Valley Mills Progress (Valley Mills, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 2, 2014 Page: 1 of 6
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Valley Mills Progress
VOLUME 25, NUMBER 36 THURSDAY, JANUARY 2,2014 PO BOX 448, VALLEY MILLS, TX. 76689
Brother of Valley
Mills man found
dead in canal
MART - A Valley Mills man
found the body of his brother in a car
submerged in a canal near Highway
6 south of Waco on Sunday morn-
Dan Curtis Lannen, 33, of Alvin,
had been visiting his brother, Clint
Lannen of Valley Mills, and left to
return home early Sunday morning,
according to DPS reports.
After notifying police when he
could not reach his brother, Clint
began searching the highway and
spotted the 2008 Nissan 350Z under
water. Clint pulled his brother out,
called police and began attempts at
revival. Emergency medical techni-
cians arrived but could not revive
Dan, and he was pronounced dead at
12:15 p.m. An autopsy was ordered.
Investigators said the car appar-
ently left the right side of the road,
struck the bottom of a ditch, careened
through the air and landed right side
up in the canal before sinking about
four hours before police were called
to the scene about 11 a.m.
Eagles 5th in
TROY — The Eagles travelled to
the Troy Tournament and won fifth
place in a 16-team tournament. In the
first game the Eagles defeated Belton
Leading scorers were:
Garrett Vannatta 29 pts, 10 rbs, 3
The First United Methodist Church of Valley
Mills held their annual live Nativity on Sunday,
Dec. 22 with the Homestead Heritage Choir
singing through the evening and two camels got
Year in Review
into the scene. The event ended with refreshments
of stew, chili, hot dogs, cornbread, hot chocolate
and hot apple cider served in the Activities
building to a standing room only crowd. (Photo
by George Potter)
VM gets new mayor and police chief
Post Office drop box robbed
The Valley Mills Post Office's
outside drop box was robbed Sunday
night, Dec. 22. The lock was cut and
the entire bin inside the box was taken.
"The robbery of the Valley Mills
drop box was discovered Monday
morning," postal investigator Mike
Sullivan said. "The drop boxes in
Clifton and Valley Mills were broken
into sometime Sunday night, we
"We are using some technology that
we've been working with to try to find
out who is responsible for this theft,"
he said. "We are taking measures to
increase the security of these boxes,
"If anyone in Valley Mills saw
anything suspicious, I would like for
them to call me," Sullivan said. "I also
would like to hear from anyone who
had mailed checks, gift cards or
"If I know about those items, we
can possibly trace them if they are
redeemed," he said. "I would like to
hear from those individuals with any
information that leads to a suspect.
We want to catch them and catch them
If anyone saw any activity at the
Post Office any time over the
weekend or if anyone mailed anything
that could be traced, call Sullivan at
3 bands perform holiday concert
The Valley Mills Bands gave a
Holiday Concert on Thursday, Dec.
19. All three bands performed holiday
The Beginner Band played "Good
King Wenceslas," a traditional
English Carol, "Jolly Old St.
Nicholas," the traditional arrange-
ment and "Jingle Bells" by J.S.
The Junior High Band performed
"Colors of Christmas" by Robert W.
Smith, "Tambora" by William Owens
and "Songs of Christmas Cheer" by
The High School Band played
"And All The Bells Shall Ring!" by
Rob Romeyn, "Angels in the Bleak
Midwinter" by Larry Clark and
"American Bell Carol" by Robert W.
Members of the Beginner Band are:
Ilamae Beverly, Rachel Cannon,
Valerie Harris, Saige Hodges, Avery
Huffman, Gabriella Mitchell, Alyssa
Rindorfm, Yomayra Rodarte, Crystela
Rostro and Karissa Schlasman
Anna Amaro, Jacee Ainsworth,
Rodrigo Coronado, Stephanie Cruz,
Tyler Fisher, Monica Gaona,
Katherine Strickland and Erin Thiele
Sofia Castillo, Spencer Eccleston,
Hailey Graves, Chance Gunter and
Thomas Dale, Taylor Fouts, Austin
Mathews, Derek Mathews and Eli
Kay lee Burt
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Blake Janek 17 pts, 12 rbs, 7 asts
Taylor Benfer 8 pts,
Cory Chase 4 pts, 5 rbs, 4 asts
Matt Hodges 3 pts, 4 asts
Gage Hodges 4 stls
Travis Altschul 2 pts
Tanyon Tims 4 rbs
In the second game the Eagles lost
to Jarrell the Tournament Champion
Taylor Benfer 17 pts,
Garrett Vannatta 11 pts, 13 rbs, 6
Blake Janek 9 pts, 5 rbs
Matt Hodges 6 pts,
Cory Chase 4 pts,
In the fifth place game the Eagles
defeated Little River Academy 38-
Garrett Vannatta hit the game
winner with 10 seconds in the game
with an assist by Blake
Janek.Vannatta also hit two free
throws that iced the game with 1
Garrett Vannatta 9 pts, 10 rbs, 10
Blake Janek 8 pts, 8 rbs, 6 asts
Taylor Benfer 8 pts, 5 asts
Gage Hodges 2 pts, 3 stls
Matt Hodges 6 pts, 4 asts
Tanyon Tims, 5 pts
The Eagles will host Vanguard
Academy on Thursday January 2nd
at 5 p.m.They are now 8-6 on the
Heritage Society to
The Bosque Valley Heritage
Society will meet Monday, Jan. 6 at
6:30 p.m. at the Depot. On the agenda
are election of officers for 2014.
Also to be discussed are Board of
Director positions for the Secretary
of State's tax exempt status.
Refreshments will be served and
all are invited to attend.
City Council to
The Valley Mills City Council will
meet Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. in City
Council Chambers. Everyone is
encouraged to attend.
Food Pantry to
be open Jan. 9
Due to the New Year's holiday, the
Bosque Valley Food Pantry will be
open for business on Thursday, Jan.
9, not Thursday, Jan. 2.
The hours of business are from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m.
By DONNA VETETO
Valley Mills has seen a few major
changes over 2013. The election of a
new mayor was one significant
change. A new Chief of Police was
hired in March. Other changes were
the restoration of Old City Hall and a
green landscape installed at City Hall.
Jerry Pierce was elected as Mayor
in May, putting a new face on city
government for the first time in years
and newcomerLaurel Paulson was
elected to City Council.
Old City Hall got a face lift as Boy
Scout Ryan Hufstedler claimed the
building for his Eagle Scout project.
Over the course of several months
and with the help of many volunteers,
Hufstedler repaired and painted the
building's exterior, bringing the
historic building back to life.
Home to the Valley Mills 4-H Club,
Lions Club, polling location and
Senior Citizens' lunches, Old City
Hall had fallen into disrepair, with
rotted wood and crumbling, peeling
On Jan. 29, the Valley Mills Lions
Club met to draft plans to ask the City
Council for some necessary
restoration to Old City Hall, but
Hufstedler was granted that project by
council before the Lions Club were
able to get on the agenda.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, Mosheim
held the annual Chili and Stew Supper
at the Mosheim Community Center.
Mosheim history is always a part of
the annual Chili and Stew Supper.
Built on the prairie of southwestern
Bosque County on Hog Creek,
Mosheim is a town that began in 1859
and still exists today.
Mosheim began when the first
settler, Jonathan Dansby, a native of
Alabama, came to Bosque County in
1859 according the book Bosque
Territory: A History of an Agrarian
Community by William C. Pool.
He established his family "in a
camp on Hog Creek about three and
a half miles northeast of where now
is located the town of Mosheim."
Among the first settlers to join the
Dansby family were W.T. Poston, Joe
Mitchell, W.W. Vickery, Bob
Lowrance, J.L. Lyons, William Miles,
John Bailey, John and Jesse
Cummings, Charley Williamson,
Jerry Odle and Hugh Shafer.
In January, the Bosque County
Office of Emergency Management,
along with The Heart of Texas
Council of Governments announced
the implementation and deployment
of a new reverse emergency telephone
notification system, called the Heart
of Texas Emergency Notification
HOTENS is an emergency warning
tool that will be used to provide
crucial information to the public,
quickly and effectively should a need
Eagles named to all-district football
Javier Callejas and Miguel Callejas
of Valley Mills High School have been
named First Team All-District football
players in District 12-1 A. More than
a dozen other Eagles were named to
the second team or honorable
"I am very proud of our kids for
being recognized by our district
coaches at their respected positions,
each one of them are deserving of
these honors," said Coach Dusty
Javier and Miguel Callejas both
received 1st All-District Selection on
different sides of the ball, Javier was
1st team All District Tackle and
Miguel 1st team All District
"District 12-1A had a lot of talent
that has been acknowledged very well
around the state this year," Robinson
said. "We had numerous individuals
who took 2nd team honors this year
which shows a very bright future for
the Eagles' future."
Javier Callejas made the second
team as a defensive end, and Miguel
earned second team offensive
On offense, Senior Tanner Trigg
was selected 2nd team All District
Center. Other second team offense
selections were tight end Cory Chase,
quarterback Matthew Hodges and
running back Nicholas Phillips.
Terrance Barnes, Charles Hopkins,
Jarred Stephens and Jacob Humphries
earned honorable mention on offense.
On the special teams, Chase was
named second team punter.
Honorable Mentions on the defensive
team were Cody Ewing, Kevin
Swink, Logan Klaus and Jonathon
"Tanner will be missed along with
our two other seniors, Jarred Stephens
and Brandon Billman," Robinson
said. "These young men put in three
plus years of commitment and we
thank them for that. We were very
young this year, every one of our kids
improved each and every week, and
they battled through every game."
arise, Bosque County Emergency
Management Coordinator Dewey
Some examples of when the
system may be used are in case of
natural disasters such as fires, floods,
severe weather or man-made disasters
such as bomb threats, hazardous
material incidents or terrorism threats.
The system can also be used to send
out evacuation notices and criminal
threats, public health threats such as
boil water notices or health alerts.
On Friday, Feb. 1, the dentists at
the Bosque Valley Family Dental
Clinic participated in the annual
"Give Kids a Smile" program Friday.
Dr. Joe Yarbro, Dr. Richard
Hansard and Dr. Jason New were
joined by Dr. Ernest Erickson from
Also in February, a second
community meeting was held
concerning the implementation of an
education foundation for Valley Mills
The components of the first
meeting, held in November 2012,
defined an education foundation and
its internal structure.
The Valley Mills Volunteer Fire
Department got a new computer
system called iamresponding.com.
The system is designed to give a
heads-up as to which firefighters are
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City worker Brady Schuetz works to repair a water leak Friday
on Avenue F between Third and Fourth Streets in Valley Mills.
Eagle Court of Honor Saturday for Ryan Hufstedler
Ryan Hufstedler (third from left) is pictured with Court of Honor will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4,
Board of Review members Bob Browder, Brent at Old City Hall at 2 p.m. Ryan would like to
Jasper and Patrick Murphy. On Nov. 14, 2013, invite everyone who helped with the project,
Ryan Hufstedler officially earned his rank of friends and family to join him for this special
Eagle Scout. Ryan met with the Board of Review occasion. Refreshments will be served after the
in Burleson and passed his review. An Eagle ceremony.
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