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

Commissioners voted to spend $34,000 to make the Extraco annex ready for Internet and wireless telephone service as the county prepares to move offices into the new space at 800 E. Main St., a block from the courthouse square.

Gatesville-based F8 Tech LLC will run wire and cable in the building to provide Internet access for the first offices moving in and provide expansion capability to add hookups as more offices move over in the next couple of years, said company owner Brent Wolff.

F8 Tech offers “managed services” and “vendor management” for organizations grappling with the increasing complexity of information technology. Commissioners voiced the need for an IT director for the county, and County Judge John Firth hinted Wolff’s company may be a prime candidate to fill that need.

Add renewing your vehicle registration to your grocery list. Tax Assessor/Collector Justin Carothers worked a deal with H-E-B to allow all store locations in the county to provide vehicle registration renewals from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Remember to take your renewal notice and proof of insurance — along with your wallet — when you go to renew.

Ed Thompson wants to carry the Copperas Cove flag to the courthouse annex in Gatesville. Thompson, who served as county GOP chairman for about seven years before stepping down this year, is a candidate for Coryell County commissioner in precinct 2. He is challenging incumbent Daren Moore in the March 4 Republican primary.

Cove is under-represented in county government, Thompson said. “We need someone from this end of the county.”

Currently, Firth is the only Cove resident on the five-member commissioners court.

Thompson and his wife, Peggy, regularly attend the commissioners court meetings, and Peggy Thompson frequently exhorts the commissioners to “speak up” if they start to mumble. If Ed Thompson were on the court, Peggy would no doubt be able to hear him clearly, and vice versa.

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