The Frankston Citizen — Year 2016 in Review


It was announced at the first of the year that a petition aimed at allowing the sale of beer and wine in the city of Frankston had been called off. A representative for the company that was spearheading the petition and the election that would follow said at the time that a client who had sought their assistance in the election had “changed their mind.” The city would see another petition filed and voters approved the issue during the November election in 2016.

Frankston weekend resident Caroline Wells was crowned the National American Miss Pre Teen Cover Model at an event held in Anaheim, California.

Joe Butler became the Frankston Nursing and Rehabilitation Center's new administrator in early January. Butler would gain community support for the center during his tenure at the helm but the center would announce its close later in the year.

Realtor Gayla Leary took a seat on the Berryville City Council on Jan. 11. She replaced Cathy Duncan who resigned to help take care of her son and his family.

The Frankston Indian Band unveiled its new trailer design which features a deep blue Indian and the band’s “Pride of Frankston” logo.

Coffee City Councilman Don Weaver was chosen by the city council to serve as the mayor pro tem on Jan. 11.

Kate McNeill, the granddaughter of Frankston's Judy McNeill and great granddaughter of J.C. and Reba Hicks of Frankston won the Big 16 Conference Championship in San Antonio for the 8th grade girls Pleasanton Eagle soccer team.

Frankston's Ollie Mae Davis celebrated her 104th birthday at the Frankston Health Care Center on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

The Frankston Maiden varsity basketball team got a key win in district play with a double overtime win over Troup on Jan. 5. The Maidens won 57-52.

After only a year in Frankston, the Walmart Express announced that it would close on Thursday, Jan. 28. A top story in 2015, the store employed about 40 people. A representative for the company said that the Frankston Walmart closing was due to the company’s plan to move away from the trial “Express” format of the smaller stores and focus more on the opening of Neighborhood Markets and their supercenters.

The City of Frankston began working on an ordinance to deal with large commercial projects in order to better control the city's drainage issues in some parts of town. The ordinance would go on to be adopted and revised late in the  year.

The Frankston Maiden Softball team held its first-ever Softball Diamonds Dinner and Drawing to benefit the team on Jan. 16.

The City of Frankston asked for citizen input about a possible summer farmer's market in the city after the announced close of the Walmart.

The Frankston Indian varsity basketball team had gotten off to a slow start in the winter of 2015 but was full-steam ahead in January of 2016 with an undefeated record in district play halfway through the season.

LaPoynor Superintendent Sherry Douglas announced that she would be retiring at the end of June. Douglas was a graduate of the school and served in the district’s top spot for five years.

Frankston sports fans celebrated with boy’s Coach Robert Loper for his 600th win in the school district. Loper was the Frankston coach for 42 years and had a 51-year career of coaching.

Nai Lam announced the opening of the Midway Feed Store at FM 2215 and Hwy. 155 in Berryville.

Frankston High School Ag students Colton Allen and Lance Ivey earned a blue ribbon for their 25-foot gooseneck trailer at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo on Jan. 17.

The St. Charles Borromeo (SBC) Food Pantry became an approved agency of the East Texas Food Bank. The food pantry began operation in September of 2015 and became an approved partner agency a few months later.


Work was well underway on the new Kim’s Store in Frankston. Owner Kim Cole purchased the building from Sav-Mor Foods in 2015 and said he was going to put groceries, a deli and meat market in the building.

Frankston schools began to appeal its football realignment presented by the University Interscholastic League on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Frankston was the northernmost school district in a conference that included Corrigan-Camden, Crockett, Garrison, Hemphill and Newton. Athletic Director Mike Owens said the district immediately began the appeal process saying that the middle school and junior varsity teams would have to travel three hours for a Thursday night game.

The Frankston Future Farmers of America held their first-ever Student Labor and Merchandise Auction on Feb. 6. The auction featured multiple handmade items including metal work and wood work.

Frankston Mayor Sharyn Harrison asked residents to make sure that emergency crews could find a house by marking the address on homes and mailboxes and to check their address with the phone company.

Coffee City Police and Coffee City Volunteer Fire Fighters announce that they would hold a first-ever benefit fishing tournament on Lake Palestine later in the year.

Jessie and Sheila Smith hosted a “meet-and-greet” for Texas House of Representatives District 8 Republican Byron Cook.

The Frankston Indian varsity boys had their first district game loss at the hands of Rice but still looked to end the season in the district’s top spot.

LaPoynor High School student Katie Owens and advisor Donna Crook went to Austin to bring awareness to Career and Technology Education.

Frankston's Kendrick Rogers signed to play football with Texas A&M on signing day Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Coffee City and Berryville both began to discuss the need for roadwork in the cities.

Frankston Indian Band members earned 18 1st division medals in the UIL solo and ensemble competition. Advancing to state were soloists Mikah Oliver, Emily Cook, Dalton Jones and the brass ensemble of Allen Byrd, Evan Casey, Emily Cook, Mikah Oliver and Brice Harrington.

A house fire on Blue Ridge Drive in Brierwood Bay claimed the life of Dennis and Lorelei Roberts.

The Frankston Maiden varsity basketball team clinched a playoff spot. The team lost Feb. 15 at bi-district against White Oak.

The Frankston City Council voted in favor of launching a farmer’s market on Railroad Avenue to assist people in obtaining produce.

The Indians finished the season in the first place spot in District 18-3A with a win over Malakoff.

Despite a strong final appeal to the Texas UIL which showed the Frankston football teams would travel more than double 40 other districts and have more travel time than all but eight West Texas schools, Frankston was forced to remain in a district which centered around Lufkin for football.

The Frankston Garden Club began work on a new garden in the city park along Hwy. 155.

Thirteen singing groups and individuals took part in the annual Gail McElroy Gospel Singing on Feb. 20.

Rubye Putnam, a Brierwood Bay resident, celebrated her 102nd birthday and Frankston’s LaRue Ashley turned 101.

Frankston Maiden guard Raven Bagley won the Tyler Area Officials Hall of Fame Scholarship Award.

Samantha Roberts won the H&R Block 1,000 win $1,000 Daily sweepstakes at the Coffee City H&R Block.


Henderson County voters elected John Floyd to serve as Precinct 4 Constable during the Republican Primary. Floyd received 53 percent of the vote against Wick Gabbard.

Anderson County voters approved Kim Dickson-Holliday to serve as the constable of Precinct 3. There were no Democratic candidates so their election during the primary virtually assured election in November.

For the second year in a row, the LaPoynor Lady Flyers competed in the final four 2A state basketball championship in San Antonio.

The trailer created by Lance Ivey and Colton Allen won fourth place overall at the San Antonio Stock Show Jr. Ag Mechanics Competition. They would also win fifth at the Houston Livestock Show.

TxDOT officials unveiled the plans for the improvements of Hwy. 175 from Baxter to Frankston at a public meeting on March 3.

Toska Graham joined The Frankston Citizen as a staff member.

The Frankston Indian run to the state championship ended at the regional tournament placing them among the best 16 3A teams in the state.

After filing as a write-in candidate and finding fault with incumbent Mayor Charles Cross’ application, Grace Beal becomes the new City of Cuney Mayor. A longtime alderman for the city, Beal took the seat in May.

Noah Dansby, a 1998 Frankston High School graduate, and his wife Jessica appeared on the HGTV show Fixer Upper.

High rains raised the level of Lake Palestine to record levels when 8 to 12 inches fell the week of March 10.

One of the state's winningest coaches, Robert Loper, announced his plans to retire. Loper had taught and coached for a total of 50 years, 41 of them in Frankston, and said he planned to enjoy basketball from the sidelines from now on.

After about a year, the Frankston Lions Club was disbanded and joined with the Chandler group.

Retail sales tax returns to the City of Frankston showed to be holding steady despite the closing of the Walmart store.

Joe Burgamy was honored by the board of the Poynor Community Water Supply Corporation for his 12 years of service including three as the president.


Gracie House celebrated her 90th birthday on April 2.

Frankston schools announced that G.V. “Bo” Ousley, Jeff Austin Sr. and Eugene Bizzell would be added to the district’s Wall of Honor in a ceremony in May.

Austin Bank employees Laurie Adams and Shaunna Nolen were promoted in April. Adams was promoted to banking officer and Nolen was promoted to vice president.

Athletic Director Mike Owens announced that he planned to retire from Frankston schools after one year as head coach.

Layla Coats of Poynor won her third consecutive national title in the MA National Dance and Auxiliary Competition in Fort Worth.

Lake Palestine was the site of the Big Bass Bash which offered prizes up to $45,000. The event lured 340 boats to the competition with many local entries.

Damien Bates became the new boy’s basketball coach in Frankston. Bates came from New Caney.

Local Native American artist Gilbert Robles donated a number of prints to the Frankston school district. He presented the prints during a monthly meeting of the board of trustees.

Several Cuney residents requested an election after write-in candidate Grace Beal appeared to take the mayor’s seat in the city.

LaPoynor trustees hired James Young to lead the school district. Young was an assistant superintendent in Quitman and had also served as a high school principal.

The Frankston Rainbow House Food Pantry held its annual I Can Walk for Hunger Walkathon on April 23 at the Frankston High School track.

The Frankston Maiden softball team made it to the state playoffs and had their first game against Gladewater Sabine on April 29.

A new sign was unveiled at the entrance to the Highsaw Addition in Coffee City. Volunteers erected the new and improved sign on April 23.

A protective vest for the Coffee City drug dog was provided by the non-profit group Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc.


Frankston hat maker and concert promoter Brooks Atwood announced a new kind of pasture party concert that would take place on his property near Lollipop Landing. The concert, LIVEstock 2016, featured a number of acts including Texas artist Cody Johnson.

Frankston's Kendrick Rogers went to state in the 200-meter dash.

The Frankston Mighty Indian Band earned its highest ratings since 2003 during the University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight Reading Competition.

The Frankston Indian varsity baseball team placed second in district and played Jefferson in their first game of the state playoffs. The Maidens fell to Sabine in the first round of the state playoffs.

LaPoynor FFA held its 53rd annual rodeo the first weekend in May.

Frankston hired a new athletic director and head football coach when they announced Jonny Louvier would be taking the job in May. Louvier was a former Texas A&M Commerce quarterback and had coached in Arp and Gladewater.

Donations were sought for the Grayson family after a house fire in Poynor destroyed everything. The Graysons provided a home for 10 people that were displaced after the fire.

The Frankston Rodeo Team completed its first year with a number of buckles.

The Frankston band was named Best in Class in the New Braunfels Sound Waves Music Festival.

The Frankston City Council voted to use its 2016 interlocal agreement with Anderson County to repave Commerce Street. Mayor Harrison said the street was too bad to be patched any more.

LaPoynor High School top students Judson Riley, valedictorian, and Bailee Sides, salutatorian, addressed the 22-member class during commencement exercises.

Dr. Kyle Halberstadt purchased the Frankston Family Dentistry practice and began work.

Dr. Halberstadt grew up in Martins Mill and said he was happy to be back in East Texas.

Cuney Mayor Grace Beal was sworn in to office along with councilmen Keith Slaughter and Marilyn McClelland during a meeting on May 10.

Bryson Bacon was named the Frankston High School Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Dylan Hokit was named the Salutatorian. Both addressed the class during the graduation commencement ceremonies on May 27.

LaPoynor trustees name Garland Willis to be the new secondary principal.

Frankston High School honored its top yearly athletes at a banquet where Trinity Boggs was named the overall girl's MVP and Kendrick Rogers and Justice Bean were named the co-MVPs for the boys.

Frankston graduates racked up more than $2.4 million in scholarship money presented during the annual awards ceremony.


All City of Cuney employees walked off the job on a Tuesday morning including the chief, sergeant and two reserve officers and the city secretary. The city staff cited the uncertainty of their job with the new mayor Grace Beal.

Frankston Superintendent Micah Lewis announced that he had taken a job in his home town of Grand Saline and would no longer serve in the district's top spot.

A walk to benefit Lori Mays of Poynor was held June 25. Mays was diagnosed with metastatic lung and liver cancer.

A Jacksonville man drowned at the Lake Palestine spillway while out swimming with his family on June 4.

After 44 years in business, the Frankston Health Care Center closed its doors in June. The center, owned by Daybreak Venture, employed up to 50 people and at the time of the closing had 26 residents.

Frankston freshman Jordan Moss was named All State to the 3A Texas Girls Coach Association Softball list. Moss was one of three freshmen to make the All State List.

Frankston held its annual Independence Day Patriotic Celebration on June 26 with guest speaker Kevin Smallwood.

Brookshires Grocery announced it planned to open a new smaller-scale grocery store in the former Walmart building on Hwy. 175 in Frankston. The store offers hometown convenience in an easy to shop format with a surprising assortment at highly competitive prices, a spokesperson said.

The Cuney council hired Gregory Sinkfield as its new police chief during the June 20 meeting.

The new Kim’s Store opened in the former Sav-Mor Foods Building on Hwy. 155. The new Kim’s offers Frankston shoppers groceries, produce, a deli and a full-service meat department.

Two building projects were presented to the Frankston City Council as part of its new building permit ordinance. The city learned that the First Baptist Church planned an addition to the church and that the school district was erecting a new livestock pole barn.

After calling off an election for Frankston beer and wine sales in January, the item was back on the table in June when a petition began to circulate. This petition would get the needed signatures and would be approved by voters in November.

The First Baptist Church of Frankston broke ground on a 10,300-square-foot addition to the church that will house a student ministry center, additional Sunday school rooms, an expanded kitchen and a large multi-purpose room. The new addition is set to open in the Spring of 2017.

Longtime Frankston girls basketball coach Christi Coker announced that she would be leaving the district to coach at Lamar Consolidated. Coker led the team to 213 wins during her 14 years in Frankston.

Gayla Leary opens a new real estate office in Frankston on June 20.

The annual Mikey Jones Fish Fry was judged a success by the Mikey Jones Scholarship Committee. The fish fry includes live music each year.

The Frankston Class of 2021 held a car show on June 25 to raise funds for prom, Project Graduation and scholarships. Approximately 25 cars participated in the show.


Coffee City began the process of creating a new ordinance after a pasture party with approximately 2,000 people “got out of hand” and had to be cut short by the Coffee City Police Department and sheriff’s deputies.

The Frankston Garden Club dedicated a park bench in the new addition the club had been planting in honor of Millie Ballard. Ballard was the second president of the club.

The Frankston William F. Foster Masonic Lodge installed new officers on July 9 including new Worshipful Master Ricky Casey.

A Frankston dog owned by Lynn and Pete deVoogt was donated to Patriot Paws to assist a U.S. veteran.

The City of Cuney sought help from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department for possible missing funds.

Jonathan Adams became the new associate minister at the Frankston Church of Christ in June.

Nicole Anderson becomes the new girls’ coordinator and varsity basketball coach for Frankston schools. Anderson has played professional basketball and has coached in colleges and high schools.

Frankston singer and songwriter Butch Fulton performed for NATO troops in Germany during a July 4th party. Fulton has done the performance for the past two years.


Frankston trustees name John Allen, an educator with more than 25 years of experience, as the lone finalist for the superintendent job at the school.

The  Frankston Riding Club ended its 2016 summer series with a presentation of awards for top point earners.

The Spring Market store, announced earlier in the summer, opened its doors on Aug. 8.

Berryville Mayor Roy Brown announced his retirement during an August meeting of the city council. Brown served the city as mayor for 10 years. Ron Hewlett was sworn in on Aug. 15 and was appointed mayor for the remainder of Brown's term.

Neches Independent School District Trustees sought voter approval for a tax rate election to increase the maintenance and operation tax from $1.04 to $1.17 per $100 valuation. Voters approved the measure in an August vote.

Mercado Guanajuato opened in Frankston as a new market and produce store on Hwy. 175 just west of Burks Street. The family run store specializes in Mexican food and products.

Frankston dentist Dr. Kyle Halberstadt fitted each of the varsity football players with custom mouth-guards for the upcoming season.

Jinx Morton officially shut the doors of the Frankston Health Care Center on Aug. 10. Morton, a resident of the center for more than 7 years, was the last person to leave the center after it was announced that it would shut its doors earlier in the year.

Father Jonathon Frels became the new Priest at the St. Charles Borromeo Church.

Frankston police began to assess all city stop signs and find that many are not in state compliance. Officers found that work would need to be done on 65 of the city's signs, according to Chief Darren Goodman.

The Rainbow House provided 120 children from Frankston, Poynor, LaRue and Bullard with school supplies. Money for the supplies are raised from can donations to the Rainbow House.

Frankston singer and songwriter Butch Fulton performed for NATO troops in Germany during a July 4th party. Fulton has done the performance for the past two years.

Coffee City was set to have an election when incumbent Pam Drost was challenged by former councilman and mayor pro tem John Graham for the upcoming November election. Two council seats held by Don Weaver and Phil Rutledge did not draw opponents.

Frankston schools returned to a six weeks grading period instead of a nine week period. Assistant Superintendent Nicci Cook said the change was recommended by the district advisory committee.

Retired businessman Varge Landy who once owned East Texas Trash Company was killed in a four-vehicle accident on Hwy. 155. Landy was 75-years old.


Frankston schools started the 2016 school year with a record enrollment of 825 students. LaPoynor was up from the previous year with 478 and Neches was down a few to 378.

The Frankston Indian varsity football team lost its season opener to Palestine Westwood.

Frankston’s Brooks Atwood kicked off his first-ever LIVEstock 2016 with 2,000 tickets sold for the event. Brooks said he was encouraged by the turnout for a first-time event and said he is considering making it an annual event.

The Frankston Maiden varsity volleyball team placed third in the Eustace Varsity Tournament.

Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies destroyed a football field sized marijuana field with more than 3,900 plants in a remote area south of Frankston.

Cuney Alderman Tammey Lewis was sworn in to fill the last vacant seat on the Cuney City Council on Sept. 1.

A ride for the Cure to benefit the American Cancer Society was hosted by Roy and Nonnie Westbrook during the weekend of Sept. 16-18.

The Indians get their first varsity football win over Sabine with a fourth quarter rally on Sept. 2.

Area fire fighters, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts gathered with the Frankston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5073 in a 911 Remembrance Ceremony. Sheriff Greg Taylor was the guest speaker.

The Frankston Indians continued the win streak with a final second score against Cayuga. The Indians won 14-21.

New officers were installed for the Frankston Garden Club including Margaret Moorhead as the committee chair for the park project, Colleen Glaspie as vice president and Kathy Howard as treasurer.

The Indians lost against the Jefferson Bulldogs 25-14.

New Cuney Police Chief Gregory Sinkfield was placed on a two-week probationary period by the city council in September after his hire last summer.

Two former prisoners of war spoke at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5073 POW/MIA Banquet on Sept. 18. Colonel James Ray and Kim Meyer spoke at the event.

Dorothy (Dot) Clark had no choice but to cut one of the city’s oldest post oak trees in her lawn after it died this year. Clark preserved the area history with the tree by leaving a stump with the vise lodged in it. Since cutting down the tree, Clark has decorated the stump for Halloween, fall and Christmas.

Smith Satellite re-opens in Frankston with a storefront on Hwy. 155.

Frankston businessman Jim Paul died at age 84. Paul worked at Thompson Funeral Home and Lloyd James Funeral Home and was a member of the Lake Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce. He also owned Jim Bob Tours and served as an election judge.


The 16th Annual Frankston Health Fair was held on Oct. 1 at the United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

The Frankston Square Fair was held for the 41st year in conjunction with the Frankston High School Homecoming. Announced as Little Miss Square Fair was Tatum Renea Gentry. Little Mister was Evan James Bristow. Tiny Miss was Charlotte Frink and Tiny Mister was Keelan Buckner. Payton Presley was named the 2016 Miss Square Fair.

A special day was set aside in Berryville to honor outgoing Mayor Roy Brown.

Frankston residents joined to honor police and fire fighters during the National Night Out event on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The Frankston Indians have an explosive half against Garrison but end up losing the match 35-28.

Frankston city leaders held an emergency meeting following a citizen complaint about the police department during the monthly meeting. After an executive session, the council unanimously agreed that the Frankston police had acted professionally in the situation and praised the department and Chief Darren Goodman for the way the situation was handled.

Frankston High School seniors Hayln Willis and Zane Porter were crowned the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen before the game against Hemphill on Friday, Oct. 14.

Lee Danner was sworn in to serve on the Berryville City Council in October. Danner took an open seat left by Ron Hewlett after he was named to replace Mayor Roy Brown who decided to resign.

Coffee City held its first-ever City-Wide Garage Sale in the new community center. The event raised funds for the Coffee City Police Department and the volunteer fire department.

The Berryville council voted to add restrooms to the city’s water department building.

LaPoynor trustees were told by Superintendent James Young that the Henderson County Special Education Cooperative would be dissolved and that the school district would need to find a new avenue to educate its special education students.

The United Methodist Church of Frankston unveiled a new digital sign that can keep the community abreast of church events.

Frankston Mayor Sharyn Harrison took part in the Frankston Mayor for a Day event at Frankston Elementary School.

LaPoynor High School student Hannah Massey earned top honors in public speaking at the State Fair of Texas Livestock Show in Dallas. She beat students from throughout the state speaking on animal science. She was honored by the LaPoynor Board of Trustees during their regular October meeting.

Crockett defeated the Frankston Indian varsity football team 49-0.


Southern Roots Salon, a new boutique and salon opens on the Frankston square. Heather Robinson said the new salon will offer full-service hair treatments, manicures, pedicures, facials and much more.

Outgoing Berryville Mayor Roy Brown was honored with Roy Brown Day in Berryville on Friday, Oct. 28.

A first-ever Veterans Appreciation Day was launched by Chuck Folz and held in Palestine on Nov. 5.

Frankston twirler Catelin Jones qualified for her third year in a row visit to state for her twirling performance at a UIL competition.

Henderson County Commissioner Ken Geeslin announced his adopt-a-road project for county roadways in Henderson County.

Retired Frankston Coach Betsy Coker Anderson was among six new nominees to the Henderson County Junior College - Trinity Valley Community College Cardinal Hall of Fame.

Incumbent Pam Drost beat out challenger John Graham for the mayor's spot in Coffee City on Nov. 8.

Frankston voters approved the sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption in the city.

The Frankston Indians miss going to the state playoffs in football for the 2016 season but look toward next  year as many of the team’s starters this year will return.

Veterans were honored by students at LaPoynor and Frankston schools on Veterans Day Nov. 11.

The Frankston City Council gave the nod to proceeding forward with a proposed pavilion to be placed in the Sallie Austin Park which would provide a space for music, theater and other activities. The project would be built in phases and funded by the Frankston Economic Development Board.

LaPoynor Superintendent James Young said the final part of the district’s bond proposal, the gym, is still set to be completed in March.


The LaPoynor Fellowship of Christian Athletes hosted a praise rally before the game between LaPoynor and Martins Mill.

Coffee City obtained a used fire truck that will become the primary response vehicle for structure fires. The truck was given to Coffee City by a department in New Jersey.

Frankston's Taylor Kirkpatrick celebrated his 21st birthday by asking attendees to give money to .

As the year came to a close, most area cities showed gains in sales tax returns from the state comptroller's office.

A reception was held for retiring lawman Rick Stewart. Stewart chose not to continue working as the Henderson County Precinct 4 Constable. He retired after 47 years in law enforcement including 11 as a constable.

Coffee City Councilman Bud Dueling died from complications following a tractor accident on his property on Dec. 1.

Opal Bragg celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Rainbow House volunteers gathered food items for the Rainbow House during their Little Red Truck drive in front of the Spring Market on Dec. 2.

The Coffee City council voted to add another paid officer to the police force at the request of Chief Scott Medcalf. The request was also made by several business owners and managers after the Dollar General store was robbed by gunpoint on Dec. 7.

LaPoynor High School held its 2016 homecoming, naming freshman Bethany Davis, Lady-in-Waiting; sophomore Karina Ornelas, Duchess; junior Te'Aire Hambrick, princess and seniors homecoming king Zachary Solis and queen Laci Logan.

The Frankston City Council heard a request by the owners of the Frankston Mobile Home Park to expand behind the Spring Market and Dollar General with a potential 30-40 rental units. The council voted to table the issue until the January meeting to review the mobile home ordinance and to hear from the public.

Hilltop Baptist Church welcomed a new pastor. Wayne Livingston will now be leading the Berryville church.

Frankston Police Chief Darren Goodman told the council that his department will begin to receive funds that were seized during an arrest after a conviction. The chief said that he would like to use those funds for training and equipment.