The Kosse Community Clinic construction is underway! While the contractors are having to dodge the raindrops, progress is evident on this exciting addition to Kosse. The Limestone County Medical Center will be staffing the facility, tentatively scheduled to open by September. Check back for updates as construction progresses!
Just a reminder that 92nd Kosse Homecoming Weekend is coming up on June 7th - 8th. The Homecoming Committee is planning a great weekend of fun events, all in celebration of Kosse and supporting local non-profit organizations in town. In addition to the Homecoming Parade, Kosse Greyhound 5k, BBQ Cookoff, Historic Homes Tours and the famous Fire Department Lunch, the Saturday night Street Dance will star country music legend Moe Bandy.
The Committee is asking for sponsorships to help make everything a success and are looking forward to a big turnout. Call 254-375-2212 or Brooks at 832-773-8361 about sponsorships or events
More details about Homecoming can be found here or on Facebook.
The unofficial results of the election held on May 4, 2019 are posted below. There were 5 candidates for 2 city council seats and 2 Sales Tax proposals. Kosse had an excellent turnout with 135 voters casting their ballots.
The election results will be canvassed and certified at the City Council meeting scheduled for May 13th. Thank you to the voters, election personnel and the candidates.
DUE TO PENDING BAD WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH.
We are sad to announce that the May 4th event has been postponed due to weather. The event will now be on June 8th. Refunds are currently being processed for all purchased tickets. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
The event will include an “open house” showcasing the unrestored historic Bassett House (first floor), period outbuildings (dairy, bunk house and cotton seed shed), the Conservancy office and library, the farmhouse grounds as well as selected artifacts and UT Austin School of Architecture studio projects focused on the Conservancy. Before you go, watch a short video about Bassett Farms Conservancy here.
As part of the event, the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) Texas Chapter will host a workshop led by architectural conservator and APT Texas Vice-President Izabella Nuckels. The workshop, Preserving Metal Hardware 101, will use historic Bassett House doors and hardware to demonstrate how to:
Visit our Facebook event page for updates.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 Schedule:
1:00 PM – Bassett Farmstead Grounds Open / Tour the Outbuildings
2:00 PM – Dedication of Bassett House Historical Marker
2:30 PM – Bassett House Open for Tours (1st floor)
3:00 PM – APT Texas Chapter Conservation Workshop
About Bassett Farms Conservancy:
The 2,400-acre Bassett Farms Conservancy is the property of Preservation Texas, a gift of the late Willie Ford (Bassett) Sparkman. Preservation Texas is developing the historic farm and ranch, established in 1871 at the headwaters of the Little Brazos River east of Marlin, Texas as what will be the largest preservation and conservation skills training center in the country. The 2-story brick Bassett House (1875), thought to be the oldest brick house in Limestone County, was built by Henry Bassett and has been the center of farm and ranch life at Bassett Farms for nearly 150 years. The Bassett House has been designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. For a video about Bassett Farms Conservancy, click this link.
General Admission is FREE for the tour, marker dedication and conservation workshop.
Bassett Farms Conservancy’s physical address on Google Maps is 1343 LCR 666, Kosse, Texas 76653. However, LCR 666 has recently been renumbered as LCR 667. Look for the blue "Preservation Texas Event" directional signs on Highway 7 near the farm. The farm is a 2-hour drive from Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth; about 2.5 hours from Houston; and just over 3 hours from San Antonio.
The 2-story brick farmhouse and grounds are located about 3 miles northwest of Kosse at the center of our 2,400 acres, just over the Falls/Limestone County line. This is a rural landscape and please note that once you leave Highway 7, the roads are unpaved gravel surfaces. Drive carefully, particularly near blind corners. Watch for wildlife.
On-site parking will be provided in a field adjacent to the Bassett House on a first-come basis. Overflow parking will be along the country road near the house.
This is a casual event, and the weather may be warm, so dress accordingly. There is no air conditioning in the Bassett House or in the Pole Barn. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and plenty of sunscreen. The house is unrestored and the grounds are in a natural state with minimal improvements. Weather permitting and depending on the condition of Sulphur Creek, there will be an opportunity to hike to the largest of our nineteen ponds.
Bring your camera! On Instagram we are @preservationtexas and @bfc1871 — use the #BassettFarms hashtag for your images. And while Bassett Farms is photogenic, any commercial uses of photographs taken at Bassett Farms Conservancy are prohibited without the prior express written consent of Preservation Texas. Aerial drones are prohibited.
Bring a blanket or some folding chairs for the marker dedication in the front lawn. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn or eat at one of the tables in our pole barn.
Smoking is prohibited except in the parking area. Cigarettes are to be disposed of properly and shall not be left on the ground.
Call Preservation Texas at 512-472-0102.
The City Council ordered a general election for May 4, 2019. On the ballot will
be two city council seats along with two propositions.
One proposition is voting on a measure to increase the street maintenance sales tax by
1/8th of one percent. This increase will be for city street maintenance and repair.
The second proposition is voting on a measure to increase the economic development sales tax by 1/8th of one percent. This increase will provide the Kosse Economic Development more funds to increase economic development projects in the City of Kosse. If the propositions pass, the sales tax rate will be 8.25%, which is consistent
with Groesbeck and Mexia and most cities in Texas.
This will result in a funding increase of approximately $600 per month each to street improvements to the EDC. An example of the impact of the increase is: You make a purchase of $100. With sales tax you pay $108.00 at checkout. Under the new rate you would pay $108.25 at the register, 25 cents more than before.
Election Day is May 4th at the Kosse Community Center. You can vote early through April 30th at Kosse City Hall during City office hours.
The latest City of Kosse Town Crier, the official newsletter for the City of Kosse was
published on April 23, 2019.
Click here to download a printable copy (pdf)
Hello friends and neighbors! Chief Morris here inviting everyone to join the Kosse Police Department on Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Kosse Community Center.
As most of you have noticed the Kosse Police Department has added new officers to the force. By adding these new officers we will be better able to maintain the safest community as possible. This meet and greet will give the citizens of Kosse an opportunity to meet the new officers and get a chance to know them.
Refreshments will be served between 6:00pm and 7:00pm and will give everyone the chance to visit with the officers. Once everyone has had the opportunity to visit we will have an open question and answer session where citizens will be able to ask questions that they would like answered. I would ask that you fill out the following questions and either return this letter to city hall or bring it with you to the event. We will answer all the questions to the best of our ability.
How do you rate the Kosse Police Department
Good______ Needs Improvement_______
What are your primary concerns involving the police department?
How could the police department be improved to meet the needs of the community?
Everyone at the Kosse Police Department hope to see you on the 22nd. and we would like to thank you for your continued support.
Mark Morris Kosse Chief of Police
Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day and enjoy a great night of fun and music with Karaoke Night at the Kosse Community Center! Smoking Gun Karaoke & DJ Services - Junior and Adult divisions with cash prizes - Raffles - Snacks -Water, sodas, setups. BYOB - $10 for adults, kids under 8 free.
The Kosse Community Center is hosting many fun and exciting events over the next few months. Come out and enjoy the fun and support the Community Center and its programs to make Kosse better. Everything is family-friendly and offers a great chance to enjoy a fun time with family and friends without having to leave town! You can always call Christina or Karen at 254-375-2212 for more information.
With spring-cleaning around the corner, the Kosse Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kosse remind residents that the Citywide Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, March 2nd. A number of individual sales are planned around town. The Kosse Methodist Church will be serving lunch and goodies at their pavilion in addition to a wide array of items for sale.
Call the city office at 254-375-2212 for information.
The annual Kosse Community Christmas Dinner & Celebration will be held at the Kosse Community Center at 6:30PM on Thursday, December 13th. There is no charge for the dinner but you are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to the annual celebration.
The winner of the Chamber of Commerce “Best Decorated House” contest will be announced and Santa is expected to visit with goodie bags for the children. Cash donations are welcome and raffles will be held. For more information, call City Hall at 254-375-2212 or visit KosseCC.org.
Annual Kosse Thanksgiving Dinner at the Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 15th. Starts at 6:30PM with music by the Common Ground Cowboy Church singers. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Bring canned goods for the Kosse Food Bank!
Drilling is underway for the Kosse city wells. On September 11, bids for the water plant construction and pipeline will be opened construction on those parts of the project should begin following as the bids are awarded.
Western Swing music legend Bob Wills was born in the Moss Springs area of Kosse in 1905. The Kosse Heritage Society is pleased to announce that Carolyn Wills, his daughter and President of the Bob Wills Heritage Foundation, will be making a special video presentation at the Kosse Community Center at 1:30PM on Saturday, June 9 during Kosse Homecoming Weekend.
Carolyn Wills, daughter of Bob Wills, is co-founder and president of the Bob Wills Heritage Foundation. Toward preserving and promoting her father’s legacy, an important American legacy, one of her personal contributions has been to share the experience of being ‘At Home with Bob Wills.’ Andrea Ruby, Bob Wills' granddaughter is expected to visit as well.
“I’m so excited to join with the Kosse Heritage Society in a presentation at Kosse’s annual Homecoming luncheon on June 9,” she said. “Visiting my father’s birthplace for the first time and sharing a part of his story will also be a special homecoming for me.”
Remembering her father, Carolyn talks of home-cooked meals like red beans and made-from-scratch cornbread, of picnics, horses and drive-in movies, of TV shows like Ed Sullivan, Perry Mason, Cisco Kid, wrestling and ‘shoot-em-up’ westerns.
“I think of a big black and white bus in front of our house, laughter and storytelling when the band would gather and, ultimately, the silence that would surround one voice – his voice telling a story and, then, the burst of laughter at the end. I think of his love for my mother, family, his Texas Playboys, people, music and horses, and I think of a song that he sang, ‘No Disappointment in Heaven’…and that's how I remember him,” she said. “I’m looking forward to being in Kosse on June 9.”"
About the Bob Wills Heritage Foundation - 501(c)(3)
The Bob Wills Heritage Foundation, Inc. was established on August 14, 2008 with a mission to preserve and promote the legacy of Bob Wills, an American artist and innovator. Through educational programs, preservation efforts, partnerships, chances to tell his story and avenues to share his music, the Heritage Foundation seeks to perpetuate the Bob Wills legacy, promote the integrity of his music and preserve his place in American history. www.bobwills.com
There is no charge but the Kosse Heritage Society is requesting freewill donations. Visit KosseTexas.com or call 832-773-8361 for more Homecoming information.
The Lions Club is the world’s largest service organization with over 46,000 clubs and 1.4+ million members worldwide. As a local service project, the Kosse Lions Club recently presented a $5,000 check to the City of Kosse for the purchase of new street signs for the city.
Jodye Lindsey, Kosse Lions Club president explains, “As Lions, our motto is “We Serve”. We saw a need in Kosse for this project. By teaming up with Mayor Eno and the City Council, we decided to make this our service project for 2018. Along with our service projects for free eye screening, scholarships, diabetes awareness and Lions charities such as the Texas Lions Camp we are dedicated to service in our community and making Kosse a better place to live for everyone.”
Kosse Mayor Jarod Eno noted, “The support of the Kosse Lions is greatly appreciated. The new street signs will really improve Kosse’s appearance.”
Installation of the new signs is expected to begin in late June and will take several weeks to complete. The Kosse Lions Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Kosse Café and visitors are always welcome.
Hearne-Gidden House Project
December 16, 2017 - Details
Michael Heim, President, TAMDC (903) 241-4723
Karen Partin, Kosse Heritage Society (254) 275 1046
Objective: This is a TAMDC “Give Back Project” to Texas communities, individuals, Historical and Heritage Societies. We will search and recover artifacts to help the Kosse Heritage Society Preservation Project.
Prizes: There will be 3 prizes awarded (1 oz. silver rounds). This is just for fun and categories will be announced at the start
Raffle: 4 oz. silver Bank Note donated by Ed Pavlasek with Texas Premium Detectors. Note: All funds raised will be donated to the Kosse Heritage Society
Schedule: We will have event rain or shine (pray for good weather)
8:00 am Welcome/Introductions/Guidelines
8:30 am Detect & Recover
12:00 pm Lunch Provided by TAMDC
1:00 pm Detect & Recover
3:00 pm Prizes & Raffle Drawing
3:15 pm Presentation to Kosse Heritage Society
3:30 pm Announcements/Recognitions
4:00 pm Pack Up & Head Home
* GPS. 301 East Washington St, Kosse, TX. (From intersection of Hwy. 7 and 14, the Hearn-Gidden Home will be approximately 0.5-mile East on Hwy. 7 on S side of Hwy. 7)
* Parking. We will be to the left (East) of the Hearn-Gidden Home. Pull through aluminum gate park in field. Do not park along Hwy. 7. In case of rain/wet ground, park across Hwy. 7 down along Quincy St. leading to City Park. Don’t block driveways.
* Dress according to the weather forecast for December 16th
* Lunch will be fajitas & fixings, chips & salsa, water & tea, dessert
* Restrooms are available but not on location. They are located at the City Park at intersection of Quincy and Adams St. (300 yards away)
* Motels nearest and recommended-google
W of Kosse- Marlin 17 miles N of Kosse-Groesbeck 17 miles
E of Kosse-Marquez 23 miles NW of Kosse-Waco 30 miles
* Bring your lawn chairs
The Kosse Chamber of Commerce will have our annual Christmas yard decorating contest this year, complete with prizes!
Please start decorating after Thanksgiving!!! Awards will be given out at the annual Christmas dinner on December 14th!
Citywide Thanksgiving Dinner at the Kosse Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at 6:30PM.
Please bring a side dish or dessert and canned goods for the Kosse Food Bank!
The burn ban for Limestone County was lifted on Nov. 14, 2017.
There will be a lot of Halloween fun in Kosse on October 31st from 6PM-8PM!