Howdy, Copperas Cove. Several things going on downrange in Coryell County this week.
The annual Food For Families drive got started across Central Texas this morning to collect food donations for neighbors in need. The event is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, H-E-B, the Texas National Guard and KWTX. The folks collecting at the Gatesville Fire Station expect to maintain their tradition of outgiving all communities in the region.
Feral hog bounty program
The county’s feral hog bounty program ($10 per tail) resulted in 1,024 dead pigs, Commissioner Don Jones said. Another 105 live pigs were turned in to licensed vendors for a $5 incentive added to the price of each hog. The county paid half the cost of the program with its second-place winnings from last year’s Hog Out contest. Combined with the hogs killed for good land stewardship — or just for fun — Jones reckons the eradication effort rid the county of about 2,000 of the pests this year.
“Probably 3,000 were born during that time,” Jones said.
Feral hog workshop
Jones will be frying catfish today for the free lunch that goes with the feral hog workshop conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Gatesville Civic Center. The workshop, part of the County Hog Abatement Matching Program, is free and open to the public.
EDC and CTC
The Coryell County Economic Development Board, an ambitious bunch, is exploring the idea of expanding the presence of Central Texas College in the Gatesville area.
Dr. Ralph Ford, who became CTC president in August, said he is open to the idea of expanding college services but has yet to discuss the particulars with the EDB.
Board members this week penciled in a March workshop at CTC to develop a plan to bring the college to downtown Gatesville. CTC currently provides courses at the state prison units in Gatesville and at the high school.
Coryell County is showing its fall colors — yellow/gold from ash, pecan, elm, post oak and hackberry; burnt orange and deep red from Spanish oak, blackjack oak, shinoak, rusty viburnum and flame sumac. I can hear the Yankee transplants snickering at the notion of fall color in Texas. Dabbed amid the tan of prairie grasses and dull green of cedar and liveoak, our autumn is more subtle (a term not often applied to Texas) than the spectacular maple splendor up north. Snicker all you want until spring. Our Texas wildflowers will blow your doors off.