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Thu
27
Aug
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DPS Commends Officers, Employees for Outstanding Service

The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented two Lifesaving Awards, three Texas Highway Patrol Division Chief Awards and one Unit Citation to DPS employees for their exemplary service.

 

“These law enforcement officers and DPS employees are true public servants dedicated to helping their fellow Texans, and we are grateful for their selfless service,” said Director McCraw. “Today we recognize these award recipients for their outstanding character and heroic actions, and the state of Texas thanks them for their continued commitment to protecting others.”

 

The following awards were presented today:

 

Tue
25
Aug
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Traffic to change up between DeKalb and New Boston this weekend

Contractors have notified county officials that they plan  to switch traffic Friday onto the CRCP  constructed in Phase 1 for Phase 2 construction. 

This might be delayed until this weekend or next week depending on how things actually work out sawing and sealing pavement joints and placing pavement markings for Phase 2 traffic.

Contractors and TxDot representatives say they will do their best to minimize the disruption to school operations in Malta while the switching process takes place and as the process of the project continues to renovate the highway between DeKalb and New Boston.  Temporary ramps will be used at cross road and driveway locations for vehicles to navigate across the pavement drop off with some driveway ramps used for multiple driveway access.

Drivers using this stretch of highway are urged to take special precautions and to allow for extra driving time. Alternate routes of course are FM1840 and FM 990.

 

Tue
25
Aug
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Texas A&M University-Texarkana hosts Best Week Ever events

Looking for something fun to do in Texarkana this week? Look no further than Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

 

The university will host several free events in conjunction with its Best Week Ever welcome week for students.

 

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 7-10 p.m. on the University Center deck, there will be a cookout and concert featuring Attic Wolves, a Kansas City folk-rock band and winner of the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Tue
18
Aug
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Meadows Elected to Agricultural Education Leadership

The Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT) elected new leadership during their Professional Development Conference, July 27-31, 2015 in Waco, Texas. Agricultural science teachers spent the week attending professional development workshops, training classes and general sessions with motivational speakers to enhance their current teaching methods and keep up with the latest curriculum developments in agricultural education and technology.
 Michael Meadows, agricultural science teacher at Simms High School, was elected to serve as the VATAT Secretary/Treasurer for the 2015-16 school year.
The VATAT Secretary/Treasurer works diligently with fellow VATAT officers and board members to provide more member services to teachers, strengthen the financial standing of the Association and develop programs and policies that will ensure the vitality of the Association for the future

Sat
15
Aug
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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.
Roderick Brantley, 54, De Kalb; No Insurance, Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection, Expired MV
   Registration, Violation of Promise to Appear
Lynnea Tishi Mosley-Powell, 28, New Boston/Hooks; Theft Under $50, VPTA
Robert P. Palmer, Jr., 38, Texarkana; No Insurance, VPTA
Kristina Marie Parker, 22, De Kalb;
No Drivers License, VPTA
Steven Richard Pippin, 64, Unknown; Expired MVI, Expired MVR
Charley Bo-Dean Rawson, 26, Texarkana;
Speeding
Andrew Cole Savell, 27, Texarkana; Speeding
Katrina E. Scales, 24, Annona;
Following too Close, VPTA
Kenneth Lamar Slaten, 49, De Kalb/Queen City;  Assault
Lisa Jones Stires, 42, De Kalb/Texarkana;
No Insurance, Exp. MVI, VPTA

Sat
15
Aug
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New Boston Police Department Weekly Report

Offense reports for August 3, 2015 through August 9, 2015

8/3 – Criminal Mischief <$50
8/5 – Theft =>$50<$500
8/6 – Burglary of a Vehicle
8/8 – Assault with Bodily Injury (Family Violence)
8/8 – Theft =>$50<$500
8/9 – Assault with Bodily Injury (Family Violence)

Arrests for August 3rd, 2015 through August 9th, 2015

Sat
15
Aug
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Sandefurs make investment in the future of West Bowie County youth

New Boston residents Vicky and Mike Sandefur made a commitment of $60,000 to the Texarkana College Foundation to support the College’s Presidential Scholarship opportunities for students from Bowie County’s West End. The check presentation was held Friday night on the main stage of T&P Trail Head Park at the New Boston Pioneer Days Festival.

Vicky Sandefur, who served as a local pastor with United Methodist Church, along with her husband, Mike Sandefur, an investment manager of commercial real estate, timber and land development, are dedicated to the advancement of our community by providing resources that enable students to reach their potential through affordable access to higher education.

Fri
14
Aug
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Pioneer Days preachin' in song

Contemporary Christian music pioneer Russ Taff brings a musical message to Northeast Texas

By Kenny Mitchell

Publisher

Those that turned out at the First Baptist Church in New Boston Thursday night for the first musical showcase of this year’s Hottest Festival in Texas did not hear a performance, they had church.

The opening hymn, performed by the Bowie County Crystal Bell Ringers, and the special brought by the Hendrix Trio all led up to the night’s message brought by legendary Christian music artist Russ Taff.

Taff came in from his hometown of Nashville with a musical message of hope and love with a mix of some of the songs that he has sung to audiences all over the world since his days with the Imperials in the 70’s.

Thu
06
Aug
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FBI on the hunt for killer of Shreveport officer

The FBI has announced that it is now offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Grover Deandre Cannon, who is wanted in connection with the homicide of Shreveport Police Officer Thomas LaValley. Cannon is also wanted for the attempted murder of another person that was shot multiple times back in JUly.  The FBI is  working with the United States Marshals Office to locate this wanted fugitive.
If you have any information on these crimes or the whereabouts of Grover Deandre Cannon, please contact 1-877-926-8332 or contact Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.  Crime Stoppers is also offering an additional reward of up to $1,000 dollars for information.
Thu
06
Aug
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Elderly DeKalb man found dead in his home Wednesday

Police search for answers in apparent homicide of James "Piggy" Johnson

By Kenny Mitchell

Publisher

The death of an elderly DeKalb man is being investigated as a homicide this morning with DeKalb Chief of Police Shawne Walraven working with the Texas Rangers to try and solve the crime.

DeKalb police were first called to the scene around midday on Wednesday at the DeKalb Housing Authority where the body of 71-year-old James “Piggy” Johnson was discovered by a pest control worker.

Those that knew Mr. Johnson describe him as a very kind man, well liked, without any enemies and someone who never bothered anyone. His brother, Larry Murphy, also of DeKalb, said on Thursday, “Ya know, he was a good man. Everybody liked him. I just don’t know why anybody would do this.”

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