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18
Jun
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SWIFT Welcomes Summer 2015 Tutors

SWIFT Tutoring Program once again brought a large group of summer members from area high schools and twelve different public and private colleges and universities state-wide to serve in Schulenburg and Weimar Summer Schools. Each tutor was sworn in as an AmeriCorps member after a week-long pre-service training held in space generously donated by Blinn College’s Schulenburg Campus.

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Thu
18
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Weimary Vineyard Releases Its Second Wine of the Year

With a whirlwind start to their summer, Sue and Patrick Gibson, owners of The Weimary, just released their second wine and label of the year in a “Pinot & Pearls” event which featured a Boutique Vendor Fair and Live Music by Briana Adams. Titled “Encore”, this new wine is a Pinot Grigio and the label reflects a picture of Sue’s Aunt, Frances Cohen, a professional dancer and instructor for over 70 years.

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Thu
18
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Fayette Co. Declared Federal Disaster Area

President Obama signed a declaration on June 11 designating Fayette County as a disaster area eligible for individual assistance due to the Memorial Day flooding and tornado damage. When a property owner who sustained damage during the May flood (and subsequent tornadoes) registers with FEMA, the property owner becomes eligible for a Damaged Housing Inspection.

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Mon
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Camp Invention Lights Fire of Learning

La Grange ISD’s Camp Invention was held last week and the largest group of campers ever, 97, participated in five days of intense experimentation for first through sixth graders

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Mon
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Clinic Remains a Source of Debate

Extra chairs had to be brought out several times Wednesday to accommodate a growing crowd of attendees for the first of three planned public meetings on the proposed new health clinic at the old Fayette Memorial Hospital.

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Mon
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COPS State Convention

La Grange Police Chief Jackie Skelton speaks to some of the more than 100 attendees at last
week’s state Citizens on Patrol Convention, which was held Thursday through Sunday in La Grange
at the Randolph Rec. Center

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Mon
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Leps Kick-Off Public Part of Stadium Renovation Campaign

About 75 people showed up at Leopard Stadium Tuesday at the first public effort to raise private funds for renovations to the stadium. “This is a special place for me,” said Cliff Gage, who is one of the members of the LEPS Foundation, which was formed in August of 2014, and whose first task was tackling the issue of stadium improvements.

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Fri
12
Jun
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Monument to Sheriff Jim Found Hiding in Plain Sight

By ANDY BEHLEN

ZZ Top’s tour stop in La Grange during the Fayette County Fair later this year has renewed some memories locally about the Chicken Ranch. ZZ Top immortalized the Little Ol’ Brothel in their 1973 hit song “La Grange.” A year later, in 1974, Fayette County Fair Association erected a monument to Sheriff Jim Flournoy and County Judge Ike Petras near the entrance to the fairgrounds. It was moved some time later.

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Fri
12
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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
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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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