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A Shorter School Week in Athens ISD

A Shorter School Week in Athens ISD

ATHENS - It is now official. The Athens school district will go to a four day school week next year. The action was taken by school trustees during a called noon meeting on Friday. The new school week will start with the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year on August 5. The shorter school week would be launched as part of a three-year pilot program. Their action was made possible in Texas after lawmakers approved two statutes in 2015. One ...

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CarterBloodCare

Urgent Call for Blood Donations

DALLAS -- It's Code Red for blood in North, Central, and East Texas. Linda Goelzer with Carter Bloodcare says Carter really needs platelets and the rare types: O-negative, A-negative, B-negative and AB-negative. "Volunteer blood donors are truly the foundation of the health care system," says Goelzer. "You are a first responder before you even know you need to respond -- and it's just as simple as community taking care of community."

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Kilgore News Herald

Another East Texas Newspaper is Being Sold

KILGORE - M. Roberts Media is expanding its holdings in East Texas. The company, which recently purchased the Tyler Morning Telegraph, is now buying the Kilgore News Herald. The company also owns the Longview News Journal and the Marshall News Messenger. The paper says it can trace its roots back to the early days of the East Texas oil boom and has changed hands several times. Terms of the deal between M. Roberts Media and News Herald ...

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Harrison County Traffic Fatality

Harrison County Traffic Fatality

One person has died in a one vehicle accident in Harrison County. Dead at the scene was Steven D. Alexander, 38, of Marshall. The Department of Public Safety reports his car was traveling at a high rate of speed on Macedonia Road when the accident occurred. His vehicle left the road and hit a travel trailer. The accident, which remains under investigation, was reported shortly after 9:15 Thursday night, just under 5 miles northwest of Marshall.

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UPRR

Palace and Elm Closed for Railroad Repair

TYLER -- Union Pacific Railroad has closed Palace Avenue and Elm Street at the railroad crossings for maintenance and repairs. Work is expected to be complete by 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. Travelers are encouraged to find an alternative route and to pay attention to all traffic signs and workers.

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Mark Rohr

City Manager Named in Marshall

MARSHALL – At Thursday’s meeting, the Marshall City Commission voted to appoint Mark Rohr as city manager. Support Services Director Jack Redmon has been serving as acting city manager since April. Rohr has 31 years of local government experience. That includes 29 years as a city manager. He most recently served as city manager of League City, Texas, from March 2014 to December 2016. Rohr will tentatively begin his duties in Marshall next month.

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John Michael Lydy

Bullard Man Gets Life

RUSK - A Cherokee County jury has found a Bullard man guilty possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The jury sentenced John Michael Lydy, 46, who is a habituation offender and a registered sex offender, to life in prison. According to a news releases from the Cherokee County District Attorney's Office, Lydy was distributing methamphetamine from his mobile home in the Shady Brooke subdivision near Bullard.

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World

Pompeo calls Canadians’ detention in China ‘unlawful’ amid tensions over Huawei CFO’s arrest
Royal families share their Christmas card photos
Mother of US student stabbed to death in Netherlands ‘totally in shock’
Senate votes to stop US support for Yemen war, condemns Saudi crown prince
Suspect in deadly shooting in France ‘neutralized’ during standoff with police, authorities say
White House unveils new strategy for Africa to counter Russian and Chinese influence
Trump claims, without evidence, that Mexico will pay for border wall via trade deal
Theresa May continues Brexit talks in Brussels after surviving bid to topple her
Maria Butina, accused Russian agent, pleads guilty in federal court
Two investigations underway into controversial London police ramming tactic
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Business

Facebook says photo access for up to 6.8 million users unintentionally shared; ‘We’re sorry this happened’
KFC selling fireplace log that smells like fried chicken
NY sues Target, Walmart for selling toy jewelry kits high in lead
Woman demands change from tech sites after receiving parenting ads after stillbirth
MaxMara reportedly bringing back Nancy Pelosi’s viral fire-colored coat
Google Maps launches transit option for Lime e-scooters and bikes in 13 cities
Amazon, big box stores offering special speedy holiday shipping leading up to Christmas
Apple announces $1 billion campus in Texas
Female-led films outperform male-led movies at the box office
Amazon workers in Staten Island announce plans to unionize
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Political

Gov. Scott Walker signs legislation weakening incoming Democratic governor’s power in Wisconsin
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hails immigrants as debate rages over asylum seekers
Trump ramps up interviews in chief of staff search
Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl to resign at year’s end, setting up another appointment to McCain’s old seat
Cohen says ‘of course’ Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments
Judge in Michael Flynn case requests FBI interview reports days before sentencing
Rep. Nancy Pelosi says she is praying for President Donald Trump as shutdown looms; rejects claim ‘MEXICO IS PAYING FOR WALL’
Sen. Jeff Flake bids farewell to Congress, warns the country is not ‘immune’ to authoritarianism
House Republicans lead vote to label Rohingya crisis ‘genocide’ in rebuke to Trump administration’s silence
Trump denies he ‘directed’ Michael Cohen to break the law as prosecutors contend
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Health

More schools are starting classes later to let students sleep: Why good sleep is important
E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce connected to a single water reservoir, CDC says
‘Young miracle’: Newborn girl recovers from Ebola in world’s 2nd deadliest outbreak
Tennessee doctor charged with ‘massive opioid fraud distribution and healthcare fraud scheme’
Breakthrough new fertility test offering hope for families who have suffered miscarriages
CDC: Fentanyl, other opioid drugs behind 54% increase in overdose deaths in six years
Trump administration mulls restrictions on fetal tissue in federally-backed research
Expert tips to avoid holiday weight gain
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Entertainment

Liam Neeson reflects on impact of ‘Schindler’s List,’ 25 years later
Watch now: ‘Downton Abbey’ teaser trailer welcomes fans back to the Crawleys’ estate
‘Beale Street’ star Regina King says she’s ready for rest & relaxation during holidays
‘Dancing with the Stars’ tour will have justice for Juan Pablo, a fresh start for ‘Grocery Store Joe’
‘Superman: The Movie’ turns 40
‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and ‘The Mule’ among this week’s new releases
Watch now: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ drops new season two trailer
Miss Universe announces all its judges this year will be women
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Sports

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz likely out remainder of season with stress fracture in back
Fired Maryland football coach D.J. Durkin offering input to Alabama coaching staff
Sophia Floersch, after terrible crash, looks forward to next F3 season
Scoreboard roundup — 12/13/18
Former tennis pro Justin Gimelstob facing assault charges
Jose Canseco expresses interest in being Trump’s next chief of staff
Reports: Relief pitcher Jeurys Familia returning to Mets
Scoreboard roundup — 12/12/18
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