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GILMER – Conservative author Nick Adams will address the public monthly meeting of the Cherokee Rose Republican Women on Monday night, March 14.

The public is invited to the 6:30 p.m. event at the Lantana Activity Center on Lantana Road outside Gilmer. Light refreshments will be served.

Adams, an Australian, “speaks from personal experience about the eradication of freedom when a nation loses its right to bear arms,” said Cherokee Rose President Cynthia Ridgeway.

His lastest book is Retaking America: Crushing Political Correctness. Adams, who has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, is also a commentator, a columnist for Town Hall Finance and a Centennial Institute policy fellow at Colorado Christian University, said Ridgeway.

Adams, who was elected the youngest deputy mayor in Australian history in the city of Sydney at age 21, was also named an “Honorary Texan” by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2013, she noted.

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WALLER COUNTY, Texas — The company spearheading the effort to build a high-speed light rail from Houston to Dallas promises a competitively priced transportation option and economic growth for the cities.

But the train’s path will run through 10 counties, and many residents in those counties say it will come at a price: the destruction of agriculture and land acquired through eminent domain.

It’s why dozens gathered at Prairie View A&M Tuesday to oppose the building of the bullet train.

“We do not want a high-speed train going through where we raise cattle, where we raise grandchildren,” said resident Rhonda Paige Jordan.

Jordan is also with the group Texans Against High Speed Rail. She sat in the packed auditorium as county and city leaders, public safety officials, advocacy groups and others spoke to representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation about the negative effects the train would bring.

The $12 billion proposed project would be constructed with private money from Texas Central Partners.

Proponents expect some 50,000 people to use it every week, who would be able to travel from Houston to Dallas in just 90 minutes.

Texas Central Partners sent KHOU this statement:

“The counties along the corridor and the state will receive a financial windfall from high-speed rail, which will provide thousands of jobs and an economic impact of $36 billion over the next 25 years. We are encouraged by our ongoing work with landowners along the corridor and the growing support of this historic project that meets the demands for safe and reliable travel between North Texas, Brazos Valley and Houston.”

But Jordan argues that point.

“The people who commute from Dallas to Houston, those who do it on a daily basis, eventually move to Dallas or Houston permanently or they fly,” Jordan said.

Construction could start as soon as 2017.

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On March 2, 1836—180 years ago today–The Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted by the convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Fifth-nine delegates signed the six-page document declaring the republic’s independence from Mexico. The convention delegates had gathered the day before, 1836, a month after they were elected, at the growing town on the Brazos River, which offered an escape route in case of a Mexican raid. The U.S. officially recognized the Republic of Texas as an independent nation a year and a day later, on March 3, 1837. Twenty-five years to the day after the Declaration was signed, Texas having been granted statehood and then having seceded from the Union, was admitted to the Confederacy on March 2, 1861 (March 2 is also the birthday of Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas—he was born in 1793 in Virginia).Texas-Independence-Day-4

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Tuesday, March 1 is Super Tuesday and Texas will play a big role in this year’s elections. On Texas Primary day, you’ll be able to cast your ballot at the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In a primary, when you head to the polling site, you will have to pick a political party (Democrat or Republican). When you vote in a political party’s primary, you become affiliated with that party for the next two years. You may vote in only one party’s primary.
Gladewater City Hall and East Mountain Community Building will serve as polling location for local voters.
What do I need to vote?
Voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections.
Acceptable forms of ID:
Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
United States passport
If a voter shows up without proper identification, that voter will will still be allowed to vote provisionally. The voter will have until the sixth day after election day to present the proper identification to the county voter registrar, or the provisional ballot will be rejected.
While you do not need your voter registration card to vote, the Texas secretary of state’s office highly recommends you bring it to the polling station.

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The May 7th municipal election got more interested Friday as the deadline came and 2 last-minute challengers tossed their hats into the ring.

Mark Carpenter filed to run again incumbent Mayor Harold Wells at 4:55 p.m. and Johnathon Allen made it a 3-way race as he filed at 5 p.m. against Place 3 incumbent councilwoman Lana Niemann.
Niemann will now face local businessman Mark May and Allen.
In Place 2, incumbent councilman Leon Watson is being challenged by local businessman Larry Seery, owner of Antique Capital RV Park.
The Gladewater Mirror will again host its annual candidate’s meet-and-greet and political forum prior to early voting. Check back for the exact date and location.

Gladewater ISD had no new filings to report.
Incumbents John Rowe, Place 1, Rickie Blackmon, Place 2, and Garth Cockerell, Place 3, previously filed to maintain their seats.

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Great Texas Warrant Roundup Begins March 5th

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image003Representatives of law enforcement agencies and courts from more than 300 jurisdictions across Texas announced combined efforts to host the 2016 Great Texas Warrant Roundup beginning Saturday, March 5th.

The roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code, and higher charge warrants from participating jurisdictions.  The focus is to bring these individuals into compliance with court orders; there are multiple options that are available to do so.

Hundreds of thousands of notices were recently mailed statewide by participating entities.  Numerous counties, justices of the peace, constables, and municipalities of all sizes will participate in the roundup.  It is believed to be the largest joint operation of its kind.

There are over 2,500 active warrants in the White Oak Municipal Court; these warrants are valued at over $990,000 which includes fines, fees, and State mandated court costs.   Individuals are strongly encouraged to come into the court to resolve their obligations voluntarily.   There will be a scheduled docket March, 3, 2016 starting at 1:00 p.m. to allow anyone to walk in and take care of any outstanding warrants before arrest are made. The City judge will be available that day.

Payment plans will be an option for anyone who voluntarily appears at the White Oak Municipal Court to resolve their case(s) and will not be arrested.

Specific information to your case(s) is available by calling the White Oak Municipal Court at 903-759-2061. If you have an outstanding warrant you are urged to contact the court during the next two weeks to dispose of these cases voluntarily to avoid the inconvenience and embarrassment of arrest.

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