The Frankston Citizen — Year 2006 in Review

Looking back at 2006, there were ups and downs in the Frankston Area. Here are some of the highlights:

Commissioners Court denies Request for extra deputies

The Anderson County Commissioners Court opted not to grant the Sheriff’s Department the funds necessary to add four additional patrol deputies to the department in a 3-22 vote on Aug. 20. As a result, Sheriff Greg Taylor reassigned the officers who ran the D.A.R.E. drug education program and the school K-9 program to patrol. The programs were subsequently canceled. A member of the criminal investigations division was also reassigned to patrol.

Frankston lowers tax rate

The .3672 per $100 valuation tax rate was decided by City Council members  during a special session Tuesday, Aug. 21. City Secretary Laura Griffith said the tax rate for the 2006-2007 fiscal year was lowered from .4100 per $100 valuation in 2005 because Frankston’s overall property value increased.

Truck hits church

On Thursday, Nov. 9, a logging truck failed to stoat the intersection of U.S. 175 and SH 155 and slid off the road into the north walls of the United Methodist Church of Frankston. The damage was reported to her extensive and repairs were are still underway.

Frankston Focus archeological site excavated

Artifacts dating back 6,000 years were discovered at the base of the site. The area revealed remnants of Caddo Indian housing structures 21 and 27 feet in diameter as well as thousands of pieces of tools, pottery and jewelry. The site was discovered when TXDOT workers discovered what could be Caddo Indian artifacts at a construction site off SH 155 just south of Frankston last July.

25 arrested during “no tolerance” operation

Twenty-five arrests were made in Frankston and the surrounding area on July 15 when peace officers from all over Anderson County teamed up to cover the highways and roads. Twelve sheriff’s deputies, two Department of Public Safety officers, a constable and three Frankston police officers cooperated in what Sheriff Greg Taylor called a “no tolerance” operation. A total of 119 traffic stops were made that night resulting in 25 arrests, Taylor said. Officers made arrests alleging the following violations during the operation: two cases of of driving while intoxicated, eight cases of no insurance, two cases of public intoxication, three cases of no driver’s license, four cases of possession of marijuana, less than two ounces, one case of possession of a prohibited weapon, two cases of possession of drug paraphernalia, one arrest made for an outstanding warrant, and two cases of driving with a suspended license.

Neches Reserve

The Dallas-Fort Worth area may have to cut back on its water usage in years to come. Pm Time 12. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services announced in a press release that it was approving the establishment of a 25,000-acre wildlife refuge along the Neches River. That area had previously been selected as land for the Fastrill Reservoir, a 150,000-acre water source intended to serve the greater Dallas area. Supporters of the refuge claim that if the people of Dallas simply lower their daily water usage, which its the second highest in the state, to a rate of 184 gallons per capita per day — down from 238, the subsequent  excess would have made any reservoir superfluous. They also point out the area has been considered ecologically important since 1985 and is considered vital for waterfowl like wood ducks and mallards by conservationists

Frankston adopts new dress code

Frankston students returned to school this fall donning school uniforms for the first time. Students are required to wear collared shirts or school tee-shirts, and shorts are limited to the summer months.

Square Fair believed to have record attendance

The 32nd Annual Frankston Square Fair wrapped up on Saturday night, Oct. 7, with what coordinators believe to be a record number of attendees. “There were more people this year and they stayed longer,” Square Fair Coordinator Ali Atwood said. Atwood added the the longer people stay, the more money is raised for the children of Frankston ISD.

Community leader Mattie Albright dies

Community leader Mattie Albright passed away Saturday March 18. During her time in the Frankston Area, she was Mayor Pro-tem of Berryville from 1991-96 and helped to establish and was a member of the Berryville City Council. She was the founder of the Berryville Chamber of Commerce in 1987, serving as President in 1989 and 1992. She served as President again in 1994 after the chamber changed its name to the Lake Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce. She was also an active member of the Mount Olive Sand Flat Baptist Church where in 1998 she served as the President of the MissionarySociety. Her other affiliations include the Top Ladies of Distinction and the National Council of Negro Women.