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Officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice were able to locate and capture an escaped inmate last week. In an emailed press release to local media, TDCJ confirmed an inmate, identified as Aaron Ray Williams, 35, escaped from authorities by scaling a fence and running away from the Skyview Unit in Rusk on Sunday, Aug. 27. more
In the afternoon hours on Thursday, August 24, officers with the United States Marshal’s Service arrested Gary McGill, a white male, 69 years of age of Smith County, on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of an Elderly/Disabled Person. The charges against McGill stem from an incident in September of 2016 in which McGill is accused of sexual assault of a female that suffers from intellectual disabilities. more
A member of the Smith County Sheriff’s Department is being praised as a hero after his efforts to rescue a child from a drowning situation recently in Flint. At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, Smith County deputies were dispatched to the 14000 block of CR 195 in Flint in reference to a possible drowning of a child that had just occurred. more
State Representative Travis Clardy will host town hall meetings across House District 11 to provide a legislative update on the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature and the Special Session that followed. The general public is encouraged to attend and there will be an opportunity for questions and answers. more
The Smith County Commissioners Court held a special meeting Monday and voted unanimously to approve and adopt an order calling for a $39.5 million bond election with a 10-year maturity to be held on Nov. 7. The money received from the bonds, if approved, will be used to pay for major county road and bridge projects over three years, which, according to commissioners, is Phase I of a six-year Road and Bridge Capital Improvement Project. more
On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the first called Special Session of the 85th Texas Legislature came to a end. The Special Session brought about significant legislation to benefit public schools in Texas, according to "The House and Senate came together to provide relief and necessary funding for our school districts and retired teachers," said Nichols. "Right before the Special, I met with superintendents, retired teachers and educators from across Senate District 3 to discuss what they wanted me to focus on during this session. The passing of House Bill 21, which I was proud to support, addresses many of their issues." more
With the approaching Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 4, Bullard Banner News will change its advertising and editorial deadlines next week. more
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