A military training exercise titled JADE HELM 15 is slated to be carried out next summer in parts of seven western states including Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California.
Schleicher County Commissioners received word of the exercise on Monday when they met with Richard Kimmich and Thomas Mead who explained that a part of the Texas operation will take place in and around Schleicher County with home base being located at the Steve Blaylock Ranch.
The exercise is scheduled for July 15 through September 15 of 2015.
Texas communities that may be involved include Eldorado, Christoval, San Angelo, Menard, Junction, Mountain Home, Leakey, Goliad, Dell City, Big Spring, San Antonio, Bastrop/Smithville, Caldwell, Victoria, College Station and Caddo Lake.
The Eldorado Game Association will host its annual Game Dinner on Saturday, November 1st. Everything is slated to get underway at 6:30 p.m. at the Schleicher County Civic Center.
McGowan Catering will be preparing the barbecue meal that will cost $10 a plate.
Each year the association uses money raised by the annual dinner and prize drawing to donate to many worthy causes throughout the community.
Prizes available at this year’s event include a Polaris four-wheeler, more than 50 guns including two Kimber pistols, Pelican and Engel coolers, a gas powered generator, a crossbow and many others.
The goal of the Eldorado Game Association is to promote hunting in Schleicher County and to benefit civic organizations in Schleicher County.
If anyone is interested in joining the association or helping with this year’s event or donating prizes please call Rico Forlano at 853-3331.
Justin Ochoa rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns last Friday night and Victor Castro was a perfect seven for seven on extra-point kicks, including the game winner, as the Eldorado Eagles won a 49-48 overtime victory over the visiting Wink Wildcats.
Castro’s teammates and friends crowed around him after the game with some of them taking photos with him and his “golden foot.”
“I knew he would hit it,” holder Justin Whitten said during the celebration. “I never doubted it.”
The Schleicher County Nursing Home may soon be taking over the duty of preparing meals for the county’s Meals for Friends program. The change is contingent upon the hospital district trustees and the Schleicher County Commissioners Court agreeing to terms.
County Judge Charlie Bradley was on hand for Monday night’s meeting and offered to direct some of the county’s budgeted funds to the nursing home in order to offset the costs of preparing 25-30 meals per day for the program at the Senior Citizens Center.
Bradley noted that for several years the jail has been preparing meals for the program. However, that is changing since the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is no longer allowing prisoners that are experienced cooks to be transferred to the local jail on bench warrants.
“So we’re looking for another way to keep the program going,” Bradley said.