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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013 4:30 am

GATESVILLE — Howdy, Copperas Cove. Here is what is going on downrange in Coryell County.

With a big capital murder trial no longer on the calendar, the folks at the county courthouse can focus more of their time and energy on easing the crowding in the county jail by moving more cases off the criminal docket.

District Attorney Dusty Boyd said he and his staff have cleared more than 600 cases in the 10 months he has been in office, or about 60 cases a month.

“We are going to really speed up in the next two months getting old cases done,” Boyd said after a plea agreement in the David Allen murder case last week.

Within the next month, Allen will be vacating a bed at the county jail to move to a state prison cell to serve a 30-year sentence.

Boyd said his new assistant district attorney, Amanda Speer, will focus on motion-to-revoke-parole cases in the effort to clear the jail.

The board of the newly created Road District 1, which is also the Coryell County Commissioners Court, discussed hiring a hydrologist to help figure out drainage needed for roadwork to be done on Nathan and Kenney drives in the Sun Set Estates subdivision north of Cove. Forty residents of the subdivision voted unanimously to create the road district to borrow money to pave the streets and collect taxes from them to pay off the loan. Road maintenance will be turned over to the county once the debt is paid. The road district/commissioners decided to get busy with the work so the neighborhood won’t have to wait much longer for decent pavement.

Gray Thursday is the new name for what used to be called Thanksgiving, which precedes Black Friday, the first day of the frenzied shopping season that culminates in that gift-giving holiday that used to be called Christmas. I miss the old days when Gray Thursday was a day for enjoying food and football with family and reflecting on the many things for which to give thanks.

If you are headed to the mall, stay safe.

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