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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.

Wed
01
Oct

East Texans Charged in Red River Army Depot Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales and Colonel Brandon Grubbs, Red River Army Depot InstallationCommander, announced today that seven individuals have been indicted on federal charges involvingconspiracy to commit an offense and to defraud the U.S. government and theft of government property or money in the Eastern District of Texas

The defendants were named in a 2-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Sep. 17, 2014, charging them with conspiracy to commit an offense against and to defraud the U.S. government and theft of government property or money.  These violations are alleged to have caused over $2 million in losses to the Department of the Army and Red River Army Depot.  Those charged are:

 

Thu
18
Sep

Latent prints used to solve local crime

Arrests made in robbery at Modern Primitives
 
The Cass County Sheriff Office has arrested two of the three suspects wanted in an aggravated robbery that occurred in October at Modern Primitives, located in Domino, Texas. Video surveillance and fingerprints led investigators to the two arrests made so far. One suspect wanted in connection with the crime is still at large. 
As reported in the Citizens Journal following that incident, the aggravated robbery occurred on October 24, 2013, at approximately 1:20 p.m.
Thu
18
Sep

APD arrests brothers on felony charges

By Bobby Horn Jr.
Special to the Journal
 
A pair of brothers is spending some time in jail after a scuffle got a little out of hand.
On Sept. 14, shortly before 5 p.m. dispatch directed Officer Greg Restelle to the 200 block of Tejas with a report of a disturbance in progress involving a gun.
Upon investigation Restelle learned that Kerry L. Pickett, 38, of Texarkana allegedly struck his brother, Russell Edward Pickett, 32 of Atlanta with the butt of a firearm.
Kerry was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a family member. This is a 2nd degree felony with punishment ranging from two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Thu
18
Sep

City council approves LEDC budget 4 to 1

By Angela Guillory
 
Linden Economic Development Corporation’s (LEDC) budgets passed the second attempt on Sept. 8 at the Linden City Council meeting. The motion passed four to one in favor of the two budgets but not without a considerable amount of discussion beforehand. 
The LEDC attempted to pass the budget on Aug. 11. With the mayor breaking the tie vote, the council asked that the budgets be resubmitted with changes to the format.
A quorum of the LEDC board attended the Sept. 8 meeting of the city council, to once again present the LEDC’s budget in a format that the entire council could easily understand. The LEDC called their meeting in conjunction to be able to answer and act on any further budget issues that might be brought up by the council.

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