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Thu
11
Dec

Christmas Character comes to Atlanta

'Christmas Character' comes to Atlanta

By Bobby Horn Jr.

Special to the Journal

 “Christmas Character” will be the main focus Saturday night, Dec. 13, as the streets of Downtown Atlanta light up for the annual Christmas Parade.

Miranda Johnson, president of the Atlanta Area Chamber of Commerce said the parade will begin at 6 p.m. The parade route will start at the Texas Department of Transportation office, 701 E. Main St. The parade will travel west-bound on Main Street, then turn north on East Street. The parade will then turn north and travel to Hiram Street, where it will make a right turn and continue east and conclude at the transportation office.

Tue
25
Nov

Boy charged in accidental shooting

An Atlanta High School Sophomore died from gunshot wounds yesterday and a 13 year-old boy has been taken into custody as a result.

Atlanta Police Department continues to investigate the incident that occurred at 422 Thomas Street at approximately 1:56 p.m. Monday afternoon.

There were reportedly four juveniles at the residence at the time of the shooting. According to Police Chief Mike Dupree, the shooting is believed to have been accidental.

Atlanta EMS transported the victim to CHRISTUS St. Michaels where she was pronounced deceased at approx. 3:05 p.m.  Judge Bridgett Smith, Cass County Precinct 4, ordered an autopsy.  The male juvenile was taken into custody and charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide, a State Jail Felony.  He was transported to detention in Longview.

A detention hearing for the young man is scheduled for today, Nov.25. 

Thu
06
Nov

Fire downtown

A downtown landmark is a total loss this morning after flames tore through the property on Hiram Street. 

Woods Furniture, a family owned and operated business that has been a part of Atlanta's downtown for decades, caught fire Wednesday evening. The fire is believed to have been started by faulty electrical work either in the back of the building or in the property next door to Woods Furniture. That building was once the Western Auto location but has been vacant until recent renovations began. Both properties burned in the fire. Minor damage was sustained to several adjacent buildings on Hiram Street as well. The official cause of the fire is under investigation and is yet to be determined. 

More on this story in our weekend edition of the Atlanta Citizens Journal.

Photo by Robin Aaron

Wed
05
Nov

Election results

GOP Sweeps Cass County Races

By Bobby Horn Jr.

Special to the Journal

Mirroring the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate, the Cass County GOP swept three contested county races Tuesday. Five other Republicans were uncontested in county races.

According to unofficial returns, Randal Lee will become the county’s next criminal district attorney after beating current Assistant D.A. Tina M. Richardson 4,590 to 2,363. Lee is a former Cass County DA.

Lee built up a commanding lead in early voting taking 1,623 votes to Richardson’s 896. On Election Day he more than doubled her with 2,967 votes to 1,467.

Jamie A. O’Rand (R) unseated Incumbent Jannis Mitchell 3,985 to 2,963 to become the next county clerk. Mitchell actually held a lead during the early voting period 1,276 to 1,257. However, on Election Day O’Rand outpaced Mitchell by more than 1,000 votes.

Wed
29
Oct

Is this the real life?

The Big Bad Band From Rabbitland proves they have what it takes to make dreams a reality as they march their way into the top four at the Area UIL competition held Saturday, Oct. 25, in Longview. The band will travel to San Antonio to compete in the State UIL competition next week. See more photos on page 8.

Wed
29
Oct

Early voting ends Friday, Oct. 31

By Angela Guillory
 
The polls are open and Cass County voters are taking advantage of  the opportunity to vote early. As the polls closed Friday for the first week of early voting
presiding judge Barney Tate reported 899 voters had cast their ballots. There are 19,307 eligible voters in Cass County.
The polls will close at 5 p.m. Friday for early voting. The General Election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 4. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Wed
29
Oct

Christus St. Michael-Atlanta adds $1.2M mental health wing

By Bobby Horn Jr.

Special to the Journal

Construction of a $1.2 Million 24-bed mental health wing at CHRISTUS St. Michael- Atlanta is expected to be completed by mid-December.

The expansion is a joint project between Community Healthcore, which is the mental health and intellectual disability governing authority for Bowie, Cass, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Red River, Rusk and Upshur counties, and Christus St. Michael.

Community Healthcore Executive Director Inman White said that they have been waiting for a long time to bring a new level of mental health care to Cass and surrounding counties. “Years of planning have gone into it,” he said. “We started working on this seven years ago. We didn’t have the ability to get people into beds for observation and evaluation.”

Tue
21
Oct

QCISD adds new security measurename, photo and destination

 By Bobby Horn Jr.

Special to the Journal

Tue
21
Oct

Early voting is now underway until Oct. 31

By Angela Guillory
 
Early voting in the Nov. 4 General Election started on Monday. Voters will decide on city, county and state candidates. Voters will be required to provide an acceptable form of photo identification when they vote.
Friday is the deadline to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail. County Clerk said her office has received more than 650 requests for absentee ballots.
Voters who are 65 or older or disabled can vote by mail in addition to voters who will be out of the county during early voting and on Election Day.
Applications for absentee voting may be applied for at the county clerk’s office. Completed and signed applications for ballot by mail should be mailed to Jannis Mitchell, Early Voting Clerk, P.O. Box 449, Linden, Texas 75563.
Wed
08
Oct

Atlanta man killed in motorcycle crash

 A fatal motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon brought traffic to a standstill on eastbound I-30 as law enforcement officials and emergency personnel worked to investigate the scene, just east of the Hwy. 82 interchange near mile marker 198.

According to eye witness statements, the male driver of the motorcycle, identified as Timothy James Dubuisson, 33, of Atlanta, Texas was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed and passing other motorists on the highway shoulder when he collided with a stationary construction vehicle.

That section of I-30 is currently a work zone as crews work to resurface the roadway. According to the official DPS report, Dubuisson was in a closed off construction lane when he struck the parked truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Nancy Talley.

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