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Farmers Eligible for FSA Loans

TYLER - Smith County has been notified that family farmers are eligible to apply for low-interest emergency disaster loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for April storm damage. On June 29, President Barack Obama declared nine Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas, including Smith, Anderson, Cherokee, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties. Another 25 counties were named contiguous counties, including Gregg, Henderson, and Rusk counties. Family farmers are eligible to qualify for low-interest, emergency loans from the Farm Service ...

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Rusty Jacks

Two Tyler Policemen Promoted

TYLER - A ceremony this afternoon saw two persons promoted at the Tyler Police Department. One of those promoted today was Lieutenant Rusty Jacks. Chief Jimmy Toler promoted him to Assistant Chief. And Sergeant Mike Malone twas promoted to Lieutenant. Since 1993 when he joined the police department, Jacks has worked within the patrol, investigations, tactical and administrative divisions of the department. Prior to promoting, he worked as a patrol officer, bicycle patrol officer, and as a ...

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Chief Deputy Indicted in Nacogdoches County

Chief Deputy Indicted in Nacogdoches County

NACOGDOCHES - The chief deputy for the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department has been indicted. The panel indicted Stephen Godfrey, 44, on four counts of aggravated perjury. According to a news release from the sheriff;s department, the sheriff has limited information on the allegations in this case. But he said, It is standard practice for Sheriffs across the State of Texas to place officers on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of any type of criminal investigation or action. ...

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Teen Indicted in Father’s Shooting

Teen Indicted in Father's Shooting

LONGVIEW - A Gregg County man has been indicted in the shooting of his father. Noel Garner Jr., 19, of Gladewater has been indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury to a family member. Around 3:00am on May 25th, Noel Garner Sr.,42 was shot in his face at the family home on North Ferry Street. The wound was not life-threatening and he was able to give officers details of what happened. His ...

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A Marshall City Commissioner Banned from Town Hall Meetings

A Marshall City Commissioner Banned from Town Hall Meetings

MARSHALL - A Marshall city commissioner is free on bond following his Wednesday night arrest. Commissioner Michael Mitchell was arrested after being accused of disrupting a meeting. The meeting had been set to answer questions and to interact with police officers in an effort to build a stronger community bond. Justice of the Peace Nancy George set his bond at $1,500. A condition of his bond is that he is banned from future town hall meetings. He can, however, attend ...

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Vigil Planned for Two Longview Murder Victims

Vigil Planned for Two Longview Murder Victims

LONGVIEW - Funeral services are scheduled in Longview tomorrow for 26 year old Joseph Acles and 21 year old Quincy Williams. They are the city's latest homicide victims. The two men were found dead in a home on Timpson Street near Martin Luther King Boulevard Tuesday morning. Investigators say the two Longview High School graduates were shot to death. They are the 5th and 6th homicides in Longview this year and there are no suspects in the case. Friends ...

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