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By C.J. BERRYMAN

Sam Cockrell, longtime resident of Gatesville, served his last day as the city recreational manager on Friday after 20-plus years on the job. While enjoying the shade at a picnic table underneath a tree at the Little League Complex on Tuesday, Cockrell said it was time to step into retirement. “I feel great,” Cockrell said about his fi nal week of duty. “I had a good run. I have been blessed.” Cockrell has served as city recreational manager many years before it even became a full-time paid position back in October of 1994, when he retired from his previous job as a manager of shoppettes at Fort Hood. It was a voluntary position prior to that, but Cockrell was still happy to do it. 

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By C.J. BERRYMAN

Gatesville senior linebacker Cooper Edmiston has announced his intent to accept an offer extended last month by the University of Tulsa to play football for the Golden Hurricane. Edmiston comes from a strong pedigree of athletes, as his older brother and sister— Cole and Evan, respectively— were standouts for the Hornets, as well. Cole currently plays football at Baylor University, and Evan will begin her freshman year of college at BU this fall.  

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