Close & Paschal

Close And Paschal


DCHS Basketball Teams Drop District Openers to White County

January 6, 2024
By: Dwayne Page

The DCHS basketball teams played their first district games of the season Friday night in Smithville hosting White County and lost both contests.

The Lady Tigers (9-9) were outgunned by the 18-1 White County Warriorettes 80 to 49 while the Tigers (9-9) were beaten 61-38 by White County (6-7)

The Lady Tigers led 20 to 12 after the 1st period but trailed 39 to 32 at halftime and 56 to 43 after the 3rd period before losing 80 to 49.

Chloe VanVranken led DC in scoring with 14 followed by Ella VanVranken 13, Allie Melton 11, Tess Barton 6, and Avery Agee 5.

The Tigers led the Warriors 14 to 8 after the 1st period but trailed 24 to 21 at halftime and 47 to 26 after the 3rd period before losing 61 to 38.

Connor Close led the Tigers with 17 points, Seth Fuson and Dallas Kirby each with 6, and Alex Antoniak, Jordan Parker, and Jon Hendrix each with 3.

2023-24 DCHS Tigers and Lady Tigers Basketball Schedule
*District – 7AAA Games
Date -Time -Opponent- Home/Away

Fri. 1/5-6:00pm-White County*-Home • District
Tues. 1/9-6:00pm-Cumberland County*- Home • District
Fri. 1/12-6:00pm-Upperman*- Away • District
Tue, 1/16-6:00pm-Livingston Academy*-Away • District
Fri, 1/19-6:00pm-Stone Memorial*-Home • District
Mon. 1/22-6:00 pm- Warren County-Away• Non-District
Tues. 1/23-(OPEN DATE-District Make Up Day)
Fri. 1/26-6:00pm-White County*-Away • District
Tues, 1/30-6:00pm-Cumberland County*-Away • District

Fri. 2/2-6:00pm-Upperman*-Home • District
Mon, 2/5-6:00pm-Livingston Academy*-Home • District
Thurs. 2/8- 6:00 pm-Stone Memorial*-Away • District
Mon. 2/12- 2/17- District Tournament-TBA

*District 7AAA Games. Game time listed is the start of the girls contest. Boys contest to follow.

Make “Chief” Your New Year Pet Companion (View Video Here)

January 5, 2024
By: Dwayne Page

If you’re longing for a good pet companion to start the new year, come see “Chief” at the DeKalb Animal Shelter.

This beautiful two-and-a-half-year-old Akita mix is the WJLE/DeKalb Animal Shelter featured “Pet of the Week.”

“Chief has been here for quite a while”, said Nicole Charles. “He is a loving dog with medium energy. Chief loves to go out in our yard and have a good run and he will lay out as long as we have him out there. When he comes into the office, Chief can relax in here with us. He enjoys being around the people he knows. He has been tested with some dogs so if you have another dog, please schedule an appointment and bring him in so we can test Chief with your dog. Chief has not yet been tested with cats. He is already neutered, and he will come fully vaccinated when you adopt him. Chief’s adoption fee is only $80 so schedule an appointment to come and meet him before he’s gone,” said Charles.

“If you are interested in adopting Chief, please check out the adoptable pet’s link on our website to fill out an application at and we will call you to come in and meet him,” said Charles.

The shelter is open Monday-Friday from 8 to 4 and Saturday from 8 to 12 at 186 Transfer Station Road. Phone 615-597-3647.

Smithville Mayor and Aldermen to Meet Monday Night, January 8

January 5, 2024
By: Dwayne Page

The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen will meet in regular monthly session Monday night, January 8 at 6 p.m. at city hall.

The only item on the agenda is a public hearing followed by 2nd and final reading action on an ordinance (520) to amend the city’s 2023-24 budget to fund two major projects.

The City of Smithville last month took the first step toward upgrading its radio communication technology for emergency services.

During a special called meeting Monday night, December 18 the aldermen voted unanimously to adopt a budget amendment ordinance on first reading in the amount of $115,000 to purchase a total of 25 Harris XL 400 Extreme fire rated portable radios for the Smithville Fire Department. The new digital radios are meant to keep firefighters safer with reliable communication while inside a burning building battling a fire.

The Smithville Municipal Swimming Pool is also in need of a major overhaul before it opens in May and the city has committed up to $100,000 for the repairs and rehabilitation.

During Monday night’s regular monthly meeting, December 4 the Mayor and Aldermen heard from Tiera Nash of A Cut Above Outdoors, LLC in Cookeville who submitted a bid of $95,700 to do the work for the city after examining the pool.

The aldermen unanimously voted to make all the repairs suggested by Nash in her bid proposal totaling $95,700 and to pay for it through a budget amendment.

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