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2021-09

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Football players sign to D-III schools

Edna Offensive lineman Pablo Almeda and running back slash defensive end Dreydan Ashford are continuing their football career at division III schools. Ashford signed a letter of intent to Trinity Univ...

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El Campo volunteer firefighter

The El Campo Volunteer Fire Department is at half strength and they are accepting applications for recruits. According to President Kenneth Soch and reported by the Leader-News , the last two to three...

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Sailed into victory

Louise senior Maizee Strelec built a boat and floated into the winner’ circle at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. She contructed the boat, complete with trailer, by hand as both an F-F-A p...

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Verdict for Satterfield

A Wharton County jury in the 329th District Court handed down a guilty verdict Wednesday against Robert Allen Satterfield for the June 2018 killing of Ray Shawn “Baby Ray” Hudson Jr. The j...

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Property tax payments coming

A computer transition impeded the Wharton County Central Appraisal District, preventing accurate tax bills to be sent to some property owners — which might have been a shock for new homeowners o...

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Ollie makes way for two

Last week the Jackson County Hospital District officially said so long to their therapy dog Ollie, who passed away in November from an aggressive form of lymphoma at only three years old. A post on th...

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Top fireman

El Campo volunteer fireman Clint Rothbauer was selected as the department’s 2022 Firefighter Of The Year. Rothbauer goes way back — he signed up with the El Campo Fire and EMS Explorer pos...

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Upgrades coming

The Ganado School Board, and new Superintendent Dr. Brian McCraw, are improving a few things across the campus. Like new batting cages and covers for the baseball bleachers, more access to college for...

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Girl Scout Cookies

Dust off your taste buds and get ready — Girl Scout Cookies are available in Southeast Texas from Feb. 11 through March 26. This year’s cookie lineup includes fan favorites such as Thin Mi...

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Cause of truck fire

A mechanical failure was determined to be the cause of this truck fire Monday at Wharton Ford on North Richmond Road. The Wharton Volunteer Fire Department was alerted to the fire at approximately 2:2...

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Cook-off champions

Due to the efforts of Van Vleck High School’s Agricultural Science advisors, Van Vleck ISD made history in being chosen to hold a state qualifying BBQ cook-off competition with the Texas High Sc...

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SB 645-fetanyl crisis

Senator Joan Huffman recently filed SB 645, which would increase the penalties for the manufacturing and distribution of fentanyl. Huffman is responding to the growing fentanyl epidemic in Texas and t...

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Price of eggs

David Anderson an AgriLife Extension economist, Bryan-College Station, says inflationary pressure and the worst avian flu outbreak in U.S. history have combined to send egg prices upward over much of ...

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New chief appraiser

After almost 20 years of service, Wharton County’s chief appraiser left making room for a replacement from North Texas. Tylene Gamble, Wharton County’s chief appraiser resigned before Chri...

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Board of Adjustment

If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity in 2023, the City of El Campo is looking for a motivated individual who values community spirit, integrity, and innovation to serve on the Board of ...

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Power outage at schools

Wharton Independent School District reported a power outage Monday morning on the Wharton Junior High and High School campuses. Centerpoint Energy advised the district that power would not be restored...

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Suspected homicide

The first 2023 homicide in Bay City may be from the body found in a car last Tuesday morning at old Linnie Roberts Elementary school. The victim was identified as 25 year old Jared Aplin of Bay City a...

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Bay City PD promotes officer

Congrats going out to Bay City Police Officer Jerome Estrada, a police officer for over 7 years, who was promoted to the rank of Police Corporal at a promotional ceremony held at the Municipal Court l...

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Job fair coming

“You Ought To Hire Me” is the name of a Job Fair coming to the El Campo Civic Center on Valentines day. Up to 50 employers are expected to attend the free event from 9am to 12:30pm on Febr...

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Robert Allen Satterfield trial

The State of Texas rested its capital murder case last Tuesday afternoon against Robert Allen Satterfield, but not before calling the final witness after 11 days of trial. Johanna Bonilla, the mother ...

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Environmentalists celebrate legal victory

The opponents of the proposed Matagorda Ship Channel expansion declared victory in December when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers withdrew an environmental assessment it used in its project plans, acc...

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Four-day school week

The Wharton ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday opened a discussion about moving the school district to a four-day school week..according to the Journal Spectator. The district emailed parents with a su...

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7th Annual Camofest

The Bay City Main Street program is hosting the 7th Annual “Wild Game and Wine Camofest” on Saturday from noon to 6 pm in Historic Downtown Bay City. Cooking “guides” will prov...

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Texas tornadoes confirmed

Three tornadoes roared across Southeast Texas on Tuesday, leaving damage across multiple counties, according to the National Weather Service. The agency also confirms that a tornado touched down for 4...

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War on drugs tools

A password breaker and portable x-ray machine are the latest weapons in the El Campo Police Department’s war on drugs Leader News reports. Criminals who carry smart phones and tablets, sometime...

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Local school news

In local school news, congratulations to Van Vleck High School student, Emily Rodgers, for placing 5th out of 23 for the recent Voice of Democracy State Competition Contest. Marco and Jadira, two firs...

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Armed man's surrender

A 33-year-old El Campo man is in custody and undergoing an evaluation after barricading himself into a Shimek street home Tuesday afternoon, according to Leader-news. The armed gunman held police at b...

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CR 410 also joins the list

Wharton County has added one more road to its no-through truck traffic zone ordinance — CR 410. A public hearing was held Monday, and it was unanimously approved following the hearing following ...

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Frito Pie Fundraiser

The Morales Community Center is holding its annual Frito Pie Fundraiser at the Center on Friday. Serving will start at 6 p.m. with the auction starting at 7. Donations for the food will be accepted a...

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Rivet named Executive Director

Last week Mike Rivet officially took over the role of Executive Director and Site Manager overseeing the Formosa Plastics Corporation in Point Comfort. He is replacing Vice President and General Manag...

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