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The spotlight was shone brightly on the Smith County District Attorney’s Office and the upcoming election for the top seat in the office, as an audit released in January found numerous policy infractions through an audit report, with a candidate for District Attorney listed as the top violator. more
A capacity crowd full of members of the Bullard community and supporters of the Bullard Future Farmers of America program gathered for the annual Bullard High School FFA Labor and Merchandise Auction Saturday, Jan. 27, inside of the Bullard Elementary School cafeteria. Many student-crafted projects, as well as donated items from local businesses and student labor work groups, were on the auction block during the live and silent auctions at the event. Through the generosity of the Bullard community, the Bullard FFA raised approximately $75,000 at the event, shattering the event’s previously-held record amount. more
The jury trial for a former coach accused of enticing a player on his team in 2015 is expected to begin in a Smith County Courtroom next week. The trial of Ricky Eugene Clements, 63, also known as “Papa Ricky” to students at The Brook Hill School and in the community, was originally scheduled to begin in November 2017, but was delayed after a motion to delay was granted by Judge Randall Rogers in the Smith County Court at Law No. 2. The trial is now expected to begin on Monday, Feb. 5. more
A Bullard man was arrested and charged last week after he allegedly contacted a young girl and requested to send and receive illicit pictures. Keith Wayne Johnston, 54, of the 13000 block of Farm-to-Market 344 W. in Bullard, was booked into the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and charged with a second-degree felony charge of Online Solicitation of a Minor (under 14). more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced his office would be sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts a total of $709.2 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of January. The amount released by Hegar’s office represents an increase of 9.5 percent more than was sent out in January 2017. more
Smith County Tax Assessor-Collector Gary Barber has added more convenient ways for residents to pay property taxes to meet the January 31 deadline this year. Barber will be collecting checks all day Wednesday at a drive-thru tent he will set up in the parking lot of the Cotton Belt Building, 1517 W. Front St. Barber will be set up outside from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 31 on the Glenwood side of the parking lot to accept check-only payments. Drivers should look for a tent and banner telling them where to go. more
Individual and business members of the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce will gather together to celebrate, as well as recognize members of the community and a local business for their contribution to the city of Bullard at the annual BACC Annual Awards Banquet and Silent Auction, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Lazy F Ranch, located at 924 S. Houston St. more
When it comes to protecting students and faculty at The Brook Hill School, there is no task of greater importance. “We take the safety of students and staff very seriously here at Brook Hill,” said Bobby Brasher, Director of Student and Campus Security. “While they are young, we parents do whatever we can to make sure they are safe; however, they will grow up and venture out into the world on their own, and we want to be sure they are prepared as much as possible to manage their own safety.” more
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