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Frankston Homecoming Parade


Square Fair — 2019

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Sunset over Lake Palestine


Indians defeat Union Grove 45-34

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FISD board votes to suspend

home learning, starting Nov. 2

Frankston ISD trustees Monday night, Oct. 19 voted 5-0 to suspend home learning, beginning Nov. 2, the start of the third six weeks grading period, according to a report by Supt. Nicci Cook.

Supt. Cook said, in part, in a letter to Frankston ISD families:

“We are moving in a direction that we feel is best for all Frankston ISD students and staff.”

She said in the letter, “. . . the District’s health and safety measures are working. Since the beginning of school, FISD has had six confirmed cases, 6 students and 0 staff members, which is a rate of about 0.6%. None of the cases are confirmed to have originated within the district.”

In the letter, the superintendent further noted that the board discussed “the impact that remote/online instruction has made on its students and teachers.”

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Maidens defeat Trinidad in finale

of district volleyball competition

TRINIDAD ACTION — Maiden freshman Bandy Bizzell (12) contests with a Trinidad hitter at the net Saturday, Oct. 24 as the Maidens won their final match of the regular season 3-0.

—Courtesy Photo

The Frankston Maidens ended their volleyball regular season with a 3-0 victory Saturday, Oct. 24 over the Trinidad Lady Trojans in second place in District 21-AA and with a  first seed in the Class AA state playoffs.

The Maidens will play the fourth place team from District 22, Normangee, on Thursday, Oct. 29 in Elkhart at 6 p.m. in the first round of the AA playoffs.

The Maidens posted a 11-3 record against both AA and A teams and with an 7-1 record against AA teams to lead in that class.

Against Trinidad the Maidens took the first set 25-10, fought off a persistent Trinidad team in the second set 25-15 and secured their win of the match in the third set with a 25-12 score.

Individual statistics for the Maidens will be reported later.

The Maidens and other teams in the district now await District Certification  scheduled for Oct. 27 and for determination of district honors later.

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Coffee City Council hears of police

chief resignation, LPBC sale status 

Coffee City Council members Tuesday, Oct. 13 learned that the recently employed police chief had submitted his resignation and that the Lake Palestine Business Center was currently under contract to be sold, according to a report from City Secretary Doug Davis.

Mayor Pro Tem Phillip Rutledge announced that Police Chief Bryan Miers had submitted his resignation because he had an offer he could not turn down. Rutledge said the city is back in the position of looking for a new police chief. He said that Chief Miers had suggested a candidate for the position and that he and Councilman Riley Standifer had spoken with that candidate. The Mayor Pro Tem said he would be calling a special Council meeting after the election to canvass the vote but he did not know for sure when that would be.

In regard to the sale of the LPBC, Ray Ver Hey, vice president of the Economic Development Council, said the EDC has discussed the LPBC at their meeting on Oct. 5 and said the center is currently under contract to be sold. The closing of the sale, planned for Oct. 9 had been expected on Oct. 16. He said that, after discussion, there were no changes to the EDC basic rules. Also discussed in open forum was the property on SH 155 and FM 3506 and  that the property was back under contract again. Mayor Pro Tem Rutledge asked Ver Hey to inform the Council when the properties closed.

In the matter of the police chief resignation, Chief Miers commented prior to presenting the police report.

He thanked the Council and citizenry of Coffee City for giving him the opportunity to work at Coffee City and he apologized for leaving. He said the opportunity presented to him was something he had to take advantage of and that leaving after such a short time was not in his nature.

Mayor Pro Tem Rutledge said that Chief Miers had offered and received approval from his future boss to be given time to spend with the new police chief who will take over his duties in Coffee City.

In his earlier report, Rutledge had reported that the new police software called CopSync, approved for purchase at the last Council meeting, was running within two days of purchase. He said the city is currently waiting for reimbursement from the state. Both the police chief and City Judge Shellena Bivens reported on the uses of the software in facilitating their duties.

The Council also heard a report from Fire Chief Chris Moore and detailed reports from the police chief and city judge on their activities during September.

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