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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
The Bullard High School Choral Department continues to experience success after success at the program’s recent singing competitions, as the choir took a total of 17 qualifying students to compete for chairs in the Texas Music Educators Association’s Small School All State Choir. A program record total of 17 singers from BHS advanced to the upcoming All-Area competition, making up over 50 percent of the entire number of singers advancing from Region 21, leaving the rest of the schools in Region 21 with just 15 vacancies. 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
An event sponsored by the Bullard High School athletic trainers will now be rescheduled due to wintry weather forcing the cancelation of school on the previously scheduled date. Students at Bullard High School will now have the opportunity to participate in an event aimed at alerting them and their parents to any possible hidden heart conditions at a Cardiovascular Testing event 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the BHS Field House. 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
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