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Williams Names Board of Managers for Revoked Charter

thumb_TEA-texas-education-logoAUSTIN – Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams Tuesday announced his appointments to a three-member board of managers in the case of a soon-to-close charter school that includes an East Texas campus. That’s according to a news release from the Texas Education Agency. According to the release, the situation involves the liquidation of assets and other specific issues related to the revocation and closure of Honors Academy and the seven campuses operating under the charter as public, accredited schools. The charter revocation – which became effective June 30, 2014 – affects the following Honors Academy campuses (in these communities): Branch Park Academy (Farmers Branch); Creekview Academy (Killeen); Landmark School (also known as Leadership Academy – Palestine); Legacy Park Preparatory (Kaufman); Pinnacle Academy of Fine Arts (Fort Worth); Quest Academy (Dallas); and Wilmer Academy (Wilmer). Read the rest of this entry »

Police: Man Jailed after Punching, Head Butting Security Officer

jameslovinggreggcoLONGVIEW — A Longview man is being held in the Gregg County Jail after police say he punched and head butted a security officer at the Lodge Sports Bar. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report James Dillon Loving, 21, remains jailed on $7,500 bond, charged with assault on a security officer, a felony. He was arrested just before midnight Saturday when Longview police responded to a fight in progress at the Lodge in the 500 block of North Spur 63. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Man Named To Ag Commissioner-Elect’s Transition Team

Pierre De WetAUSTIN – A Smith County man is one of 11 persons being named to Agriculture Commissioner-elect Sid Miller’s transition team. One of the members of the team is Pierre De Wet of Tyler, agricultural entrepreneur and President & Founder of Kiepersol Enterprises. Miller said De Wet and other members of the team will be working with him to ensure the TDA is focused on the many critical issues facing Texas including our state’s long-term water needs, strengthening and promoting the state’s equine industry, and protecting consumer safety. Read the rest of this entry »

Teen Arrested in Mail Carrier’s Shooting

Jaylon Carroll WorthamLUFKIN — A teen has been taken into custody for the weekend shooting of a Lufkin postal worker. On Tuesday Lufkin Police Department detectives, with cooperation from the United States Postal Inspection Service, obtained a warrant for the arrest of Jaylon Carroll Wortham, 17. According to KETK, Wortham is charged with assault causing bodily injury against a government contractor/employee. The LPD detectives sought the warrant following a combined LPD/USPIS investigation into a November 22 assault incident in which Wortham alegedly caused bodily injury to Lindsey Guthery, a mail carrier employed by the United Stated Postal Service. Read the rest of this entry »

Community Prepares to Welcome Injured Firefighter Home

Joe YeakleyLINDALE — The Lindale community is preparing to welcome injured firefighter Joe Yeakley home Wednesday afternoon. Yeakley suffered serious injuries battling a structure fire in January. Following the fire, Yeakley was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He was later moved to a rehab center. KETK reports Yeakley is expected to be back around 4:30 p.m. A Lindale VFD spokesperson said Lindale Engine 1 will take Yeakley to his home. A procession will lead him north on Highway 69, starting at Interstate 20 and ending taking a left on to Highway 16, in downtown Lindale. Read the rest of this entry »

Methvin Street Closure Shifts as Work Progresses

thumb_longview-cityofLONGVIEW — Methvin Street between Green Street and Fredonia Street in Longview will be reopened to traffic by the end of the day Wednesday, November 26, according to a city news release. This completes Phase 1 of the Methvin Street Improvement Project. However, on Friday, November 28, Methvin Street will close to traffic between High and Center. This will begin Phase 2 of the proposed Methvin Street Improvements. Construction should last approximately four months, according to officials. Read the rest of this entry »

ETMC EMS to Drop Upshur County Service in March

ETMC EMS to Drop Upshur County Service in MarchTYLER — Beginning March 1, 2015, ETMC EMS will no longer offer ambulance service in Upshur County. The information comes in a brief news release from ETMC. “For many years, ETMC has been able to provide ambulance service in many communities for free or for a small fee. With the changes in reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, we can no longer afford to provide this service,” said Neal Franklin, general manager, ETMC EMS. ETMC EMS has enjoyed its years of service to the residents of Upshur County and will assist during the transition to a new EMS provider, according to the release. ETMC didn’t immediately say what the transition might entail.

City of Tyler Sex Offender Compliance Check

thumb_police-tyler-badgeTYLER — The Tyler Police Department reports a clean slate after conducting its annual city-wide sex offender compliance check November 20 with the assistance of officers from multiple law enforcement agencies. Officers were charged with checking on 147 registered sex offenders who are registered with the city of Tyler. Officers showed up unannounced at the offenders’ addresses to confirm their whereabouts and correct addresses. Upon completion of the check all 147 sex offenders were found to be in compliance with their registration requirements, according to a news release. Read the rest of this entry »

Peterson Weighs In on Ferguson Case

thumb_adrian_peterson_1MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has sparked anger after appearing to compare his child abuse charges to the situation unfolding in Ferguson. Peterson pleaded no contest in a Conroe courtroom to a misdemeanor assault charge following his arrest for disciplining his four-year-old son with a switch. Now he’s taken to Twitter with, “The grand jury decided not to indict me too! But that changed a week later! Maybe, but not likely in this case.” One follower tweeted, “Not the same thing — let it ride.” The Palestine native followed with yet another tweet an hour later: “My heart goes out to Mike Brown’s family! My thoughts & prayers are with you!” The NFL has suspended Peterson without pay for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Coal-Fired Plant Proposal Could Affect East Texas

EPA LogoFORT WORTH — Coal-fired plant operators in Texas could be writing some big checks, and East Texas could see the results. Under a federal proposal, the operators of the eight biggest such plants would spend two billion dollars to retrofit 15 units to reduce air pollution. Tom “Smitty” Smith with Public Citizen welcomes this. Smith says, “It will improve our public health, and many of the sort of hazy days that now cloud our skies over the Dallas-Fort Worth or Tyler area will come to an end.” He says it would make much more sense to scrap the old coal plants and go with another form of energy like natural gas or renewables.

Police: Man Claims He Killed Wife, but She Survives

girardncsoNACOGDOCHES (AP) – Police in East Texas say a woman has been released from the hospital after her husband called 911 and said he choked her to death. George Girard, 72, was being held at the Nacogdoches County jail on Tuesday morning on a felony aggravated assault charge. The Nacogdoches man was waiting outside for officers after he called 911 on Sunday. Police found his wife unconscious on the kitchen floor with blood on her neck. She was taken to an area hospital where she was treated and released. Girard told police he pinned his wife to the floor and choked her until she stopped moving.

Longview’s Second Rabid Bat of the Year

Rabid BatLONGVIEW — A bat found in Longview has tested positive for rabies. The confirmation came yesterday from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The injured bat was found late last week in a parking lot at LeTourneau University, 2100 South Mobberly Avenue. This is the second positive rabies case in Longview this year. “In this instance, someone found the bat outdoors. As a reminder, we encourage people to avoid touching bats, but to please contact the City of Longview Environmental Health.” said Leisha Kidd-Brooks, Longview Environmental Health Manager. Read the rest of this entry »

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