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June 26, 2022


Annual Patriotic Celebration

scheduled June 26 in Frankston 

Members of the Frankston area community are expected to gather on Sunday, June 26 at 2:30 p.m. for the 16th annual Patriotic Celebration at the Family Life Center of The United Methodist Church of Frankston, 161 S. Weldon at East Main in Frankston.

The celebration is open to the public, free of charge. Sponsors welcome donations, if desired.

Featured speaker for the event will be Father Mark Kusmirek from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Frankston. The speaker is a veteran and was the Catholic Chaplain for Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. for several years. A part of the program will feature the history of the music, “Taps”, part of the nation’s culture and history.

The 2022 celebration will feature many longtime participants, plus several first time performers to help the community celebrate Independance Day, the 4th of July.

Choirs will include the First Baptist Church and the Catholic Church. Tammy Bostick, Lashonna Adams, Kay Randle and Christina Thomas will be featured, along with Kathy and Al Avizo. 

The audience will be invited to participate in the singing of patriotic songs and other features to help celebrate the anniversary of the nation’s independence.

“Ours is a unique country and worth celebrating,” sponsors believe. “Come and celebrate with the community.”

Cookies and ice cream will be served following the program.

The UMC Human Relations Team invites residents of the Frankston area community to attend and bring friends and family. For further information, interested persons may call the church office at (903) 876-2235, during regular office hours, or email umcfrankston@umcfrankston.org .


June 26, 2022


Hilltop Baptist Church to hear

report on Africa Mission Trip

Four members of Hilltop Baptist Church, joined by four members from two other churches, participated in a mission trip to Mzuzu, Malawi, Africa from May 31 through June 9.

Trip participants gave a trip report Sunday, June 26, at Hilltop Baptist Church, during the evening service, beginning at 6 p.m. Pastor Randall Jinkins said the report showed how God worked during this brief trip and how over 20,000 people responded to the Gospel message.

Everyone returned safely to the U.S.A. on Saturday, June 11. Members of Hilltop who participated were Gordon Folmar, Dianne Burgamy, Tracy Jinkins and pastor, Randall Jinkins.  They were joined by Malinda Patton, Jill Loar and pastor, Scott Loar of Fairview Baptist Church in Town Bluff, Texas, and Dr. Richard Harvey, pastor of Cross Baptist Church of Eufala, Alabama. 

The trip was evangelistic in nature with the men preaching in 45 schools, showing the Jesus Film 25 times, preaching in three prisons, and sponsoring a Football/Netball Bonanza with over 1,000 in attendance, where Scott Loar preached at halftime. The ladies conducted Women’s Conferences in four churches.


June 24, 2022


Life Line Screening to offer health

services at FLC on Friday, June 24

Life Line Screening will be at the Family Life Center of The United Methodist Church of Frankston on Friday, June 24 to provide preventative advanced ultrasound screening for arterial health, according to an announcement.

The organization is described as providing five screenings, including carotid artery, heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and osteoporosis risk.

For more information or to make an appointment, interested persons may call (888) 653-6450 or visit the website at https://llsa.social/HSC .

A flyer provided by the company is available at the church office. It provides more information on the services to be offered.


June 11, 2022


13th annual Fish Fry scheduled June 11

to benefit Mikey Jones Scholarship Fund

The 13th annual Fish Fry, benefitting the Mikey Jones Scholarship Fund, has been scheduled for Saturday, June 11 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center of  The United Methodist Church of Frankston.

Fried catfish, with all the trimmings, is $10 per plate and can be eaten inside or ordered to go. All proceeds benefit the fund.

The Mikey Jones Scholarship Fund is designed to aid students in achieving their academic goals beyond high school, especially those students with interests in the vocational and trade fields. Sponsors say thousands of dollars have been awarded to Frankston and LaPoynor students since the death of Mikey Jones. Currently one senior from each school receives $1,000 to further their education.

Mikey Jones has been described as a well-known mechanic in the area who inspired all who knew him with his amazing mechanical skill and a person who brought joy to the people of this community with his amazing perspective on life.

At the event, music will be provided by Joe Dale Dickerson’s Caddo Creek Band. The band is well known in the area and will provide music that can be enjoyed  by anyone interested in dancing. 

The annual fish fry in Mikey Jones’ honor will be held again this year inside at the air conditioned United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at the intersection of East Main Street and South Weldon Street, behind Austin Bank.

Due to the continuing risk from COVID-19, the scholarship committee hopes that each person will do whatever makes them comfortable regarding wearing of masks and consider getting all the COVID shots, for which they are eligible, if they have not done so.

In addition to attending the Fish Fry, those interested may contribute to the Mikey Jones Scholarship Fund at Austin Bank.

More information can be obtained by contacting Jerry Jones at (903) 724-0192.


June 10, 2022


UMC Frankston sets Blood Drive

with Carter BloodCare June 10 

Carter BloodCare is in critical need for blood donations and The United Methodist Church of Frankston will be trying to help.

A blood drive is scheduled  for Friday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UMC Family Life Center, 161 S. Weldon St. in Frankston.

Carter BloodCare will be onsite to take donations.

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment before arriving. If online access is available, potential donors are asked to complete an online questionnaire prior to their appointment via QuickScreen at qs.carterbloodcare.org .

Potential donors are informed that if they have contracted COVID-19 and are fully recovered, they are eligible to donate blood 10 days after all symptoms have disappeared.

To schedule an appointment online those interested may visit http://www.carterbloodcare.org/ . They may also call (903) 363-0400 .   


June 4,  2022


“BEAT THE HEAT MUSIC FEST” — Area residents and visitors braved the heat of the late afternoon Saturday, June 4 to enjoy the music of one of the bands at the Music Concert in the Town Square City Park in downtown Frankston. The crowd was expected to swell  as the concert continued until 9 p.m. — Citizen Photo

Music Concert in downtown park

scheduled for Frankston on June 4

The Frankston Area community is preparing for the next big event to promote the community and provide free entertainment for those attending.

The “Beat the Heat Music Fest” has been scheduled for Saturday, June 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Town Square City Park in downtown Frankston.

The event will feature music from two bands and invites street dancing. Also food trucks will be available to supplement food available on the square and elsewhere in Frankston.

One of the bands to be on hand will be “2nd Childhood”, which features oldies, classic rock and soft rock from 5 to 7 p.m. The other band here will be “6 Miles to Mixon”, playing classic country and current country hits from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sponsors say official food trucks on hand will be Crawfish Out Back Seafood Shack of Palestine and Unk’s BBQ and Catering of Frankston. The beverage vendor will be HTeaO. 

Also sponsors plan to have a bounce house for kids.

“Come join us on the square in downtown Frankston for a night of music, street dance and food trucks,” said Monica Atwood, a member of the Frankston Economic Development Corp. Board, in charge of promoting the event. “Enjoy the free concert and be sure to bring you own lawn chair.”

The EDC invites area residents to attend and bring friends and family. Visitors to Frankston from surrounding towns and cities are also invited.


June 3,  2022


UMW RUMMAGE SALE — The Rummage Sale for the United Methodist Women got underway Friday, June 3 at the church Family Life Center with hundreds of area residents and other visitors shopping for “treasures” among the huge number of items available for their inspection. Shown is the table where the shoppers paid for their items to be taken home. (More pictures HERE )

— Citizen Photos

Frankston UMW Rummage Sale

set for Friday, Saturday June 3-4

The United Methodist Women (UMW)  of Frankston will be hosting their annual Rummage Sale on Friday, June 3 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, June 4 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Family Life Center of The United Methodist Church of Frankston, 161 S. Weldon St.

The sale is open to the public and there is no admission charge. Rain or shine, shoppers may come to this indoor event where items for sale are clean and neatly displayed.

The UMW sale will include “lots of treasures” such as Christmas decorations, housewares, books, electronics, shoes, purses, jewelry, toys and tools.

This rummage sale is the Frankston UMW’s major fundraiser for their missions, which include support of the Clothes Closet and the Rainbow House Food Pantry.

For more information, those interested may call (903) 876-2235, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, closed for lunch from 1 -2 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 pm., except for holidays.

Church members or others in the community who want to donate items for the Rummage Sale may ask when they may bring items for the sale.

The church email address is umcfrankston@umcfrankston.org or they may visit the church website at https://www.umcfrankston.org/united-methodist-women .


May 27, 2022


LaPoynor High School Class of 2022 graduates

— LaPoynor ISD Courtesy Photo

LaPoynor Class of 2022 Graduation

May 27; top graduates recognized

A Graduation Ceremony for the 34 graduates of the Class of 2022 of LaPoynor High School will be held on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium on the LaPoynor campus.

A program for the ceremony and other graduation information was provided courtesy of  LaPoynor ISD.

The ceremony will begin with the traditional music of “Pomp and Circumstance” by Sir Edward Elgar.

The Invocation will be led by Honor Student Sydney Reid followed by the Welcome from Supt. Marsha Mills.

The Salutatory Address will be given by 2022 Salutatorian Filiberto  Juarez and the Valedictory Address by 2022 Valedictorian Jefferson Young.

High School Principal, Mrs. Donna Jeffus, will present awards and recognize the Senior Class.

Then diplomas will be presented by the LaPoynor ISD Board of Trustees. They are Patrick Debusk, Bryan Forester, Cornelius Hambrick, Clayton Hamil, Jacob Haynes, Ryan Reynolds and Kyle Riley.

The Benediction, led by Honor Student Matthew Bailey, will be followed by the processional when the graduates will leave the gymnasium to pursue their futures.

Graduation exercises began on Sunday, May 15 with a Baccalaureate service at the LaRue United Methodist Church.

The Kindergarten graduation was held on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Nichols-Corley Gymnasium.

Eighth Grade Graduation is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26 also at the gymnasium

Pictures of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian Jefferson Young and Filiberto Juarez, along with the names of other students receiving Academic Honors, are featured with the 2022 LaPoynor Graduates Roll HERE .

(See List of Scholarships, Awards as submitted by LaPoynor ISD HERE )


May 20, 2022


Alex Oxford, Tia Billingsly receive

Austin, Moore graduation honors

The 45 graduates of Frankston High School Class of 2022 received their diplomas Friday evening, May 20 at Commencement and two of their classmates were honored with the presentation of the Jeff Austin Award and the W.E. Moore Award, given to an outstanding male athlete and an outstanding female graduate.

AUSTIN, MOORE AWARDS — Alex Oxford and Tia Billingsly were presented the coveted Jeff Austin Award for the outstanding male athlete, and the W.E. Moore Award for the outstanding female graduate during Frankston High School Commencement on Friday, May 20.  — Citizen Photo

The coveted Jeff Austin Award, given since 1939 to an outstanding male athlete, went to Alex Oxford.

The equally coveted W. E. Moore Award was presented to Tia Billingsly, an outstanding female graduate and an outstanding athlete.

The awards were presented by Chelsey Vinzant, FHS/FMS College and Career Counselor.

Honored for their academic achievements were Valedictorian Riley Selman and Salutatorian Haidyn Hokit who delivered the Salutatory and Valedictory addresses during the ceremony.

Recognized additionally for Academic Honors were Bayne Bacon, Maggie Caveness, Collin Deupree, Cullen Jones, Kaitlyn Matthews, Cory Morgan, Grace Roark and Ryan Taylor.

Leading in the Invocation was Bayne Bacon. Maggie Caveness led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Grace Roark gave the Welcome and Kaitlyn Matthews led in the Benediction.

When all was said and done, High School Principal Edgar Rodriquez certified the graduation of the 45 seniors and they made their way to the podium to be handed their diplomas by School Board President Junior Mascorro.

At the close of the ceremony, the graduates joined in singing the school song, “Hail to the Blue and White”.

FHS Commencement in Pictures HERE 

The graduates traditionally hurled their caps high in the air as a symbol of their start of their post graduate lives.

A large crowd of proud parents and friends were present in the newly-named Robert Loper Coliseum for the ceremony.   

(Scholarships, awards HERE )   (Class of 2022 Roll and Honor Graduates HERE )


FHS Class of 2022

Frankston High School Class of 2022 graduates

— FISD Courtesy Photo


May 18, 2022


Class of 2022 Commencement set

May 20; Honor Grads recognized 

The 45 graduating seniors of the Class of 2022 of Frankston High School will be holding Commencement on Friday, May 20 at the FHS gymnasium. The slide show will begin at 6 p.m. and the ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Following is the order of the ceremony as reported by Frankston ISD:

The Class will enter the gymnasium to the sound of the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” and the ceremony will begin with the invocation led by honor graduate Bayne Bacon.

The Class and attendees will be led in the Pledge of Allegiance by honor graduate Maggie Caveness.

Honor graduate Grace Roark will extend the “Welcome” to all attending.

Salutatorian Haidyn Hokit will deliver the Salutatory Address.

Chelsey Vinzant, FHS/FMS College and Career Counselor, will present awards.

Valedictorian Riley Selman will deliver the Valedictory Address.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez will deliver the Certification of Graduation followed by Presentation of the Class for the receiving of diplomas.

FISD School Board President Junior Mascorro will present diplomas to graduates.

Following the singing of the school song, “Hail to the Blue and White”, the ceremony will end with the Benediction led by honor graduate Kaitlyn Matthews and the Class will leave the gymnasium to the sound of the Recessional.

Prior to the Commencement ceremony at 8:30 a.m. a Scholarship Recognition event will be held in the gymnasium.

Elementary school and middle school ceremonies are scheduled during the week.

Middle School Awards will be presented in a ceremony on Thursday, May 19 at 8 a.m. in the school auditorium.

Then at 10 a.m. the same day, Kindergarten Graduation will be held in the auditorium.

On Friday, May 20 at 9:15 a.m., Frankston Elementary School will hold the Awards Ceremony in the auditorium.    

 (Class of 2022 Roll and Honor Graduates HERE )


May 16, 2022


FISD trustees employ personnel,

review Pre-K monitoring reports

Frankston School trustees Monday, May 16 employed professional personnel and reviewed Progress Monitoring Reports for Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) based on data from the Children’s Learning Institute, according to a report from Supt. Nicci Cook.

They also heard campus reports and updates on use of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds under ESSER III.

In a fairly abbreviated session, they also approved of the monthly financial report under the consent agenda.

The Pre-K report on Literacy indicated that end-of-year CLI data for all students in literacy is above projections at this time. The report indicated that, in the 2021-2022 school year, two veteran teachers taught Pre-K, the classrooms were expanded to give more learning space, and each classroom had a supporting fulltime para-professional to assist and work with students. For 2022-2023, plans call for continuing use of the same veteran teachers along with keeping a para-professional in each class.

The report on Pre-K Numeracy reflected much the same utilization of veteran teachers and para-professionals in 2021-2022 and the intent to continue that plan in 2022-2023 in light of the campus evaluation being on track.

Business Manager Randi Westbrook updated the board on the projects/supplies funded with ESSER III funds, including the HVAC, Learning Center renovations and personnel costs.

Campus principals gave their usual reports on activities and events.

Elementary Principal Melanie Blackwell recognized students who were “Outstanding Indians”, reported on the Robotics Competition, Arbor Day Tree, STAAR tests, Gifted and Talented (GT) Trip, 5th Grade Career Day, Field Day and   also reported current enrollment to be 370.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens reported on the FFA Banquet, UIL participation celebration and events during the last week of school. She said total middle school enrollment was 192.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez reported on plans for Final Exam Weel, the Band Concert and Graduation. He recognized Timothy Ryals as Farm Bureau Student of the Month and Kaitlyn and Riley Webb as Teachers of the Year. He said total high school enrollment was 221 with 62 ninth graders, 57 tenth graders, 57 eleventh graders and 45 twelfth graders.

Supt. Cook confirmed the campus enrollment figures and said total district enrollment was 783, down by 11 students from the start of school in August 2021. She also reported on total COVID-19 cases since the start of school, which had not increased since March 29.


May 15, 2022


FHS GYM NAMED FOR LOPER — The Frankston High School gymnasium will be the Robert Loper Coliseum after it was announced that the Frankston School Trustees had voted the change in their April meeting and formally announced it at the Wall of Honor Ceremony Sunday, May 15. Loper was also one of two 2022 inductees to the Frankston ISD Wall of Honor recognized at the ceremony.  — Citizen Photo

WALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES — Four persons were formally recognized for selection to the Frankston ISD Wall of Honor in a ceremony Sunday, May 15. From left are 2021 selections T. L. Beard and Ruth Tindel and 2022 inductees Carl House and Coach Robert Loper. The plaques shown were ceremoniously re-added or added to the Wall during the event.

— Citizen Photo 

FISD Wall of Honor inductees

praised; gym named for Loper

Four individuals were recognized Sunday, May 15 as newest recipients of places on the Frankston Independent School District Wall of Honor in a ceremony in the lobby of  the FHS gymnasium, now to be known as the Robert Loper Coliseum.

Coach Loper was inducted in the ceremony as one of the two 2022 inductees on the Wall of Honor and received the added honor of having the school gymnasium named for him as a result of action by the FISD Board of Trustees on April 18 but only announced formally at the Wall of Honor Ceremony.

The other 2022 inductee, honored posthumously, was Carl House, a former FISD trustee and person active in a number of youth, church and community organizations and service to individuals.

Plaques for the 2022 inductees were added to those of prior honorees in the  gymnasium lobby and cafeteria.

Selected in 2021 posthumously and honored at the May 15 ceremony were T. L. Beard and Mrs. Ruth Tindel whose plaques had already been added but were ceremoniously re-added during the event. Because of precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the FISD decided to further recognize them in the public ceremony along with the 2022 honorees this year.

Several speakers spoke in behalf of the four honorees: Missye Smith Ward for Mr. Beard; Joe Tindel for his wife, Ruth, also praising the other honorees; Bob Whitehurst, Jerry Beard and Todd House for Carl House; and Kyle Dezern and Vance Dallas for Loper. The veteran Frankston basketball coach also spoke of his time at FHS and gave credit to coaches and players who had contributed to his teams through the years.

Started in 2015, the Wall of Honor recognizes members of the community for their exceptional achievements in their chosen field, exceptional community service or outstanding contribution to the Frankston Independent School District.

A summary of the achievements of the Wall of Honor inductees were outlined in previous accounts of their achievements as well as during the ceremony.

Coach Loper served as FISD teacher, athletic director and coach from 1988-2016 and was noted for his continually competitive basketball teams, one of which was a state finalist. He also coached Cross Country and assisted in other sports. He also was inducted into the Texas Assn. of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Hall of Fame in 2019.

Mr. House, a 1979 graduate of Frankston High School, not only served as school trustee but also was active in his church. A scholarship benefit program for deserving dual credit students bears his name, the Carl House Dual Credit Scholarship. He was also actively involved in other community service and sensitive to the needs of individuals.

Further information on the service and contributions of Coach Loper and Mr. House is provided in articles HERE .

On announcement of the honorees in 2021 and during the May 15 ceremony, Mr. Beard’s and Mrs. Tindel’s contributions were noted.

Mr. Beard, a Frankston native and 1941 FHS graduate, was selected for his love for education, his service to the country in World War II, his successful career  which provided jobs for many Frankston residents, his work on behalf of Frankston as Anderson County Commissioner of Precinct 3 and his overall devotion to his hometown.

Mrs. Tindel was selected for her more than 20 years of service to FISD employees and patrons as tax assessor-collector and her work on PEIMS, payroll and employee insurance, as well as assisting the superintendent and business manager in budget preparations. Her community service included work with the Frankston Medical Assn. in helping obtain a doctor, and later at the Austin Clinic, along with her inspiration and help for her husband with management and operation of The Frankston Citizen newspaper from 1973-2005.

Further information on the service and contributions of Mr. Beard and Mrs. Tindel is provided in articles HERE .


May 15, 2022


Baccalaureate for 2022 FHS grads

May 15 begins Graduation Week

Graduation week for the Frankston High School Class of 2022 begins on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. with a Baccalaureate Service at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1379 N. Frankston Hwy.

The service comes after a special Top Ten Academic Honors Banquet on Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at the FHS cafeteria, adjacent to the school gymnasium.

At that banquet, Valedictorian Riley Selman and Salutatorian Haidyn Hokit and others receiving Academic Honors were recognized. They are Bayne Bacon, Maggie Caveness, Collin Deupree, Cullen Jones, Kaitlyn Matthews, Cory Morgan, Grace Roark and Ryan Taylor.

Commencement is scheduled for Friday, May 20 in the gymnasium with a slide show starting at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by the ceremony.

Prior to the Commencement ceremony at 8:30 a.m. a Scholarship Recognition event will be held in the gymnasium.

Elementary school and middle school ceremonies are scheduled during the week.

Middle School Awards will be presented in a ceremony on Thursday, May 19 at 8 a.m. in the school auditorium.

Then at 10 a.m. the same day, Kindergarten Graduation will be held in the auditorium.

On Friday, May 20 at 9:15 a.m., Frankston Elementary School will hold the Awards Ceremony in the auditorium.

The program for the FHS Commencement, along with formal recognition of the Top Ten Academic honorees and the Graduate Class Roll will be reported beginning Monday, May 16.  


May 15, 2022


FISD Wall of Honor ceremony

to honor inductees on May 15

Frankston Independent School District will hold a Wall of Honor Inductee Ceremony to honor the 2022 inductees and those 2021 inductees selected last year on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2 p.m. in the FHS gymnasium lobby and cafeteria.

The FISD announced the recognition of veteran Frankston Indians basketball Coach Robert Loper and the posthumous recognition of Carl House, FISD School Board Member from 2003-2019, for their nomination and induction to the FISD Wall of Honor for 2022.

Plaques for the 2022 inductees will be added to those of prior honorees in the Frankston High School School gymnasium lobby and cafeteria.

Selected in 2021 posthumously were T.L. Beard and Mrs. Ruth Tindel whose plaques have already been added. However, because of precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the FISD decided to further recognize them in the public ceremony along with the 2022 honorees this year.

Started in 2015, the Wall of Honor recognizes members of the community for their exceptional achievements in their chosen field, exceptional community service or outstanding contribution to the Frankston Independent School District.

A summary of the achievements of the Wall of Honor inductees was outlined in the FISD announcement.

Coach Loper served as FISD teacher, athletic director and coach from 1988-2016 and was noted for his continually competitive basketball teams, one of which was a state finalist. He also coached Cross Country and assisted in other sports. He also was inducted into the Texas Assn. of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Hall of Fame in 2019.

Mr. House, a 1979 graduate of Frankston High School, not only served as school trustee but also was active in his church. A scholarship benefit program for deserving dual credit students bears his name, the Carl House Dual Credit Scholarship. He was also actively involved in other community service and sensitive to the needs of individuals.

Further information on the service and contributions of Coach Loper and Mr. House is provided in articleHERE .

On announcement of the 2021 honorees in 2021, Mr. Beard’s and Mrs. Tindel’s contributions were noted.

Mr. Beard, a Frankston native and 1941 FHS graduate, was selected for his love for education, his service to the country in World War II, his successful career  which provided jobs for many Frankston residents, his work on behalf of Frankston as Anderson County Commissioner of Precinct 3 and his overall devotion to his hometown.

Mrs. Tindel was selected for her more than 20 years of service to FISD employees and patrons as tax assessor-collector and her work on PEIMS, payroll and employee insurance, as well as assisting the superintendent and business manager in budget preparations. Her community service included work with the Frankston Medical Assn. in helping obtain a doctor, and later at the Austin Clinic, along with her inspiration and help for her husband with management and operation of  The Frankston Citizen newspaper from 1973-2005.

Further information on the service and contributions of Mr. Beard and Mrs. Tindel is provided in articles HERE .

Prior inductees to the Wall of Honor whose plaques are displayed in the Frankston High School School gymnasium lobby and cafeteria include the following:

2015 — A.B. Awalt, Teacher and Coach 1928-1940 and FISD Superintendent 1951-1961; J.C. Hicks, Superintendent, Teacher and Coach, 1946-1970; CM Sgt. Jerry W. Simmons, 1976 FHS graduate, Chief Master Sgt. USAF; Jesse W. Smith Sr., School Board Member, President, 1947-1967

2016 — Jeff Austin Sr., 1930 FHS graduate, Successful businessman, Longtime supporter of FISD; Eugene “Guy” Bizzell, 1931 FHS graduate/Salutatorian, 1957 U.S.A. Teacher of the Year.

2017 — James M. Bloxom Sr., 1947 FHS graduate, FISD School Board Member, 1958-1991; Carl Cook, FISD employee, 1946-1972; Troy C. House, 1951 FHS graduate, FHS teacher 1962-1993; U.S. Army Spc. Heath K. Pickard, 2006 FHS graduate, KIA October 16, 2008-Iraq.

2018 — No applications received.

2019 — Kathleen Cook Fitzgerald, 1934 FHS graduate, FISD teacher 1961-1978, Service to the Frankston community; G.V. “Bo” Ousley, FISD Teacher, Coach and Principal, 1956-1992. Coach of 1961 State Basketball Champions; Jerry Gideon, FISD Superintendent, 1970-1985, 40 years in Education; Sonny Perry, 1955 FHS graduate, FISD Teacher/Coach 1982-1992.

2020 — No inductees due to pandemic.


April 30, 2022


ART WALK ON THE SQUARE 2022 — A big crowd of browsers and shoppers were gathering on Saturday, April 30 in the downtown Frankston Town Square for the annual Art Walk on the Square, sponsored by the Economic Development Corp. of Frankston. Visitors were expected to continue coming until the.event closed at 4 p.m.   — Citizen Photo


April 27, 2022


Mighty Indian Band’ earns coveted

Sweepstakes Award at UIL Contest

The Frankston Indian Band came home Wednesday, April 27 with the Sweepstakes Award after winning Division 1 ratings in Concert and Sight Reading at the University Interscholastic League Contest at Carthage.

The Sweepstakes Award is given to a band which finished with a Division 1 rating in Concert, Marching and Sight Reading within the same calendar year.

The 70-member band received the Sweepstakes Award for the first time in over 40 years, according to a Frankston ISD announcement.


April 18, 2022


FISD comprehensive improvement

project to utilize fund balance plan

The Frankston Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday, April 18 unanimously approved a plan for use of the district’s fund balance to finance various campus and facilities improvements, according to a report from Supt. Nicci Cook.

The improvements covered technology, elementary, middle and high schools, transportation, maintenance and athletics and total expenditure was projected to be $799,249.82.

Technology — Addition of six exterior and eight indoor security cameras to provide adequate coverage as recommended by principals and the school security officer. Cost was projected to be $32,744.20.

Elementary Campus — Addition of a Dome climber at the main playground area with school bus and Merry-Go-Cycle on the side playground. Cost projection was $7,339.63.

Middle School Campus — Updating lighting fixtures (with controls) and bulbs to LED for better lighting at lower energy costs. (Two options are to be considered.) Cost projection was $143,528.80.

High School Campus — Purchase of 90 new band uniforms to replace 12-year-old deteriorating uniforms which have unreplaceable missing pieces. The new uniforms are designed to last 12-15 years and are projected to provide for growth of the current 70-member band. Total cost was projected at $28,530.

Transportation — A) Replace five oldest buses (one 1999 and four 2005) with new buses in connection with a TCEQ Clean School Bus program grant. Estimates are that the purchase would put FISD five years ahead of the current bus replacement schedule. Savings were estimated to be $258,300 and total costs of $291,700, with possible slight changes, pending grant approval.

B) Replace cameras of all buses with state of the art devices and cloud-based software providing daily updated downloads of information. Total Cost projected at $81,326.

C) Purchase of a new Expedition vehicle, including towing package, to replace one taken out of service. Total Cost estimated at $50,085.

D) Add new Traverse vehicle to the fleet to replace two vehicles (2003 and 2006 models) about to be retired from service and the Traverse is described to fit the district’s needs. Total cost estimated at $37,299.

Maintenance — (A) Install new fencing behind the practice football field extending to the agriculture barn to prevent hogs coming onto football fields and other areas. Cost was projected to be $24,720.

B) Purchase of a Sports Turf Renovation machine for de-thatching, aeration, vertical mowing, turf leveling and infield lip removal. FISD currently was reported as spending $5,000 per year to hire verticut service. Total cost was projected at $17,145.

C) Purchase of new mower to replace two mowers which require much service. The proposed new mower will cut an eight-foot swath which will cut mowing time in half and be safer on hillsides, it was reported. Cost was projected at $31,959.19.

Athletics — A) FISD tennis courts were reported as needing resurfacing. Cost was projected at $27,872.

B) Repurposing the building at the end of the football field which is currently used for storage and space for some softball/baseball practice. Plans call for cleaning out the building, adding retractable nets, updating lighting and looking at new flooring ideas. Cost was projected at $25,000.

Additional actions, reports on the April 18 meeting in  separate article BELOW


April 18, 2022


FISD trustees review Board Outcome

Progress, hear school campus reports

Frankston School trustees Monday, April 18 reviewed Board Outcome Monitoring Reports under College, Career, Military Readiness (CCMR), approved the consent agenda, heard campus and staff reports and approved resignations and new employment as well as teacher contracts for the 2022-2023 school year, according to a report from Supt. Nicci Cook.

The board discovered that the overall evaluation was on track for the increase in percentage of graduates that meet the criteria for CCMR from 71 percent in 2019 to 81 percent by August 2025. They also heard that the campus evaluation is on track for career/military graduate data for for all students. They also heard plans for moving forward toward their goals. It was reported that the only way to be career ready is to obtain an industry-based certification (IBC). Currently 89 percent of FISD graduating seniors have obtained an IBC. Three are still working on it and hope to have it completed by graduation.

Included on the consent agenda approved was the certification that FISD will use the 2022-2023 Instructional Materials Allotment to satisfy the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum.

Campus principals gave reports on activities and achievements on their campuses.

Elementary Principal Melanie Blackwell reported on her outstanding Indians and on activities including Pajamas for Plants, Atten-DANCE Party, End of Year MAP, Egg Hunts, Purple Up for Military Kids and Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup. She reported that current enrollment was 368.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens reported on the Eighth Grade Leadership Group Egg Hunt and recognized Emilie Batchelor and Christina Graham for the Attendance Incentive. She also recognized the Seventh and Eighth Grade boys who won first and the district championship in track. She said current enrollment at MS was 195.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez recognized Logan Taylor as the Farm Bureau Student of the Month and gave dates for upcoming events at the school. He said current enrollment on his campus was 222, including 62 in the ninth grade, 58 in the 10th grade, 57 in the 11th grade and 45 in the 12th grade.

In her report, Supt. Cook confirmed individual campus enrollments and reported a total enrollment of 785, down nine students from the start of school in August 2021. She also reminded of various deadlines for board training and the Teacher Incentive Allotment and reported results from the Anderson County Livestock Show.



April 16, 2022



EASTER 

Eggstravaganza


First Baptist Church

of Frankston

APRIL 16 


ABOVE, Workers at First Baptist Church in Frankston prepare refreshments for children and adults attending the Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 16.


AT RIGHT, a youngster at the Easter Eggstravaganza at First Baptist Church in Frankston gets a helping hand from a young lady in finding eggs during the event at the church Saturday, April 16.

— Citizen Photos





April 16, 2022


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EASTER Eggstravaganza

First Baptist Church

of Frankston

APRIL 16 • 10 A.M.

EASTER STORY — REFRESHMENTS  EGG HUNT on the field behind the main building

FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

For More Information Visit www.fbcfrankston.org

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April 15, 2022


Frankston ‘Art Walk On The Square’

plans progress for downtown April 30

The community of Frankston will be holding the annual Art Walk On The Square on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and organizers hope those coming to observe the talented artists will enjoy the experience and appreciate the work that has gone into planning this event for the fourth year.

The Art Walk is free to the public and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the hometown atmosphere and local talent, organizers say. Plenty of participation is expected from local area communities of Frankston, Poynor, LaRue, Berryville , Coffee City and Brushy Creek.

There will be live music throughout the day to entertain visitors. Food will be available during the event with at least two food trucks.

There will be information and maps available for visitors at the main location in The Bank-quet Room. 

The Art Walk event is sponsored by the Frankston Economic Development Board as an effort to bring some life to the downtown area, according to Gigi Selman, EDC board member and promoter of the event.  

“This Frankston Art Walk on the Square was originally planned to highlight the amazing artistic talent in Frankston and the surrounding area,” Mrs. Selman said.  “In addition, the event would call attention to our lovely city park and the businesses around it.” 

Mrs. Selman said the first Art Walk, in 2018, was very successful and many of the artists from years past will be returning.  She said that in the beginning of the Art Walk endeavor, the artists were able to be set up in the many empty buildings on the Frankston downtown square. Although the Art Walk began as a reason to show off the local talent of artists in Frankston and the surrounding area, it was also planned to bring attention to our downtown area, which, at the time, was filled with mostly empty buildings, organizers point out.

“We wanted people to see the possibilities of bringing businesses to our downtown square, Mrs. Selman said. “It has worked so well that we now have businesses in almost every building in the downtown area, so we think our efforts have been well rewarded.”

However, because of this, organizers have decided  that most of the participating artists will now be setting up outdoors on the sidewalks and in the city park area.  

“By accomplishing the goal of bringing businesses to the square, we lost our set-up spaces indoors,” Mrs. Selman said.  “It was totally worth it, and the artists will still have plenty of room to display their talents.”     

The Art Walk this year will include artists, photographers, and craftsmen.  There will be a diverse display of artistic work which organizers believe will please all.  Included will be everything from oil painting and drawing to sculpting and quilts.  

One of the more unusual artists is Marla Garber, who paints and makes astounding articles out of gourds.  Willy Bull will be returning with his selection of handmade knives. Staci Saunders and Heather Burris will display their colorful, inspiring paintings.

Mrs. Selman said that there will be several newcomers this year.  She said that Tami Sorenson will be there showing off her beautiful mosaic creations and  Furniture Artist, Sue Mikesell, takes plain furniture items and turns them into interesting pieces. The EDC board member said Glenda Welch “makes awesome items out of rope.”

Organizers point out that there will be many artists participating with displays of their crafting talents of every imaginable kind.  As always, Tommy Davis will have his business open to show off his handmade cedar creations, such as swings, tables, and chairs.

“The list goes on and on,” Mrs. Selman said.  “The amazing talent gathered for this small-town Art Walk will surprise you and entertain you.”

The family of the late Susan Burks Beard, who was loved in the community, will have her studio open to show her awesome art and to honor her memory, Mrs. Selman said.

“It would be impossible to have our Art Walk without including her talent,” she said.  

According to organizers, many of the businesses on the square will be offering space for the artists to set up. Several of the buildings are empty, but owners have agreed to be a part of the event. Plans reveal that those with working businesses have graciously opened their doors to welcome the artists for the event.  

“Their participation is very much appreciated, as their involvement in this effort helps to boost our precious downtown area,” Mrs. Selman said.  

“The Art Walk will allow the public to not only enjoy the art exhibits, but to see all the places that hold our little town together,” she said.  

The event brings attention to the businesses that are now established on the downtown square and  this will be a chance to meet some of those business owners and browse through their places.  

The businesses and building owners participating in this event are as follows:  The Bank-quet Room, Atwood Hats, Tommy’s Woodworks, Illusions WaxWorks, Burnt Bunz, The Bronze Cactus, Krajca Electric, Wash + Cleaners, Silvermoon Tack and Gifts, The Frankston Lodge  and Paul and Linda Streck.  

The new addition to the town square is the Frankston Farmer’s Market.  Organized by Safire Norris, it promises to have a wide variety of selections and will be adding more interest to the Art Walk, organizers believe.

The Frankston Library and Museum will be open to the public, including their usual book sale. Nearby is the scenic park area with its popular Little Bit Playground.    

Organizers say that The Windmill Café and Milano’s Pizza will be open on the square, and ready to serve the public with their menu favorites. The unique Bank-quet Room will be offering a buffet. There also are some interesting places to shop on the square now, such as Atwood Hats, The Bronze Cactus, Burnt Bunz, Silvermoon Tack and Gifts and Illusion WaxWorks.   

“We have a beautiful park, a wonderful library, an interesting museum and a terrific playground area as well as the attractions offered by artists and others during the event,” according to the EDC sponsors.

The Frankston EDC has issued an invitation for visitors to attend this traditional community event and enjoy the day


April 12, 2022


Frankston Council eyes grant funds

for improvements at Water Well #3

The Frankston City Council voted at their April 12 meeting to utilize $108,750 received in a grant under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for purchase of a backup generator for Water Well No. 3, located on the hill in north Frankston, according to unofficial minutes reported by City Secretary Kelli Casey Landreth-Smith.

As part of the the procedure to approve the expenditure, the Council voted to amend the Grant Line item in the Water and Sewer Budget to add the $108,750 received in the grant. They also approved paperwork required to obtain bids to consummate the project.

The Council also accepted a bid of $12,291 from S&S Roofing for replacing the roof on the City Hall. They also approved amending the City Hall Budget under Property Maintenance by $12,300 to account for the new roof project. The bid allows for the installation of 30-year shingles, according to the minutes.

In other action, the Council completed a process which would be required for any future possible granting of a tax abatement by Frankston Packaging, formerly known as Frankston Paper Box Co. The Council approved entering into a Abatement Agreement with the company as part of the process.

The Council also heard a Racial Profiling Report from Police Chief Darren Goodman which explained findings on the report. The Council found no issues in the report and approved it unanimously.

Staff reports were given by Police Chief Goodman, and Linda Howell, Court; Michael Hatton, Water; Doug Hicks, Frankston VFD and Ken Fiihr, Streets.

Included in announcements were a Bulk Item pickup on May 24, the Farmers Market on April 16, the Art Walk on the Square on April 30 and the Concert in the Park on June 4.

Frankston EDC board awards museum AC bid    See Story HERE 



April 10, 2022


Area cities get sales  tax 

allocations in April list

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported city sales tax allocations for the April 2022 period showing increases for Frankston, Berryville, Coffee City and Cuney among  area cities over the prior period last year.

All area cities reported gains for the year-to-date over the prior year.

The City of Frankston received a net payment of $36,202.32 for April   compared to a $29,626.77 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 22.19 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $160,629.79 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $131,915.26 a gain of 21.76 percent.

The City of Berryville received a net payment of $2,301.60 for April compared to a $2,085.63 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 10.35 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $11,622.38 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $9,276.36, a gain of 25.29 percent.

The City of Coffee City received a net payment of $17,159.42 for April  compared to a $17,061.48 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 0.57 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $85,254.07 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $82,996.06, a gain of 2.72 percent.

The City of Cuney received a net payment of $2,664.61 for April compared to a $2,607.28 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 2.19 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $14,662.42 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $11,338.85 a gain of 29.31 percent.

The City of Poynor received a net payment of $779.26 for April compared to a $783.49 payment a year ago. That’s a decrease of 0.53 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $4,663.09 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $4,320.98, an increase of 7.91 percent.


April 9, 2022


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Easter Egg Hunt


United Methodist Church

Family Life Center

Fellowship Park

Saturday, April 9



ABOVE, Frankston area children scurry to be the first to find Easter eggs during the Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by The United Methodist Church of Frankston Saturday morning, April 9 at Fellowship Park, adjacent to the Family Life Center.

AT RIGHT, one young lady finds an egg after systematically moving into just the right places during the Egg Hunt.

— Citizen Photos



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April 8, 2022


Concession stand sales to help fund

Carl House Dual Credit Scholarships  

The Scholarship Committee of The United Methodist Church of Frankston will be operating the concession stands at softball and baseball games between Frankston and LaPoynor on Friday, April 8 at Frankston to benefit the Carl House Dual Credit Scholarship Fund, it was announced by the committee.

The games will begin at 5 p.m., first with a softball game between the Frankston Maidens and the LaPoynor Lady Flyers, followed at about 7 p.m. by a baseball game between the Frankston Indians and LaPoynor Flyers. The games are expected to end around 9 p.m.

The committee plans to sell the usual concession items, but also they will be selling a pulled pork sandwich plate, including baked beans and potato salad, for $10.

All proceeds from the concession stands on that date will be used to aid students taking dual credit classes while in high school, leading to a possible Associate of Arts (AA) degree.

The funds raised at the concession stand will help finance scholarships to those students who are unable, financially, to pay the tuition costs of college classes, according to the committee.

The scholarship program, about 10 years old, has been described as very successful in providing help to deserving students who desire to begin their college careers while in high school. The committee cites many success stories that started with the help received from the Carl House Dual Credit Scholarship Fund.

Fans of both Frankston and LaPoynor  have been urged to attend the softball and baseball games to support their teams and this scholarship program. In addition to raising funds through sale of concession items, the committee welcomes additional donations to the scholarship fund.

The April 8 date is one of two dates provided by Frankston ISD for operation of the concession stands at home games by the scholarship committee. The other date has not been set but will be announced when determined.


April 8, 2022


UMC Frankston sets Blood Drive

with Carter BloodCare on April 8 

Carter BloodCare is in critical need for blood donations and The United Methodist Church of Frankston will be trying to help.

A blood drive is scheduled  for Friday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UMC Family Life Center, 161 S. Weldon St. in Frankston.

Carter BloodCare will be onsite to take donations.

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment before arriving. If online access is available, potential donors are asked to complete an online questionnaire prior to their appointment via QuickScreen at:

 qs.carterbloodcare.org .

Potential donors are informed that if they have contracted COVID-19 and are fully recovered, they are eligible to donate blood 10 days after all symptoms have disappeared.

To schedule an appointment online those interested may visit http://www.carterbloodcare.org/ . They may also call (903) 363-0400 . 



April 3, 2022


UKRAINE DON copy

DONATIONS FOR UKRAINE will be accepted through April 3 by The United Methodist Church of Frankston from anyone in the area.  Checks should be made payable to UMC Frankston and note that the donation is for Ukraine Relief. The donation by check may be placed in an envelope and dropped in the church offering plate or delivered to the church office at 161 S. Weldon Street during office hours. Donations of cash should not be mailed, but may be hand-delivered in an envelope with the donor’s name and a note that it is for Ukraine.  Church officials say that all donations will be deposited and a single check from the church will be sent to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) with 100 percent of the donations going to Ukraine Relief.  

April 1, 2022


‘22-23 Middle School, High School

cheerleaders announced by FISD

Cheerleaders for 2022-2023 at Frankston Schools have been announced by school officials.

The cheerleaders for Frankston Middle School are Kamryn Allen, Zoe Beveridge, Jessie Ellis, Trinity Hallmark, Emma Hedger, Angela Hurtado Zavala, Maddison Jones, Desirae Lazo, Kira Pope, Jillian Reed and Emma Stinson.

Frankston High School cheerleaders announced are Katelyn Abbott, Emilie Batchelor, Lynsie Bizzell, Addisen Blackwell, Caitlyn Deupree, Ella Dowling, Ashley Fridinger, Jenna Gould, Julianna Gould, Leann Haney, Aryonna Hatton, Mariyah Hatton, Chloe Hedger, Briley Jimenez, Nyla Muhammad and Kaysie Nabors.


April 1, 2022


2022 Frankston ISD Wall of Honor

inductees: Carl House, Robert Loper

Frankston Independent School District has announced the recognition of veteran Frankston Indians basketball Coach Robert Loper and the posthumous recognition of Carl House, FISD School Board Member from 2003-2019, for their nomination and induction to the FISD Wall of Honor for 2022.

Carl House

“The FISD is proud to recognize Coach Loper and remember Mr. House on the Wall of Honor for their service and commitment to the school and community,” according to the announce-ment.

Started in 2015, the Wall of Honor recognizes members of the community for their exceptional achievements in their chosen field, exceptional community service or outstanding contribution to the Frankston Independent School District.

Plaques for the 2022 inductees will be added to those of prior honorees in the Frankston High School School gymnasium lobby and cafeteria

Honored in 2021 posthumously were T.L. Beard and Mrs. Ruth Tindel whose plaques have already been added. However, because of precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the FISD decided to further recognize them in the public ceremony along with the 2022 honorees this year.

That Wall of Honor Inductee Ceremony has been scheduled for Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2 p.m. in the FHS gymnasium lobby and cafeteria.

A summary of the achievements of the Wall of Honor inductees was outlined in the announcement.

Robert Loper

— Courtesy Photos

Coach Loper served as FISD teacher, athletic director and coach from 1988-2016 and was noted for his continually competitive basketball teams, one of which was a state finalist. He also coached Cross Country and assisted in other sports. He also was inducted into the Texas Assn. of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Hall of Fame in 2019.

Mr. House, a 1979 graduate of Frankston High School, not only served as school trustee but also was active in his church and community. A scholarship benefit program for deserving dual credit students bears his name, the Carl House Dual Credit Scholarship.

Further information on the service and contributions of Coach Loper and Mr. House will be announced as the time for the Inductee Ceremony nears.

On announcement of the honorees in 2021, Mr. Beard and Mrs. Tindel’s contributions were summarized.

Mr. Beard, a Frankston native and 1941 FHS graduate, was selected for his love for education, his service to the country in World War II, his successful career  which provided jobs for many Frankston residents, his work on behalf of Frankston as Anderson County Commissioner of Precinct 3 and his overall devotion to his hometown.

Mrs. Tindel was selected for her more than 20 years of service to FISD employees and patrons as tax assessor-collector and her work on PEIMS, payroll and employee insurance, as well as assisting the superintendent and business manager in budget preparations. Her community service included work with the Frankston Medical Assn. in helping obtain a doctor, and later at the Austin Clinic, along with her inspiration and help for her husband with management and operation of  The Frankston Citizen newspaper from 1973-2005.


March 29, 2022


FISD reports one new staff case

of confirmed COVID  March 29

One additional staff member has been lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 in a report on Tuesday, March 29, according to Frankston ISD.

According to school protocol, all student families and staff members have been notified of the new case and that the individual was last on campus on March 28.

The new case brings the total of staff members contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 83. The student total remains at 180 for an overall total of 263 confirmed since school opening.

On Tuesday, March 8, a staff member, last on campus on March 4, was reported to have been lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, bringing the staff total since August 2021 to 82 while the student total remained at 180 for an overall total of 262 since school opening.

On Thursday, Feb. 24, two students were lab-confirmed to have COVID and all student families and staff members were notified of those new cases in which the individuals were last on campus on Feb. 10.

The report of cases on Feb. 24 brought the total  of students contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 180 while the staff member total remained at 81. The overall total was 261 since school opening. 

On Friday, Feb. 18, all student families and staff members were notified of one new student case in which the individual was last on campus on Feb. 2.

That new case brought the total of students contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 178. The staff member total remained at 81 for an overall total of 259 confirmed since school opening.

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date since the opening of school are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

The new case is being handled, as others, with health department contact tracing and quarantine periods, according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Nicci Cook said.


March 28, 2022


FISD trustees review outcome goals,

approve teacher contracts for ‘22-23 

Frankston School trustees Monday, March 28 reviewed the Board Outcome Goal Progress Reports for Kindergarten, and first and second grade students, approved the consent agenda and approved personnel resignations and teacher contracts for 2022-2023, according to a report from Supt. Nicci Cook.

Among the items approved on the Consent Agenda was the certification of Supt. Cook as the District Representative to the Region 7 Regional Advisory Committee for 2022-2023. Also approved were school auditors Pattillo, Brown and Hill for the school year ending Aug. 31, 2022. A resolution approving off-campus activity for attendance purposes was also approved.

Campus principals and staff also gave their reports and updates.

Elementary School Principal Melanie Blackwell reported that Eli Beard and Mia Ulrich were named Outstanding Indians in Pre-Kindergarten. She also reported on celebrations and observances, including Women’s History Month, Read Across America, Kindergarten Rodeo, BRAVES Western Day, Thank You Maintenance and Custodians and Kid’s Heart Challenge. She said current enrollment at her campus was 368.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens reported that Huck Slater participated in the Spelling Bee over Spring Break. The event was held in a virtual setting this year. Also she reported that Levi White received a Gifted and Talented Scholarship provided by Region 7 to Texas A&M Sea Camp, a Fishing Camp. Mrs. Owens also presented a list of the Tribe Members in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades for the fourth six weeks. Also observed in middle school was a Tribe Treat  PJs and Cupcakes.

She noted that Luke Dugan and Gunner Vinzant went to the Houston Livestock Show and the seventh and eighth grade track teams placed first in the Mildred JH Relays track meet. Total enrollment was reported as 198.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez reported that Jenny Kennedy and Kaylee Davis were named Farm Bureau Teacher and Student of the Month. He also reported on the FHS One-Act Play winning at district and going to bi-district to be selected as alternate to advance in the UIL competition. He also reported on the Academic UIL winners and participants, STAAR testing and the SAT scheduled in April. Rodriguez said HS enrollment was 226, including 63 ninth graders, 58 tenth graders, 63 eleventh graders and 42 twelfth graders.

Business Manager Randi Westbrook gave a report and update on Finance and Facilities. She reported on completed facilities which included the track at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium. She also reported on a Property Value Study which included origins of property values, responsibilities and requirements plus possible fund balance projects.

Supt. Cook confirmed attendance figures given by principals and said total district enrollment was 792, down two students from Aug. 12, 2021. She also reported on the number of COVID-19 cases among staff and students since the opening of school in August 2021. The superintendent reported on the employment of a new administrative assistant, Jade McBride.

Supt. Cook announced that the 2022 Frankston ISD Wall of Honor ceremony has been scheduled for Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. in the FHS cafeteria. The 2022 inductees selected are Carl House and Robert Loper, she said. Also included for honors in the ceremony will be the 2021 inductees T.L. Beard and Ruth Tindel, whose ceremony last year was postponed due to COVID-19 complications.

She also informed the board of the 2022 Summer Leadership Institute, Cybersecurity Training and a policy update on employee medical leave.

The board voted to table action on new business items until the next meeting.


March 14, 2022


Frankston EDC board seeks bids

for monument, museum HVAC

The Frankston Economic Development Board Monday, March 14 continued consideration of a sign promoting the city, a monument for the Town Square City Park and an alternate heating and air conditioning system for the Kathleen Cook Fitzgerald Museum, according to a report of unofficial minutes by secretary Kelli Casey Landreth-Smith.

The consideration of the sign’s location was tabled pending a possible survey of an area near the intersection of FM 19 and SH 155.

The Board also tabled consideration of a Veterans Memorial monument for the park pending the receiving of additional bids on the project.

Also tabled was consideration of using an alternate heating and air conditioning unit as an upgrade for the Fitzgerald Museum. The board expressed a desire to receive multiple bids before deciding to purchase a unit.

Board member Gigi Selman informed directors that a large number of artists are expected for this year’s Artwalk on the Square, scheduled for the last Saturday in April. She said two food trucks have been booked for the event and she is working on promoting the Art Walk.

Board member Monica Atwood told the directors that there have been two bands scheduled for the Music Festival, set for Saturday, June 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. downtown. One of the bands is a classic rock band, “Second Childhood”, and the other is a country music band, “Six Miles to Mixon”, she said.

EDC directors present at the meeting were Jim Dwyer, president, Vice President Monica Atwood, Gigi Selman, Patty Lookabaugh and Jamey Lade.

Garrett and Carey Moynihan, were visitors at the meeting and they updated the board on progress with a recycling center.


March 8, 2022


Council expresses preference to own

land near park before improvements

The Frankston City Council Tuesday, March 8 showed a preference for owning the land southwest of the Town Square City Park before any expenditure of money on any improvements to the property, according to a report of unofficial minutes by City Secretary Kelli Landreth-Smith.

The preference of the Council came after a review of action by the Economic Development Corp. Board to decline to purchase the land and use the money to make improvements to the area.

The Council voted unanimously to approve the selection of a new website provider, CivicPlus, which services many city websites in the area, throughout Texas and the United States. The EDC board had voted to seek a new website provider. Annual cost is $4,400 which will be covered by the EDC.

The Council also approved the Audit of city finances for 2020-2021 by Acker & Company. The audit was completed and no issues with the city’s finances were found.

In other action, the Council unanimously approved a replat at 230 Elizabeth and another replat at 216 E. Main.

After the Council considered the Racial Profiling Report, they expressed a desire to speak with Police Chief Darren Goodman about the report. They voted to table the matter until the Chief could be in attendance.

Council member Johnnie Day expressed his thanks to everyone for their phone calls and prayers when he was ill.

Among announcements made was the time change to daylight savings time on the coming weekend. It was also announced that the Farmers’ Market opening day would be on April 16 and the Art Walk on the Square will be on the last Saturday in April.

Departmental and staff reports were given and the meeting was adjourned.


March 8, 2022


FISD reports one new staff case

of confirmed COVID  March 8

One additional staff member has been lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 in a report on Tuesday, March 8, according to Frankston ISD.

According to school protocol, all student families and staff members have been notified of the new case in which the individual was last on campus on March 4.

The new case brings the total of staff members contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 82. The student total remains at 180 for an overall total of 262 confirmed since school opening.

On Thursday, Feb. 24, two students were lab-confirmed to have COVID and all student families and staff members were notified of those new cases in which the individuals were last on campus on Feb. 10.

The report of cases on Feb. 24 brought the total  of students contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 180 while the staff member total remained at 81. The overall total was 261 since school opening. 

On Friday, Feb. 18, all student families and staff members were notified of one new student case in which the individual was last on campus on Feb. 2.

That new case brought the total of students contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 178. The staff member total remained at 81 for an overall total of 259 confirmed since school opening.

In the last report on Monday, Feb. 7, three staff members, last on campus Jan. 21, Jan. 26 and Feb. 1 were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, according to a notification sent student families and staff members.

Those new cases brought the total of staff members contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 81. The student total, at that time, remained at 177 for an overall total of 258 cases confirmed since school opening.

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date since the opening of school are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

The new case is being handled, as others, with health department contact tracing and quarantine periods, according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Nicci Cook said.


March 1, 2022


Voters go to polls today, March 1

for two party primary elections 

Registered voters in the Frankston area of Anderson and Henderson County will be casting ballots in person today, March 1 in primary elections for the Democratic and Republican parties.

Hours for voting are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters will be voting for candidates who seek to be nominees for federal offices, members of the State Legislature, and state, district and county offices and for the purpose of electing county chairs, according to the notice of election. Sample ballots may be seen by selecting from links to the websites for the county of residence available in the sidebar of this website’s Home Page.

Voters must pick a Party Preference to vote in this election, according to election instructions. 

Election offices in both Anderson and Henderson counties have published the following information on their websites:

On

Today, Election Day, voters who reside in the area served by Box 18 may cast ballots at the Frankston Courthouse Annex. Voters in the Neches ISD who reside in the area served by Box 16 may vote at the First Baptist Church, Neches; and voters in the area served by Box 23 at the Pisgah Baptist Church, Brushy Creek.

In Henderson County, voters in the area will be voting at the following locations today, election day:

Voting for Box 4LP will be at the Coffee City Community Center, 7019 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Frankston. Box 4MS will be at the Moore Station Community Center, 4720 CR 4319 at LaRue and Boxes 4NLP thru 4SE will be at the Henderson County LaRue Complex at 9551 CR 4719, LaRue, according to the election office.

Due to new election requirements passed by the Texas Legislature, voters are advised to either call the two counties’ election offices or link to election information for the county of residence in the sidebar on the Home Page of this website for instructions or other details.


March 1, 2022


Annual Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

planned by Methodist Men March 1

The United Methodist Men’s group of The United Methodist Church of Frankston will be hosting its annual Fat Tuesday “All You Can Eat Pancake Supper” on Fat Tuesday, March 1 at the church’s Family Life Center,  161 S. Weldon Street, on the southeast corner of East Main and Weldon streets in Frankston.

The men will start serving pancakes and sausages at 5:30 p.m. and will continue serving until 7:30 p.m.

During the supper, Mardi Gras music will be played and Mardi Gras beads  distributed to help create the New Orleans atmosphere.

Donations will be accepted at the annual UMM fundraiser to help fund their charitable projects, including their traditional wheel chair ramp ministry, Feed the Hungry ministry and support of the Clothes Closet and Rainbow House Food Pantry.

Anyone in the Frankston area community is invited to come enjoy pancakes and sausages and all the trimmings and help fund the UMM’s ministry.

For more information, contact the church office at (903) 876-2235 or visit the website https://www.umcfrankston.org/united-methodist-men .


Feb. 27, 2022


Frankston First Baptist to present

A&M Singing Cadets on Feb. 27

First Baptist Church of Frankston will be presenting the voice of “Aggieland”, the Texas A&M University Singing Cadets in their University Concert Series on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. at the church sanctuary.

The concert is free and open to the public, according to church spokespersons.

The Singing Cadets are described as one of the oldest collegiate singing organizations in the world. They have toured in America and abroad and have earned recognition for doing so, including invitations to sing for American presidents.

On Sunday, Feb. 20, The University of Mary Hardin Baylor presented “One Voice” in concert. The choral ensemble repertoire consisted of both contemporary and classical music performed with the whole family in mind.

For more information, those interested may call (903) 876-2411 or visit the First Baptist Church website at www.fbcfrankston.org .


Feb. 27, 2022


St. Paul Speaks’ dramatization set

at UMC of Frankston on Feb. 27

The United Methodist Church of Frankston will be presenting the performance of “St. Paul Speaks” at the worship service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Family Life Center, 161 S. Weldon at East Main Street in Frankston.

Church sponsors describe the event as free and open to any who desire to attend. 

“St. Paul Speaks” is identified as the Performance Scripture Ministry of Philip Smith.

During the performance, the room becomes the first century church and the audience sees and hears the dramatization of Apostle Paul delivering his letters to them with love and passion, according to information from Smith.

Performer Smith is described as an accomplished actor who has accepted a calling to dedicate his talent and service to bring the letters of Paul the Apostle to life through Performance Scripture.

The performance is described as a theatrical presentation composed exclusively of Scripture from Philippians, Colossians, Galatians, Second Timothy and “The Gospel of God’s Love” compiled from several of Paul’s letters, all with set, costume and lighting.

The information from Smith indicates that he has performed at a wide variety of events, including Sunday services, banquets, Bible studies and Senior and Youth activities.

The sponsoring church is expecting the performance to be a special event for those attending.

After the performance, a lunch of “Soup, Sandwiches, Salad and Dessert” will be served by the church.

Those requiring more information may call the church office at (903) 876-2235 or go to the church website: https://www.umcfrankston.org .


Feb. 24, 2022


FISD reports two student cases

of confirmed COVID  Feb. 24

Two additional students have been lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 in a report on Thursday, Feb. 24, according to Frankston ISD.

According to school protocol, all student families and staff members have been notified of the new cases in which the individuals were last on campus on Feb. 10.

The new cases bring the total of students contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 180. The staff member total remains at 81 for an overall total of 261 confirmed since school opening.

On Friday, Feb. 18, all student families and staff members were notified of one new student case in which the individual was last on campus on Feb. 2.

That new case brought the total of students contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 178. The staff member total remained at 81 for an overall total of 259 confirmed since school opening.

In the last report on Monday, Feb. 7, three staff members, last on campus Jan. 21, Jan. 26 and Feb. 1 were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, according to a notification sent student families and staff members.

Those new cases brought the total of staff members contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 81. The student total, at that time, remained at 177 for an overall total of 258 cases confirmed since school opening.

Prior to the Feb. 7 report, a student, last on campus on Jan. 27, and a staff member, last on campus on Jan. 28, were added Jan. 31 to the list of confirmed cases reported since August 2021.

Those cases brought the total of students to 177 and staff members to 78 for an overall total of 255 since the opening of school.

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date since the opening of school are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

The cases are being handled, as others, with health department contact tracing and quarantine periods, according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Nicci Cook said.


Feb. 21, 2022


FISD trustees extend contracts, 

employ personnel on Feb. 21

Frankston ISD trustees  employed contract personnel and approved extension of contracts of administrators for another year Monday, Feb. 21, according to a report of the regular meeting.

The trustees extended administrator contracts for another year for Supt. Nicci Cook, High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez, Middle School Principal Cindy Owens, Elementary School Principal Melanie Blackwell, Assistant Principals Melissa Wimmer and Jeff Teague, Business Manager Randi Westbrook and Athletic Director Paul Gould. 

New contract personnel employed were Hannah Felts, District registered nurse; Elizabeth Lade, MS/HS Art Teacher; and Jennifer Skender, MS/HS Life Skills teacher.

Trustees approved the Consent Agenda which included approval of the 2022-2023 School Calendar, and Revisions in the RIPICS Plan and adopted a Resolution regarding wage payments during emergency school closings.   (Calendar HERE )

The Board also heard reports on Progress Monitoring of students in third grade, kindergarten and first and second grades based on STAAR testing.

On the Student Outcome goal to increase the percent of third grade students whose score meets grade level or above on STAAR reading from 43 percent to 53 percent by August 2025, it was reported that the overall evaluation was on track.

On the Goal Progress Measure of the percent of kindergarten students who score on grade level or above in reading will increase from 40 percent to 50 percent by June 2025, it also reported that the overall evaluation was on track.

On the Goal Progress Measure of the percent of first and second grade students who score on grade level or above will increase from 53 percent to 63 percent by June 2025, it was reported that the overall evaluation was slightly off track.

Each report went into greater detail on distribution of student groups and evaluation protocols as well as plans moving forward to continue improvement.

Campus principals gave reports on their activities.

Elementary School Principal Melanie Blackwell reported on Indians of the Month in Kindergarten. They are Valeria Albarran, Willow Craver and Riley Henderson. Also reported were Black History Month, BRAVES Trips, 100/101 Days of School, Valentine’s Day Celebrations, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Atten-Dance Party and Twos-Day on Feb. 22. She also reported on For the Love of Jeans, Counselor Appreciation, Lunch Delivery and Fill the Fridge.

Ms Blackwell said current enrollment in elementary school was 368.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens recognized Chelsea Lloyd, sixth grade English Language Arts teacher, as Farm Bureau FMS Teacher of the Month. Among activities reported was the FMS Dance. She said current FMS total enrollment was 202.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez recognized Jared Cook as Farm Bureau outstanding student for high school. He gave note to activities and observances including Black History Month, CTE Month, FFA Dress-Up Week and the One-Act Play Contest on March 9-10 and Spring Break on March 14-18. He said current enrollment in high school was 227, including 64 ninth graders, 58 tenth graders, 63 eleventh graders and 42 twelfth graders.

Supt. Cook confirmed the various campus enrollment figures and said total FISD enrollment was currently 797, up by three students from Aug. 16, 2021. She said the 2021-2022 Snapshot on Oct. 29, 2021 was 809. She also reported that there had been 259 COVID-19 cases since August, 2021, 178 students and 81 staff members.

The superintendent congratulated the students who competed in the Canton Academic UIL Invitational Meet on Feb. 12. She said Elizabeth Derr received fourth place in Spelling and Vocabulary and Sir Isaac Foster received fifth place. The Literary Criticism Team of Ryan Derr, Sir Isaac Foster and Elizabeth Derr received third place as a team. Serenity Foster advanced to the second round of Poetry Interpretation.

Also the superintendent said Caitlyn Deupree and Grace Giles will be competing in the Girls Regional Powerlifting Meet on Feb. 26 at Rice High School. She also mentioned the FHS basketball teams in the playoffs,

Also reported was those FHS Band students who are advancing to the state Solo and Ensemble contest and congratulated Riley Selman who will participate in the ATSSB All-State Band at San Antonio. She also noted that Aiden Barnes, Conner Wolfe and Jack Suggs earned Superior ratings for their solos at Regional. Chloe Dollarhide and Eli Perry earned Excellent ratings.

Advancing to state for their solo performances are Brady Nolan, John Riley Jimenez, Cullen Jones, Savannah Lindsey, Campbell Oliver,  Alex Prater and Riley Selman. Advancing for ensemble performances are Jones, Gracie Roark, Henry Suggs, Matthew Fridinger, Lindsey, Jaycee Nabors, Ryan Taylor, Haidyn Hokit, Oliver and Selman.

Also recognized were members of the Fishing Team Walker London and Bayne Bacon and Austin Carr and Robert Walker, 12th and 14th at Sam Rayburn East Division on Feb. 19. Also recognized were Eric Dowling Jayden Singletary and Ryan Harper.

Cheryll Milgrim, District Coordinator for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, gave an update on her program. Elements of the update presented as a digital presentation for the trustees was made available as part of the meeting report and is accessible HERE .


Feb. 20, 2022


Frankston First Baptist to present

two public concerts on Feb. 20, 27

First Baptist Church of Frankston will be presenting two concerts in their University Concert Series, one on Sunday, Feb. 20 and another on Sunday, Feb. 27, both at 3 p.m., at the church sanctuary.

Both concerts are free and open to the public, according to church spokespersons.

On Sunday, Feb. 20, The University of Mary Hardin Baylor will present “One Voice” in concert. The choral ensemble repertoire consists of both contemporary and classical music performed with the whole family in mind.

Then on Sunday, Feb. 27, The voice of “Aggieland”, the Texas A&M University Singing Cadets will be in concert. The Singing Cadets are described as one of the oldest collegiate singing organizations in the world. They have toured in America and abroad and have earned recognition for doing so, including invitations to sing for American presidents.

For more information, those interested may call (903) 876-2411 or visit the First Baptist Church website at www.fbcfrankston.org .


Feb. 18, 2022


FISD reports one student case

of confirmed COVID  Feb. 18

One additional student has been lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 in a report on Friday, Feb. 18, according to Frankston ISD.

According to school protocol, all student families and staff members have been notified of the new case in which the individual was last on campus on Feb. 2.

The new case brings the total of students contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 178. The staff member total remains at 81 for an overall total of 259 confirmed since school opening.

In the last report on Monday, Feb. 7, three staff members, last on campus Jan. 21, Jan. 26 and Feb. 1 were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, according to a notification sent student families and staff members.

Those new cases brought the total of staff members contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 81. The student total, at that time, remained at 177 for an overall total of 258 cases confirmed since school opening.

Prior to the Feb. 7 report, a student, last on campus on Jan. 27, and a staff member, last on campus on Jan. 28, were added Jan. 31 to the list of confirmed cases reported since August 2021.

Those cases brought the total of students to 177 and staff members to 78 for an overall total of 255 since the opening of school.

On Friday, Jan. 28, two notifications sent to parents and staff members stated that two more students and two more staff members were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 and indicated the last times those individuals were on campus. Those new cases brought the totals for students to 176, and the staff total rose to 77 for an overall total of 253 since the beginning of school in August 2021.

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date since the opening of school are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

The cases are being handled, as others, with health department contact tracing and quarantine periods, according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Nicci Cook said.


Feb. 15, 2022


Area cities get sales  tax 

allocations in February

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported city sales tax allocations for the February 2022 period showing increases for Frankston, Berryville, Coffee City, Poynor and Cuney among  area cities over the prior period last year.

All area cities reported gains for the year-to-date over the prior year.

The City of Frankston received a net payment of $46,723.08 for February   compared to a $38,261.82 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 22.11 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $88,787.14 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $71,661.92 a gain of 23.89 percent.

The City of Berryville received a net payment of $3,745.00 for February compared to a $2,861.90 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 30.85 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $6,755.24 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $4,966.02, a gain of 36.02 percent.

The City of Coffee City received a net payment of $29,845.14 for February  compared to a $28,410.65 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 5.04 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $51,575.33 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $48,075.80, a gain of 7.27 percent.

The City of Cuney received a net payment of $5,945.68 for February compared to a $3,511.43 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 69.32 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $9,037.05 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $6,189.73 a gain of 46.00 percent.

The City of Poynor received a net payment of $1,498.07 for February compared to a $1,366.94 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 9.59 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $2,728.23 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $2,638.09, an increase of 3.41 percent.


Feb. 9, 2022


UMC Frankston sets Blood Drive

with Carter BloodCare on Feb. 9 

Carter BloodCare is in critical need for blood donations and The United Methodist Church of Frankston will be trying to help.

A blood drive is scheduled  for Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UMC Family Life Center, 161 S. Weldon St. in Frankston.

Carter BloodCare will be onsite to take donations and  COVID-19 antibody tests will be available on all successful donations

Donors are asked to scheduled an appointment before arriving. If online access is available potential donors are asked to complete an online questionnaire prior to their appointment via QuickScreen at qs.carterbloodcare.org .

Potential donors are informed that if they have contracted COVID-19 and are fully recovered, they are eligible to donate blood 10 days after all symptoms have disappeared. Individuals who are fully recovered from COVID-19 who may be interested in convalescent plasma donations are also informed of that opportunity.

To schedule an appointment online those interested may visit http://www.carterbloodcare.org/ . They may also call (903) 363-0400 .


Feb. 8, 2022


Mayor suggests other street

improvement option needs

The Frankston City Council will be looking for other options for the city’s plans to undertake a comprehensive street improvement project following a revelation by Mayor Tommy Carr at the Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, according to unofficial minutes reported by City Secretary Kelli Casey Landreth-Smith.

The mayor informed the Council that due to the fact that the city freezes taxes for property owners age 65 and older, one-third of the taxpayers would be exempt from contributing to the street project. That would mean that two-thirds of taxpayers would be paying toward an interest and sinking fund which would be used to retire any Certificates of Obligation proposed as a means of financing the project, he explained. As a result, more research is needed to discover what other options the city has for improvements of streets, the mayor said.

Earlier in the meeting, the Council voted to accept the resignation of Place 5 Council member Greg Main and approved the appointment of former Mayor Gerald Hall to the vacated Place 5 seat. Hall was administered the oath of office by City Secretary Casey Landreth-Smith.

In other matters, the Council approved unanimously a revised ordinance announced at a prior meeting to designate a Reinvestment Zone at 699 N. Frankston Highway occupied by Frankston Packaging, formerly known as Frankston Paper Box factory. The Council had previously adopted a Revised Guidelines and Criteria for Tax Abatement which would be used in formulating the ordinance.

The Council considered a Resolution for Tax Credit after a request by Paul Farmer, Vice President, representing Candlewood Village. Farmer explained to the Council that Candlewood is applying for a tax credit provided by the state. He said it is based on a point system and that Council support would help the facility gain additional points required to qualify. He also said that the city granting a $250 waiver on an upcoming permit fee was being sought. Following Mr. Farmer’s request and explanation, the Council voted unanimously to approve the resolution and waiver.

Additionally, the Council unanimously approved submitting an application for a $66,700 grant for the Frankston Police Department to purchase License Plate Readers.

At the request of the Frankston Garden Club, the Council approved planting of a Memorial Tree for Terry Bacon in the Town Square City Park.

The Council also approved appointment of Council member Roger McDonald to the Anderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors. They also approved appointment of Ron Stutes from the Wilson Law Firm as City Attorney.

Consideration of the final audit report from Acker and Company and the Racial Profiling Report from the Police Department was tabled until the reports are completed.

Mayor Carr presented Frankston Police Chief Darren Goodman and the Frankston Police Department with a certificate of appreciation for their zero tolerance campaign over New Year’s Eve. He also spoke about Bulk Water Sales and said he felt it was important for the city to protect its water supply and not supply massive amounts of bulk water for large projects.

In announcements, the Council was reminded of the Art Walk on April 30. It was also noted that new officer Kristen Green had graduated from the Academy and started on the job training. Also announced was that the Farmers’ Market opens on April 16 and that 12 vendors had been approved so far.

After various departmental reports, the meeting was adjourned.


Feb. 7, 2022


Frankston EDC board defers plan

to purchase land near city park 

The Frankston Economic Development Board has decided to defer action on a contract to purchase 3.14 acres of land southwest of the Town Square City Park and consider other options while they use EDC funds for other projects in the area, according to a report by Kelli Casey Landreth-Smith, secretary.

The directors also approved acquiring the services of Civic Plus as the new website provider.

After consideration and research, the Board decided to deny approval of participation in the Regional Broadband Local Match. Part of the information learned indicated that the program involves local entities contributing a portion of funds required to conduct a study on improving broadband service in the East Texas area. Information received indicates that the East Texas Council of Governments has received a 70 percent federal grant and is seeking the balance of funding from governmental entities in the East Texas area.

The directors are continuing their study of the look and effectiveness of a promotional sign for the city to be placed at the location of the Frankston Volunteer Fire Department, just east of the Frankston Depot Library on SH 155. Board President Jim Dwyer plans to discuss the location with Fire Chief Doug Hicks.

The board decided to keep the same budget as last year to help finance the Art Walk on the Square. Director Gigi Selman said she has a lot of artists interested. It was also suggested that a need exists to attract more artists to display their work in the Town Square City Park since buildings on the square are now filling up with tenants.

Directors also discussed changing the Music Festival from May to June. The board approved a motion to allow Festival organizer Monica Atwood to set a date for the event.

Visitors at the meeting, Garrett and Carey Moynihan, asked about a recycling program and expressed an interest in getting more involved.

Board members present were Dwyer, Gigi Selman, Patty Lookabaugh, Judy McNeill, Barbara Simpson and Jamey Lade.


Feb. 7, 2022


FISD reports three more staff

COVID cases confirmed Feb. 7

Numbers of staff members who were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 increased on Monday, Feb. 7, according to a report from Frankston ISD.

Three staff members, last on campus Jan. 21, Jan. 26 and Feb. 1 were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, according to a notification sent student families and staff members on Monday, Feb. 7.

The new cases bring the total of staff members contracting the virus since the opening of school in August 2021 to 81. The student total remains at 177. Overall there have been 258 cases confirmed since school opening.

Prior to this report, a student, last on campus on Jan. 27, and a staff member, last on campus on Jan. 28, were added Jan. 31 to the list of confirmed cases reported since August 2021.

Those cases brought the total of students to 177 and staff members to 78 for an overall total of 255 since the opening of school.

On Friday, Jan. 28, two notifications sent to parents and staff members stated that two more students and two more staff members were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. One student was last on campus on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and another student was last on campus Friday, Jan. 21, according to the notifications. The two staff members were last on campus on Monday, Jan. 24 and Thursday, Jan. 27, respectively.

Those new cases brought the totals for students to 176, and the staff total rose to 77 for an overall total of 253 since the beginning of school in August 2021.

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

The cases are being handled, as others, with health department contact tracing and quarantine periods, according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Nicci Cook said.


Jan. 31, 2022


One student, one staff FISD

COVID cases reported Jan. 31

Numbers of students and staff members who were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 increased on Monday, Jan. 31, according to a report from Frankston ISD.

A student, last on campus on Jan. 27, and a staff member, last on campus on Jan. 28, were added to the list of confirmed cases reported since August 2021.

The new cases raise the total of students to 177 and staff members to 78 for an overall total of 255 since the opening of school.

On Friday, Jan. 28, two notifications sent to parents and staff members stated that two more students and two more staff members were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. One student was last on campus on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and another student was last on campus Friday, Jan. 21, according to the notifications. The two staff members were last on campus on Monday, Jan. 24 and Thursday, Jan. 27, respectively.

Those new cases brought the totals for students to 176, and the staff total rose to 77 for an overall total of 253 since the beginning of school in August 2021.

Three notifications sent to parents and staff members on Tuesday, Jan. 25 stated that eight more students and three more staff members were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. One student was last on campus on Wednesday, Jan. 12 and another student was last on campus Jan. 11, according to the notifications. Two students were last on campus Jan. 13 and three others on campus Jan. 19. The three staff members were reported last on campus on Jan. 21.

The Jan. 25 cases brought totals for students to 174 while the staff total increased to 75 for an overall total of 249 since the beginning of school in August 2021. 

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

The cases are being handled, as others, with health department contact tracing and quarantine periods, according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Nicci Cook said.


Jan. 28, 2022


Two student, two staff FISD

COVID cases reported Jan. 28

Numbers of students and staff members who were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 increased on Friday, Jan. 28, according to a report from Frankston ISD.

Two notifications sent to parents and staff members stated that two more students and two more staff members were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. One student was last on campus on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and another student was last on campus Friday, Jan. 21, according to the notifications. The two staff members were last on campus on Monday, Jan. 24 and Thursday, Jan. 27, respectively.

The new cases brought the totals for students to 176, and the staff total rose to 77 for an overall total of 253 since the beginning of school in August 2021.

Three notifications sent to parents and staff members on Tuesday, Jan. 25 stated that eight more students and three more staff members were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. One student was last on campus on Wednesday, Jan. 12 and another student was last on campus Jan. 11, according to the notifications. Two students were last on campus Jan. 13 and three others on campus Jan. 19. The three staff members were reported last on campus on Jan. 21.

The Jan. 25 cases brought totals for students to 174 while the staff total increased to  75 for an overall total of 249 since the beginning of school in August 2021. 

Two notifications sent to parents and staff members on Jan. 21 stated that two more students were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. One student was last on campus on Thursday, Jan. 20 and the other student was last on campus Jan. 14, according to the notifications.

Those Jan. 21 cases brought totals for students to 166 while the staff total remained at 72 for an overall total of 238 since the beginning of school in August 2021.

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

The cases are being handled, as others, with health department contact tracing and quarantine periods, according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Nicci Cook said.  


Jan. 25, 2022


Eight student, three staff FISD

COVID cases reported Jan. 25

Numbers of students and staff members who were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 increased on Tuesday, Jan. 25, according to a report from Frankston ISD.

Three notifications sent to parents and staff members stated that eight more students and three more staff members were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. One student was last on campus on Wednesday, Jan. 12 and another student was last on campus Jan. 11, according to the notifications. Two students were last on campus Jan. 13 and three others on campus Jan. 19. The three staff members were reported last on campus on Jan. 21.

The new cases brought totals for students to 174 while the staff total increased to 75 for an overall total of 249 since the beginning of school in August 2021. 

Two notifications sent to parents and staff members on Jan. 21 stated that two more students were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. One student was last on campus on Thursday, Jan. 20 and the other student was last on campus Jan. 14, according to the notifications.

Those new cases brought totals for students to 166 while the staff total remained at 72 for an overall total of 238 since the beginning of school in August 2021.

The number of confirmed cases reported since a report on Jan. 19 has increased by 22, including 17 students and 5 staff members. On that report there had been an increase of 25 students and 12 staff members, the largest increase during one reporting period. 

The Jan. 19 report brought the overall total since the beginning of school in August 2021 to 227, including 157 students and 70 staff members.

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

The cases are being handled, as others, with health department contact tracing and quarantine periods, according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Nicci Cook said.


Jan. 24, 2022


FISD trustees eye annual report

at public hearing, regular meet

The Frankston Independent School District Annual Report was the subject of a public hearing and was published as provided by the Texas education code as part of the Monday, Jan. 24 regular meeting of the FISD Board of Trustees, according to a report by Supt. Nicci Cook.

Elements of a summary of the report were presented to the board as part of the hearing. It included the 2020-2021 District Accreditation Status, the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) Financial Standard Reports, the Campus Performance Objectives, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board report and the Report of Violent or Criminal Incidents.

A summary of these reports is available on the complete report to be available on the FISD website at www.frankstonisd.net/Content2/54 .

In the separate meeting of the board, the trustees approved 6-0 the consent agenda which included a resolution of annual review of the FISD investment policy and approval of an out-of-state field trip.

Consideration of a resolution to approve leave for personnel who were required to be absent because of COVID-19 reasons was removed from the consent agenda but no action was taken on the agenda item in later deliberations.

In action items, the trustees approved 6-0 participation by the Board of Trustees in the Lone Star Governance training.

In other matters during the meeting, the Board of Trustees was recognized as a part of School Board Recognition Month. Board members are Junior Mascorro, J.R. Newman, Brian Merritt, Sheila Smith, Ryan Bizzell, Dustin Holladay and Joe Reed.

The board went into closed session to discuss evaluation of the superintendent. After returning to open session, the trustees voted to defer making any changes in the superintendent’s contract which expires in June of 2024.

The board heard various reports from campus principals and other administrators.

Middle School Principal Cindy Owens reported on various extra-curricular and athletic activities. She said middle school enrollment was 202.

Elementary School Principal Melanie Blackwell recognized the Indians of the Month in the first grade. They are Norah Clifton, Riley Hudson and Nathan King. She also recognized fourth grade teacher April Dowling as the Frankston Elementary School outstanding teacher. She also made note of such activities as Teacher Planning Days, Atten-Dance Party, Mid-Year MAP testing, a fifth grade Medieval Times Trip, BRAVES trips and Parent-Teacher Conferences set for Feb. 11. She reported that the elementary school enrollment was 368.

High School Principal Edgar Rodriguez reported on various activities. He also recognized Brianna Looney as the Texas Farm Bureau Student of the Month. He said his campus’ enrollment was 232, with 66 ninth graders, 60 tenth graders, 63 eleventh graders and 43 twelfth graders.

Business manager Randi Westbrook gave an update on various finances and facilities. She reported that work on the athletic track was proceeding on schedule so far.

Supt Nicci Cook reported that FISD had received a grant from Region 7 to hire a registered nurse (RN) with salary funding for 15 months.

She confirmed overall district enrollment presented by the principals. She said current district enrollment is 802, up by eight students since the opening of school on Aug. 16, 2021. She said it compares with the 2021-22 Snapshot enrollment of 809 on Oct. 29, 2021. She said the number of COVID-19 cases since August 2021 was 238 as of Jan. 24, with 166 students or 20.6 percent and 72 staff members or 48.6 per cent.


Jan. 21, 2022


Only two more student FISD

COVID cases reported Jan. 21

Numbers of students and staff members who were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 were down Friday, Jan. 21, according to a report from Frankston ISD.

Two notifications sent to parents and staff members stated that two more students were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. One student was last on campus on Thursday, Jan. 20 and the other student was last on campus Jan. 14, according to the notifications.

The new cases brought totals for students to 166 while the staff total remained at 72 for an overall total of 238 since the beginning of school in August 2021. 

Supt. Nicci Cook said she is hoping that the lower number on Jan. 21 means that the incidence of cases is beginning to decline.

On Jan. 20 a letter to parents and staff members indicated that four students, three last on campus on Jan. 13 and one on Jan. 18, and two staff members, one each last on campus on Jan. 14 and Jan. 18, were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Another notification the same day indicated that three students, one last on campus on Jan. 13 and two more on Jan. 14 were confirmed.

As of that Jan. 20 report, 164 students and 72 staff members for an overall total of 236 had been confirmed since the beginning of school  in August 2021. 

A Jan. 19 report contained in three notification letters to parents and staff members indicated that 25 students and 12 staff members had been confirmed in that count to be infected with the virus. 

One student was reported to have last been on campus on Friday, Jan. 7.

Twelve students had last been on campus on the following dates: four on Jan. 13, five on Jan. 14, two on Jan. 18 and one on Jan. 19. Six staff members were last on campus on Jan. 14.

Another confirmed group of four students had last been on campus on the following dates: one each on Jan 12 and Jan. 13, and two on Jan. 14. Two staff members were last on campus on Jan. 13 and 14 respectively.

Among a third confirmed group were four staff members, last on campus as follows: one on Jan 10 and three on Jan. 14. Eight other students confirmed were last on campus as follows: two on Jan. 10, one each on Jan 11 and Jan. 12 and four on Jan. 14.

The Jan. 19 report brought the overall total since the beginning of school in August 2021 to 227, including 157 students and 70 staff members.

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

The cases are being handled, as others, with health department contact tracing and quarantine periods, according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Cook said.


Jan. 20, 2022


Library, museum board approves

finances, 2022 officers, directors

Directors of the Frankston Depot Library and Museum Inc. Thursday, Jan. 20 approved a budget for 2022 and the financial report for 2021 while electing directors and officers for the new year at their annual meeting.

The new budget anticipates increases in personnel compensation along with increases in revenue sources. The financial statement for 2021 showed that the corporation ended the year under budget, realizing revenues in excess of expenditures.

Three officers were re-elected and one new officer elected by the board. Re-elected were Jim Dwyer as president, Joe W. Tindel Sr. as vice president and Amber Nabors as treasurer. Elected secretary was Monica Atwood.

The 2021 directors elected four new directors: Cody Newton, Monica Atwood, Rita Pannell and Bianca DeMers. Others on the 15-member board were re-elected. The current president of the Friends of the Library will continue as a board member.

Library Director and Board Member Sabrina Carter reported that progress is being made on increasing the number of library patrons which had declined as a result of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. She also hopes to resume the Children’s Program with the expected availability of someone to head the program.

Ms Carter said a room in the library has been converted into a meeting room for use by library patrons with laptops and to read and study. She said the room is also being used by some outside groups by arrangement, and rules of use are being formulated. She said it also has the potential of being used for children’s story time when that program resumes.

Thanks to a donation earlier, four new computers and a few children’s books were purchased, the library director reported. She also reported that donations are being received as a result of an option on city water bills to donate to the library.

Her report also gave statistics on miscellaneous receipts, end-of-year book totals, new members, patrons and materials.

In the Friends of the Library Report, board member Rita Pannell said the organization’s fund raiser this year is the sale of ornaments of the depot building. She said they are being sold for $15 each or two for $28 as keepsakes from the library for travelers and citizens desiring to purchase them. The report also noted receipts from periodic automatic deposits from various individuals and from the Square Fair book sale.

President Dwyer reported that the Economic Development Corp. plans to finance improvements in heating and air conditioning equipment at the Kathleen Cook Museum as well as reporting on other capital improvements and maintenance at both the museum and the library.

The board meets annually in January and in special meetings when necessary. 


Jan. 20, 2022


Student, staff cases of COVID-19

increase in Jan. 20 FISD report

Numbers of students and staff members who were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 increased further Thursday, Jan. 20, according to a report from Frankston ISD.

A letter to parents and staff members sent on Jan. 20 indicated that four students, three last on campus on Jan. 13 and one on Jan. 18, and two staff members, one each last on campus on Jan. 14 and Jan. 18, were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Another notification indicated that three students, one last on campus on Jan. 13 and two more on Jan. 14 were confirmed.

The new cases bring the totals to 164 students and 72 staff members for an overall total of 236 since the beginning of school  in August 2021.

The Jan. 19 report contained in notifications to parents and staff members indicated that 25 students and 12 staff members had been confirmed in that count to be infected with the virus. The report indicated the students and staff that last had been on campus at various times earlier in the week.

One student was reported to have last been on campus on Friday, Jan. 7.

Twelve students had last been on campus on the following dates: four on Jan. 13, five on Jan. 14, two on Jan. 18 and one on Jan. 19. Six staff members were last on campus on Jan. 14.

Another confirmed group of four students had last been on campus on the following dates: one each on Jan 12 and Jan. 13, and two on Jan. 14. Two staff members were last on campus on Jan. 13 and 14 respectively.

Among a third confirmed group were four staff members, last on campus as follows: one on Jan 10 and three on Jan. 14. Eight other students confirmed were last on campus as follows: two on Jan. 10, one each on Jan 11 and Jan. 12 and four on Jan. 14.

The Jan. 19 report brought the overall total since the beginning of school in August 2021 to 227, including 157 students and 70 staff members.

Three notification letters were sent, one for each of the above groups.

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

As in previous cases, the local health department will begin case investigations and will contact any individuals determined to be in close contact with those infected. Any students and staff that came in close contact will be directly notified.

The cases are being handled according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Nicci Cook said. 

The FISD notification states that while there is no reason to believe that those who were in close contact with the infected individuals have reason to be concerned, it is advised that they and any member of the FISD community watch for the symptoms widely reported by school and health officials and report to a physician any which are cause for concern.


Jan. 19, 2022


Student, staff cases of COVID-19

increase in Jan. 19 FISD report

Numbers of students and staff members who were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 increased further Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to a report from Frankston ISD.

The report contained in notifications to parents and staff members indicated that 25 students and 12 staff members had been confirmed in the Jan. 19 count to be infected with the virus. The report indicated the students and staff that last had been on campus at various times earlier in the week.

One student was reported to have last been on campus on Friday, Jan. 7.

Twelve students had last been on campus on the following dates: four on Jan. 13, five on Jan. 14, two on Jan. 18 and one on Jan. 19. Six staff members were last on campus on Jan. 14.

Another confirmed group of four students had last been on campus on the following dates: one each on Jan 12 and Jan. 13, and two on Jan. 14. Two staff members were last on campus on Jan. 13 and 14 respectively.

Among a third confirmed group were four staff members, last on campus as follows: one on Jan 10 and three on Jan. 14. Eight other students confirmed were last on campus as follows: two on Jan. 10, one each on Jan 11 and Jan. 12 and four on Jan. 14.

The new report brings the overall total since the beginning of school in August 2021 to 227, including 157 students and 70 staff members.

Three notification letters were sent, one for each of the above groups.

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

As in previous cases, the local health department will begin case investigations and will contact any individuals determined to be in close contact with those infected. Any students and staff that came in close contact will be directly notified.

The cases are being handled according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Nicci Cook said. 

The FISD notification states that while there is no reason to believe that those who were in close contact with the infected individuals have reason to be concerned, it is advised that they and any member of the FISD community watch for the symptoms widely reported by school and health officials and report to a physician any which are cause for concern.


Jan. 14, 2022


Student, staff cases of COVID-19

reported by FISD increase Jan. 14 

Numbers of students and staff members who were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 increased further Friday, Jan. 14, according to a report from Frankston ISD.

The report contained in notifications to parents and staff members indicated that 38 students and 5 staff members had been confirmed in the Jan. 14 count to be infected with the virus. The report indicated the students and staff that last had been on campus at various times earlier in the week.

Two students and one staff member were reported to have last been on campus on Friday, Jan. 7.

Seven students had last been on campus on the following dates: one on Jan.10 and 2 each on Jan. 11, Jan. 12, and Jan. 13. Two of the five staff members were last on campus on Jan. 12.

Another confirmed group of 19 students had last been on campus on the following dates: one each on Jan 11 and Jan. 14, two on Jan. 10, six on Jan. 12 and nine on Jan. 13.

Among a third confirmed group were two staff members, last on campus on Jan 12 and Jan. 14. Ten other students confirmed were last on campus as follows: one each on Jan. 11, 12  and 14, two on Jan. 10 and five on Jan. 13.

The new report brings the overall total since the beginning of school in August 2021 to 190, including 132 students and 58 staff members.

Due to privacy requirements the FISD will not be be releasing the names of infected individuals.

The dates of reports and the number of individuals confirmed on each date are included on the FISD COVID Dashboard on the school website.

As in previous cases, the local health department will begin case investigations and will contact any individuals determined to be in close contact with those infected. Any students and staff that came in close contact will be directly notified.

The cases are being handled according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and on notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Nicci Cook said. 

The FISD notification states that while there is no reason to believe that those who were in close contact with the infected individuals have reason to be concerned, it is advised that they and any member of the FISD community watch for the symptoms widely reported by school and health officials and report to a physician any which are cause for concern.


Jan. 13, 2022


FISD reports six staff, eight 

students with COVID cases  

Frankston Schools reported on Thursday, Jan. 13 and Wednesday, Jan. 12 that more students and more staff members were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, according to notifications sent by the school.

On Thursday, Jan. 13, school notifications reported that one student, last on campus on Friday, Jan. 7, two students, last on campus Jan. 11 and 12, and one staff member, last on campus Jan. 12, were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19.

The notifications on Jan. 12 indicated that four students, last on campus on Friday, Jan. 7, Monday, Jan. 10, and Tuesday, Jan. 11, and one staff member, last on campus on Jan. 11, were confirmed to have COVID-19. Four other staff members, last on campus Jan. 11, and another student, last on campus Jan. 11, were confirmed to be infected with the virus.

The new cases bring the overall total since the beginning of school in August to 94 students and 53 staff members for an overall total of 147 since August 2021, according to calculations after the report.

A report on Jan. 10 indicated that one student and two staff members, last on campus on Jan. 7, 2021 and on campus the previous week, were confirmed to have COVID-19, along with three students who tested positive and were not on campus the previous week. Another staff member and a student lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 were also on campus the week before, last present on Jan. 7.

Those cases brought the overall total since the beginning of school in August to 86 students and 47 staff members for an overall total of 133, according to calculations after the report.

A Jan. 7 report indicated that one more student (last date on campus 1/6/22) was lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 bringing the overall total to 81 students and 44 staff members since the opening of school in August.

Three student and one staff cases reported on Jan. 6 brought the overall total to 80 students and 44 staff members for a total of 124 since the opening of school in August, the FISD report indicated.

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, the FISD had reported five new staff and nine new COVID-19 student cases were lab-confirmed during the winter break.The student and staff cases reported on Jan. 5 brought the overall total to 77 students and 43 staff members for a total of 120 since the opening of school in August, according to that report.

The Jan. 5 report was the first case or cases to be reported since Dec. 16, prior to the winter break, when a student, last on campus on Dec. 15, was lab-confirmed to be infected with the COVID-19 virus. 

Due to privacy requirements, the FISD will not be releasing the names of the individuals or details that may identify them.

As in previous cases, the local health department has begun a case investigation and will contact any individuals determined to be in close contact with the infected individuals. All students and staff that came into close contact will be directly notified.

 All previous confirmed cases including the ones reported on Dec. 16, Jan. 5, Jan. 6, Jan. 7 and Jan. 10, along with the new cases reported on Jan. 12 have been added to the school Dashboard HERE .

The cases are being handled according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Cook said. 

The FISD notification states that while there is no reason to believe that those who were in close contact with the infected individuals have reason to be concerned, it is advised that they and any member of the FISD community watch for the symptoms widely reported by school and health officials and report to a physician any which are cause for concern.


Jan. 10, 2022


Frankston EDC to do more research

on plans to purchase land near park

The Frankston Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors continued to map its plans for purchasing of 3.14 acres of land southwest of the Town Square City Park by deciding to conduct more research before moving ahead with a contract for purchase of the property, according to minutes from the board’s meeting by Kelli Landreth-Smith, secretary.

The board unanimously approved initiation of a title search as part of continuing research in their January meeting.

In other action, the board approved dates for upcoming community events. They approved April 30 as the date for the annual Art Walk on the Square and May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. for the Concert in the Park. Further details on both of these events will be forthcoming as the dates for the events approach.

The Board also approved Dace Kidd as the artist for a crosswalk in the downtown square area. The proposed location for a picturesque crosswalk will be on the north side of the intersection of South Commerce and West Main Street on the town square.

Directors considered purchase of Christmas decorations for the Town Square City Park and took a first step in that project by agreeing to seek bids before approving any purchase.

They also discussed acquiring a new website provider for the city but called for more research on prospects before any decision is made.

The board also began consideration of participation in the Regional Broadband Local Match and directors had a lot of questions regarding the program. 

Preliminary information indicates that the program involves local entities contributing a portion of funds required to conduct a study on improving broadband service in the East Texas area. The information received so far indicates that the East Texas Council of Governments has received a 70 percent federal grant and is seeking the balance of funding from governmental entities in the East Texas area. Secretary Kelli Landreth-Smith was delegated to contact the ETCOG to receive further information.

Board members are President Jim Dwyer, Vice President Monica Atwood, Gigi Selman, Patty Lookabaugh, Judy McNeill, Barbara Simpson and Jamey Lade. Kelli Landreth-Smith is secretary.


Jan. 10, 2022



FISD reports three staff, five 

student COVID cases Jan. 10 

Frankston Schools reported on Monday, Jan. 10 that five more students and three more staff members were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, according to a report from Supt. Nicci Cook.

The report indicated that one student and two staff members, last on campus on Jan. 7, 2022 and on campus last week, were confirmed to have COVID-19, along with three students who tested positive and were not on campus last week. Another staff member and a student lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 were also on campus last week, last present on Jan. 7.

The new cases brings the overall total since the beginning of school in August to 86 students and 47 staff members for an overall total of 133 since August 2021, according to calculations after the report.

A Jan. 7 report indicated that one more student (last date on campus 1/6/22) was lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 bringing the overall total to 81 students and 44 staff members since the opening of school in August.

Three student and one staff cases reported on Jan. 6 brought the overall total to 80 students and 44 staff members for a total of 124 since the opening of school in August, the FISD report indicated.

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, the FISD had reported five new staff and nine new COVID-19 student cases were lab-confirmed during the winter break.The student and staff cases reported on Jan. 5 brought the overall total to 77 students and 43 staff members for a total of 120 since the opening of school in August, according to Supt. Cook.

The Jan. 5 report was the first case or cases to be reported since Dec. 16, prior to the winter break, when a student, last on campus on Dec. 15, was lab-confirmed to be infected with the COVID-19 virus. At that time 68 students and 38 staff members had been confirmed to be infected with the virus since the of opening of school, according to that report.

Due to privacy requirements, the FISD will not be releasing the names of the individuals or details that may identify them.

As in previous cases, the local health department has begun a case investigation and will contact any individuals determined to be in close contact with the infected individuals. All students and staff that came into close contact will be directly notified. Those who were in close contact will remain off campus for up to 14 days to ensure they do not have the virus, so there will not be any further spread, according to the FISD notification.

All previous confirmed cases including the ones reported on Dec. 16, Jan. 5, Jan. 6, Jan. 7 along with the new cases reported on Jan. 10 have been added to the school Dashboard HERE .

The cases are being handled according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Cook said. 

The FISD notification states that while there is no reason to believe that those who were in close contact with the infected individuals have reason to be concerned, it is advised that they and any member of the FISD community watch for the symptoms widely reported by school and health officials and report to a physician any which are cause for concern.


Jan. 5, 2022


Area cities get sales  tax 

allocations in January

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported city sales tax allocations for the January 2022 period showing increases for Frankston, Berryville, Coffee City, and Cuney among  area cities over the prior period last year.

Most area cities reported gains for the year-to-date over the prior year.

The City of Frankston received a net payment of $42,064.06 for January   compared to a $33,400.10 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 25.93 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $42,064.06 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $33,400.10, a gain of 25.93 percent.

The City of Berryville received a net payment of $3,010.24 for January compared to a $2,104.12 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 43.06 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $3,010.24 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $2,104.12, a gain of 43.06 percent.

The City of Coffee City received a net payment of $21,730.19 for January  compared to a $19,665.15 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 10.50 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $21,730.19 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $19,665.15, a gain of 10.50 percent.

The City of Cuney received a net payment of $3,091.37 for January compared to a $2,678.30 payment a year ago. That’s an increase of 15.42 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $3,091.37 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $2,678.30, a gain of 15.42 percent.

The City of Poynor received a net payment of $1,230.16 for January compared to a $1,271.15 payment a year ago. That’s a decrease of 3.22 percent. The city has received year-to-date payments of $1,230.16 this year compared to last year’s YTD payment of $1,271.15, a decrease of 3.22 percent.


Jan. 5, 2022


FISD reports five staff, nine 

student COVID cases Jan. 5

Frankston Schools, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, reported five new staff and nine new COVID-19 student cases lab-confirmed during the winter break, according to Supt. Nicci Cook.  

Due to privacy requirements, the FISD will not be releasing the names of the individuals or details that may identify them.

The student and staff cases bring the overall total to 77 students and 43 staff members for a total of 120 since the opening of school in August, according to Supt. Cook.

As in previous cases, the local health department has begun a case investigation and will contact any individuals determined to be in close contact with the infected individuals. All students and staff that came into close contact will be directly notified. Those who were in close contact will remain off campus for up to 14 days to ensure they do not have the virus, so there will not be any further spread, according to the FISD notification.

This was the first report of a case or cases since Dec. 16, prior to the winter break, when a student, last on campus on Dec. 15, was lab-confirmed to be infected with the COVID-19 virus. At that time 68 students and 38 staff members had been confirmed to be infected with the virus since the of opening of school

On Dec. 6, a staff member was reported lab-confirmed for COVID-19. The individual was last on campus on Nov. 30, bringing the staff total to 38, according to that report.

On Nov. 29 a student was reported lab-confirmed for COVID-19. The  student was last on campus on Nov. 19, prior to the Thanksgiving break, that report said.

The student case brought the student total to 67 along with 37 staff members for a total of 104 since the opening of school in August, it was reported by FISD at the time.

All previous confirmed cases, including the ones reported on Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and  Dec. 16 along with the new cases reported on Jan. 5 have been added to the school Dashboard HERE .

The cases are being handled according to FISD safety and health protocols, outlined on the school Dashboard web page and notifications sent to parents and staff, Supt. Cook said. 

The FISD notification states that while there is no reason to believe that those who were in close contact with the infected individuals have reason to be concerned, it is advised that they and any member of the FISD community watch for the symptoms widely reported by school and health officials and report to a physician any which are cause for concern.



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