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Perry Sets Jan. 13 Election to Fill District 13 House Seat

At least four candidates say they’re running for the District 13 House seat opened up as Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, moves
to the Senate. Kolkhorst, who won a special election earlier  this month to fill Comptrollerelect Glenn Hegar’s seat, was
sworn in as District 18’s new senator on Dec. 22. Governor Rick Perry promptly set a special election for Jan. 13 to replace
her in the House.
 
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Dec

Rotary Gives to Two Families

The La Grange Rotary Club adopted two families associated with Combined Community Action’s  Annual Christmas Giving Program. The Club raised over $1,200 and provided each of the families with brand new clothes, shoes, winter coats, toys, hygiene items, and enough food for a hearty Christmas dinner
 
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Lep Stadium Renovation To Include Armchair Seats And Benches With Backs

By REGINA KEILERS
 
At this month’s school board meeting, the LGISD board members heard an update on the Leopard Stadium Capitol Campaign Committee. The committee is continuing to solicit contributions toward remodeling Leopard Stadium. Of major concern for the new set of bleachers on the home side will be the reserved seating. Currently La Grange has 682 reserved seats that have been sold out for many years. Sixty-one of those seats are complimentary seating for school boardmembers, previous superintendents,  current administrators and coaches. The spouses and families of coaches have a block of twenty-five complimentary as well.

 

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22
Dec

Carmine’s Webster Hopes to Win House Seat

By H.H. HOWZE
 
Former Fayette County Democratic Party chair Cecil Webster of Carmine has announced his candidacy for the State House of Representatives in House District 13, the seven-county area formerly represented by Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham. Kolkhorst was recently elected to fill former state senator Glen Hegar’s seat in the State Senate. Webster has three opponents, all Republicans, in the special election (Brenham businessman Roger Chambers has dropped out), the date of which has yet to be announced by Governor Rick Perry.
 

 

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Dec

New Bridge Near Holman

The old Williams Creek bridge on FM 155 is a bit swaybacked as well as barely wide enough for two 12-foot lanes according to the Angel Brothers Paving foreman in charge of building a new one next to it. When the new bridge is completed next summer it will be twice as wide as the old one – room enough for two 12-foot lanes and two 10-foot shoulders.
 

 

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How Milton Koenning Found His Calling

In 2013, Alex and Owen Ash of Denver, Colo., climbed up in the tractor cab with their great-grandfather for a ride.
By ELAINE THOMAS
 
In January 1947, Milton Koenning was happy to be back home in Winchester after one and a half years in the U.S. Army. He also was happy to no longer be retrieving mines from fields in Panama, where he had been stationed. Still, he didn’t know what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Milton’s dad, Willie Koenning, suggested he give farming a try. “I knew what I would be getting into. I was born in 1927 on a farm near the community of Sand in Bastrop County, where my dad and mother were tenant farmers. In 1932, we moved to the John Noack farm, about five miles from where we live now,” he recalls.
 

 

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18
Dec

LG Getting Two New Bus Routes

La Grange certainly has a lack of public transportation, but that will change in the new year. Capitol Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) is introducing new service in the city of La Grange on January 5, 2015.

 

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Chapel Built in West Point to Honor Two Wives Fighting Cancer

By WILLIAM DOMINIC ZELUFF
 
While watching the sun set on his property Wayne Fox, a businessman from Houston had a revelation. He was inspired to build a chapel on his land, located off Highway 71 in West Point. Both he and his business partner, Ken Melber, have wives with advanced ovarian cancer. The women have had the cancer for over three years, and it has spread to other parts of their bodies.
 

 

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Dec

A Grave Task at Lake Fayette

By H.H. HOWZE
 
Norman Schultz knows where the bodies were buried out on the 10-square-mile LCRA/FPP property, formerly the site of Biegel, the oldest German settlement in Fayette County. He also knows where they were reburied. That happened because 2,400 acres of the site are now covered by Lake Fayette, the cooling pond for the coal-fired boilers of the Fayette Power Project.
 

 

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2014 Sets New Sales Tax Records for Area

By LARRY JACKSON
 
With a check from the State Comptroller for December of nearly $200,000, La Grange popped past the $2.2 million mark in sales tax revenue for 2014. In fact, all six of Fayette County’s incorporated towns ended the year with sales tax gains thanks to large December checks.
 

 

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