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Wed
01
Jul
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Bowie County welcomes new tax assessor

Toni Barron retired this week after 38 and half years in the Bowie County Tax Assessor’s Office. In an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning, Bowie County Commissioners appointed Treva Braley to take over the elected position until the next general election. Braley has 22 years of experience in the office.

After Braley was sworn into office by County Judge James Carlow, Barron remarked of her love for the county and the office she’s held. She also said that she intends to pop in on her old work family on her occasional Walmart trips to say hello.

See next week's issue of the Tribune for the full story.

Wed
01
Jul
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Index Bridge back open this morning

The Texas Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), has reopened US 59/71 at the Red River between Texarkana, TX and Ashdown, AR.  The highway has been closed since Friday, June 26, due to Red River floodwaters.

The US 259 Red River crossing between DeKalb, TX and Idabel, OK remains closed until repairs can be made to the highway on either side of the river.

Road conditions and traffic updates are available at DriveTexas.

Tue
30
Jun
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Free Legal Assistance Available for Texas Storm Victims

Following the recent flooding and severe weather in Texas, the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to help provide free legal aid to individuals affected by the storms. A toll-free legal hotline (800-504-7030) is available to connect low-income individuals affected by the disaster with local legal aid providers that can help with:

•Assistance securing FEMA and other government benefits available to disaster victims;

•Assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims;

•Help with home repair contracts and contractors;

•Replacement of wills and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster;

•Consumer protection issues such as price-gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process;

•Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems; and

•Counseling on landlord-tenant problems

 

Sat
27
Jun
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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.

Michael Lloyd DeBorde, 34, Pittsburg;
No Insurance, Failure to Display License
Kenneth Dwayne Durham, 28, De Kalb/Clarksville; No Insurance, No D.L.
Nakimberly Sheant Edwards, 34, Clarksville; Speeding, Violation of Promise to Appear
Christen Cecile Dewberry - Estell, 38, Hooks; No Drivers License, No Insurance, Failure to Appear
Timothy Paul Hillis, 22, De Kalb;
No Insurance, VPTA
Thomas Allen Lewis, 40, Avery; Open Container
Lucila Mendez, 22, Avery; Child U/15 Unsecured
Kristina Marie Parker, 22, De Kalb; No D.L., VPTA
David Andrew Williams, 26, De Kalb; Driving While License Suspended, VPTA
James E. Williams, 37, De Kalb; Ran Stop Sign,
No Insurance

Sat
27
Jun
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New Boston Police Department Weekly Report

Offense reports for June 8th,   2015 through June 21st 2015

6/8 – Assault with Bodily Injury
6/8 – Debit card Abuse
6/8 – Theft=>$50<$500
6/13 – Assault by Contact
6/19 – Criminal Mischief =>$50<$500
6/19 - Possession of Marijuana <2oz

Arrests for June 8th, 2015 through June 21st 2015
6/19 – Rawson, Tommy Dear Jr.,     
Possession of Marijuana <2oz
6/19 – Surratt, Kial Anthony,     Possession of Marijuana <2oz
 

Fri
26
Jun
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Flooding closes US 71 again

The Texas Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), has again closed US 59/71 at the Red River between Texarkana, TX and Ashdown, AR due to floodwaters over the highway north of the river. Barricades have been placed north and south of the Red River bridges and portable message boards have been placed at major intersections either side of the closure to alert motorists. TxDOT personnel will remain at the flooded section of roadway until the water recedes.

Motorists are advised to find alternate routes. One suggested detour route is east on I-30 to Fulton, AR, go north on SH 355 to Saratoga and west on SH 32 to Ashdown. Another is to take IH 30 west to New Boston, go north on Texas SH8/ Ark. SH 41 to Foreman and then east on SH 32 to Ashdown.

If water is covering a road, don’t try to cross. As little as six inches of water can float some vehicles.

Fri
26
Jun
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Bowie County awaits direction from Texas AG: Will not grant same-sex marriage licenses

From Bowie County Clerk Tina Petty:

 

Bowie County intends to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling, but must receive appropriate guidance from the State of Texas to insure we comply with both the spirit and procedural requirements of the law and the Supreme Court’s ruling. 

         

          Currently existing statutory law mandates the specific forms our office must use and we await direction from the State of Texas.  Until that direction is received, my office cannot issue a marriage license to same-sex couples. 

         

          It is my understanding that the parties to a Supreme Court ruling have three weeks to request a reconsideration or rehearing.  Further the Texas Attorney General has asked that County Clerks wait for direction and clarity from his office.

Tue
23
Jun
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Hooks ISD offers tax relief to local flood victims

Hooks ISD passed an agenda item at its June 22, 2015 Board Meeting giving permission to the Bowie Central Appraisal District to reappraise flood damaged property in an effort to provide tax relief to its citizens who suffered flood damage. According to the Tax Code under section 23.02 “ The governing body of a taxing unit that is located partly or entirely inside an area declared to be a disaster area by the governor may authorize reappraisal of all property damaged in the disaster at its market value immediately after the disaster”.  School district officials have been in close contact with the appraisal district in an effort to identify properties that may need to be reappraised within Hooks ISD boundaries. Our hearts go out to the flood victims and we want to provide as much assistance as possible.

 

In the photo, the Ramage soy bean fields were totally inundated by the recent floods.

Wed
17
Jun
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Class assignment leads to ‘dream job’ for Avery's Samantha Armstrong

What started as a class project for Dr. Amy Carwile’s Public Relations Campaigns course at Texas A&M University-Texarkana ended with one student landing what she refers to as her “dream job.”

Students in Public Relations Campaigns, which is offered every other spring, create agency teams and serve as public relations professionals for local nonprofit organization clients selected by Dr. Carwile.

Teams are comprised of an account executive, strategy director, research director, creative director and production director who complete communications plans and deliver their plan-books to their clients in a pitch meeting.

For the spring 2015 semester, Dr. Carwile chose the Alzheimer's Alliance Tri-State Area of Texarkana, a nonprofit organization that provides information, education and support to improve the quality of life for families affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Three different teams worked to prepare communication plans for the alliance.

Wed
17
Jun
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FEMA assistance now includes Bowie County

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended federal disaster aid to include 51 additional Texas counties.
This amendment provides for supplemental funding for infrastructure repairs in the wake of May’s severe storms, tornadoes, straight line winds and flooding.
Eligible applicants in the following counties can now apply for FEMA Public Assistance (PA) reimbursement for repairs to roads and bridges, water control facilities, city- and county-owned buildings and equipment, utilities, parks and recreational facilities and other public as well as some private facilities:

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