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Monday, January 23, 2017

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LC ATTORNEY & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT -- Leon County Attorney Caleb Henson introduces Victoria Downie as his office’s Administrative Assistant.

Leon County Commissioners met for their first court session of the new year Monday, January 9th. All were present. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

Leon County Attorney Caleb Henson introduced Victoria Downie his new administrative assistant to the court. Downie was welcomed on-board by the court and audience. Downie began her new position on January 3rd.

Janice Jenkins, an Oakwood resident, was in court to voice a complaint about the road condition near her home on West Academy Hill Street. According to Jenkins, the rains have caused a dangerous drop off in the road that motorists, including the school bus, are leery to cross. “I don’t feel safe to cross it,” said Jenkins. “And when there is a flood, there is no alternative access.”

Jenkins said that there has been a new culvert in the field near the area for at least two years. The judge thanked Jenkins for bringing the situation to the court’s attention. Commissioner David Ferguson spoke with Jenkins about the situation before the court session began.

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Bobo’s Nursery is Reaching 50th Year!

THREE GENERATIONS -- Amy Williams, Ginger Vybiral, and Anna Williams represent three generations of Bobo’s Nursery owner and operators.

Bobo’s Nursery just east of Jewett on Highway 79 will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2017. The business started as a fruit and vegetable stand in 1967, and has grown and expanded ever since. Today it is a staple for gardeners and plant lovers all over the county and beyond.

“My parents started when they had a 20 acre garden,” explained Ginger Vybiral. “They sold the produce from what they gathered. And, after awhile, the business just kept growing.” There are now three generations working together to operate the successful business.

Anna Williams, who started the business said she appreciated all her customers and their long, continued support of Bobo’s. Besides house plants and outdoor plants, Bobo’s also has a florist shop that is popular with local residents.

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District Court with Judge Ridley

The Honorable District Judge Hal Ridley held court Tuesday, January 10th in Centerville. Representing the state were Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook.

Preston Harlie Williams, who has been held in the Leon County Jail, entered a guilty plea to the charge of Tampering with a Witness. Williams was sentenced to two years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and will receive credit for the time served in the jail. Attorney for Williams was Michael Dahlenburg.

Printice Ray Bilodeau, who has been held in the county jail, entered a guilty plea to the charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance and also to Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle. Bilodeau was sentenced to three years in TDCJ for Evading Arrest and was sentenced to nine months in the State Jail Facility for the Possession of a Controlled Substance. Attorney Michael Dahlenburg represented Bilodeau in court.

Decorian Jermaine Cork pled guilty to a charge of Possession of Marihuana. Cork received a sentence of three years on Deferred Adjudication. Cork must also pay a $3,500 fine, $50 to Crime Stoppers, $50 to the Crime Victims Funds, and must complete 150 hours of Community Service. Cork must also successfully complete a Drug Offender’s Education Course. Attorney for Cork was Leslie Wallrath.

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State Competition

BHS Cheerleaders

STATE COMPETITION -- The BHS Cheerleaders competed at the state competition in Ft. Worth last week. Pictured are (back) Nadia Garcia, Andrea Garcia, Makayla Gilliam, Ima Champion, Kynlee Driskill, Shalyn Cotton, Taylor Lack, (front) Sheri Donaldson, and Tana Cleveland. The girls placed 23rd out of 61 teams. BHS Cheer Coach is Cheryl Lack.

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Introducing Freestone Medical Center: New Name, Same Great Service

January 1st marked a new year and the opening of Freestone Medical Center. We are pleased to offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to support the needs of Freestone County and surrounding communities. Our team is here for you with high-quality, compassionate care where and when you need it.

I am excited to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Freestone Medical Center as we honor our past and embrace the future. I also want to welcome Ron Hunt, a senior healthcare executive, who recently joined our team as Interim Chief Financial Officer.

You’re invited to celebrate with us! Please join us on Tuesday, January 24, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. for a Community Open House to be held in the hospital lobby. We want to celebrate with you!

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Grisham Represents BHS Well

Evan Grisham represents BHS well at State.

Evan Grisham represented Buffalo High School well at the State Congress competition held in Austin this past week, January 10-11, 2017.

In the 3A competition, 54 competitors were divided into three chambers for preliminary debate rounds on Tuesday. Students debated for a 3 1/2 hour morning session and then for another 3 1/2 hour afternoon session. The top six students in each chamber of 18 (for a total of 18 students in 3A) were selected to move up to finals.

When all was said and done, Grisham advanced to finals on Wednesday at the State Capitol, where students again debated for two 3 1/2 hour sessions.

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