Sanderson Farms has big plans for growth



Those cute Chickfil A cows that we see on posters and ads are not the only ones who hope you will eat lots more chicken than beef. There are many residents of Leon, Anderson and Freestone counties who stand to make substantial gains from the production and sell of chickens. A major production plant, not so very far from home, […]

Buffalo ISD hires six more teachers and retires three



The Buffalo ISD School Board held a special called meeting on July 10, 2014. President Jennifer Humphries, Randy Ayers and Willie Gilliam were absent. Vice President Jack Helmcamp called the meeting to order and after opening ceremonies the Board went into Executive Session. Twenty minutes later the Board returned to open session and Secretary Bobby Fishbeck read the following names […]

Boys State Baseball Tournament begins July 18th



Twenty-four boys baseball teams, coaches and their fans will invade Buffalo, Centerville, Jewett and Palestine for the State TTAA Boys Baseball Tournament that begins on July 18th through July 20th. The tournament is for boys that are high school eligible. Teams from Buffalo, Centerville, Leon, Palestine, Athens, Brownwood, Caldwell, Clifton, Comanche, Dekalb, Ennis, Eustace, Fairfield, Franklin, Grapeland, Hearne, Iredell, Rice, […]

May and June Grand Juries indict 42



May indictments: Whitney T. Smith, District Attorney met with the Leon County Grand Jury members May 22, 2014 and presented seventeen (17) cases of crimes, of which some cases have multiple counts, alleged to have occurred in Leon County, for their review. An indictment (true bill) was returned on all cases. The name of the defendant, date of birth, city […]

Commissioners appoint airport planning committee



The Leon County Commissioners Court held its regular meeting on July 14, 2014 in the Leon County Annex I Courtroom. All Commissioners were present with Judge Byron Ryder presiding. One of the action items on the agenda was to appoint an Airport Planning Committee to determine the need and cost of building a public airport in Leon County. In an […]

Comptroller distributes $603 million in Sales Tax Revenue to local governments



(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in June was $2.24 billion, up 3.7 percent compared to June 2013. “Sales tax revenues continue to grow at a moderate pace,” Combs said. “The increase was led by remittances from the wholesale trade, services, and restaurant sec- tors. Fiscal year-to-date collections have now grown by 5.2 […]

Centerville City changes retirement option to “2 to 1” match



The Centerville City Council held its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in the Municipal Building Meeting Room. Mayor N.R. Goolsby presided and after opening ceremonies the group had a lengthy discussion with Anthony Mills of Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) about the possibility of making changes to city employee retirement options. Currently Centerville City employees have a “1 […]

Tales from WannaBea Farm



Escape Grandma Sue loved to gamble. She belonged to several card playing groups. She played Samba, Bridge, Rummy, Pinochle, Canasta and Poker. Nearly every day she was at one of her card clubs. Oh and Bingo. She loved Bingo too, but years ago there were no Bingo Parlors like there are now so the only time she got to play […]

Leon County Cooks



Before we talk about cookbooks this week, just have to share a couple of things from last week. First, I had a really delightful slider at a friends birthday brunch. So simple but so good. Just take a dinner roll or biscuit, your choice, cut it open, spread some jam or jelly and add ham. This jam was strawberry and […]

Trent Ashby



I hope everyone had a relaxing and safe Independence Day with friends and family. With temperatures hovering near the century mark, it’s clear summer is in full swing. Here is the latest from your State Capitol… Trying to Solve the Border Crisis I’ve been hearing from lots of constituents regarding the current influx of illegal immigrants from Central America which […]