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Mon
04
May

Celebration of the Life of Dan Beck

At Saturday’s public memorial service at Flatonia’s American Legion ballpark, Angela Beck delivered messages to family and friends from her late husband, Judge Dan Beck, in his own words shared with her before his passing. Pictured behind her are an Beck’s children, John F. Beck, Amber Beck Laake and Saxon Beck.

Fri
01
May

Trees Down All Over After Third Storm in Four Day-SpanMore

By H.H. HOWZE
The Fayette County Record
A series of violent thunderstorms with frequent lightning and downburst wind gusts swept across Fayette County last weekend. The first came through early Friday morning bringing some storm-related damage to the southern half of the county. The second wave came Saturday and a third early Monday morning. The Monday morning storm downed limbs and entire trees and caused brief electrical outages around the county including La Grange.

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Fri
01
May

Two Escape Wreck Before Car Bursts into Flames

By ANDY BEHLEN
The Fayette County Record
A fiery crash involving a single vehicle on State Highway 71 near La Grange sent two people to the hospital on Monday. The wreck happened about 11:30 a.m. on April 27 and shut down traffic for about an hour. Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Kohleffel investigated the accident. According to Kohleffel’s report, a 2011 white Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Jason Ocasil, 24 of Cypress, was heading eastbound on State Highway 71 near the FM 609 exit at La Grange.

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Fri
01
May

A12A Tribute to Firefighters

By JEFF WICK
The Fayette County Record
In what has become a touching annual event, members of the La Grange Fire Department held the 2015 Firefighter Memorial Service Tuesday at the fire station. A roll call of active fire fighters was followed by a Roll of Honor as names of the 104 deceased members of the fire department were read. Remarks were also made by Mayor Janet Moerbe and the department’s chaplain Pastor J. Paul Bruhn. “Pray for our fire department. There’s a lot of gray hair over there,” Bruhn said.

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Fri
01
May

$10,000 is Pledged For Compress Preservation

By ANDY BEHLEN
The Fayette County Record
Questions about the future of the historic cotton compress in Schulenburg have spurred a preservation effort. That effort got a big boost this week from Mrs. Lila Clark and family of the late Tommy Brown, who pledged over $10,000 toward preserving the compress. The compress company operated from 1882 to 1968. The Brown and Clark families have intimate ties to the compress. Clark’s late husband, I. E. Clark, was the grandson of an early owner of the Schulenburg Compress Company, Dr. I. E. Clark. Chuck and Larry Brown are the sons of the compress company’s last owner, Tommy Brown, who passed away in January. Tommy Brown’s father, Oscar Brown, purchased the compress company from Dr. I. E. Clark in 1927.

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Fri
01
May

County Looking to The Power Plant for More Road Material

By ANDY BEHLEN
The Fayette County Record
Fayette County Commissioners are hoping to get a better deal on more road building material sourced from their own backyard – coal ash from LCRA’s Fayette Power Project (FPP). Commissioners authorized the county auditor to advertise bids for ash rock, ash road rock, fly ash, and pit ash at their meeting on Monday, April 27. Commissioners hope to use the material as a cheap road base for an upcoming grant-funded road repair project.

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Mon
27
Apr

Kubecka Pleads Guilty

Fayette County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Kubecka pled guilty Wednesday in District Court to Theft of Property by a Public Servant. As a part of the plea agreement Kubecka – who had been temporarily removed from office since January, pending the case involving his alleged theft of county tires – agreed to resign immediately, serve four years of probation and pay $2,923 in restitution and court costs. Kubecka’s resignation triggered the end of Wilbert Gross’ service to the county as interim Precinct 3 Commissioner.
 
Mon
27
Apr

Chovanecs Approach Half-Century Running Fayetteville’s General Store

By H.H. HOWZE
 
Jerry Chovanec greets friends and customers with a high-pitched, unforgettable laugh – part whoop and 100 percent Czech. Chovanec and his wife Shirley have been holding court at their namesake grocery and hardware store on the square in Fayetteville for 50 years come August. Chovanec’s is two buildings. The grocery is on the corner and through a doorway is the hardware section.
 
Mon
27
Apr

La Grange Relay For Life

The La Grange Relay for Life event was held Saturday night at Leopard Stadium as 14 teams and hundreds of people walked around the track from 6 p.m. to midnight in an effort to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. The main message of the night was spelled out in those lights shown above that hung from the bleachers.
 
Thu
23
Apr

Sales Tax Still Surging, But How Much Longer?

By LARRY JACKSON
 
April’s sales tax check to La Grange showed another solid month of growth, but the town’s long string of increases may be coming to an end. Texas cities get checks in April for sales made in February and reported by merchants to the state in March. That means La Grange may have one more good month before the consequences of Halliburton’s shut-down here shows up.
 

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