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Big Times at the Cowboy Gathering

Another Best Little Cowboy Gathering is in the books as the seventh edition of the annual festival in La Grange wrapped up over the weekend, with beautiful weather, huge crowds, and a big dose of Western Swing music.
 
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16
Mar

Big Rig Ends Up Under Interstate-10

It was Friday the 13th after all, and authorities in the southern part of Fayette County found themselves dealing with quite an unusual situation. An 18-wheeler drove off the bridge at mile marker 678 on Interstate-10 just east of Schulenburg.
 
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12
Mar

LG Meeting to Continue Dialogue on Education

By H.H. HOWZE
 
On the heels of the screening of a documentary film at Round Top-Carmine ISD earlier this month about the results of the massive cuts in Texas education appropriations in 2003, public discussion on the issue will continue Monday in La Grange. Some in a group of Fayette County Republicans who attended the film showing were unhappy with the film about Texas education by Oscar winner Vanessa Roth which screened on March 3 at Round Top-Carmine Elementary School.
 

 

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12
Mar

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.
 

 

Thu
12
Mar

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.
 

 

Thu
12
Mar

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.
 

 

Thu
12
Mar

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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12
Mar

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. 
 

 

Mon
09
Mar

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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09
Mar

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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