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Gilmer ISD taxpayers forced to drive to Gilmer to vote

No more GISD polling places outside Gilmer

BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS

GILMER--The Gilmer School Board last week approved confining all election-day voting in the May 10 board election to Gilmer High School, thus discontinuing having additional polling places in East Mountain and Ewell.

In calling the election for three board seats now held by Todd Tefteller, Gloria King, and Mark Skinner, the board on Jan. 21 also approved continuing to hold early voting at the school administration building. School Supt. Rick Albritton said the reduction from four overall polling places (counting the administration building) to two would reduce election-day expenses by half.

Albritton said he recommended the change partly because the Upshur County Clerk's Office refused to continue assisting with the trustee election, meaning "our election costs are fixing to triple" if the board continued using multiple polling places.

That's because the school must contract with Hart Intercivic to program the machines, which Deputy County Clerk Gregg Dodson had been doing, Albritton indicated. The superintendent told The Mirror the school's estimated total cost of holding the election would have been about $10,000 instead of the usual $3,500 if GISD continued using multiple balloting sites on election day.

Hart will charge $6,200 to provide services, and reducing the number of polling places means the school will expend only $1,750 of the $3,500 for election expenses it normally bears (such as election judges and printing ballots), Albritton told the newspaper. Last year, he added, the county charged $443 for assisting with the City of Gilmer municipal election and the school election combined, and the city reimbursed the school $191.63 of that. 

Albritton also told the board that having multiple voting locations on election day caused a "lot of confusion" over where to vote, and that someone who goes to the wrong polling place may give up and not vote at all. "We're trying to make it simpler," he said, noting only 10 or 15 percent of registered voters participate in GISD board elections.

The board approved contracting with the City of Gilmer for holding the election. If either entity cancels its election (as allowed by state law when there are no contested races), the other entity bears all the election costs, said GISD Secretary Judy Moore, who has overseen early voting for some years.

Early voting in the school election is set April 28-May 6. Candidates file between Jan. 29 and Feb. 28.

 

GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS FOR GREGG COUNTY

THE FOLLOWING IS THE LIST OF GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS FOR GREGG COUNTY FOR JANUARY 15 & 16, 2014.

 

GRAND JURY FOR THE 188TH DISTRICT COURT

JANUARY-DECEMBER TERM

JANUARY 15TH & 16TH, 2014

 

(NOTE:  GRAND JURY RETURNED 64 INDICTMENTS WIH 9 SEALED DUE TO NO ARREST AT TIME OF INDICTMENT.)

DEFENDANT, AGE, HOMETOWN, OFFENSE, DATE OF OFFENSE:

 

CORINNA ALCORTA MEDRANO (38) - GLADEWATER, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 05-29-2013                   

JAMES LEE ABSHIRE (38) - GLADEWATER, TX.               - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 9.7.13       

                  

JAMES LEE ABSHIRE (38) - GLADEWATER, TX.               - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.19.13

 

OLANDA CEPEDA GREEN (50) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 4.6.13

                                  

RICHARD ALLEN YOHE (47) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 6.26.2013

                                  

MARTHA BARRETT (26) - GILMER TX.               - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM; POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AN AMOUNT OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.20.13      

                  

SHAWN ALLEN HAMILTON (45) - LONGVIEW, TX. -DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3rd OR MORE - 08-26-2013

                                  

JACOB PITTMAN (32) - LONGVIEW, TX. - DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3rd OR MORE - 11-11-2013   

                  

ROBIN NICOLE WRIGHT (37) - WINONA, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 10-27-2012

                                  

DAVID ELLIS WILSON JR. (39) - TATUM, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 04-30-2013

                                  

KRISTINA NICOLE YOUNG (35) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.25.2013             

                  

JOHN L. WILBOURN (62) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.12.13   

                  

RUBY LANITA WILKINSON (64) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.20.13

                                  

CORTNEY ORLANDO WICKWARE (37) - TYLER, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS - 7.26.13             

                                                                             

MARCUS EUGENE WILLIAMS (39) - KILGORE, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS - 7.12.13         

                  

RONALD JOE SMITH (50) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.11.13   

                  

BILLY LINDELL PEARSON (50) - HENDERSON, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 8.14.13

                                  

BRANDON PRESLEY PICKETT (21) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.5.13

                                  

RICHARD EARL MILLER (56) - HENDERSON, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 7.3.13     

                  

JEFFREY WAYNE LAWRENCE (28) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200 GRAMS WITH INTENT TO DELIVER; POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200 GRAMS - 04.10.13

                                  

SHIRLEY DOTSON FINLEY (42) - KILGORE, TX.               - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 08-22-2013

                                  

JOHN MELVIN THOMPSON III (43) - KILGORE, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 08-20-2013             

                  

JOSEPH DANIEL ORTIZ (30) - LONGVIEW, TX. -              POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER - 06-26-2013                                  

 

STEPHEN DAVID FORD (53) - LONGVIEW, TX.- POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 08-15-2013     

                  

CORY JSAMARD FORD (26) - LONGVIEW, TX. -              POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 08-09-2013

                                  

JACE CAMPISE (23) - GILMER, TX. -POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 06-12-2013

                                  

CORINNA ALCORTA MEDRANO (38) - GLADEWATER, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 05-29-2013                   

SCOTT ALAN HANNING (35) - HENDERSON, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 06-24-2013

                                  

PEGGY ELAINE BURNETT (50) - OVERTON, TX.              - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 09-07-2013

                                  

TERRENCE TERRELL STEPHENSON (32) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DELIVER - 06-10-2013  

                  

KRISTEN LEE STRADER (26) - LONGVIEW, TX.                - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 08-18-2013    

                  

CARLTON RAY CHAMPION, JR. (20) - LONGVIEW, TX. - UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - 12.9.13

                                  

JOHN MICHAEL BOWDEN (46) - LONGVIEW, TX. - UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - 10.27.13

                                                                   

CARL DOUGLAS STOKESBERRY (35) - LONGVIEW, TX. -              THEFT OF PROPERTY IN AN AMOUNT OF $20,000 OR MORE BUT LESS THAN $100,000 - 10.1.13 

                  

CARL DOUGLAS STOKESBERRY (35) - LONGVIEW, TX. -              DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3RD OR MORE - 10.1.13               

                  

ANDRES VILLARREAL (36) - LONGVIEW, TX. - DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3RD OR MORE - 2.15.13               

                  

JOHN GABRIEL KING (22) - HALLSVILLE, TX. - EVADING ARREST OR DETENTION WITH VEHICLE -10.24.13

                                  

CEDRIC EARL JONES (50) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 8.3.13                     

  

DAQUAYIVIOUS DEJVAN FOWLKES (19) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS - 7.6.13                               

  

ADARIUS QUNTA DAVENPORT (34) – LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS - 7.16.13

                                  

PATRICIA ANN DELACERDA (50) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF ONE GRAM OR MORE BUT LESS THAN FOUR GRAMS - 8.31.13         

                  

TUCKER BYRON BAILEY (30) - LONGVIEW, TX.               - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 6.28.13                     

  

KENDRICK LOYD ALEXANDER (34) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 4.10.13     

                  

CHARLES DESMOND KING (40) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 8.3.13

                                  

BRANTAJA DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY-BLEVINS (21) - KILGORE, TX. - TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE - 8.20.13                         

JERRY DALE SESSUM (45) - HALLSVILLE, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 6.10.13   

  

MINDI RENEE SUMMERTON (35) - LONGVIEW, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 6.10.13

                                  

DELDRIC DENSON (34) - PLAINVIEW, LA. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF FOUR GRAMS OR MORE BUT LESS THAN 200 GRAMS - 6.2.13        

                  

RAMIRO GUZMAN PEREZ (34) - KILGORE, TX. - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN AN AMOUNT  OF LESS THAN ONE GRAM - 8.17.13                   

  

GREGORY DEWAYNE JENKINS (48) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.3.13

                  

DEXTER DESHUN WARD (25) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 10.26.13

                                  

FELIPIA UNJEANETTA JACKSON (42) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.24.13            

                  

RUIE BERNARD LACY (47) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.22.13               

                  

THOMAS EARL RICHARDSON (54) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.2.13   

                  

 

DONALD RAY BELL (52) - LONGVIEW, TX. - THEFT HABITUAL - 11.1.13                       

CITY OF GLADEWATER BOARD's RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT POLICY

 
The City of Gladewater is seeking volunteers to serve on its various boards. The City Council recently revised its board member selection policies in an effort to broaden its scope and open the process up to a wider field of applicants.
Below is the city's policy and its various boards. The form can be obtained at the city's website: http://www.cityofgladewater.com/
 
REVISED POSTING: The previous posting contained information that was not updated. The information below is the newest version and contains the policy amended by the city council on Aug. 15, 2013.

CITY OF GLADEWATER
BOARD RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT POLICY
Adopted August 15, 2013

PURPOSE

The City of Gladewater wishes to encourage community involvement by engaging citizens of diverse backgrounds, skill sets and innovative ideals to serve on city boards. To accomplish the goal of greater participation in city government, the city will endeavor to actively recruit interested individuals through a variety of public media resources.

Each board is structured by ordinance as to the purpose, number of members, terms, requirements and meeting frequency. 

City appointed boards consist of; Airport, Cemetery, GEDCO, Lake, Library, Main Street, Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustments.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The following individuals are eligible to serve City of Gladewater boards and commissions;

Ad-valorem tax-paying residents, business owners, renters and/or lessees of property within the corporate city limits of Gladewater; and/or
Individuals possessing specific knowledge, skill sets or expertise that have demonstrated interest in the betterment of Gladewater.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

All persons interested in serving on a City appointed board must do so by submitting an application form provided by the City Secretary.
A recruitment notice will be published in the Gladewater Mirror and Longview News Journal twice each year with information on the various boards and the application process.
A permanent notice will be posted on the City of Gladewater website along with the application form.
City officials are to improve public awareness and encourage public service by speaking at civic organizations regarding the various city boards and their functions.

REVIEW AND APPOINTMENT PROCESS

City Secretary to receive and review applications for completeness and eligibility. Once eligibility is determined, applications are forwarded to each board for consideration. 
Each board will give consideration to the pool of applicants and submit a written nomination to the City Secretary. 
The City Secretary will place board nominations on the November City Council agenda for consideration. The City Council will give careful consideration to entire pool of applicants and the nomination submitted by each board before making respective board appointment.
The City Council may appoint any of its members to serve as an ex-officio member of any board.

BOARDS APPOINTED BY THE GLADEWATER CITY COUNCIL


AIRPORT BOARD – Meets 1st Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Gladewater Municipal Airport.

Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms. The Airport Board acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council and is responsible for making recommendations in respect to ground leases, construction, expansion, improvements, future plans and maintenance and operation of the airport.

CEMETERY BOARD – Meets as needed on the 3rd Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall.

The Cemetery Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms. The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council concerning the efficient operation and maintenance of Gladewater Memorial Park Cemetery and Gay-Haggans Cemetery.

GLADEWATER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (GEDCO) BOARD – Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce.

Board consists of five members, each serving three year terms with a two term limit. GEDCO is a separate incorporated entity and operates under its own by-laws to further economic growth by recruitment or expansion of manufacturing/industrial businesses in Gladewater. 

GLADEWATER HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD – Meetings are called by the Housing Authority Director. 

This five member board is appointed by the Mayor for two year terms and is organized as a separate entity for the purpose of efficient operation and maintenance of affordable housing complexes throughout Gladewater as established by state statute.

LAKE BOARD – Meets bi-monthly on 1st Monday at 6:00 p.m. at Lake Office.

The Lake Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms. The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council regarding recreational activities at Lake Gladewater, making recommendations to the City Council on maintenance, improvements, and control of said activities.

LIBRARY BOARD – Meets as needed on 1st Monday after the 15th of the month at 5:00 p.m. at Lee Public Library.

The Library Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms. The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council to promote the library and to assist the librarian in the efficient operation of the library.

MAIN STREET BOARD – Meets on 1st Thursday each month at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall.

The Main Street Board is composed of nine members, each serving three year terms. This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council to assist in historic preservation and revitalization of the central business district.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION – Meets as needed on the 2nd Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The Planning & Zoning Commission is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms. This Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council regarding the platting and recording of subdivisions or additions within the corporate limits or within one mile of city limits. They conduct public hearings regarding applications for zoning changes, future zoning plans, plan for future developments, streets and alley-ways and make such recommendations to the City Council.

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS – Meets as needed on 2nd Thursday at 1:15 p.m. at City Hall.

This Board consists of seven members, each serving two year terms. The Zoning Board of Adjustments hears and decides all appeals and renders an interpretation of the zoning regulations, or where it is alleged that there is error in any order, requirement or determination made by the Building Inspector. The Board hears and decides upon application for special exceptions and variances from zoning regulations

HISTORICAL PRESERVATION LIAISON

This liaison serves at the pleasure of the City Council for a two-year term, and may be reappointed to consecutive terms. The Liaison shall have a demonstrated interest, competence or knowledge in historic preservation within the city. They help coordinate restoration or preservation projects, educate the community about its rich historical legacy and encourage historical preservation.
Photo: REVISED POSTING: The previous posting contained information that was not updated. The information below is the newest version and contains the policy amended by the city council on Aug. 15, 2013.

CITY OF GLADEWATER
BOARD RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT POLICY
Adopted August 15, 2013

PURPOSE

The City of Gladewater wishes to encourage community involvement by engaging citizens of diverse backgrounds, skill sets and innovative ideals to serve on city boards.  To accomplish the goal of greater participation in city government, the city will endeavor to actively recruit interested individuals through a variety of public media resources.

Each board is structured by ordinance as to the purpose, number of members, terms, requirements and meeting frequency.  

City appointed boards consist of; Airport, Cemetery, GEDCO, Lake, Library, Main Street, Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustments.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The following individuals are eligible to serve City of Gladewater boards and commissions;

Ad-valorem tax-paying residents, business owners, renters and/or lessees of property within the corporate city limits of Gladewater; and/or
Individuals possessing specific knowledge, skill sets or expertise that have demonstrated interest in the betterment of Gladewater.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

All persons interested in serving on a City appointed board must do so by submitting an application form provided by the City Secretary.
A recruitment notice will be published in the Gladewater Mirror and Longview News Journal twice each year with information on the various boards and the application process.
A permanent notice will be posted on the City of Gladewater website along with the application form.
City officials are to improve public awareness and encourage public service by speaking at civic organizations regarding the various city boards and their functions.

REVIEW AND APPOINTMENT PROCESS

City Secretary to receive and review applications for completeness and eligibility.  Once eligibility is determined, applications are forwarded to each board for consideration.  
Each board will give consideration to the pool of applicants and submit a written nomination to the City Secretary.  
The City Secretary will place board nominations on the November City Council agenda for consideration.  The City Council will give careful consideration to entire pool of applicants and the nomination submitted by each board before making respective board appointment.
The City Council may appoint any of its members to serve as an ex-officio member of any board.

BOARDS APPOINTED BY THE GLADEWATER CITY COUNCIL


AIRPORT BOARD – Meets 1st Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Gladewater Municipal Airport.

Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms.  The Airport Board acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council and is responsible for making recommendations in respect to ground leases, construction, expansion, improvements, future plans and maintenance and operation of the airport.

CEMETERY BOARD – Meets as needed on the 3rd Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall.

The Cemetery Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms.  The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council concerning the efficient operation and maintenance of Gladewater Memorial Park Cemetery and Gay-Haggans Cemetery.

GLADEWATER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (GEDCO) BOARD – Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce.

Board consists of five members, each serving three year terms with a two term limit.  GEDCO is a separate incorporated entity and operates under its own by-laws to further economic growth by recruitment or expansion of manufacturing/industrial businesses in Gladewater. 

GLADEWATER HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD – Meetings are called by the Housing Authority Director.  

This five member board is appointed by the Mayor for two year terms and is organized as a separate entity for the purpose of efficient operation and maintenance of affordable housing complexes throughout Gladewater as established by state statute.

LAKE BOARD – Meets bi-monthly on 1st Monday at 6:00 p.m. at Lake Office.

The Lake Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms.  The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council regarding recreational activities at Lake Gladewater, making recommendations to the City Council on maintenance, improvements, and control of said activities.

LIBRARY BOARD – Meets as needed on 1st Monday after the 15th of the month at 5:00 p.m. at Lee Public Library.

The Library Board is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms.  The Board is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council to promote the library and to assist the librarian in the efficient operation of the library.

MAIN STREET BOARD – Meets on 1st Thursday each month at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall.

The Main Street Board is composed of nine members, each serving three year terms.  This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council to assist in historic preservation and revitalization of the central business district.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION – Meets as needed on the 2nd Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The Planning & Zoning Commission is composed of seven members, each serving two year terms.  This Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council regarding the platting and recording of subdivisions or additions within the corporate limits or within one mile of city limits.  They conduct public hearings regarding applications for zoning changes, future zoning plans, plan for future developments, streets and alley-ways and make such recommendations to the City Council.

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS – Meets as needed on 2nd Thursday at 1:15 p.m. at City Hall.

This Board consists of seven members, each serving two year terms.  The Zoning Board of Adjustments hears and decides all appeals and renders an interpretation of the zoning regulations, or where it is alleged that there is error in any order, requirement or determination made by the Building Inspector.  The Board hears and decides upon application for special exceptions and variances from zoning regulations

HISTORICAL PRESERVATION LIAISON

This liaison serves at the pleasure of the City Council for a two-year term, and may be reappointed to consecutive terms.  The Liaison shall have a demonstrated interest, competence or knowledge in historic preservation within the city.  They help coordinate restoration or preservation projects, educate the community about its rich historical legacy and encourage historical preservation.

GLADEWATER RECEIVES GRANT FOR DOWNTOWN LIGHTS

The City of Gladewater was recently named a 2013 grant recipient of the Anice Read Fund, a grant program of the Texas Downtown Association (TDA) and the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT).  Gladewater was awarded $2,500.00 to assist with completion of a downtown lighting project. The downtown lighting project is has been made possible through a cooperative effort from  the city of Gladewater, the Gladewater Main Street Program, the Gladewater Economic Development Corporation (GEDCO), and private donors.    

The Anice Read Fund was formed in 1999 to honor the legacy of Anice Read of Austin, East Texas Gusher Days.  Anice was a tireless supporter of Texas downtowns and is credited with founding TDA and bringing the Main Street program model to the state.  Three years after her retirement, following a battle with cancer, Mrs. Read passed away on November 30, 1999.

The first grants from the Anice Read Fund were awarded in 2000. Since that time, more than $65,000.00 has been awarded, leveraging more than $4.6 million for downtown projects. 

Grants from the Anice Read Fund are only available to members of the TDA and must have a downtown element to be eligible. Projects considered include physical projects, professional development, or program development.

Day to day operations of the Anice Read Fund are managed by the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) in Dallas, which oversees funds organizations, families and businesses from across Texas.  TDA chose this partnership so that donors to the fund could receive the maximum tax benefit permitted by the law.  

The Texas Downtown Association, established in 1985, is a statewide nonprofit organization comprised of almost 400 members involved in downtown revitalization projects.  TDA provides resources to members through networking opportunities, marketing, education and advocacy to achieve community goals.  For more information, visit www.texasdowntown.org.

Inmate death under investigation

Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano announced that an investigation had been initiated into the death of jail inmate, Debra Ingram Duffie, a 52 year old female who died August 19, 2013.

Duffie had been in custody at the Gregg County Jail since her arrest on August 12, 2013.  The inmate was charged with Violation of Probation, Assault Family Violence and has been booked into the Gregg County jail 8 times for various charges.  On August 14, 2013, Duffie appeared in the Gregg County Court at Law #1 and was sentenced to 100 days confinement in the county jail.

Sheriff Cerliano advised that the inmate was housed in a separation cell at the Gregg County North Jail, and was being treated for a medical condition by jail medical staff.  Duffie had previously been sent from the jail to Good Shepherd Medical Center on August 15, 2013 for treatment of a medical condition and was released to return to the jail on the same day.

On Sunday August 18, 2013, the jail medical staff consisting of a Licensed Vocational Nurse continued the inmate’s treatment and alerted the jail doctor of the inmate’s symptoms.   The jail doctor ordered that Duffie be sent to Good Shepherd Medical Center for additional treatment.  Longview Fire EMS responded and the inmate was again transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center.  During the transport, Duffie had what is believed to be a significant cardiac event.  Duffie was admitted to the hospital for treatment.

Duffie was treated at the hospital for over 12 hours and died at 5:12 am.  Justice of the Peace #1, B.H. Jameson conducted an inquest.  Judge Jameson ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Texas Ranger Todd Martin along with Gregg County Sheriff’s Investigators is conducting the investigation.  The completed investigation will be forwarded to the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office for review.  The Texas Commission on Jail Standards was notified and reports will be filed with TCJS as well as the Office of the Attorney General.

Sheriff Cerliano advised that all documents, reports, logs, and electronic recordings are under review by Investigators.

Sheriff Cerliano stipulated that the investigation is ongoing and the autopsy report is pending.

INDICTMENTS HANDED DOWN

GILMER--At least five Gladewater residents were among those indicted when an Upshur County Grand Jury returned 15 indictments Thursday, Oct. 10, said District Attorney Billy Byrd's office.

Defendants, charges, and bonds in the 12 open indictments were as follows, while three indictments were sealed and one case was passed, the office reported:

Harrell Edward Johnson, 44, of Gladewater, was separately indicted on three charges--tampering with physical evidence, prohibited substance in correctional facility, and possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), all of which are alleged to have occured April 3. He remained in county jail on bonds totalling $30,000 ($10,000 per charge).

Landon Marquel Gordon, 17, of Gladewater, assault/family violence--occlusion on Aug. 13, $8,000

James C. Adkinson, 29, of Gladewater, possession of methamphetamine on March 25. Bond was set at $15,000, but Adkinson is currently in state prison. 

Jeremy Dewayne Wood, 28, of Gladewater, possession of methamphetamne on April 27, $5,000   

Justin Wayne Borden, 26, of Gladewater, assault/family violence--occlusion with previous conviction on April 28, $25,000

Melanie Kay Alexander, 32, of Gilmer, possession of methamphetamine on April 3, $10,000 

Ginger Lynn Borden, 49, of Big Sandy, assault/family violence--occlusion on July 22. She remained in county jail under $15,000 bond.

Kassie Sadler, 42, of Kilgore, theft of copper/aluminum on April 15, $10,000

Jacob Andrew Wade, 24, of Gilmer, prohibited substance in correctional facility on April 9, $10,000

Cary Buckner Fant, III, 63, of Marshall, possession of methamphetamine on April 9, $50,000

The indictments which were sealed because no arrests had been made, said Byrd's office, included bail jumping/failure to appear, delivery of controlled substance (in) drug-free zone (methamphetamine), and theft of property of the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000.  

The nature of the passed case was not disclosed.

 

Bumpas House Burns

The Bumpus House, a Texas historic landmark home turned restaurant in downtown Gladewater caught fire early Friday morning.

The fire call came in at 3:37 a.m. Friday with Gladewater, Clarksville City, Warren City and White Oak Fire Departments all responded to the blaze. Gladewater Fire Chief Wayne Smith reportedly said he doesn't believe the building is salvageable because of the wood construction and the amount of water used to extinguish the fire.  

The fire marshal said Friday afternoon the cause of fire was still unknown.

This house, which has been vacant for more than a year, is believed to have been built about the turn of the century. Area sawmill owner and road builder William E. Bumpus and his wife Catherine (Harris) purchased the property in 1927. The Bumpus House is a well-preserved example of a large dwelling with colonial revival details (dormers, gable ends) and craftsman influences (tapered box supports on brick piers). A local landmark, the house remained in the Bumpus family until 1987. The house was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1994.