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Wed
08
Apr

Wildflower Trails Festival set for April 24-25

 By Angela Guillory

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

Tue
10
Mar

Cass County Days declared at State Capital

By Robin Aaron
raaron@casscountynow.com
A delegation of Cass County officials and residents attended Cass County Days March 3 and 4 to make contact with important legislators at the state capital in Austin. More than 30 made the trip from the local area to put a face to Cass County in hopes to influence laws and legislation regarding Cass County.
Though winter weather shortened the trip for some, attendees said they felt confident that their presence at the capital had made a difference and were encouraged by what they heard from the local district’s senator and representative.
The group met with both Sen. Eltife, Rep. Chris Paddie, staff members and other officials at the capital to discuss important legislation and hear reports on the current session.

Tue
24
Feb

Plans halted for restitution center in Maud

State cancels plan to send sex offenders to Maud

[PUBLISHER'S NOTE: A story will appear in our midweek edition (Feb. 25) of the Atlanta Citizens Journal detailing plans to utilized the vacant restitution center in Maud. The facility is located just over a mile from the local school district and just yards from several homes in the immediate area. Quotes included in that article were obtained the day of our press time. We were informed late Monday that plans had changed and that the state had decided not to pursue plans to house sex offenders at that location. This is our follow up to this original story. We thank our local officials, including Catherine Betts for their diligence and cooperation in this matter to be sure our readers are informed on this important issue.] 

By Bobby Horn Jr.

Journal Staff

Mon
23
Feb

L-KCISD and city closes due to icy conditions

By Angela Guillory

aguillory@casscountynow.com

Last night city and school officials made a call to delay start until 10 a.m. Monday morning. Since that time Linden Kildare CISD classes have been canceled and city hall has been closed in Linden.

Linden City Administrator Robbie Hood said only nonessential personal will remain to monitor city road conditions and to respond to public works emergencies. 

Hood advises citizens to stay off the roads and to be careful if they have to travel. He noted that sidewalks and roads are slick. Public works is salting the downtown sidewalks.

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