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On Thursday, Nov. 30, in the 2nd Judicial Court of Cherokee County, Texas, a jury of twelve found Shonquea Danielle Thirkill guilty of Endangering a Child and gave her the maximum sentences allowed by law. Thirkill was found guilty of having drugs at her house, including methanphetimine, crack cocaine, and marijuana, as well as one large chunk of crack cocaine that was with easy reach of several young children who were staying at her house. more
An educational program that once called the city of Bullard home is attempting to make a comeback, as the newly restructured Bullard 4-H Club is currently seeking new members. “We’re really excited we had the opportunity to come back in and restart the Bullard 4-H Club, said James Holloway, Bullard 4-H Club advisor. “I believe that through 4-H, students are able to learn and participate in a number of activities focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The club allows more depth in the Bullard community by interacting in certain activities they may be interested in.” more
A member of the Cherokee County Commissioners Court who was previously under investigation by the Texas Rangers was deemed innocent by a grand jury. Cherokee County Commissioner Byron Underwood (Precinct 4) faced scrutiny since a personal item was noticed on his expense report submitted during a Commissioners Court meeting in July. more
The spirit of Christmas is on its way back to the streets of downtown Bullard, as the annual Bullard Christmas Parade and third annual Bullard Christmas Kickoff events will take place Monday, Dec. 4, hosted by the City of Bullard and Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce. more
Members of the Bullard Rotary Club were able to make the Thanksgiving holiday a special one for several Bullard residents, as the organization took part in an annual tradition of passing out Thanksgiving turkey dinners. This year, a number of the organization’s members passed out the meals to Bullard families on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Bullard Elementary School campus, while other members traveled to deliver the meals at residences around the city. more
On the breezy afternoon of Friday, November 17, a small delegation from the Haiti National Amputee Soccer Team visited Bullard and provided a demonstration of amputee soccer at Bullard City Hall. The team is traveling across America on a Goodwill Tour, sharing their story of hope through athletic performances, artwork, and stories of triumph through tragic circumstances. more
Texas homeowners may postpone paying the current property taxes on the appreciating value of their homes. Homeowners may take advantage of a payment option called “residence homestead tax deferral” by signing an affidavit at the Smith County Appraisal District office. This special form of tax relief allows homeowners to pay the taxes on 105 percent of the preceding year’s appraised value of their homesteads, plus the taxes on any new improvements to the homesteads. more
Residents of the city of Bullard who use the city’s trash services are noticing a slight increase on their water bills beginning in the month of November, as a new fee pertaining to trash services has gone into effect. A new administration fee approved by the Bullard City Council during a special called meeting held Monday, Sept. 25 began accumulating on residents’ accounts on the first of October, and is now on their November bills. more
With any job in law enforcement, officers need special equipment designed for their safety and protection. Bullard Police Department’s K-9 officer now has such a piece of life-saving equipment available thanks to a non-profit company. Epor, who has been the BPD’s K-9 officer for approximately three years, recently received a bullet and stab protective vest that will protect him while on the job with his partner, K-9 Officer Steven Anderson, who has been with Epor since the K-9 joined the force. The protective vest has made its way to Epor thanks to a donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. more
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