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Sat
25
Jul
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DeKalb Municipal Court Warrants

Arrest Warrants have been issued for the following
individuals for violating their promise to  appear in the
De Kalb Municipal Court.
 

Thu
23
Jul
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Disaster Unemployment Aid Now Available for Red River County

Victims of flooding in Red River County may now apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as a result of an amendment to the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4223-DR). Workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to flooding in Red River County may apply for Individual Assistance.

Applications for DUA must be submitted by August 21, 2015 for residents of Red River County. DUA is available for workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to damage sustained from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding. Severe weather, including destructive flooding, has devastated multiple counties and hundreds of homes and businesses have been lost, resulting in disaster-related unemployment.

Tue
21
Jul
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Former Hopkins County Teacher Indicted on Child Sexual Exploitation Violations

A 38-year-old former Hopkins County school teacher has been indicted for child exploitation charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
 
Lucas R. Hill, formerly of Sulphur Springs, Texas, has been named in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on July 15, 2015 charging him with producing child pornography, enticing and coercing a minor, and transferring obscene matter to a child younger than 16 years of age. 
 
Fri
17
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U.S. Rep. Ratcliffe Calls on President to Denounce Horrific Planned Parenthood Practices

In a recent video, new documentation surfaced that Planned Parenthood abortion clinics not only profit from the intentional destruction of unborn children, but also sell children’s organs, piece by piece, to fetal tissue brokers. U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) has spoken out about this horrific act.

“I am sickened by these revelations. The right to life is a God-given, inalienable right that should never be compromised,” said Ratcliffe. “When organizations trample on this right through gruesome acts, we all suffer. I have continually supported measures to defend the unborn and protect the sanctity of life, and will continue to do so. The House Judiciary Committee, on which I serve, has already launched an investigation into these inhumane acts. I call on President Obama to denounce these practices and do the same.”

Thu
16
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UPDATE: Telford attack not first for inmate

Tracy assaulted TDCJ officer in 2005

By Kenny Mitchell

Publisher

A correctional officer at the Telford Unit in New Boston that was seriously injured by an inmate this morning and airlifted by Lifenet to Christus St. Michael in Texarkana has died.

That officer has now been identified as 47 year old Timothy Davison of Simms, Texas, who began working at the facility in New Boston last December.

Davison’s death is the first of a Texas correctional officer since 2007. The offender assailant, Billy Joel Tracy, has a long history of violent acts, including an assault on a public servant, another TDCJ employee in 2005. That assault added 45 years on to his previous life sentence for crimes committed in Rockwall County in 1998. Tracy has since been moved to a maximum security prison pending an investigation into the assault by the TDCJ Inspector General’s office.

Wed
15
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UPDATE: Telford officer has died from injuries sustained in Wednesday morning assault

By Kenny Mitchell

Publisher

A correctional officer at the Telford Unit in New Boston that was seriously injured by an inmate this morning and airlifted by Lifenet to Christus St. Michael in Texarkana has died.

Robert Hurst, a public information officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville issued an official statement on the incident saying, “At approximately 9 a.m., a correctional officer at the Telford Unit was escorting an offender back to his cell from the dayroom when the offender assaulted the correctional officer. The officer suffered serious injuries and is receiving medical treatment at this time. The offender has been placed in a pre-hearing detention cell. Investigators with the Office of Inspector General-TDCJ are at the location and processing the crime scene. This is an ongoing investigation. Further information will be released as it becomes available.”

Wed
15
Jul
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Rep. Gary VanDeaver to seek re-election to the Texas House

Following one of the most productive legislative sessions in recent history, State Rep. Gary VanDeaver has announced his intention to seek a second term representing Texas House District 1, which includes Bowie, Lamar, Franklin, and Red River counties.

“I am proud that we delivered conservative results for Northeast Texas families and I look forward to building on these accomplishments next session,” said VanDeaver.

One of only three freshmen appointed to the budget writing House Appropriations Committee, Rep. VanDeaver worked to draft a conservative state budget that holds spending beneath the constitutional spending cap and does not spend any of the state’s Rainy Day Fund. It also prioritizes pressing needs, with new funds for border security, transportation, public schools and area junior colleges and universities, while also providing $3.8 billion in tax relief for Texans.

Wed
15
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Correctional officer seriously injured by inmate at Telford Unit

By Kenny Mitchell

Publisher

A correctional officer at the Telford Unit in New Boston has been seriously injured by an inmate this morning and airlifted by Lifenet to Christus St. Michael in Texarkana.

Robert Hurst, a public information officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville issued an official statement on the incident saying, “At approximately 9 a.m., a correctional officer at the Telford Unit was escorting an offender back to his cell from the dayroom when the offender assaulted the correctional officer. The officer suffered serious injuries and is receiving medical treatment at this time. The offender has been placed in a pre-hearing detention cell. Investigators with the Office of Inspector General-TDCJ are at the location and processing the crime scene. This is an ongoing investigation. Further information will be released as it becomes available.”

Wed
15
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Online voting starts today.

Today, starting at 2 p.m., our All-Star ballot will be posted online on our Facebook page. There you will have the opportunity to vote for one boy and one girl per day, per person. Voting will stop at midnight on Sunday, July 19. Online votes will be added to our hundreds of paper ballots and the All-Stars will be featured in a special section in our July 29, 2015 issue.

Only one comment per day, per person will be counted. Duplicate online votes will not be counted.

Tue
14
Jul
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Rep. John Ratcliffe: Iran Cannot Be Trusted On Agreement

This morning, the Obama administration announced a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement in response.

“All signs point to this deal being a disaster. The president’s arguments to the contrary don’t change the facts: the agreement will give Iran billions in sanctions relief, all while allowing centrifuges to continue spinning as Iran moves toward a nuclear weapon. The deal also fails to address Iran’s brutal human rights violations and its destabilizing activities in the region and around the world. Instead, the deal will simply give Iran billions of dollars to intensify its role as a state sponsor of terror throughout the region. The framework of capitulation the administration continues to champion threatens the security of the entire free world.”

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