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

On Monday, the county commissioners are expected to approve a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone in order to apply for $134,000 in state matching funds to fix and maintain county roads affected by oil and gas production.

Oak Springs Road north of Cove is a prime candidate for the Texas Department of Transportation funding, because it was impacted by heavy traffic during natural gas exploration in the areas several years ago, county officials said.

Coryell County’s share of the $225 million in funding could increase if other eligible counties opt not to apply for their share.

Andy’s Restaurant in Gatesville (known recently as the Stockyard), a landmark at the corner of U.S. Highway 84 and Business 36 since 1991, is being torn down to make way for a new Stripes convenience store, owner Andy Lella said.

Lella said he and his crew plan to open a “more modern, more efficient, smaller” Andy’s Restaurant in Gatesville next spring.

Good news for those who have a fondness for the chicken fried steak on Andy’s buffet.

Outreach visit

County Judge John Firth and Gatesville City Manager Roger Mumby met this week with officials of Laerdal Texas, formerly Medical Plastics, as the first outreach

visit of the Marketing and Retention Committee of the County Economic Development Board.

“Our message was that the county and city would support their operations in every way possible,” Firth said.

Company officials had questions about water and water pressure, and the city will work to address those concerns, Firth said.

Sam Golden of Pidcoke chairs the new standing committee, which also includes board member Fred Chavez as well as Firth.

Members of Coryell County 4-H Clubs getting ready for the county fair competition set for Jan. 8-10 will be working with AgriLife Extension Agents Pasquale Swaner and Julie Gardner.

Shane Martin, who was formerly tasked with 4-H Club activities, resigned from the Extension Service effective Monday.

Enjoy a safe and happy Christmas and any other holidays of your choice.

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