Monday, May 30, 2016

BHS Class of 2016 Graduates Saturday; Shelton, Morales, Allen Top 3 Graduates

BHS Class of 2016 Top 3

Graduation for the Buffalo High School Class of 2016 is this Saturday, May 28th at 2pm in the BHS gymnasium. Valedictorian is Taylor Shelton, Salutatorian Kendall Morales, and Historian Kaci Allen. Rounding out the Top 10% are Logan Freeman, Abby Smith, Allison Grissett, and Tommy Burns.


Taylor Shelton, the daughter of Susan Shelton and Cody Shelton, is the Valedictorian with a 4.455 GPA. Shelton plans to attend Sam Houston State University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She hopes to become a Certified Registered Nurse and a Certified Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse.

“I can’t say I have one person that has influenced me; there has been several people throughout my life who have greatly impacted me to be the person I am today,” Shelton said. “My mom has always pushed me and encouraged me to do my best. Aunt Dana has always kept me narrowed down to what really matters and has been there for me through stressful times in high school. My Aunt Nell has been an amazing role model. She is so kind and really does everything in her power to help me whatever way I need. My Pawpaw is where I get my drive and stubbornness to get things done the way I want them to be. I started worrying about being valedictorian four years ago and haven’t steered away from that goal.”

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Remembering Cody Davis Smith

Cody Davis Smith

Funeral services for Cody Davis Smith, 19 of Oakwood, were held at 10:00 AM Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Calvary Christian Center, with Rev. Jack Smith, Jr, officiating. Burial followed in Smith Family Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Bailey & Foster Palestine.

Mr. Smith passed away Monday, May 16, 2016, in Bryan. He was born March 5, 1997, in Palestine, to Arlie and Sabrina Smith. He was attending TSTC for diesel mechanics. He loved fishing, hunting, and was centered around family and church. His passion was diesel engines and trucks, Cody was an old soul in a young body.

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City Council Enlists New Attorney

Attorney Jerry Nowlin

At the Buffalo City Council meeting, Monday, May 23rd, Mayor Royce Dawkins introduced Attorney Jerry Nowlin of Palestine. “Since our former attorney resigned,” said Dawkins, “this is the person I have gone to for legal advice.” Nowlin presented the board with his fee schedule. The council asked several questions and Nowlin responded. The council voted in favor of hiring Nowlin as the Buffalo City Attorney.

New council member, Glenn Hightower, was sworn into office. Another new council member, Martin Housler, was not present for the meeting. Also incumbent member Dorothy Farmer was sworn into office.

The need for new vehicles for the Buffalo Police Department was discussed. Mechanic Mike Glick said that the police department's 2007 Dodger Charger has “seen its better days” and suggested the council plan on purchasing a replacement. “It is in the shop almost every month, and what you are paying for repairs would be better spent on a new vehicle.”

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Abushanab Sentenced: 35 Years

Nassir Abushanab of Centerville was sentenced Friday, May 20th to 35 years in the Department of Corrections by the Honorable District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans. Abushanab was brought to the courtroom on the state’s Motion to Adjudicate his sentence. Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight represented the state. Representing Abushanab was Defense Attorney Richard Price.

On January 4, 2016, Abushanab entered a guilty plea to a charge of Assault Causing Bodily Injury to a Family Member. In the plea bargain, Abushanab was sentenced to 4 years on deferred adjudication with restrictions and was required to perform community service hours, pay fines, and attend counseling.

On January 9, 2016, Abushanab was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. The first requirement of deferred adjudication is that the defendant not violate any Texas laws or laws of other states. The conviction that was reached by Judge Evans was made in part by viewing the video recording of Abushanab’s arrest.

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Court With Judge Evans

Leon County District Court was held Friday, May 20th in the Centerville Courtroom. The Honorable District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans presided over a full docket. Representing the state were Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Caleb Henson.


Mark Christopher Viscounty pled guilty to a charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Family Violence in a plea bargain agreement. Viscounty was sentenced to 8 years on deferred adjudication and will be released immediately from the county jail. Attorney John Bankhead represented Viscounty.

Rebecca Bouska-Ogg plead guilty to a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver. Bouska-Ogg was sentenced to 5 years on deferred adjudication. Attorney Joel Hardy represented Bouska-Ogg.

Trey Daniel King changed his plea to guilty on the charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. King was sentenced to 5 years on deferred adjudication and must serve community service hours and pay fines. Attorney for King is Stanley Sokolowski.

Bryon Kenichi Takahashi pled guilty to a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Takahashi received a sentence on deferred adjudication for 2 years and must pay fines.. Attorney for Takahashi is Charley Johnson.

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Buffalo School Board Meets

Members of the Buffalo School Board met Monday, May 16th for their regular monthly meeting. All members were present except Trustee Randy Ayers. President Jennifer Humphries presided.

After the opening prayer and pledges Superintendent Lacy Freeman reminded the board and audience to offer prayers for the family of Cody Smith who lost his life in a recent car accident. And also prayers for Clay McGill who had a very serious injury to his hand from a skill saw. McGill, however, was in attendance at the meeting with groups of other students who were to be recognized for various achievements this school year.

Trustee Monty McGill and father of Clay thanked everyone for the all the prayers and messages he and Clay have received from friends and teammates. “I can't say enough about this community,” said McGill. “The outpouring of care and concern is really appreciated.”

Freeman announced the resignation of Trustee Jimmy Morales from the board. “Jimmy has been a valuable member to our board, and we will miss him,” said Freeman. “We appreciate the time he has been with us.” Morales, who was present, explained that he and his family are planning to return to their home in Forney.

The board discussed officer positions on the board for the the next school year. It was decided that the members holding office will all keep their positions. Jennifer Humphries will remain as President, Jack Helmcamp serves as Vice President, Bobby Fishbeck is Secretary, and Randy Ayers is Alternate.

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Freeman Signs with McLennan

Logan Freeman signs with McLennan

SIGNING -- BHS Senior Logan Freeman signs to play baseball with McLennan College on Friday afternoon, May 20th. He is pictured with his parents Lacy and Andrea Freeman and Coaches Gary Grubbs, Bryan Pauler, and Aaron Bell.

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Flo Water Board Meets

Directors of the Flo Community Water Supply Corporation (FCWSC) met Thursday, May 19th for their regular monthly meeting. All were present except Director Joe Graves. President Michael Meade presided.

Directors had a long discussion over the Weedon Upgrade Project. All agreed that it is not something they can put off because the Weedon Plant must be brought up to TCEQ requirements. However, how to pay for the expensive project was the issue.

Accounting Administrator Lela Patterson recommended taking a loan of $400,000 from CoBank which will provide the lowest interest rate. CoBank specializes in utility funding.

Director Richard Moran disagreed, “We are already in deficit spending; we need to decrease our spending and not increase our debt.” Moran favors using the line of credit FCWSC has with Community Bank.

It was decided to proceed with the Weedon Project and have the finance committee evaluate how to pay for the project and bring their recommendation to the board. Members of the finance committee are Phillip Bounds, Doris Pittman, Richard Moran, Lela Patterson, Barbara Johnson, and Micheal Meade.

The board discussed rescinding the Budget Amendment made December 2015. The Amendment was made to move any surplus of funds in the operating account into the contingency account to make funds available for unforeseen expenses. Moran said, “I have no problem with rescinding the Amendment, but we would have to budget for contingency.” The item was tabled.

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