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Mon
18
May

Graduate ad deadline this week

Deadline is WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 to submit your ad honoring your graduate(s). These will appear in our upcoming Graduation section May 27. All ads must be paid in advance. 

Sat
09
May

Local teen gives final gift of life as organ donor

Community grieves loss of young volunteer
 
By Robin Aaron
Managing Editor 
 
The death of local teen Ty Ball has rocked the area. The young man who’s life reportedly touched students all over the area will be memorialized this Saturday. 
Ty Awtrey Ball, 16, of Queen City, died of injuries sustained while horseback riding with his brother Sunday night.
Ball sustained severe injuries to his head with internal bleeding. He was transported to a Shreveport hospital and survived through the night as family and friends kept a vigil by his side and at the medical facility. 
Wed
22
Apr

Early voting in Atlanta, Queen City begins April 27

From Staff Reports
 
Early voting by personal appearance will begin on April 27 and continue through May 5.
Local elections of interest include the Atlanta City Council, Queen City ISD Board of Trustees and Local Options in Atlanta and Queen City.
Early voting in Queen City will be conducted at the city hall, 601 Loop 236 in Queen City. Voting can be done from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On May 4 and 5 the polls will be open extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Early votes may be cast at Queen City ISD’s Thorton Administration Building, 1015 Houston St. during regular business hours.
In Atlanta, votes may be cast at the Atlanta City Hall, 315 N. Bucker St. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On April 27 and 28, there will be extended voting hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


For more on this story, check our our e-edition of the Atlanta Citizens Journal
Wed
22
Apr

AISD’s Harrist says education bill is unfair

By Bobby Horn Jr.
Journal Staff
 
If state legislators have their way, the formula by which teachers get paid will move from base salary-plus experience to a formula based on how well their students perform on standardized tests.
On April 7, the Texas Senate passed SB 893 by a 27-4 vote. Among those voting for the bill were Atlanta’s State Senator Kevin Eltife, a Republican. 
The Senate bill requires Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams to create a teacher development framework (TDF) that must include the “teacher’s implementation of discipline management procedures; academic performance of students; teaching standards that show expected teacher knowledge, understanding, skill and practice to ensure student educational growth in academics; classroom observations; and data related to the teacher’s efforts to improve professional performance.”
Wed
08
Apr

Borseth addresses road conditions in Pct. 2

 By Angela Guillory

aguillory@casscountynow.com

Fri
03
Apr

U.S. Congressman visits Guard-Line Inc.

 Photo by Robin Aaron

U.S. Congressman John Lee Ratcliffe looks on as Kenneth Fedrick, an employee at Guard-Line, Inc., works cutting equipment on the production floor of the Guard-Line factory located at the Atlanta Industrial Park. Ratcliffe, Congressman for Texas’s 4th congressional district, visited with a number of local officials from Cass County, including Linden and Atlanta. Also pictured are brothers, and Guard-Line owners, Lee and Dennis Stanley.
Wed
01
Apr

Neal pleads guilty to continuous sexual assault

By Robin Aaron

raaron@casscountynow.com

Kelly Jay Neal pled guilty to continuous sexual abuse of a young child on Thursday, March 26 in the 5th District Court in Linden. Neal will serve 25 years for his crimes, which involved two victims, both under the age of 14 at the time of the assaults.

Neal’s charge is a first degree felony carrying a special punishment range of 25-99 years or life.  To be convicted under this statute, a defendant has to have committed two or more acts of sexual abuse, occurring at least 30 days apart, according to prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Courtney Shelton.

Neal’s minimum sentence was part of a plea bargain with the Cass County District Attorney’s office.

Wed
01
Apr

Texarkana College trustees OK tuition rate hike March 24

Texarkana College raises tuition

From Staff Reports

 A new tuition and fees table was introduced March 24 at the Texarkana College Board of Trustees meeting showing a cost that the school says remains in line with the state average for community colleges across Texas and among the lowest of all regional higher education institutions.

A semester at Texarkana College will now cost an in-district student an average of $976 in tuition and fees for 12 semester credit hours compared to an average of $940 for the last two years.

Wed
01
Apr

Escapee apprehended Saturday, boxers and all

 By Robin Aaron

raaron@casscountynow.com

Cort Rabon Buzbee was apprehended Saturday after a manhunt that lasted nearly six hours. Buzbee was wanted on two felony warrants out of Oklahoma. He now has another felony charge for felony escape out of Cass County.  The assailant was still in the boxers and handcuffs he was wearing when he fled on foot.

According to Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe, the sheriff’s office had received a tip that Buzbee was staying at a location in Red Hill. Deputies Powell and Lewis went to the location to serve the two felony warrants for possession of methamphetamines and grand theft auto.

Buzbee bailed out a window and fled on foot. He was quickly apprehended and cuffed and subsequently put in the deputies’ patrol unit.

Tue
10
Mar

Cass County courthouse to “Light It Up Blue”

By Bobby Horn Jr.
Journal Staff

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