Twilight Rapist gets life sentence



On Friday, September 30, 2011, Billy Joe Harris was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting a disabled woman in Edna, Texas. Jurors deliberating the sentence took less than 10 minutes and also fined him $10,000. Harris, 54, pled not guilty by reason of insanity but jurors rejected the claims that he suffered from multiple personality disorder. Authorities say […]

Seen this man?



On the afternoon of July 4th, 2011 a black male approximately 5’11” to 6’2” with a stocky build and fitting the description of the subject in this composite sketch attempted to commit an aggravated assault (possible robbery) at a convenience store in Houston County. After committing the aggravated assault the subject departed the scene driving west on State Hwy 21 […]

Flo Water Board finalizes budget



The Flo Community Water Supply Corporation Board of Directors waded through another exhausting day on Tuesday, September 27th. The 2012 budget workshop began at 10:00 a.m. with various suppliers and contractors presenting projected costs for their services in the coming year. The special called meeting originally set for 12:00 did not start until 3:00 p.m. due to the length of […]

DROUGHT: Images of parched land and bleached cow skulls



It’s an ugly word: “drought”. It conjures images of parched land, bleached cow skulls and empty watering holes. Ours is a rural, agricultural community and those in ag-related businesses are obviously directly affected by the hot, dry summer of 2011. When you look at the big picture, however, you realize that there is a trickledown effect whereby this historic drought […]

Protesters disrupt project

TDOT removes dangerous dead trees on Hwy 79

Bright and early Monday morning a local TDOT crew and a contractor showed up on West Commerce Street at Glick’s Firework Stand to remove several dead trees on the highway right of way that were shedding limbs into the traffic lanes on a nearly daily basis and threatening to come crashing down on some hapless passerby’s head (or car). The […]

Buffalo Gun Show fills the Civic Center



Parking seriously overflowed the Buffalo Civic Center parking lot on Saturday and Sunday as the Leon County Gun Club hosted their 29th Semi-Annual Buffalo Gun Show. The Civic Center was packed full of vendors and customers as this everexpending event continued its run. Vendors from all over Central and East Texas set up shop at the two day event and […]

September court tests Commissioners’ endurance



The Leon County Commissioners met in a marathon session on Wednesday, 9-27- 11, taking care of a lengthy agenda. Several agenda items focused on the Leon Health Resource Center. The existing Facility Use Agreements were renewed with four service providers at LHRC. In a related agenda item, the court approved an application for a grant from the Department of State […]

Dr. Axtell returns to Buffalo



Dr. Howard Axtell has returned to his friends and patients in Buffalo and the surrounding area. Dr. Axtell has joined the Family Care Center at 1686 West U.S. 79 to resume his practice. Dr. Axtell, who first came to Buffalo in 1986, specializes in family and elderly care. His recent sabbatical was largely to care for his mother, Phyllis Axtell […]

Tales from WannaBea Farm



Little Big ‘Un “Oh, he’s so gorgeous, I’ve just got to have him,” I exclaimed as the beautiful, yellow lab, puppy licked my face. I had been promised the pick of the litter but as I walked into the kennel this little, butterball with the huge feet ran straight to me. Instead of me making the pick, the adorable puppy […]

Animal Talk



A question I get a lot is about an animal’s breath and why it smells so foul. People want to know why their pet doesn’t have a good appetite and they want to know what they can do about it. The first thing that we need to do is look in the pets’ mouth. Any animal can get an object […]