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Rangerettes select 36 freshmen after week-long tryout

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Surrounded by hopes, dreams and years of tradition, 36 young women became the newest members of the world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes dance and drill team this morning.

The announcement, made in a closed ceremony in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus, culminates a weeklong process of 96 “Hopefuls” vying for a coveted position on the 2018-19 Rangerette line.

The new Rangerettes will join 36 sophomores to make a team of 72.

The Rangerettes were the first of their kind when they began in 1940 as a vision of the late Gussie Nell Davis.

The organization created a unique combination of dance moves and precision drills that quickly earned them the reputation not only as the originators of dance/drill teams, but as the best in the world.

Known for their high kicks and the jump splits, the organization has traveled around the world, entertained millions and spurred a multi-billion-dollar dance/drill team industry worldwide.

New freshman members of the 2018-19 Rangerettes, listed by hometown:

Aledo, TX: Kayci Collie
Austin, TX: Celeste Alvarado
Coppell, TX: Kortnee Miller
Corpus Christi, TX: Alexandra Morgan
Dripping Springs, TX: Sage Handley
Flint, TX: Reagan Wells
Flower Mound, TX: Emma Strange
Fort Worth, TX: Alyssa Gray
Frisco, TX: Laura-Kate Schulze
Hickory Creek, TX: Lauren Wheeler
Highland Village, TX: Shelby Fletcher
Katy, TX: Alicia Padilla
Longview, TX: Kelee Norris
Longview, TX: Carolynn Rose
Magnolia, TX: Vada Taunton
Mansfield, TX: Shelby McFall
Nederland, TX: Kendal DeVillier
New Braunfels, TX: Hannah Phelps
New Braunfels, TX: Elizabeth White
Kilgore, TX: Rachel Clower
Oak Point, TX: Kaitlyn Reynolds
Pasadena, TX: Sierra Canales
Pasadena, TX: Celeste Ramirez
Pearland, TX: Kayla Parker
Plano, TX: Jami Friedman
Plano, TX: Meghan Schukenbrock
Port Arthur, TX: Trinity Ewing
Richardson, TX: Gabriela Brea
Round Rock, TX: Aly Pogorzelski
Rowlett, TX: Tatum Graham
San Juan, TX: Karlee Rodriguez
Tomball, TX: Lauren Murray
Tyler, TX: Karsen Conser
Tyler, TX: Lindsey Surles
Waxahachie, TX: Audrey Blackburn
Woodward, OK: McKinzee Merrill

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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.

More information is also available at


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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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City of Gladewater Public Notice to Boil Water

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A Boil Water Notice has been issued only for the area south of the Sabine River Bridge located on Highway 271, south of Gladewater.

Due to a low chlorine residual, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water system Gladewater Texas /PWS ID #0920001 to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making of ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Ricky Tow, Gladewater’s City Manager@ 903-845-2196.

If a customer wishes to contact the TCEQ, they may call 512-239-4691. hway 271 south of Gladewater.

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