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.


Early voting in Thorndale city council, TISD bond election begins today

Early voting for city and school elections will begin on Monday, April 24.

Thorndale residents have several City Council races to decide while everyone will decide on the Thorndale ISD’s $12.5 million bond election.

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.


TISD board honors basketball teams, prepares for bond election

 The Thorndale ISD School Board held it’s regular monthly meeting on April 17.

The board discussed several items including what to do with the storm-damaged weight room at the stadium and approved a contract with Collier Construction to serve as Construction Manager At Risk for the upcoming bond election.

The board began by recognizing TISD’s boys and girls basketball teams for their excellent seasons.

Coach Dickerson began by recognizing his team for their playoff birth and bi-district championship. He announced the all district honors, which included: Offensive MVP - Kylie Buchanan; Newcomer of the Year - Madison Smith; First Team All District - Elise Biar, Peyton Anastas and Presley Anastas; Honorable Mention - Devin Dickerson and Blair McDaniel; Academic All District - Elise Biar, Kylie Buchanan, Devin Dickerson, Caitlin Garcia and Blair McDaniel.


Candidates for Thorndale city council take part in forum

Candidates for Thorndale Mayor and City Council took part in a Candidate Forum sponsored by the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce on April 11. Pictured from left are Thorndale Mayor Allen Hejl, mayoral candidate George Galbreath, mayoral candidate Ryan Davenport, MC Peggy Weise, City Councilman Larry Drabek and city council candidate Charles Barnhill.

Candidates for Thorndale mayor and city council took part in a Candidate Forum sponsored by the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce on April 11 citing communication between the city and residents and water issues as the major concerns the city faces in the coming years.

Mayoral candidates Ryan Davenport, George Galbreath and incubent Mayor Allen Hejl and city council candidates Charles Barnhill and incumbent City Councilman Larry Drabek participated. Stephanie Churchman is also running for re-election to her City Council position but did not attend the forum.

Davenport, a lifelong Thorndale resident, said he wants to see Thorndale thrive and said he would host Town Hall meetings at businesses around town as mayor. He said that the issues facing the city with water and wastewater and the cities coming growth will be issues upcoming. 


Thorndale ISD voters to decide on $12.5 million bond package

Thorndale residents will have several things to decide on come May including a $12.5 million bond package put forth by Thorndale Independent School District.

There are also several races for spots on the Thorndale City Council up for grabs.

Three people have filed to run for Thorndale mayor. Incumbent Allen Hejl is joined on the ballot by Ryan Davenport and George Galbreath Jr. 

Three people have filed for two spots on the City Council. Incumbents Stephanie Churchman and Larry Drabek will be challenged by Charles Barnhill.

Kim Biar was the lone person to sign up to run for Thorndale ISD school board.

Voters will also decide on a $12.5 million bond put forth by Thorndale ISD.    

The scope of the bond includes a variety of projects that cover all campuses and departments in Thorndale ISD.


Thorndale Chamber to host Meet the Candidates

The Thorndale Chamber of Commerce will host Meet the Candidate in the Chamber of Commerce building on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. 

Three candidates are running for the position of mayor.  Mayor Allen Hejl is running for re-election.  George Galbreath Jr. and Ryan Davenport are also running for the position of mayor.   

Charles Barnhill is running for a city council position against incumbents Stephanie Churchman and Larry Drabek.


Chamber Awards

The Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled its Awards Night from April 5 to May 3.

The event will be held at the Thorndale Chamber building at 6:30 p.m. 

Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding seniors attending Thorndale School District for the 2016-17 semesters. 

Citizen of the Year 2016, Business Person of the Year 2016, Farmer of the Year 2016 and Agribusiness Person of the Year 2016 will also be announced.



Evening of Fine Arts set at THS

The Thorndale High School One-Act Play will be hosting an “Evening of Fine Arts” on April 10 at the middle school cafeteria. 

There will be student art work on display, a catered meal with Solo and Band Ensemble members playing for you while you dine on a catered meal, finished by a presentation of “Her Senior Year” by the members of the 2017 THS One Act Play group. 

Doors will open at 5 p.m., the “Diner” themed meal catered by Kim Knapek will begin serving at 6 p.m., and the play performance will begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for the meal and everything (reservations requested). 

Please contact Deana Caffey at (512) 468-3500 or e-mail to place your reservations. 


Thorndale to hire new police officer

By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager


Thorndale will hopefully soon have a new police officer.

Thorndale Police Chief Martin Jackson asked the City Council to approve the hiring of Joah McCaleb during its meeting on March 8.

“We started looking for an officer last October when we knew that Michael was going to take the constable’s position,” Jackson said. “We have had a lot of applicants. I think we have done good for the community, so I didn’t want to just hire a warm body to fill the spot.”

Jackson said that McCaleb currently works for the Brady Police Department. 

Council gave Jackson the go-ahead to get him hired and he said he will bring him on as soon as possible.

Council also approved the purchase of a 2013 Tahoe from the Allen Police Department for the Thorndale PD to replace a 2008 Crown Victoria.


Bulldogs come up short at State

The Bulldogs came up short against Clarendon on March 10 59-35 in the State Tournament in San Antonio. Thorndale ends the season with a 27-10 overall record and were Region IV champions and District 25-2A runner-up. This was the second straight year the Bulldogs advanced to the State tournament.






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A crowd of over 10,000 saw Thorndale’s hopes of a third state title in boys basketball end, as the No. 25 Bulldogs fell 59-35 to No. 5 Clarendon in the Class 2A state semifinals held Friday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Thorndale ends the season with a 27-10 overall record and were Region IV champions and District 25-2A runner-up.  All other state tournament teams were champions of their respective districts.

This was the second straight year for the Bulldogs to reach the state tournament. They lost in the semifinals in 2016 as well.

This season was the third straight that Thorndale had advanced to the regional finals game.


Bulldogs state bound

The Thorndale Bulldogs celebrate following their win over district rival Mumford 54-50 on Saturday afternoon at New Braunfels Canyon High School to earn a trip back to the Alamodome and the state tourney. The Bulldogs are set for Clarendon Friday at 10 a.m. in San Antonio. The championship game will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.




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The No. 25 Thorndale Bulldogs (27-9) are head back to the UIL boys state basketball tournament for the second straight year after claiming the Class 2A Region IV title over the weekend.

Thorndale defeated district rival Mumford 54-50 on Saturday afternoon at New Braunfels Canyon High School to earn a trip back to the Alamodome and the state tourney.

The regional final marked the third time the Bulldogs and Mumford had faced off this season, with the Mustangs winning the two previous matches.  Mumford won the District 25-2A title, with Thorndale claiming second.  The Bulldogs are the only non-district champion in the final four.


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