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A Gainesville man has pleaded guilty to three counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact and is awaiting transfer to the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The League of Women Voters of Texas is reminding Texans that applications to vote by mail for the November constitutional amendment election are due to local election officials by this Friday, Oct. 25.

The following students were named to the Walnut Bend Independent School District honor roll for the first six weeks of the 2019-2020 school year:

Three Gainesville High School singers are advancing to a regional choral audition next month, Gainesville Independent School District officials announced in a press release.

Sadie is the Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter Pet of the Week! She’s sweet and well-mannered when snuggling but is full of energy when she’s out playing with other dogs. She walks well on a leash and treats and belly rubs are a big hit.

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When early voting opens Monday, Oct. 21, in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Cooke County Courthouse, voters will be using not just a new early voting location, but also new machines to mark their ballots.

Authorities say a motorcyclist carrying drugs reached speeds above 100 mph as he tried to outrun a Cooke County sheriff’s deputy Thursday afternoon.

Lynn Hacker, left, Donna Howeth, Carol Fleitman and JoAnn Schumacher swap memories of W.W. Howeth Title Co. at a 150th anniversary open house Thursday, Oct. 17, at the firm on Broadway Street. Matthew Howeth, right, paused during the events. Donna Howeth’s father was Don Howeth, the business…

The following students were named to the honor roll for the first six weeks of the 2019-2020 school year:

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Six weeks before Carla Klement’s wedding more than 35 years ago, Klement’s mother, Pat Walterscheid, was diagnosed with breast cancer. But the experience of the mother ended up inspiring the daughter when Klement faced her own battle with breast cancer almost three decades later.

Gainesville’s water tower at U.S. 82 and Clements Street basks in a few rays of sunshine peeking through clouds shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, after rain fell briefly.

Valley View High School’s three-year-old marching band program switched roles with the school’s football team for the Ponder Marching Classic on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Ponder — the Eagles cheered from the bleachers while band members competed on the field. Nocona, Pilot Point, Callisburg and …

The Stanford House Senior Activity Center for ages 55-plus is at 401 W. Garnett St., Gainesville. The following schedule is effective this month.

Norman Newton helps put up an additional fundraising tracking thermometer in Valley View on Wednesday, Oct. 16, showing the Cooke County United Way campaign’s current progress. CCUW Resource Development Coordinator Nadine Creswell said this week the organization has reached 82% of its $400,0…

As Cooke County United Way’s annual fundraising campaign continues this month, having met 82% of its goal, recipients of United Way funding in previous years say donations to the organization are crucial to keeping their efforts going.

Officials with the Texoma Council of Governments announced this week they’ve ramped up the organization’s help for area residents during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, which is open now through Dec. 7.


Depot Day patrons enjoy the Kids Zone at the Morton Museum parking lot while bands performed on Main St. on Saturday, Oct. 12.

With less than a month left in the public portion of Cooke County United Way’s annual fundraising campaign, recipients of United Way funding in previous years say donations to the organization are crucial to keeping their efforts going.

The Tarrant Area Food Bank is making free food available to those in need by bringing mobile food pantries to Cooke County during evening hours now.

Gainesville’s new city secretary will be taking her seat shortly.


The oldest continuously operated company in Gainesville and Cooke County and oldest independent title company in the state of Texas is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year — the Howeth Title Co. Five operators have run the business throughout the years, and in this final of five insta…

North Central Texas College’s Gainesville campus received reports of two crimes on campus and one in its residence housing during 2018, according to the college’s 2019 Clery Annual Security and Fire Report released early this month.

Six faculty members at North Central Texas College recently attended the 39th Texas Community College Teachers Association Leadership Conference in Austin, NCTC announced in a press release.


First United Bank is putting $1.5 million into remodeling its Gainesville location this fall and winter, Community Bank President Justin Krebbs says.


Pilot Point’s 10th annual Bonnie and Clyde Days festival is coming this Saturday.

The Cooke County Commissioners Court is set to consider whether to increase election workers’ pay rate at the court’s regular meeting Monday, Oct. 14.

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

Sivells Bend Independent School District recently named its “Warriors for the Month.” From left are Addyson Moore, Jade Cannon, Isiah Sainz, Bullin Rutledge, July Mooney and Emma Stockon.


A decades-old tradition is set to continue this weekend at the Gainesville Municipal Airport as the Texas Chapter of the Antique Airplane Association hosts its 57th annual fly-in Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12.

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Barbara Bland Murrell of Gainesville, Texas, passed away at TMC on October 16, 2019. She was 82 years old. Barbara is survived by sister, Collene Morrow and spouse, Wes of Farmersville, Texas; brother-in-law Bobby Tracy of Gainesville, Texas; brother, George Bland and spouse, Sharon of Madil…