October Haunted Houses Kick off Around Gilmer Texas
From Haunts to Haints, 2021 Promises to be a Stellar Year for Haunted Houses in Northeast Texas. Gilmer Texas--If you are looking for something fun to do this season now that the Great State of Texas has relaxed many of the pandemic restrictions that kept us all inside this time last year, you are in luck. We have haunted houses galore throughout Northeast Texas. Some that will downright scare the beejeevies out of you and others that will leave you hugging each other tightly as you enjoy a great night out with family and friends. Grab your costumes, a good pair of shoes, a snuggle bunny or a blankie, and let's get started with a visit to the first of many haunted mansions.Read full story
Upshur County May Get New State Rep Under Redistricting Plan
State Rep Cole Hefner is slated to represent Upshur County in a new redistricting plan approved by Texas House. Gilmer, Texas-- On Wednesday, the Texas House approved new political boundaries for the lower chambers' districts that would remove Upshur County from State Rep. Jay Dean's jurisdiction and place the county under the jurisdiction of State Rep. Cole Hefner.Read full story
Big Sandy Pedophile Sentenced to 20 years in Prison
Upshur County Geriatric Man, 73, Goes to Prison for Indecency with a Child Younger than 6 Years of Age. Gilmer, Texas-- The Honorable 115th District Court Judge Dean Fowler wasted no time in sentencing Gerald Gibbs Duhon to state prison on October 12, 2021, according to the Honorable Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd. Duhon was found guilty of three charges of indecency with a child younger than 6 years of age. Duhon will not be eligible for parole under the current sentencing guidelines until he reaches 93-years-old, according to Byrd.Read full story
United States Marines Rescue Stranded Woman From Floodwaters
Six United States Marines from the Renowned Body Bearer Unit Rescue Stranded Woman as Floodwaters Rise. Arlington National Cemetary--Flash flooding can occur anywhere, at any time, and usually with horrible results. On September 16, the United States Marines intervened in what could have been a tragedy, when they observed a stranded motorist stuck in the middle of a flash flood. Her vehicle was quickly being swallowed by the rising water when a bus filled with United States Marines en route to Arlington National Cemetary to perform their duties as body bearers at an upcoming funeral observed her predicament.Read full story
East Texas Yamboree Returns to Gilmer, Texas for 2021
The 86th Annual East Texas Yamboree Opens October 20th and Goes Through October 23rd. Gilmer, Texas-- For those East Texans curious about whether we will celebrate the Fall Yamboree Festival this year, worry no more. The East Texas Yamboree Association announced the celebration is slated to begin the 3rd Thursday of October, however, the amusement rides will open Wednesday evening. The association also announced the Yamboree race for a new queen is over and our new Queen-elect is Hannah Henson. She represents the Twentieth Century Club.Read full story
Upshur County District Judge Dean Fowler Sentences Child Molester to 8 Life Sentences
Upshur County District Attorney Billy W. Byrd Prosecuted Upshur County Man for 8 separate counts of Indecency with a Child. Gilmer, Texas--Thomas Alan Auld,37, will be 97-years-old when he becomes eligible for parole after the Upshur County District Attorney persuaded jurors to convict him of 8 counts of Indecency with a Child. The jurors did not require much convincing considering the evidence presented to the Court which was presided over by the Honorable District Judge Dean Fowler. After a two-day trial, jurors returned a "guilty on all counts" verdict. Judge Fowler oversaw the punishment hearing where the jury assessed the maximum penalty at Life in prison.Read full story
The Market at Shadow Ranch Offers Wagyu Beef to Gilmer
Wagyu is Japanese for cow and it's the most expensive beef in the world!. Gilmer, Texas--At the crossroads of FM 726 and SH 300, halfway between Gilmer and Longview, sits a country store on a hill called The Market at Shadow Ranch. Brent and Leah Fyffe opened the meat market and gift shop where the old AW convenience store once stood, back in June. One of the many product offerings they have is something called Wagyu Beef. They offer three varieties called Australian, Japanese, and American, all rated as A5 which is considered the best of the best.Read full story
Gilmer Gets a New Restaurant and it's a Doozy
Pizza Factory™ Announces New Franchise In Gilmer Texas. Gilmer, Texas-- The fact is most folks who live around these parts love a good pizza and so it comes as no surprise that the recently announced agreement between a well-known west coast pizzeria and two NE Texas experienced restauranteurs will double the Texas footprint of Pizza Factory. Ken and Kelly Wells wanted to be an integral part of the pizza legend's operation as they continue to open locations throughout the Southeast. The husband and wife entrepreneurial team cited the pizzeria's commitment to using fresh quality ingredients and its focus on community connections through Pizza Factory's "No-Bully Zone" programs. Brand CEO Mary Jane Riva made the announcement while complementing both Wells on their continued success in the restaurant industry and Texas' attractive marketplace for new business.Read full story
Discredited Lincoln Project Continues to Harass Texas Governor Abbott
The Lincoln Project tried to push an outrageous national television advertisement blaming Texas Governor Abbott for more than 60,000 deaths related to Coronavirus. Texas Governor Abbott was the target of a television advertisement described as a hit piece on September 18.My San Antonio.Read full story
Wood County Man Gets Reduced Sentence After Shooting Texas Trooper in the Face in 2010
Sixth Court of Appeals Returns Life Sentence to Wood County District Attorney Due to Ineffective Counsel. Timothy Parmer, 56 receives reduced sentence.KETK Channel 56 News. Wood County, Texas-- The Texas Sixth Court of Appeals returned the life sentence of Timothy Parmer, 56, because of several issues related to having been represented by ineffective counsel during his trial in 2017 for an attempted capital murder charge he allegedly committed in 2010. According to court records, Parmer has accepted a new plea agreement of a sentence of 20 years with credit for the 4,025 days he has already served. Wood County D.A. Angela Albers substantiated the previous sentence had been vacated by the appellate court. The plea agreement was accepted on September 9, 2021, after the victim, Texas State Trooper Larry Vaughan decided he did not want to go through another trial.Read full story
Project Safe Childhood Nabs Gilmer Man
Gilmer man records nude child under the age of 12 and gets nearly 22 years in prison. Gilmer-- The Department of Justice launched an initiative in 2006 to fight an epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. The U. S. Attorneys' Office and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) unites federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute people who use the Internet to exploit and abuse children. The program is calledProject Safe Childhood and in conjunction with local authorities, they recently apprehended a culprit here in Gilmer, Texas.Read full story
Gilmer Texas has Three Banks and One Just Got Robbed!
Gilmer Police Apprehend Suspect after First National Bank of East Texas, Gilmer Robbed!. FNB of East Texas Gilmer Robbed.KLTV ABC Channel 7. Gilmer--The City of Gilmer Police Department are reporting they have apprehended the suspect in a morning bank robbery that occurred at the First National Bank of East Texas in Gilmer, Texas. The suspect is alleged to not have used a weapon in the robbery and was apprehended and arrested inside the bank at about 11:00 o'clock this morning. Gilmer Police are releasing no other information at this time. KLTV ABC News 7 will publish more information as it becomes available.Read full story
Dr. Jerald Walton, Respected Citizen of Gilmer and Texan Dies in Accident
Dr. Walton, a Local Dentist passed away late Friday Afternoon. Gilmer-- Judge Anthony Betterton broke the news that respected local dentist, Jerald Dean Walton, passed away late Friday afternoon. His cause of death is believed to have been due to an accident. According to Judge Betterton, Dr. Walton was found on his property and it looks as if he became trapped between his vehicle and a gate. Judge Betterton further stated Dr. Walton's remains have been sent to Tyler, Texas pending an autopsy.Read full story
September 11, 2001: Do You Remember What You Were Doing?
Most Americans were starting their workday on that fateful Tuesday when the first airplane struck the towers at 7:46 A. M. Gilmer-- It was a beautiful September morning when 19 terrorists from the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda attacked America and killed 2,996 men, women, and children in an unprovoked attack on the twin towers in New York City. Like many Americans, I had just dropped my own children off at school and had returned home for some last-minute chores before heading into work. I never made it to work that day. Instead, my wife and I stood in our living room as we watched the coordinated attack unfold on the national news.Read full story
What Are Quarantine Pods and Do You Need One?
Quarantine Pods Emerge as a Solution to Social Isolation for Families. Gilmer--September is here and for many families in Texas, that means kids are returning to school, and with that comes a sense of worry and concern about the spread of disease and germs, especially the spread of Covid-19. Kids are notoriously social creatures and while at school, they will meet old friends and make new friends. Once they leave school and come home, for the younger children, it may be difficult to make them understand why they can't have friends over to play or why they can't spend the night over at a friend's house. One solution that emerged back at the beginning of the pandemic and is gaining ground again as our nation faces potential lockdowns and more isolation, is the concept of Quarantine Pods.Read full story
Texas has a Long History of Capital Punishment
Bob and Doris Bowman tell the tale of 49 lynchings and legal hangings in East Texas between 1862 and 1942 in their book "Death by Rope" Prior to Texas joining the Union in 1836, we were known as the Republic of Texas, and back then the wild west had a different way of adjudicating law and order. When Texas became the 28th State to join the United States in 1836, a system of laws was implemented and expected to be abided by. When it came to capital punishment, the State gave the authority to put convicted murderers and certain other heinous criminals to death at the county level. Every county in the State had its own death row and the preferred method of execution was by hanging. In 1924 that all changed when the State introduced "Old Sparky" and the method of execution evolved from hanging to electrocution. Since every county couldn't afford their own electric chair, the State took over all executions, or at least they were supposed to.Read full story
Student Missed 272 Days of High School Finishes With 0.13gpa
Project Baltimore Reported Student Ranked 62 out of 120 Students in Graduating Class. BALTIMORE. There are hundreds of students that attend Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts in West Baltimore who are failing their classes, yet they are being promoted by a system that overlooks grades, tardiness, and absenteeism. One frustrated mom, Tiffany France, is fed up with it and is sounding the alarm. Her oldest son is 17 years old and has attended school for 4 years there and she believed he was ready to graduate this past May and was surprised to find out he had only earned 2.5 credits during his time there.Read full story
Are you considering homeschool options for your child?
Gilmer, Texas. Covid-19 has changed the way all of us work, learn, and live. Thank goodness for the availability of technology that allows anyone with a computer or smartphone and an internet connection to access any university, most public schools, and almost all major employers. When the pandemic lockdowns first began, there was a race for public and private schools to move their curriculums online. Some schools succeeded and others not so much.Read full story
Stock Act Violations Are Just One Issue Congress Is Facing
The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act), is a tool used to prevent our elected federal officials from enriching themselves and their families by virtue of their elected office. It's a great tool when it works and when it doesn't work, that's when government watchdog groups get involved. When groups like The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed a complaint against a Senator or Congressperson, that can spell the end of a political career and in some cases, even prison time. This is such a serious matter that one of the first things incoming new elected officials receive training on is how to operate within the confines of the STOCK Act and they are required to attend annual training afterward. They can't send an office staff member or intern to sit in on the training for them. The elected official has to attend.Read full story
Labor Day 2021: Why do we celebrate?
Gilmer Texas. On Tuesday, September 5th,1882, a group of New York City labor union members got together and had a parade to celebrate all of the hard work they and their coworkers had accomplished so far that year. They had done a lot by erecting new buildings to build the greatest city in the world's skyline. They also cleared harbors and brought in new citizens from the Old World. It was truly a celebration that eventually turned into an annual one.Read full story