I would like to address the topic of deer hunters leasing land in Hood and Erath counties. The residents who live here have animals, pets and families. I recently had two of my dogs go missing. Thinking the worst I went to a deer lease down the road thinking maybe they were hurt, trapped or worse dead. I did find the dogs; both were shot and covered with freshly cut brush near a deer blind. One was a five month old Chocolate Lab and the other was a three year old Black Lab. They both had on collars and were known to all the neighbors.

We live in the country and our animals are allowed to roam along with everyone else’s. Please understand these dogs were gentle, loving and loved very much, not just by my family but also by the neighbors. We all have dogs out here and they roam and visit back and forth.

My concern is that if this keeps happening things could get out of hand. Some people won’t  react as calmly as we have. The shooting of these dogs was not only uncalled for but an act of pure meanness. If the hunters would have just asked us to put the dogs up for the weekend or even the whole hunting season, we would have been more than happy to oblige. It’s just the neighborly thing to do. To the hunters (and I use that term loosely, because hunters don’t kill dogs) that shot my dogs, please know that you have not just taken the life of my dogs but you have also impacted the lives of my children and grandchildren. They also loved these dogs.

Thank you,

Jamie Riley


Well, well. Look at the empty new swimming area. How many months is it not used?

And the city library has people every day and is open all year round!

What is the next project on the list that moves up above a new library? Just wondering.

Charlene Moser