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Angel Tree Project Deadline for Returning Angels is Today (Friday, December 3)

December 3, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

All angels and gifts for the 27th annual Angel Tree Project must be returned by today (Friday, December 3). As of Thursday, about 70 angels were left and they were moved to Wilson Bank & Trust.

Spokesperson Laura Stone is grateful for your support of this year’s Angel Tree Project to help make this holiday season merrier for 298 children from 144 families. “This program would not be a success without the continued support of our community pulling together and making Christmas special for these children,” said Stone




Mejia Handed 12 Year Sentence for Rape of a Child

December 2, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

A 26-year-old Smithville man charged with the rape of a child was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Thursday, December 2.

Ruben Alavez Mejia, indicted for aggravated rape of a child, entered a plea to rape and received a sentence of 12 years to serve. He will be listed on the violent sex offender registry and under community supervision for life. Mejia has been given jail credit of 1,090 days.

Mejia was arrested on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 703 Snow Street by Smithville Police. He was accused of having sex with a 12 year old girl on several occasions from the time she was 11 years old.




WJLE’s Fearless Forecasters College Football Talk Show Airs Today (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m.

December 2, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

Chad Kirby has pulled into a tie with Jared Davis for the overall lead on WJLE’s Fearless Forecasters panel picking college football winners.

Chad and Jared each have a record of 124-71.

Scott Goodwin had the best single week record last week at 11-4 followed by Scott Brown, Chad Kirby, and Ricky Atnip each at 10-5, Grant James and John Pryor each at 9-6, Eli Gill 8-7, and Jared Davis 7-8

Overall, Grant James is in third place behind Chad and Jared after 13 weeks at 120-75 followed by Ricky Atnip 118-77, Scott Brown and Eli Gill each at 117-78, Scott Goodwin 115-80, and John Pryor 112-83.

Two of the Forecasters hit their underdog picks last week. Ricky Atnip got 8.5 points as Michigan upset Ohio State 42-27 and Scott Goodwin picked up 6.5 points with Tulsa’s win over SMU 34-31
Jared Davis maintains his lead for the most underdog points after 13 weeks at 44 followed by Ricky Atnip 34.5, Chad Kirby 30.5, Grant James 20, Scott Goodwin 12.5, Scott Brown 11.5, Eli Gill 7, and John Pryor 5.5.

Today (Thursday) the Forecasters will be picking winners in the following games:

Western Kentucky vs UTSA, Oregon vs Utah, Kent State vs Northern Illinois, Prairie View vs Jackson State, Utah State vs San Diego State, Appalachian State vs Louisiana, Houston vs Cincinnati, Michigan vs Iowa, Kennesaw State vs East Tennessee State, East Washington vs Montana, Baylor vs Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh vs Wake Forest, USC vs California, Alabama vs Georgia, and Army vs Navy.
The program is sponsored by the Charles D. Atnip Realty and Auction Company, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, FirstBank, DeKalb County Insurance, Davis Auto Body, Gill Automotive, Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, and Domino’s Pizza.

Catch the Fearless Forecasters today (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m. on WJLE.




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