The first sheriff of Coryell County
In 2024, with the upcoming race for the office of Coryell County sheriff approaching, a few changes can be observed in just how elections have evolved over the years. Today, we have electronic voting, early voting, and votes that can be cast by mail-in ballots. In years past, it was not that way – especially when officials were elected 170 years ago in this county.
4-H ambassadors donate 500 pounds of food
The Coryell County 4-H Ambassador Team recently collected and donated 500 lbs. of food during the National Souper Bowl of Caring event. The 4-H members also volunteered by packing food boxes and toiletry bags at the Gatesville Care Center. The third “H” in 4-H stands for hands. The Ambassador team pledged their hands to larger service. 4-H helps youth learn to serve.
Over 500 fed at Military Appreciation Fish Fry
The 16th annual Gatesville Military Appreciation Fish Fry was recently held on Friday, Feb. 23, at the Gatesville Civic Center. The event was sponsored by the City of Gatesville, Gatesville Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Gatesville Chamber of Commerce, and the Gatesville Volunteer Fire Department. A social time was held for...
Train hits and kills man in Killeen
Killeen (FOX 44/KWKT) — Killeen Police officers are investigating the death of a man hit by a train. It happened Wednesday around 7:55 a.m. Officers got a call about a BSNF train hissing a man at the Twin Creek Road train crossing. That’s where police found the body of 27-year-old Robert Quintin Derego.
Woman hospitalized in Killeen crash
KILLEEN, Texas (FOX 44) – A 57-year-old woman is in critical condition after her vehicle collides with a pole on Stagecoach Road in Killeen. Officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of Stagecoach Road at approximately 8:17 a.m. Thursday in reference to a single car crash. When officers arrived, they found the driver and started to perform life-saving measurers until paramedics arrived.
Paxton Police Blotter: Pair from Texas nabbed with drugs in traffic stop
PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:. — Mara E. Hinojosa, 31, of Cedar Park, Texas, and Joseph F. Wilson, 25, of Gatesville, Texas, were each arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal transportation of adult-use cannabis during a traffic stop in the 200 block of East State Street around 5:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29. Hinojosa was charged additionally with permitting an unauthorized person to drive, while Wilson was charged additionally with driving with no valid driver’s license and operating an uninsured vehicle. The traffic stop was conducted after Paxton police were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the back of the parking lot of NAPA Auto Parts, 100 W. Ottawa Road, finding upon arrival the two Texas residents inside a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe that was facing south. They told police they were waiting there for someone to bring them cash to buy fuel. When asked by police to provide their driver’s licenses, Hinojosa and Wilson said neither had a license, but each provided an identification card. After police confirmed neither was wanted on a warrant, police left the parking lot and drove a couple of blocks away, from where they witnessed the Tahoe leave the lot minutes later. Police stopped the vehicle on State Street just east of Railroad Avenue, knowing that neither occupant had a valid license to drive. During the traffic stop, the Ford County Sheriff’s Office canine was called to assist, giving police a positive alert to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed the presence of about 1.8 grams of methamphetamine, 1 gram of cannabis, a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine, a pipe used for smoking cannabis, and scales used for weighing drugs. Both Hinojosa and Wilson were arrested and taken to the Ford County Jail in Paxton, and the vehicle was seized by police under city ordinance.
Investigation Takes Place In Killeen, Texas After 20 Year Old Found Dead
According to the Killeen Police Department, Police are conducting a death investigation that took place on York Ave., February 27th at 12:41 PM. Officers were reported to meet at the 800 block of York Avenue after a 911 call about a man who needed medical assistance. KILLEEN POLICE ARE CONDUCTING...
Three arrested after shots fired at Cove home
COPPERAS COVE, Texas (FOX 44) – Three Copperas Cove men have been arrested after a report of shots fired outside of a home. Copperas Cove Police officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired at a residence in the 2400 block of Spirit Dancer Drive at approximately 9:38 p.m. Tuesday. The caller stated a vehicle sped away from the residence and provided the vehicle description, as well as a direction of travel.
Candidates for Coryell County Sheriff debate critical issues
The race for Coryell County Sheriff heats up as the three candidates make their case to voters ahead of the primary election on March 5. Coryell County Republican Party (CCRP) Chairman, Colton Buckley, moderated the debate at the Gatesville City Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 22. The incumbent, Sheriff Scott Williams, seeks re-election for a third term and defends his seat from opponents, Danni Suniga and J.C. Buster. Williams has served as the county’s sheriff since 2016.
Polls close at 7 p.m. for Early Voting
The Copperas Cove Early Voting Center closes its doors at 7 p.m. on Friday, the last day of early voting ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. As of Wednesday, Feb. 28, a total of 2,907 ballots had been cast in Coryell County. On Tuesday, polls will be open from 7...
Smith takes on Advertising Sales position at The Gatesville Messenger
The Gatesville Messenger is proud to announce the hiring of Gatesville native Kaitlyn Smith as the new Advertising Sales Representative. Smith was born and raised in Gatesville and has resided here all her life. She is the daughter of Stacy Mercer and Trey Smith. She is an alumnus of Gatesville...
Businesses in Gatesville prepping for the solar eclipse over Texas
It's the event that everyone’s been waiting for, and it's officially less than forty days away. The solar eclipse is taking place on April 8, and Central Texas is one of the best spots to be.
Get Chilled And Thrilled With These 4 Haunted Bridges In Texas
If you're the type of person who loves a good spine-tingling tale, Texas has you covered. Some of the most haunted bridges around are located in the Lone Star State. Each one of these bridges comes with its own eerie legend and ghostly sightings that have been talked about for years.
What Time Is The Full Texas Solar Eclipse?
Killeen, Texas and all of Bell County fit nicely into the path of totality for the upcoming total solar eclipse that will be happening on April 8, 2024. A massive influx of people are expected to view the eclipse here in Central Texas due to our favorable anticipated weather forecast, and adequate space that Bell County has already declared a state of emergency with the population likely to be at least doubled, if not tripled by the number of eclipse enthusiasts.
Coryell County 4-H to host various events through April
The Coryell County Fair is over for the year, but there are still many things happening within Coryell County 4-H. There will be around seven contests coming up within the next few weeks, and each contest has the potential to advance to a district level for Junior, Intermediate, and Senior age divisions. A state level competition is available for seniors who are active 4-H members prior to Friday, March 1.
Driver injured in deer-related wreck
A Lampasas man was hospitalized last week after a single-vehicle wreck that involved gravel on the roadway and a deer crossing the street. Lampasas police officials said at 12:40 p.m. Feb. 18, officers responded to a report of a wreck in the 300 block of Sunrise Hills. Patrol Lt. Chuck Montgomery said the collision was of a vehicle-versusmaterial nature. “A driver hit a pile of gravel aggregate…
Hornet football athletes receive All-State recognition
Over the past week, two Hornet football players, Lawson Mooney and Zach Bryant, were honored with All-State awards. Senior Lawson Mooney was selected to the All-State second team. He is the 11th player in Hornet history to be named to the second team and the first in almost a decade.
Killeen and Waco firefighters deploy to fight Texas Panhandle wildfires
Waco, TX (FOX 44) — Fire departments in our area have stepped up this week to help the Panhandle take out the largest wildfires in Texas history. The Killeen Fire Department deployed six firefighters and three vehicles to the Panhandle to battle the flames. Killeen Fire Chief James Kubinski says he’s been in contact with […]
Lometa One-Act Play ready to head torward competition next week
The Lometa High School One-Act Play begins its march toward the state contest once again, with Monday’s district competition being the starting point. A small cast with limited returning production could be the recipe for success this season, as the theater troupe tells a story of love, inequality and justice with scenes from “Loving” by Peter Manos. Director Heather Moresco noted the reason…
Fort Cavazos Barrack 100 Modernization: New Furniture Enhances Living Conditions for Local Soldiers
The upcoming opening of Barrack 100 at Fort Cavazos is a notable advancement in military life modernization. The Directorate of Public Works, Furnishing Management Office has updated the furniture in several barracks, aligning the living spaces with new standards. So far, 70 out of 99 barracks have been renovated, and 15 more are currently being updated. Once completed, soldiers will have new furniture to enhance their living conditions.