Progress staff reports
Despite being part of a multi-vehicle pile-up in Dallas Saturday, a solar-powered vehicle created by a team from Bullard High School only sustained minor damages, and is undergoing final testing at the Texas Motor Speedway to determine road-worthiness, said Cullen Hippler.
Hippler, the public relations spokesman for the Bullard High School Solar Car Team, said the car – which will be participating in the July 23-30 national Winston Solar Car Challenge – was being pulled in a covered trailer behind a pick-up driven by a team sponsor when it was caught up in an accident involving a motorcyclist.
“We were coming in at I-35 East at (Texas) Highway 183, where a motorcycle had hydroplaned – someone ran into him … and we were four vehicles back,” he said.
The motorcyclist “had blood dripping off his face, but he got up” and left the site of the accident, in which inclement weather played a role, Hippler added.
“It had been raining all day and the roads were slick, so once we hit the brakes, (the truck) hydroplaned.”
Their truck sustained some damage – namely, the fender up front and the hitch attached to the trailer, “but the big metal fender up front? That's probably what saved lives,” he said.
The project car received minor damage. “There was a small tear to the shrink-wrap, so we repaired that and spray-painted it” and corrected an out-of-whack wheel alignment, Hippler said.
“It's passed all the testing, now we're just running final tests on the Speedway, to see how hard it works on the road and if the lights and safety features are working,” said prior to a Jacksonville Daily Progress press deadline. “Everything else has passed (inspection), so all we need is to get a license issued, and we're set to go.”
The race begins 9 a.m. today, with 14 teams registered for the challenge. The Bullard Solar Team will be competing in the Classic Division against nine other competitors from schools in Wylie, Fort Worth, Argyle, Mansfield, Trophy Club, Greenville, Devon, Penn., Grosse Point Farms, Mich., and Orangeburg, N.Y.
The race ends in Los Angeles on July 30.
Progress staff reports
- Local News
County sets speed limit on CR 1102
Although a public hearing held Monday by Cherokee County Commissioners didn't attract anyone, the court unanimously voted to set the speed limit along County Road 1102 to 30 miles per hour, said County Judge Chris Davis.
Voting officials explain runoff election process
As Cherokee County residents prepare for a May 27 primary runoff between County Court-at-Law candidates Kelly Peacock and Janice Crosby Stone, election officials are reminding them of voter eligibility.
Country artist Jake Penrod to perform
The life and music of Country’s first superstar comes to life with Jake Penrod in Hank Williams Remembered at 3pm on Saturday, March 8 in the Nacogdoches County Civic Center.
Area women honored by mentoring program for roles in community
A group of adolescent girls honoring local women Thursday at an inaugural recognition program experienced Girl Power in it’s purest form, as honorees discussed how to create a successful future.
“Find something you love and go at it with passion, and don’t let anybody tell you you can’t do it. Ever,” said Janis Gowin.
Chase leads to aggravated robbery arrest
Sgt. Daniel Franklin of the Jacksonville Police Department commended officers Friday on their fast work of capturing an aggravated robbery suspect.
Bullard meningitis vaccines important for young adults
A meningitis vaccine clinic will be held March 20 at Bullard High School for local juniors and seniors needing the shot as part of college entrance requirements.
Commissioners set for Monday meeting
Cherokee County Commissioners will hold a public hearing 10 a.m. Monday on setting the speed limit to 30 miles per hour on County Road 1102, convene in regular session to consider approval of a related motion.
Shirts commemorating 30th annual Tomato Fest on sale now
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Tomato Fest celebrating 30 years of fun so save the date - Saturday, June 14th in downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville City Council set to meet
The Jacksonville City Council will meet for its regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at the Norman Center.
Council members will hold a closed executive session at 5 p.m. to discuss economic development negotiations.
Cherokee County arrests: Feb. 25-March 10
The Daily Progress will publish a list of arrests from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office on a weekly basis.
- More Local News Headlines
- County sets speed limit on CR 1102