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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
The Bullard High School Choral Department continues to experience success after success at the program’s recent singing competitions, as the choir took a total of 17 qualifying students to compete for chairs in the Texas Music Educators Association’s Small School All State Choir. A program record total of 17 singers from BHS advanced to the upcoming All-Area competition, making up over 50 percent of the entire number of singers advancing from Region 21, leaving the rest of the schools in Region 21 with just 15 vacancies. 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
An event sponsored by the Bullard High School athletic trainers will now be rescheduled due to wintry weather forcing the cancelation of school on the previously scheduled date. Students at Bullard High School will now have the opportunity to participate in an event aimed at alerting them and their parents to any possible hidden heart conditions at a Cardiovascular Testing event 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the BHS Field House. 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
The Bullard Baseball and Softball Association will host the final two sign-up events for roster spots for teams playing in the upcoming 2018 season this week. The organization will host regular registration events from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, as well as 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, inside the Bullard Middle School cafeteria. more
East Texas Communities Foundation is currently accepting applications from East Texas students for a number of scholarships that may benefit local Bullard ISD, The Brook Hill School, and East Texas seniors. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted online. A student may apply for every scholarship for which he or she meets the eligibility requirements. Applicants should complete a unique application for each scholarship. 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
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