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Study: Buckner’s Creek Flow Made Harvey Flooding Here Worse

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This drone footage from Hurricane Harvey flooding in 2017 shows a portion of La Grange underwater, shot above the intersection of Water St. and Highway 71 Business. Buckner’s Creek feeds into the Colorado River near the upper left of the photo.            Drone Photo courtesy of Bruce Spindler

This drone footage from Hurricane Harvey flooding in 2017 shows a portion of La Grange underwater, shot above the intersection of Water St. and Highway 71 Business. Buckner’s Creek feeds into the Colorado River near the upper left of the photo. Drone Photo courtesy of Bruce Spindler

Much of the water that flooded La Grange during Hurricane Harvey came from Buckner’s Creek and not the Colorado River, according to Fayette County Emergency Management Coordinator Janet Carrigan.

Carrigan announced the finding at a Commissioners Court meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Carrigan assisted hydrologists from the National Weather Service (NWS) on a study of the flood. NWS will soon release a report on that study, Carrigan said, which could lead to federal funding for flood prevention work along the Buckner’s Creek watershed.

“During the flood, when we were evacuating Care Inn in La Grange and water was coming into town, the river gauge only showed 20 feet, but we know the flood stage is 48 feet,” Carrigan told the Record in an interview last Thursday.

 

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New Quilt Exhibits Set to Debut Here

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“Fabrics for Sale” by Hollis Chatelain. From the exhibit “Stories of West Africa by Hollis Chatelain.”

“Fabrics for Sale” by Hollis Chatelain. From the exhibit “Stories of West Africa by Hollis Chatelain.”

The winter exhibits at the Texas Quilt Museum will feature top winners from the International Quilt Association’s judged show, a series of stunning pictorial works by one of the world’s best-known quilt artists, and a world premiere “seasonal” collection by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates.

The exhibits “World of Beauty: IQA Prizewinners 2018,” “Stories of West Africa by Hollis Chatelain,” and “Season After Season” will run January 10-March 24, 2019.

In addition, Museum Curator Dr. Sandra Sider will give a free lecture called “Season After Season: Behind the Scenes” on February 23 at 3 p.m. (with Museum admission free beginning at 2 p.m.). She will also be signing copies of the new book from SAQA for which she was the editor, Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation. Dr. Sider comments “With fascinating art quilts in Galleries II and III, and the gorgeous World of Beauty IQA prizewinners gracing Gallery I, we will definitely brighten your winter days.” Here’s a rundown of the exhibits:

World of Beauty:

IQA Prizewinners

These 32 quilts all took home a prize from the more than 600 entered and 325 finalists in the quilt world’s most prestigious annual competition. The show featured more than 20 different categories and $97,250 in cash (non-purchase) prizes, awarded at the 2018 International Quilt Festival Houston.

The quilts on display include Over the Waves by Setsuko Matsushima, which won the Founders Award. This unique combination of traditional patchwork and representational imagery stood out among all the other contestants. Mary Olson’s appliquéd quilt Perseverance took a category second prize, demonstrating her mastery of the process.

 

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Livestock markets for Dec. 21-28

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No sales were held this week in the following locations because of the holidays: Beeville, Cuero, Edna, El Campo, Gonzales, Hallettsville, Karnes City, Karnes County, Nixon and Wharton. …read more

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Christmas Surprise: Cops Hand Out $100 Bills Instead of Tickets

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Officer David Mohr brought Fayette County Record Reporter Kara Koether along to hand out a handful of Christmas gifts of $100 in cash to unsuspecting recipients. Photographed above is Mohr with Gregory, Dashayla and Desiray Jones and Hubert Rogers, Jr. Not pictured is the kids’ aunt, Leeanna Rogers.
Staff photo by Kara Koether

Anonymous Donor Gives $5,000 for La Grange Law Enforcement to Hand Out to Spread Holiday Cheer
For the second year in a row, a sizeable donation was dropped off at the La Grange City Police Station for officers to divvy up and hand out to unsuspecting recipients as Christmas gifts. On Friday, December 21, Officer David Mohr headed out with Fayette County Record Reporter Kara Koether after a light lunch at Pizza Hut with Fayette County Deputy C.J. Lehmann to distribute $100 bills and spread some Christmas joy.

Over the course of the ride, Mohr spoke of some of the most memorable experiences as an officer and reminisced on some pretty happy moments he was able to share with a few lucky civilians. Whether it was being able to provide a car-full of carseats to a mother in need or teaching his students in Lexington some potentially live-saving self defense tactics, Mohr makes it his mission to make a positive impact in the communities he serves.

 

 

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An Enduring Legacy

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County Judge Ed Janecka posed for this photograph while cleaning out his office in the courthouse last week.            Photo by Andy Behlen

County Judge Ed Janecka posed for this photograph while cleaning out his office in the courthouse last week. Photo by Andy Behlen

<img src="https://www.fayettecountyrecord.com/sites/fayettecountyrecord.com/files/9b95ec5411_Pc0060300.jpg" alt="Left: Janecka in the District Clerk’s vault. He said some of the boxes in the vault contain interesting bits of County history, including a bullet that was extracted from a corpse during the course of a murder investigation.
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Left: Janecka in the District Clerk’s vault. He said some of the boxes in the vault contain interesting bits of County history, including a bullet that was extracted from a corpse during the course of a murder investigation.
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Above: Janecka on the first floor of the courthouse with the statue of the Marquis de Lafayette, from whom Fayette County gets its name.
Above: Janecka on the first floor of the courthouse with the statue of the Marquis de Lafayette, from whom Fayette County gets its name.

Janecka Leaves Office Monday After 28 years as County Judge
Fayette County Judge Ed Janecka presided over his last Commissioners Court meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 26. He leaves office on Dec. 31 after 28 years. He is the longest-serving county judge in Fayette County history.

Janecka grew up in Dubina, where he spoke Czech at home and worked on the family farm. After graduating from Bishop Forest Catholic High School in Schulenburg, Janecka served in the US Army in Vietnam. He graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, where he was active in the theater department – so much so that the department gave him a distinguished alumni award a few years ago. He even performed as a stand-up comedian for a little while.

He eventually went to work as a salesman for a company that produced checkbooks and other printed materials for the banking industry. In 1986, Janecka tried his hand at politics for the first time. He ran as a Democrat for the State Legislature against incumbent Robert Saunders. Six others ran in the Democrat primary that year, but Saunders prevailed and eventually won the general election.

 

 

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