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Fri
27
May
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Articulation agreement creates clear pathways for students to achieve higher education goals

Northeast Texas Community College and Texas A&M University-Texarkana officials signed an articulation agreement today at NTCC, formalizing a partnership benefiting students who wish to attain baccalaureate degrees.

The agreement creates a seamless transition for students enrolled in NTCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Community Health and Funeral Services programs to transfer to Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program.

“We have a longstanding relationship with A&M-Texarkana that has helped many of our students continue their education after graduating from NTCC. We are very pleased to partner with them to provide even more opportunities for our students,” NTCC President Dr. Brad Johnson said.

Officials say the agreement was designed to encourage students to complete an entire associate degree at NTCC before transferring to A&M-Texarkana.

Wed
25
May
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RRAD to suffer major reduction in June

Red River Army Depot (RRAD) officials notified employees of an impending workforce reduction impacting some contractor, government term and government temporary positions.
“A reduction in workload requirements forces us to make difficult decisions,” said COL Brandon L. Grubbs, Commanding Officer, Red River Army Depot. “We must properly match workforce to workload.”
As many as 294 employees, half contractors and half government employees, could be impacted by the reductions expected to begin in June.
The RRAD workload is directly related to DoD requirements in support of Soldiers. Government term and temporary personnel are hired to perform specific tasks for a prescribed time. When work is no longer available, they are typically released. No permanent government positions will be impacted in this reduction. The potentially affected term and temporary personnel include those supporting main production, inspection, and support areas across the depot.

Wed
25
May
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Remembering those who gave all

The Tribune would like to honor all of those who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States. For Memorial Day this year, we remember all of the brave men and women who sacrificed for those freedoms and we salute those who have served and are serving today with a small token of appreciation.

Now through this Friday, any active or retired military, or their spouses, can call us and start or renew a one year subscription to the Tribune for just $25. Also, we will choose one name from all of those who subscribe this week, and they will receive a lifetime subscription to your community newspaper, free of charge.

Ever honor and never forget is so much more than a tagline, and we join with all of you to say, "Thank You."

 

Come by our office in downtown New Boston or call 903-628-5801 to start your subscription today.

Tue
24
May
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New Boston man sentenced to 50 years for Mt. Vernon murder

By Kenny Mitchell

Publisher

New Boston native Christopher Allen has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty last Friday to the murder of a Mount Vernon woman in May of 2015.

Allen confessed to the murder of Wendy Gail Valentine, 36, in a Franklin County courtroom a year after the crime was committed, and will not be eligible for parole for at least 25 years.

Allen was arrested and charged with the murder of Valentine at the scene of the crime in the 2300 block of Logan's Point in Mount Vernon.

According to reports, Allen called 9-1-1 the afternoon of the murder and when law enforcement officials arrived at the home, they discovered the body of Valentine stabbed to death with multiple stab wounds.

The crime was investigated by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Mount Vernon Police and the Texas Rangers.

Fri
20
May
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I-30 to close at the Leary exit this week

Interstate 30 at the Leary exit (Mile marker 213) will be closed during the night time hours this week to allow for construction crews to work there.

Workers will be demolishing the old FM 2253 overpass.  This will require closing the traffic lanes under the structure. The work will be done at night to reduce traffic problems and vehicles will exit onto the off ramp and then get back on the I-30 using the on ramp. The following closures have been scheduled:

Monday, May 23 – both westbound lanes from 6:00 pm through 5:30 am.

Tuesday, May 24 - both westbound lanes from 6:00 pm through 5:30 am.

Wednesday, May 25 – both eastbound lanes from 6:00 pm through 5:30 am.

Thursday May, 26 – both eastbound lanes from 6:00 pm through 5:30 am.

Scheduled work and lane closures can change anytime due to weather conditions or unforeseen problems.

Tue
17
May
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Storms return for Wednesday and Thursday

After a little break from the severe storms of last week, rain and thunderstorms are back in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, with an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms during the day on Thursday. After the rain subsides, we will be back to partly sunny with highs in the 80's over the weekend, perfect weather for all of our local teams still in the playoffs.

In the picture, lighting streaks across the sky near the Beaver Dam community north of DeKalb last week, the site of one of the possible tornado touchdowns in our area.

Photo by Kenny Mitchell

Wed
11
May
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Man dead after drunken brawl in Maud

On May 8, 2016 around 2:40 a.m.,  Sergeant Curtis Cole and Deputy Damon Lynn were dispatched to the 7500 block of Farm to Market 2149 in Maud, Texas for a subject that was not breathing. When they arrived, members of the Maud Volunteer Fire Department were attempting to resuscitate a white male lying in the driveway.

Life Net personnel arrived shortly after and took over the attempt to revive this individual. All of the efforts to save this person were unsuccessful.

Fri
06
May
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Pilgrim's Pride expands recall

 Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 5,176,844 pounds of fully cooked chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

 

The scope of this recall expansion now includes a variety of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous metal materials. The chicken products were produced on various dates between May 6, 2015, and Dec. 3, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:

 

Thu
05
May
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School spirit at its finest

The Tribune had the distinct privilege this morning to be on hand as two schools joined together for a rare photo opportunity. On the right is Mr. and Miss New Boston High, Meredith Farris and Quinlan Gray, and on the left is Mr. and Miss DeKalb High, Taylor Reed and Tate Breshears. It is always great to see that the bonds of family and friendship are stronger than any rivalry, and we commend these fine students for representing their schools and community in the highest fashion. Thanks also goes to both high schools and school districts for seeing the value of the opportunity.

Thu
05
May
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National Day of Prayer service today at Trail Head Park

By Allyson Pebsworth
Staff Reporter

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