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Hometown newspaper of David Cuzts
USPS NO. 114-150 Vol. 134, No. 25
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
1 Section, 16 Pages
Citizens Journal
Cass County commissioners approved the sher-
iff’s request to sell surplus items and deposit the
proceeds into his general budget when they met
in regular session Monday morning.
Sheriff Larry Rowe asked for permission to sell
items his department doesn’t use. Those items
include two commercial gasoline-operated gen-
erators, a commercial water-and-solids suction
pump and a commercial air compressor. He said
last week he planned to sell a power washer but
has decided to keep it.
As a “matter of record” Sheriff Rowe told the
court he is trading in 11 used pistols for five new
tasers, not four as published in Sunday’s Jour-
nal. Rowe explained the CCSO purchased 25 .40
caliber pistols several years ago and 11 deputies
and/or reserve deputies have chosen to trade in
News Briefs
Dan Parr to perform
at Morris Upchurch
Middle School
Queen City native Dan Parr
is coming home and bringing
his celebrated kids’ showwith
Parr, who currently lives in
Dallas, has garnered critical
praise as a children’s writer
and entertainer.
“Dano,” as he is affectionate-
ly called, won the Nickelodeon
Parents Pick Award for Best
Children’s Entertainer-Dal-
las/Ft. Worth in 2009 and 2010.
He was a Nickelodeon Par-
ents Pick Nomination for Best
Children’s CD-USA in 2010, as
Accolades continued in 2011
See BISD on page 2
15 teams to compete
in Rotary Club’s
spelling bee
Fifteen teams will compete
for braggin’ rights as the win-
ner of the 13th annual spelling
bee sponsored by the Atlanta
Area Rotary Club.
The$15ticket includesall-you-
can-eat shrimp, a live auction,
a silent auction for delicious
homemade cakes and gifts, and
the spelling contest sponsored
Weekly Road Work
Report from TxDOT
The Texas Department of
Transportation released a
Road Work Report for Cass
and surrounding counties.
If planning to travel any of
the following routes, drivers
should be alert for changing
speed limits, restricted lane
access, workers in construc-
tion zones and traffic delays.
Cass County
US 59 – From south of FM
2148 in Bowie County to south
of FM 3129 in Cass County,
construction of new overpass
at FM 3129 and concrete over-
lay on southbound lanes of
US 59. Traffic restricted to one
lane each direction.
US 59 – At Emma Lena Way
in Atlanta, construction of
offset turn lanes.
BISD to take formal
action on contract
for superintendent
A called meeting of the
School District Board of
Trustees will be held starting
6 p.m. Thursday, in the board
room at 211 West Cypress,
Two items are on the agen-
Jack Striplin, current board
secretary, will step down. A
new secretary, chosen from
among sitting board mem-
bers, will be appointed.
The board will also submit
Two burglary suspects were
arrested in the act and a third
man was arrested the follow-
ing day by Cass County Sher-
iff ’s Office deputies last week.
Sheriff Larry Rowe said Dep-
uty Kenneth King was dis-
patched to a residence in the
Zion Hill Community south of
Linden on Thursday, March
21, and found two people who
appeared to be burglarizing a
building behind the home.
The third suspect escaped,
which brought out Sheriff
Rowe, Chief Deputy Roy Bark-
er and Deputy Bill Lawrence to
search for him.
Monique Irwin, 32, of Bloom-
burg, and Jess Hitchcock, 29,
of Linden were arrested at the
The sheriff said Clifton Stan-
ton, 27, of Linden was arrested
the followingmorning as he sat
in a vehicle parked outside the
Cass County Jail. Rowe said
Stanton was apparently wait-
ing for a bail bondsman to bail
out his friends when Deputy
Lawrence recognized him and
arrested him on a burglary
warrant issued the day before,
and on an earlier warrant for
probation violation.
Sheriff Rowe said a caretak-
er for the Zion Hill property
Burglary suspects caught in the act
Easter fun!
HB 777
would affect
timber biz
More troubles
plague Domino
See COURT on page 2
Two bills making the rounds
in Austin will more than likely
become one law that will affect
East Texas’ timber business in
several ways.
Cass County commissioners
on Monday voted 3-1 for a reso-
lution supporting House Bill 777
regarding weight tolerance per-
mits for logging vehicles. Com-
missioner Paul Cothren voted
against the non-binding resolu-
tion, saying the wording in the
proposed bill concerns him be-
cause it is not yet complete.
A more stringent bill regard-
ing overweight fines, Senate Bill
Yea or nay – that is the ques-
tion, in multiples.
Depending on the answer,
Freddye Frazier may be, or not
be, the mayor of Domino.
During a March 14 Domino
ity council meeting, coun-
cil members acted to accept
Frazier’s resignation from the
city’s top post. No written no-
tice of resignation from Frazier
was presented.
Council member Earnest
Atlanta Elementary School’s
designation as a National Title
I Distinguished School was a
sweet surprise because it’s an
award the district never ap-
plied for, much less expected
to win.
In fact, school officials didn’t
even know the award existed
before AES became a finalist
and was eventually named the
best Title I campus in Texas.
Only one school from each of
the 50 states is chosen each
year for the honor.
Ray Glynn, executive director
of the Region 8 Education Ser-
vice Center in Pittsburg, said
Atlanta Elementary’s honor
was a first for any school in
this service region, which is
one of 20 regions in a state that
currently educates more than
4.9 million students.
Title 1 is the nation’s oldest
and largest federally funded
program, according to the U.S.
Department of Education. It
provides more than $14 billion
annually to school systems
across the country for students
at risk of failure and living at
or near poverty.
The money is designed to
provide a variety of resources
to enhance educational pro-
grams for students who are
not performing to state stan-
dards in reading, mathematics
and science. Distinguished Ti-
tle 1 Schools go beyond what is
mandated in the statute.
The purpose of Title 1 fund-
ing “is to ensure that all chil-
dren have a fair, equal, and sig-
nificant opportunity to obtain
a high quality education and
reach, at minimum, proficien-
cy on challenging state aca-
demic achievement standards
and state academic assess-
The 2012-13 National Title 1
Distinguished Schools honor
awarded to AES is based on
data from the 2009-10 school
year. The Texas Education
Agency chose AES to repre-
sent the state at the National
Title 1 Conference in held in
Nashville, Tenn., in January
and the school will again be
recognized by the Association
of Compensatory Education in
Texas in May.
Ty (left) and Boston Graf and Mrs. Mineola Smith look over pictures
of the Easter Bunny colored by local children and hung in the foyer of
Cass County Bank. The pictures were submitted as part of the
Easter coloring contest. The top three submissions will be featured in
this weekend’s edition of the
Checking it out
Sheriff gets OK to sell surplus equipment
Title I national award
was unexpected but
welcomed by AES
Area children are invited to the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Atlanta State Park starting 2 p.m. Saturday. Chil-
dren will hunt for eggs in age groups 0 to 4, 5 to 8 and 9 to 12, and in dedicated hunting areas. Thirty eggs
in each group will be filled with tickets to win prizes. For more information, call the park at 903-796-6476.