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AGGIE MUSTER APRIL 21

Calling All Aggies - the Upshur County A&M Club invites you to attend Aggie Muster.

It will start at 6:00 PM, Monday, April 21st at the First Methodist Church-Gilmer Highway 154 W and Montgomery Street. 

All are encouraged to bring a covered dish for a shared meal. 

Proceeds and Dues received will benefit the Will Ferrell Memorial Scholarship. 

For more information please call Donnie Plant (903) 801-0856.   

Meal & Ceremony-$10 per person or $20 for Family (Students are free) Dues (optional)-$30 per Individual/$40 for Family/$50 for Business

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The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office announces its support of TxDOT’s pilot #safezone program

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office announces its support of TxDOT’s pilot #safezone program

A Program to use social media to advise motorists of law enforcement monitoring work zones.

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office has a piece of advice for motorists: If you’re going to speed, don’t do it in a work zone.

The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Transportation’s Tyler District are using National Work Zone Awareness Week, which begins Monday, to implement a new program called “Hashtag: Safezone” aimed at reducing crashes and fatalities in active work zones.

The concept is simple. TxDOT and local law enforcement agencies throughout the Tyler District will use existing social media feeds, particularly Twitter, to announce the location of upcoming or active work zones. When the hashtag “#safezone” is added to the tweet, it means there is a strong possibility of a patrol car monitoring that work zone for speeders or motorists not paying attention.

“Speed and distraction are the two most common causes for work zone crashes,” said TxDOT public information officer Larry Krantz. “We’re grateful to the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office for their willingness to help keep our workers safe as they do their jobs.”

And it’s not only the workers who need protecting. Four out of every five people killed in work zones are either drivers or passengers passing through the work zone.

“We’re hoping that by using Twitter and other social media outlets, the word will spread quickly not only about where we’ll be working, but where motorists might also encounter a law enforcement officer monitoring the work,” Krantz said. “I’d love it if that helped change driver behavior in and around the work zone, but I’d settle for this message helping motorists decide to seek an alternate route.”

Find TxDOT’s Tyler District Twitter feed here:  http://twitter.com/#!/TYLPIO

Across Texas, there can be more than 2,500 active TxDOT work zones at any given time. Last year, 17,266 work zone crashes resulted in 3,522 serious injuries and 115 fatalities. As roadway maintenance and construction efforts continue to address a state population that grows by about 1,000 people per day, drivers should expect to encounter a work zone at any time.

In many work zones, posted signs warn drivers that traffic fines can increase if they disobey posted speed limits and other warning signs. Since 1938, TxDOT has lost 103 employees to a third-party vehicle crash on or near a roadway.

Outside of TxDOT work zones, drivers also are reminded to move over or slow down when approaching work crews, vehicles and other equipment performing maintenance and clean-up along roadways. Failure to do so can result in a fine up to $2,000.

During National Work Zone Awareness Week, TxDOT’s permanent dynamic message signs along state highways and roadways will remind drivers to use caution, be safe and drive smart in work zones.

GLADEWATER MAN INDICTED IN 2013 MURDER

A 21-year-old Gladewater man has been indicted by a Gregg County grand jury in connection with the 2013 murder of 17-year-old Kayla Elizabeth Williams of Hallsville.

According to the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, Coby Ray Hudgins was indicted on a charge of murder last week. The indictment was one of 57 indictments returned, with 20 sealed due to no arrest at time of indictment.

The murder occurred on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at approximately 9:12 p.m. Kilgore Police Officers responded to 3009 Mustang Dr., Kilgore due to a report of a person being shot. Upon arrival, police found Kayla Elizabeth Williams, 17, of Hallsville, deceased within the residence from an apparent gunshot wound. 

Witnesses identified Coby Ray Hudgins as the person who shot Kayla Williams with a handgun and left the residence prior to arrival of police. Williams had reportedly been at the residence with a small group of friends visiting Hudgins.

 According to a Kilgore police press release, Hudgins, upon leaving the residence, was soon involved in a motor vehicle crash on FM 2087 and arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety for DWI. After initial investigation by the Kilgore Police Department's Criminal Investigation Unit, Hudgins was charged with murder. 

Coby Hudgins' bond was set at $1,000 for the DWI and $100,000 for the murder charge.

GREGG COUNTY PRECINCT 3 CONSTABLE TAKING LEAVE FROM JOB

Gregg County Pct. 3 Constable Michael Baggett said Monday he was taking a leave from his position. This comes on the heels of his reported arrest in Franklin County on DWI charges.

According to the press release - "I am voluntarily taking leave from my position as Gregg County Precinct #3 Constable to take care of my personal health and medical needs following an incident that occurred recently in Franklin County, Texas. I believe it is in the best interests of myself, my family, and my constituents for me to take this time to regain my focus and my health. During my absence the duties of my office will be carried out by the Gregg County Precinct #3 Deputy Constables with the assistance of other Gregg County law enforcement officers."

Baggett's office is located in Gladewater.
Department of Public Safety troopers reportedly arrested Baggett March 26 at 7:30 p.m. near Texas 37 and FM 3357 north of Winnsboro. Baggett posted a $2,500 bond Thursday and was released from the Franklin County Jail.

DEPUTIES PROBE 17-YEAR-OLD'S SHOOTING

BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS

GILMER--The Upshur County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting death of a 17-year-old white male who was found dead in his vehicle in the Diana community late Sunday night, authorities said.

The victim was identified as Jacob Johnson of Diana, who withdrew from New Diana School in October, according to a school spokeswoman. No arrests had been made as of late Monday afternoon, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.

The man died under suspicious circumstances, but not from suicide, said Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter, who ordered an autopsy. The Sheriff's Office issued a news release saying the "case is being investigated as a homicide."

The vehicle was parked beside Sego Lily Road in eastern Upshur County, said Potter, who said he did not know the circumstances under which the body was discovered. He said he pronounced the man dead at the scene at 3 a.m. Monday.

This newspaper learned that the body was found sometime before 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Sheriff's Office reported that deputies "responded to a suspicious vehicle call" in the Diana area, and that upon arrival, "they found a male subject dead from a gun shot wound." The news release said the investigation was ongoing and that the office would issue an update "as more information becomes available." 

Byrd meantime said he could not discuss details of the case because it involved an ongoing investigation.

 

March 26 Issue - Gladewater Mirror