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

When the county bought the Extraco Bank building in Gatesville last spring, commissioners geared up to ease the crowding in the cramped courthouse.

After sorting out who should stay in the courthouse and who should move to new quarters, the commissioners studied plans and let bids on getting a portion of the new space suitable for government work while Extraco continues banking in part of the building.

As it turns out, the renovations are more complicated than putting up walls and laying new carpet. These days, much of the county’s paperwork is done with software, servers, routers and Wi-Fi — not on paper but in an Internet cloud.

Old bank vaults seem like good places for computer servers, but they require electrical power, air conditioning and special cable conduits. Construction workers will need to get their ducts in a row.

To get the various computer systems to gee-haw, the county needs an expert in information technology. So far, the position hasn’t been created, much less filled.

Moving an assortment of county computers into new offices may be easy, but getting them all plugged securely into that cloud could be problematic without the services of a competent geek.

deer rescue

Not everybody who had to work on Thanksgiving was facing hordes of shoppers at the mall.

On our morning walk, my wife and I spotted a whitetail doe caught in a hog trap on a neighbor’s place across the road. When we couldn’t contact the neighbor, we called Game Warden Colt Gaulden to report the trapped deer.

Gaulden drove over from Evant where he was checking on some hunters who might have forgotten about state bag limits.

Finding one of the state’s deer in your hog trap is not a problem, he said, “but if I find it in your trap, that’s a problem.”

Gaulden hiked from the road across an oat patch to free the animal. His pistol was ready in case the animal injured itself trying to escape and had to be put down, which he said is often the case.

When Gaulden got within 20 yards of the trap, the frantic doe jumped out of the enclosure, which did not have a top, and bounded toward the tree line along the Leon River. It was nearing noon, and Gaulden drove home for Thanksgiving lunch with his family.

His holiday advice to hog hunters: Check those traps.

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