Join ‘Born to Read’ 


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The University of Texas at Tyler Seeks Participants 

for Early Childhood Reading Program, ‘Born to Read’ 

TYLER, Texas (Oct. 2, 2018) – The University of Texas at Tyler K-16 Literacy Center is currently seeking participants for its second year of Born to Read, a reading program promoting early childhood literacy. 

The Born to Read program is designed for expectant parents and parents of children age three-years-old or younger in the Tyler and East Texas region. The program provides parents with the tools they need to support their children’s early language and literacy development. 

“The best time to start sharing books with children is during babyhood, even when they are as young as six weeks old. It makes sense to invest time, effort and finances in projects such as Born to Read,” said Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, The University of Texas at Tyler Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Professor of Literacy Education. 

The cost is free to the first 25 parents who sign up by Oct. 12. To register for the Born to Read program, contact Birdie Brooks at bbirdie@uttyler.edu or 903.566.7016. For questions about the project, contact Mokhtari at kmokhtari@uttyler.edu or 903.566.7177. 

Parents who register for the program are expected to participate in a 2-hour training seminar in October 2018 and one-hour monthly meetings from November 2018 to June 2019. Parents will also receive free access to literary resources and training. 

Born-to-Read is funded, in part, by the UT Tyler K-16 Literacy Center, the Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club and the Phi Kappa Phi Organization. 

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 

10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 

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Comptroller’s Office Now Accepting Applications for Match the Promise Scholarships and Tuition Grants


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(AUSTIN) — Comptroller Glenn Hegar today reminded Texans that applications now are being accepted for 2018-19 Texas Match the Promise Foundation℠ awards.

The foundation, in cooperation with the Comptroller’s office, encourages Texas families to save for college by offering competitive matching scholarships and tuition grants to Texas students who are beneficiaries of a Texas Tuition Promise Fund® (TTPF) account, the state’s prepaid college tuition plan.

Match the Promise scholarships are awarded in the form of TTPF tuition units. Approved recipients can receive matching scholarships of tuition units worth up to $1,000 at today’s prices, while top-scoring recipients also can receive one-time grants of tuition units worth $2,000 at today’s prices.

“During the 2017-18 school year, the foundation approved Match the Promise scholarships for 62 students,” Hegar said. “We’re excited about awarding new matching scholarships and tuition grants to children who represent this state’s future.”

Fifth- through ninth-graders who have a TTPF account and whose families have annual incomes of $100,000 or less can apply for the matching scholarships and tuition grants through Dec. 31, 2018. To be considered for an award, students must write a career essay and meet other requirements.1 Complete details can be found at MatchThePromise.org or by calling 800-531-5441, ext. 3-7570.

Families also can enroll in TTPF during the scholarship application period if they haven’t already done so.2 TTPF allows families to purchase prepaid tuition units at today’s prices for tomorrow’s tuition and school-wide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities. Get more information at TuitionPromise.org.

Match the Promise is funded by individuals who have donated the cash value of property held in the state’s unclaimed property program, as well as by donations from individuals, businesses and organizations and by state employees through the State Employee Charitable Campaign. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt public charity and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

Purchasers should carefully consider the risks, administrative fees, service and other charges and expenses associated with the Texas Tuition Promise Fund contracts, including Plan termination and decreased transfer or refund value. The Plan Description and Master Agreement contains this and other information about the Plan and may be obtained by visiting the website or calling 800-445-GRAD (4723), Option 5. Purchasers should read these documents carefully before purchasing a contract. Only the Purchaser may direct or receive withdrawals, or may direct rollovers, contract changes, and changes in the Designated Beneficiary. Participation in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund does not guarantee admission to or graduation from any college or university.

Comments or complaints: Comments or complaints may be forwarded to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Program, Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, at P.O. Box 13407, Austin, Texas, 78711-3407, or by calling 512-936-2064.


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Free safety courses offered


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Free safety courses offered this semester by KC Risk Management Institute

The Risk Management Institute at Kilgore College will provide several free classes in October, November and December that will help train and educate local employers, employees and the general public about proper workplace safety practices.

All courses are free but advance registration is required.  Classes are held in Kilgore at the Bert E. Woodruff Adult Education Center, located at 220 N. Henderson Blvd., in Kilgore.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and certificates will be awarded upon successful completion of each course.

The courses are funded by a grant from Texas Mutual Insurance Company to KC Workforce Development Continuing Education.

Since 1999, Texas Mutual has awarded $6.6 million in safety education grants – including $100,000 for 11 straight years to sustain the KC Risk Management Institute – marking $1.1 million in donations to the college.

Registration forms and course descriptions are available on the RMI website: www.kilgore.edu/rmi.

To register, call Jennie Alcantar at 903-983-8170 or email jalcantar@kilgore.edu.

October 2018 classes:

Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) DOT (8 hours)

Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 9 and 11

2 to 6 p.m. both days

Attendance is required both days.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 2

 

OSHA 10 Construction (10 hours)

Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 16 and 18

(Tuesday: 2 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday: 2 to 6:30 p.m.

Attendance is required both days.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 9

 

Clean Up Hazwoper (40 hours)

Monday-Friday, Oct. 22-26

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Attendance is required all five days.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 15

 

Clean Up Hazwoper Refresher (8 hours)

Friday, Oct. 26

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 19

 

Medic CPR/First Aid/AED (7 hours)

Friday, Oct. 26

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Limited to the first 12 students who register

No more than three allowed from the same company

Registration Deadline: Oct. 19

 

November 2018 classes:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) DOT (8 hours)

Monday, Nov. 5, Mon., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 29

 

Electrical Safety (8 hours)

Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8

5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each day

Attendance is required both evenings.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 31

 

Medic CPR/First Aid/AED (7 hours)

Friday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Limited to the first 12 who register

No more than three from the same company

Registration Deadline: Nov. 2

 

OSHA 10 General Industry (10 hours)

Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 13 and 15

Tuesday: 2 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday 2 to 6:30 p.m.

Attendance is required both days.

Registration Deadline: Nov. 6

 

Emergency Response Hazwoper (24 hours)

Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 14-16

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Attendance is required all three days.

Registration Deadline: Nov. 7

 

Emergency Response Hazwoper Refresher (8 hours)

Friday, Nov. 16

8 a.m. to 5 pm. each day

Registration Deadline: Nov. 9

OSHA Record Keeping (8 hours)

Wednesday-Thursday, Nov. 28-29

5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each day

Attendance is required both evenings.

Registration Deadline: Nov. 21

 

December 2018 classes:

OSHA 30 General Industry (30 hours)

Monday-Thursday, Dec. 17-20

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Attendance is required both days.

Registration Deadline: Dec. 10

 

PEC Basic Orientation (8 hours)

Friday, Dec. 21

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Dec. 14


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Town Hall meetings planned in October


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Members of the Gladewater City Council, Gladewater ISD school board and Gladewater Economic Development Corporation met Wednesday evening to continue their ongoing discussion on what can be done in a joint effort to make Gladewater a better place to live, work and raise a family.

After visiting dozens of options, he group has focused on the basic needs such as cleaning up the city, promoteing tourism in the downtown shopping areas and the lake, and building unity and pride in the community.

Now the group wants to hear what the people think is needed to improve their hometown.

Four town hall meetings will be held in in October. Those dates and locations are:

Monday, October 15  6:30 PM  

Weldon Alumni Center

 

Monday, October 22  6:30 PM  

Library

 

Tuesday, October 23 6:30 PM 

St. James Baptist Church

 

Monday, October 29 6:30 PM 

Gladewater Community Center for Education (GCCE Building in front of high school)

 

 


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BEARS BREAK HAWKS 19-GAME WIN STREAK


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The Gladewater Bears are now 4-0 after beating last year’s Class 4-A State Champion Pleasant Grove Hawks 44-37.
 
Gladewater 10 6 14 14 — 44
Pleasant Grove 3 10 14 10 — 37
 
First Quarter
 
GW-safety, quarterback sacked in end zone, 7:45
 
PG- Dillon Williams 47 field goal, 3:51
 
GW-Eligia Carter 64 run (Tristan Holmes pass to Jailyn Robertson), 3:13
 
Second Quarter
 
PG-Bruce Garrett 5 run (Williams kick), 11:10
 
PG- Williams 39 field goal, 4:07
 
GW-Tristan Holmes 2 run (kick failed), 0:22
 
Third Quarter
 
PG-Garrett 7 run (Williams kick), 6:16
 
GW-Carter 15 run (Justice Hassek kick), 4:22
 
GW-Quavian Sheffield 11 fumble return (Hassek kick), 3:03
 
PG-James Wiggins 5 run (Williams kick), 0:57
 
Fourth Quarter
 
PG-Wiggins 5 run (Williams kick), 10:00
 
GW-T.C. Minter 26 pass from Holmes (Hassek kick), 7:28
 
PG-Williams 40 field goal, 2:44
 
GW-Zach Tyieske 25 yard fumble return (Hassek kick), 0:27
 
GW-PG
First Downs=16=23
 
Yards Rushing=33-276=53-415
 
Yards Passing=59=40
 
Passes A-C-I=14-5-1=8-5-0
 
Fumbles-Lost=1-1=6-4
 
Penalties=6-42=9-64
 
Punts-Avg.=4-31.8=0-0.0
 
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING—Gladewater, Carter 24-233, Ajani Harris 6-52, Keston Wilson 1-1, Nickalus Lincoln 1-1, team 1 (minus 11). Pleasant Grove, Garrett 18-144, Wiggins 23-191, Ben Harmon 3-15, Nick Martin 6-63, Jackson Cobb 2-7, team 1-(minus 5).
 
PASSING—Gladewater, Holmes 5-14-1-59. Pleasant Grove, Harmon 5-8-0-40.
 
RECEIVING—Gladewater, Carter 3-10, T.C. Minter 4-49. Pleasant Grove, Landon Jackson 1-7, Cobb 1-12, Brett Walker 1-14, Wiggins 1-14.

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UT Tyler Announces CFO, COO Appointments 


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TYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler recently announced the appointment of Dr. Kimberly Laird as vice president of budget and finance and chief financial officer and Jerry Stuff as vice president of operations and strategic initiatives and chief operations officer. Laird brings to UT Tyler more than 25 years of experience in financial leadership, including nine years in Texas higher education administration. Most recently, she served as associate vice president and controller for a Dallas university. “Dr. Laird is extremely accomplished and has served in numerous fiscal capacities in higher education and in multimillion-dollar corporations,’’ said Dr. Michael Tidwell, UT Tyler president. “We are looking forward to the leadership, expertise and insight she will bring to The University of Texas at Tyler.’’ Prior to her position in Dallas, Laird served as a university controller and director of accounting. She also held financial and technology leadership positions in a variety of industries including wholesale, retail, banking, construction and public accounting. In her role at UT Tyler, she will oversee all budget and finance initiatives, including accounting and financial reporting, budget preparation and control, and management of departments in the Division of Budget and Finance. Stuff previously served as UT Tyler’s associate vice president of facilities management and capital planning. In his new role, he will oversee all business operations including real estate planning and acquisition, facilities management, emergency management and assessment of the institutional strategic plan. “Jerry brings an array of skill sets to the position, including master planning, contract management and compliance oversight, and has served in key roles in university and corporate settings,’’ Tidwell said. “He is a strong team member who is eager to contribute to the strength of UT Tyler operations.’’ 

Stuff joined the UT Tyler staff in 2016, after serving 24 years as senior associate architect and project development director for a major public research university in Indiana. 

He also served two corporate architectural firms as a licensed architect specializing in the master planning, urban planning, programming, design and construction of primary and secondary educational facilities. A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 


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115th District Judge hands down sentences


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GILMER–115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced 11 defendants on felony charges and two on misdemeanor charges between Aug. 21 and 28, including a woman who pleaded guilty to 26 felony counts of forgery, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd’s office.

Angela Kay Walls, 31, of Ore City, was placed on 26 concurrent terms of 5 years probation of a 2-year state jail term Aug. 28, the office reported Sept. 11, adding these details:.

Ore City police investigated the offenses, 9 of which occurred March 23, 2017 and 17 of which occurred March 30, 2017, Byrd’s office said.

As were all others placed on felony probation between Aug. 21 and 28, some of Walls’ terms of probation include court costs, a $50 fee to Crimestoppers and training in “life skills.”

Some other terms of her probation included paying $100 to the crime victims fund, a $500 fine, $1,438 restitution to the victim, an atttorney fee, 200 hours of community service and classes for theft defendants.

Assistant District Attorney Sarah Lyn Cooper represented the state in the cases. Marshall attorney Brendan Roth represented Walls.

Details of other felony sentencings were as follows, and all pleaded guilty or, in cases involving probation revocation, admitted violating terms of probation, Byrd’s office said:

Caleb Seth Snow, 26, of Big Sandy, was placed on 3 years “deferred adjudication” probation Aug. 28 for theft of property of the value of $2,500 or more but less than $30,000.

Defendants receiving deferred adjudication have no final conviction on their records if they successfully complete probation. However, if such probation is revoked, they can receive up the maximum sentence for the offense.

Some terms of Snow’s probation include paying $100 to the crime victim fund, a $1,000 fine, an attorney fee, 200 hours of community service and classes for theft defendants.

The sheriff’s office investigated Snow’s Oct. 7, 2016 crime.

Assistant District Attorney Catherine McQueen represented the state at sentencing. Roth represented Snow.

As detailed in last week’s Mirror, Gene Authur Smith, 57, of Longview, drew the maximum term of 10 years in prison for driving while intoxicated–subsequent offense Aug. 21 after a non-jury trial on punishment. He pleaded guilty to the April 1, 2017 crime, investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, but contended he was too old for prison.

Dee Anna Young, 42, of Longview, was placed on 4 years “deferred adjudication” probation Aug. 28 for possession of a controlled substance–less than one gram of methamphetamine. However, as a term of probation, she was to remain in county jail until an opening occurred at the Bowie County Women’s Center, where she must complete a program and any aftercare.

The sheriff’s office probed the Feb. 20 offense. Some terms of probation include a $500 fine, $100 payment to the crime victim fund, 300 hours of community service and an alcohol/drug evaluation.

Byrd represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney Leslie Bullard represented Young.

Susan Louise Lee, 46, of Winnsboro, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation Aug. 28 for tampering with physical evidence. Gilmer police investigated the Oct. 7, 2017 crime.

Some terms of probation include paying $100 to the crime victim fund, a $1,000 fine, a $180 fee to the Texas Department of Public Safety for testing the drug involved in the case, an attorney fee, 600 hours of community service, an alcohol/drug evaluation and counseling for drug offenders.

Cooper represented the state at sentencing. Gilmer atttorney Matthew Patton represented Lee.

Jarnaveus Watson, 20, of Memphis, Tx., was put on three years deferred adjudication probation Aug. 28 for evading arrest/detention with vehicle.

The sheriff’s office probed the April 18 offense. Some terms of probation include paying $100 to the crime victim fund, a $500 fine, attorney fee, 250 hours of community service and an alcohol/drug evaluation.

Cooper represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney Craig Bass represented Watson.

Jorge Luis Silverio, 25, of Pittsburg, was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation Aug. 28 for evading arrest/detention with vehicle.

Gilmer police worked the April 20, 2017 case. Some terms of probation include paying $100 to the crime victim fund, a $1,000 fine, attorney fee, 300 hours of community service and an alcohol/drug evaluation.

Byrd represented the state at sentencng. Longview attorney John Moore represented Silverio.

Tara Hggins Reed, 39, of Diana, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation Aug. 28 for abandoning or endangering child. However, she must remain in county jail until an opening develops in a substance abuse treatment program called SAFFP and complete it.

The district attorney’s office investigated her May 30, 2017 offense. Some terms of probation include paying $100 to the crime victim fund, a $1,000 fine, attorney fee, 300 hours of community service, an alcohol/drug evaluation, counseling for drug offenders and a parenting class.

Byrd and Roth handled the sentencing.

Clifford H. France III, 54, of Hawkins, received two years in prison Aug. 28 for unlawful possession of a firearm by felon. The sheriff’s office investigated the March 17, 2016 crime.

Byrd represented the state at sentencing. Dallas attorney Tony Wright represented France.

In a revocation, Caitlyn McKenzie Pruitt, 18, of Longview, drew six years in prison Aug. 28 for prohibited substances and items in correctional facility. The DPS investigated the Jan. 26 crime.

Byrd represented the state. Longview attorney Rick Hurlburt represented Pruitt.

In another revocation, Derek R. Hare, 39, of Pittsburg, drew five years in prison Aug. 28 for driving while intoxicated–open container–subsequent offense. The sheriff’s office worked the June 2, 2010 crime.

Cooper represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney Brandt Thorson represented Hare.

In the misdemeanor cases, both handled Aug. 28, said Byrd’s office:

–a Pittsburg man who turns 33 Sunday was placed on 2 years probation of a 1-year term in county jail after pleading guilty to assault/family violence, and a 35-year-old Diana woman who admitted violating terms of probation drew 12 months in state jail for possession of a controlled substance–less than one gram of methamphetamine.

 

 

 


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Three from Gladewater indicted by Upshur County Jury


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GILMER–The Upshur County Grand Jury on Sept. 6 returned 25 indictments, six of them sealed, said District Attorney Billy Byrd.

Defendants, charges and bond information in the open indictments was as follows, his office reported:

Mystical Jo Adams, 30, of Gladewater, evading arrest/detention with vehicle on July 3. She remained in county jail under $15,000 bond.

Robert Joseph Bison Jr., 48, of Gladewater, unauthorized use of vehicle on July 10.  He, too, remained in county jail under $10,000 bond.

Jessica Paige Marsh, 36, of Gladewater, aggravated assault with deadly weapon on April 4, $15,000

Joshua Brooks Freeman, 29, of Diana, was named in two separate indictments, one charging him with aggravated assault with deadly weapon and another charging him with both that offense and assault/family violence with previous conviction.

He is charged with committing the crimes March 25. Bond was set at $25,000 on each indictment.

David Gilbert Gomez, 46, of Big Sandy, assault/family violence–occlusion on May 23. He remained in county jail on other charges.

Janet Maria Dean, 33, of Gilmer, assault/family violence–occlusion on June 24, $10,000

Christopher Lonnie Watson, 43, of Gilmer, assault/family violence–occlusion last Oct. 1, $25,000

Levi Dale Andrews, 34, of Gilmer, possession of controlled substance–methamphetamine last Dec. 3, $5,000

Lonnie Jim Green, 43, of Pittsburg, possession of controlled substance–methamphetamine on June 8, 2017. Bond was set at $5,000, but Green is in Bradshaw State Jail in the Henderson area.

Patricia Lynn Wilson, 46, of Jefferson, possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) on Aug. 29, 2017, $10,000

Abron T. Palmer Jr., 71, of Gilmer, driving while intoxicated–subsequent offense on May 26, $1,500

Michael Ray Sinclair, 60, of Big Sandy, unlawful possession of firearm by felon on July 8, $15,000

Mary Catherine Donnelly Davis, 23, of Gilmer, unauthorized use of vehicle on July 10. She remained in county jail under $10,000 bail.

Bart Lindsey Vaughn, 50, of Gilmer, deadly conduct on July 4, $10,000

Samantha Kayle Laster, 26, of Gun Barrel City, debit card abuse on July 13, $5,000

Rondarius Derand Darden, 27, of Longview, theft of property less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions on July 19, $5,000

Kenneth Earl Ellis, 53, of Mt. Pleasant, theft of property less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions on July 3, $1,500

Derrick Parnell Lee, 54, of Mt. Pleasant, theft of property less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions on July 3. He remained in county jail under $1,500 bond.

Identity of anyone named in the sealed indictments was not revealed since no arrest had been made in those cases, Byrd said. They included two for assault/family violence–occlusion, two of two counts each for fraudulent use/possession of identifying information, and one each for abandon/endanger a child and unlawful possession of firearm by felon, said his office.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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