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Thu
17
Jul

The Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Even before the effects of traumatic brain injury among athletes and soldiers hit the headlines and news shows, Ray and Sandra Stepan knew about it because their son Chris suffered such an injury when he was 17. He is now 35. Chris lives with his parents in Fayetteville and is a regular member of the Fayetteville Coffee Club which meets at Orsak’s restaurant
 
Thu
17
Jul

Fayette County Historical Commission Honored With State Award

The Texas Historical Commission recently honored the Fayette County Historical Commission with a Distinguished
Service Award for the 2013 year of service. The THC issues Distinguished Service Awards each year to county historical commissions that demonstrate concerted efforts to preserve the history and character of Texas
 
Mon
14
Jul

On the Mark

In 2010 Bastrop’s Lakeside Hospital closed, and stayed vacant for two years before reemerging as an Emergency Department. In 2012 Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar closed its doors, and is still empty, though it could re-open soon. Just weeks ago, Smithville’s hospital announced a round of lay-offs.
 
Mon
14
Jul

Fire Destroys Home Near Schulenburg

Eighty-two year-old Norma Jean Parker of Schulenburg told authorities she was asleep Thursday afternoon when she awoke to find her stove on fire at her house at 1445 Vacek Loop, in the far southern edge of Fayette County. Parker tried to fight the fire with a garden hose, but it quickly got out of control
 
Mon
14
Jul

Outdoor Movie Planned on Courthouse Square July 25

Come to the Courthouse lawn on July 25 at 9 p.m. to watch “Marley and Me” at Main Street’s first ever Movie Night on the Square. “The Main Street board came up with the idea,” Stacey Norris, Main Street & Tourism Manager said. “We wanted to
add another event and we saw that other towns around us are doing music events on the square and we hadn’t seen anyone who was doing a movie night on the square, so we wanted to do something that was different and exciting.”
 
Thu
10
Jul

Fire Fighters Stay Busy Putting out Burning Hay Bales, Car

La Grange and Fayetteville volunteer fire departments were busy Monday afternoon and evening doing what they do – putting out fires. La Grange firefighters responded to a hay bale fire on Zimmerman Lane near FM 609 at 5:49 p.m. Upon arrival they discovered 19 round bales of hay on fire. La Grange VFD chief Frank Menefee said the fire was started by an electric fence which caught the grass on fire and then burned back to the bales. 
 
Thu
10
Jul

14 Competing for Fair Queen Title

Fourteen young women are vying for the title of 87th Fayette County Fair Queen. These ladies will receive their fair tickets Monday and can begin selling them immediately. The newly crowned Fair Queen will be the one who sells the most tickets.
 
Thu
10
Jul

Crisis of Deterioration at Winedale Overblown Says UT Director

Reacting to a front-page Houston Chronicle story Monday alleging a failure of stewardship of the historic Winedale properties by UT-Austin, Briscoe Center for American History director Don Carleton said in a phone interview that the Chronicle story “lacked balance.” The Briscoe Center is charged with administering and maintaining the complex of historic  homes, barns and conference facilities in northern Fayette County 
 
Mon
07
Jul

FPP Looks Outside for New Leader

The Lower Colorado River Authority has named Jeff Kickert as plant manager of the Fayette Power Project near La Grange.
Kickert comes to FPP from the NRG Energy Powerton Station in Pekin, Illinois. As plant manager there, he was responsible
for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of a 1,538-megawatt coal-fired power plant and the safety of 150
employees.  
 
Mon
07
Jul

A Fiery Fourth of July

The thunderstorms that rolled through Fayette County on the afternoon of July 4 made for wetter and thus safer  conditions for those people popping fireworks, but that didn’t mean it was a quiet holiday for local firefighters. Friday afternoon at
about 3:28 p.m., lightning struck a fiberglass tank at Key Energy’s saltwater disposal plant at 8695 FM 2145 in the Nechanitz area north of La Grange, touching off a massive blaze that destroyed the facility, which disposes of the saltwater produced as a byproduct of oil production. 
 

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