Area Ducks Unlimited Chapters Plan 80th Anniversary Events

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Founded in 1937, Ducks Unlimited is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary. East Texas area Ducks Unlimited chapters are currently planning a variety of events for the fall as a part of this celebration. Chapters throughout East Texas will host annual fund-raising banquet to support DU’s wetland conservation work.

The Gregg County DU banquet is 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, at Longview’s Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center. Sharon Denton is the 2017 area chairperson.

Begun in 1970, this year’s banquet is Gregg County DU’s 48th annual event. One of the most successful CU chapters in East Texas, the Gregg County chapter has raised more than $2 million dollars for DU.

The Sabine Valley (Gladewater) DU banquet is set for 5:30, Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the Gladewater Former Students’ Building, locater at 2509 West Hendricks St. in Gladewater. Lionel Clouatre is area chairman for Sabine Valley DU. Clouatre is actively seeking new committee members and can be contacted at 903/738-0523.

Probably the largest DU banquet in East Texas, the Tyler DU banquet is chaired by Bud Worthen and is scheduled for 5:30, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Tyler’s Harvey Hall.

Glen McFarland and Justin Lee lead an effort to re-establish the Pittsburg DU chapter. Their 2017 banquet is at 5:30, Nov. 21, at the Efurd Orchard, located on US Hwy. 271, south of Pittsburg. While this is the first Pittsburg DU banquet in several years, the chapter’s enthusiasm and the new location should make for a fun event.

Other East Texas DU banquets include Jasper on Oct. 14, Jacksonville on Oct. 19, Ben Wheeler-Canton-Van Zandt County on Oct. 21, and Palestine on Oct 24.

Information, including location and ticket information, is available on the DU website at


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$397,294.00 in grant funds available for prescribed burning

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Sept. 12, 2017 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Some Texas landowners may be eligible to be reimbursed for their cost of prescribed burning.

Texas A&M Forest Service is now accepting grant applications from private property owners who use strategically-planned prescribed fires to help reduce wildfire risk and restore natural ecosystems.

“Each year Texas A&M Forest Service offers several prescribed fire grants that reimburse private landowners 50 to 100 percent of the cost of having a prescribed burn conducted on their land,” said Andy McCrady, Fuels Coordinator II with Texas A&M Forest Service. “By utilizing the services of a certified and insured prescribed burn manager, these landowners can safely reintroduce beneficial fire to their property in a planned and controlled manner. These prescribed fires reduce the wildfire hazard to the area and benefit the ecosystem.”

The Community Protection Program — Prescribed Fire Grant is available to fund prescribed burn treatments to property within 10 miles of a National Forest in East Texas. This year a total of $197,469 is available through this program.

The National Fire Plan — Prescribed Fire Grant has a total of $21,000 to fund treatments in 33 eligible counties. These counties have taken steps to mitigate their risks by composing a city or county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

The Neches River and Cypress Basin Watershed Restoration Program — Prescribed Fire Grant will provide $128,825 to support prescribed fire in priority watersheds in East Texas.  These prescribed burn treatments will help improve water quality and quantity, control invasive species and enhance wildlife habitat by restoring ecosystem function.

The Texas Longleaf Conservation Assistance Program – Prescribed Fire Grant is available to fund prescribed burn treatments on private land to enhance longleaf pine ecosystems in nine Southeast Texas Counties. This year, up to $50,000 is available through this program.

Texas A&M Forest Service does not conduct the prescribed burns in these programs. Upon approval of funding, the prescribed burn will be conducted by a certified and insured prescribed burn manager of the landowner’s choice. Landowners can expect reimbursement of $15 to $30 per acre, depending on program eligibility.

The deadline for application submission is Friday, October 13, 2017.

For more information and to download an application visit

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TYLER – The North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s (NET RMA) board is holding its first Transportation Forum on Wednesday, September 13 at Willow Brook Country Club and has two Texas Transportion Commissioners, Victor Vandergriff and Jeff Austin, III as presenters. Additional speakers include: Judge Bill Stoudt (Gregg County), Judge Bruce Wood (Kaufman County), Judge James Carlow (Bowie County) and Texas State Representative Chris Paddie (TX-9) .

The main topics of discussion will be centered around furthering transportation initiatives in East Texas. Executive Director Chris Miller, “This is a great way for the NET RMA to support our East Texas communities. The NET RMA is happy to host its first Transportation Forum to help regional partners get additional information regarding various transportation initiatives,” he stated. “Additionally, we are having an interactive panel so participants can be fully engaged in the conversation about transportation needs within their region.”

Finally, the September board meeting for the NET RMA will commence immediately following the Transportation Forum, also at Willow Brook. Topics on the board meeting agenda include resolutions for:

• Submission of an application to TxDOT for financial assistance for the development of Toll 49, Segments 6 and 7

• Request to approve a work authorization for design services for Toll 49, Segments 6 and 7

• Moving forward with an environmental contract for Toll 49, Segment 6 and 7

Agendas for both events are located on the NET RMA’s home page:

About the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA) 

The NET RMA is an independent government agency created to accelerate the development of transportation projects in North East Texas. Our mission is to implement transportation solutions that will enhance the quality of life and the economic environment in our area. The NET RMA is governed by a 19-member board of directors that represent each of the member counties: Bowie, Kaufman, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Panola, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Wood and Van Zandt. Texas RMAs were made possible through an initiative passed by State Legislature in 2001. The NET RMA was established in October 2004.

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Gladewater woman indicted

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GILMER–The Upshur County Grand Jury on Aug. 31 returned 18 indictments, seven of them sealed, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.

Jurors also no-billed one case and passed another, said Byrd.

Defendants, charges and bond information in the open indictments were as follows, the district attorney’s office reported:

Pamela Adell Murphy, 38, of Gladewater, possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) on May 6, $10,000

Daniel Lee English, 40, of Big Sandy, possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) on May 23. He remained in Upshur County Jail under $25,000 bond.

Kevin Ramon Erwin, 40, of Hawkins, possession of controlled substance (heroin) with intent to deliver on May 30, $20,000

Paul Slaton, 41, of Hawkins, possession of controlled substance (heroin) with intent to deliver on May 30. He remained in county jail under $20,000 bond.

John Isaac Denton, 50, of Garland, possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver–repeat offender–on April 17, $35,000

Brook Eve Hawkins, 37, of Gilmer, possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) on Feb. 23, $10,000

Brent Clyde Berlin, 40, of Longview, unlawful possession of firearm by felon on June 1, $10,000

Lakrystal Means Beall, 31, of Longview, evading arrest/detention with vehicle on Aug. 4. She remained in county jail under $20,000 bond.

Karen Jan Charlton, 51, of Winnsboro, tamper(ing) with physical evidence on Jan. 8, $25,000

Charles Emory-Ray Jones, 28, of Lindale, evading arrest/detention with vehicle on June 27, $25,000

Kathy Morris Patricella, 60, of Queen City, unauthorized use of vehicle on June 18, $5,000

Identity of anyone named in sealed indictments was not released because no arrests had been made in those cases, Byrd said. Those indictments included six for burglary of habitation and one for theft of property of the value of $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, his office said.

Natures of the no-billed and passed cases were not revealed.

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 The University of Texas at Tyler Provides Learning Opportunities  for Area Music Students 

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The University of Texas at Tyler provides unique learning opportunities for area high school music students during its third annual All-State Workshops.

Instrumentalists in 9 – 12 Grades will receive practice tips and tricks from The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Music faculty aimed to enhance their preparation and performance of the All-State etudes.

“This will be the second year for our All-State Jazz Workshop, to be held Sept. 16, and the third year for our All-State Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 23. Combined, both events bring more than 400 area high school musicians to campus to study and learn from our very own UT Tyler faculty,” said Dr. Sarah Roberts, assistant professor of music and event coordinator.

Both clinics will cover the Texas Music Educators Association etudes and the Association of Texas Small School Bands etudes. Those interested may call 903.566.7387 or register online,

The University of Texas at Tyler community of recognized artists and musical professionals are committed to provide a quality learning and performance environment for all students.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for students to receive high-level instruction, at no cost, on music they will use to compete with students from across the state. The faculty enjoy working with the area musicians and have come to look forward to this event every year,” Roberts said.

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Performing Arts meets a national standard of artistic, academic and professional excellence as an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Offerings include the bachelor of music and bachelor of arts in music as well as music and theater minors. For more information, visit

One of the 14 campuses of the UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at The University of Texas at Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost

10,000 high-ability students. The University of Texas at Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.

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