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TPW Commission Approves Expanded Mule Deer, Extended Squirrel Hunting Seasons

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday, March 27 public hearing approved expanded mule deer hunting in several counties and extended squirrel season across parts of East Texas.

An archery-only open season and 16-day general season for mule deer in Knox County, and a nine-day general season for mule deer in Castro, Hale and Lubbock counties will be in effect for the 2014-15 hunting seasons. The mule deer season had previously been closed in these counties. The Commission also clarified that use of antlerless mule deer permits would not count against a hunter’s county bag limit, nor require an antlerless mule deer tag from a hunting license.  In addition, the use of the permit was extended to be used in archery season with archery equipment only.

The Commission also approved extending squirrel hunting season in 51 East Texas counties to the end of February and permit the use of air rifles meeting minimum standards of 600 fps (feet per second) muzzle velocity, fired from the shoulder (no handguns) and having projectiles of at least .177 caliber. The Commission also eliminated bag and possession limits on squirrel in 12 counties in north-central Texas.

In other Commission action, effective for the spring 2015 season, turkey hunters in East Texas can use mobile technology for mandatory reporting of harvested Eastern turkeys. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is developing a mobile app and a web-based harvest reporting form to facilitate the process electronically.

In addition, a provision prohibiting possession of firearms while hunting deer or turkey during an open archery season has been removed. Lawful archery equipment remains the only means authorized to take deer or turkey during archery season.

Also, the Commission clarified that holders of a valid Texas Lifetime Hunting License must still acquire and use tags annually where tagging of harvested game is required.

The Commission also shortened by one month the current year-round open season for desert bighorn sheep and eliminated the requirement of a landowner affidavit for skulls and horns found in the wild. Persons who find desert bighorn sheep skulls or horns and wish to lawfully possess, must still notify the department within 48 hours and make arrangements to have them plugged.

All regulation changes take effect Sept. 1, 2014.

Chamber Winners, Medal of Honor Recipient Honored! Plus - join or CSI investigation!!!!

Pick up this week's Gladewater Mirror and see who all got honored at the annual Gladewater Chamber of Commerce banquet held last week. Also, read how M/Sgt. Travis Watkins - congressional medal of honor winner - was remembered last Saturday by his grandson and the Korean War Veterans. Read what this envelope has to do with one of the candidates for Gladewater mayor and see if you can help solve the mystery behind who wrote it. Pick up your copy today!






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.



Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office announce Thursday the arrest of a federal fugitive for possession of a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm.

At about 3:00 AM this morning, March 20th, Gregg County Deputies observed a black Ford truck traveling on Tryon Road with expired registration. Upon making a stop on the vehicle, the driver, forty-four year old Larry Shane Sillick of Tyler, was found to have an outstanding federal warrant for violation of probation. Upon Sillick exiting the truck, he dropped a purple colored bag and stepped on it in an attempt to conceal it from Deputies. Deputies found that the bag contained four baggies of suspected crystalline methamphetamine, later found to have a total weight of 7.8 grams. A search of the truck revealed a Ruger 9mm handgun in the console.

Sillick was transported to the Gregg County Jail for the outstanding warrant and possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, greater than or equal to 4 grams but less than 200 grams. Because of a previous felony conviction, Sillick was also charged with felon in possession of a firearm. Sillick is being held without bond.



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

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.



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.