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Gladewater and East Mountain firefighters and police were called to a truck fire on US 271, near Red Hen Road Thursday around noon. Metal shavings and junk iron in the trailer of an 18-wheeler caught fire. A two-vehicle accident also occurred at the location as a man in a pickup truck reportedly pulled over to get out of the way of fire trucks and a woman in a car behind him collided with the pickup. An ambulance was called to the scene for the woman's injuries.


GILMER--American Legion R.E. (Peppy) Blount Post No. 320 will be open one afternoon monthly for trained post service officers to counsel veterans about their potential governmental "benefits and any other issues they may have," said post Second Vice-Commander Jerry Holsworth.

Veterans need not be American Legion members, and may seek assistance free of charge with such issues as health care, education, homelessness, substance abuse and death benefits for their families, said Holsworth, the Gilmer post's past commander.

Advice is also available for veterans of the two Gulf wars fought since 1991 on how they can reassign their educational benefits to their children if they wish, he said.

At least one of the post's three members who are trained as service officers by the Legion will be available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Upshur County Senior Citizens building. Post No. 320 meets in the building, located at the intersection of Harrison Street and Silver Alley one block south of the courthouse square.

"This is our start to offer our veterans more service and information about the programs that may help them best," Holsworth said in a press release. "Depending on the response, we will expand the number of days we will be available to the general vetean population.

"This is open to veterans' spouses and family as well. All veterans are welcome," he added.

Post Service Officer/Chaplain Billy Walker, along with Holsworth and post member Miette Wells, are veterans who have been trained in the duties of post service officer. As Legion members, Holsworth wrote, they "are committed" to assist veterans.

Should the time the officers are providing counseling be inconvenient for a veteran or veteran's family member to come, those seeking help are asked to call Walker at (903) 740-3868 or Holsworth at (903) 399-2818.

Holsworth also said Monday the Gilmer Legion post plans to become involved in voter registration. Plans for that will be announced, he said.


Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations Free Mobile App Available

AUSTIN -- The official Outdoor Annual - Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations app is now available for free download on iOS and Android platforms, providing sportsmen with mobile access to information they can use in the field and on the water.

To download the new app, visit or search the iTunes App Store, Amazon AppStore or Google Play for Outdoor Annual – Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations. The new app was developed by Texas Monthly Custom Publishing in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets.

Once installed on a device, the app enables access to the summary of the Texas 2014-2015 hunting and fishing regulations without having to be connected to the Internet. It can also utilize a smartphone's GPS capabilities to access location-specific regulations, such as exceptions to fish size and bag limits and county-specific hunting regulations.

“Our partnership with Texas Monthly, publisher of the print version of the Outdoor Annual, made it possible to provide these regulations in a free mobile app without having to spend a dime of state funds,” said Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director. “Like the print version, the app is fully funded with sponsor and advertising dollars.”

The content is mostly the same as in the printed Outdoor Annual, just in a different layout and with added interactivity. The screens are easy to use and have an easy to navigate layout. It includes things like county listings, species listings, definitions, and even details about species. The app will be updated before the beginning of the hunting season to include waterfowl regulations.

The new app also includes links to additional information such as Hunter Education and the Weekly Fishing Reports on the agency’s website as well as an ability to contact your local game warden office.  There are also links to License Sales and the Public Hunts Drawing System will be available through the mobile app, as well, though Internet connectivity is needed to access these outside links.

“We wanted to make it easier and more convenient for hunters and anglers to find out what they need to know about the season dates, bag and length limits and other important information when they are enjoying the outdoors in Texas,” said Smith. “We felt it was a priority to use this new technology to provide an added value to the customers whose license dollars help conserve wildlife and fish for all Texans.”


On August 21, 2014, Gladewater Police Officers responded to the 400 block of Riverside Drive in Gladewater in reference to theft of property.  Upon arrival, officers were advised by the complainant, a JDW Services employee, that a truck and flatbed trailer hauling a John Deere backhoe had been stolen from the property.

The stolen pickup is a white, 2009 Chevrolet 3500 flatbed, bearing Texas license plate number AH77635. It is believed the truck was used to take the yellow, 2013 John Deere backhoe, which was already loaded on the trailer.

Later this same date, Gladewater Sgt. Detective, David Burrows, assisted by Smith County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, responded to a location in Smith County where a flatbed trailer and backhoe were recovered.  The 2009 Chevrolet 3500 flatbed has still not been recovered.

This is a picture of the stolen truck.  The fuel cell and tool box on the flatbed near the cab have been removed and will not be on the bed of the truck.


If you have any information regarding this offense or the whereabouts of this truck please contact the Gladewater Police Department at 903-845-2166.






On Thursday, August 14, 2014, around 6:30 pm, the Gladewater Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence located in the 1500 block of Phillips Springs in Gladewater. This search warrant was the result of an on-going criminal investigation. The purpose of this search warrant was to locate and seize illegal narcotics believed to be located at this property. 
Upon arrival, officers and agents located 8 people at this scene, including two juveniles.
After a search of the residence and property, three people were taken into custody and arrested. April Michelle Gordon, 36, of Gladewater, was arrested and charged with Manufacture / Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 under 1 gram a State Jail Felony. Billy Thomas Cate, 56, of Clarksville City, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 under 1 gram, a State Jail Felony. A third individual was arrested on two outstanding Gladewater municipal warrants.
Officers and Agents seized narcotics, weapons and other contraband at this scene.
This investigation will continue and additional charges are pending against Gordon and other individuals involved with this particular location.
Gladewater Police Department's photo.
Gladewater Police Department's photo.


The ribbon cutting for the new Bumble Bee Park Splashpad - which was set for this Saturday - has been rescheduled for Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.

The change in dates is due to a delay by the manufacturer for the slip resistent pad, resutling in a safety issue.

The Gladewater Mirror will be serving up FREE hotdogs for all the kids immediately after the mayor cuts the ribbon.

So mark your calendars for Sept. 6 and come join in on all the fun!


Campaign aims to deter drunk driving in weeks leading up to Labor Day holiday 

AUSTIN – In Texas, there is a traffic crash about every 20 minutes involving a driver under the influence of alcohol. The Texas Department of Transportation hopes to lower this staggering statistic with the launch of its annual Labor Day “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” campaign, which reminds drivers and motorcyclists to avoid drinking and driving or else face severe consequences. The campaign, Aug. 15 through Sept. 1, coincides with the national increased enforcement period sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During this time, Texas law enforcement officers step up their vigilance to arrest drunk drivers.


“Drinking and driving puts you and others at risk of being killed or injured,” said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. “At the very least, you can face expensive fines, jail time and loss of your driver’s license. It’s just not worth it and it’s entirely preventable.”


In 2013, DUI-alcohol-related traffic fatalities accounted for 1 in 3 of all Texas roadway deaths — or nearly 1,100. During last year’s Labor Day weekend in Texas, nearly half (16) of the 35 holiday traffic fatalities were caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol.


Even small amounts of alcohol can impair a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. Alcohol slows reaction time, reduces the ability to properly gauge speed or distance, and impairs vision. All 50 states have established a threshold making it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drivers can be arrested with a BAC below .08 when a law enforcement officer suspects that an individual’s driving is impaired.


To remind people to plan ahead for a sober ride, TxDOT conducts media and outreach events across the state in the weeks leading up to Labor Day. Many of these events feature a vintage-style “DWI Not So Fun House,” which allows participants to experience the simulated effects of alcohol on their motor skills.


TxDOT also has developed to help people quickly and easily find sober alternatives to drinking and driving. Options include:

·        Calling a taxi

·        Using mass transit

·        Asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home

·        Staying put