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2019 Year in Review - Part Two

January 08, 2020 - 00:00
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Rounding out 2019 with the biggest stories between July and December

  • 2019 Year in Review - Part Two
  • 2019 Year in Review - Part Two


Eagle Lake Police Department hired their first African American police chief July 9 when Police Chief Wilton White, Jr. was hired. White previously worked as a police office in the city of Brenham, and served as a trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety for 13 years.

Kay Klauber, widely known candy confectionist and Colorado County native, passed away July 19 at the age of 99.


The Columbus Junior Softball All Star Team made history when they advanced to the championship game. The team went 5-2 in the World Series and made it to the championship game. That is something no Columbus softball team has ever done before.

Columbus State Bank celebrated a century of service to the Columbus area with a 100th birthday celebration Aug. 19.


The 41st annual Colorado County Fair kept many in the county busy Sept. 5 - 7.

Commissioners with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) promptly denied the Altair Disposal Services, LLC hazardous waste permit at the Sept. 11 meeting in Austin.


Seniors Makayla Cooper and Jalen Toro were crowned Columbus High School’s Homecoming Queen and King.

Hubert and Dolores Odstrcil of Columbus celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Oct. 2.

A historic flight took place in Colorado County Wednesday, Oct. 10 when PHI made their first all-female flight with flight nurse Courtney Salazar of Bryan, flight paramedic Marian Moon of Sugar Land and pilot Summer Kunard of Columbus.


The Union Pacific Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 made a stop in Eagle Lake during its historic nationwide tour Nov. 6. Hundreds of people were on hand to see and witness the world’s only Big Boy still operational one last time in this final tour.

Colorado County, Rice Consolidated ISD, and the community of Garwood were represented in Washington DC Friday, Nov. 15 as National Blue Ribbon Schools were recognized. Rice CISD superintendent Bill Hefner, Garwood Elementary School principal Leroy Stavinoha and Garwood School teacher Shannon Villarreal traveled to DC to accept the award for Garwood Elementary School.


The Weimar Police Department announced the loss of Police K9 Lido, age 5, after he died in what was described by the department as “an unpreventable accident at home” Sunday, Dec.1.

The Columbus Cardinal football team took on the Grandview Zebras in the state semifinals game Friday, Dec.13 in Round Rock. The Cards fell to the Zebras 21-41.

the continuous residency eligibility requirement, a person establishes an intent to return claim to a residence after a temporary absence only if the person: (a) has made a reasonable and substantive attempt to effectuate that intent; and (b) has a legal right and the practical ability to return to the residence. The criteria for establishing an intent to return after a temporary absence does not apply to persons displaced due to a declared local, state, or national disaster

HB 918

Relating to providing discharged or released inmates with certain documents, including documents to assist the inmate in obtaining employment. People being released from prison will now be released with documents needed to help them find a job, including