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Czech This Out

Blinn College will introduce a new generation of high school students to the beauty of the Czech language this fall with dual credit courses that will allow students to earn high school and college credit at the same time.
 

 

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Low Water Crossings Swamped

Between three and five inches of rain fell across the county from Saturday to Monday, March 7-9. Many area ponds and stock tanks spilled over their banks, which sent water rushing through the creeks. Some low water crossings around the county were impassable on Monday such as the one pictured above on Mensik Road at the East Navidad River near Ammannsville.
 

 

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Dittrich Wins Grand Champion for Commercial Steers at HLSR

Dawson Dittrich of Schulenburg won Grand Champion in the commercial steer category at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Tuesday, March 9. Some of the prizes include $2,000 cash, award buckles, trophies, and a $32,000 certificate for a new pickup truck. He is pictured above (from left) with his brother Dax, mother Melissa Dittrich and father Donnie Dittrich.
By ANDY BEHLEN
 
Schulenburg High School junior Dawson Dittrich turned a pen of steers into a brand new pickup truck at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this week. Dittrich won grand champion in the junior commercial steer category at the big show in Houston on Tuesday, March 10. He competed against about 170 others from around the state.
 

 

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Lightning Strike Sparks Oil Fire

John Faseler captured this dramatic image of a lightning strike Saturday evening about 9 p.m. as he took pictures from the east side of the Fayette Lake at Oak Thicket Park looking west-north west toward La Grange. He said he saw an orange glow for about 30 minutes after the strike, which turned out to be a fire at an oil well.
By JEFF WICK
 
Lightning from Saturday night’s powerful thunderstorm struck a fiberglass holding tank at an oil well site, touching off three separate fires. Four trucks and 13 firemen from the La Grange volunteer fire department responded to the scene near 9112 Fritsch Road (making entrance to the oil drilling pad from Teitjen Road) where they found a fiberglass holding tank (which contained oil and saltwater) collapsed and burning.
 

 

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Thumann, Lobos OK After Patrol Car Flips on Wet Road

Members of the Schulenburg volunteer fire department inspect the wreckage Monday morning after Deputy Randy Thumann’s patrol car flipped on a wet roadway.
By ANDY BEHLEN
 
Fayette County deputy Randy Thumann suffered only minor injuries and his drug-sniffing canine partner Lobos was fine following an accident in which their patrol vehicle flipped several times after hitting standing water on a wet roadway Monday morning. About 10:30 a.m., the Schulenburg fire department got called out to a wreck on US-77 near Dittrich Road, between Schulenburg and Swiss Alp. 
 

 

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Child Care Givers Gather for Conference in La Grange

On Feb. 21, nearly 200 child care providers from more than 17 surrounding cities attended a Multi-County Child Care Conference sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The event was held at the Randolph Recreation Center in La Grange, Texas and was hosted by Austin, Colorado, Fayette, and Washington Counties.
 
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Law Enforcement Community Honored

Pat Kalina of the Knights of Columbus made a $500 presentation to Crimestoppers at Thursday’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner
Over 150 members of the law enforcement community of Fayette County and their families were present at the Knights of Columbus Hall in La Grange Thursday evening, March 5th for a law enforcement appreciation dinner. A social hour was held at 6 p.m. and dinner consisting of pork loin and sausage and all the trimmings was held at 7 p.m.
 
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Students Show Off Their Style

Hundreds of spectators turned out Saturday afternoon as the Sacred Heart gymnasium was transformed into the 2015 La Grange Cosmetology Style Show. Cosmetology students used what they’ve learned during the school year to style hair and apply make-up to dozens of local volunteer models in four groups – daytime, prom, evening and fantasy (shown above). Then the models showed off their looks for the crowd.
 
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Three Injured in Interstate Rollover

The Schulenburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to a one-vehicle rollover on Interstate 10 east of Schulenburg shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.
 

 

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It’s Official: Current Drought Is the Worst Since the 1930s

Preliminary 2014 data shows the drought gripping the Highland Lakes is now the most severe drought the region has experienced since construction of the lakes began in the 1930s.
 

 

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