From the Panola County Sheriff's Department:
This is an updated missing person poster for Lauren Thompson. Her family has now posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Lauren Thompson. No new information has been obtained in the past few weeks. We continue to follow-up on this case
Flexible schedules on Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Carthage Campus/Smith Building
CPR Coordinator 903-693-1194
Truck Driving (CDL)
Flexible Schedules/Classes begin every two week at Marshall Driving Campus
Call Tammy Hicks 903-578-0525
April 15 – July 10, 2019 M/T/W 5:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. at Carthage Campus
Starting March, May and June at all Campuses
Starting every two weeks at Carthage Campus
March 25, 2019 – May 13, 2019 M/TH 6:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. at Carthage Campus
Real Estate Licensing Program
Flexible Schedules on Internet
Friday, March 29, 2019 8:30 a.m . – 4:00 p.m. at Carthage Campus
Friday, March 22, 2019 8:30 a.m . – 4:00 p.m. at Carthage Campus
Learn to Play Dominoes
March 21 – May 23, 2019 Thursdays 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Carthage Campus
Learn to Play Bridge
March 21 – May 23, 2019 Thursdays 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Carthage Campus
Med Aide Update
March 18 – 29, 2019 on Internet
Paint With Kate
Friday, April 5, 2019 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Carthage Campus
Yesterday at 4:53 p.m, Texas DPS Troopers responded to an all-terrain vehicle fatal crash on CR-217, approximately two miles southeast of Beckville.
”The preliminary crash reports indicate that the driver of a 2016 Polaris RZR, Clint Waron Stephenson, 40, of Gary was traveling south on CR-217 at an unsafe speed and went off the west edge of the roadway. The driver overcorrected to the left and went into a side skid. The vehicle rolled to the right across the roadway partially ejecting the occupants, ” said DPS Sergeant Jean Dark.
Stephenson was killed as a result of the crash, he was pronounced by Judge Toni Hughes and transported to Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home in Carthage.
His passenger, identified as Kellie Lachelle Davis, 50, of Carthage was transported to UT-Health – Carthage in stable condition.
The crash remains under investigation.
US 259 – At Red River north of De Kalb, constructing new bridge.
US 67 – Near Sims, repairing pavement.
FM 3129 – From US 59 to SH 77, upgrading guard rails and adding safety features to drainage structures.
SH 11 – From Morris County Line to FM 130, upgrading guard rails.
SH 43 – at I-20 overpass, conducting preventative maintenance work on overpass.
Loop 281 – at I-20 overpass, conducting preventative maintenance work on overpass.
I-20 – at the Louisiana State Line, LaDOTD is conducting a bridge widening project just across the state line. Expect delays and watch for stopped traffic.
FM 9 – From FM 2625 to Panola County Line, resurfacing highway.
US 259 – From I-30 to FM 557, upgrading guard rails, repairing pavement and resurfacing highway.
SH 149 – At SH 315, constructing overpass and widening highway.
FM 699 – At FM 2517, reconstructing intersection.
US 271 – At Ripley Creek and Ripley Creek Relief, replacing bridges.
US 271– From SH 155 South to FM 726, upgrading guard rails, repairing pavement and resurfacing highway.
Carthage resident John Willie recently brought in an $800 donation to City Hall for the Splash Pad. City Manager Steve Williams commented, "We really appreciate citizens like Mr. Willie who are willing to invest in our children. This is a project that has been wanted and needed for a long time and this donation will help make that a reality."
In this photo: Splash Pad Coordinator Teresa Dennard, City Manager Steve Williams, John Willie and City Secretary and Parks Director Dana Clark
This has been a busy week in Austin. Friday, March 8th was the bill filing deadline which always leads to flurry of activity. Unfortunately, that is also the day that we see many not-o-great ideas get turned into legislation. But rest assured, I will remain on the look out and be vigilant as we make our way through the final eighty days of the legislative session.
The real headline from this week was the unveiling of the House's "Texas Plan" to reform our broken school finance system. This past Tuesday, I was proud to stand with Speaker Bonnen, and the majority of the legislature, for a press conference to unveil HB 3.
HB 3 will put nine billion additional dollars of state funding into our public school system. This is a huge commitment by the state which is long overdue. It increases per student funding by almost $900 per year.
By providing this additional money, we are able to reduce recapture payments by school districts by 38% this biennium. Those are substantial dollars that will stay in our local schools and not go back to the state. We will also see an across the board property tax rate reduction of four cents.
HB 3 provides one hundred forty million dollars to recruit and retain our best teachers and creates grants for teachers to utilize online learning tools. It will also provide additional dollars to expand career and technology programs. This will allow our students who do not want to attend a college to learn valuable skills, many of which we have a desperate need for.
I am proud to work with my fellow representatives as we advance this comprehensive plan to overhaul our school funding system. This plan is comprehensive and will affect almost every aspect of school funding. For more details on the Texas Plan, I would encourage you to go to www.thetexasplan.com to learn more about the House's ambitious proposal.
If you have any questions about the Texas Plan or any other legislation making its way through the legislature, please reach out to me at 512-463-0556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.