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Joshua Allen Zimmerer, 30, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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A Sunday evening crash at Broadway Manor Apartments sent two teenagers to area hospitals and injured one 9-year-old boy, according to officials with the Gainesville Police Department.


Gainesville resident Brynlee Smith, 9, pets Salty, a cat at the city’s Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter, during a visit she and her brother made Friday, Aug. 16.


Possible action relating to Wildcat Creek Wind Farm LLC is on the agenda for the Era Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday, Aug. 19.


Over the past several months Wildcat Creek Wind Farm LLC has been under discussion within many area governmental entities. And now, it’s facing a lawsuit.

Gainesville city council members will have public hearings on Tuesday about the proposed 2019-2020 tax rate and regarding guidelines for granting tax abatements, according to an agenda notice sent Friday, Aug. 16 to local media.

Members of the Gainesville Independent School District Board of Trustees are scheduled to take action on the 2019-2020 budget, tax rate and compensation plan Monday, Aug. 19.

What was discussed during a budget workshop in July has come to light more than two weeks later after the Gainesville Independent School District released a recording of the meeting Thursday, Aug. 15.


Nancy Sandoval was one of numerous parents and caregivers commemorating the day with their smartphones just before the bells rang at the school to signal the official beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Average gas prices fell 11 cents over the week in the Texoma region, AAA Texas announced Thursday, Aug. 15.

Cooke County AgriLife Extension Agent Marty Morgan recently received two awards for his work with the local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.


Gainesville Fire-Rescue  trucks were posted outside Gainesville schools to remind drivers to slow down now that school is back in session.

A 26-year-old man who led law enforcement on a high-speed chase across the state line remained in custody at the Cooke County Jail on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

An investigation into a Monday evening crash in Cooke County is underway, according to Texas Highway Patrol Staff Sgt. Mark Tackett.

A rural county road’s speed limit will remain this same after members of the Cooke County Commissioners’ Court decided to take no action on an agenda item during their Monday, Aug. 12 meeting.

Organizers of the 39th annual Forestburg Watermelon Festival parade and salsa contest have announced the names of the winning parade entries and salsas.

Butterfield Stage Players will host auditions next week for “Noises Off,” the opening production of the community theater’s 2019-2020 season.


Brickwork along most of the new Gainesville Fire-Rescue station had been finished last week, a foreman on site said, and Schmoldt Construction crews are working this week on concrete sidewalks to the building’s entrances for foot traffic.

Sales tax allocations are down this month for nearly all of Cooke County, according to recently released information from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Office.

A small fire that started with a cigarette was put out Sunday afternoon at Pond’s Motel, Gainesville Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Tamara Sieger said Monday, Aug. 12.

Cooke County officials held off on declaring a burn ban this week, deciding to keep an eye on conditions instead.

Cooke County Commissioners will have a public hearing Monday, Aug. 12, to hear comments on a proposal to reduce the speed limit to 45 mph on County Road 106 in Precinct 1.

Avoid. Deny. Defend. Remembering those three words — and acting on them — are still key in helping you make it out of an active attack situation, Gainesville Police Chief Kevin Phillips says.

Members of the Gainesville City Council unanimously approved a five-year lease agreement with Schlumberger Technology Corp. on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

This week, members of the Medal of Honor Host City Board of Directors adopted a new logo for the Medal of Honor Host City Program. However, the logo will not be launched until the program’s 20th anniversary in 2021, board President Tommy Moore said.


Gainesville city street workers estimated they’d spend a few days freshening up the markings at eight railroad crossings across Gainesville.

Weather forecasters are warning Cooke County residents they could see a heat wave this week and into early next.

According to the National Retail Federation, this year, families are expected to spend an average of $696.70 — up from $684.79 in 2018 — in back-to-school shopping, but Texans taking advantage of the Aug. 9-11 tax-free shopping weekend will see a bit of relief.

Gainesville Area Visual Arts announced this week that four pieces of art have been donated for the arts organization’s annual fall raffle.

Below is a list of selected legislative actions recently taken by national legislators who represent Cooke County. Vote records were provided by VoteSmart.org.

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Funeral services for Kenneth Lee Cravens, 82, of Gainesville, are scheduled for 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home with Johnny Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on We…

Funeral services for Kenneth L. Cravens, 82, of Gainesville, are pending with Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home. Mr. Cravens passed away August 11, 2019 in Gainesville. You may sign the online register at www.geojcarroll.com.