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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Two Locals Killed in Hwy 79 Accident

FATAL ACCIDENT -- An accident on Hwy 79 near Peeler Switch on Friday afternoon claims the life of Wade Stewart and Davina Morgan of Buffalo. Oakwood VFD’s Sherry Smith and mother-in-law Faye Smith assist Mike Glick with the Toyota Camry driven by Stewart.

On Friday afternoon, August 29th, at approximately 6:00pm Wade Stewart and Davina Morgan, both of Buffalo, were traveling south on Hwy 79 towards Buffalo. The Toyota Camry driven by Stewart hydroplaned and collided with a white Ford Super Duty truck. The truck was traveling north on Hwy. 79 towards Oakwood.

Morgan and Stewart were pronounced dead on the scene by Judge Lori Reid.

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LC Grand Jury Indictments

Whitney T. Smith, District Attorney met with the Leon County Grand Jury members August 28, 2014 and presented sixteen (16) cases of crimes, some of which with multiple counts, for their review. All cases are alleged to have occurred in Leon County. An indictment (true bill) was returned on all cases presented.

The name of the defendant, date of birth, city of residence and the offense(s) follow:

Arceneaux, Brian Keith; DOB 6/9/86; Arlington, Texas; POCS PG 3

Ballard, Tracy Beck; DOB 6/2/76; Buffalo, Texas; Burglary of a Habitation; Burglary of a Bldg.

Biddle, Adam Leroy; DOB 1/24/92; Normangee, Texas; POCS

Crosby, Joseph Centell; DOB 9/29/80; Taylorsville, Mississippi; DWI w/Child Passenger < 15 years of age

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Two Receive Sentences from Judge Bentley

Leon District Court was held Friday, August 29th in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Bascom Bentley presided.

Dave Edward Wagley pled guilty to eight charges involving Possession of Child Pornography. Wagley had a prior conviction in the state of New York for a similar crime. Wagley was sentenced to the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) for 20 years each on 7 of the 8 charges. Those will run concurrent. On the remaining charge, Wagley received another 20 years that will be stacked (consecutive) after the first sentence expires. Attorney John Bankhead represented Wagley.

Henry Louis Dukes of Jewett pled guilty to a charge of Burglary of a Habitation. Dukes had two prior convictions for similar crimes. Dukes was given a sentence of 15 years in TDC. Dukes was represented by Attorney John Bankhead.

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CSB’s Hue Hillis Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Hue Hillis accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE -- Hue Hillis accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge from James Doak Hartley (Industry State Bank President). Hue Hillis completed the challenge and CSB will donate $200 to the ALS research fund. He nominated Eddie Harcrow, Debra Rodell (CSB Centerville Branch Co-Branch Manager), and John Thiele (CSB Whitney Branch Manager). If they accept and complete the ice bucket challenge, CSB will double their donation to $400. Dumping the bucket of cold water on Hillis is Kimberly Johnson.

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The Buffalo Cafe Opens

THE BUFFALO CAFE -- New Buffalo Cafe and Desserts is located in front of the Budgetel Inn and next to Tractor Supply site.

Eating out in Buffalo keeps getting better. The Buffalo Cafe opened its doors for business Friday, August 22. The Cafe is located on Highway 79 in front of the Budgetel Inn and next to the new Tractor Supply site.

The Cafe is owned by Bo Poteet of Spring who formerly owned the Fried Pie franchise in Buffalo that recently closed. The Buffalo Cafe still makes the delicious fried pies, but they also serve a full breakfast menu and lunch.

Manager Rebecca Stennett said, “We can do a lot more now that we aren't under the franchise rules. At Fried Pies, we only had 6 types of cream pies and 6 fruits, but now we can have more plus we make any kind of cake, cookies, pies – any desserts to the customer's order.”

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