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Thu
26
Mar

County jail passes inspection

By: Cory Smith
The Camp County Commissioners Court met for their regularly scheduled meeting on March 9; County Judge Thomas Cravey and all Camp County Commissioners were present.
The Court began the meeting by approving the prior Commissioners Court meeting. The motion to approve the minutes as written was made by Precinct 2 Commissioner Steve Hudnall and seconded by Precinct 3 Commissioner L.H. “Calhoun” Henderson.
Judge Cravey moved the Court to the next agenda item which concerned the reports of elected officials. Judge Cravey read the certificate of compliance that was bestowed upon the Camp County Jail for passing inspection. The letter reads in part:
Thu
26
Mar

City reminds residents of swimming pool regulations

By: Bobb y Horn Jr.
Special to The Gazette
Students may have enjoyed having a couple of days off from school for recent “snow days” but now Pittsburg ISD says those days will have to be made up by adding additional instruction time.
A planned April 6 student holiday (the day after Easter) has been cancelled. Students will still be out on April 3, which is Good Friday. According to the original 2014-2015 PISD Calendar, the last day of school was June 3. This was scheduled as a half-day. However because of early closures and complete closures, this day has been expanded to a full-day of instruction. June 4 has also been added to the calendar for instruction.
State law requires schools to hold 175 days of seven-hours-a-day instruction.
The district said that they lost three full days of instruction due to weather that have to be made up in some manner.
 
Thu
26
Mar

Region D accepts 2011 changes, not softening on Marvin Nichols stance

Region D residents spoke out once more last Wednesday at a public hearing in Mount Pleasant. The hearing took place preceding the Northeast Texas Regional Water Planning Group (NETRWG).
The hearing opened with a reading of proposed changes to the Region D’s 2011 water plan.
Local residents were encouraged to attend the public hearing on Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. to speak to the North East Texas Regional Water Planning Group (NETRWPG) board of directors concerning their response to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) revisions to this region’s 2011 water plan.
The hearing was held at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center.
Thu
26
Mar

Create a healthy ecosystem in your own yard

StatePoint Media - This season, help promote a healthy ecosystem by learning to identify and control damaging plants and insects in your yard. Information about common invasive species and backyard invaders is now being offered by Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE): 
Invasive Plants Invasive weeds can out-compete native species, changing the local ecosystem. Many varieties, first introduced as flora to plant in gardens, can be confused with similar, native varieties. Here are two common damaging ones to watch out for: 
• Purple Loosestrife, native to Europe and Asia, is found in most states. One plant can produce more than two million seeds annually.
• Native to China, the Tree-of-Heaven was widely planted as an ornamental plant for many years and is often confused with other trees having similar leaves, such as black walnut, butternut, and most sumac.
 
Wed
18
Mar

The last of the picture shows

By: Carolyn Anders Special to The Gazette
“Let’s all go to the lobby, let’s all go to the lobby, let’s all to the lobby, so let’s all go to the lobby to get ourselves a treat!”
Anyone who ever went to “the show” in Pittsburg in the 1950s probably remembers that little jingle. Without a doubt, those movie goers will also remember the giant dill pickle jar that sat on the concession stand counter, along with the Milk Duds and the nearby popcorn machine.
I was on a family vacation in Montana when the State Theater burned in July of 1964. Of course we had no cell phones, and it would have been long distance to call anyone from St. Regis, Montana, to Pittsburg, Texas, so I did not find out about this tragedy until a few days later. This disaster was heart-breaking to me and probably to everyone else who enjoyed Saturday matinees, double features, and holding hands in the dark theater with that special someone.

Tue
17
Mar

City to pay off debt early

By: Harry T. Darby

The city of Pittsburg took advantage of its financial strength by voting to pay off approximately $620,000 in long term debt early, thus saving the city over $200,000 in interest over the next five years. The decision was made at the monthly City Council meeting held March, 9.
“It’s the oldest debt on the books”, said City Manager Clint Hardeman. “It will save us over $200,000 over the life of the note and put us in better position to borrow money in the future for infrastructure projects”
The city originally borrowed $1,000,000 in 2005 for improvements to North Texas Street. The city expects to make the payment in June of this year.
Pittsburg also received positive news from Larry McGuffin with U.S. Energy Audit Services. He reported that after auditing all of the city’s street lights, that Pittsburg is entitled to $26,393.96 in refunds from Swepco. This is due to over billing by the utility company from 2002 date to the present.

Tue
17
Mar

Ron Clinton to perform benefit concert Sunday

Dr. Ron Clinton, Northeast Texas Community College Executive Vice President for Instruction, will perform a solo piano recital on Sunday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Whatley Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets to the concerts are $10 for adults and $5 for children and NTCC students with a current ID. Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for NTCC students.

To continue reading this article purchase the March 19th edition of The Pittsburg Gazette or go to our online e-edition at: http://www.etypeservices.com/Pittsburg%20GazetteID315/default.aspx

Tue
17
Mar

FFA Booster club hosts truck and tractor pull

The Pittsburg FFA Booster Club will hold a “Truck and Tractor Pull” on March 21 beginning at 9 a.m.
The event, which is sanctioned by the HWH Pulling Sled Inc. will be held at the Pittsburg Rodeo Arena, 950 N. Greer Blvd. The Tractor and Truck check in begins at 8:30 a.m. Tractors will compete from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., with trucks starting at 1:30 p.m. The entry fee is: one pull for $20 and three pulls for $40.

To continue reading this article purchase the March 19th edition of The Pittsburg Gazette or go to our online e-edition at: http://www.etypeservices.com/Pittsburg%20GazetteID315/default.aspx

Tue
17
Mar

Simpson will conduct town hall meeting

Representative David Simpson will host a forum at the Whatley Center for the Performing Arts at Northeast Texas Community College on Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. Simpson will discuss his proposed legislation calling to decriminalize marijuana in the state of Texas. “I am proposing that this plant be regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee.” Rep. Simpson continued, “Current marijuana policies are not based on science or sound evidence, but rather misinformation and fear. All that God created is good, including marijuana. God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana that the government needs to fix. “Let’s allow the plant to be utilized for good— helping people with seizures, treating warriors with PTSD, producing fiber and other products— or simply for beauty and enjoyment. Government prohibition should be for violent actions that harm your neighbor—not of the possession, cultivation, and responsible use of plants.”

Tue
10
Mar

Celebrating Black History

Students at Pittsburg Intermediate School participated in the Black History Program, which was held last Friday. The program exposed students to key African-American historical figures. Teacher and Pastor Rev. Patrick Lloyyd directed the program.

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