ATHENS EGGFEST 2016 SET FOR APRIL 9 AT TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHERIES CENTER


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easter eggsATHENS—The sixth annual Athens Eggfest is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC).
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cooking will end at 3 p.m.
Regular admission to TFFC will be charged; an additional $5 donation to the Friends of TFFC is required for tasting. Tasting will continue until all the food is gone.Cooks should preregister at http://athenseggfest.wordpress.com/. There is no fee to cook.
Demo eggs used at the event will be available for purchase at the end of the day. Click on the link above to reserve a once-used Big Green Egg ceramic cooker prior to the event.
The Athens Eggfest is sponsored by Morrison Supply, Paragon Distributing, Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy, Friends of TFFC and First State Bank—Athens.
For more information on visiting TFFC, visit www.tpwd.texas.gov/tffc or call (903) 676-2277.


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HWY. 271 CAR CRUISE

The annual Highway 271 Progressive Car Cruise is on for Saturday, April 9. It will include Gladewater, Gilmer, Pittsburg and Mt. Pleasant. Over a $1,000 in cash prizes will be given away and door prizes at each stop.
Registration forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce in each participating city. For more information go to Facebook.com/Hwy271.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BANQUET

The 85th Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be inspirational artist Richard Height. Tickets are $25 each or $200 for a table seating eight. Contact the Chamber for more information. 903-845-5501.

FBC CONCERT

The Songfellows Quartet of Nashville will perform March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church at 300 W. Upshur Ave. (Hwy. 80). There is no charge but a love offering will be taken. The group performs weekly on the Bursh Arbor Jubilee.

BOOK DONATIONS NEEDED

The Friends of Lee Library will hold a book sale during Gusher Days April 16 at Lee Library. Book donations are being accepted now and may be dropped off at Lee Library 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays or at the Gladewater Mirror weekdays 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The money raised will support the Children’s Summer Reading Program.

GALA WOMEN TO MEET

The Gladewater Area Ladies’ Association will hold a Saturday, April 2 fundraiser from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. to raise money for area scholarships for graduating seniors. The admission is $10 which includes a luncheon, games, silent auction and shopping bazaar. Area ladies are warmly invited to attend. For information call 903-918-7549 or 903-845-5501.

GARDEN CLUB HOSTS ORGANIC PROGRAM

The Gladewater Garden Club will meet Monday, March 21 at 2 p.m. at Gardens of Gladewater Clubhouse to hear speaker Jeanette Swahn of Mansfield discuss Organic Gardening. The hostesses for the event are Tammy White, Fritzy Glenn, Peggy Rich, Tish St. John and Marilyn Ussery.

IT’S BACK…GUSHER DAYS

Gusher Days’ activities open with Carnival rides on Thursday, April 14 and officially kicks off with a luncheon on Friday, April 15 with tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce. A bass tourney is o tap of Saturday, April 23.
The event will host craft, commercial and food vendors, free live music and DJS including DJ Jack Fowler “Jack Attack” Saturday 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. The Ragin’ Sound Crew will provide karaoke on Friday night from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. for kids 16 and under. After 8 p.m. it will be adult performances only.
There will be the annual chili cookoff with nationally competitive chili cooks as well as a local division for chili and beans. Community groups interested in participating need to call Jim Bardwell at 903-845-2235.
The Friends of Lee Library will host a book sale at the library from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Children’s
Summer Reading Program.
With a car show, a parade, carnival rides and great shopping this is a not to be missed event. Check the Gusher Days website for more information and signup forms for events and contests.

LEE LIBRARY STORY TIME

Story Time at Lee Library is every Wednesday at 11 a.m. with coloring activities after the story time. All activities are free to the public. The library is located at 312 W. Pacific Ave. in Gladewater. For more information call 903-845-2640.

LION FUNDRAISER

Union Grove juniors are hosting Lion G-Force days March 15 and April 14 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to raise money for prom. G-Force is an indoor trampoline and karting complex at 4800 Gilmer Road in Longview.

OPRY PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED

The Gladewater Opry will host April Sanders, Lance Moore, Dorothy Hinman, Rodney Walls, David Allen, Shara Stanley, Bennie Davis, Danny Turrentine and The Texas Smoke Band at 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 and children’s tickets are $5.

GRACE BAPTIST REVIVAL

Grace Baptist Church at 212 E. George Richey Road will hold a revival March 16-20 with Ohio evangelist Jared Williams bringing the message. Services Wednesday through Saturday are at 7 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Jim Withers is pastor of the family of faith.

WALK ACROSS TEXAS

Walk Across Texas sponsored by the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension will hold a kick off event April 1 at Gregg County Courthouse at 101 E. Methvin in Longview. The program will set the goal of an eight week walking program. For information contact Tami Putnam, FCS Agent at 903-236-8429 or email at tami.putnam@ag.tamu.edu.

STORYTIME IS ON THURSDAY IN GILMER

GILMER–Two books will be read to small children at both of the Upshur County Library’s two weekly “Storytime” sessions Thursday.
“The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever” by Teddy Slater, and “Ten Lucky Leprechauns” by Kathryn Heling, will be read at the 10 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. sessions at the library, 702 W. Tyler (which is also Texas Hwy. 154.)
A craft will follow Storytime, said Debbie White of the library’s Children’s Services division.
The events are free to the public, but children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the library at (903) 843-5001 or visit its website at www.youseemore.com/upshur.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPONSORS NEEDED

GILMER–Financial sponsors are still being sought for the 5th Annual Special Olympics Field Day, to be co-sponsored April 1 at Jeff Traylor Stadium by the Kiwanis Club of Gilmer and Upshur County Shared Services Arrangement.
Those wishing to donate may contact Carter at 903-790-1311 or c_carter@stanleyautogroup.com. Checks should be made payable to the Gilmer Kiwanis Club and marked Special Olympics, she said.

RANGERETTE REVELS SET FOR APRIL 6-9

The Kilgore College Rangerettes will present Rangerette Revels April 6-9 in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus.
Shows are set for 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, April 6-8, and two performances on Saturday, April 9, at 1 and 7 p.m.
The show’s theme is “The Show Must Go On” and will include a variety of dance genres including the Rangerettes’ signature “high kick” production for the finale.
Tickets can currently be purchased online at www.rangerette.com or in-person beginning Wednesday, March 16, at the Rangerette Box Office located on the first floor of the Rangerette Gymnasium on the Kilgore campus.
The box office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets are $25 each and are seats all reserved. For more information, contact the box office at 903-983-8179.

ST. JAMES HOSTING GRANDPARENTS’ DAY

St. James Missionary Baptist Church on March 19 will host a Musicians’ Appreciation at its 6 p.m. service.

BRICKS & BLOOM PLANT SALE

The Lions’ Club will hold a flower and plant sale on April 2 from 9 a.m. until noon at the derrick downtown. There will be a wide variety of hanging pots and flower selections for spring. The proceeds will go toward their scholarship program.

BASS-N-BABIES TOURNAMENT SET

A “Bass-N-Babies Fishing Tournament” to benefit the Hannah House Maternity Home near Gilmer is set April 9 at Lake O’ The Pines Johnson Creek.
First place wins 10 percent of the total entry fees submitted, and is guaranteed to be at least $1,000, plus an extra $500 if the boat was purchased from Plano Marine. Total payout to anglers will be 50 percent of the entry fees.
The overall event includes two-man teams and five-fish stringer/boats. Early entry fee, due by April 1, is $125 per boat while entry fee afterward is $150 per boat, and those fees include lunch starting at 1 p.m.
Final registration opens at 5 a.m. with opening ceremony at 5:50 a.m. The shotgun start is at 6 a.m. with weigh-in from 1-3 p.m.
To register, ask questions, or help sponsor the event, call Darlene Rawlinson of the Hannah House at 903-238-5351.

WARREN CITY SECRETARY RETIRING

A special farewell paty will be held March 25 from 6-8 p.m. for Warren City Secretary Vi Melton, who is retiring March 31 after14 years of service. The party will be held at the City Hall.
Everyone is invited to attend and visit with Melton.


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Governor Abbott Presents Texas Purple Hearts, Honors Victims Of Fort Hood Terror Attack


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AUSTIN – The victims of the November 2009 terrorist attack on Fort Hood received honors at a Friday ceremony in Killeen. Governor Greg Abbott attended the ceremony to present Texas Purple Heart Medals posthumously to the fallen, as well as to the surviving military members. The ceremony also included the unveiling of a memorial to honor all those affected on that tragic day.

 “America is the brightest beacon of freedom in the world because of the men and women who put sacrifice above self,” said Governor Abbott. “Today is a day to honor that sacrifice, mourn their loss, and celebrate their dedication and commitment to the defense of our nation. I am proud to join in the remembrance of the brave individuals we recognize today and readily renew my commitment to the Lone Star State to work tirelessly to ensure our safety from those who seek to do us harm.”


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TAHSR FILES FIRST OF MANY LEGAL CHALLENGES TO PROPOSED DALLAS HOUSTON HSR


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TAHSR Files Lawsuit Against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and TxDOT

Jewett, Texas – Texans Against High-Speed Rail (TAHSR) has filed a lawsuit against Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General, and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) seeking information being withheld from the public about the proposed Dallas Houston High-Speed Rail (HSR). In a clear effort to withhold critical information from the public, Texas Central Railway (TCR) and TxDOT executed a non-disclosure agreement on October 12, 2014, which says that any and all information shared by TCR to TxDOT should be kept confidential from the public. As a result, responses to requests for records made through the Texas Public Information Act have been heavily redacted and are obviously incomplete.

Kyle Workman, president of TAHSR, said, “As property owners and taxpayers, we are entitled to information about a project intending to use eminent domain to take our property and eventually our tax dollars. We are challenging the Attorney General’s decision so the citizens of Texas can have full access to information that is lawfully theirs. Through every available option, Texans Against High-Speed Rail is committed to ensuring an open and honest discussion about the realities of this HSR project.”

TAHSR properly requested information regarding the Dallas Houston HSR from TxDOT on March 20, 2015. Instead of producing what should clearly have been public, TxDOT requested a decision from the Attorney General’s office on withholding a significant amount of documents. Immediately thereafter, TCR sent a letter attempting to influence the Attorney General to allow TxDOT to withhold documents provided by TCR to TxDOT. TCR concealed the basis of its supposed legal arguments by redacting virtually the entire argument in the copy of such letter provided to TAHSR. TCR’s calculated actions seek to eliminate a Texas Public Information Act challenge by concealing which categories of documents were wrongfully withheld.

On July 23, 2015, the Attorney General issued his decision allowing TxDOT to withhold information from the public about the proposed Dallas Houston HSR. TAHSR is compelled to take action to challenge the Attorney General’s decision and gain access to all the information about the Dallas Houston HSR so that this private project receives the proper public scrutiny it deserves, especially given TCR’s plan is to use eminent domain, one of the strongest authorities of the state.

Blake Beckham, special litigation counsel for TAHSR, said, “TCR has repeatedly claimed they are transparent; in truth, TCR is cloaked in secrecy. TCR wrongfully entered into a non-disclosure agreement with a state agency in an effort to conceal public information of great importance. Then, TCR sent a letter to the Attorney General asking him to bless TxDOT’s refusal to disclose TCR’s documents to the public, but TCR blacked out all of its legal arguments before sending the letter to TAHSR. By using secret legal arguments to conceal secret agreements which hide public documents, TCR is using star chamber tactics to conceal vital public records related to the proposed Dallas Houston HSR. In another eminent domain setting, Gov. Greg Abbott said the Government still respects private property rights and should end unconscionable land grabs. Unfortunately, our Attorney General has supported TCR’s efforts to conceal public information in this attempted land grab. As a result, we are exercising our right under the Texas Public Information Act to seek an impartial ruling from an impartial court, free from TCR’s influence.”


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