Union Grove WSC application on agenda

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GILMER–Upshur County Commissioners Court on Friday will consider awarding a contract for engineering services on the Union Grove Water Supply Corporation’s application for a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

That is among 11 items, counting such matters as the invocation and adjournment, on the agenda for the 9 a.m. public meeting on the third floor of the Upshur County Courthouse. The court is to consider approving the Selection Review Committee’s recommendation on the engineering services contract.

The court is also scheduled to:

–Consider adopting a resolution supporting a Texas Historical Commission grant to update the Upshur County Courthouse Preservation master plan.

–Consider approving a resolution authorizing signatories for a Texas Community Development Block Grant.

–Hear from Upshur 4-H County Council membrs concerning the 2017-18 4-H year.

–Consider a request from the committee for the city of Gilmer’s Yulefest celebration, scheduled Saturday, to use a vacant county-owned lot across from the courthouse for a “petting zoo.”

–Consider clarifying a resoluton abandoning the Upshur County plat at Rhonesboro community.

–Consider a resolution “adopting and/or reaffirming policies and procedures for civil rights, equal opportunity, Limited English Proficiency Plan, and fair housing as required by the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program, and authorizing publication of required notices.”

–Consider proclaiming December as Fair Housing Month and auuthorizing publishing a Fair Housing Public Service announcement.

–Consider several items, which are subgrouped under one item on the agenda, ranging from paying bills and approving the payroll to accepting various documents, etc.

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With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Judge Alvin Khoury, longtime East Texas community leader, attorney, and state district judge.

Judge Khoury died peacefully this morning at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Longview following a brief illness. Funeral arrangements are pending with Rader Funeral Home, Longview.

Further details will be provided to the media on Friday, November 23.

– The Family of Judge Alvin Khoury

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2018 Red Ribbon Coloring Book

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We wish to thank all our great sponsors who made this year’s Red Ribbon Coloring Book possible. Books were distributed to school children K-3rd Grade in Gladewater, White Oak and Union Grove. We invite you to download this book for your children and we hope you will thank our sponsors the next time you visit their business. Simply click on the link below.




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Participants Raised Critically Needed Awareness and

Funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research

EAST TEXAS, 10.8.18The Alzheimer’s Association® invited the East Texas community residents and friends to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Walk took place this Saturday on October 6, 2018 at Gregg County Courthouse in Longview, Texas.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s more than 600 participants completed a 5k walk and learned about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. The walk also featured a Promise Garden – a hands-on, mission-focused experience that allows participants to raise flowers representing their promise to remember, honor, care and fight for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

“I wanted to make a difference in the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a very personal, hands-on way to raise awareness and funds,” said Haylea Hundson, Chairperson for the East Texas Walk to End  Alzheimer’s. “As the need for advance care, support and education increases in our East Texas communities, the Alzheimer’s Association continues to expand services to help those in need. The funds raised from the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a key part of that continued support.”

Team Papacita’s was the team who raised the most funds at $7,740 and Marilyn Hampton was the top individual fundraiser at $7,220.

In addition to the 5K walk, participants enjoyed a variety of entertainment, children’s activities, social stations and more. KETK reporter and anchor Daniel Pierce served as the Walk’s emcee.

While participants donated approximately $70,000 support is still needed in order to expand services in the East Texas area.  The goal is $85,000. If you were unable to participate in person you can still make a difference and donate by your mobile phone texting WalkALZ to 151555 or go to www.alz.org/walk.

Special thanks to Edward Jones, the National Presenting Sponsor as well as National Teams, Brookdale Senior Living, Senior Star, Sigma Kappa and Life Care Services (LCS).

Community partners include Regional Sponsor, Heartis Seniors Living, Chapter Presenting Sponsor,

Briggs Equipment along with Longview Regional, Texas Bank & Trust, Hays RV Center, Heartis – Longview,  Gans & Smith Insurance, Longview Ambucs Too, Heritage at Longview Heathcare & Rehabilitation, Wesley House, Pilot Club of Longview and American Electric and Power (AEP).

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Texas alone, there are more than 380,000 people over the age of 65 that are living with the disease and 1,405,000 caregivers.

To donate now, text WalkALZ to 151555 or go to www.alz.org/walk.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.


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Here is the WEEK 7 Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 6A

School    Total    Points    Prv

1. Allen (20)    (5-0)    236    1

2. Lake Travis (1)    (5-0)    210    2

3. Galena Park North Shore (3)    (5-0)    183    3

4. Converse Judson    (4-0)    156    5

5. Longview    (5-0)    143    6

6. Duncanville    (5-0)    119    7

7. Southlake Carroll    (5-0)    77    8

8. Katy    (5-1)    67    9

9. Euless Trinity    (5-0)    32    NR

10. Cypress Fairbanks    (4-1)    28    4

Others receiving votes: 11, Austin Westlake 27. 12, Cedar Hill 13. 13, Klein Collins 8. 13, Cypress Ranch 8. 15, Cypress Falls 7. 16, Austin Vandegrift 3. 17, Humble Atascocita 2. 18, Temple 1.

Class 5A

School    Total    Points    Prv

1. Aledo (21)    (5-0)    237    1

2. Dallas Highland Park (3)    (5-0)    209    2

3. Denton Ryan    (5-0)    183    3

4. Fort Bend Marshall    (6-0)    142    5

5. Lufkin    (4-1)    140    4

6. College Station    (5-0)    121    6

7. Frisco Lone Star    (4-1)    91    7

8. Crosby    (5-0)    76    8

9. Hutto    (5-0)    64    9

10. Lubbock Cooper    (5-0)    27    10

Others receiving votes: 11, Alvin Shadow Creek 10. 12, Denton Braswell 8. 13, Frisco Reedy 5. 14, SA Wagner 3. 15, A&M Consolidated 1. 15, Huntsville 1. 15, Lubbock Coronado 1. 15, Manvel 1.

School    Total    Points    Prv

1. Carthage (19)    (5-0)    234    1

2. Argyle (5)    (5-0)    220    2

3. Liberty Hill    (3-1)    182    3

4. Waco La Vega    (4-2)    139    5

5. Cuero    (4-1)    97    6

6. Midlothian Heritage    (4-1)    89    7

7. Texarkana Pleasant Grove    (4-2)    88    4

8. Sweeny    (5-0)    74    10

9. Stephenville    (3-2)    60    9

10. WF Hirschi    (4-1)    29    NR

Others receiving votes: Sealy 25. Lorena 15. Giddings 13. Jasper 11. Paris 10. Van 10. Fischer Canyon Lake 7. Glen Rose 6. Geronimo Navarro 5. Canyon 3. Andrews 1. Melissa 1. Waco Connally 1.

Class 3A

School    Total    Points    Prv

1. Newton (23)    (4-0)    239    1

2. Gunter (1)    (6-0)    207    2

3. Childress    (5-0)    172    3

4. New London West Rusk    (6-0)    149    4

5. Rockdale    (4-1)    123    5

6. Goliad    (4-1)    92    6

7. Brock    (5-1)    90    8

8. Canadian    (4-1)    58    9

9. Lexington    (4-1)    44    10

10. Gladewater    (5-1)    41    7

Others receiving votes: Franklin 21. 12, Yoakum 20. Cisco 16. 14, Holliday 13. Shallowater 9. Waskom 7. Jefferson 7. Cameron Yoe 5. Clifton 3. Buffalo 3. Abernathy 1.

Class 2A

School    Total    Points    Prv

1. Mason (20)    (5-0)    236    1

2. Wellington (3)    (5-0)    206    3

3. Mart    (4-1)    159    5

4. Shiner    (5-1)    157    2

5. New Deal (1)    (4-0)    121    6

6. Falls City    (5-0)    116    7

7. Muenster    (5-1)    111    4

8. Price Carlisle    (5-0)    98    8

9. Refugio    (3-2)    51    10

10. Stamford    (5-1)    18    9

Others receiving votes: Iraan 10. Sundown 9. Tenaha 6. Lovelady 6. Thorndale 5. Celeste 4. Gladewater Union Grove 3. Burton 2. Clarendon 1, Hamlin 1.

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Gohmert Comments on the Senate Confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh

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The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, likely cementing a conservative majority on the court for a generation and bringing to an end months of bitter partisan feuding marked by shocking allegations of sexual assault and vehement and angry denials from the nominee.

The final vote was 50-48 and interrupted several times by protesters as senators sat silent at their desks for the formal roll call vote.
Today, Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court:

“Today is a great day for this nation. The confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh is a victory for the U.S. Constitution and for every single American who values freedom over tyranny. Any American who has grieved in recent decades as we have seen five Supreme Court justices substitute their fleeting whims for the clear meaning of the Constitution’s words should be rejoicing today. We have today added a Justice who wants justice and intends to let the Constitution speak for itself.”

“As someone who sent so many men to prison for assaulting women, I believe our laws must be enforced and any attacks on fellow human beings must be punished. In Justice Kavanaugh’s situation, however, Senate hearings and the media were used to assassinate the character of an honorable man who spent his life building a reputation for honesty and integrity, with no evidence other than vague, clouded, remote, questionable, conflicting and completely unverified recollection.  There was a time when decent people in America would go to extreme lengths to insure that before they made an allegation, they had to make absolutely certain that they did not disparage an innocent, honorable man. Not only did that not happen in Justice Kavanaugh’s case, there was a massive rush to judgment without evidence at all. Justice Kavanaugh’s family has also been threatened and had his opponents use every form of the most indecent, violent and despicable language to describe what haters aspire to do to the Kavanaughs physically, revealing a seamy, disgusting underside of American debauchery that should offend every thinking American.”

“Under our Constitution, America was a place where those accused of a crime had the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Sadly, Judge Kavanaugh was not given that right. In fact, today’s virulent haters have taken us back to a place not seen since the hate and unfairness of a very hateful time many decades ago.  Dr. Blasey Ford’s claims were listened to, investigated and shown the proper respect before the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, after the many hours of testimony and a new, seventh FBI report on Judge Kavanaugh, these allegations were not only completely, in whole and in part, uncorroborated, but the inconsistencies and the other witnesses’ denials established Justice Kavanaugh to be a man who was very unfairly accused.”

“This process has been exhausting and frustrating for all involved – especially for the Kavanaugh family. The Democrats have shown their true colors over these past few weeks. They have again staked out an unparalleled ownership of the politics of personal destruction of all with whom they disagree, to the exclusion of civil decency. Their tactics have embraced the ugliest and meanest bullying that has ever been witnessed in a confirmation process. I hope and pray that now that the Senate has successfully completed Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the American people themselves will complete their process of voting to keep home all of those Democrat candidates who embraced the politics of personal destruction. Their kind of bloodlust for power needs to be extinguished at the ballot box.”

“I also thank those Senators who were not swayed by the emotional hatefulness, but examined the lack of evidence for themselves.  Congratulations to Justice Brett Kavanaugh on his new position on the United States Supreme Court where I know he will serve his country with dignity and without the hatefulness of those who slandered him.”

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