July: Approximately 3,000 members of the Bullard and East Texas communities gathered together to celebrate the United States’ 241st birthday at the annual Fourth of July event, “Blast Over Bullard,’ in the parking lot of Bullard High School. Judge Jack Skeen, Jr. in the 241st District Court in Tyler, granted a motion to delay the trial of Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, accused in the kidnapping and murder of Kayla Gomez-Orozco in Bullard in November 2016. The motion was granted to allow testing of evidence to be completed.
A former Bullard Panther varsity football player now has a new title to his name, as Major Tennison, a member of the Bullard High School Class of 2017, was named a National Champion as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. The special recognition of National Champions was bestowed upon the Alabama football program after the team claimed the College Football Playoff trophy last week in the National Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs.
The governing body of Bullard Independent School District has reorganized its officers after a special meeting last week. The Bullard ISD Board of Trustees met for a special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 10, inside the Bullard ISD Administration’s board room to discuss the vacancy left in the Place 3 seat.
When the Christmas season comes around, many people search for venues or neighborhoods filled with seasonal lighting displays that fill the heart with the warmth and spirit of the holiday. One such business, although located in Tyler, has a Bullard connection, as Bullard resident Michael Bass, along with his business partner, Brad Thurston, operate the Tyler Lights drive-through Christmas light display, located at 12880 County Road 192.
July: The Bullard Baseball and Softball Association had a number of teams experience success during the 2017 season, including the Bullard 8U All-Star softball team (first in district, State runners-up, qualified for the World Series), Bullard 10U All-Star softball team (first in district, first in State, qualified for the World Series), Bullard 12U All-Star softball team (first place in district, first place in State, qualifying for the World Series), Bullard Red All-Star T-Ball team (first in district with an undefeated season, qualifying for the South Regional State Tournament), Bullard 8U Blue All-Star baseball team (first in district, State Semi-finalist), Bullard 9U All-Star baseball team (first in district, advancing to the South Regional State