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Accused killer teen faces adult court

A 17-year-old Wallis man, who was certified as an adult on Monday now sits in the Wharton County jail facing a capital murder charge. James Eli Gutierrez stands accused of shooting to death his mother...

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Burned up at Buc-ee's

Wharton Volunteer Fire Department firefighters put out a pickup truck that was on fire at Bucee’s Sunday afternoon. The driver from Houston was getting gas when he noticed flames and moved the v...

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Council vote raises utility rates in El Campo

El Campo’s proposed utility fee hike was approved 6-1 during Monday’s council session over District 2 Councilwoman Gloria Harris’ heated objection, saying “We call citizens to ...

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Halloween booth volunteers sought

The El Campo Police are putting together its annual Trunk or Treat, and always looking for more volunteers to help spook up the free event. The Trunk or Treat offers a space for young goblins to colle...

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Major accident

A Life Flight helicopter responded to the scene of a three-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on FM 102 near CR 259. FM 102 was shut down for an extended period during the investigation and accident cl...

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Constable recovering from car crash injuries

A Wharton County constable continues to struggle in ICU to recover from injuries sustained in a crash on Highway 59 while working an off-duty job. Precinct 3 Constable Robert Holder suffered injuries ...

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Doc gives back to the community

The Secretary of the Bay City Lion’s Club Doc Campbell performed eye screenings last Thursday at John Cherry Elementary School. It’s a program he started in 20-11 and plans to keep oversee...

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Food Truck Festival Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for the 7th Annual Full Moon Food Truck Festival coming to the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center on Saturday, October. 15th from 5-10 p.m. The festival will feature food ...

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Wharton Commissioners lower tax rate

Receiving no public comment during two public hearings Monday morning, the Wharton County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted the tax rate and budget for next year. The tax rate of $.39056 per $10...

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new COVID-19 cases reported

As of last Sunday, 14 adults with COVID-19 were hospitalized with 508 total staffed hospital beds in Trauma Service Area ‘S’, according to the state health department. Nineteen ICU beds we...

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Ag students awarded SWAGS scholarships

The Scholarships for Wharton Agriculture Students or SWAGS Committee selected students to receive money for their animal projects. The mission of SWAGS is to provide funds to Wharton students who woul...

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National Night Out set for Oct. 4

National Night Out is happening on October 4th and the Wharton Police Department will be utilizing a centralized location in town to make the event more accessible for all to attend. It will be at par...

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Prairie Days straight ahead

Workers hung a banner over far East Jackson Street recently announcing Prairie Days arrival in El Campo. The all-day event covers a wide variety of family activity from children’s games and acti...

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Wharton officers credited with saving a life

Wharton Police officers Marshall Johnson, Sarah McDaniel, and Andre Murray were recently recognized for saving an elderly woman’s life using CPR back on Sept. 11th — a date often associate...

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Birds de-fang Rattlers 45-35

El Campo senior Rueben Owens II stepped up against the Navasota Rattlers to help the Ricebirds earn their first district win of the season 45-35, Friday night on the road. Owens carried the football n...

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City adopts new tax rate

The city of Bay City approved adopting a tax rate of $0.63500 per $100 of assessed valuation during a recent city council meeting. The adoption of the new tax rate of $0.63500 is effectively a 6.39 pe...

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Friendship Park

The four courts in front of the skate park at Friendship Park on North Wharton Street in El Campo have been resurfaced and relined with markings for tennis and pickleball.

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OakBend Medical Center hit by ransomware attack

Hackers who infiltrated and shut down the computer system at Oak Bend Medical Center on Sept. 1st also siphoned off “sensitive patient and employee” personal information. The hackers, whos...

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Police arrest man charged with robbery with gun

A Lake Jackson man has been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery stemming from an incident where he allegedly pulled a gun and robbed a victim in Bay City. Christian L. Jones, 21, of Lake Jack...

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El Campo Tax Rate Vote Thursday

The City of El Campo plans to lower its tax rate and approve the 2022-23 fiscal year budget Thursday, with one work day to spare. Council voted in August not to exceed a 48.419 cents per $100 in taxab...

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Wildlife Act would save fish and wildlife

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act or R-A-W-A is currently racing through Congress with unprecedented bipartisan support. R-A-W-A could bring $50 million to the state to help protect wildlife...

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Incentive pay to curb teacher absences

Due to a rise in teacher absences at Wharton Junior High and Wharton High School, the school board voted last week to expand the incentive pay program in place for the two elementary schools to includ...

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Wharton Fugitive Captured

A Wharton man was among three of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted offenders who are back in custody following their recent arrests. Columbus Johnson, 58, of Wharton was arrested Sept. 8th in Rosenberg by m...

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Prairie Days returns next weekend in El Campo

After a two-year hiatus, El Campo’s Prairie Days festival is making its comeback next Saturday. The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 1st in Alamo Park behind the South Mechanic S...

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North Mechanic water line work bandage

A dripping water line dating back to 1927 tangled traffic on North Mechanic last week for more than 12 hours as city crews put a fresh patch on the pipe scheduled for replacement next year. That parti...

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Flu season returns, shots coming

The first days of flu season are upon us and this year’s cases could be a return to levels previous to COVID-19. Texas flu season begins around the beginning of October. Vaccination for the flu ...

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Tidehaven ISD adds used bus to school fleet

An addition to Tidehaven’s bus fleet was made with the purchase of a used 77-passenger bus approved by Tidehaven ISD’s Board of Trustees during their regular meeting on Monday. Items on th...

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STP shows support for Matagorda's United Way

The South Texas Project Electrical Generation Station is continuing to show its support for local community projects with its recent donation to the Matagorda County United Way. STP has been a long-ti...

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New public safety building could open by 2025

The Victoria police and fire departments should be able to move into their new $33 million headquarters by 2025, adding security and space for law enforcement, firefighters and municipal court workers...

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