All is quiet at the YFZ Ranch, or so it might appear from the outside looking in.

Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran doesn’t see it that way, however. He is the man tasked by the courts and by the State of Texas with maintaining the 1,691- acre property so that it may be sold, if and when Texas authorities come up with a plan for doing so.





AUSTIN – If early field reports by bow hunters and those hunting on Managed Lands Deer Permit properties are a sign of things to come, Texas hunters should see deer in good condition and above average numbers of mature bucks when the general season kicks off Nov. 1 statewide.

“I had a report of a bow hunter in Walker County connecting on a buck that scored 163 B&C (Boone & Crockett scoring system),” said Alan Cain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department White-tailed Deer Program Leader. “It turns out it was the hunter’s first time to bow hunt. I got another report of a 183 B&C buck harvested in Atascosa County on a low-fenced MLD property.”



City customers are no longer required to go to City Hall to pay their utility bills. Payments are now being accepted on the city’s new website at

City Administrator Theo Melancon explains that although much of the site is still under construction, customers may now access their account over the Internet and make online payments.










Halloween means children getting outdoors to enjoy treats, fun, and games. Although Halloween comes before the change back to Standard Time this year, the days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer. With shorter days comes more night driving. Because nighttime driving is more dangerous, it requires extra attention from motorists, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly two-thirds of all fatal pedestrian crashes and almost one-fourth of fatal bicycle crashes occur in low-light or dark conditions. According to Safe Kids, on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.