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THE PERSON BEHIND THE BADGE: JANET SHOOK

Janet Shook was born in a farming community of Crowell, Texas, north of Dallas. You wouldn’t know she was an only child as she went to school with 18 of her first cousins! Education was in her blood. In fact, to this day, she has family members who are on the Crowell School Board. Janet… Read more »

THE PERSON BEHIND THE BADGE: DIETER RACHAL

CASA Volunteer, Dieter Rachal was born in Germany during a time when occupied troops came into their city at the end of the WW2. His mom married one of the GI’s in 1947 and in 1949 was reassigned back to the states, where as a family they settled in El Paso. Now in the states,… Read more »

WELCOME TO OUR CASA COMMUNITY

Amie Finch; Barbara Schafer; Phyllis Fritsch; Sandra Stepan; Ally Brugger and Jack Cashion (left to right) were sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) by the Honorable Judge Jeff R. Steinhauser on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  All newly appointed CASA Volunteers reside in Fayette County and will be accepting Fayette County cases. Thank you… Read more »

THE PERSON BEHIND THE BADGE: NANCY OTTO

Mitch Albom, author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” said: “Devote yourself to your community around you, devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” Our CASA Volunteer featured this month, Nancy Otto, got this message instilled in her at an early age, not by Mitch Albom, but rather by her parents, who, by… Read more »

WELCOME TO OUR CASA COMMUNITY!!

Our newest CASA Volunteers were sworn in by Judge Benton Eskew on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Pictured left from right: Valerie Haywood; Jo Egitto; Marshall Klein; Jorge Gomez; Vicki Wofford; Heidi Lersch; Rhonda Helm; Judge Eskew; Sylvia Olson; Haley Clemons; Marcus Britton-Davis and Karissa Kochian.  Thank you for being a voice for the abused and… Read more »

THE PERSON BEHIND THE BADGE: DONNA TOMLIN

Donna Tomlin made her way from Houston to Bastrop after retiring from 35 years or so in the natural gas industry where she spent her career negotiating contracts for the purchase of natural gas. In considering her relocation from Houston to central Texas, she was looking for a place that she could find community, and… Read more »

THE PERSON BEHIND THE BADGE: LARRY HILGERS

    It comes to no surprise to anyone that knows Larry, that he has a big heart for kids. A native Texan, Larry grew up in Amarillo, with traditional family values, where his grandparents played a key role in guiding their extended family. His parents were always there for him, helping him stay focused… Read more »