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Ranger Ready help sessions set for July 14, 21 at Kilgore College – Longview

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 Kilgore College will host Ranger Ready help sessions for future or current students who need assistance with completing college applications/admissions and/or financial aid (FAFSA) applications.

 KC staff members will be available in the Hendrix building at KC-Longview from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on two Saturdays, July 14 and July 21.

 No appointment is necessary.  Attendees will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

 KC financial aid professionals will be available to assist students and parents with filling out the 2018-19 FAFSA application and answer any questions. Dependent students (under 24 years of age) should attend with a parent if possible.

 Attendees will also need to bring their completed 2016 Tax Returns and/or other 2016 financial support information, or let the KC Financial Aid professionals know if they have a special situation.

 Representatives from the Office of Admissions and Registrar will be on hand to answer any questions about the application, admission or registration processes.

The fall 2018 semester at KC begins Monday, Aug. 27.

For information about the registration and admissions process, call 903-983-8606.

 For information about financial aid, call 903-983-8211.

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GILMER–The Upshur County Grand Jury indicted a Longview man and Longview woman June 29 on capital murder charges in connection with the March 29 strangulation death of a woman whose body was found near rural Diana, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd’s office.
Carlton Lamar Grant, 37, and Lindsey Jo McFadden, 29, remained in Upshur County Jail in Gilmer under $4 million bond each after being charged with killing Rachel Rhoads, 24, of Longview.
Bedford police arrested the suspects April 5 in the Fort Worth area, four days after Rhoads’ body was found on Easter Sunday just off a pipeline right-of-way on FM 726 in eastern Upshur County, said authorities. The suspects were transferred to the Gilmer jail April 9, Byrd’s office said.
The body, found north of Texas 154 (which is near FM 726), was discovered by persons who were in the area for recreational riding, said Upshur County sheriff’s Chief Deputy David Hazel.
At a press conference which Sheriff Larry Webb and Byrd held soon following the arrests, the district attorney said Grant and McFadden were charged with capital murder because they were accused of killing Rhoads while in the course of committing another felony, which was kidnapping her.
Under Texas law, capital murder is punishable only by lethal injection or life imprisonment without pa-role.
Byrd was not immediately available for comment on when the case might be tried.

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PLEASE REFRAIN FROM ALL OUTSIDE BURNING (trash and debris). The drying is beginning to contribute to wildfire intensity. Afternoon winds and low relative humidity will raise the risk of fire danger. Cooking and fireworks are contributing factors this time of year for wildfires and fires in general. Use EXTREME CAUTION, have a way to extinguish fires (fire extinguisher, water hose, Ect.).

Thank you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gregg County Fire Marshal

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Police probe murder suicide

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On Friday, June 29, 2018, at approximately 4 pm, Gladewater Police Officers responded to a residence located in the 1900 of Shell Circle to investigate a report of a death at that location. Upon arrival, officers discovered the bodies of the two sole occupants in one of the rooms of the home.

Criminal investigators and Chief Rob Vine were called to the scene along with Gregg County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, B. H. Jameson. Gregg County Constable Precinct 3, Daniel Morgan, also assisted detectives on this scene.

The preliminary investigation indicates Sarah Maines, 65 years of age, died after being shot by her husband, William Maines, 66 years of age. It is believed William then took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Autopsies will be completed on both bodies to confirm the findings of the preliminary investigation.

At this time there are no outstanding suspects in this case and there is no danger to the public. It appears to be a murder / suicide based upon findings at the scene. No additional information is available at this time.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved in tragic situation,” said Chief Vine.



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State approves funding for Gladewater airport

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Approximately $1 million for the Gladewater Municipal Airport has been approved by the Texas Transportation Commission at its June meeting.

The funds will be used for planned airport improvements, which includes pavement improvements

A project contract bid will be completed this summer. Project costs will be funded through the city of Gladewater and TxDOT’s Aviation Facili-ties Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation system.

This year, TxDOT is expected to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports.

Approximately 275 community airports in Texas are eligible for funding.

Arrivals and departures from community airports account for more than three million flight hours per year and provide aircraft facilities for agricultural, medical, business and commuter use.

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