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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.
Thu
18
Sep

Council approves balanced budget of $1.7 million

By Angela Guillory
 
Linden City Council passed a balance budget and adopted an increased tax rate during its Sept. 8 meeting. Council approved a $1,731,294 balanced budget for fiscal year 2014-2015. This is about $40,000 less than last year’s adopted budget of $1,771,392. There was no discussion and the motion passed unanimously.
Council adopted a property tax rate of .595839, which is a 6.66 percent increase in the tax rate. This tax rate will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate.  
Thu
18
Sep

CCAD board OKs balanced budget

By Angela Guillory
 
Cass County Appraisal District board approved a $630,577 balanced budget on Sept. 9 for 2015. This is a 2.4 percent increase from last year’s $615,980 budget approved in 2013. It includes, a reserve for performance and merit raises. 
Cass County Appraiser LeAnn Lee said the majority of the increase is due to the higher contracts for Eagle Appraisal & Consulting and Capitol Appraisal. These companies handle the districts commercial, business, manufacturing and industrial properties.  Read more in our e-edition:  http://www.etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Casscounty1//Magazine64044/Full/index.aspx?id=64044
 
Thu
18
Sep

Linden-Kildare CISD cancels November trustee election

By Angela Guillory
 
Linden-Kildare Consolidated Independent School District Board canceled the trustees election scheduled to be held on Nov. 4. The order of cancellation was issued during a regular meeting held Sept. 8. 
Trustees Marlon Sullivan, place 1 and James Randall Fitts, place 2, were certified as unopposed and are elected. A copy of the order will be posted on Election Day at each polling place that would have been used in the election.  Read more in our e-edition:  http://www.etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Casscounty1//Magazine64044/Full/index.aspx?id=64044
Thu
18
Sep

L-KCISD earns ‘Superior’ rating on TEA’s FIRST

By Bobby Horn Jr.
Special to the Sun
 
State accolades continue to roll in for the Linden-Kildare Consolidated Independent School District. 
On Sept. 5, the district learned that it had earned a “Superior” rating from the Texas Education Agency on its Final Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). Additionally the district made the highest possible score on the state review.  Read more in our e-edition:  http://www.etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Casscounty1//Magazine64044/Full/index.aspx?id=64044
 
Tue
16
Sep

Suspect caught after high speed pursuit

A suspect has been apprehended after what started off as a routine traffic stop on U.S. 59, quickly turned into a high-speed chase through the streets of Atlanta. A two-hour manhunt in the woods east of the city followed after the suspect wrecked a vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 16, Texas Highway Trooper Carlos Wilson pulled over a silver Lexus L6450 with Illinois license plates on U.S. 59 near the Cass County line at mile marker #260.

Wilson said that he backed away from the car not, expecting the driver to either get out of the car or open the trunk remotely.

Instead, the drive slammed on the gas and took off toward Atlanta. Wilson gave pursuit, joined by fellow state troopers and law enforcement from Cass County and Atlanta P.D.

At the Highway 77 intersection, the Lexus turned in toward town.

Thu
11
Sep

County votes to raise sheriff, constable fees

By Angela Guillory
 
Cass County commissioners approved a new county extension agent for Cass County during Sept. 8 court session.
Brian Whatley will start on Nov. 1 as the new Cass County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. He will be training in Bowie County for 30-days prior to his start date in Cass County.
Whatley will fill the vacancy left behind when Gene Bobo retired from the position more than a year ago.
 
Thu
11
Sep

Deadline approaches for voter registration

As the Nov. 4, General Election approaches, Cass County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar Becky Watson, would like to remind potential voters the last day to register to vote is Oct. 6, 2014. If a change of residence is required, the voter must notify the Voter Registrar by Oct. 6, 2014. 
Voter registration applications may be picked up at the Cass County Tax Office in Linden, Hughes Springs City Hall and the Atlanta Area Chamber of Commerce Office. Adults must be 17 years and 10 months of age or older to register to vote. 
When voting, citizens must present some form of photo ID. 
For any questions or to request more applications, call the Cass County Tax Office at 903-756-5513. 
For more information about Texas Voter Registration, visit www.votexas.org.

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