GATESVILLE — Howdy, Copperas Cove. Here are a few happenings downrange in Coryell County that may interest you.

Your county commissioners are trying to save some of your county tax dollars by spending more of your federal tax dollars to comply with state mandates that are not funded by your state tax dollars.

Many indigent people in the community who need mental health care wind up in the overcrowded county jail, where they are at risk of harm from other inmates and put a burden on jail staff who are not trained to deal with them. Coryell has teamed with Central Counties Services to get federal funding to convert a wing of the old county hospital in Gatesville into an 8-bed facility and build a 32-bed crisis respite center in Cove.

Veteran services

While Bell County is looking for a veteran services officer, Coryell County already has one. Mark Shelton, a volunteer veterans advocate for the past 12 years, has been trained and certified by the Texas Veterans Commission and took over as the Coryell County veteran services officer in January. While waiting for office space in the new Extraco annex, Shelton works from his home and can be reached at 254-404-2170.

Election day

County-wide voting seemed to be a big success on Election Day. The biggest turnout in Cove was at the old City Hall, where most of the 306 voters there voted outside their home precinct. I wonder where those folks will vote if and when the old City Hall is no longer there.

Rabbit show Saturday

Bunny aficionados don’t have to wait until the spring Rabbit Fest to get their fix. The state 4-H Rabbit Extravaganza is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at Gatesville Civic Center. More than 100 youngsters with more than 400 rabbits from all over Texas will put on a show that includes a “best-dressed rabbit” competition, said Kathy Brase, superintendent of the event.

Road district

How about a salute to the 40 residents of Sun Set Estates (a.k.a. Road District 1) who voted unanimously to raise their taxes to pave Nathan and Kenney drives?

After the developer said he wouldn’t and county officials said they couldn’t (legally) pave the streets, the neighborhood came together to get the job done even though it meant raising their own taxes.

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