USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE EAST TEXAS REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY


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KILGORE – USDA Rural Development Texas State Director Paco Valentin joined East Texas leaders to announce funding for the Intermediary Relending Program today for the East Texas Regional Development Company administered by ETCOG.

“USDA Rural Development strives to improve the overall quality of rural communities,” said Paco Valentin, USDA Rural Development Texas State Director. “These funds will assist with the development of rural businesses, which provide needed goods and services to rural East Texas residents.”

USDA Rural Development approved an Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) loan of $500,000 to be used to provide low-interest loans to public and non-profit organizations to relend for small businesses and community development in parts of East Texas. This loan will create 10 jobs across fourteen counties.

“The IRP program provides another critically important tool which will enhance the East Texas Regional Development Company’s efforts to spur job creation in our 14-County region”, said East Texas Council of Governments Executive Director David Cleveland. “We are excited and honored to partner with USDA to provide this additional resource for East Texas’ small businesses.”

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. For information on this and other USDA Rural Development programs in Texas, visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/tx.


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ATF NATIONAL RESPONSE TEAM CONCLUDES ON-SITE OPERATIONS IN HISTORIC GLADEWATER, ASKS FOR PUBLIC’S HELP


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GLADEWATER — The National Response Team, a specialized investigative unit, from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that arrived in Gladewater, Texas, last week to assist with a structure fire that occurred Jan. 4, 2017 in the historical portion of downtown concluded its on-site operations today.

“All of the scene information has been gathered and analysis of the information will continue,” said Dallas Field Division’s Assistant Special Agent in Charge Vincent Pallozzi. “While we have found that the fire was caused by human action, it is undetermined at this time if the fire was accidental or intentional.”

About 15 special agents and other experts with the National Response Team (NRT) were activated at the request of the Gregg County Fire Marshal’s Office to join the investigation of the fire that collapsed a structure at 109 N. Main Street in Gladewater. The fire began at approximately 10 p.m.

Anyone with information related to the fire should contact the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, at (903) 236-8400 or Gregg County Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-7867.

People can also submit a tip through ATF’s new “reportit” app available at www.reportit.com and at Google Play and the Apple App Store. All tips are confidential and can be anonymous.

For more information on ATF and its programs go to www.atf.gov.


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FIRE DESTROYS GLADEWATER DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS


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Posted by Gladewater Mirror on Thursday, January 5, 2017

 DOWNTOWN FIRE DESTROYS TWO BUILDINGS
Gladewater and area firefighters battled a downtown blaze for more than five hours late Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning. The fire left Tony’s Old South Cafe (formerly The Fork) and a vacant building next door gutted and a total loss. Gladewater firefighters were joined by Longview FD, Warren City/Clarksville VFD and Sabine VFD in saving Christie’s Collectibles, which sustained little if any damage from the thick smoke that bellowed into the air.
Gregg County Fire Marshal Mark Moore said it would be several days before officials could determine what caused the fire.
The fire burned powerlines, which forced SWEPCO officials to cut all power between Quitman Street and Pacific Street and Main Street and North Ferry Street. Officials said the Post Office on Dean Street would be without power Thursday morning.

Posted by Gladewater Mirror on Thursday, January 5, 2017

 


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TXDOT PREPARING FOR WINTER WEATHER


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With winter precipitation being predicted for Friday, TxDOT’s Atlanta District have trucks out Wednesday and Thursday spraying local major highways, bridges and overpasses with a brine solution. The solution is a mixture of salt and water that binds to the pavement and helps prevent any precipitation from freezing on the pavement and structures.
Pretreating roadways and bridges with brine has proven to be an effective way to prevent early icing on these facilities. The brine mixes with the precipitation creating a solution that requires much lower temperatures to freeze. The brine solution is also much more environmentally friendly that using rock salt on roadways.
Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when driving in winter weather, and to always slow down and drive according to conditions. Drivers should never slam on their brakes which can cause the vehicle to begin skidding. If the vehicle begins sliding, the driver should take their foot off the accelerator and turn their steering wheel in the direction they want their vehicle to travel without oversteering.
To stay atop road conditions in Texas, motorists can log onto www.DriveTexas.gov and can view more winter driving tips at www.TxDOT.gov.

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OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING UNDER INVESTIGATION


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On January 3, 2017, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Upshur County 911 received a call for a welfare check at a residence on Cottonwood Road in Gilmer. Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputies responded along with a Department of Public Safety Trooper.

According to the preliminary investigation, upon arrival, the officers heard screaming from inside the residence. A male subject exited the residence with a rifle and pointed the weapon at the Deputies and the Trooper. The officers, fearing for their lives, fired their weapons at the suspect, incapacitating him. First aid was immediately administered and EMS was called to the scene.

The suspect, later identified as Dale Hightower, 53, of Gilmer, died at the scene.  A female was also located inside the residence – she was unharmed during the incident.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident and no additional information is available at this time.


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