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Oct. 19, 2020


FISD trustees support Joe Reed

For HC Appraisal Board place

Frankston School Trustees Monday night, Oct. 19 gave their support to FISD trustee Joe Reed for Place 5 on the Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors in a 5-0 vote, according to a report from Supt. Nicci Cook.

Five members of the Board were present and two not present at the regular October meeting. Present were Bob Whitehurst, Junior Mascorro, Dustin Holladay, Ryan Bizzell and Brian Merritt. Not present were Tim Brumley and Joe Reed.

The trustees also approved 5-0 the Texas Education Agency Innovative Courses for Students in Grades 7-12 and the Courses for 7th and 8th Graders for High School Credit, both for the 2020-2021 School Year.

The TEA Innovative Courses featured Career and Technical Education which includes: General Employability Skills such as Career Development; and Principles of Exercise Science and Wellness such as Health Science. Other electives included Sports Medicine I under Health/Physical Education.

The high school credit courses for seventh and eighth graders include: Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Principles of Art, Audio/Visual Technology and Communications; Principles of Construction; Band 1; Art 1; Theater Arts 1; Spanish 1; Algebra 1; Career Investigations (General Employability Skills); Professional Communications; and Touch Data Entry (Tech Applications).

In other agenda items, Principals gave enrollment reports.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez reported total enrollment of 226, with 63 in the ninth grade, 70 in the 10th, 49 in the 11th and 44 in the 12th grade. He reported a total of 27 online learners with seven in the ninth grade, eight in the 10th, four in the 11th and eight in the 12th grade.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens reported total enrollment of 201 with 72 in the sixth grade, 66 in the seventh and 63 in the eighth grade. She said a total of 12 were in Asynchronous Learning, four in the sixth grade, one in the seventh and seven in the eighth grade.

Elementary School Principal Melanie Blackwell reported total enrollment of 344 with 314 in-school and 30 virtual learners.


Oct. 19, 2020


Fifth, sixth student COVID-19 cases

at FISD due to ‘community spread’

Two more student cases of lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection have been detected at Frankston Schools and determined to have been contracted due to community spread, Supt. Nicci Cook reported in an update Monday, Oct. 19.

She said one of the cases was discovered late Friday afternoon, Oct. 16 in a student who was last on campus Wednesday, Oct. 14. The other infection  was discovered over the weekend and was a student last on campus on Thursday, Oct. 15, the superintendent said. She described the two students as siblings.

Earlier a student case was confirmed on Thursday, Oct. 8 after two students were confirmed on Tuesday, Oct. 6 to be infected with the virus and the last days they were on campus were Oct. 2 and Oct. 5, respectively, the superintendent said. Another student lab-confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 was last present on campus on Oct. 7, she said. In an earlier report, a case was also confirmed in early September.

Supt. Cook emphasized that, as far as is known, no students, so far, have been determined to have been infected while at school. The two new cases bring the total since school opening to six, she said.

The superintendent said that, in keeping with Frankston ISD practices to respond to COVID-19, separate emails were sent to all student families and staff members on the affected campuses, notifying them that students lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 were  present on the aforementioned dates.

Supt. Cook said the notifications stated that the local health department has been advised of the cases and is in the process of conducting prescribed contact tracing. The same procedure involving quarantine of those coming in contact with the infected individuals is being followed, she said.

The notifications contained the same warnings, assurances and information about symptoms stated in previous reports concerning the other cases confirmed as well as the one confirmed in early September, the superintendent said.

Supt. Cook said she is reporting, as required, the cases to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

As reported earlier, FISD will not release the names of the infected individuals or details that may identify them, due to privacy requirements.

Those families and staff members receiving the notifications received the following assurance:

While we do not have reason to believe that those who were not in close contact with the infected individual(s) have reason to be concerned, we ask that you, as always, to watch for symptoms of COVID-19.” Symptoms were then listed  which might indicate a possible COVID-19 infection.”

  • Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;
  • Sore throat;
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.”

The notifications further cautioned that if anyone does begin experiencing any of these symptoms in a way that is not typical, they are encouraged  to contact their physician.

Those notified were also asked that anyone who is lab-confirmed for COVID-19 to notify the school office at (903) 876-2556.

While FISD staff is diligently enforcing health protection guidelines of social distancing and wearing of face coverings to mitigate COVID-19 spread at school, Supt. Cook urged community members to be as cautious to avoid community spread to students as well as others at risk.


Oct. 1, 2020


Most area cities post sales

tax allocation increases

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported city sales tax allocations for the October 2020 period showing gains for most area cities over the prior period last year.

Most area cities reported gains for the year-to-date over the prior year.

The City of Frankston received a net payment of $30,715.82 for October compared to a $24,005.45 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 27.95 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $306,998.27 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $244,105.18, a gain of 25.76 percent.

The City of Berryville received a net payment of $1,956.52 for October compared to a $1,374.29 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 42.36 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $19,977.79 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $15,625.61, a gain of 27.85 percent.

The City of Coffee City received a net payment of $20,030.47 for October compared to a $16,502.72 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 21.37 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $205,687.89 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $172,854.20, a gain of 18.99 percent.

The City of Cuney received a net payment of $2,719.54 for October compared to a $2,307.67 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 17.84 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $28,822.91 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $22,451.68, a gain of 28.37 percent.

The City of Poynor received a net payment of $1,014.04 for October compared to a $1,325.46 payment a year ago. That’s down 23.49 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $11,534.20 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $12,264.00, down 5.95 percent. 


Sept. 28, 2020


LaPoynor ISD adopts 2020-21 budget

of $5,309,864, okays property tax rate

LaPoynor Independent School District trustees have approved a 2020-21 budget of $5,309,864 with an increase of 0.44 percent in Maintenance and Operation, a decrease of 2.72 percent in Debt Service and a 0.28 percent decrease in total expenditures, according to documents submitted by school officials.

The trustees approved a M&O tax rate of $0.966400 per $100 valuation and an Interest and Sinking Fund (debt service) rate of $0.275000 per $100 valuation, and a total rate of $1.241400.

The Interest and Sinking Fund tax revenue is used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction, equipment or both. The bonds and the tax rate necessary to pay those bonds were approved by the district.

The tax will be assessed on a total property value of $214,073,242.

The LISD is expecting $2,082,864 in revenue from Local and Intermediate Sources, $3,182,000 in State Program Revenues and $45,000 in Federal Revenue.

The budget allocates $3,029,917 for Instruction, $88,477 for Instructional Resources and Media Services, $116,187 for Curriculum and Instructional Staff Development, $205,856 for School Leadership, $145,825 for Guidance, Counseling and Evaluation Services, $80,470 for Health Services, $182,332 for Student Transportation, and $194,125 for Curricular/Extracurricular Activities.

Also the budget expects expenditures of $290,730.48 for General Administration, $534,415 for Plant Maintenance and Operation, $65,000 for Security and Monitoring Services, and $283,960 for Data Processing Services, as well as other expenses of lesser amounts.

They expect to spend $10,100 on Facilities Acquisition and Construction.

The LISD reports total outstanding and unpaid bonded indebtedness of $6,310,000.

Maintenance and Operation Fund balance is listed as $3,583,164 and an Interest and Sinking Fund balance of $164,877.

(See the complete budget for 2020-2021 HERE )


Sept. 21, 2020


FISD trustees appoint auditors, nominate

Henderson County Appraisal director

Frankston School trustees Monday night, Sept. 21 appointed auditors and nominated a director to serve on the Henderson County Appraisal District board in their regular meeting.

The trustees voted, with no opposition, to employ Pattillo, Brown, and Hill, LLP as auditors for the year ending Aug. 31, 2020.

They also voted, with no opposition, to nominate Joe Reed as Place 5 director on the board of the Henderson County Appraisal District.

In reports to the board Supt. Nicci Cook and principals of elementary, middle and high schools reported their enrollments as of the meeting, among other matters.

Elementary School Principal Melanie Blackwell reported total elementary school enrollment of 343, with 313 in-person and 30 virtual learners.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens reported a total enrollment of 197, 61 in the sixth grade, 66 in the seventh grade and 70 in the eighth grade. Of that total, 19 are virtual learners.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez reported total enrollment of 226 with 59 in the ninth grade, 72 in the 10th grade, 51 in the 11th grade and 44 in the 12th grade. He reported that, of the total, 28 are virtual learners.

In her report, Supt. Cook said total enrollment for all campuses is 766 with 689 in-person learners and 77 virtual learners.


Sept. 18, 2020


2020 Homecoming royalty crowned

 at FHS in ceremony on Sept. 18 

Seniors Melany Pizano and Brink Bizzell were crowned as 2020 Frankston High School Homecoming Queen and King in ceremonies Friday night, Sept. 18 prior to the  football game between Frankston and Paris Chisum.

The Frankston Indians football team put on an exciting offensive show but lost to a talented Paris Chisum team 75-60. The two teams were tied at 14-14 after a quarter of play, but Chisum forged ahead to a 35-27 lead at halftime.  A complete report of the game will follow later HERE .

The traditional Homecoming ceremony, normally held on the field prior to the game, was changed to 6:45 p.m. in the Frankston High School gymnasium this year.

A format similar to other years was followed. However, this year, attendance was restricted to ticket holders, family and friends, to assure following social distancing and capacity guidelines consistent with COVID-19 mandates. Those attending were required to wear face coverings and temperatures were  taken at the door.

The Homecoming Court presented was as follows:

Freshmen —Bandy Bizzell, Jasmine Fisher, Tripp Hallmark and Ryan Harper.

Sophomores — Lynsie Bizzell, Jaycee Nabors, Seth Gaskin and Henry Suggs.

Juniors — Haidyn Hokit, Grace Roark, Cullen Jones and Cael Bruno.

Seniors — Emily Bizzell, Kelsey Loebig, Melany Pizano, Callie Selman, Brink Bizzell, Jaden Evans, Tyler Fridinger and Kevin Tinsley.

AT  RIGHT,  are 2020 FHS Homecoming Queen and King Melany Pizano and Brink Bizzell.       — Citizen  Photo 

The annual Parade and Square Fair, normally held on the Saturday following the Homecoming game, has been postponed, until further notice, due to risks involved relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to local sponsors



Sept. 15, 2020


Frankston Schools’ enrollment totals 757

with 662 in-person, 95 remote learners

Frankston Schools total enrollment was 757 as of Tuesday, Sept. 15, with 662 enrolled in in-person learning and 95 in remote learning, Supt. Nicci Cook has reported.

Supt. Cook said that there were 336 enrolled in elementary school, 197 in middle school and 224 in high school. She said there were 294 in-person learners and 42 remote learners in elementary school, 178 in-person and 19 remote in middle school and 190 in-person and 34 remote in high school.

The total enrollment reported on Sept. 8 was 772. That included 350 in elementary school, 197 in middle school and 225 in high school. At that time the number of home learners was not definite, the superintendent said.

Supt. Cook said there had not been any additional cases of COVID-19 after one case was confirmed by lab test during the week ending Sept. 4.

The local health department did a case investigation and contact tracing and those determined to have had contact with the infected individual were quarantined for the necessary 14 days and then returned to school, she said.


Sept. 14, 2020


Frankston EDC board okays funds

toward new fire department truck

The Frankston. Economic Development Corp. board voted unanimously in their September meeting to donate $22,000 to the Frankston Volunteer Fire Department to be applied to the city share of funds for purchase of a new fire truck, according to a report from City Secretary Kelli Landreth-Smith.

The 2020-21 budget of the City of Frankston had included a contingent $8,000 as part of the city’s share in the event the FVFD is successful in obtaining a grant to help purchase the truck.

In other action the EDC board discussed providing “sails” (shading)) for the Town Square City Park playground. The board decided to receive bids on the proposed project.

The board members discussed projects for the coming year and the budget, which is being prepared for consideration at the October meeting.


Sept. 14, 2020


Coffee City Council okays EDC sale

of Lake Palestine Business Center

The Coffee City Council Monday night, Sept. 14 voted unanimously to act on approving the Economic Development Corporation’s proposed sale of the Lake Palestine Business Center as discussed in a closed session and already approved by the EDC.

Councilman Don Weaver made the motion, seconded by Councilman Edward McDaniel.

The EDC has been in negotiations with a prospective buyer for the LPBC and a contract of sale is pending, according to Jim Beggerly, EDC president, in a later explanation after the meeting.  He said it is hoped the transaction can be finalized soon.

The EDC acquired the property located on SH 155 near the motel some five years ago, Beggerly said. The aim was to lease the spaces in the center to private businesses with hopes of creating jobs and additional city sales tax revenue, he said. At their Sept. 2 regular meeting, the EDC board decided to recommend to the City Council the sale of the property, according to an EDC meeting report.

Earlier newly named Police Chief Bryan Miers was introduced to the Council and took the oath of office administered by notary Sandy Atteberry.

The new Chief later briefed the Council on a proposal to enter into a contract with CopSync (Kologik) to provide technology services to the police department. He told the Council that he had used the CopSync before, and it was a very good program. He also stated that several agencies around the area are also using the program and have no issues.

After some discussion, Councilman Weaver made a motion and Councilman McDaniel seconded to go with the CopSync program and it was passed unanimously.

In other matters, the Council acted on approving two new members to the EDC board, appointed by the EDC. The appointees are Micah Wolfe and Greg Malkoch. The Council voted unanimously to approve the appointments.

Mayor Pro Tem Phillip Rutledge announced that the National Night Out had been canceled. He also announced that the Fall Cleanup would be held in October.

The Council also heard reports by EDC President Jim Beggerly, Municipal Court Judge Shellena Bivens for the month of August, Police Chief Miers and the Fire Department report by Deputy Chief Bill Johnston.

For discussion and other details of the Council meeting, a video of the meeting is made available by the city HERE .


Sept. 11, 2020


Most area cities post sales

tax allocation increases

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported city sales tax allocations for the September 2020 period showing gains for most area cities over the prior period last year.

Most area cities reported gains for the year-to-date over the prior yearThe City of Frankston received a net payment of $33,199.59 for September compared to a $25,443.37 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 30.48 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $276,282.45 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $220,099.73, a gain of 25.52 percent.

The City of Berryville received a net payment of $2,285.75 for September compared to a $1,336.34 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 71.04 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $18,021.27 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $14,251.32, a gain of 26.45 percent.

The City of Coffee City received a net payment of $22.475.03 for September compared to a $16,020,23 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 40.29 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $185,657.42 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $156,351.48, a gain of 18.74 percent.

The City of Cuney received a net payment of $3,055.91 for September compared to a $2,195.10 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 39.21 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $26,103.37 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $20,144.01, a gain of 29.58 percent.

The City of Poynor received a net payment of $1,084.62 for September compared to a $1,154.53 payment a year ago. That’s down 6.05 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $10,520.16 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $10,938.54, down 3.82 percent.


Sept. 8, 2020


Frankston adopts 2020-21 General Fund,

Water and Sewer budgets, city tax rate

The City of Frankston has adopted a General Fund budget and Water and Sewer budget for 2020-21 and set a property tax rate in action by the City Council Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, according to City Secretary Kelli Landreth-Smith.

The General Fund budget allocates a total of $932,735.86 and a Water and Sewer Fund budget of $558,277.56. The local property tax rate adopted is $0.384489 per $100 valuation, for maintenance and operation.

In the General Fund budget, $165,010.41 was allocated to City Hall, including $71,510.41 for payroll and $93,500 for expenses. The Police Department was allocated $529,651.41 with $390,186.85 projected for payroll and $139,464.56 for expenses. The Municipal Court allocation was projected to be $109,079.24 with $84,529.24 projected for payroll and $24,550 for expenses.

Additionally, $42,000 was allocated to the Fire Department, $16,000 to the Frankston Depot Library, $4,400 to the Kathleen Cook Fitzgerald Museum, $5,000 to city parks and a total of $61,594.80 to Streets. The latter allocates $29,194.80 for payroll and. $32,400 for expenses.

Allocations were increased for City Hall, Municipal Court, the library and Streets and decreased to the Police Department, the latter largely due to the purchase of a vehicle in the last fiscal year.

Part of the increase in City Hall was due to purchase of a copier, to be shared with the water department, and all departments shared in the cost of an IT service, according to the city secretary. The library received an additional $2,250 and proceeds of the sale of land, formerly designated as a street but never used, were added to the funds available for Streets, she said.

The allocation for the fire department, carried over from last year, is an amount which would be the city’s share if the FVFD receives a grant to purchase a new vehicle. 

The Water and Sewer Fund budget projects a payroll of $305,277.56 and other expenses of $253,000.

According to a comparison with the year before, the General Fund budget increased by a net of $4,089.36 over 2019-2020. The Water and Sewer Fund budget allocation netted a decrease of $21,726.62 over 2019-2020, largely due to the purchase of a vehicle in the last fiscal year.


Sept. 8, 2020


Berryville Council hears reports;

August meeting actions reviewed

The Berryville City Council heard reports on Water and Field Operations and the Volunteer Fire Department in an abbreviated meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the City Hall, according to the agenda.

Financial reports for the past two months were also considered.

Details of any possible further major actions will be reported later.

The Council reviewed and approved the minutes of the Aug. 17 noon meeting which included a proposed zoning change and a replacement concrete foundation for the new Firehouse No. 1.

The regular meeting scheduled for earlier in August had been rescheduled.

The proposal for the zoning change pertained to a 7.01-acre tract in the Martin Pruitt A-643 Survey which Mayor Ron Hewlett said had been discussed in prior meetings, negotiated with the property owner and a public hearing held on July 15, 2020. He said a vote on the change was in order. Following a brief discussion, Councilman Lee Danner made a motion and Council member Gayla Leary seconded to leave the property as is. All Council members present voted in favor.

In the matter of the replacement concrete foundation for the new firehouse, Mayor Hewlett said the new foundation would cost $6,500. In answer to a question from Councilman Danner, the Mayor said the $6,500 would be paid from the Volunteer Fire Department account. Danner made a motion to proceed with the new slab and piers and Council member Leary seconded. All present voted in favor.

In the Water Field Operations report, Water Operator Ruben Servin told the Council, answering a question by Councilman Terry Stubbins, that the bearings went out on the dump trailer and he had to replace the axle.

At the August meeting Mayor Hewlett, Council members Leary, Danner and Terry Stubbins were present. Mayor Pro Tem Sue Morgan and Council member Bobbie Evans were absent, according to the minutes.


Sept. 2, 2020


Coffee City EDC nominates new board

members, recommends sale of  LPBC

The Coffee City Economic Development Corporation considered appointment of two board members, support for a fishing tournament at the Lake Palestine Resort, and the proposed sale of the Lake Palestine Business Center (LPBC) at their regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 2, according to a  report by Jim Beggerly, President.

The board also discussed the EDC’s new website, coffeecityedc.com and the new frankstoncitizen.com website.

The board nominated Micah Wolfe and Greg Malkoch as new board members to be recommended to the City Council for approval. They put on hold the fishing tournament support, pending further developments, and they voted to recommend to the Council the sale of the LPBC.

All five of the current members were present: President Beggerly, Vice President Ray Ver Hey, Treasurer Sandy Atteberry, and Directors Cynthia Swanson and Don Weaver. Also present were the EDC Secretary Jan Daughtry, City Council Mayor Pro Tem Phil Rutledge, GeoJan Wright and Ed McDaniel and EDC board candidates, as well as a potential buyer for the Lake Palestine Business Center (LPBC).

Coffee City EDC meetings are normally scheduled for the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. Next scheduled meeting is for Monday, Oct. 5. The public is invited.


Aug. 27, 2020


Coffee City Drawing for Nov. 3

 ballot spots held on Aug. 27 

The City of Coffee City held a drawing on Thursday, Aug. 27 for placement of names on the Nov. 3 General Election Ballot for candidates for mayor and three aldermen up for election, according to City Secretary Douglas Davis.

In the Mayor’s race, Frank Serrato will be first on the ballot and Edward McDaniel second.

Chuck Jones will be first and GeoJan Wright second in the race for Alderman Place 1.

For Alderman Place 3, Kevin Swanson will be first on the ballot and Don Weaver second.

Since Ray Ver Hey is unopposed, his name will be the only one for Alderman Place 5.

The candidates filed for ballot spots by the Aug. 17 deadline for candidate filing in the Nov. 3 election.


Aug. 24, 2020


FISD trustees approve 2020-21

budget, tax rate after hearing

Frankston School trustees Monday night, Aug. 24 approved a 2020-2021 budget of $9,274,378 and a combined maintenance and operation and interest and sinking fund tax rate of $1.3405 per $100 valuation, down from a rate of $1.4199 assessed last year.

The action came after a public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate.

To fund the budget, trustees are expecting local revenues of $2,958,863 and state funds totaling $6,315,515. The decreased tax rate is partially made possible by increased taxable values totaling $9,836,621. Taxable value in 2020 rose to $285,142,483 compared to $275,305,862 in 2019.

The lower tax rate included a M&O rate of $1.0547 per $100 valuation compared to $1.0683 currently. The I&S rate approved is $0.2848 compared to $0.3516 currently.

The FISD annual bond payment is $918,520 and the adopted rate is projected to raise $757,202, with the balance coming from an existing debt allotment of $161,318.

Expenses in the budget include $7,058,614 for salaries, compared to $6,842,137 in 2019-2020. Instructional expenses budgeted are $5,312,983 compared to $5,120,446 the year before.

Extracurricular budget projected was $667,239 compared to $634,027 the prior year. Facilities expense is projected to be $1,327,726 compared to $1,427,720 in 2019-20.

Electricity Ideal Impact expense is projected to be $136,206 compared to $154,221 for the year before. SB22: Statutorily Required Public Notices are projected to be $4,000 and HB 1495: Advocacy Spending is expected to be $2,100.

Although questions were invited from those in the public attending the hearing, school officials have indicated they will be glad to answer any specific questions about the budget or tax rates.


Aug. 21, 2020


Races for Mayor, two Council

Places in Coffee City filings

Races for Mayor and two of three places on the Coffee City Council developed at the close of filings on Aug. 17 for places on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot,  according to Douglas Davis, city secretary.

Meanwhile, a vacancy was created in the office of Mayor when GeoJan Wright resigned on Tuesday, Aug. 11, Davis reported. He said Mayor Pro Tem Phillip Rutledge will assume the day to day operations of the city until a new Mayor is selected in the Nov. 3 election.

Ms Wright had been serving as Mayor after being appointed by the Council upon the resignation of Pam Drost in April 2019. Ms Wright had been serving as Place 1 Council member and had been appointed Mayor Pro Tem the month before, according to a report in the April 11, 2019 issue of The Frankston Citizen

Filing for Mayor were Edward McDaniel and Frank Serrato. Seeking Council Place 1 will be Chuck Jones and GeoJan Wright, the former mayor. Seeking Place 3 will be Don Weaver and Kevin Swanson. Ray Ver Hey is unopposed on the ballot for the Place 5 spot.

Davis also announced that Bryan Miers was approved as Chief of the Coffee City Police Department. Miers was approved on Friday, Aug. 14 in a special meeting called to discuss the position of Police Chief. The Council approved Miers by a vote of four to one after returning from a closed session.

Davis said Chief Miers has extensive experience in law enforcement in and around the Henderson County area. He expressed welcome to Chief Miers to the department and to the City of Coffee City.


Aug. 14, 2020


FISD outlines programs

to aid student learning

Frankston ISD is off to a strong start for the 2020-2021 school year, according to school officials.

This year will be unique and challenging for FISD staff, students, and parents as they navigate this unprecedented educational journey, the officials state on their website.  In an effort to accommodate on-campus students, home learners, and all the possibilities the year may bring, FISD has implemented several new technology programs. School officials describe them as follows: 

ClassLink is the new online portal where students will access digital resources.  Microsoft Teams is one of those resources and also the platform where teachers will communicate with students.  Teams is where teachers will deliver instruction, class notes, recorded lessons, assignments, and meet with students remotely. 

FISD has added a link to its website homepage called, Online Learning, where the most up-to-date information on the online programs will be provided for students to use. Helpful information is provided to assist students in using these new technology tools, school officials say. (See Online Learning link HERE .)


Aug. 13, 2020


LaPoynor ISD to follow executive order

by governor on COVID-19 protocol

In accordance with an executive order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, LaPoynor  School officials have decided to make a serious effort to comply with all precautions necessary to assure the health and safety of students, teachers and staff upon the opening of “in-person” learning at school on Monday, Aug. 17.

The school board affirmed, in a special meeting of school trustees Monday, Aug. 10, that LISD will follow the governor’s mandate. 

The governor’s order in July mandates face coverings for children 10 and older. Supt. James Young recommended that each person obtain a copy of the governor’s executive order and follow it. The board’s decision modifies earlier school opening information which caused staff and parents to ask whether masks would be optional.

The executive order states that “every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, whenever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.”

It was noted that the Texas Education Agency requires schools to follow the governor’s mandate.

In addition to use of masks and other health and safety measures, the superintendent said that temperatures will be screened.

Supt. Young said the district is committed to providing a learning and teaching environment which mitigates the risks of infection by the COVID-19 virus in the interests of students, parents and other school district patrons.

The superintendent said he would be happy to address any concerns parents have about the ever changing guidelines and procedures related to COVID-19 health and safety measures.


Aug. 13, 2020


Frankston Council okays U.S. 175

Project loan, water, sewer rate hikes

The Frankston City Council. Tuesday night, Aug. 11 approved obtaining a loan of $138,000 for their part of the upcoming project on U.S. 175 east and okayed a $1.00 water rate increase and an additional $1.00 sewer rate hike, effective Oct. 1, according to a report from City Secretary Kelli Landreth-Smth.

Both actions were approved unanimously by the Council. Present for the vote were Council members Roger McDonald, Alfonso Lang, Sharyn Harrison and Greg Main. Mayor Gerald Hall, presided.

In announcements during the meeting, it was reported that a Bulk Item pick-up has been scheduled for Sept. 22 and 23. Also announced was postponement of the annual Square Fair, until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council reviewed loan and payment options for the U.S. 175 project and agreed to take out a loan at Austin Bank with a term of 120 months. Estimated payment was $1,305 per month with a fixed rate of 2.5 percent for the first five years and an adjusted rate of Prime-.35 percent annually thereafter.

A proposal to raise the water and sewer rates, effective Oct. 1 was introduced and approved by the Council.

Michael Hatton updated the Council on recent repairs on Garrison Street which involved replacing a collapsed culvert at the intersection of Garrison and Garner streets. In another street repair report, it was revealed that oil sand had been ordered to start filling in potholes and work had already begun.

Councilmen Lang and Main expressed interest in considering an ordinance providing weight limits on side streets in hopes of preserving the streets. Councilman Lang also expressed concern about grass clippings in the street after citizens mow.

Among consent items approved were scheduled budget workshops on Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 by teleconference to determine allocations for various budget items.


Aug. 11, 2020


Action on proposed ordinances

eyed by Coffee City Council

The City Council of Coffee City Monday night, Aug. 10 voted to act upon an ordinance for weight limits/permits on city roads, but a motion to act on an ordinance for reduced speed limits on designated residential roads died for lack of a second.

The Council also tabled consideration of an Economic Development Corp. appointment of a new board member sending the appointment back to the EDC for further consideration.

The Council’s action came after some lengthy discussion of the advisability of the proposals led by Mayor GeoJan Wright with Aldermen Don Weaver, Riley Standifer, Marquis Castleberry and Edward McDaniel present.

Also considered by the Council were proposed personnel policy changes presented at the July 2020 Council meeting. The Council approved changes in the Compensatory time policy, Vacation/Sick time change to Personal Time Off, and the Holiday schedule for calendar year 2021.

Mayor Wright and City Secretary Douglas Davis reminded the Council that the last day to file for a place on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot is Monday, Aug. 17.

Up for election are Mayor, now held by Ms Wright; Place 1, now held by Edward McDaniel; Place 3, now held by Don Weaver, and Place 5, now held by Phil Rutledge. Weaver has filed for re-election and McDaniel has filed for Mayor.

For detailed discussion of these and other matters before the Council, a video of the meeting, posted by the Council, is available HERE .


Aug. 8, 2020


Area cities post gains

in sales tax allocations

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported city sales tax allocations for the July 2020 period showing gains for area cities over the prior period last year.

Most area cities reported gains for the year-to-date over the prior year.

The City of Frankston received a net payment of $34,192.09 for July compared to a $23,233.41 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 47.16 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $205,604.21 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $168,031.19, a gain of 22.36 percent.

The City of Berryville received a net payment of $2,636.85 for July compared to a $2,076.41 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 26.99 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $13,391.29 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $11,263.99, a gain of 18.88 percent.

The City of Coffee City received a net payment of $24,838.71 for July compared to a $17,447.39 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 42.36 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $141,063.47 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $123,361.09, a gain of 14.35 percent.

The City of Cuney received a net payment of $3,577.17 for July compared to a $2,334.01 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 53.26 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $20,014.84 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $15,684.95, a gain of 27.60 percent.

The City of Poynor received a net payment of $967.62 for July compared to a $961.62 payment a year ago. That’s a gain of 0.62 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $8,227.26 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $8,367.99, a slight loss of 1.68 percent.


Aug. 7, 2020


FISD lunch schedule emphasizes small groups  

Frankston Independent School District, in order to comply with COVID-19 requirements, will be using a staggered lunchtime schedule to minimize the size of groups and risk to students.

Elementary school students will be eating their lunch in their classrooms according to a staggered schedule. 

Middle school and high school  students will be eating in small groups throughout the campus. Some will eat in classrooms, the library, the cafeteria  or the gymnasium, but all will go through the cafeteria line to get their food, according to the plan.

The plan is designed to keep down the size of the groups eating at one time and facilitate social distancing.

Also related to health and safety, teachers and staff will be provided with masks and face shields for use throughout the day for protection from transmission of the virus, and students will be provided masks. If desired, acceptable protective gear may be supplied by staff, teachers or students for their personal use.

In addition, FISD will purchase school supplies for every student to start the school year, according to school officials.



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