TEXAS TRAVEL INFORMATION HELPS PLAN SUMMER ROAD TRIPS


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AUSTIN – If you’re planning a road trip this summer, the Texas Department of Transportation offers the Texas State Travel Guide, Texas Highways Events Calendar and Texas Official Travel Map to help you get where you’re going and have fun along the way.

“Whether you have a particular destination in mind or are just planning to explore Texas, these publications will help you every mile of your trip,” said Joan Henderson, TxDOT’s Travel Information Division director. “Texas is big, and so is the list of things to do and places to see offered in these publications. Plus, the travel information is free.”

The 264-page Travel Guide offers features on history, arts and culture, music, food, shopping, sports, family activities and the outdoors. In addition, you’ll find information on more than 450 cities and 3,000 attractions. The city and attraction listings are separated into regions and each has a section highlighting some of the must-see places.

The Events Calendar is published quarterly by season. The summer edition, available now, includes events ranging from festivals and fairs to rodeos, food events, music, art and museum exhibits, theatrical performances and market days.

The Texas Official Travel Map shows highways, farm/ranch roads, airports, communities and recreational areas to assist travelers in safely exploring the state.

Pick up these publications at any of the 12 Texas Travel Information Centers across the state. They also may be ordered online or by calling (800) 452­-9292.

Along with the free travel publications, summer vacationers will find a wealth of destination information and colorful feature stories in Texas Highways magazine. Founded as a travel magazine in 1974, the award-winning Texas Highways today has nearly 400,000 monthly readers across the United States and around the world. Look for Texas Highways magazine at hundreds of newsstands statewide, including H-E-B, Target, Walmart, Randall’s and Barnes & Noble, or subscribe online.


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GLADEWATER MAN GETS DEFERRED ADJUDICATION AFTER BURGLARIZING HOME


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BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS/Correspondent

GILMER–115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced 16 persons on felony charges between May 13 and 17, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd’s office.

All defendants placed on probation were assessed court costs, a $50 fee for the Upshur County Crimestoppers program, ordered to pay $100 to a crime victim fund, and ordered to take training in “life skills,” the office said. Other details of the felony sentencings were as follows, Byrd’s office reported:

Dakoda Lane Gour, a 19-year-old Gladewater man, was placed on six years “deferred adjudication” probation May 13 for burglary of a habitation.

Gladewater police investigated the July 10, 2015 offense.

“Deferred adjudication” means no final conviction appears on a defendant’s record if he/she successfully completes probation. But if such probation is revoked, the defendant can receive up to the maximum sentence for the offense under state law.

Some terms of Gour’s probation include 300 hours of community service, a $500 fine, paying an attorney’s fee, counseling as directed, undergoing an alcohol/drug evaluation and taking classes for theft defendants.

Byrd represented the state at sentencing. Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Gour.

Kristopher Mikal Anderson, 21, of White Oak, was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation May 17 for injury to a disabled individual.

The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office probed the Sept. 12, 2015 crime.

Some terms of probation include 300 hours of community service, a $500 fine and undergoing an alcohol/drug evaluation. If all community service hours are completed in one year, Anderson’s probation will be discharged early.

Byrd represented the state in the case. Gladewater attorney Barry Wallace represented Anderson.

Tiffany Brooke Scalia, 36, of Gilmer, was placed on five years probation of a two-year state jail term May 13 for possession of a controlled substance–less than one gram of methamphetamine.

Gilmer police investigated the April 10 offense. One term of probation includes remaining in Upshur County Jail until a bed opens at a substance abuse treatment center in Bowie County.

Some other terms include 300 hours of community service, a $500 fine, paying an attorney’s fee, suspension of Scalia’s driver’s license for one year, undergoing an alcohol/drug evaluation, and taking a parenting class.

Byrd and Patton handled the sentencing.

Amanda Kaye Claitor, 34, of Hallsville, was placed on two concurrent terms of probation May 13 for two counts of possession of a controlled substance–one gram or more but less than four grams of methamphetamine.

She drew 10 years in prison on each charge, with both terms probated for seven years. However, she must surrender and remain in county jail until a bed opens at an inpatient treatment facility.

Gilmer police investigated her March 22, 2015 and June 10, 2015 crimes.

Some terms of probation include 600 hours of community service, paying a $180 fee for Texas Department of Public Safety laboratory testing of the drug involved in the case, a $1,000 fine, an attorney fee, an alcohol/drug evaluation, and counseling.

Assistant District Attorney Natalie Miller Anderson represented the state at sentencing. Gilmer attorney Dwight Brannon represented Claitor.

Matthew Eric Hudson, 30, of Gilmer, was placed on two years probation of a two-year state jail term May 13 for debit card abuse. The sheriff’s office investigated his Sept. 25, 2013 offense.

Some terms of probation include a $1,000 fine, $407 restitution to the victim, 400 hours of community service, an alcohol/drug evaluation, counseling, and “theft classes.”

Anderson and Patton handled the sentencing.

Amy Jean Shepperd, 57, of Gilmer, drew two years deferred adjudication probation of a two-year state jail term May 13 for possession of a controlled substance–less than one gram of methamphetamine.

Gilmer police probed her Nov. 14, 2015 crime. Some terms of probation include a $1,000 fine, $180 Department of Public Safety fee for testing the drug involved in the case, 400 hours of community service, an alcohol/drug evaluation and counseling.

Anderson represented the state. Longview attorney David Moore represented Shepperd.

Tony Ray Webb, 35, of Gilmer, was placed on five years regular probation of a two-year state jail term May 13 for possession of a controlled substance–less than one gram of methamphetamine.

Gilmer police probed the Sept. 6, 2015 offense. Some terms of his probation include a $1,000 fine, 400 hours of community service, $180 fee for testing of the drug by the DPS, an attorney’s fee, an alcohol/drug evaluation, counseling and polygraph tests at the probation officer’s discretion.

Anderson and Patton handled the sentencing.

Mark Wayne Anthony, 47, of Gilmer, was placed on two years deferred adjudication probation of a two-year state jail term May 13 for possession of a controlled substance–less than one gram of methamphetamine.

Gilmer police investigated the Oct. 18, 2015 crime.

Some terms of probation include 400 hours of community service, a $750 fine, $180 fee to the DPS for testing the drug, an attorney’s fee, and undergoing a drug/alcohol evaluation.

Anderson represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney Edward Choy represented Anthony.

Jason Ray Kuykendall, 36, of Gilmer, drew six months in county jail May 16 for evading arrest/detention with previous conviction.

The sheriff’s office worked the July 23, 2015 case. Anderson and Brannon handled the sentencing.

Will Richard Dickey, 27, of Omaha, Tex., drew 15 years in prison May 17 for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver–four grams or more but less than 200 grams of methamphetamine.

Gilmer police probed the Aug. 20, 2015 offense. Assistant District Attorney Aleana Peoples represented the state at sentencing; Patton represented Dickey.

Holly Deann Esquivel, 27, of Gilmer, drew six months in state jail May 17 for abandoning or endangering child when the probation  she was serving for that charge was revoked.

Esquivel admitted violating terms of probation for her July 29, 2011 offense, which Gilmer police investigated. Anderson and Wallace handled the sentencing.

Justin Paul Snider, 29, of Gilmer, received 15 months in state jail May 17 for possession of a controlled substance–less than one gram of methamphetamine–when his probation on that charge was revoked.

Snider admitted violating terms of probation for his June 5, 2014 crime, which the sheriff’s office investigated. Anderson and Brannon handled the sentencing.

Alanis Peyton Guinn, 19, of Longview, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation May 17 for evading arrest/detention with vehicle.

Some terms of probation include a $1,000 fine, 300 hours of community service, and attending driver safety school.

East Mountain police investigated the Aug. 18, 2015 offense. Peoples represented the state at sentencing; Longview attorney Lance Larison represented Guinn.

Stormie Lynn Vance, 31, of Winnsboro, was placed on five years probation of a two-year state jail term May 17 for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. However, she was ordered to remain in county jail until a bed opens at a residential substance abuse treatment facility.

Gilmer police probed Vance’s Dec. 17, 2015 offense.

Some terms of her probation include a $1,000 fine, 400 hours of community service, attorney fee, a alcohol/drug evaluation, counseling and taking “theft classes.”

Anderson and Wallace handled the sentencing.

As detailed in last week’s Mirror, two other men received prison terms May 16 after pleading guilty to unrelated felonies.

They were Gilberto Hernandez Garcia, 33, of Kilgore, who drew 25 years for aggravated sexual assault of a child, and Jason William Anderson, 36, of Gilmer, who received 20 years for assault–family violence with previous conviction–repeat offender.

 


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KC selects new twirlers, feature twirler, drum majors for 2016-17


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Kilgore College held tryouts May 14 for the KC Twirlers and selected eight new twirlers and two alternates for the 2016-17 school year.

KC-Drum-Majors_2016-17 KC-Feature-Twirler_ AbbyRhodes_2016-17 KC-Twirlers_2016-17The new twirlers will join returning twirlers Leslie Becerra of Henderson, Kimberly Davis of Longview and Breann Largent of Henderson.

Abby Rhodes of Bullard was named feature twirler.

Darian Duke of Gladewater and Monica Wilson of Hallsville were named drum majors for the Ranger Band.

The KC Twirlers are one of the great prides at KC, performing at all home football games, pep rallies and several school and community events throughout the year.

The KC Twirlers are under the direction of Paige Keitt of Henderson.  The Ranger Band is under the direction of Glenn Wells.


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SEVERAL GLADEWATER MEN INDICTED IN DRUG CHARGES


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GRAND JURY FOR THE 188TH DISTRICT COURT

JANUARY-JUNE TERM/MAY 11TH & 12TH, 2016

 

 

GRAND JURY RETURNED 35 INDICTMENTS WITH 3 SEALED DUE TO NO ARREST AT TIME OF INDICTMENT.

 

DEFENDANT OFFENSE OFFICER / WITNESS
AARON LI FISHER (20)

 

GLADEWATER, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

02-26-2016

SAMANTHA KRYSTYNE MASSEY (26)

 

TROUP, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

KPD – 1603-0562

3.8.16

LORENA CLY (48)

 

HENDERSON, TEXAS

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED WITH CHILD PASSENGER

03-04-2016

VICKI KAY WRIGHT (35)

 

KILGORE, TEXAS

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED WITH CHILD PASSENGER

03-04-2016

GERALD DWAYNE TEMPLETON (55)

 

LONGVIEW, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200 GRAMS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER;

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200;

UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON

3.1.16

JOSHUA JAY PEREZ (36)

 

KILGORE, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA IN AN AMOUNT OF FIVE POUNDS OR LESS BUT MORE THAN FOUR OUNCES

2.17.16

ROBERT WALTER CARPENTER, JR. (54)

 

GLADEWATER, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM

2.20.16

CLIFFORD EDWARD PREWITT (47)

 

GLADEWATER, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200 GRAMS

2.19.16

JO GLEN PIERCE (47)

 

GLADEWATER, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200 GRAMS

2.19.16

SCOTT JAMES DAVIS (48)

 

TYLER, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS;

PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE IN A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

2.22.16

MICHAEL DEAN MCFADIN (26)

 

GLADEWATER, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

01-22-2016

DAKOTAH DAY GIUNTA (36)

 

LONGVIEW, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

03-04-2016

ABRAN ERIK OLVERA (23)

 

MARSHALL, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA

01-19-2016

ERIC GUTIERREZ (28)

 

LONGVIEW, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA

01-19-2016

HAROLD BERNARD JOHNSON (36)

 

LONGVIEW, TEXAS

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3RD OR MORE

02-25-2016

MICHAEL KEITH GRAY (28)

 

EASTLAND, TEXAS

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3RD OR MORE

03-13-2016

DANNY KAY GOFF (57)

 

KILGORE, TEXAS

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3RD OR MORE

03-03-2016

SHEROLYN LANEICE JOHNSON (23)

 

DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS

THEFT HABITUAL

04-10-2016

 

KENYATTA DONTA JONES (39)

 

LONGVIEW, TEXAS

EVADING ARREST OR DETENTION WITH PREVIOUS CONVICTION

03-13-2016

DANNY CARL DOMINY (58)

 

LONGVIEW, TEXAS

EVADING ARREST OR DETENTION WITH A VEHICLE

04-13-2016

CHRISTOPHER CHARLES POLLARD (39)

 

KILGORE, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS

2.28.16

CHRISTOPHER PAUL BROWN (34)

 

HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200 GRAMS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER;

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200 GRAMS

3.7.16

DUSTIN DEWAYNE WILLIAMS (31)

 

KILGORE, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM

1.15.16

ROBERT MICHAEL WOOD (28)

 

LONGVIEW, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER;

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS;

UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON

3.1.16

TORCHELLE REEL (21)

 

LONGVIEW, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER;

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS;

UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON

3.1.16

JONATHAN BARNES (24)

 

LONGVIEW, TEXAS

EVADING ARREST OR DETENTION WITH VEHICLE;

EVADING ARREST OR DETENTION HABITUAL

4.15.16

RICHARD LEE MCGOWAN (33)

 

LONGVIEW, TEXAS

UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON;

PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE IN A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

4.1.16

TROY ROBINO (40)

 

FREEPORT, TEXAS

FORGERY

3.24.16

TROY ROBINO (40)

 

FREEPORT, TEXAS

POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

3.24.16

KRYSTAL LEANN SWEENY (38)

 

FREEPORT, TEXAS

FORGERY

3.24.16

GEORGE WILLIAM DUBSON (23)

 

ANGLETON, TEXAS

FORGERY

3.24.16

 


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CELEBRATE MAIN STREET AND WIN A WEEKEND GETAWAY IN DENTON


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AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Texas Main Street Program celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. What began with four cities in 1981 now includes 87 certified cities across Texas. To celebrate the milestone, the THC is hosting a sweepstakes with prize packages offering a weekend getaway to a Main Street city.

Entries are now being accepted until May 31 to win a trip for two to Denton. The prize package includes two nights of lodging, meals at local restaurants, plus tours of the Denton square and restored 1896 Denton County Courthouse.

The sweepstakes is open to adults ages 18 and older. For more information and to enter the contest, visit the THC’s website www.thc.state.tx.us/main-street-sweepstakes. Follow @txhistcomm on Twitter and Instagram for dates and announcements.


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