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Chris Bland picked for Gladewater Council

Chris Bland was selected from a field of eight to fill the Place 4 seat previously held by Gladewater City Councilman Delbert Burlison.
The Gladewater City Council deliberated for about one hour in executive session Thursday night before announcing their choice.
Councilman J.D. Shipp and Mayor Harold Wells thanked all who submitted letters of interest for the unexpired term. The council reviewed letters from Memori Ruesing, Mark Carpenter, Dr. Dennis Robertson, Paul Hall, Winn King and Brent Bailey, as well as Bland's letter.
Bland said he knew he had big shoes to fill, following Councilman Burlison, who passed away in May. Bland was instrumental in getting the $35 million Gladewater ISD bond passed. He is employed at Good Shepherd Administrative Services Organization, where he has been the Safety Manager since 2001.
Read more about the council's selection and the audience's reaction in next week's Gladewater Mirror.

July 16, 2014 Gladewater Mirror Front Page

SPCA of Texas Awarded Custody of 71 Cruelly Treated Animals Seized from Upshur County Property

On Friday at the Upshur County Courthouse in Gilmer, Judge W.V. Ray awarded custody of 71 cruelly treated animals seized from property n the Union Grove are ito the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas was awarded $19,038.90 in restitution. However, the SPCA of Texas does not actually expect to receive any of this money to help offset costs. Additionally, the Upshur County Constable was awarded $1,755.45 in restitution. If the animal owner does not file an appeal in the next ten days, the SPCA of Texas will at that time individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

On May 8, under the authority of the Upshur County Constable, Pct. 1, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 71 cruelly treated animals--64 dogs, six cats and one horse--from a property near Gladewater, Texas.

Most of the dogs were found living in trash-filled residence on the property in rows of plastic, metal and wooden crates. Approximately 20 dogs were found inside fenced-in kennels behind the building. Nine of the dogs were tethered outside. Various breeds found include Great Pyrenees mixes, Hound Mixes, Miniature Pinschers, Red Heelers and other mixed breeds. The dogs appeared to have various health issues, including hair loss, tumors, labored breathing, eye issues, skin isues, matted fur, one dog had a distended abdomen and one dog had an injured tail.

Most of the cats were kept in carriers inside the residence on the property. One cat was found in a metal cage. Many of the cats have matted fur.

The horse was living outside in a pasture, is very underweight and has a dull coat.

The Upshur County Constable, Pct. 1, contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding concerns of animal cruelty on May 7 in reference to a puppy mill case. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property that day, and the SPCA of Texas and the Upshur County Constable determined that the animals were being cruelly treated. The Upshur County Constable and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Upshur County Constable sought a seizure warrant.

"Thanks to the excellent work of several entities, led by Upshur County Constable, Pct. 1, Gene Dolle, the animals have been receiving the care they needed since last week's seizure," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "It is hard to see the animals suffer in these conditions, and I'm thankful that we have been able to help them."

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until today's custody hearing

June 18, 2014 edition


We are sad to report that our friend Delbert Burlison has passed away.

The flag at Gladewater City Hall has been lowered to half mast in honor of the Place 4 Gladewater city councilman.

Services for Councilman Burlison are pendng with Welch Funeral Home in Longview.

We send our most sincere condolences to Delbert's wife Judy, and the Burlison family.


A 46-year-old Gladewater man was killed when the flatbed wrecker truck he was working on rolled off ramps and crushed him early Saturday, said Upshur County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter.

Titus Tyrone Prince was installing a muffler on his three-ton rollover wrecker when the accident occurred outside a large metal shop in the 1800 block of Cannon Street, according to information from Potter and Gladewater Police Chief Robert Vine. Emergency medical services personnel pronounced Prince dead at 3:30 a.m., said Potter, who said he also pronounced the victim dead shortly afterward.

The shop's owner tried unsuccessfully to pull Prince from underneath the wrecker before the victim died, said Potter. Jacks were used to extract the body, the judge said.

Police responded to the scene about 3 a.m. after receiving a report of someone being pinned beneath a vehicle, Vine said in a press release. Upon arriving, officers saw the victim pinned under the front suspension area of the wrecker, Vine said.

"When officers were able to reach Prince, he was unresponsive. EMS responded to the scene and could not locate a pulse when a heart monitor was placed on Prince," the chief said.

John Black Jr. of Gladewater told officers Prince had been working on the victim's vehicle when it rolled over him, pinning him underneath, said Vine.

"Black stated Prince had parked the truck on some homemade vehicle ramps at a shop on the property. Prince had been working on his vehicle replacing the exhaust system," the chief said.

Potter said he did not order an autopsy. Prince's body was taken to McCauley and Sons Funeral Home in Gladewater. 



Kathi Corwin has been hired to guide Gladewater's Main Street Program. She has a Masters of Science (MS) SBall State University in Historic Preservation and Conservation and earnedher Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History from Saint Joseph's College.
Gladewater City Manager Sean Pate Tuesday Corwin accepted the job Monday and will start work on June 2.
The Indiana graduate most recently was a graduate assistant at Ball State University, where she assisted professors with research for class, assisted with rehabilitation of a 19th century home, create a brochure on previous rehabilitation of 19th century home and assisted drawings and documents archivist.
According to her Facebook page, prior to Ball State she worked at EcoRehab of Muncie, INC. in the Muncie, Indiana area where she assisTed with rehabilitation of 19th century home, purchased supplies for rehabilitation and directed summer class with rehabilitation work in absence of her professor.
She also has worked as an assistant lake manager at Saint Joseph's College, wher she trained and scheduled lifeguards, was responsible for issuance of lake passes, restored and maintained the lake grounds.
She also worked as an event coordinator at Saint Joseph's College, scheduling events on campus and coordinate with all departments for events.
For three years she Habitat for Humanity International
2009 – 2012 worked in several states as well as in Macedonia building homes for those in need with Habitat for Humanity International.