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Wed
18
Jan
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Theatre holding registration for new upcoming dance classes

The Community
Theatre of East Texas
will hold registration for
their new dance classes
on Saturday, Jan. 28,
from 11-2 at the theatre.
Dance instructor Cherí
Degenhart, as well as
theatre director Mandy
Gammill, will be available
to answer questions.
Classes available will
include: combo (ballet
and tap), jazz, hip-hop,
lyrical, and musical theatre.
Tuition will be as follows:
one hour per week
at $60; two hours per
week at $75; three hours
per week at $90. There
will also be a family plan,
unlimited classes available
for $125. There will
also be a one-time registration
fee of $20.
Classes will be available
for: 3 to 4 year olds,
5 to 7 year olds, 8-11 year
olds, and 12 year old
through adult. Classes
will begin on Feb. 1.
Makes plans to attend
the registration day, and

Wed
18
Jan
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Texas Legislature convenes in 85th regular session

AUSTIN — Lawmakers
gathered at the state
Capitol in their respective
houses on Jan. 10, opening
day for the 85th regular
session of the Texas
Legislature. The 140-day
session will conclude on
May 29.
After taking the oath of
office and being sworn in,
the Texas House of
Representatives, on a vote
of 150-0, unanimously reelected
Rep. Joe Straus, RSan
Antonio, to a fifth term
as speaker of the House,
tying a record for the most
terms as speaker.
Meanwhile, after being
sworn in, the Texas Senate
voted unanimously in favor
of Sen. Kel Seliger, RAmarillo,
as speaker pro
tempore.
Seliger will wield the
Senate gavel in the absence
or temporary disability of
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who
presides over the 31-member
body. Should the governor
and lieutenant governor
be temporarily

Wed
18
Jan
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Cass County issues new most wanted list

The Cass County Sheriff ’s
Office has issued a list of
most wanted individuals.
Anyone with information on
any of the following people
should contact the Cass
County Sheriff ’s Office at
903-756-7511.
Tiffany Humphries, also
known as Tiffany Friday,
wanted for probation violation,
possession for a controlled
substance.
Henry Vance Garrett, also
known as Pete Garrett,
wanted for assault/family
violence.
Stacey Dawn Gearlds,
wanted for bond forfeiture
for theft, also for bond forfeiture
for forgery.
James Tyler Gilbeault,
wanted for bond forfeiture
for theft.
Joshua Ray Hanson,
wanted for bond forfeiture
for possession of a controlled
substance.
Matthew Jeffery, wanted
for a probation violation for
an accident involving injury.
Travis Dylan Marsh,
wanted for a probation violation

Wed
18
Jan
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Wright named to Harding dean’s list

Savannah Wright, biology
major at Harding
University from Hughes
Springs, is among more
than 1,400 University students
included on the
dean’s list for grades
achieved during the fall
2016 semester.
The dean’s list is published
each semester by Dr.
Marty Spears, University
provost, honoring those
who have achieved high
scholarship. To be eligible,
a student must be carrying
12 or more hours with a
3.65 or higher grade-point
average and no incompletes.
Harding University is a
private Christian university
located in Searcy,
Arkansas. Accredited by
the Higher Learning
Commission, it is the largest
private university in the
state. Harding’s student
body is made up of students
representing 50
states and 54 nations and
territories. The University
offers more than 100
undergraduate majors,

Wed
18
Jan
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O’Dell named DAR Good Citizen

Hughes Springs senior Celeste O’Dell
received the Good Citizen Award from the
Daughters of the American Revolution for
her essay on the duties of citizenship and
the impact that individual actions can have
on society.

Wed
18
Jan
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Where have all the good ones gone? Rabbit Hole closes doors after 10 years

First, Kissin’ Kousins
closed. Now, another area
restaurant has shut their
doors. The Rabbit Hole
Game Room and Pizza, in
Cason, has closed after 10
years.
The Rabbit Hole, which
was owned and operated
by Robert and Debra
Hunt, was best known for
their fried catfish, which
had numerous regulars
flocking to Cason each
week. The restaurant also
served a variety of freshmade
pizzas, as well as
chicken fried steak and
wings.
Robert, or Rabbit, as he
was known by the regulars,
made the sauces, relishes,
and anything else
he could, which gave The
Rabbit Hole’s food a
homemade, down home
flavor. There were times
that the restaurant would
run out of the breading or
sauce needed for a dish
and, instead of serving the
dish with a store-bought
product that did not meet
the standards, the dish

Wed
11
Jan
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Griffin sentenced in Cass County Court

Rickey Joe Griffin, of
Hughes Springs, has been
sentenced to six years in
the Institutional Division
of TDCJ, according to
Criminal District Attorney
Randal Lee.
The sentence was
handed down in the Fifth
Judicial District Court in
Cass County, with Bill
Miller as the presiding
judge. Griffin was sentenced
following a burglary
of a habitation
charge, and had his community
supervision
revoked by Miller.

Wed
11
Jan
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Drug bust removes marijuana, meth from Lone Star streets

In a move that highlights
the department’s efforts to
squelch the drug issue in
Lone Star, the Lone Star
Police Department made
good progress with a
major drug bust on Jan. 6.
According to LSPD
Chief Larry Fleet, the
department had been
tracking a potential suspect
for several weeks.
“Sergeant Brett Gutierrez
took the lead on this case,
and developed a confidential
informant over the
course of the investigation,”
said Fleet. Through
the investigation, the
department was able to set
up “buys” with the suspect,
and gathered enough
information to execute a
warrant on Jan. 6.
On Jan. 6, members of
the department, with
assistance from other local
agencies, executed a warrant
at a residence on
Avery Lane in Lone Star,
where they found the suspect,
Keenan Ector in possession
of large amounts of

Wed
11
Jan
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Lone Star PD receives grant, purchases vehicles

Chances are, if you spot
a Lone Star Police officer
on the street, you might
not recognize them. No,
there is no major undercover
sting occurring, but
the department has
received two, new-to-the
department vehicles, that
are already being put to
good use.
According to Chief
Larry Fleet, the new vehicles
are thanks, in large
part, to Sergeant Brett
Gutierrez. “Last year, Brett
took the initiative and
applied for a grant
through the East Texas
Council of Governments
to purchase new vehicles.
Originally, we were
approved for $80,000 to
purchase two new vehicles,”
said Chief Fleet.
Fleet said the department
was then notified that, due
to a lack of funds, they
would only be receiving
$40,000 for the vehicles.
After conferring with the
state on the ability to use
the funds on used or new

Wed
11
Jan
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: A continuing legacy

Martin Luther King, Jr.
played a pivotal role in race
relations in the United
States for nearly a decade.
He helped secure the end
of legal segregation of
African-American citizens,
created the Civil Rights Act
of 1964 and served as a
source of inspiration for
black individuals across the
globe.
Dr. King did not begin
his life as a crusader or
public figure. He had much
more modest beginnings in
rural Atlanta. Born
Michael King, Jr., he was
the middle child of Michael
King, Sr. and Alberta
Williams King. Michael
King, Sr. served as pastor of
Ebenezer Baptist Church
upon the death of his
father-in-law, who was the
church’s prior pastor. At
this point, the elder king
decided to change his
name to Martin Luther to
honor the famed Protestant
religious leader. His son
soon decided to adopt the

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