Water main topic at community meeting in Thorndale

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager


Over 60 Thorndale citizens gathered at the Thorndale Senior Center on June 6 for a public meeting concerning Thorndale’s water issues.

“In 2005 we were cited by TCEQ for having insufficient minimum water capacity requirements,” Thorndale City Manager Keith Keisling said. “At the time we were only one or two points deficient. Now we are past that.”

Keisling said the city has never had a problem having enough water to meet its demands. But, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality requires you to have .6 gallons per minute per connection of water. 


Rabid bat found in Thorndale

On June 6 around 10:20 a.m. a live bat was found in the yard of a residence. There was no known contact with the bat and it is unknown how long the bat was located near this area. The Thorndale Police Department impounded the animal and submitted it for testing at the Department of State Health Services where it tested positive for rabies.

If you had contact with this bat, call the Thorndale Police Department immediately. Rabies is a fatal disease.

Persons who had contact with this bat should see their physicians as soon as possible to discuss the need for post-exposure rabies vaccinations. Additionally, they should contact the Thorndale Police at (254) 697-7033 and the Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control Program (254) 778-6744, to report their potential exposures.


Thorndale to hold public meeting on water projects

The City of Thorndale will hold a public meeting will a presentation from staff on water projects for city water services on June 6 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Thorndale Senior Citizen’s Hall, 200 South Cornelius Street, in Thorndale.

The public meeting will allow citizens to ask questions and give comments to council members.

The city has been working on the water issues with Jones and Carter.

Council approved a proposal from Jones and Carter on May 10 to provide engineering services related to the drilling and evaluation of results of a test well for the city’s water supply project and received an update from Grant Lishka with Jones and Carter on the status of the project.


Bulldogs top Refugio; set for Big Sandy

Logan Fisher connects with the ball against Refugio. The Bulldogs beat Refugio in a three-game series last week. They are set for Big Sandy beginning today at 7:30 p.m. at Madisonville High School. 





By Marie Bakken

Champion Sports


The No. 8 Thorndale Bulldogs came from behind in their final at bat of game two on Saturday and then ran away from No. 1 Refugio (26-3) in game three to advance to the regional finals of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs.  The series was held at Veterans Memorial Park Strickland Field in Weimar. 

The Bulldogs (25-4), winners of District 27-2A, will now face No. 3 Dallardsville Big Sandy (31-2) for a chance at the UIL state tournament.  Big Sandy, winner of 25-2A, defeated Center in two games to none in their quarterfinals series last week.

The region final best-of-three series will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Madisonville High School.  Game two is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, if necessary, game three will follow.


Bulldogs sweep Evadale in region quarterfinals

Coleby Driver on the mound for the Dogs.





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It took Thorndale digging deep two days in a row to do it, but the Bulldogs managed to sweep No. 9 Evadale (19-11) in the region quarterfinals round, defeating the Rebels 3-1 in nine innings on Friday night and 3-2 Saturday afternoon.  The series was played at Rice University’s Reckling Park in Houston.

Thorndale (25-4) will now face No. 1 Refugio (25-14) in the Class 2A Region IV semifinals.  The Bobcats were winners of District 31-2A.  The Bulldogs are 27-2A champions.

Thorndale and Refugio will play a best-of-three series starting on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Weimar.  Game two is set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Weimar, with a third game (if necessary) to follow after.

Refugio swept Mason in best-of-three series over the weekend.


Thorndale sweeps Ganado, set for Iola

Lane Niemtsck holds on to the ball on a sliding catch in left field during the Bulldogs win over Ganado last week.






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The Thorndale Bulldogs (21-4) swept their first playoff opponent and is set to take on the next.

Thorndale will face Iola in the area round of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs.  The Bulldogs beat Iola 10-0 Wednesday night at Bryan High School. The second game of the series is set for 7 p.m. Friday, back at Bryan.  If needed the third game will be Saturday at 2 p.m. back at the same place.

Iola is the second place team out of District 26-2A and defeated Deweyville in the bi-district round.

Thorndale was champion of 27-2A.

In their bi-district series, the Bulldogs defeated Ganado 9-2 on Friday and 7-0 on Saturday.  Both games were played at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.

Thorndale head coach Kelly Kuhl said his team had some first round nerves in the opening game, but overcame and was able to take the series.


Thorndale Chamber Awards

The Thorndale Chamber of Commerce held its Awards Banquet on May 3. Winners from Awards Night were: front row, Senior Recipient Angelica Avalos, Scholarship Recipient Kristen Barho, Intermediate Recipient Natalie Garcia, Junior Youth Recipient Jenna Frias; back row, Miss Thorndale Caitlin Garcia, Scholarship Recipient Brandon Williamson, Citizen of the Year Jeni Anders, Agribusiness Person of the Year Stan Lawrence, Farmer of the Year Harold Biar and Business Person of the Year Josh Sanders.


Lady Dogs make quick work of Ganado in bi-district

Mary Leopold takes charge from the circle against Ganado. The Lady Dogs beat Ganado 12-0. The ladies will face No. 3 Normangee in a best-of-three series starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.






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The Thorndale Lady Dogs (24-3) made quick work of their bi-district opponent on Wednesday night at Schulenburg, as they shut out Ganado 12-0 in just five innings.

Mary Leopold and Riley White combined for the shut out, with Leopold earning the win with her four innings of work.  She allowed no runs; one hit, struck out three and walked one.

White tossed one inning, striking out two.

The Lady Dogs move on to face No. 3 Normangee in the area round of the state softball playoffs.  The best-of-three series will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at Franklin High School on Friday. The second game will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.  If a third game is needed, it will be played at noon Saturday, back in Franklin.

Normangee is the winner of District 26-2A, while Thorndale was the second place team from 27-2A.


Voters to decide on bond election, city races in Thorndale

Thorndale ISD voters will decide on a $12.5 million bond put forth by TISD on Saturday.

Voting on May 6 will take place at the Thorndale Senior Citizens Center, 200 S. Cornelius, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thorndale residents have several City Council races to decide.

In the race for Thorndale mayor Ryan Davenport and George Galbreath Jr. will face incumbent Allen Hejl.

Incumbent council members Larry Drabek and Stephanie Churchman have both filed for their current positions on the council. Charles Barnhill is running for a spot on the council.

Kim Biar was re-elected to her spot on the Thorndale ISD school board due to being the only person who filed for the spot. The TISD board is still making a decision on what to do with the position currently held by Trey Felton, as no one filed for the position.


Bulldogs remain undefeated

Ashton Albert fields a ball hit to short stop.






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The Thorndale Bulldogs baseball team is now 18-4 on the season and remains undefeated in District 27-2A play. 

Thorndale has claimed the league title and already knows its first round opponent for the state playoffs.  They will play Ganado in bi-district action starting at 7:30 p.m. May 5 in a best-of-three series.  The games will be played over May 5-6 at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.  Game two is set for 4 p.m. on May 6 and game three, if needed, would follow 30 minutes after the completion of game two.

The Bulldogs defeated Bremond 10-0 on the road Tuesday night, with pitcher Ashton Albert tossing the shut out in the run-ruled game.

Albert allowed just two hits by the Tigers on the night.  He did five innings worth of work, striking out one.

Thorndale batters collected 10 hits in the game.


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