JACKSONVILLE — UPDATE: As of 2:00 p.m. A press released from the Jacksonville police department has confirmed that an online threat on Tuesday to JPD that stated “I’m going to shoot up every school and day care within a 30-mile radius then I’m coming for your officers” originated in the United Kingdom. It is being investigated further, however it is believed that there is no local threat. That threat was sent to the JPD Facebook page. … Read the rest of the article…
GREGG COUNTY — The Gregg County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the deaths of two people who were found after a welfare check. According to our news partner KETK, the bodies were found in the 300 block of Coulter Road, just off FM 1844, in the East Mountain area of Gregg County. The cause of death is unknown. Autopsies have been ordered.
TYLER — Good news for students and teachers in Tyler, as they kick off a new school year. According to our news partner KETK, recent legislative session funding means an increase for Tyler ISD schools, while property tax rates will be reduced. The session poured millions of dollars into the finance system. Tyler ISD got around 10 million dollars. Around 6 million of that will be used for raises for every employee in the district. For property taxes,owners will see a seven cent compression per 100 dollars. The new budget takes effect September 1st.
CHAPEL HILL — An autopsy was conducted on 3-year-old Madison Williams and the preliminary report shows that she drowned. According to our news partner KETK, no criminal charges have been filed in the case, but the investigation is still ongoing. Williams disappeared from her home early Sunday morning. Deputies and volunteers searched for nine hours. She was discovered in a pond not far from her home.
TYLER — The United Way of Smith County kicks off its 2019 campaign with two goals: a ten per cent increase in participation and a total of $1.5 million. United Way President Nan Moore says everyone can get involved, regardless of the size of your gift. Moore notes that some new companies have joined the effort, which has already raised $9,000. She also reminds you that anyone donating five dollars or more per week can enter a drawing for a Jeep Renegade to be given away by Patterson Auto Group. Moore says each year, the local United Way helps one in four people living in the county thanks to corporate gifts, workplace campaigns, and individual donors. Go to https://uwsmithcounty.org/ for additional information.
WOOD COUNTY — Seven people are behind bars, after an extensive poaching investigation in Wood county. According to our news partner KETK, officials launched their investigation in February. They uncovered a large amount of poaching, going on in both Wood and Smith counties. Game Wardens say around 28 white-tailed deer and more than 50 pigs were shot and killed from public roads with the aid of a spotlight. Several deer were left in the field to waste. One man, Chance Briggs of Van, is still wanted in connection to this case. Authorities say he is in Oregon, but faces felony and misdemeanor warrants.
TYLER — Although Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks did not encourage a burn ban be issued by the Commissioners Court on Tuesday, he did urge residents to use extreme caution when burning and to abstain from it, if possible. Brooks told the court his office has been monitoring the Keetch-Byram Drought Index for Smith County, as well as weather conditions and the number of grass fires in the county.… Read the rest of the article…
BULLARD — A Ballon release was held on Monday night in honor of the late Bullard softball coach. Megan Dobrinksi died last week following her battle with cancer. According to our news partner KETK, she was celebrated on Monday night as the community of Bullard continues to heal. A petition is circulating online to rename Bullard ISD Softball field to Dobrinksi Field. At last check it had gained over 5,000 signatures. If you would like to sign the petition to change the name of the field, click the link https://www.change.org/p/school-board-name-the-bullard-softball-field-dobrinski-field?signed=true
EAST TEXAS — Rusk County has become the second county to issue a burn ban on Tuesday, less than an hour after Henderson County. In both instances Commissioner’s took action to prohibit outside burning of any kind during the ban. This comes after the hottest stretch of the summer, which included multiple days over 100 degrees.
LONGVIEW — On Wednesday TxDOT crews will be conducting seal coat operations at the I-20 Service Road at FM 2207 in Liberty City and SH 135 from Watson St., just south of the Traffic Circle in Kilgore, to the Rusk County. Alternate routes are encouraged. Motorists can expect lane closures and delays with flaggers and a pilot car providing traffic control at all work locations.