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December 29, 2017

Congratulations! Winnsboro!  Businesses listed below made the "Best of 2017" list in P.A. Geddie’s‘ “COUNTY LINE” covering 22 counties in Northeast Texas.


“Winnsboro is certainly the place for burger lovers to go for delicious and unusual choices in three restaurants in the downtown arts district, which earned the town a three-way tie this year.” – P.A. Geddie

The Barrel House Bar & Grill (Susann Briggs)
The Lone Republic Steakhouse & Bar (Brent Blake)
The Rooster Café (Steve Barnhart)


  • Ganny’s:   honorable mention for Best Pie - Georgia Goggans
  • The Rooster Café:  Best Steak - Steve Barnhart
  • Beauweavils: Best Antique Store:  Honorable Mention - Lee Sturgeon
  • Finder’s Keepers: Best Antique Store:  Honorable Mention
  • The Clark House: Best B&B – Vic Clark
  • The Hubbell House:  Hall of Fame - Tim Carmichael
  • Clara Ida Frances:  Best Gift Shop - Janice Schma
  • The Bowery Stage: Best Live Music Venue
  • Valery Guignon, Honorable mention for Best Artist
  • Best Play:  One Toe in the Grave, Winnsboro Center for the Arts. Directed by Bob and Becky Hibbard 
  • Best Live Music Venue:  Honorable Mentions: The Bowery Stage, Winnsboro;

  • Best Local Singer/Songwriter:  Matt Dunn. He lists his hometown as Sulphur Springs but he’s called the road home for several years opening for the likes of Cody Jinks, Jack Ingram, Bart Crow, Raney Foster, Brandon Jenkins, Max Stalling, and The Damn Quails. He and his band, The Runaways, have a new debut album, Desire. 

​​County Line Magazine(and the awesome P.A. Geddie) produces the online and inprint County Line Magazine. With polished professionalism in marketing and media relations, County Line publishes great stories, entertainment, dining, arts, heritage and more for East Texas. 

As WinnsboroTexas.Org promotes moving good information in the Winnsboro Tri-County area ---  is just a fraction of what County Line Magazine accomplishes in a roughly 22 county area on the Upper East Side of Texas.  

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The Winnsboro Center for the Arts and Farmers Market took votes in the 5th Annual Art Contest for the best Bee Box. Winners were announced on Saturday, May 27.  Two classes of voting:  Youth and Adult.  1st 2nd and 3rd place.  1st was the butterflies by WHS art teacher Lori Martin, 2nd ladies with beehives by Gabrielle Mattox, 3rd endangered species by Michelle Himes.

Articles in recent print edition 

of the Winnsboro News include​

Subscriptions just $35 a year; yes, we take credit cards!  NEWS: 903-342-5247

  • School News
  • Columnist Bill Jones, "Historical Reflections" 
  • Columnist Julie Anne Thisbe "A Pinch from the Pantry"
  • Columnist Terry Matthews, "There's Something Good Here"
  • Richard Henry "Telling Our Stories" periodic columnist
  • Chana's Chatter Editor's Column
  • Business Development News, Chamber News
  • Winnsboro Center for the Arts News
  • Ag News
  • Library News
  • Tourism & Nature News
  • Sheriff's Report, Winnsboro Police Blotter
  • Column From the Mayor's Desk periodic columnist
  • Monthly City Staff Reports
  • Political News
  • State and National Legislative news
  • Texas Topics of History and Interests
  • Feature articles of community and life interests
  • Breaking News

Winnsboro Senior Center

to Host Education Talk on Strokes, Heart Attacks, DNA and Cancer Testing

Thursday May 30

​11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at

207 E. Pine, Winnsboro, TX  75494

​​​​​Barrel House Bar & Grill

Signs for New Property Development

Business Development News

by C.G. Willis Media Marketing / WinnsboroTexas.org

[Winnsboro, TX]  May 21, 2019.  Local restaurateurs Susann Briggs and Nancy Briggs of The Barrel House signed papers last week and purchased three lots totaling 2.81 acres on Highway 11 in downtown Winnsboro, TX.  

The Briggs plan to relocate their business sometime in the fourth quarter of 2019 or first quarter of 2020, from their current location on Market Street.  That Market Street current building is owned by Triple S Enterprises.  Andrew Kuiper with Outback Custom Homes is working with the Briggs for the new property development for extensive renovations, remodeling and expansion to existing structures.   Shirley Bookkeeping will remain in their building as rental income to the new property owners.

“The move will allow us to serve more customers, with an outdoor patio and music staging, as well as having a lot more parking.” Susann Briggs stated. “Right now, on several nights, at our current location that’s been good for us, we often have standing room only or a waiting list.  Business for us in Winnsboro has been really good, we love the community and our customers. We wanted to remain here and expand.  This opportunity came up and the property had been on the market for a really long time,” Briggs continued, “and we were able to secure a good deal.” 

The Wood County Appraisal District property i.d. are 40007 40008 and 52485, at 501 and 505 East Broadway Street, just east from Tires Pro.   United Country Realtors handled the contracting and financing is through local City National Bank for an undisclosed amount.

Winnsboro News - Newspaper welcomes news editor Chana Gail Willis.  New office hours Monday through Thursday. 

Bob's Garage Joins Chamber
Bob's Garage joined the Winnsboro Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting on Friday, May 21, 2019.  Bob's Garage is a long time Winnsboro business located 108 E Carnegie Street, (903) 342-6761. Welcome to the Chamber!

MagnaTexGC  General Contractors

Joins Chamber
MagnaTex GC General Contractors, with owners Niki & Dan Grobe, rejoined the Winnsboro Area Chamber of Commerce this month.  The Chamber will host a ribbon soon.  All are Welcomed to the attend.  

MagnaTex has re-roofed the following Winnsboro commercial business structures.
Winnsboro Newspaper Office Building
Dr. David Howton, Vet Clinic
Winnsboro Mini Storage
James Head Business Center
Richie’s Restaurant, Winnsboro 
Carpet Plus Color Tile, Winnsboro
John Gardner
Little Blessings Daycare
James Sisk, Winnsboro Tire & Lube
Richie’s Restaurant 


CrossFit Purpose, Betsy Hudson  owner, held their Grand 
in June. The exercise facility is located off Coke 
Road at 500 Park Street.  This is the old JEB warehouse 
building.  Phone (903) 975-0307.
Operating Hours are Monday through Friday Classes, one hour classes at  5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.11:30 - 1:00 open gym with 30 minutes workouts every half hour. Sat & Sun 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. open gym with a team workout at 9:00 a.m. $100 a month for 3 days a week and $125 for unlimited classes $10 drop in rate.

Friday Night Musicians Jam at Autumn Winds

On the first Friday evening of each month, at 7:00, area and local musicians gather at Autumn Winds Assisted Living for a jam in the center's cafeterorium. The event is free and lasts about 2 hours.  Autumn Winds Assisted Living at 1004 E Coke Rd, Winnsboro, TX 75494.

Todd Perry, city of Winnsboro mainten
ance supervisor, reported the new Rotary Park playground equipment is fully installed and operational at Winnsboro City Park in March 2019.

New Mayor and Two Aldermen Take Office

Mayor Camron Wilcox was sworn into office by outgoing Mayor Randy Parrish in May 2019. Left to right, Mayor Wilcox, Councilmember Michael Jaynes and outgoing Mayor Randy Parrish.   Video of Mayor Wilcox being sworn in is viewable here, and will be uploaded to Youtube later in the month.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/OurTownFirstWinnsboroTexas/permalink/2325408647680147?sfns=mo

Council member Katy Perez left office to take care of her family, and incoming aldermanMelenberger took her place winning the election in May.  Incumbant Joan Morris also won the election and took the oath of office as well for another two year term.

Melenberger died in June, leaving a vacant alderman seat.  The city council, by law, can appoint a person to serve until the next election in May 2020, or call an election now.  They choose to appoint a person to fill the vacancy by taking applications.  The third person on the ballot in May 2019's election was Wendy Blake, who did her homework and filed her documents for candidacy with the city and the state.  Historically, the city has filled unexpired terms with a candidate who ran on the last election ticket, but who did not win.  Council broke from tradition in July, opting for applications as a selection process.  


Donations of water, Gatorade for the Winnsboro Volunteer Fire Department, may be made at the local Brookshires on Coke Road.  Roughly 70% of firefighters statewide are volunteer departments in rural Texas.

Inspiration from the Local Churches

Today’s Scripture: 

Ecclesiastes 3, A Time For All

        “1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  2  a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  3  a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4  a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  5  a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  6  a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  7  a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8  a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

        9  What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth?   10  ¶ I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.  11  He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.  12  I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. 

        13  And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.”