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Fri
12
Jun

Round Top’s Merc Puts Dippel Back to Work

By H.H. HOWZE

Veteran Fayette County haberdasher Harvey Dippel, who sold men’s clothing on the La Grange square for 53 years with his partner James Zapalac, is back in the trade. This time Dippel is managing lines of clothing and footwear at the newly expanded and remodeled Round Top Mercantile.

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Fri
12
Jun

Heated Meeting

Extra chairs had to be brought out, and at times tempers flared Wednesday night during a discussion both for and against the proposed health clinic that is being considered for the old Fayette Memorial Hospital Building in La Grange.

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Fri
12
Jun

Fayette to Join ATXFloods.com Website

By ANDY BEHLEN

The next time major flooding hits Fayette County, residents will have an additional tool to help them cope with rising floodwaters. Fayette County Commissioners agreed to join the ATXfloods. com website, which provides real-time information about low water crossing closures for much of central Texas.

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Fri
12
Jun

Emancipation Day Proclaimed

Fayette County Commissioners Court signed a proclamation on Monday, June 8, designating June 19th as Emancipation Day in Fayette County.

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Mon
08
Jun

Texas Women’s League Makes Remarkable Series of Donations

Last month the La Grange-based Texas Women’s League gave out a whopping $81,000 in grants to area non-profit groups. The money for these donations came from the TWL’s annual gala. The TWL has now given out over $700,000 in donations since their first gala back in 2004. That first effort raised $14,500 and the event has just grown ever since.

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Mon
08
Jun

Leroy Wetjen Honored in Washington D.C.

Leroy Wetjen was honored last week Friday and Saturday by Honor Flight Austin on Honor Flight #25- Temple “TR” Kennedy 2 flight. He was greeted at the airport by his “guardian” for the trip, Guy Stevenson. He and nineteen other World War II veterans along with their guardians were flown to Washington D.C. to see their monument, “The Jewel of the Mall”.

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Mon
08
Jun

Round Top Residents React to News That Their New Neighbor is Running for President

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States Thursday. The long-expected announcement lacked the element of surprise – Perry has been campaigning hard in early primary states – but it did set off speculation in Round Top, near where Perry and his wife, Anita have built a large home, of what Perry’s nomination or election might mean for the village of 90 people on the banks of Cummins Creek.

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Mon
08
Jun

Harris Trial Aftermath: Man Arrested for Threatening Juror

La Grange Police arrested 21-year-old Shaquille Laquan Oliver of Weimar for allegedly threatening a female juror at the courthouse following the JaKyle Harris trial last Wednesday. The woman served on the jury that convicted Harris of manslaughter and sentenced him to 20 years in prison for the shooting death of Dustin “Duck” Donovan Smith of New Ulm at a Halloween party in La Grange nearly two years ago. Harris was 18 years old at the time and a senior at Weimar High School.

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Thu
04
Jun

HEATED TRIAL CONCLUDES

After a three-day trial that ended well into the evening on Wednesday, June 3, a Fayette
County jury found JaKyle Harris of Weimar guilty of reckless manslaughter for the shooting
death of Dustin “Duck” Donovan Smith of New Ulm. Smith was 19 years old at the time.

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Thu
04
Jun

World’s Best Young Musicians Arrive in Round Top

Almost 100 students from seven countries, 26 states, and over 45 different conservatories
and universities have gathered in Round Top to study and perform in the classical tradition at the Round Top Festival Institute.

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