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The wind blows and the branches creak around the historic Dougherty house during a private tour Oct. 10. Commissioners voted to close and gate the road leading to the rumored haunting site during court Monday, citing the number of adolescents tresspassing in the area at night.
The wind blows and the branches creak around the historic Dougherty house during a private tour Oct. 10. Commissioners voted to close and gate the road leading to the rumored haunting site during court Monday, citing the number of adolescents tresspassing in the area at night.
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Youngsters will have to find their spooks elsewhere
by Jason Clay Jansky
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The wind blows and the branches creak around the historic Dougherty house during a private tour Oct. 10. Commissioners voted to close and gate the road leading to the rumored haunting site during court Monday, citing the number of adolescents tresspassing in the area at night.
The wind blows and the branches creak around the historic Dougherty house during a private tour Oct. 10. Commissioners voted to close and gate the road leading to the rumored haunting site during court Monday, citing the number of adolescents tresspassing in the area at night.
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SINTON – A popular spot for mischief makers will now be closed to public traffic after county commissioners voted to shut down County Road 899 during their Oct. 13 meeting. The road is home to the old Dougherty house, a historic San Patricio County landmark that is rumored to be haunted. The home is equipped with an alarm system and is watched over by a nearby caretaker, but each year, youths still find their way on the property, especially around Halloween. “We’re having a lot of mischievous stuff that goes on during the dark hours at the end of that road,” said County Judge Terry A. Simpson. “As teenagers do, they want to go out there and say they ran the spooks off ... they saw Rachel, and she was walking the balcony.” The decision came at the objection of the Ed Rachal Foundation, which owns property at the end of the quarter-mile road. Chief Operating Officer Paul Bean addressed the court and said the foundation did not approve of the way the matter was being handled. “We don’t object to the closure of the road so long as we continue to have the same access to the property,” he said. The foundation will be granted an easement, a legal agreement that allows them to use what has now become a private road on county property. Bean said the foundation’s attorney had received the easement the morning of the Oct. 13 meeting and was not given enough time to properly analyze the document. “Of course, our attorney hasn’t had a chance to look at that, yet it does have some restrictions that we’re perhaps going to have to object to,” Bean told commissioners. He pointed out the weight limit mentioned in the easement, which does not allow the foundation to have any vehicles weighing more than 30,000 pounds on the road. “Why do we have to have a weight limit on that road?” asked Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Price. “I don’t know that I’ve seen a time where you took a county road from a land owner.” Price voiced concern over the decision, but Simpson said the weight limits were a necessity. The Rachal foundation had previously moved heavy trucks over the road on several prior occasions, he said, which caused damage the county had to repair. County Emergency Manager William Zagorski said his department can repair the road with grant money, but only if it’s closed and turned into a park road. The road is in poor condition and any repairs done would need to last, he added. “Right now, (the road is made of) limestone. It used to be paved,” he said. “I’ve fixed that road three times, and three times it’s been destroyed. In order for me to put the money into fixing this road, it has to be a closed road.” The gate to the now-closed road will remain open during business hours. An electronic gate will bar access to the road outside those times and the Ed Rachal Foundation will be given a remote for the gate, according to discussion. Other items: During the meeting, commissioners also: •Awarded a bid for drainage upgrades to Bonco, LLC. The company will be addressing drainage problems in some areas outside Taft and Sinton. •Adopted the 2015 medical, dental, and life insurance plan rates for county employees. •Heard a presentation from a Voestalpine representative regarding the construction of a storage building in their facility outside Portland.
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JHS Class of 1954
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JHS Class of 1954.Contributed photo.The A.C. Jones High class of 1954 celebrated a 60th reunion dinner on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Beeville Country Club. Pictured (from left to right, standing) are Walter Chesshir, Milton Hertel, George Cude, Bobby Wingenter, Albert Leo McGuill and Bill Berning; sitting are Marilyn Mueller Guresky, Dorothy Chew Fenwick, Sally Beard Skipworth, Dorothy Kubala Herrington, Mary Jane Love Pool, Dana Glover Merrill, Margaret Travland Blackman and Bernice Isaacks Wolfe.
JHS Class of 1954.Contributed photo.The A.C. Jones High class of 1954 celebrated a 60th reunion dinner on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Beeville Country Club. Pictured (from left to right, standing) are Walter Chesshir, Milton Hertel, George Cude, Bobby Wingenter, Albert Leo McGuill and Bill Berning; sitting are Marilyn Mueller Guresky, Dorothy Chew Fenwick, Sally Beard Skipworth, Dorothy Kubala Herrington, Mary Jane Love Pool, Dana Glover Merrill, Margaret Travland Blackman and Bernice Isaacks Wolfe.
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The A.C. Jones High class of 1954 celebrated a 60th reunion dinner on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Beeville Country Club. Pictured (from left to right, standing) are Walter Chesshir, Milton Hertel, George Cude, Bobby Wingenter, Albert Leo McGuill and Bill Berning; sitting are Marilyn Mueller Guresky, Dorothy Chew Fenwick, Sally Beard Skipworth, Dorothy Kubala Herrington, Mary Jane Love Pool, Dana Glover Merrill, Margaret Travland Blackman and Bernice Isaacks Wolfe.
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JP candidates square off in first debate
by Bill Clough
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A crowd gathered Tuesday as candidates spoke on what they thought were the issues in the upcoming election. Early voting begins Monday at the courthouse and continues through Oct. 31.
A crowd gathered Tuesday as candidates spoke on what they thought were the issues in the upcoming election. Early voting begins Monday at the courthouse and continues through Oct. 31.
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Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Robert Bridges
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Robert Bridges
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Julisa DeLeon James, running for Pct. 2 JP
Julisa DeLeon James, running for Pct. 2 JP
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MINERAL – At a candidate forum here Tuesday night, comments between candidates running for Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace were a contest between inexperience and articulation. Democrat Julisa DeLoen James is hoping to unseat Republican Robert Bridges who is filling the position. The forum, organized by Mike and Ann Showalter, began with asking the candidates to justify their decision to run for office. “Are you ready?” asked Mike, who was the forum’s emcee. “No,” James replied to sympathetic laughter from the audience. “This is very nerve-wracking for me,” she said. “This is the first time I have ever done this. “I can’t say I, you know, have many, many years of experience working in different jobs,” the 29-year-old Pawnee native said. She works in the district clerk’s office in Beeville. “I’ve always been into government—I’m sorry, I’m really nervous—and into politics since I turned 18 and registered to vote. “I want to make a difference in our community; I care about our community. I believe up here in the northern part of the county, our communities get left out.” She said she felt she could bring what she has learned about the judicial system from working in the district clerk’s office with her if elected to help it progress “in a positive way.” During the question-and-answer session, James said bonds levied against defendants were insufficient. “Sometimes, depending on what kind of case that they’re being charged with, the bonds are not getting set high enough. One of the things that I would like to work on is whenever they’re being charged with this kind of offense or that kind of offense, that the bond is good enough so that when they come to the grand jury, and they do get indicted, the bonds won’t be so low the judge will have to set them higher,” she said. That would create more paperwork and require a defendant to be re-arrested. Her comments followed a four-minute answer by Bridge explaining the duties of a justice of the peace. “We are flexible in our hours,” he said, noting that he considers this a 24/7 job. “There is no telling what hours I will be working.” Citing a lack of space at the JP office at the Pettus Community Center, James said she favors adding a portable building to the site. When asked by Showalter why voters should elect him, Bridges said, “There are three topics I want you to consider: leadership, experience and integrity. No matter what activity I have been involved in, somehow I’ve always ended up being in charge—Boy Scout leader, 4-H leader, school board president—that’s just who I am. I always try to get things done, right. A wise man once told me that past behavior is indicative of future behavior. I’m a strong believer in that.” Bridge cited his 27 years in law enforcement, including 10 years in drug enforcement as assets when he has to testify in municipal, county, district and federal courts. “With every decision I make,” he said, “I ask three questions: ‘Is it legal?’ ‘Is it ethical?’ and ‘Is it moral?’” In responding to the same question, James said working in the district clerk’s office has given her a lot of experience, particularly listening to judges making their decisions. “It was like listening to a professor in college.” She said that as a justice of the peace, she would try to help everyone who appears in the courtroom. “You’re always going to make someone happy and someone not happy. The thing I kinda want to bring into the JP office is that, even though you didn’t win your case, I still want to help you. “The judicial system is all I know. I grew up in government work. When it comes to a case being filed, I know I am not going to be biased. “I know I can make the right decision and the best decision that will create the best outcome for that situation.” The forum lasted 90 minutes. It might have been longer, but Republican L. M. Lozano and Democrat Kimberly Gonzalez, running for State Representative District 43, were absent. Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.
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Goliad Elementary School Honor Roll
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A Honor Roll Semester 1 Cycle 1: Aug. 25-Sept. 26 Grade 1: Raelynn Alaniz, Julia Aleman, Tristan Allen, Destinee Camacho, Ryan Campos, KC Campsey, Caleb Castilla, Naveah Clemons, Marc Crouch, Daniela Deleon, Kaleb Dulock, Calvin Duprie, Preston Evans, Hannah Griffin, Naveah Guerra, Lillian Knetl, Connor Knight, Marleigh Luker, Reese Mangum, Liberty McWilliams, Athena Ojeda, Starlyn Perez, Landon Psenick, Ileanna Reeves, Kareena Ringo. Chase Rubio, Joshlynn Salas, Evan Salge, Daryn Schutz, Ryan Taylor, Preston Tucker, Ansley Von Dohlem, Amoni Washington, Madison Wiliams, Kendall Young. Grade 2: Milo Abercrombie, Shaelynn Alegria, Joshua Benevides, Richard Brown, Bobby Chadwick, Katie Courville, Dakoda Escobar, Alex Fernandez, Adrian Flores, Jamey-James Flores, Kieyah Garcia, Robert Garcia, Zaiden Garcia, Caden Gonzalez, Hayden Guerra-Hernandez, Stormie Gurierrez, Trinity Harasim, Angel Hernandez, Elizabeth Joffer, Austin Holland, Hollis Holmes, Mylee Howard, Tatum Johnson, Kyndle Krause, K’lynn Leal, Tylee Lousma, Ty Marek, Elena Martinez, Lathan Martinez, Jillian McDaniel, Shelby Merklinger, Selene Morales, Landon Moziesek, Madilyn Nelson, Kohl Powel, Allissa Ramirez, Dalley Salas, Kathrynn Sawyer, Chase Schubert, Korben Welch, Kailyn Wendel, Faith West, Emily White, Daniel Wise, Ashley Wood, Morgan Young, Grade 3: Kate Billo, Gabriela Sertuche Grade 4: Riley Bohl, Grace Curry, Charles Daulley, Delaney Huber, Madyson Kramer, Jon Reyes, Daelynn Taylor, Kylie Welch, Hunter Williams Grade 5: Adrien Arceneaux, Kelly Brandes, Braxton Butler, Samuel Crews, Madlynn Friedrichs, Brianna Garza, Rylee Jones, Caroline Roeske, Julianna Sierra, Luke Thomas, Rylee Tucker, Thomas White Grade 6: Brynna Billo, Lauren Bond, Katie Fox, Claire Gonzalez, Karleigh Hill, Gracey Hoeffling, Jaelah Johnson, Mateo Martinez, Madelyn Reitz, Jensen Salge, Cynthia Schubert, Daniela Sierra, Emilee Whitehead, Jalen Wiggens A/B Honor Roll Grade 1: Orlando Alvarez, Jaden Barraza, Trenton Bennett, Jaden Chester, Blake Cornish, Katanie Davis, Domonic Dooley, Gage Edison, Elizabeth Figueroa, Lamont Franklin, Nathaniel Garcia, Emma Golen, Delilah Gonzales, Thomas Goslin, Veah Hernandez, Addison Hill, Gavin Hoefling, Madalyn Janecek, Lance Lara, Mackenzye Lubbock, Jayden Mendez, Rose Moses, Ryan Oneal, Aubrey Ordonez, Ezara Perez, Dustin Petrus, Laynie Quesada, Alaysia Ringo, Gregory Schoener, Brynn Styrk, Bailey Thomason, Abbygale Thwing, D’Adrian Tinney-Anderson, Donavin Tyler, Guadalupe Vela, Analicia Villarreal, Jonathan White, Karolynn Youngblood, Cord Zamzow, Matthew Zapata Grade 2: Amiah Balboa, Matthew Castilla, Deven Clemons, Shanley Coleman, Anakin converse-Spinoso, Devin Cortinas, Katie Courville, Christopher Delgado, Dora Diaz, Kaleb Eller, Tobe Ellison, Claybril Fair, Collin Fisher, Mylove Flores, Trae Flores, Ashtyn Franke, Christian Fridley-Lewis, John-David Garcia, , Analisa Guerra, Gabree Guerra, Miguel Guerra, Kayleigh Harris, Christopher Harvin, Angel Hernandez, Austin Holland, Hollis Holmes, Mylee Howard, Benjamin Janecek, Nathaniel Kooken, Alexia Martinez, Henry Mendez,Trenton Morford, Cooper Oliver, Daydree Ortiz, Brayden, Perez, Nazareth Perez, Tyla Perry,Kayla Quintana, Danielle Saenz, Rachel Scribellito, Kyle shed, Troy Shelton, Jaelynn Soto, Izabelle Thompson, Joshua Vandewater, Delphine Wallek, Wyatt Warren, Jenna Wewe, Julianna Zielonka Grade 3: Angel Aguilar, Andrew Alonzo, Cadence Auten, Ryleigh Bellard-Plant, Chey Bridges, Alexis Gerhardt, Gabriel Gonzales, Anahi Granados, Noah Guerra, Haden Hale, Wyatt Hilbrich, Natasha Kooken, Justin Livas, Eli Luco, Cole Natho, Drew Oliver, Sadie Palmie, Jackson Pipkin, John Rains, Jailyn Reyna, Raul Rios, Ricky Rodgers, Braydon Rodriguez, Joseline Rodriguez, Nicholas Rodriguez, Rylie Schutz, James Thompson, Grant Young, Addison Zamzow. Grade 4: Destiny Aguayo, Kamariee Balboa, Zachary Bellard-Plant, Trevor Bennett, Riley Bohl, Seth Burns, Nikolas Camacho, Kambria Cannon, Allison Carbajal, Grace Curry, Cjharles Dualley, Ocea Diaz, Isis Donna, Caroline Evans, Alina Garcia, Makayla Garcia, Zarek Guerra, Christian Henson, Alexis Hernandez, Bryce Hernandez, Harley Jarzombek, Teresa Justice, Madyson Kramer, Nathan Martinez, Mabry McMahon, Jorge Padilla, Daniel Perez, Braylon Perry, Natalie Powell, Kaylynn Psenick, Domanic Reyna, Tobias Ringo, Anthony Scribellito, Aerianna Segura, Cody Shedd, Samuel Soto, Kristyn Truax, Alicia Williams, Abby Yanta. Grade 5: Kaitlynn Alegria, Averi Amaro, Logan Benavides, Ava Blevins, Jamison Bloom, Lauren Brand, Bryan Camacho, Jose Casteneda, Trey Castilla,Matthew Davila, Adrianna Garcia, Kyle Gaskamp, Gabriel Gonzalez, Madyson Guerra, Zachary Hailey, Cody Hennig, Haley Hernandez, Jimmy Hernandez, Kierra Hill, Tyler Holland, Joseph Hubbard, Jordan Jeanneret, Christian Martinez, Isaiah Martinez, Jesse Martinez Hannah Merklinger, Justin Millegan, Jayden Moore, Harley O’Neal, Anthony Ogden, Emily Parker, Thomas Penick, Karen Quintana, Blake Rodriguez, Nathan Saenz, Destiny Saldanza, Brianna Salinas, Shey Sanchez Moya, Colby Sarlls, Ahslyn Shaffer, Ashton Taylor, Maci Tinney, Mayrin Villalobos, Taylor Weise, Rayne Williams, Walker Wimberly, Welsey Zappe. Grade 6: Tricia Anklam, Lori Arriazola, Tristian Bennett, Dahlila Brown, Layla Brown, Nathan Davis, Lorin De La Garza, Jillian Dohman, Cullen Dornak, Jachele Flores, Katie Fox, Raleigh Friedrichs, Bryanna Garcia, Sydney Goslin, Kinlee Hashke, Mollee Henicke, Caleb Huber, Jeremiah Jackson, Kolby Janssen, Coy Johnson, Tangela Johnson, Jaydin Jones, Ryan Klinkerman, Matthew Kutz, Payton Luco, Kaleb Luna, Braden Mayfield, Ciera Muro, Michael Naranjo, Jaime Pena, Christopher Pipkin, Marisa Rains, Kylie Reed,Kelli Ressmann, Makayla Roberts, Gabriel San Miguel, John Savoy, Rhiannon Sawyer, Lane Schneider, Grako Sifuentes, Mitchell Simmons, Sydney Summerville, Brandon Trevino, Abby Turpin, Xandrix Vega, Rae West, Cutler Zamzow
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