2020-09-03 E-Edition

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Incoming Lee County Sheriff Casey Goetz was inducted into the Rotary Club of Lexington as a member last week. Pictured with him are members Susan Stepanski, Michael Hess, Kim Dowdy, Matthew Hance, Sheriff-Elect Goetz, Frank Partee, Jean Dowdy, Sarah Garrison, Dr. Tonya Knowlton, and Joe Green.

Grand Jury No-Bills Officer Involved Shooting

In a press release issued by the Lee County Attorney’s Office on Friday, August 28, the Giddings Police Officer involved in the shooting death of Derrick Canada will not be charged. The Lee County Grand Jury met on Thursday, August 27, 2020 to consider the investigation by the Texas Rangers into the June 24 officer involved shooting death of Derrick […]

LISD Board Unanimously Votes for Lower Tax Rate

According to LISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Tonya Knowlton, the LISD school board voted unanimously last night to approve a decreased tax rate for 2020-21. She said, “The rate has decreased over the last two years. Following a TRE election that lead to a tax rate of $1.30 in 2018- 2019, the district rate has decreased for the coming year […]

Stephens Named Constable

Billy Stephens was appointed Lee County Precinct 3 Constable last Tuesday, August 25, by the Commissioners’ Court following the resignation of Farah Ramsey in July. Stephens, a resident of Tanglewood, had served with the Giddings PD as a Sergeant for the last six years. Constable Stephens said, “I am grateful and look forward to serving Lee County in this capacity.”

Murder Indictment Handed Down

A murder indictment, along with twelve other indictments were handed down last week by the Lee County Grand Jury. Pamela Elmyra Ramirez, 38 of Giddings, was indicted for murder following an incident that happened on Sunday, June 14, 2020. As the Leader reported at that time, a male subject called 911 at about 4:33 a.m. to report that his dad […]

Will Kerr Sign with a DI?


Jarred Kerr, Lexington’s junior athlete extraordinaire, received scholarship offers from the University of Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday, then from Texas A&M on Sunday, according to several reports. He had received previous offers from Baylor, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, and Washington State, according to those same reports. Kerr has had an injury plagued career in high school. He tore his ACL […]

Control Burn Uncontrolled

An incident where a property owner was trying to follow the Burn Ban guidelines when burning trash sent several fire departments into action Monday afternoon. At 12:10, Lee County Dispatch toned out Lexington VFD for a fire at 1092 CR 451. When firefighters arrived, they found that while the property owners were burning in the prescribed 55 gallon barrel, they […]

From the Superintendent


Greetings from LISD! We are in week three of the new school year and things are settling down to normal schedules and activities. While we are still observing protocols and following TEA requirements, our students are adjusting well, and learning is happening across the district. Our staff is making adjustments and changes to find the best ways to ensure success […]

In The Garden

Shade plants

In this area of Texas, plants can be a challenge, either because of the heat and sun, or lack of sun and heavy shade. Fortunately there are a lot of plants that grow well in the shade here. There are a couple definitions for shade plants, dappled shade means that the plant will get a little sun most of the […]