, got sick.

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District Court with Judge Evans

District Court was held in Leon County Friday, March 20th. The Honorable District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans presided.

William Garrett Isom, currently held in the Leon County Jail, was arraigned on a charge of Theft. Isom's attorney, who resides in Houston, was not present in the courtroom. The judge entered a not guilty plea for Isom.

Joseph Neal Pruett was charged with Theft. Pruett pled not guilty. Pruett is represented by Attorney Danica Carman.

Clifford Earl Scott requested a bail hearing. Scott charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance has been in the county jail after he failed to appear in court last month. Judge Evans denied the request for bail noting that Scott had been given bail, but had failed to show up on his court appointed date. Scott is represented by Attorney John Bankhead who is seeking a plea bargain agreement on Scott's behalf with Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight.

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BHS Performs The Children’s Hour

BHS One Act Play Cast & Crew

THE CHILDREN’S HOUR -- The Buffalo High School One Act Play Cast and Crew pose for a photo after their community performance on Saturday night. The District One Act Play competition is this Wednesday at Buffalo High School. Pictured are (back) Coy Altom, Rudy Salazar, Sergio Vasquez, Jordy Maltos, Lilah Molina, Cody Pilkington, Kendall Morales, Kendall Lee, Kayla Hutchins, Evan Grisham, Katerina Kelly, Katelyn Cannon, Haley Martin, Dylan Magouirk, Melonie Menefee, (middle) Jill Henson, Taryn Morman, Madison Rowan, Miryam Zapata, Kaiden Loop, Gracie Davis, Marissa Jones, Lauren Helmcamp, Erykah Anderson, Karina Sotelo, Jernon Hawley, Trey Duran, (front) Clay McGill, Kyrell Miller.

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