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El Campo ISD welcomed its newest Ricebird after trustees unanimously voted to approve former Iowa superintendent Robert Callaghan’s district chief contract in closed session Thursday morning.

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Large gatherings are discouraged in light of the coronavirus pandemic, but the current social distancing restrictions didn’t stop El Campoans from reminiscing about their favorite July 4 memories this week.

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All-American Baby ballots have been counted and the judges have made their selections in the Leader-News’ annual contest just in time for Fourth of July celebrations.

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With July 4 right around the corner, firework stands have popped up all over the country. The coronavirus crisis has dragged down sales for many industries, but firework sales this year are as dazzling as their products, company leaders say.

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Amidst a rising number of COVID-19 cases in Wharton County and in Texas, the El Campo ISD school board opted to switch back to a virtual method in order to conduct its Tuesday night meeting. Over a video call, the board selected a calendar for the 2020-2021 school year, considered plans for …

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A computer, a hot cup of coffee and pajama pants are the perfect ingredients for this year’s virtual Rice Field Day. The typically in-person event will be held online on July 9 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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This is the latest data according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. This graph shows the total cases and recoveries for Wharton County and the surrounding areas.

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A mask order goes into effect within the city limits at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, ordering businesses to require staff and customers to don protective face coverings against COVID-19 or face fines.

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“If the county explodes (with sharply increasing COVID-19 patient numbers) ... are we ready?” Councilwoman Gloria Harris asked city health authority Dr. Brooke Dorotik during Monday night’s council session.

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The El Campo ISD school board will consider officially hiring superintendent finalist Robert Callaghan Thursday in closed session after reviewing his district contract. The board will also consider retroactively approving Callaghan’s consulting contract with ECISD.

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Keeping an entire community tidy sounds like a tall task, but Louise volunteers tackled the job for the first time since November during the Community Clean-Up event over the weekend.

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Fleeing the scene of a fiery crash on U.S. 59 at Hwy. 71 late Sunday night, the driver was struck by multiple vehicles and killed. 

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After weeks of consideration, the El Campo ISD school board selected a calendar for the upcoming school year in a unanimous vote at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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This is the latest data according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. This graph shows the total cases and recoveries for Wharton County and the surrounding areas.

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This is a graph showing total cases and recoveries in Wharton County and among other counties. The information is provided via the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. Localized Wharton County data broken down by city was not available at this time.   

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The possibility of an emergency mask order will be considered Monday during a called El Campo City Council session prompted by the rising number of coronavirus cases in the county.

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Runoff balloting to decide who will hold the Wharton County tax assessor-collector’s office gets under way Monday, one week after the campaign signs of one candidate were stolen in the City of Wharton.

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Louise ISD trustees addressed facility renovations, the upcoming school year and learning materials for in-class and at-home education Thursday.

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Students will begin El Campo ISD summer school in early July after a month-long hiatus from schoolwork. This year, due to the global coronavirus crisis, summer school will be a bit different for ECISD.

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The effort to fill an expiring term on El Campo’s City Development Corporation board stalled Monday after three votes, the last of which ended in a tie.

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Out of the many Texas businesses to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, nursing homes and assisted living facilities were among the first. Although social distancing during the crisis can be lonely, staff at local facilities have been working hard to maintain resident morale, facility lea…

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El Campo Middle School student Kielen Sweeny (left) receives an academic excellence award from ECMS Principal Gary Figirova at the drive through awards ceremony Thursday. Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the school was not able to have a traditional ceremony, but decided to honor…

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El Campo police will be working with local businesses when, or if, mask orders go into effect next week. Officers also are enforcing governor-ordered shutdowns of bars and the reduction in occupancy rates ordered by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

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El Campo’s economy showed more resiliency than expected or hoped for when city officials received this month’s sales tax rebate from the Texas state comptroller’s office.

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Louise ISD trustees will meet tomorrow night to discuss Texas Education waivers, the upcoming school board member election and more.

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Hay crops showing symptoms of freezing sounds nonsensical in a Texas June, yet, for a few local producers, that was exactly what they saw in their crop. Eventually the real culprit for the hay damage, the Bermudagrass Stem Maggot, was identified.

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Four armed El Campo men were arrested less than two hours after police say they robbed two local gas stations in the early morning hours Friday.

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