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Wed
18
Oct
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Luminant announces closure of Monticello plant

FROM STAFF REPORTS Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, on Friday announced plans to retire its Monticello Power Plant in Titus County. In total, approximately 1,800 megawatts of power will be taken offline in January 2018.

Vistra Energy president and chief executive officer Curt Morgan said, “For more than 40 years, Monticello employees have generated reliable power for Texans, and we honor and recognize their service. But the market’s unprecedented low power price environment has profoundly impacted its operating revenues and no longer supports continued investment.”

 

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Wed
18
Oct
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Hughes Springs native releases first book

By TONI WALKER

HUGHES SPRINGS – Hughes Springs native Lisa K. Brown has released her first book, entitled “If Cheese Made You Thin, I’d be Invisible by Now.” Brown’s book was released on Amazon on Sept. 25.

Brown’s book takes the reader on a journey through her own struggles and accomplishments. According to Amazon.com’s synopsis, Brown “writes in her perfectly self-deprecating way about everything from a lifetime of dieting, her childhood obsession with both Davy Jones and Ernest Borgnine, to her strange marriage and ultimate divorce—all while inducing laughter and tears along the way. You will celebrate her victories and relate to her pitfalls as Lisa shares the insights and shortcomings of a woman just trying to survive (while maintaining her childhood dream of someday becoming Mrs. Bobby Sherman).”

 

Wed
18
Oct
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A mother’s legacy: How one woman honors her mother’s fight

By TONI WALKER

HUGHES SPRINGS – With October serving as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is typical for papers to focus on a survivor and share their story. However, survivors are not always the one who is diagnosed cancer of any kind. Those closest to the one battling cancer have their own battles to fight, and their own stories to tell. Many times, their story continues long after the battle ends.

Amanda Baird’s mother passed away at the age of 48, when Baird was 21. Baird keeps the memory of her mother alive sharing the story of her life and battle with cancer on a daily basis.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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Suspect arrested following altercation and shooting

By TONI WALKER

DAINGERFIELD – A Daingerfield man is recovering from a minor injury and an Ore City man has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following an altercation on Oct. 4 in Morris County.

According to Morris County Sheriff Jack Martin, deputies were dispatched to 630 HWY 259 at approximately 5:20 p.m. in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies found the victim, who had been shot in the hand. Through investigation, officers learned the victim had been mowing the yard at the residence when Ore City resident Jeff Johnson drove up.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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No injuries in two-vehicle accident on Highway 49

No one was injured on Oct. 5 when an 18-wheeler tractor trailer collided with this Chrysler, driven by Mrs. Bobbie Johnson. The accident occurred on Highway 49 in front of Mount Moriah Church.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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Alumni association honors distinguished DHS alumni

By TONI WALKER

DAINGERFIELD -- For the past eight years, the Daingerfield Alumni Association has gathered to honor graduates from Daingerfield High School who are distinguished in their careers and communities. On Sept. 30, they once again met, honoring four men who have left an indelible mark on their careers, communities, and those they have met.

Dr. Joe Childress- DHS Class of 1961: Dr. Childress was nominated by Greg and Joyce Gant, and Harry McCain presented the award.

 

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Wed
04
Oct
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Morris County District Attorney releases monthly case report

By  TONI WALKER

DAINGERFIELD – The Morris County District and County Attorney’s office has released their monthly report for September.

The report details cases assessed under Attorney Steve Cowan newly implemented plan to render more efficient and effective judgments. According to County Investigator Ross Dickson, a total of 19 convictions have been handed down under Cowan’s new system. Of those, 12 were misdemeanor and seven were felony convictions.

Those convictions led to 233 days in the county jail and four years in state jail. Forty-eight years prison time has been assessed during September, along with 17 years probation..

 

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Wed
04
Oct
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Singleton chosen as Grand Marshal for Daingerfield Days

By  TONI WALKER

DAINGERFIELD – One event that has always been a constant at Daingerfield Days has been the parade.

This year, organizers wanted to give the parade a little press of its own, so they decided to bring back the Grand Marshal. In bringing back the parade Grand Marshal, organizers wanted someone who many people in the Daingerfield area would recognize and remember.

The Grand Marshal for the 2017 Daingerfield Days parade will be former Daingerfield High School coach and administrator Gerald Singleton. Growing up in New Orleans, Singleton moved to East Texas for college, attending Texas College in Tyler. His first teaching job was in Ladonia, and he also taught in Pittsburg prior to joining the Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD.

 

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Wed
04
Oct
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Council hears proposal for Lone Star Elementary building

By  TONI WALKER

LONE STAR – The Lone Star City Council met in their regular monthly meeting on Sept. 21. During that meeting, the council revisited a proposal from Cody Wommack involving the former Lone Star Elementary School building. At the July meeting, Wommack presented the council with plans to potentially use the former school building for a charter school.

According to the minutes from the July meeting, Womack “expressed his interest in using the Lone Star Elementary property as a charter school.” Wommack said that he was pursuing a charter from the State of Texas, and was seeking an agreement from the council for him to be able to use that property if a charter was obtained. Womack also said he would be responsible for any construction or remodeling of the property, if the charter was received.

 

Wed
27
Sep
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Old cotton gin building demolished

By TONI WALKER

DAINGERFIELD – The city of Daingerfield saw an icon fall in recent weeks, as the cotton gin/seed mill was demolished. Residents took to social media to voice their opinions of the building’s demise.

When Life Church purchased the church building and property located across from Brookshire’s, they also purchased the property located at the corner of Linda Drive and Toby Street, where the old mill sat.

In March of 2016, Pastor Don White of First Assembly of God Church in Mount Pleasant came before the City Council to discuss the property and the old mill. White’s church helped start

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