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Thu
17
Jul

Local honey a family affair for Kennedy’s

By Marti Alexander
malexander@casscountynow.com

When combining work and family, nothing can be sweeter, especially when the product of their efforts is honey.
David Kennedy, along with father-in-law Charles Wilcox and son Kason Kennedy, work together in raising honeybees and selling honey.
However, it was not an endeavor they jumped into.
“I did a lot of research a year before we started,” David Kennedy said.
In 2012, Kennedy began researching and reading about honeybees and how to raise them and then, in 2013, he got his first five hives.
Wilcox said he continues to learn about the bees.
“We now have 15 hives of Italian bees and four hives of Russian,” Kennedy said.

Thu
17
Jul

Sales tax holiday is Aug. 8-10

AUSTIN - Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state’s annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 -10.
The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

 

Thu
17
Jul

Investigation ongoing in June 27 shooting deaths

By Marlene J. Bohr
Mbohr@steelcountrybee.com

Investigation is ongoing in the double shooting that occurred in Cass County on June 27 on County Road 2747 near Marietta in the western part of Cass County, according to Cass County Sgt. Terry Russell.
“We are still waiting on forensic evidence,” Sgt. Russell said.
Damon Robison, 32, along with a 12-year-old, were found deceased.
A 9-1-1 call was taken by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 10:42 on June 27, from a 13-year-old. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Morris County Sheriff’s deputies, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies and Hughes Springs Police officers responded.

 

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Wed
16
Jul

Best remains active at 90

Family and friends gathered in recently to help Julia Best of Bivins to celebrate another decade. Best born on May 30, 1924, recently turned 90.
Best hasn’t spent those years sitting at home twitling her thumbs instead she has stayed active and involved in her community.
Best was a charter member of Linden Hospital Auxiliary. She volunteered in the gift shop, helped deliver ice and treats to patients and always assisted at the bake sales and bazaars the auxiliary held each year before Thanksgiving. She also worked at fundraising to establish scholarships for nursing students. In total, she worked for more than 30 years at the Auxiliary and volunteered more than 3,000 hours.
 

 

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Tue
08
Jul

DeLay takes first in state UIL

By Elandria Steger
Atlanta High School Yearbook Editor-in-Chief

Seventy. That’s how many people he mentally counts are in the room. It was not a traditional classroom like he expected- more like an auditorium.
He moves his chair to calm his nervousness waiting for the prompt to be given out.
The moment it’s in front of him, Atlanta High School junior Dylan DeLay’s nervousness ceases and he prepares to write his story. This is something he knows and something he’s good at.
Dylan placed first in news writing at the UIL state meet held in Austin May 20.
“I could not believe it,” he said. “[Journalism teacher] Mrs. Greig told me earlier in the day that I placed in the top six. I was happy about that but I still wanted more. At the awards ceremony, it was nerve-racking sitting there as they called out the names, starting from sixth place and working down.”

 

Tue
08
Jul

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System receives 2014 Texas Award for Performance Excellence

Health System was one of three organizations to be recognized with the 2014 Texas Award for Performance Excellence. Each year, the Quality Texas Foundation recognizes organizations that serve as a role model for demonstrating exceptional performance in all areas of organizational management – leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus, operations focus and results. CHRISTUS St. Michael received the award during the annual Texas Quest for Excellence Conference held June 23-24 in Addison, Texas.

Tue
08
Jul

Local officers say farewell to one of their own

A 30-year career in law enforcement came to an abrupt end Tuesday night when Mark West, the lead investigator with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, died at a local hospital at the age of 58.
West worked many years with the Atlanta Police Department as sergeant of the APD Criminal Investigation Department, before joining CCSO in late 2009.
Those who worked with West say he was dedicated to his job and was also a good friend.
“Mark was a good man,” said T.J. Hawley, APD investigator. “He was highly dedicated to his profession. He was a great teacher and taught me what it means to be a good investigator.”
Hawley said, “He will be missed, and I am proud to call him a friend and mentor.”
APD Sgt. Allen Williams said West was the “best investigator” and friend anyone could have.
 

 

Tue
01
Jul

Deceased dogs are not recyclable

By Marti Alexander
malexander@casscountynow.com

Atlanta ISD officials encountered a stinky situation when they received a report of a dog carcass inside the recycle bin located at the former Horne Enterprise building on Louise Street on Wednesday.
Donna Rice with the Atlanta ISD met with city employees at the recycle bin to discuss what could be done about the deceased animal.
The company, Tri State Metal and Iron, which takes the recyclable paper would not take the bin due to the contamination by the animal and officials with the company said they could not even take the bin to their landfill because the landfill would not accept it.
 

Tue
01
Jul

Gators not meant to be house pets

By Marti Alexander
malexander@casscountynow.com

It is illegal to have an alligator living in the house. That is what a Linden man found out the hard way in November 2013.
On June 1, a warrant was issued on 36-year-old Jacob Minor of Linden for an unpaid fine for possession of an alligator without a permit. He was booked at the Cass County Jail and released after the $299.60 fine was paid on the same day.
After responding to a domestic disturbance call at Minor’s home in November, officers discovered there was a 4-foot alligator living in the residence.
Minor, along with his pet alligator, was taken to the Linden Police Department where Game Warden Dan Hill took custody of the gator.
Hill said he was told the alligator was purchased out of state and that Minor showed a receipt for an out-of-state purchase of just over $200, but the receipt did not specify it was for an alligator.

Tue
01
Jul

AISD ends year with a 1% drop

By Raegan Rice
Special to the Journal

Atlanta ISD ended the year with 18 fewer students, resulting in an estimated 1 percent difference in budget for next year. The good news is that the school had high percentages of attendance at all campuses.
Other items discussed at the AISD school board meeting on Tuesday were the purchase of a bus, which was already budgeted in; budget amendments, including moving extra funds from the security budget to teacher training; and personnel matters. All consent agenda items carried.
Master Gardner Mr. Brown made the first presentation to the board, updating them on the year’s Junior Master Gardner Certification Program.

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