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2021-09

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Commissioners validate election results

Victoria County commissioners accepted results from this month’s general election without deliberation during their Monday morning meeting. This year, 25,351 voters cast a ballot in Victoria Cou...

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ECISD pulls prom proposal

A request for the City of El Campo to provide El Campo ISD with free use of the Civic Center was pulled from the agenda, as the school district had no knowledge it was placed before council. Council w...

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Shook completes training

This month Fire Marshal Dan Shook graduated from the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Fire Executive Management Training class 7. The training consisted of 80 hours in two ...

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Victoria man sentenced to prison

A Victoria man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to the continuous sexual abuse of a child, according to a news releases from the Victoria County DA’s Office. 49...

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Deal for asbestos abatement

A Wharton County-owned storage facility in Wharton will soon undergo asbestos abatement at a cost much lower than was anticipated by county officials. At yhe last session of commissioners court, the c...

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Keep kids safe

This school year El Campo ISD has spent more than $500,000 to ensure children have nothing to fear. Director of Federal Programs Demetric Wells presented a state-of-district security update to the boa...

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Murray wears state AG title

Karsyn Murray of Bay City represented Matagorda County at the Texas Miss US Agriculture pageant in Temple Nov. 11-13. Murray competed in the essay contest, personal interview, onstage self-introductio...

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Sues over social media

A former El Campo city council candidate is suing a once business rival claiming defamation based on social media comments and the owner has filed a counter suit. Both cases are pending and no hearin...

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Fake 911 calls

Emergency 9-1-1 lines are being disrupted at the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office, prompting concern and arrests. Four people have been arrested for inappropriate 9-1-1 calls to Wharton County di...

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Grandparent shooter gets time

A 27-year-old El Campo man who shot his grandparents during a family argument will spend the next 15 years behind prison bars. Kristian Dre Cadriel stood before 23rd District Court Judge Ben Hardin la...

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Luther Hotel

The Luther Hotel in Palacios, a 120-year-old landmark, is in danger of being demolished. With the death of its former owner, Jack Findlay, his estate has now been placed in probate court and the heirs...

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New BC Police Chief

Bay City Police Department’s new Chief of Police has been announced and for the first time in the history of the city – it’s a woman. Christella Rodriguez is not only the first woman...

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Deputies bust smugglers

Two Las Vegas men face human smuggling and drug charges after Wharton County Sheriff deputies stopped their vehicle for traffic violations last week. One of the men facing charges claimed he didn&rsqu...

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EC & Kilgore meet again Friday

The El Campo Ricebirds and the Kilgore Bulldogs meet again today in round three. The last time the Ricebirds defeated the Bulldogs was in New Caney at Texan Drive Stadium in 2015. The Ricebirds are ho...

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El Campo grad honored

One of El Campo’s homegrown sons was issued one of the highest honors the National FFA organization can grant. Ryan Williamson, son of El Campo Police Chief Gary Williamson, was selected as Texa...

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KIDS Need Gifts To Give

El Campo Boys & Girls Club requests new or gently used items children can give to their parents/and or loved ones for Christmas: stuffed animals, small tools for dad, dish towels or candles for mo...

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City park tops in county

Monday night the El Campo Public Works Department took the spotlight at city council. Eight men are directly responsible for El Campo’s Legacy Park on the West Loop being named the top park in t...

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I-69 bridge plan

Even though the two options for an overpass on Highway 59 are less than a half a mile apart, opinions on where it should be located were miles apart Monday at the meeting of the Wharton County Commiss...

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Student awarded honors

A Van Vleck High School student has earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. Andrea Ramirez excelled in College Board assessments and schoolwork to earn these award...

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Student Mental health aid

As of September of this year, Texas is ranked last out of all fifty states for access to mental health treatment. 34.2 % of students from Texas have reported of feeling sad or hopeless for more than t...

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Free bikes

A donation from Ace Hardware on Monday morning for 68 bicycles of varying sizes to be given away to the children of Matagorda County in need of a bicycle by the Matagorda County Sheriff ’s Offic...

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Grand Prairie police officer

The Bay City Police Department offer condolences to the Tsai family, the Grand Prairie PD, and Grand Prairie community. The Grand Prairie PD is mourning the loss of one of its officers who died in the...

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Track feral hogs

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is finalizing an amendment to its wildlife management rules expressly allowing unmanned aircraft – drones – to track feral hogs as part of a populat...

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Whooping cranes spotted

With the first sightings of iconic, endangered whooping cranes along the Texas coast being reported, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding Texans to be on the lookout for these impressi...

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Angel Tree ceremony

Victims of violent crime will be honored at the 19th annual Tree of Angels ceremony in Port Lavaca next month. The event will take place Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. inside the Bauer Community Center, 2300 SH 35 ...

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Annual holiday

The Los Muertos Festival, held at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds attracted over a thousand people on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Day of the Dead is a holiday customarily celebrated on Nov. 1-2. Originally...

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Ditch dedicated

Representatives from the City of Wharton and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cut the ribbon on Nov. 9 to dedicate the completion of the Santa Fe ditch repair project. The Santa Fe ditch project is t...

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Former El Campo police chief dies

An El Campo police officer for more than 27 years and chief for slightly more than one, Terry Marek died Nov. 3rd in San Marcos. Marek was born in El Campo, raised in Louise and served 28 years as a p...

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Republicans sweep

The 47 percent of Wharton County’s registered voters casting ballots in the November General Election painted the county red once again. Wharton County finished the election period with 25,890 r...

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Citizens turn up

El Campo ISD celebrated veterans Friday with their third annual Veterans Day parade, drawing crowds across town. Around 40 cars, trucks, motorcycles and military vehicles, bedecked with red, white an...

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