Leon County celebrates the 4th of July in a bang-up way

More than a parade!!

Most folks who attended the July 4th parade in Centerville would agree it was one of the best, if not “the best” ever proceeding down Highway 75. With 72 registered entries, for the first time in recent memory, the first participants met the later ones as they circled the Courthouse Square. Although the parade was outstanding there is so much […]

Freestone murder suspect surrenders in Houston

William Vasquez of the Houston area has been arrested and returned to Freestone County on a Warrant issued as a result of the stabbing death of Daniel Guajardo-Morales on FM-489 in the Lanely area on May 10th, 2012. Vasquez was also a resident at this same residence. Early on the morning of the 10th, other occupants found Mr. Guajardo-Morales dead […]

Summertime business handled by Commissioners Court

The Leon County Commissioners Court had a fairly routine agenda and Court lasted slightly more than 30 minutes in the July 9, 2012 meeting. Following the opening prayer by Judge Byron Ryder, the Court approved three items which involved Texas Westmoreland Coal. The first was an order vacating CR 352 in mid- September; the second action approved two resolutions allowing […]

Centerville Splash Pad on schedule for playing in the August heat!!

The plans proceed for Centerville kids to be cooling off in the “splash pad” within a few weeks. Tim Franklin gave an update on the progress of the Sullivan Park Grant Project and said equipment for the splash pad should be received sometime next week. Construction will begin at that time. The Council agreed to enter into contract with Heartland […]



History laid a heavy hand on Bevilport. But you won’t find it on many road maps or marked by highway signs. The old townsite–once a steamboat port on the Angelina River–was named for John Bevil, a Virginian who came to Texas in the l820s. He is given credit for founding the community, as well as Bevil’s Settlement, the forerunner of […]

Tales from WannaBea Farm

Dancing under the stars It was a different time in the Houston, Texas area. There were no bridges over the Houston Ship channel, or tunnels underneath, the only way across the channel was on the ferries; the Pasadena Ferry, the Lynchburg Ferry near the San Jacinto Battleground, and the Baytown Ferry between La Porte and Baytown. The Lynchburg Ferry, still […]

Animal Talk

Heat stroke can seriously affect our animals. We must avoid this from happening because, in many instances, the result is death. All of our pets and livestock need to have plenty of fresh water and shade. Airflow can make an area cooler with the help of fans, air conditioning and evaporative coolers. As the summer continues to warm up, our […]

Gladys Beard

Gladys Beard, 94, formerly of Buffalo, passed away Friday, July 6, 2012 in Athens where she had been living with her daughter Patsy for the past seven years. Services were 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2012 at the First Baptist Church of Buffalo with Rev. Alan Grisham officiating. Visitation began at 1:00 p.m. also at the church. Interment followed at […]

Frank Vaughn Bell

Funeral services for Frank Vaughn Bell, age 81 of Centerville, were held at 11 AM, Thursday, July 5, 2012 at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. Wayne Bell officiated the service and interment followed in the Beaver Dam Cemetery, northeast of Centerville in rural Leon County. Frank Vaughn Bell was born on November 9, 1930 in Flo, Texas to […]

James William Lorfing, Sr.

Funeral services for James William Lorfing, Sr., age 76, of Oakwood and formerly of Channelview, are set for 10 am, Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville. Rev. Roger Blackburn of Deer Park will officiate and interment will follow in the Centerville Cemetery. Walters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. James W. Lorfing, Sr. was […]