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A recommendation was made last week by the executive director of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement regarding the possible license suspension of suspended Smith County Precinct 1 Constable Henry Phillip Jackson. According to a petition filed in May, TCOLE executive director Kim Vickers recommended a 10-year suspension of Jackson’s peace officer’s license. more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $710.4 million in local sales tax allocations for June. The report released by the Texas Comptroller’s office stated the figures released for June represent an 11 percent increase from the amount released statewide in 2017. more
Dr. Donny Lee, a former administrator at Bullard Independent School District, now the Superintendent of Schools at Oakwood ISD, was recently recognized for his efforts in education, as he was presented the 2017 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals’ Outstanding Texas Principal Award on Tuesday, June 12, at the Hilton Hotel in Austin. more
A total of 17 Boy Scouts and seven adults are headed to the north woods of Canada on an epic outdoor adventure where they will be blessed by canoeing, fishing and enjoying God’s handiwork and seeing wild creatures that are not in East Texas, when they trek north to the Northern Tier Canoe Base in Ely, MN. more
Smith County Treasurer Kelli White was named as a finalist for a statewide County Treasurer’s award. The County Treasurers Association of Texas held its 46th annual Education Seminar in San Marcos recently. more
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents that many customers can skip the trip to a driver license office altogether, which is especially convenient during the busy summer months. Most residents who are eligible to skip the trip are not taking advantage of the option to quickly renew their Texas Driver’s License or identification card online (or by phone). Address changes can also be taken care of online (or by mail) in many instances. more
The University of Texas at Tyler announced today its partnership with Jarvis Christian College to offer seamless pathways for students to earn degrees and further enhance higher education in East Texas. more
Texas State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) recently was presented with the ‘Legislative Champion Award’ from the Texas oil and gas industry at a luncheon for East Texas leaders at the Lufkin Lions Club. “I am honored to be presented with the ‘Legislative Champion Award’ from the Texas Oil and Gas Association and other industry members,” said Nichols. “I understand how important the oil and gas industry is to our state in not only providing jobs for Texans, but also in ensuring Texas maintains its strong and growing economy.” more
An arrest was made last week in the case of vandalism at two local Brookshire’s grocery stores in Smith County. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the case began in early March when a Smith County deputy responded to a report of graffiti at the Brookshire’s store in Flint, located in the 20100 block of Highway 155 South. more
On June 12, 2018, in the 369th Judicial District Court of Cherokee County, Texas, Jose Trevino was found guilty of sexually molesting his stepdaughter. The victim, who shall remain nameless, confronted her accuser and testified about the multiple times that Mr. Trevino crept into her room while she was sleeping and would molest her. more
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