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THE FAYETTE COUNTY La Grange, Texas 78945



Volume 92, Number 13

One Dollar per Copy

Now a 3-Person Race for County Judge More Switch to Republican Party on Final Day to File By H.H. HOWZE

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Festive Fayetteville

Holiday pet parade, homes tour set for this Saturday. Page B5

For The Record Cheeseballs

The La Grange Bluebonnet Lions Club have a few cheeseballs for sale just in time for the Christmas and New Year holidays and the Super Bowl. The cheeseballs are $9 each and can be reserved by calling Lion members: Gracie Albright (979) 968-6820, Carolyn Buchanek (979) 968-3254, or any of the other Bluebonnet Lions Members. Benefitting local scholarships and charities.

As of Monday afternoon, it’s a three-way horse race for Fayette County judge. Hours before the filing deadline to run for public office in the 2014 election cycle, Cecil R. Webster, chair of the Fayette County Democratic Party, resigned his party office and filed paperwork to run for the top of the local ticket on the Democratic side. Webster had been county Democratic chair since June 2010 and actively involved in Fayette County politics since 2008. A retired colonel in the U.S. Army, he and his wife, Marsha, moved to the Carmine area in 2005 after he retired as a senior program manager at Battelle Institute, a scientific organization headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.




While Webster is unopposed for his party’s nomination, he will compete in the general election in November against the winner of the Republican primary – either long-term (24- year) incumbent county judge Ed Janecka or challenger Lee Fritsch, who also filed Monday afternoon. “I have no preference,” Webster said. “I’ll let them fight it out and then take on the victor in November.” See Political Races, back page

Oh Brother

Matt & Will Kates Have Made Leps Tough to Stop

Trail of Lights

The Trail of Lights at Monument Hill State Park continues this weekend. The entertainment in the Kreische House on Friday night, Dec. 13, will be provided by Dick Smith on the keyboard playing and singing holiday favorites for an audience singalong. On Saturday night, the students of Ken Wood Studios will perform on various musical instruments. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children ages 3 to 12. Pets are not allowed in the Park during the Trail of Lights. For further information, call (979) 968-5658.

BBQ & Bake Sale

The St. James Episcopal Church will hold a barbecue and bake sale Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 156 N. Monroe, across the street from HEB. A half chicken is $3.25 and a sausage link is $4.50. There is drive through pick-up only. The barbecue is for the benefit of St. James Preschool. There’s more For the Record on Page A2

La Grange head football coach Matt Kates, left, and his younger brother, Leps offensive coordinator Will Kates, joined forces in the Leps coaching office two years ago – since then the football team has a 21-3 record. Photo by Jeff Wick


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One Kates brother was good. Two, it seems, are nearly unbeatable. Together fourth-year La Grange head football coach Matt Kates, 35, and his younger brother, Will Kates, who turns 30 next week and is in his second year as Leps offensive coordinator, have helped lead the La Grange football team to a 13-0 record this season. That’s tied for the best start ever by the Leps. “We feel so fortunate to be here and to be sharing this together,” said Matt. Friday the Kates brothers long winding journey in football comes full circle as they lead the Leps into a state semifinal game in Mansfield, just

La Grange vs. Carthage

Class 3A Division I State Semifinal football game When: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium, 3700 E. Broad Street Mansfield, TX 76063. Records: Leps are 13-0. Carthage is 13-1. Up next: Winner faces Kilgore (130) or Stephenville (12-1) in the state championship game at Noon Friday Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium, Arlington.

minutes from where they grew up as kids (Birdville ISD and Richland High School) and later grew professionally as assistant coaches at Fort Worth Arlington Heights where they both coached with the eldest Kates brother Ged). It’s a story of Faith, Family and Football. Neither Matt or Will ever

met their grandfather, but they heard plenty of stories of “Papa Joe,” legendary coach Joe Kerbel (who two 3A state titles at Breckenridge before going to be the winningest head coach in the history of West Texas A&M University). Kerbel died long before Matt or Will were born but both their mom Shary (Kerbel’s daughter) and their dad George (Kerbel’s football operations manager at West Texas A&M) filled their heads will stories of the old marine captain turned football coach. “We grew up in a different household than most, when your mom is screaming at the T.V. for (former Cowboys running back) Emmett Smith to hit the dang See Kates, Page A6

WEATHER WATCH This Week’s Forecast High Low Friday: 57 48 40% chance of rain Saturday: 55 35 Partly cloudy Sunday: 54 32 Clear Monday: 62 38 School board members and representatives from the design and building teams (Pfluger Architects, Clear Drymalla Construction and Owners Building Resource) together cut the ribbon in one of the spacious hallways of the new La Grange Middle School.

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Carmine’s Taylor Jacob is shown here on her horse “Bo” during her first place finish in Round 3 of the National Finals Saturday in Las Vegas. photos

Carmine’s Jacob Shining In the National Spotlight By JEFF WICK

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Every night for the last week, national television audiences have been wowed by a 23-year-old barrel racer from Fayette County, who is tearing up the track on the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Saturday and Sunday, Taylor Jacob of Carmine won rounds three and four of the National Finals in barrell racing, beating out the other 14 top racers in the world. Turns out that was just a warm-up for what Jacob did Tuesday night, when she won Round 6 in an arena record 13.37 seconds. “It is just so amazing,” Jacob told reporters after Tuesday night’s win. “When they came to get me for the victory lap, someone said I needed to try and breathe because I just couldn’t believe what had just happened. I had never said it out loud, but that was one of my goals for this Finals. My mom asked me the other night what the arena

Tayor Jacob at the NFR

Here’s a look at how Carmine’s Taylor Jacob has done each night of the National Finals Rodeo: Dec. 5 18.73 13th Dec. 6 18.73 11th Dec. 7 13.65 1st Dec. 8 13.49 1st Dec. 9 13.82 3rd (tie) Dec. 10 13.37* 1st Dec. 11 13.47 1st * Broke all-time arena record

Taylor Jacob is shown here at the gala prior to the start of the National Finals in Las Vegas.

record was and I said, ‘I don’t know, but if I break it, they will tell me.” In less than a week, Jacob See Jacob, back page

Local Dies in Icy Accident

Two From Lexington Perish in Different Crash By ALYSON SVEC

taken to Columbus Community Hospital in stable condition. More than 40 traffic ac- The passenger, her husband, cidents occurred in Fayette Dr. Richard Swenson, 72, was County because of the ice last pronounced dead at the scene. Saturday, but it was an accident He was a General Physician in in Colorado County that cost a Houston. The Swensons lived in the Dubina area. local man his life. Earlier that morning, According to the at 7:56 a.m., an accident Texas Department occurred on FM 696, six of Public Safety, on miles west of Lexington, Saturday, Dec. 7, a killing Greggory Tieone-vehicle accident mann, 20, and Madison occurred on InterBristow, 19, both of Lexstate-10, two miles Swenson ington. east of Columbus at A 2010 Dodge Nitro 6:09 p.m. A 1999 Chevrolet pickup driven by Mason Allen, 19, also was traveling west on I-10 in the of Lexington, was traveling east right hand lane when it struck on 696 when it drove off the road ice on the overpass and began and into a ditch, striking an embankment and trees. The vehicle to skid. The vehicle exited I-10 to began to roll along the ditch and the north and traveled the steep came to rest facing right side up. Allen was taken to Brackenslope of the overpass embankment. It overturned on its left ridge Hospital in Austin where side and came to rest upright, he was in stable condition. Both Tiemann and Bristow died at the facing east on U.S. 90. Arlene Swenson, 62 was scene. The Fayette County Record

Santa to Arrive by Train

Photo by Jeff Wick

Ribbon Cut at New LG Middle School By JEFF WICK

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Usually its red ribbon that’s used for grand openings, but the purple and gold used Monday was most appropriate. With a bunch of scissors in the hands of some very instrumental people, the ribbons were cut Monday to celebrate the grand openings of a pair of buildings at La Grange ISD that together cost about $9 million.

Teachers will begin moving things into the new La Grange Middle School and gymnasium in the next few days with classes for 7th and 8th graders to begin there in January. School board members and representatives from the design and building teams (Pfluger Architects, Drymalla Construction and Owners Building Resource) together cut the ribbon in one of the new spacious hallways of

that middle school, after a brief ceremony honoring the occasion. “We were going to do this outside but this ribbon cuts just as well in the warm air,” laughed La Grange Superintendent Randy Albers, joking about the cold rainy weather. Then all proceeded through the new gymnasium to the Career Tech building for another See Ceremonies, back page

Santa will arrive Saturday at the La Grange Railroad Depot Museum on Washington Street via a special train, courtesy of the Union Pacific Railroad. Arriving shortly after 10 a.m. on Dec. 14. Santa will greet the children and hear Christmas wish lists. The Depot and caboose will be open for tours and visits. Model trains will also be running. Santa will depart the Depot around noon.


Friday, December 13, 2013


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Kates Brothers Lead Leps Into State Semifinals hole – that’s different,” Matt laughed. Amazingly, however, in college both Matt and Will toyed with the idea of going into work other than coaching – at least at first. But they both drifted back to the “family business” while at Texas A&M. “Our dad always told us to do something you love, something you can’t wait to get up in the morning to do,” Matt said. “I remember after taking my first accounting class at A&M and calling dad, and saying I couldn’t imagine sitting behind a desk my whole life,” said Will, who had designs on an accounting degree and then law school for a time. “He said if you don’t enjoy it, it’s going to be a tough life,” Will said. Both sure are enjoying life right now. Remarkably alike in speech, mannerism and encyclopedic football knowledge (some people around the La Grange football program refer to them simply as K1 and K2), their resumes are similar, just with different dates for things. They were in the same fraternity in college and both won state titles as assistants at La Marque – Matt in 2003 and Will in 2006. Both coached with their older brother Ged at Fort Worth Arlington Heights – Matt as a

La Grange


• QB Dillon Davis (1,623 passing, 19 TDs, 1 INT; 623 yards rushing with 13 TDs) • Rodney Filmore (1,551 yards rushing, 20 TDs, 339 yards receiving, 3 TDs) • Bralon Hutchison (1,053 yards rushing, 13 TDs) • Wes Scott (498 yards receiving 11 TDs)

• QB Blake Bogenschutz (3,410 passing yards with 49 TDs and 3 INTs; 332 yards rushing) • Terian Goree (75 catches 1,512 yards and 25 TDs) • O’Keeron Rutherford (56 catches, 856 yards, 14 TDs) • Tevin Pipkin (1,882 rushing, 19 TDs)

I think we have the make-up to beat a team like this. We’re a hityou-in-the-mouth kind of team, and they haven’t played many teams like that.” – La Grange head coach Matt Kates

defensive coordinator, Will the offensive coordinator. Will was hired at Heights just before Matt accepted the La Grange head coaching job in the spring of 2010. Matt, a devout Catholic as are all the Kates, said he remembers hearing the bells from Sacred Heart church while he was interviewing for the La Grange job at the administration building. “I thought, this might be divine intervention here,” Matt said. Then Matt asked little brother if he wanted in too. “We went to get a cup of coffee or something and he jokingly said, ‘you want to come down to La Grange and be my Offensive Coordinator,’” Will said. “I just laughed because I had already accepted the Heights job.” Fast forward two years, however, and Will was ready to

make that move. “We won 19 games in twoyears at Heights,” Will said. “I thought I was ready to be a head coach. I was looking at some jobs and I was in some schools’ Top 10 pools, but they said, ‘you don’t have small school experience.’” And it was true. But a way to get that small school experience presented itself when the offensive coordinator job opened up in La Grange, and Matt called his little brother to see if he was interested. Together, with Matt on the sidelines every Friday night, and Will up in the booth calling the offensive plays, the Leps have gone 21-3 overall with back-toback district titles the last two years. This season the offense, directed by Will, has averaged over 42 points a game.

“I haven’t called one single (offensive) play in two years and that’s been fun for me and it’s been great for his career,” Matt said. As much fun as working with Matt has been, Will said he still has goals of being a head coach one day. For now, Matt and Will are still in the same locker room and the biggest challenge both Kates brothers have faced with La Grange comes this Friday against a Carthage team that boasts at least four collegebound players, a 13-1 record, and two state titles in the last four years. Do the Leps have a chance? A pair of supremely confident Kates brothers say yes. “I think we have the make-up to beat a team like this,” Matt said. “We’re a hit-you-in-the mouth kind of team, and they haven’t played many teams like that.” “It’s no surprise that we’re here in the state semifinals,” Will said. “We’re not cocky, but we believe in what we do.”

Charter Busses/Early Release

• The All-Sports Booster Club will sponsor three charter busses for semifinal game in Mansfield. The busses have 54 seats each. Cost per seat is $40. You can reserve your seat by contacting the High School office (979) 968-4800. Busses will load on the visitors side of Lep Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Friday and leave at 2 p.m. • To accommodate safe travel to Mansfield for the game, LGISD will release all grades at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

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High School Basketball Boxscores 12/7/13

Shiner St. Paul girls 27, Fayetteville 18

Fayetteville 3 9 1 5 – 18 Shiner St. Paul 7 8 4 8 – 27 Fayetteville scoring: Taylor Schneider 9, Haley Gerik 7, Hannah Bertsch 1, Shelby Orsak 1. Lady Lions record: 3-5 The Schulenburg girls basketball team went 3-1 in Industrial Tournament, winning consolation. Here’s those results:

Boling girls 48, Schulenburg 46

Schulenburg scoring: Calli Guentert 6, Britny Meyer 2, Brooke Taylor 6, Halie Lewis 3, Kelsie Fietsam 1, Sam Gabler 6, Valissa Stovall 2, Carah Havrda 4, Shannon Mikesky 16,

Schulenburg girls 46, Bishop 43

Schulenburg scoring: Calli Guentert 2, Kayla Schaefer 2, Brooke Taylor 8, Halie Lewis 1,  Sam gabler 12, Valissa Stovall 2, Carah Havrda 5, Shannon Mikesky 14

Schulenburg girls 47, Columbus 40

Schulenburg scoring: Calli Guentert 5, Brooke Taylor 6, Halie Lewis 3,  Sam Gabler 18, Valissa Stovall 2, Carah Havrda 6, Shannon Mikesky 7.

Schulenburg 54, Victoria St Joseph 42

Schulenburg scoring: Calli Guentert 5, Britny Meyer 2 , Kayla Schaefer 2, Brooke Taylor 2, Sam Gabler 24,  Shannon Mikesky 19. Round Top Carmine Boys Tournament Flatonia: First Place RTC: Second Place Hempstead JV: Third Place Dec. 5

Flatonia boys 49, RTC 47

RTC            10     8     12     17 – 47 Flatonia         10     13     14    12 – 49 RTC scoring: Aaron Torres 14, Jarod Quimby 7, Clay Radabaugh 8, Adair Agustin 8, Ricky Shelby  2, Leighton Abel 8. Dec. 6

RTC boys 59, Burton 38

RTC      15      16      11     17 – 59 Burton     13       1       9       15 – 38 RTC scoring: Aaron Torres  13, Jarod Quimby 13, Clay Radabaugh 10, Adair Agustin  17, Ricky Shelby 2, Leighton Abel 2, Tyler Copeland 2.

Brittany Hohlt 12, Jordan Peters 5, Emma Leppard 2.

Sacred Heart 33, Flatonia girls 25

Flatonia 10 3 6 6 – 25 Sacred Heart 11 7 5 11 – 33 Flatonia – Maggie Mica 6, McKenna Lopez 7, Kylie Mica 5, Alanis Ribera 3, Crystal Rodriguez 2, Jaycee Fike 2. Round Top Carmine Girls Tournament Thursday, December 5

RTC girls 47, Flatonia 23

RTC             12   11    16     7 – 46 Hempstead JV   11    4     13   15 – 43 RTC record: 4-2 RTC scoring: Aaron Torres 6, Jarod Quimby 8, Clay Radabaugh 7, Adair Agustin 6, Leighton Abel 17. 12/5/13

Friday, December 6

RTC scoring: Brook Conley 8, Amber Sternadel 4, Megan Hohlt 12, Brianna Kraemer 2.

Flatonia 17 15 6 12 – 50 Bellville Faith 4 2 4 8 – 18 Flatonia – McKenna Lopez – 14, Kylie Mica – 11, Maggie Mica – 8, Alanis Ribera – 8, Crystal Rodriguez – 5, Dana Luck – 2, Jaycee Fike – 2. Three pointers: Lopez – 2, Ribera – 2. BFA – B. Rios – 6, J. Crawford – 4, M. Flores – 4, J. Catlett – 2, A. Figueroa – 2. Three Pointers: Rios – 2, Flores – 1.

RTC boys 46, Hempstead JV 43

RTC girls 26, Flatonia 22


RTC girls 41, Burton 18

Burton 1 7 10 0 – 18 RTC 21 8 8 4 – 41 RTC scoring: Megan Hohlt 12, Amber Sternadel 7, Brittany Hohlt 3, Brook Conley 13, Brianna Kraemer 4, Hannah Kipp 1, Alisen Fairman 1. 12/7/13

RTC girls 46, Faith Christian 5

Faith Christian 0 2 3 0 – 5 RTC 12 23 9 2 – 46 RTC scoring: Megan Hohlt 18, Brook Conley 3, Delaney Hirsch 3, Amber Sternadel 3,


December 3

Flatonia 3 8 6 6 – 23 RTC 16 10 14 7 – 47 Flatonia – McKenna Lopez – 12, Kylie Mica – 4, Crystal Rodriguez – 3, Maggie Mica – 2, Dana Luck – 2. Three pointers: Lopez – 4 RTC – M. Holt – 18, B. Conley – 13, A. Sternadel – 5, B. Holt – 4, A. Fairman – 3, B. Kreamer – 2, D. Hirsch – 2. Three pointers: Sternadel – 1.

Dec. 7

Burton – K. Kincade – 13, M. Patterson – 6, E. Hinze – 5, A. Chapdelaine – 2.

Flatonia girls 50, Faith Academy

Saturday, December 7

Flatonia girls 46, Burton 26

Flatonia 15 16 9 6 – 46 Burton 0 11 8 7 – 26 Flatonia – McKenna Lopez – 18, Kylie Mica – 13, Crystal Rodriquez – 7, Alanis Ribera – 6, Maggie Mica – 2. Three pointers : Lopez – 1, Ribera - 2

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