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Friday, December 09, 2016

Judy Boyd to Retire from CSB

Judy Boyd

Long time Citizens State Bank employee, Judy Boyd, is set for retirement this month after serving at the bank for 40 years. Long time customers, as well as newcomers, will miss her familiar, friendly face after she has assisted so many all these many years.

A retirement celebration for customers and the general public will be held at the bank on Wednesday, December 14th. Everyone is welcome to come by for cake and punch and to have an opportunity to wish Judy well on her well earned retirement. December 15th will be her last day on the job at the bank that has been her home most of her life.

Judy first began her banking career October 8, 1976, in the Bookkeeping Department at Citizens State Bank. Later, she became a teller, then head teller, and has also served in many other positions at the bank, including Loan Processor and Compliance Officer. Probably most customers remember Judy best for being the face behind the counter who knew everybody and was glad to help them with their transactions.

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Santa Comes To Town!

SANTA COMES TO TOWN! -- Siblings 4 year old Brylenn Page and 10 month old Brett Page visit with Santa Clause at the 7th Annual Happy Birthday Jesus Celebration on Saturday, December 3rd, at the Buffalo Civic Center. Proud Parents are Bryan & Kaylen Page.

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Commissioners Court Meet

COURT -- A&M District Extension Administrator Dr. Donald Kelm addresses the Leon Commissioners Court.

Leon County Commissioners met Wednesday, November 30th, for their last meeting of the month. All were present. Leon County Judge Byron Ryder presided.

Commissioners approved an Interlocal Agreement with Normangee ISD and Leon County. This agreement provides for a licensed peace officer to be on the Normangee school campus each day. This is not costing the county any money. Normangee ISD will pay for the officer and his or her training. And though the officer will normally be on campus, he or she will also be called for in assistance in the case of an emergency in the Normangee area.

Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis said that when he first took office, school security was one of his top concerns. “I visited all the schools in the county and talked about this kind of program,” said Ellis. “ Normangee was very interested from the start. Maybe more districts will follow,” said Ellis.

Donations were accepted from Mary Ann Ward in the amount of $500 and from the Centerville United Methodist Church for $3,332. The church raised the funds through their recent Harvest Dinner.

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Johnny F. Wilson

Funeral services for Johnny F. Wilson, age 84, of Crockett and formerly of Centerville were held at 2 pm, Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville. Bro. Bo Gunnels officiated and burial was in the Cross Cemetery in Grimes County.

Johnny Wilson was born in Ellis County, Texas on February 25, 1932 to Charlie and Josie Lola (Wolf) Wilson. He was raised in Madisonville. As a young man, he was an oilfield worker. Then, he worked for Janson’s Lumberyard in Dallas. After several years, he went back to the oilfields as a gauger.

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Buffalo City Council Meets

Buffalo City Council Members met Monday, November 28th, for their regular monthly meeting. All were present. Buffalo Mayor Royce Dawkins presided.

Miranda Harris of Grantworks was on hand to discuss the first three items on the agenda. These items concern a federal grant that the city was approved to receive earlier this year to do repairs on troubled water lines and 23 manholes that have deteriorated over the many years since they were put installed.

Harris congratulated the city on going through the necessary steps to be awarded this grant for $275,000. The city must put in $27,500 in matching funds. Harris said the time line now includes 6 months to complete an environmental study that has already begun. Then the city will have an opportunity to approve an engineer’s design of the repairs and, in some cases, replacements. After that, the city can go out for bids on the work. The bidding should take place in June or July of 2017.

Ken Jones presented the board with BEDC’s annual proposed budget and plan for 2017. “We hope to be able to contribute a bit more this year to aid local businesses,” said Jones who also has an eye out for new incoming businesses for the area.

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Bethlehem Experience

BETHLEHEM EXPERIENCE -- Mr. Louis Webb as a Wiseman with a camel at the Bethlehem Experience. Stop by FBC Buffalo this Friday or Saturday from 6-8pm for the Bethlehem Experience.

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Leon County Science Fair

LEON COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR -- Chase Glick, Kathy Hearn, Martin Boren, Lauren Sandefer, Lawanda Tryon, and Brent Jones with Citizens State Bank makes a $500 donation to Sandy Hennesey at the Leon County Science Fair to help take winners on a field trip to the Health & Science Museum in Houston.

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Buffalo 4-H Jingle Bell 5K Color Run

BUFFALO 4-H JINGLE BELL 5K COLOR RUN -- Trace Pauler, Taylor Cotton, Fisher Fulmer, Lane Freeman, Hunter Fulmer, Jacob McGill, and Kannon Brantley are all smiles before the Buffalo 4-H Jingle Bell 5K Color Run on Saturday morning, December 3rd.

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