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The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, Jan. 23, approved the county’s donation of surplus computer equipment to Mustard Seed Ministries, which refurbishes them for local school children. Twice a year the county donates computer equipment it can no longer use to the nonprofit organization. The latest donation includes 34 desktops, 17 laptops, four printers, two scanners, two servers, one fax, 22 monitors and numerous boxes of old keyboards and mice. Dr. Karen Jones, founder and president of Mustard Seed Ministries, plans to pick up the equipment from the Smith County Information Technology Department on Monday, Jan. 29. more
A capacity crowd full of members of the Bullard community and supporters of the Bullard Future Farmers of America program gathered for the annual Bullard High School FFA Labor and Merchandise Auction Saturday, Jan. 27, inside of the Bullard Elementary School cafeteria. Many student-crafted projects, as well as donated items from local businesses and student labor work groups, were on the auction block during the live and silent auctions at the event. Through the generosity of the Bullard community, the Bullard FFA raised approximately $75,000 at the event, shattering the event’s previously-held record amount. more
The jury trial for a former coach accused of enticing a player on his team in 2015 is expected to begin in a Smith County Courtroom next week. The trial of Ricky Eugene Clements, 63, also known as “Papa Ricky” to students at The Brook Hill School and in the community, was originally scheduled to begin in November 2017, but was delayed after a motion to delay was granted by Judge Randall Rogers in the Smith County Court at Law No. 2. The trial is now expected to begin on Monday, Feb. 5. more
A Bullard man was arrested and charged last week after he allegedly contacted a young girl and requested to send and receive illicit pictures. Keith Wayne Johnston, 54, of the 13000 block of Farm-to-Market 344 W. in Bullard, was booked into the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and charged with a second-degree felony charge of Online Solicitation of a Minor (under 14). more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced his office would be sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts a total of $709.2 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of January. The amount released by Hegar’s office represents an increase of 9.5 percent more than was sent out in January 2017. more
Smith County Tax Assessor-Collector Gary Barber has added more convenient ways for residents to pay property taxes to meet the January 31 deadline this year. Barber will be collecting checks all day Wednesday at a drive-thru tent he will set up in the parking lot of the Cotton Belt Building, 1517 W. Front St. Barber will be set up outside from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 31 on the Glenwood side of the parking lot to accept check-only payments. Drivers should look for a tent and banner telling them where to go. more
It was in July 2017 when Governor Greg Abbott first announced the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD) was accepting grant applications to assist law enforcement agencies with the purchase of rifle-resistant body armor. “My top priority as governor is to keep our communities safe, and I thank the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to make that more
This handsome guy’s name is Duke and he is available for adoption at the Humane Society’s Pets Fur People. Duke is a big, sweet, loveable guy. He would be best suited in a household with no small children because of his size – he weighs 55 pounds. Duke longs for a country home and a more
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