Cooke County —
Cooke County commissioners approved a special courthouse display during Monday’s regular meeting.
During April, representatives of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will keep a display posted on the courthouse lawn in recognition of “Child Abuse Awareness Month.”
The month of April received the same designation during 2012. County Judge John Roane read a proclamation in honor of the month with members of CASA and Child Protective Services (CPS) on hand.
During that meeting, CASA Executive Director Vicki Robertson thanked county officials for the proclamation and gave credit to the CPS and law enforcement officers who help local youth before CASA begins its own process, which involves helping those minors find their way into proper care after time spent in abusive or broken homes.
“We’re all here because of the kids,” Robertson said in 2012, adding that during 2011, 92 children found foster care following the efforts of CASA and other local agencies. “And one didn’t live to make it into foster care. And we remember them, and we thank you for remembering them.”
Other meeting highlights:
• Commissioners approved these consent agenda items: fiscal year 2013 budget amendments; monthly bills; payroll and all related expenses; an employee health fair tentatively set for April 29; sheriff’s office bonds; a contract with Grayson Petroleum Company for the installation of a water line on County Road 220; a contract with Woodbine Water Supply for the installation of four water lines on county roads 217, 293 and 243; a memorandum of understanding between the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office and the Children’s Advocacy Center in Denton County; the salvage of two non-working vacuum cleaners and a non-working microwave removed from the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office; the surplus by auction or salvage of 10 twin box springs and eight mattresses removed from the Cooke County EMS stations; the filing of quarterly internal audits for Adult Probation, Constable, Pct. 1, District Attorney, County Clerk, and Tax Assessor Collector; the service agreement between Cooke County EMS and Impact Instrumentation Inc. for the service of ventilator equipment for a 60-month term beginning March 1, 2013, through Feb. 28, 2018; the service agreement between Cooke County EMS and Stryker for the maintenance of Stryker medical equipment for a period of one year beginning March 1, 2013, through Feb. 28, 2014; the surplus of four “Life Pack 12” defibrillators, which will be used as trade-in on new defibrillator units; a voting machine rental agreement between Gainesville ISD and Cooke County for the May 11, 2013 election; a voting machine rental agreement between the City of Gainesville and Cooke County for the May 11, 2013, election; the indigent cremation of Charles E. Spann; acceptance of an insurance settlement on the Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 building due to water damage in the amount of $1,525.11; constable Precinct 4’s racial profiling report; out-of-state travel for Jennifer Johnson-Spence, library director, so that she may attend the Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference in Omaha, Neb., from September 24-28, 2013; an anonymous donation in the amount of $10 to the Cooke County Library; allowing the Cooke County Library to be closed March 28 for inventory; and the Texas Department of Public Safety 2010 Homeland Security Grant adjustment.
Cooke County —
Cooke County United Way purchases Colton building
The board of directors of Cooke County United Way announced Tuesday the purchase of the former Gerald Colton building located at 114 East Main Street in downtown Gainesville.
Gainesville Fire-Rescue goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In addition to responding to fire and emergency calls, Gainesville Firefighters are answering the call to support the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Era plans National 4-H Week activities
The Era 4-H Club is preparing to observe 4-H Week this week. The Era 4-H Club held registration in August under leaders Denise Pearse, Billie Paschal, and Kristie Hellinger.
Depot Days event a highlight of National 4-H Week festivities
During National 4-H Week, Cooke County’s 4-H is recruiting new members to participate in the many educational experiences available. These clubs allow youth to immerse themselves not only in volunteering activities that support the communities of Cooke County, but also leadership roles that help teach confidence and self-awareness, and aid in the learning of important life skills. If you want to join, contact the Extension Office at or email Phyllis Griffin at email@example.com.
Acclaimed granite sculptor to teach workshop
ARDMORE, Okla. — The Goddard Center will offer a four day granite sculpting workshop taught by National Medal of Arts recipient, Jesús Moroles. The workshop will meet on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13 and again on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27. Participants studying under Moroles will learn to saw, shape, chisel, and grind granite over 4-day period to carve their own unique artwork. Beginners, ages 16 and above, are welcome.
Muenster FCCLA elects officers
Muenster’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) kicked-off the new school year with the election of the 2013-2014 chapter officers and the installation meeting held Sept. 20.
Lions Club hears from Camp Sweeney director
A veteran of 23 years as business director for Cooke County’s Camp Sweeney for diabetic children ages four to 19, Billie Hood spoke at the recent Lion’s Club meeting Wednesday regarding the recent 64th anniversary of the camp.
Two new horticulture programs offered at NCTC
GAINESVILLE – The North Central Texas College Horticulture department will be offering two new degree plans starting this fall.
Alex Cord continues to nurture writing skills
Cooke County resident Alex Cord, renowned actor and writer, has a new book out entitled “Days of the Harbinger” which is receiving five star ratings from those who have been first in line to get a copy.
TxDot: Heavy traffic taking a toll on highways
AUSTIN - Recognizing a growing traffic safety concern in the state’s energy-production areas, the Texas Transportation Commission recently approved $225 million for much-needed road work resulting from the state’s oil and gas boom.
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