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GHS Coach/AD Baugh Resigns

By Suzanne Bardwell

The resignation of GISD Athletic Director/head football coach Jerrod Baugh was accepted at Monday evening's board meeting. Baugh had submitted his resignation earlier on Monday to Superintendent Dr. J.P. Richardson.
"Jerrod's work made a huge impact at all levels and ages within both the athletic and academic programs during his time at GISD," Dr. Richardson said. "He made sure the needs of the students were met. His work and what he brought to our athletic programs at all levels and to all ages is appreciated. He also generously helped with community sports programs."
Baugh had been with the district since 2010 having previously coached at Longview High School from 2000-2010; Ouachita High School for one year and Caldwell High School for one year.
He had been on paid administrative leave from his position after being arrested on Jan. 12 on a DWI charge. Baugh had just completed his fourth season with the district coaching the Bears to a season record of 7-7 and a 4-deep run in the Class 3A playoffs and Gladewater's first playoff victory since 2001.
Read the rest of the story in this week's Gladewater Mirror, on stands Tuesday.

MAN ARRESTED, DRUGS FOUND

Patrick Charles Christian, 37, of Gladewater, was arrested for possession of marijuana (>50 <=2,000 LBS) and transported to the Gregg County Jail Saturday. Christian’s bond has been set at $10,000.

According to Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office the arrest led to the seizure of 200 pounds of marijuana.

At about 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 15th, Gregg County Deputies responded to 166 Spokane Street in Gladewater for a suspicious person call. 

While speaking with the complainant, deputies noticed the odor of marijuana and asked for consent to search the residence. Upon the resident refusing consent, a warrant was obtained and Deputies subsequently located over 212 pounds of marijuana valued at nearly $130,000. Also found on the property were digital scales, a grinder and five firearms.

READ THIS WEEK'S GLADEWATER MIRROR

Pick up this week's Gladewater Mirror and read how the city council rejected Councilman Scott Owens' attempt to get the voters to decide how GEDCO tax money can be used by placing the issue on the May 10 ballott. Also say goodbye to the Bumpus House, which is being torn down this week. So far the May 10th city and school elections are drawing little interest, as only the incumbents have signed up for re-election. The deadline for filing is this Friday, Feb. 28.

GLADEWATER MAYOR, COUNCILWOMAN DRAW CHALLENGERS

GLADEWATER MAYOR, COUNCILWOMAN DRAW CHALLENGERS

Gladewater businessman Mark Carpenter has filed to run against Gladewater Mayor Harold Wells and Memori Ruesing has filed for the Place 3 council seat and will face incumbent Lana Niemann.

Councilman Leon Watson is unopposed in the May 10 election.

In the Gladewater ISD election, incumbents Jon Keller and David Floyd are unopposed.  

Filing for the May 10 election closed at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28

CITY COUNCIL REJECTS ORDINANCE CONCERNING GEDCO

Gladewater City Councilman Scott Owens’ attempt Thursday night to redirect some of the tax money collected by the Gladewater Economic Development Corporation (GEDCO) met up against stiff opposition as the council voted 5-2 to reject his bid to place the measure before the voters on the May 10 ballot.
Mayor Harold Wells and council members Leon Watson, Lana Niemann, Sonny Anderson and J.D. Shipp voted to reject the ordinance, while Owens and Delbert Burlison voted no.
A lengthy discussion preceded the vote with Wells telling Owens he was “very unhappy with the way this came about” and he thought it was “totally handled wrong,” referring to Owens having an ordinance drawn up by the city attorney (Gary Shaver) and asking for the ordinance calling for a special election to be on the agenda before discussing it with council members.
Wells indicated he thought Owens had gone behind the council’s back on this issue.
He also said he was “confused” as to Owens’ actions of having the city attorney do city-related work for him personally. He asked – “Me and Leon (Watson) or me and anybody in here can walk into Shaver’s office and say ‘I want this ordinance changed?’”
“To educate you on this, any city council member can bring anything before the council,” Owens explained, adding that the city attorney (Gary Shaver) was not on “city time” when he drew up the ordinance and the city attorney did it for Owens free as a favor since they were old friends.
Todd Clifton, GEDCO board president, questioned what motivated Shaver to provide the free legal work for Owens and (Delbert) Burlison.
Owens said he wanted the voters to decide on whether or not the city could use some of the money which GEDCO - a Type A corporation - gets from a 1/2-cent sales tax for public infrastructure improvements. Those improvements could have included public safety facilities, streets, traffic control, parks and park facilities - which all qualify as a project for a Type B corporation.
Owens said the city has many needs current property taxes can’t address - such as street repair and if the GISD $35 million bond measure passes May 10 and the new Gladewater Middle School is built on the current site of public ball fields – the city may need to build a new sports complex to accommodate the needs of the youth. The school district owns the land where the fields are located, but the city maintains them.
Councilman J.D. Shipp wasn’t totally opposed to Owens’ idea, but he was worried about the “very narrow window” the ordinance before them Thursday night would create as for as educating the council about the pros and cons of such a move. “It’s a bit rushed,” Shipp said, adding he felt there needed to be more communication among council members on such matters.
Clifton said he felt the issue was “very rushed.” Clifton said there had been hints that GEDCO “hasn’t done a good job,” but he thought it had and he added that GEDCO was willing to partner with the city on projects.
Burlison said he didn’t think GEDCO had gotten a good return on its investment – citing that GEDCO had given about $1 million to companies as economic development and only gotten back about $130,000 in tax dollars from those companies.
Clifton told Burlison he thought he was being “that’s very short sided” and Burlison was “not seeing the whole picture.”
Councilwoman Niemann, who also serves on the GEDCO board, said it would be “irresponsible” of the council to put the ordinance on the ballot without being educated and fully informed. She said the council’s main focus should always be to do what is best for the people of Gladewater.
She added that if the city were to look at building a multi-million dollar park/sports complex, it would require much more research and discussion before ever taking such an expensive project to the voters.
GEDCO is currently helping various organizations such as the Gladewater Main Street program, The Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, the Former Student’s Association, Operation Give Gratitude, and the Gladewater Antique District Association with advertising and promotions. GEDCO has also partnered with city organizations on projects that benefit the city of Gladewater, such as helping pay for sidewalk projects and other infrastructure.

MAN KILLED IN WRECK DAYS BEFORE WEDDING

BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS/correspondent

A 27-year-old Gilmer man who was engaged to be married this weekend was killed in a pickup accident early Friday in the city limits of East Mountain, said a spokeswoman for Upshur County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace W.V. Ray.

Justin Shawn Frost was northbound on Texas Hwy. 300 when his 2008 Dodge Ram truck apparently overturned at the intersection with FM Road 726, ejecting him, said Ray's clerk, Sherry Jewkes-Larsen.

The crash occurred about 3:45 a.m., and Ray pronounced Frost dead at the scene at 4:55 a.m. before ordering an autopsy, Jewkes-Larsen said. The accident site is at the intersection where A.W.'s Country Store was located before burning some time ago.

Frost, a former star pitcher for the Gilmer High School baseball team, is the son of Jan Frost, a secretary in the Upshur County District Attorney's Office.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Sandy Mac Taylor and two deputies from the Upshur County Sheriff's Office investigated the accident, Jewkes-Larsen said. The trooper was not immediately available for comment.

 

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