A Schleicher County man died Thursday morning when a fire destroyed a small travel trailer on a ranch about 20 miles east of Eldorado.

C.E. Renfroe, 80, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace James C. Doyle.

Emergency personnel responded to a call about a fire of unknown origin on the McAlpine Ranch. Sheriff David Doran and Fire Chief Jerry Jones were the first to reach the scene and found a travel trailer burning.

Renfroe's body was found in the burned out trailer. His name was not released until late Thursday afternoon pending notification of next of kin. 

Texas Ranger Philip Kemp was called in to investigate Renfroe's death.

Steve Kenley with the State Fire Marshal office was brought in to investigate the cause of the fire.


UNRELENTING FLAMES — Firefighter Eddie Gutierrez (L) and Johnny Joe Arispe (R) raced to put water on the fire that claimed the home of Arturo and Sandra Garcia on Saturday, November 15th on the northeast corner of Lea Street and Avenue B. Two people who were home when the fire sparked managed to escape the structure as the flames spread rapidly. A pet dog died in the blaze, however, according to a firefighter who entered the burning structure. The fire was reported by phone at 3:55 p.m. and was fully involved by the time the first units of the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department arrived. Volunteers stayed with the smoldering structure throughout the night in order to prevent hot spots from rekindling and spreading to neighboring homes.      LUPE ELIZONDO | THE ELDORADO SUCCESS


Future Unclear for Baker Hughes’ Eldorado Yard 

Halliburton Company and Baker Hughes Incorporated announced on Monday that the two companies have agreed to terms on a deal through which Halliburton will acquire Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction. In terms of dollar value, the deal is by far the largest ever oil and gas service sector deal and is valued an estimated $34.6 billion.

Representatives of both companies explain that it is too early to say how the deal will impact the Baker Hughes operations and employees at the Eldorado yard.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Kathy Hillman is an Eldorado native and a 1969 graduate of Eldorado High School. She also taught school at EHS from 1974-76 before joining the faculty at Baylor University. Her parents were T.P. and Mary Barton Robinson. She is the second woman to ever be elected as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The following article from THE BAPTIST STANDARD is reprinted here by permission.


WACO—In the first contested presidential election since 2008, messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting elected Kathy Hillman, a convention officer and missions leader.

BGCT messengers cast 402 votes for Hillman (56 percent), compared to 316 votes (44 percent) for Ronny Marriott, pastor of First Baptist Church in Temple.

Hillman, the convention’s incumbent first vice president, was president of Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas from 2000 to 2004 and served on numerous BGCT committees.


Fire Chief Jerry Jones was on hand for the Eldorado City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 12th to voice concerns about the recent increase in the city’s minimum water charge.

The city recently increased its minimum charge from $19 to $21. That’s the amount city customers pay for 3,000 gallons of water. Additional charges apply for each 1,000 gallons used above and beyond the minimum.

Fire Department personnel who are on the city water system are also required to pay a minimum charge but instead of receiving 3,000 gallons, they may receive up to 50,000 gallons of water before incurring an additional charge.


It looked for all the world like the Eldorado/Miles game was going to be a nail-biter last Thursday night as they met in Bronte to decide the Class 2A Division II bi-district title. And, the game was indeed close until about halfway into the second quarter when the Bulldogs defense stopped the Eagles in the red zone to turn away a scoring drive that threatened to tie the game at 14. From there on, the Bulldogs dominated and coasted to a 42-14 victory.

Jaime Chancellor lined up at tight end for the Eagles for the first time, wearing number 84 and taking the place of injured Caleb Hearn. And it would be Chancellor who scored the first points of the game when he hauled in a 23-yard TD pass from Justin Whitten. Victor Castro converted the extra-point attempt and the Eagles led 7-0 at the 7:38 mark in the first quarter.