Thursday, June 22, 2017

Miss Leon County 4th of July

The 2017 Miss Leon County Pageant was held on Saturday, June 17th, at 4pm at Centerville High School. Pictured are (back) Miss Leon County Gracie Davis, Miss Teen Leon County Lynsie Ann Mutschler, Miss Little Leon County Brighton Canada, (middle) Miss Petite Leon County Presley Noey, Miss Tiny Leon County Kaclynn Whitmire, and (front) Miss Baby Leon County Jaxx Layne Hennesey.

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Rachel Taylor Indicted

Rachel Taylor

Rachel Taylor, long time citizen of Buffalo, was indicted in the Federal Court in Waco last month on the charge of Theft according to Special Agent Jim Sangsvang, Jr., of the HUD Office of Investigations. Taylor appeared in court following a self surrender.

The charge that Taylor faces was brought by the Federal Government as a result of allegations by the Buffalo Housing Authority of misappropriated funds while Taylor was employed at that facility. Taylor worked as Executive Director for the Buffalo Housing Authority from September 2010 to March 2014.

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Palestine Mom Dies Saving Child

Brandy Mosley

A vacation to Crystal Beach turned to a tragedy for one Palestine family, leaving the community mourning the loss of one of their own. Brandy Mosley, age 35, died after saving her 4 year old son on Monday, June 12th, around 2pm.

Mosley’s son, who was wearing water rings, was playing in the sand at the water’s edge when a wave swept away the young boy. As any mother would do, she ran to her son’s rescue. Mosley handed her son off to her sister. Mosley’s sister and son made it back to shore safely. However, when they turned around, Brandy had disappeared.

“They turned around and noticed she was not visible,” said Maj. Douglas Hudson of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. “It happened that quick. This all happened about 25 feet from shore.”

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District Court with Judge Evans

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BEDC Holds Annual Meeting

BEDC MEETING -- BEDC President Dr. Russell Jonas addresses members at the annual meeting.

Members of the Buffalo Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) met Wednesday, June 14th, for their annual meeting and also for their monthly meeting. The meeting was presided over by President Dr. Russell Jonas.

Jonas spoke of the purpose of BEDC. “We are an arm of the city council. We are here to help economic development and tourism in our community. Our focus is on Buffalo specifically. The BEDC is funded by receiving ¼ of 1% of the city of Buffalo’s tax income.”

BEDC Executive Director Ken Jones spoke of the groups goals and projects. “Promoting affordable housing in our area remains a priority. We need local investors. Another project in the works with the city is to develop a plan for city growth. And, when the changes are made here to the entrance and exits ramps on I45, it will provide over one mile of easy accessible acreage for development.”

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Leon County Well Represented During Texas 4-H Roundup

NATIONALS -- Natalie Uptmor placed 1st in her Fashion Show category, which qualified for her to advance to the national contest.

Leon County 4-H members recently participated in the 2017 Texas 4-H Roundup on June 6-8, at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. Roundup encompasses numerous state level 4-H contests, scholarship presentations, recognition assemblies, educational workshops and evening entertainment. Roundup is the highlight of the 4-H year, in which months–and sometimes years–of hard work pay off for both youth and adult participants.

James Rodell did a great job serving on Texas 4-H Council this year. Council members help with various contests and activities as well as oversee the evening recognition assemblies. At the conclusion of Roundup, Council members handed down their green jackets to the future leaders of our state 4-H program. James is the son of John and Ruth Rodell of Buffalo.

The Texas 4-H Foundation presented more than $2.4 million in scholarships to 4-H members. Leon County 4-H members Charlee Cockrell and Natalie Freeman were each provided a $20,000 scholarship provided by the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Candace McGuire also received a $10,000 scholarship offered by the Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation. Charlee is the daughter of Wayne & Becky Cockrell of Oakwood. Natalie is the daughter of Lacy & Andrea Freeman of Buffalo. Candace is the daughter of John & Connie McGuire of Oakwood.

Contest Results include:

- In the Rifle Match, the team of Colton Adams, Kassidy Bell, James Rodell and Justin Vann took 12th place.

- For the Invitational Ag Product ID Contest, the Senior team of Justin McGuire, Skylar Parrish, Annika Stevens and Zoie Stevens received 10th place.

- Nathan Barrett participated as a Senior in the Invitational Livestock Skill-a-thon.

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Perfect Score

PERFECT SCORE -- Aiden Savage made a perfect score on his 5th Grade Math STAAR test. His teacher was Mrs. Nan Grisham.

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