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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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Mon
01
Jun

La Grange High School Class of 2015 Graduates

By JEFF WICK
During a week of otherwise wild weather and record rains, Mother Nature smiled on the La Grange High School Class of 2015 with clear skies long enough Thursday for all 136 graduates to get their diplomas in front of a near capacity crowd of thousands of on-lookers at Leopard Stadium.

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Mon
01
Jun

Coordination Key to Future Flood Response

By ANDY BEHLEN
Governor Greg Abbott issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation last week that included Fayette County among 70 Texas counties. “I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.”

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Mon
01
Jun

Governor Includes Fayette in Disaster Area

By H.H. HOWZE
May is typically the wettest month of the year in Fayette County – the long term average is 4.44 inches. But May, 2015 was a recordsetting month for rainfall all over the County. La Grange led the way with 11.91 inches through the 29th. Round Top was at 10.06 inches and Schulenburg tallied 8.63 inches in the same period.

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Mon
01
Jun

First Murder Trail Here in Years Begins This Week

By ANDY BEHLEN
The murder trial of former Weimar High School standout football player Ja’Kyle Harris began Monday, June 1, in the Fayette County Courthouse in La Grange. Harris stands accused of
first degree murder for the shooting death of 19-year-old Dustin Donovan Smith of New Ulm.

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Thu
28
May

Tracking the Tornado

The storm cell that generated the Memorial Day tornado seems to have started near Swiss Alp some time after 6 p.m. on Monday, May 25. Several witnesses shot video of the twister and posted them on social media. Footage shot by Gale Lincke of Swiss Alp shows the twister forming in the vicinity of Knape Road and Ohnheiser-Kaase Road. In the video the twister appears and disappears, dancing up and down in the sky.

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