Texas Parks and Wildlife to hold public meeting

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed facilities and recreational use concept for Palo Pinto Mountains State Park in Palo Pinto & Stephens Counties, Texas. The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the Opel Guest Chapel, 321 Houston Avenue, Strawn, Texas, 76475. The meeting will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The purpose of the Public Meeting is to present the proposed facilities and recreational use to the public and receive comments. The proposed plan will illustrate and direct the future development of day use, overnight, and administrative support facilities for the park.

Maps showing the proposed facilities and recreational use will be available for viewing at the Public Meeting.

All interested citizens are invited to attend this public meeting. Written comments from the public regarding this project are requested and may be presented for a period of 10 calendar days following the meeting. Written comments may be submitted either in person, by mail, or email to John Ferguson, 118 East Housley St. (1915 FM 2372, mailing), Strawn, TX, 76475, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chris Beckcom, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin TX, 78744, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Written comments must be received by August 18, 2014 to be included in the Public Meeting Summary.
If you have general questions regarding the park, you may contact John Ferguson, Park Superintendent, (254) 210-3015,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Homecoming 2014 Schedule

2014 Strawn Homecoming/Bash on the Bricks
Schedule of Events

Friday June 13

6:30 p.m.  Poker Tournament at Mary’s Café in the patio building; 1st-3rd prizes awarded

9:00 p.m. Exes dance at Roots; Texas Exposure along with Cory Crenshaw & Friends will be playing; $5.00 cover

9:00 p.m.  Beer Pong Tournament at Roots in Strawn on the back patio; $20/Team of 2. No cover charge if entered in Tournament.                                                                                     

Saturday June 14

9:45 a.m. Parade entry sign in

10:00 a.m.  Parade; 1st-3rd prizes for float, horse, ATV/bike.  Call Terry Lee with any questions (254-672-5501)

11:00 a.m.  Antique Car Show; D&D Rocking Rods.  For entries or information, call Donna at 817-581-8853 or 817-797-1197

11:00 a.m. Carnival with wet slide/dry slide, dunking booth and games (bring the kids’ bathing suits)

11:00-1:00 Bar-B-Q Lunch served at the Pavilion

1:00 p.m. Bingo in the Pavilion

1:00 p.m. Horseshoe tournament behind Pavilion

Vendors will be set up around City Hall throughout the day selling clothes, jewelry, food, arts & crafts.  For booth information, contact Terry Lee (254-672-5501).

Old movies will be playing in City Hall throughout the day.

8:00 p.m. Street dance downtown

8 – 10 p.m. RP Brister Band (Traditional Country)
10 – 12 p.m. Southern Chrome (Texas Country)

50/50 Drawing – tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.  Winner announce June 14 at street dance.  Need not be present to win. 

For questions or more information about any of the Homecoming events, please contact Holly Doyle at 940-859-3152 or Lou Jones at 940-329-8756.

Strawn enters Stage 3 Drought Response

Strawn enters Stage 3 drought restrictions


254-672-5311 – FAX 254-672-5250

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The City of Strawn has entered stage 3 drought response measures.  The goal of stage 3 drought response is to reduce average daily consumption by 50%.

Irrigation of landscaped areas shall be limited to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in even numbers and Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers with a street address ending in odd numbers.  Irrigation is limited to the hours of 12:00 midnight to 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight on designated watering days and shall be by means of hand-held hoses, hand-held buckets or drip irrigation or permanently installed automatic sprinkler system only.  The use of hose-end sprinklers is prohibited at all times.

The watering of football and baseball fields is prohibited unless field utilizes a water source other than that provided by the City of Strawn.

The use of water for construction purposes from designated fire hydrants under special permit is to be discontinued.

Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorcycle, boat, trailer or other vehicle is prohibited except on designated watering days during designated hours.  Such washing, when allowed, shall be done with a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle for quick rinses.  Vehicle washing may be done at any time on the immediate premises of a commercial car wash.

Use of water to fill, refill or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools or Jacuzzi-type pools is prohibited except on designated watering days during designated hours.

Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountains or ponds are equipped with a recirculation system.

All restaurants are prohibited from serving water to patrons except upon request of the patron.

The following uses of water are defined as non-essential and are prohibited:

  1. Wash down of any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts or other hard surfaced areas.
  2. Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection
  3. Use of water for dust control
  4. Flushing gutters
  5. Failure to repair a controllable leak within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak. 

Chamber of Commerce Spring Cleanup Contest

Strawn Spring Clean Fling

Contest Application

Contest ends June 10, 2014

Contest winners will receive a gift card to be used at either Gordon Hardware or Lowe’s.

  • 1st place - $500 gift card
  • 2nd place - $300 gift card
  • 3rd place - $200 gift card

All eligible entries must abide by the following rules & parameters:

Ÿ       Complete property improvements AND submit an application by Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

                Applications must be submitted to:

  • Strawn City Hall, City Secretary’s Office (Mon-Fri, 9 am to 4 pm)
  • Strawn Chamber Office (Fridays, 10 am to 3 pm)
  • Mailed to; Strawn Chamber, PO Box 278, Strawn, TX 76475 (postmarked by June 10th)

Ÿ       Property improvements must be completed by Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Ÿ       Properties must be located within the city limits of Strawn OR within one mile of the city limits of Strawn

Ÿ       Multiple properties may be entered on one application

Ÿ       Entries must submit photos of the properties before the clean-up and after the clean-up

Ÿ       Entries must list the improvements that were made to the property (see back page)

Ÿ       The area that is improved must be visible from a public street or road

Ÿ       Applicants must own or lease the property that is improved

 To participate, applicants must clean & improve a property that they own or rent.  This could include:

  • Cutting, trimming and/or removing tall and unsightly weeds, grass, brush and trees
  • Demolishing dilapidated and/or abandoned buildings
  • Removing inoperable and junk automobiles, tractors, trucks & farm equipment
  • Removing debris, junk, tires, litter and trash
  • Landscaping property
  • Removing dirt, grass, brush and weeds from sidewalks and curbs
  • Chamber Board Members and panel judges are not eligible to participate in this contest
  • Grazing land/pasture land greater than 1 acre that is cleared of brush for the purpose of this contest will not be considered.  If brush clearing is included with the removal of debris, trash, dilapidated buildings, junk cars, etc., then property will be considered.

Winners will be chosen and approved by a panel consisting of Chamber members and/or Strawn residents.   The Panel has the sole discretion to determine if improved properties meet the standards of the contest.


List ALL improvements that have been completed on the property or properties from May 1st to June 10th, 2014.  To increase your chances of winning, briefly explain what was improved (Ex. Removed three dead trees; removed two junk cars; mowed/weedeated entire property.)   All improvements must be documented with a before and after photo.

Need help removing old cars, appliances or metal?  We have people that will do it for FREE!    Call the Chamber and we’d be glad to put you in contact with them…..  Ph - 254-595-0197

List of Improvements made to property between May 1st and June 10th, 2014


Name of Applicant_____________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address_______________________________________________________________________

Home Phone_______________________________     Cell Phone________________________________

Email Address_________________________________________________________________________

List Address(es) of Improved Property or Properties below:




Name of Applicant


Signature of Applicant




Received By (City or Chamber Official)



Chamber of Commerce Meeting 5/13/2014

Everyone is invited to attend the next General Chamber Meeting
Tuesday, May 13th – 6:00 pm – Guest Chapel

Chamber Guest Speaker
Margaret Hoogstra
Executive Director, Texas Forts Trail

Join us next Tuesday for the Chamber's General Meeting to learn more
about how tourism impacts the Texas Forts Trail region, Palo Pinto County & how it will impact Strawn in the near future.

If you could please forward this information the the DCOS Board Members and the City Council, that would be helpful. What Margaret has to share is compelling, insightful and very much impacts Strawn, America.


Strawn Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 278
Strawn, TX 76475

Ph 254-595-0197
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Office Hours - Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Georgia Stephen Braun, Executive Director


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City of Strawn
P.O. Box 581
118 East Housley St.
Strawn, Texas 76475
phone: 254-672-5311