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City of LG Mask Policy Differs From County’s

La Grange City Manager Shawn Raborn said the City will continue to ask customers to wear face masks in City Hall and other city offices. He said employees will continue wearing masks as well, despite Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the statewide mask order on March 10.

Stolen Vehicle Left to Burn by Driver

Sheriff Keith Korenek reports on Tuesday afternoon around 5:53 pm the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a vehicle fire on I-10 W/B at the 665 mile marker near Flatonia. The Flatonia Fire Department was notified and responded to the scene. Upon arrival it was reported a pickup truck was fully engulfed. Deputies A.J. Gonzales, Seth Nagel, and Drug Interdiction Investigator Jeramy Ellison responded to the scene and assisted with traffic control. It was reported to Law Enforcement the driver had left the scene in another vehicle. When the license plate was checked on the 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck it had been reported stolen in the morning from Austin. The truck fire spread to the grass median and was quickly extinguished. The truck was a total loss and the Austin Police Department was notified of the recovered stolen vehicle.

COVID Cases, Vaccinations by the Numbers

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services: • 3,892 people in Fayette County has received at least the first dose of the COVID vaccine. That’s nearly 20-percent of the estimated population of the county that is over the age of 16 (20,879).

Schools to Continue Requiring Masks

Last week the Texas Governor lifted the mask mandate effective this Wednesday, but Thursday La Grange Superintendent William Wagner sent this message to parents: “The Texas Education Agency has issued new guidance in response to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34. TEA has recommended that schools continue to require masks for anyone over the age of 10.

More Vaccines Rolling Out Locally

Coronavirus vaccines are slowing making their way into Fayette County. Most residents have had to travel to the distribution hub in Brenham for a shot. But last week, about 200 firstdose shots were administered locally through two separate efforts.

Horns Two Wins From History

No Fayette County boys basketball team has ever won a state basketball title, but with Friday’s state quarterfinal win over Port Aransas, the Schulenburg boys are two wins away from that historic feat. Above, Schulenburg’s Kenny King, left, and Keisean Johnson, right, react as a teammate jumps into the air after Friday’s win. The Shorthorns face Grapeland in the state semifinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Aldine’s Campbell Center just north of Houston. Lots more coverage on Page B1, today. Photo by Audrey Kristynik

A Note from Fayette Electric

February’s unprecedented polar vortex challenged Texas’ electrical grids, but Fayette Electric Cooperative continues to deliver the safe and reliable electric service it has provided for more than 80 years. The rates its members pay for power will remain stable, and all co-op employees are on the job to keep the lights on.

Blinn to Still Require Masks

Blinn College is going to continue to require the wearing of face masks through the spring semester. Here’s a note on the subject from Mary Hensley, Ed.D, Chancellor of the Blinn College District: “Governor Greg Abbott recently issued Executive Order GA-34 regarding the statewide wearing of masks, which takes effect Wednesday, March 10th.
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