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  • Former Gladewater City Councilwoman Judy Burlison passed away Thursday, Oct. 12, at her home in California surrounded by her family.
  • Gladewater could have a new city manager come this Thursday if one of the two finalists accepted the city’s contract offer. The city received 28 application packets. The Gladewater City Council is expected to make an announcement at the monthly meeting held at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at City Hall.
  • The Gladewater Police Counter-Narcotics Unit and Gregg Constable Precinct 3 Daniel Morgan, executed a search warrant at the residence of 45-year-old Lamont Darnell Thompson, who resides at 209 East Miller St. in Gladewater on Oct. 14.
  •  GISD Trustees voted to amend this year’s school calendar after Assistant Superintendent Dr. Cliff Lightfoot reported that after an audit of instructional time the student calendar could be amended. Trustees approved that the last day of school for students will be June 1 instead of June 7.
  • The Texas Attorney General’s office issued a ruling last week saying the City of Gladewater can withhold information which was discussed in two budget workshop open meetings.
  • The Gladewater Bears appeared headed for a blow-out win over Spring Hill with a 38-6 lead at halftime. But the Panthers put up 29 points in the third quarter to pull within three points, 38-35, to make things interesting in the fourth quarter.
  • Mikie Webb has settled into his role as the Union Grove Lions’ quarterback after being pressed into service to the season ending injury to Parker Thornton. Last Friday night in the District 10-2A Division I opener, Webb rushed for 95 yards, scored three touchdowns and was 7 for 7 passing for 119 yards to lead the Lions to a 27-0 victory over Cayuga. Webb has brought his “linebacker mentality” to his new position.
  • The East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) announced Monday the appointment of Judge Bill Stoudt of Gregg County as Chairman of the ETCOG Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

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Tricks and Treats at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Cente

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ATHENS – Halloween at the Hatchery is Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s way of giving East Texas families a safe place to go trick-or-treating outdoors while raising money for local causes.

The outdoor venue will be decorated with a fright-free Halloween theme and feature family-friendly games and activities Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy from booths located on the center’s grounds.

Admission for Halloween at the Hatchery is $1 per person, and all proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organizations.

Trick-or-treaters can enter the event from three areas including the Visitor Center entrance, the bus and trailer parking lot gate, and the overflow parking lot gate. The overflow parking lot is close to the Anglers Pavilion and is located on Peninsula Point Road.

On the day of the event, the TFFC will be open during normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will reopen at 6 p.m. for this special event.

No one will be admitted between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., and no pets are allowed. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Event sponsors are Texas Farm Bureau, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Athens Chamber of Commerce, Citizens National Bank, Texas Trust Credit Union, Sonic of Athens, Island Tan, Cricket Wireless, Loan Express, MedTex Converters, Virtual Communications Specialists, Athens Dental Works, Prosperity Bank, Country Place Senior Living, Aaron’s, Crestway Park Dental, Holiday Inn Express Athens, Athens Screen Printing, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, Heaton Eye Associates, Walmart Supercenter of Athens, Kens Pizza, BriteSmile Dental, ETMC, Acme Brick Company Center.

Businesses or organizations interested in reserving a booth or helping to decorate the grounds for the event can contact Kyle Brookshear at (903) 670-2285.

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The East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) has announced the appointment of Judge Bill Stoudt of Gregg County as Chairman of the ETCOG Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The ETCOG Executive Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors and is responsible for carrying out the policies, programs and services established by the Board on behalf of our 14-county region. Judge Stoudt has served as a member of the ETCOG Board of Directors and Executive Committee since 2010.

“East Texas Council of Governments represents a collective initiative by member counties to make our Region of the State a better place to live and raise a family,” said Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt.
“I am pleased and excited that Judge Stoudt is willing to serve as our new Chairman,” said Executive Director David Cleveland. “He brings a wealth of experience and common sense ‘know how’ to this position that will benefit our local elected officials and the entire region we serve.”
Judge Bill Stoudt is in his 4th term as Gregg County Judge. He is married to Suzanne, a retired teacher with the Longview Independent School District.  Judge Stoudt has one daughter, Cameron, who is a practicing veterinarian of Equine Surgery in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Judge Stoudt has served in many areas of the community as a volunteer.  He is a founder of the Boys & Girls Club of East Texas and is the proud recipient of the 2016 Champion of Youth award.  Judge Stoudt presently serves as a Trustee of the Centurion Club, a non-profit cooperative foundation that provides financial assistance to the families of East Texas police officers.  Additionally, he is an Advisory Director of the Junior League of Longview. He is currently a member of Rotary and was named “2013 Citizen of the Year”.  Judge Stoudt was also honored by the East Texas Council of Governments twice as the 2009 and 2013 Regional “Statesman of the Year”.  In 2014, Judge Stoudt was appointed by Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin as chairman of the I-20 East Texas Corridor Advisory Committee for the future development of the roadway between Dallas and Shreveport. In 2014, Judge Stoudt, on behalf of Gregg County, received the Leadership Circle Platinum Award from the Texas Comptroller’s Office for excellence in transparency in financial records in Gregg County government.  In 2016, Judge Stoudt was appointed by Governor of Texas Greg Abbott to serve as Chairman of the State Commission on Jail Standards.  In 2017, Judge Stoudt was recognized as a Unity Honors Recipient.  The Unity Honors is a life-time achievement award that pays homage to individuals in the community who have demonstrated leadership in the promotion of harmony, understanding, and social justice. He has recently announced his intention to seek a 5th term.
In addition to Judge Stoudt as Chairman, the newly elected officers for the 2017-2018 Executive Committee includes: 1st Vice Chair, Alderman Victor Perot, City of Jefferson; 2nd Vice Chair, Commissioner Paula Gentry, Upshur County; 3rd Vice Chair, Mayor Angela Raiborn, City of Rusk; and Secretary-Treasurer; Judge Lee Ann Jones, Panola County. ETCOG would also like to thank Councilman Bob Tardiff of the City of Lindale for his chairmanship of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 2016-2017.

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