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Participants Raised Critically Needed Awareness and

Funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research

EAST TEXAS, 10.8.18The Alzheimer’s Association® invited the East Texas community residents and friends to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Walk took place this Saturday on October 6, 2018 at Gregg County Courthouse in Longview, Texas.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s more than 600 participants completed a 5k walk and learned about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. The walk also featured a Promise Garden – a hands-on, mission-focused experience that allows participants to raise flowers representing their promise to remember, honor, care and fight for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

“I wanted to make a difference in the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a very personal, hands-on way to raise awareness and funds,” said Haylea Hundson, Chairperson for the East Texas Walk to End  Alzheimer’s. “As the need for advance care, support and education increases in our East Texas communities, the Alzheimer’s Association continues to expand services to help those in need. The funds raised from the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a key part of that continued support.”

Team Papacita’s was the team who raised the most funds at $7,740 and Marilyn Hampton was the top individual fundraiser at $7,220.

In addition to the 5K walk, participants enjoyed a variety of entertainment, children’s activities, social stations and more. KETK reporter and anchor Daniel Pierce served as the Walk’s emcee.

While participants donated approximately $70,000 support is still needed in order to expand services in the East Texas area.  The goal is $85,000. If you were unable to participate in person you can still make a difference and donate by your mobile phone texting WalkALZ to 151555 or go to

Special thanks to Edward Jones, the National Presenting Sponsor as well as National Teams, Brookdale Senior Living, Senior Star, Sigma Kappa and Life Care Services (LCS).

Community partners include Regional Sponsor, Heartis Seniors Living, Chapter Presenting Sponsor,

Briggs Equipment along with Longview Regional, Texas Bank & Trust, Hays RV Center, Heartis – Longview,  Gans & Smith Insurance, Longview Ambucs Too, Heritage at Longview Heathcare & Rehabilitation, Wesley House, Pilot Club of Longview and American Electric and Power (AEP).

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Texas alone, there are more than 380,000 people over the age of 65 that are living with the disease and 1,405,000 caregivers.

To donate now, text WalkALZ to 151555 or go to

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit or call 800.272.3900.


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Here is the WEEK 7 Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 6A

School    Total    Points    Prv

1. Allen (20)    (5-0)    236    1

2. Lake Travis (1)    (5-0)    210    2

3. Galena Park North Shore (3)    (5-0)    183    3

4. Converse Judson    (4-0)    156    5

5. Longview    (5-0)    143    6

6. Duncanville    (5-0)    119    7

7. Southlake Carroll    (5-0)    77    8

8. Katy    (5-1)    67    9

9. Euless Trinity    (5-0)    32    NR

10. Cypress Fairbanks    (4-1)    28    4

Others receiving votes: 11, Austin Westlake 27. 12, Cedar Hill 13. 13, Klein Collins 8. 13, Cypress Ranch 8. 15, Cypress Falls 7. 16, Austin Vandegrift 3. 17, Humble Atascocita 2. 18, Temple 1.

Class 5A

School    Total    Points    Prv

1. Aledo (21)    (5-0)    237    1

2. Dallas Highland Park (3)    (5-0)    209    2

3. Denton Ryan    (5-0)    183    3

4. Fort Bend Marshall    (6-0)    142    5

5. Lufkin    (4-1)    140    4

6. College Station    (5-0)    121    6

7. Frisco Lone Star    (4-1)    91    7

8. Crosby    (5-0)    76    8

9. Hutto    (5-0)    64    9

10. Lubbock Cooper    (5-0)    27    10

Others receiving votes: 11, Alvin Shadow Creek 10. 12, Denton Braswell 8. 13, Frisco Reedy 5. 14, SA Wagner 3. 15, A&M Consolidated 1. 15, Huntsville 1. 15, Lubbock Coronado 1. 15, Manvel 1.

School    Total    Points    Prv

1. Carthage (19)    (5-0)    234    1

2. Argyle (5)    (5-0)    220    2

3. Liberty Hill    (3-1)    182    3

4. Waco La Vega    (4-2)    139    5

5. Cuero    (4-1)    97    6

6. Midlothian Heritage    (4-1)    89    7

7. Texarkana Pleasant Grove    (4-2)    88    4

8. Sweeny    (5-0)    74    10

9. Stephenville    (3-2)    60    9

10. WF Hirschi    (4-1)    29    NR

Others receiving votes: Sealy 25. Lorena 15. Giddings 13. Jasper 11. Paris 10. Van 10. Fischer Canyon Lake 7. Glen Rose 6. Geronimo Navarro 5. Canyon 3. Andrews 1. Melissa 1. Waco Connally 1.

Class 3A

School    Total    Points    Prv

1. Newton (23)    (4-0)    239    1

2. Gunter (1)    (6-0)    207    2

3. Childress    (5-0)    172    3

4. New London West Rusk    (6-0)    149    4

5. Rockdale    (4-1)    123    5

6. Goliad    (4-1)    92    6

7. Brock    (5-1)    90    8

8. Canadian    (4-1)    58    9

9. Lexington    (4-1)    44    10

10. Gladewater    (5-1)    41    7

Others receiving votes: Franklin 21. 12, Yoakum 20. Cisco 16. 14, Holliday 13. Shallowater 9. Waskom 7. Jefferson 7. Cameron Yoe 5. Clifton 3. Buffalo 3. Abernathy 1.

Class 2A

School    Total    Points    Prv

1. Mason (20)    (5-0)    236    1

2. Wellington (3)    (5-0)    206    3

3. Mart    (4-1)    159    5

4. Shiner    (5-1)    157    2

5. New Deal (1)    (4-0)    121    6

6. Falls City    (5-0)    116    7

7. Muenster    (5-1)    111    4

8. Price Carlisle    (5-0)    98    8

9. Refugio    (3-2)    51    10

10. Stamford    (5-1)    18    9

Others receiving votes: Iraan 10. Sundown 9. Tenaha 6. Lovelady 6. Thorndale 5. Celeste 4. Gladewater Union Grove 3. Burton 2. Clarendon 1, Hamlin 1.

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Gohmert Comments on the Senate Confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh

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The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, likely cementing a conservative majority on the court for a generation and bringing to an end months of bitter partisan feuding marked by shocking allegations of sexual assault and vehement and angry denials from the nominee.

The final vote was 50-48 and interrupted several times by protesters as senators sat silent at their desks for the formal roll call vote.
Today, Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court:

“Today is a great day for this nation. The confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh is a victory for the U.S. Constitution and for every single American who values freedom over tyranny. Any American who has grieved in recent decades as we have seen five Supreme Court justices substitute their fleeting whims for the clear meaning of the Constitution’s words should be rejoicing today. We have today added a Justice who wants justice and intends to let the Constitution speak for itself.”

“As someone who sent so many men to prison for assaulting women, I believe our laws must be enforced and any attacks on fellow human beings must be punished. In Justice Kavanaugh’s situation, however, Senate hearings and the media were used to assassinate the character of an honorable man who spent his life building a reputation for honesty and integrity, with no evidence other than vague, clouded, remote, questionable, conflicting and completely unverified recollection.  There was a time when decent people in America would go to extreme lengths to insure that before they made an allegation, they had to make absolutely certain that they did not disparage an innocent, honorable man. Not only did that not happen in Justice Kavanaugh’s case, there was a massive rush to judgment without evidence at all. Justice Kavanaugh’s family has also been threatened and had his opponents use every form of the most indecent, violent and despicable language to describe what haters aspire to do to the Kavanaughs physically, revealing a seamy, disgusting underside of American debauchery that should offend every thinking American.”

“Under our Constitution, America was a place where those accused of a crime had the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Sadly, Judge Kavanaugh was not given that right. In fact, today’s virulent haters have taken us back to a place not seen since the hate and unfairness of a very hateful time many decades ago.  Dr. Blasey Ford’s claims were listened to, investigated and shown the proper respect before the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, after the many hours of testimony and a new, seventh FBI report on Judge Kavanaugh, these allegations were not only completely, in whole and in part, uncorroborated, but the inconsistencies and the other witnesses’ denials established Justice Kavanaugh to be a man who was very unfairly accused.”

“This process has been exhausting and frustrating for all involved – especially for the Kavanaugh family. The Democrats have shown their true colors over these past few weeks. They have again staked out an unparalleled ownership of the politics of personal destruction of all with whom they disagree, to the exclusion of civil decency. Their tactics have embraced the ugliest and meanest bullying that has ever been witnessed in a confirmation process. I hope and pray that now that the Senate has successfully completed Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the American people themselves will complete their process of voting to keep home all of those Democrat candidates who embraced the politics of personal destruction. Their kind of bloodlust for power needs to be extinguished at the ballot box.”

“I also thank those Senators who were not swayed by the emotional hatefulness, but examined the lack of evidence for themselves.  Congratulations to Justice Brett Kavanaugh on his new position on the United States Supreme Court where I know he will serve his country with dignity and without the hatefulness of those who slandered him.”

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Pick up this week’s Gladewater Mirror and see who was crowned Union Grove Homecoming Queen and see when the Gladewater city council plans to host a town hall meeting in your part of town. The council wants to know what you think is needed to improve the city and make it a better place to live and raise a family.
Make plans to attend the meeting – its your town and your opinion is important.
Also – did you notice the change at Gladewater National Bank?
And the unbeaten Bears are 5-0 and will face unbeaten West Rusk this Friday. See what to expect from the match-up.

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TYLER – Troopers in many areas across east Texas will be riding on or following school buses to catch motorists who break the law. Because children are particularly vulnerable when entering or exiting a school bus, Troopers will also be patrolling areas where school buses pick up and drop off students. Drivers who violate the law could face fines as much as $1,250.

Independent school districts from Anderson, Henderson, Van Zandt, Cherokee, Smith, Rains, Wood, Camp, Upshur, Gregg, Marion, Harrison, Rusk and Panola counties have identified areas along their bus routes where traffic violations are common and have provided this information to local Troopers. 


According to Texas statute, a driver – traveling in either direction on a roadway – must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal. The driver may not proceed until one of the following occurs: the school bus resumes motion; the operator is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or the visual signal is no longer activated.  If a road is divided only by a left-turning lane, drivers on both sides of the roadway must stop for school buses with alternating red flashing lights activated. However, if the lanes are separated by an intervening space or physical barrier, only motorists traveling in the same direction as the bus are required to stop.

(As a reminder, school buses, by law, must stop at all railroad crossings.)

Here are several safety measures drivers can take to help keep children safer:

•             When driving in school zones, watch out for student pedestrians.

•             Slow down and watch for children congregating near bus stops.

•             Look for children who might dart into the street without checking for traffic.

•             Know and obey the traffic laws regarding school buses in Texas.

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Join ‘Born to Read’ 

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The University of Texas at Tyler Seeks Participants 

for Early Childhood Reading Program, ‘Born to Read’ 

TYLER, Texas (Oct. 2, 2018) – The University of Texas at Tyler K-16 Literacy Center is currently seeking participants for its second year of Born to Read, a reading program promoting early childhood literacy. 

The Born to Read program is designed for expectant parents and parents of children age three-years-old or younger in the Tyler and East Texas region. The program provides parents with the tools they need to support their children’s early language and literacy development. 

“The best time to start sharing books with children is during babyhood, even when they are as young as six weeks old. It makes sense to invest time, effort and finances in projects such as Born to Read,” said Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, The University of Texas at Tyler Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Professor of Literacy Education. 

The cost is free to the first 25 parents who sign up by Oct. 12. To register for the Born to Read program, contact Birdie Brooks at or 903.566.7016. For questions about the project, contact Mokhtari at or 903.566.7177. 

Parents who register for the program are expected to participate in a 2-hour training seminar in October 2018 and one-hour monthly meetings from November 2018 to June 2019. Parents will also receive free access to literary resources and training. 

Born-to-Read is funded, in part, by the UT Tyler K-16 Literacy Center, the Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club and the Phi Kappa Phi Organization. 

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 

10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 


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Comptroller’s Office Now Accepting Applications for Match the Promise Scholarships and Tuition Grants

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(AUSTIN) — Comptroller Glenn Hegar today reminded Texans that applications now are being accepted for 2018-19 Texas Match the Promise Foundation℠ awards.

The foundation, in cooperation with the Comptroller’s office, encourages Texas families to save for college by offering competitive matching scholarships and tuition grants to Texas students who are beneficiaries of a Texas Tuition Promise Fund® (TTPF) account, the state’s prepaid college tuition plan.

Match the Promise scholarships are awarded in the form of TTPF tuition units. Approved recipients can receive matching scholarships of tuition units worth up to $1,000 at today’s prices, while top-scoring recipients also can receive one-time grants of tuition units worth $2,000 at today’s prices.

“During the 2017-18 school year, the foundation approved Match the Promise scholarships for 62 students,” Hegar said. “We’re excited about awarding new matching scholarships and tuition grants to children who represent this state’s future.”

Fifth- through ninth-graders who have a TTPF account and whose families have annual incomes of $100,000 or less can apply for the matching scholarships and tuition grants through Dec. 31, 2018. To be considered for an award, students must write a career essay and meet other requirements.1 Complete details can be found at or by calling 800-531-5441, ext. 3-7570.

Families also can enroll in TTPF during the scholarship application period if they haven’t already done so.2 TTPF allows families to purchase prepaid tuition units at today’s prices for tomorrow’s tuition and school-wide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities. Get more information at

Match the Promise is funded by individuals who have donated the cash value of property held in the state’s unclaimed property program, as well as by donations from individuals, businesses and organizations and by state employees through the State Employee Charitable Campaign. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt public charity and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

Purchasers should carefully consider the risks, administrative fees, service and other charges and expenses associated with the Texas Tuition Promise Fund contracts, including Plan termination and decreased transfer or refund value. The Plan Description and Master Agreement contains this and other information about the Plan and may be obtained by visiting the website or calling 800-445-GRAD (4723), Option 5. Purchasers should read these documents carefully before purchasing a contract. Only the Purchaser may direct or receive withdrawals, or may direct rollovers, contract changes, and changes in the Designated Beneficiary. Participation in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund does not guarantee admission to or graduation from any college or university.

Comments or complaints: Comments or complaints may be forwarded to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Program, Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, at P.O. Box 13407, Austin, Texas, 78711-3407, or by calling 512-936-2064.

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