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The trial of the suspect accused of kidnapping and murdering a 10-year-old girl in the city of Bullard in November 2016 could be rescheduled to a later date due to a delay in DNA testing. During a pre-trial hearing held Thursday, Dec. 14, inside the courtroom of the 241st District Court of Judge Jack Skeen Jr., suspect Gustavo Zavala-Garcia made an appearance with his legal defense team, as well as prosecutors from the Smith County District Attorney’s Office. more
A total of 24 Boy Scouts and parents from local Bullard Boy Scout Troop No. 366 will embark on the experience of a lifetime in the North Country and Canada, canoeing through some of the 2,000 lakes in Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park in June 2018. “Our troop is blessed that we have a town and parents that support our Boy Scout Troop’s adventures” said Mark Maple, assistant scoutmaster. “Our troop has never attempted this High Adventure camp, but when I mentioned it to the Scouts, they were all in.” more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently released his final sales tax allocation report for the 2017 calendar year, announcing he will send cities, counties, transit systems, and special purpose taxing districts a total of $695.2 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of December. The amount released by Hegar’s office represents an increase of 10.8 percent increase from the sales tax allocations released in December 2016. more
Clint Perkins has been named the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Smith County Extension Agent of Agriculture and Natural Resources, effective Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. more
During last year’s holiday season, approximately one in four deaths on Texas roadways were alcohol-related. In an effort to reduce these fatalities, the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign reminds drivers to make planning a sober ride part of their holiday celebrations. more
Texas Representative Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) recently filed for re-election in the upcoming Republican primary, hoping to serve another two-year term in the Texas House representing the communities of Bullard, Whitehouse, Chapel Hill, Tyler, and the southwest part of Smith County. Schaefer pledged to continue as a voice for conservatives saying, “I am pro-life, pro-family values, opposed to illegal immigration, pro-business and free enterprise, and I support the mission of our public schools.” more
With the Christmas holiday approaching next week, several local churches and their congregations will be celebrating together, while also opening their doors to the local community. According to Pastor David Brasher, First United Methodist Church of Bullard will be hosting a Christmas Eve morning worship service, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. more
The spirit of Christmas was present in the city of Bullard last week, as the First United Methodist Church of Bullard welcomed children of all ages to its annual “Supper with Santa” event, held Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the FUMC Bullard Family Life Center. “We were happily surprised to see so many faces at Supper with Santa,” said Deirdre Leung, FUMC Bullard Children’s Pastor. “We’ve pleased to be able to open our doors to our community for an event like this. Our motto for this year is ‘FUMC Loves Bullard’; we want to love on our community and to always have our doors open for them. Everyone in our community has a place at FUMC Bullard.” more
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