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Neon paper airplanes whizzed in all directions, one lodging itself in the ceiling, as excited youngsters took turns launching their creations across the Northside Elementary cafeteria Thursday night.

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Less than 60 miles from El Campo, the influenza virus shut down Hallettsville and Shiner ISDs this week, but has largely spared local school children and teachers.

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The magazine honoring El Campo’s firefighting volunteers won best in the state for semi-weekly publications, according to Texas Press Association Better Newspaper contest judges. The 2019 section celebrated the department’s 110th anniversary.

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To fund equipment for students training in oil and gas professions, the Texas Workforce Commission presented Wharton County Junior College with a $279,300 grant in a ceremony Friday afternoon.

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The $37.7 million Phase 2 of the El Campo frontage road project is now about 25 percent complete with visible road beds and drainage work under way.

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A hotel developer along U.S. 59 will receive up to $200,000 in incentives, city council said last session, depending on how much business it brings to El Campo.

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The El Campo couple competing for a national award at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Austin over the weekend did not win, but received praise for their presentation covering on-farm economics, promoting investments in local agriculture and new faces in the industry.

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Two El Campo City Council incumbents have announced their intention to see another term as the filing period for May elections gets under way.

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Louise ISD lacks a belfry, as Board President Linda Alderson pointed out, but the district has a bat problem. The $12,310 solution was approved in a 5-1 vote at Monday night’s school board meeting.

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Faced with a poor cattle market and dry winter pastures, El Campo area cattle ranchers have spent the last few months battling obstacles, but a shortage of hay was not one of them.

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Although the El Campo ISD school board has yet to set district goals for the year, student academic improvement will likely remain a priority, officials say.

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Filling the El Campo Civic Center with smiling faces and warm embraces, about 300 members of the 100 Club of Wharton County gathered Thursday night for the 40th annual membership meeting.

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Economic indicators show El Campo’s economy off to a slow start in 2020, but officials aren’t worried – next month will bring a rebate reflecting sales tax paid by holiday shoppers.

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The county and state law enforcers are trying to keep more than $40,000 in suspected drug cash seized during drug busts on U.S. 59 in Wharton County.

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Jurors called for Jan. 21 for Judge Ben Hardin’s 23rd District Court for 9:30 a.m. need not appear, the case has been settled.

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El Campo’s voters will decide in May whether they want more of a voice in who will serve as mayor, thanks to a now-verified petition.

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Some Texas school districts changed their GPA ranking policies for Texas’ top-10-percent law, El Campo ISD will continue to use the same system, officials say.

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After taking December off, the El Campo ISD school board will reconvene Tuesday night for their monthly meeting to discuss the district’s 2020 technology plan, a new school calendar, Texas Association of School Boards updates and more.

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Two El Campo High School seniors died in auto wrecks last weekend, one after the vehicle she was riding in slammed into a culvert outside of Garwood, the second in a fiery crash in Beasley.

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Former El Campo City Councilwoman Anisa Longoria Vasquez was appointed to fill the District 1 post vacated by Jeff Allgayer Monday night in a unanimous vote.

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El Campo City Council approved the impending sale of $3.125 million in bonds and the creation of a Public Improvement District, financing measures for the pending rail-supported warehouse development.

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At the 40th Annual Membership Meeting, 100 Club of Wharton County members will mingle, feast on freshly grilled steaks cooked by law enforcement and elect 2020 directors and club officers.

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Just seven months after being re-elected, District 1 El Campo City Councilman David Allgayer is stepping down.

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The “Say Something Anonymous Reporting System,” providing an online tip submission form, phone hot line and app in efforts to prevent youth violence, will be launched by El Campo ISD by early February, officials say.

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Protecting students from school shooters means sheltering young children from the world’s horrors while ensuring they are prepared for an emergency. This fragile balance will fall upon the shoulders of Louise ISD officials as they tackle school safety training this semester.

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A gas station along U.S. 59 in El Campo has been targeted by would-be credit card thieves again.

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A $4.5 million hotel project goes before council Monday and a much smaller motel plan before Planning & Zoning commissioners Wednesday.

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January will be a busy month for ag producers as they prepare for the annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference, Western Rice Belt Production Conference and Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Conference, which will be held on Jan. 14, 15 and 23, respectively.

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Common heartburn medications possibly containing high levels of a probable carcinogen were voluntarily recalled by three pharmaceutical manufacturers, as announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday.

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Several new Forever Stamp designs will premiere in 2020 from the United States Postal Service, which should be a big hit among regular El Campo Post Office patrons, officials say.

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After enjoying two weeks of snowless winter vacation, El Campo ISD, Louise ISD and St. Philip students flocked back to school on Jan. 7 to begin the 2020 spring semester.

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