White Oak officials take bitter sip in belated increase to water rates

For years, decades, the City of White Oak has been partially subsidizing its residents’ water costs – as of last week, council members have fixed their leaky faucet. The increase to the city’s water rates has been in the works for months, effectively on the drawing board since the last inadequate increase was adopted about

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Condition of lake’s relief valve has city treading carefully

Local officials continue carefully investigating another dam puzzle on the earthen structure, situated on the eastern end away from the concrete spillway. On the lower portion of the southern slope, the dry side of the dam, city authorities are keen to test the original, decades-old relief valve. They’re warming up to the necessary task by

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Water system work prompts road closures near rodeo grounds

PRESS RELEASE The intersections of Rodeo and Hendricks, Gay Ave. and Hendricks will be closed Friday, March 29, for water line/valve installation. According to Gladewater City Hall, the updates will take several hours to complete, and the public is urged to seek alternate routes in the interim.  There may also be some water service interruption during

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Latest dam discoveries raise more flags

The bad news won’t come as a surprise – there’s more wrong at Gladewater’s dam than meets the eye. There’s a silver lining, though, since identifiable problems strengthen the city’s case for financial assistance to repair the decades-old structure that both protects the community’s sole water source and prevents the water from overwhelming everything downstream.

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The Economist | Burned

Recent wildfires in the Texas panhandle have burned well over a million acres, causing tragic loss of life and devastating local communities. In addition, the fires have destroyed livestock and grazing land in this region which is crucial to the US beef industry. Although the high human cost and devastation are the primary concerns, the

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Gladewater council reluctant to open Pandora’s Container

The spectre of container homes on the shores of Lake Gladewater had council members itching for an on-the-fly adjustment of the city’s code of ordinances last week. Ultimately (and after some healthy disagreement on the dais) the group opted to hand-off the wording of the code update to city staff members for council consideration soonest,

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White Oak teams advance to regional fishing tournament

The White Oak High School Fishing Team finished the regular season on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, March 2nd. The team of Brayden Elliott and Gavin Burch were the high finishers for White Oak. They finished in 15th place out of 146 teams. White Oak had two teams advance to the Regional Tournament April 13, 2024. Out

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Gladewater man indicted on drug charges

The Upshur County Grand Jury recently returned 26 indictments, three of them sealed, and no-billed another case, said District Attorney Billy Byrd. Defendants, charges and bond information in the open indictments, returned March 7 in Gilmer, were as follows, Byrd’s office reported: Harrell Edward Johnson, a Gladewater resident who turned 55 Monday, was separately indicted

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