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Wondering what your El Campo city water bill will be next month? Ever concerned that you might have a leak? There will soon be an app for that, City Finance Director Brittni Nanson told council Monday.

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Developers go before El Campo Planning & Zoning Commissioners Wednesday with visions of a 400-unit West Loop luxury apartment complex exactly where the 2017 Comprehensive Plan predicted one should locate.

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State funding has already supplied El Campo businesses with hand sanitizers, protective equipment for first responders along with stretchers for ambulances and more.

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At the Nov. 17 El Campo ISD board meeting, district leaders addressed an irregularity regarding the swearing in of board member David Vallejo a month prior.

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Louise administrators plan to find out if an extra hour to focus on school work is the remedy students need to boost their grades with a new after school study program.

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Louise ISD trustees want the superintendent to focus on student safety for the remaining months of the year, creating his annual goals for improving the district at their Nov. 16 meeting.

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The first COVID-19 vaccination effort could get under way as early as January, officials say, and in Wharton County, health care clinics and pharmacies may become the distribution sites.

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Aided by new guidance from the Texas Education Agency, El Campo ISD leaders hope to improve the grades of students who are performing poorly via remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As COVID-19 cases spike across the country, El Campoans are preparing to take a break from the stress of 2020 and safely celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday.

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Wharton County’s jail is up to code for cleanliness, inmate living standards and more, state inspectors say, and the Sheriff’s Office plans to continue improving facilities in the coming months.

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Pleading guilty to murder, an El Campo man is prison-bound, almost four years after he beat a fellow boarder to death in the driveway of the house where they both lived.

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El Campo High School trumpet players (front row, l-r) Shelby Krpec, Sophia McLain, (back row, l-r) Cedric Kimble and Alekzander Harper play an upbeat tune with the rest of the Ricebird band at a pep rally Thursday night to hype up the football team before their big game against the Kilgore b…

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A former administrator at Hutchins Elementary has been named the new head of El Campo Middle School, district leaders announced Tuesday, filling a position that has been vacant since August.

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El Campo ISD kicked off the construction of a new high school weight room Wednesday, marking the fruition of a plan almost one year in the making and the renovation of a building long labeled in need of repair.

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The El Campo ISD school board discussed changes to local policy on teachers’ paid leave during their October monthly meeting, and although no action was taken on the issue, multiple members indicated they’d be open to amending the policy in the future.

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Harvesting their second crop of the year, local rice producers are finding good yields and fair weather conditions.

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Construction of what will be Texas’ largest solar farm began south of El Campo Tuesday, and once the project ramps up, hundreds of locals could be hired to complete the work, project leaders say.

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The Wharton County District Attorney’s Office will be seeking up to life in prison for an El Campo man accused of committing a September murder over an auto part.

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A West Loop apartment developer’s request for zoning changes has been delayed briefly, a move which allows more people to attend the upcoming Planning & Zoning Commission session if they choose.

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Wharton ISD schools closed Tuesday due to increased student and staff cases of COVID-19 and the flu, and will continue classes online for the remainder of this week. El Campo and Louise schools are monitoring campus COVID-19 cases closely, but currently have no plans to close, district leaders say.

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Gina Rothbauer and Brent Herzik (l-r) add items to the Toys For Tots collection box, a holiday drive going on so local children can receive gifts during Christmas this year. Items can be dropped off at the El Campo Leader-News office, 203 E. Jackson, and at other participating businesses.  R…

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Ever wonder what it’s like to stand in a police officer’s shoes as he or she patrols, makes arrests, conducts searches and more? If you are between the ages of 14 and 20, your chance is now.

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An estimated 83 pounds of cocaine was seized in a traffic stop on U.S. 59 near Louise last week.

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You may think you need a break from politics after the election, but if you combine that subject with a story involving a serial killer, romance, intrigue and Texas culture, it can be irresistible.

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El Campo’s economy rebounded strongly, rising from a 2 percent drop in October to a more than 15 percent gain in a single month, according to the city’s main economic indicator.

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New El Campo Police Chief Gary Williamson has plans of making his officers more visible in the neighborhoods and more responsive to crime trends throughout the city.

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Louise ISD’s school board underwent a major transformation Thursday night, as a new board president and vice president, among other roles, were named and three new trustees were sworn in.

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The hunt for a permanent El Campo Middle School principal is almost complete, as a handful of applicants were interviewed this week before one finalist is selected and announced.

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Once per year veterans across the U.S. are honored for their service on Veterans Day, but after the holiday ends, their sacrifices are forever a part of our lives; even if the nation’s attention isn’t focused on them.

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A small audience gathered in the Hutchins Elementary cafeteria Tuesday, sitting in the dusky light as a slideshow was projected at the front of the room. The students at this evening’s lesson were El Campo ISD elementary school teachers, training for the Texas Education Agency’s Reading Acad…

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With one dead brother, three drunken driving arrests and 14 years after his first offense, an El Campo man is prison bound again for DWI following a court hearing last week.

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Criminal charges were pending Saturday when a former Wharton County sheriff’s deputy appears to have committed suicide in a cemetery outside of Seymour.

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El Campo’s first almost directly-elected mayor said he looked forward to working with staff shortly after taking an oath of office.

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For the tenth year, El Campo ISD doesn’t have enough Spanish-speaking teachers for its English as a Second Language program to meet state requirements, but the department is working hard with who they have, officials say.

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State Rep. Phil Stephenson, Republican, defeated challenger Joey Cardenas III, Democrat, in the battle for District 85 Tuesday by a landslide of votes in Wharton County, but the race was tighter in other areas of the district.

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