ETBU begins accepting the Classic Learning Test on enrollment applications

ETBU begins accepting the Classic Learning Test on enrollment applications

East Texas Baptist University recently partnered with Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI) and joined the CLT College Network to begin accepting the Classic Learning Test (CLT) scores submitted by prospective students as a college admissions score. ETBU and CLI share a mission to provide students from diverse educational backgrounds with the best opportunity to succeed in the college admissions process.

"When we learned of the CLT, and after researching the test, ETBU leaders knew it would be a great standardized test option for prospective Tigers," ETBU Vice President for Enrollment and Administrative Affairs Kevin Caffey said. "With the growing number of homeschool and private school students choosing ETBU, we found the CLT appropriate for the education they received in high school. We expect it will provide an accurate measure of college readiness as we determine admission for these students."

The CLT is a college entrance exam designed to showcase students' potential in literature, science, and mathematics. As an accurate and rigorous measure of reasoning, education, and academic formation, the CLT features passages from great works across a variety of disciplines and cultures.

Founded in 2015 to provide alternative standardized testing rooted in tradition and using modern technology, the CLT is administered online within two hours and students receive same-day test results that can be shared immediately with all partner institutions. The CLT also provides colleges and secondary schools with the detailed information needed to make decisions about admissions, curricula, and instruction.

"Classical learning has become such a renewed point of emphasis across secondary and higher education, it makes sense to use a national assessment to evaluate prior learning and readiness as a part of admission and awarding of scholarships," ETBU Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders commented.

In addition to other academic merit scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $16,000 per year, ETBU offers a one-time, $2,500 scholarship toward students, who score within the top one percent of the CLT10, the official preparatory assessment for the CLT primarily offered to ninth and tenth-grade students.

Milam granted stay of execution

Milam granted stay of execution

Blaine Milam, of Rusk County, was scheduled to be executed Tuesday, but a stay of execution has been ordered by The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Milam was convicted to death for the 2010 Murder of 13-month-old Amora Carson.

Current TxDot Projects in Rusk and Gregg Counties

Current TxDot Projects in Rusk and Gregg Counties

TxDOT Project Updates for the Week of Jan. 14, 2019

Rusk County –Henderson maintenance crews will continue base repairs on FM 95 near the Nacogdoches County line. Mobile operations to remove temporary pavement markings are ongoing on SH 322, and getting underway on SH 42. Expect lane closures and delays with flaggers providing traffic control at all locations.

Long line striping operations to upgrade roadway pavement markings are expected to resume mid-week east of Henderson. Daytime work will be conducted on US 79 from the Cherokee County line to SH 42 continuing on into Cherokee County. Placement of short line markings and buttons will also be ongoing.

Rusk County construction projects updates:

FM 2658 Reconstruction (New Project)
• Limits: From SH 43 to CR 2144
• Contractor: Drewery Construction
• Cost: $1.67 million
· Anticipated Completion Date: June 2019
Contractor will begin the process of reconstructing the roadway this week. This project consists of reconstructing the roadway from SH ‪43 to County Road‬ 2144. Work will include scarifying and cement treatment of existing base, new flex base, two course surface treatment, and new pavement markings. Expect alternating lane closures and delays.

US 259 NB Overlay Project
• Limits: From US 79 in Henderson to Jarrell Creek (2.8 miles north of FM 1798)
• Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
• Cost: $5.2 million
• Anticipated Completion Date: January 2019
No work is scheduled for the week. The project includes milling, applying a hot mix overlay, and installing new pavement markings on the roadway.

SH 149 Overlay Project
• Limits: From the Gregg County line south to Panola County line
• Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
• Cost: $6.3 million
• Anticipated Completion Date: March 2019
‪Sunday night, January 13, the contractor plans to start placing asphalt base repair. Expect alternating lane closures and delays during this work. The project includes pavement repair, milling, hot mix overlay, bridge rail replacement, and installing new pavement markings.‬

Gregg County – Longview maintenance crews will continue overlay operations at various locations on FM 2275 from FM 3272 to US 271. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control during this work. Culvert maintenance also continues on SH 135 near the Kilgore Traffic Circle. Work is being conducted with a shoulder closure in place.

Gregg County construction projects updates:

FM 1252 Widening Project (New Project)
• Limits: From a half-mile west of SH 135 to SH 135 at Liberty City
• Contractor: Reynolds and Kay, LTD
• Cost: $739,000.00
• Anticipated Completion Date: May 2019
This project consists of widening FM 1252 with a center turn lane. The contractor will be starting on layouts for widening this week. The project includes cement treating base, widening, hot mix asphalt, surface treatment, extending culverts, and striping. Expect alternating lane closures.

SH 42 Rabbit Creek Bridge Repairs
• Limits: One mile north of SH 31 at Rabbit Creek
• Contractor: East Texas Bridge
• Cost: $654,890.00
• Anticipated Completion Date: January 2019
The contractor continues work placing rock riprap under the bridge and sealing bridge joints utilizing alternate lane closures. The project consists of bridge maintenance including painting steel girders and concrete patches. It also includes bridge joint repairs on the deck surface.

SH 135 Kilgore Overlay Project
· Limits: From north of Traffic Circle in Kilgore to .5 miles north of SH 31
· Contractor: Madden Contracting Company, LLC
· Cost: $2.4 million
· Anticipated Completion Date: January 2019
Closeout activities are ongoing. The project includes overlaying SH 135 from north of the Kilgore Traffic Circle to just north of SH 31 intersection. Project work includes a hot mix overlay, new pavement markings, new bridge rail and new metal beam guard fence.

US 80 Widening in Gladewater
· Limits: From Loop 485 to Locker Plant Road
· Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd.
· Cost: $3.5 million
· Anticipated Completion Date: January 2019
The contractor is working on striping and completing driveways as the project winds down. Expect alternating lane closures of both the eastbound and westbound lanes. The project consists of widening US 80 to four through lanes with a left turn lane from Loop 485 to Locker Plant Road.

Loop 281 at FM 1845/Pine Tree Road
· Limits: From US 80 to Shofner Drive
· Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd.
· Cost: $4.5 million
· Anticipated Completion Date: January 2019
The contractor continues to work on final punch list activities with traffic in its final configuration. The project includes widening the roadway, installing storm drain, grading and base work, curb and gutter, raised medians, surface, signs and pavement markings.

The 100 Club of East Texas Meets

Police Chiefs and Sheriffs in East Texas held a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Kilgore Police Department to introduce the “100 Club of East Texas.” The 100 Club of East Texas is a non-profit 501©(3) Foundation which supports the families of fallen officers who die or are injured in the line of duty.

More law enforcement officers – 144 – died in the line of duty in the United States in 2018 than in 2017, reversing a one-year decline, according to a preliminary report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Texas was one of four states leading the number of officer deaths with 11 fallen officers.

Seeing a regional need in East Texas, a regional group of civic and business leaders have come together to create a non-profit organization to support dependents and spouses of fallen officers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. This foundation will provide support to law enforcement in 20 East Texas counties. As the foundation grows, the foundation will provide financial assistance for training and equipment not budgeted through governing bodies.

The 100 Club of East Texas is comprised of the following counties: Red River, Delta, Hopkins, Franklin, Titus, Morris, Cass, Marion, Camp, Upshur, Wood, Rains, Harrison, Panola, Gregg, Rusk, Smith, Henderson, Anderson and Cherokee.