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Mon
27
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A Community Under Fire

Town Hall meeting Tuesday night

 

By Kenny Mitchell
Publisher

Thu
23
Jun
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New smartphone App could save lives

Bates Family announces code for Vital ICE download

 

By Kenny Mitchell

Publisher

A meeting with local fire departments, dispatchers and other emergency personnel was held this morning at Bates Family Funeral Home to discuss a new smartphone App that is set to greatly assist first responders and EMS personnel when answering a call for help.

Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas has invested back into the community in order to promote the saving of lives. Owners Robb and Robby Bates recognized a very unique opportunity to assist our local first responders through an ingenious “IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” (ICE) initiative.

Wed
22
Jun
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Local funeral home now in the business of saving lives

Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas has invested back into the community in order to promote the saving of lives.

Owners Robb and Robby Bates recognized a very unique opportunity to assist our local first responders through an ingenious “IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” (ICE) initiative that could help save lives.  Robb and Robby Bates and the staff of Bates Family Funeral Home are set to launch the Vital ICE App, available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play, for your smart phone.

Fri
17
Jun
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BCSO seeking pay increase

According to a press release just issued by members of the Bowie County Sheriff's Office deputies, 

Fri
17
Jun
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State Line exit to close

The I-30 eastbound exit ramp 223 for US 71 (State Line Avenue) in Texarkana will be closed for about two weeks beginning Monday, June 20, to allow TxDOT to conduct maintenance work on the bridge crossing over the Kansas City Southern railroad.

Motorists eastbound on I-30 wanting to get to State Line Avenue will need to take exit 222 for Summerhill Road and travel down the frontage road to State Line Avenue. The construction schedule and ramp closure can change due to inclement weather or other unforeseen problems.

Anyone having any questions about the road closure, detour routes or construction work can call the TxDOT area office in Texarkana at 903-838-8574 for more information.

Wed
15
Jun
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Brookshire's to launch Spring Market brand in old Walmart locations

Brookshire Grocery Co. announced today the pending acquisition of 25 former Walmart Express stores. The stores will open this summer as the company’s new Spring Market brand. The acquisition is scheduled to close in July.  

The name “Spring Market” represents and honors the company’s great history which began in 1928 with the opening of its first store on Spring Avenue in Tyler, Texas.

The stores will offer hometown convenience in an easy to shop format with a surprising assortment of products at highly competitive prices.

Wed
08
Jun
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Firestorm in Maud

Mayor Hicks terminates longtime Chief Roy Beckett-Most of department resigns

By Kenny Mitchell

Publisher

The City of Maud and the surrounding area find itself with virtually no fire department this morning following a mass resignation last night in response to the firing of long time Fire Chief Roy Beckett by newly elected mayor Jessie Hicks.

Though left with a bare bones department in town, Maud area residents should not be concerned about fire emergencies, as other departments around the area have agreed to respond to any calls where they are needed in Maud, including Redwater, New Boston and the Red River Army Depot. Emergency responders around the county state there is absolutely no danger that Maud residents will be left without coverage.

Beckett’s termination was approved in a special called meeting of the City Council with council members Jimmy Clary, Joan Brown, and Mickey Williams voting to approve the termination.

Tue
07
Jun
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Traffic stop yields drug bust near DeKalb

On June 3, 2016 around 10:45 a.m. Bowie County Sheriff’s Deputy Westin Fannin was watching a house in the 100 block of County Road 4265, just south of Hubbard,  that he had prior knowledge was selling narcotics. He observed a small white car leaving this house and stopped it for a traffic violation.

The driver of the vehicle was found to be Matthew Scott Donaldson. While Deputy Fannin was speaking with Donaldson, he noticed that he was nervous beyond the point a normal person would be during an encounter with a peace officer on a traffic stop. When asked, Donaldson denied that there was anything illegal in his vehicle.

Deputy Fannin informed Donaldson at this point of his intent to search his vehicle. As he turned to walk towards the vehicle, Donaldson stopped him to tell him there was a bag in the vehicle containing Methadone. Deputy Fannin recovered this bag and found it contained eight bottles of Methadone that had a total weight of 321.5 grams.

Thu
02
Jun
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TexAmericas Center gains new Spanish defense company

Expal USA Inc., a US subsidiary of the Spanish defense company Expal Systems S.A., signed a ten-year lease and has the option to renew the lease for five additional years or take ownership.  The leases commence on June 1, 2016.

The company will occupy existing buildings in the former Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant; the southern portion of the E-line in Area E, bunkers in Area V and a warehouse in Area D.  These properties are located on what TexAmericas Center now calls the Eastern Campus.

TexAmericas Center (TAC) owns and manages about 1,500,000 square feet of industrial, flex, and office product on the Eastern property.  TAC reports over 1,300,000 square feet of office and industrial space to be available on the Eastern site.

Thu
02
Jun
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Manna Kitchen facing shutdown

A desperate need for volunteers at local ministry

Manna Kitchen is in desperate need of volunteers for the summer months with the current situation dire enough to cause a possible closure of the ministry.

The Manna Kitchen staff has been recently plagued with illness. The director, Michael Lybarger, just spent a week in the hospital with pneumonia and the assistant has been working on a fractured foot for over a month.

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