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GISD board to meet Tuesday

The Gainesville Independent School District board is set to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Among other items, the board will consider actions related to selling a little over three acres of school property to the Texas Department of Transportation, according to the agenda notice.

It’ll also hear updates on the school’s annual financial audit and its construction projects.

Board members are set to go into closed session for discussion of personnel considerations. They’ll reconvene in open session for any necessary action on items discussed during the closed session, according to the agenda notice.

The board’s meeting will take place in the GISD Administration Building, 800 S. Morris St. in Gainesville.

Coffee stand offers drinks to furloughed federal employees

A coffee stand inside Gainesville’s Walmart is offering free drinks this weekend to federal employees affected by the government shutdown.

LiftOff Coffee and Tea in Gainesville will provide a free drink to federal employees who are furloughed or working without pay, according to a press release from the coffee business.

Walmart is at 1800 Lawrence St.

Muenster winery recognized

4R Ranch Vineyards and Winery in Muenster was recently recognized at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the local business announced this week.

The winery’s Nectar Nero wine received a Sweepstakes medal in the competition, according to a press release from the winery. One of the winery’s co-owners said the distinction is unique.

“This is the first time that any Texas winery or any wine made in Texas or any wine using Texas grapes has won the top spot in any of the six categories at the SFCWC competition,” co-owner Walt Roper said in the press release.

The competition received more than 6,800 wine entries from more than 1,132 wineries across North America. It’s the largest wine competition on the continent, according to the press release.

Nectar Nero also received a Double Gold win in the White Dessert/Late Harvest — Residual Sugar >3.50 category, qualifying it for the sweepstakes phase. The wine was developed by 4R Ranch winemaker and sommelier Willem Johnson.

The winery also received a silver medal and four bronze medals for other wines at the competition. Those and other medals and awards from various competitions add up to 23 that the winery has received so far in 2019.

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