Low attendance at meetings to explain increased property tax evaluations



On June 15th the Leon County Central Appraisal District office released “Notices of Appraised Value” for Leon County. The office had completed a 2015 county wide re-appraisal for single family residents. The appraisals, in general, reflected significant increases in property values and, foreseeing concerns by Leon County citizens, Chief Leon County Appraiser Jeff Beshears and his staff set up five […]

Singing out joy to everyone



During the day on the hour, during weddings and after church on Sundays you can hear the chimes of the First Baptist Church singing out joy to everyone nearby. The story of these chimes has a long trail leading an All-State football player from Marlo Oklahoma through small villages in South America and finally to Buffalo. “Those who say it […]

What’s the story on FM 831



If you happen to travel FM 831 on a regular basis and you are wondering, “When are they going to be finished with this road?” There may be an answer you want to hear, but then again, there may not. Bob Caldwell, with the Texas Department of Transportation said that 5.9 miles of the approximately 10 total miles of pavement, […]

More resignations and hires for BISD



For those who know Superintendent Lacy Freeman it is no surprise that he is a man who wears many hats. On Friday, July 17, he appeared just seconds after President Jennifer Humphreys had called the Special BISD meeting to order in his office at the Administration Building. Freeman had rushed to the meeting from the baseball game being held at […]

Prospects bright for Dove and early Teal seasons



AUSTIN – Dove hunters will have more opportunity earlier in the season with dates and bag limits finalized recently by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the 2015-2016 Texas dove season, including a 70-day season and 15-bird daily bag statewide, and a 16-day early teal and Canada goose season. The traditional September […]

Don’t throw that cigarette out the window!!



In spite of the unusual amount of rain Leon County received earlier in the year we’ve now hit the “dry” season and folks are cautioned about being careless, especially when it comes to cigarettes being thrown out car windows. On Friday, July 17 when temperatures were approaching 100 several fire departments were called to fight two grass fires on I45 […]

The Road to Home



THIS IS SMOKY HE IS MALE, AND HAS HAD ALL HIS SHOTS FOR THE YEAR. ABOUT 1 YEAR OLD, HE IS SWEETAND LOVING. WE THINK HE IS FULL BLOOD RED HEALER. I can be found at “The Road to Home” animal shelter , 1636 W. Broad St. Oakwod, TX 75855. 903-545-1912. SORRY! A SUBSCRIPTION IS REQUIRED! You must be an […]

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Trent Ashby

District 57 House of Representatives

Capitol Update: In the heat of summer We are beginning to experience the true heat of a Texas summer, but things have cooled off at your State Capitol since the Legislative Session concluded last month. I hope everyone has had the chance to enjoy some time off and find ways to stay cool. A tale of two bills: Ethics Reform […]

The war against Domestic Violence finds another soldier



Battles have their warriors and warriors have their leaders. One battle that is ongoing with a staggering number of casualties and wounded is that of Domestic Violence. According to The Huffington Post, the number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex […]