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Thu
16
Apr

Local winery produces internationally awarded wines

By: Cory Smith and By: Jamie Harlow
 
Texas is famous for many things: the Alamo, being its own country, being the birthplace of the popular soft drink Dr Pepper, and many other things. What you may not know however, is that Texas is quickly becoming a hotbed for wineries. That’s right, the Lone Star State now has over 200 wineries  across the statethanks to the explosion of interest in the wine industry.
Thu
16
Apr

ETMC hosts disaster drill

By: Cory Smith
 
When a disaster strikes, medical and government officials must have a strategic plan in place to ensure citizens’ lives are protected. The East Texas Council of Governments partnered with 46 agencies across East Texas last week, as they hosted a three-day mass fatality exercise, which began last Tuesday. Local and regional hospitals, volunteer agencies, cities, counties, school districts and state and federal agencies participated in the event. The exercises simulate a wide spread influenza outbreak, causing mass fatalities. Government and health officials said the full-scale exercise tests mass fatality preparedness. Participating responders practice use of a mobile medical unit as they get trained on techniques such as medication disbursement and agency coordination.
 
Thu
16
Apr

All parties OK in midday crash

By: Cory Smith
 
A midday collision gave passersby quite a scare last Thursday. A minivan,
being driven by John F. Kennedy, was struck by with a Pittsburg Police Department
patrol car that was being operated by Officer Jamie Blackwell. Officer
Blackwell was traveling northbound on Highway 271 when the vehicles collided.
Both drivers were transported to ETMC-Pittsburg and released later that
day.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is conducting an independent investigation
of the crash.
 
Thu
16
Apr

Former Pittsburg resident advocates team-building, from the gridiron to the boardroom

One of the most frequently used types of analogies employed to frame business in more palatable terms is to draw similarities with the world of sports and athletics. There, the logic postulates, something complex and ostensibly opaque can be imparted to someone in a more digestible manner, allowing them to grasp and take advantage of the information contained therein.

Oftentimes, however, these wisdoms are confined to individual attributes such as “drive” or “perseverance,” or to reliably flexible understandings of ideas like teamwork and selflessness. In other words, the comparisons are facile but fundamentally figurative.

As someone who spent a significant portion of his life as a top-level competitive athlete, rising through high school, collegiate and professional football, Fort Worth YMCA’s Chief Human Resources (HR) Officer Ken Reeves has a keen understanding of the literal functions within a team structure.

Thu
16
Apr

The Pittsburg Gazette welcomes new GM

By: Toni Walker
 
Special to The Gazette Change is one thing that we all face. Change comes, sometimes on a regular basis. It is in that spirit of change that the Pittsburg Gazette and the Steel Country Bee announce their new General Manager, Mrs. Marie Bankard. Mrs. Bankard has a healthy background in the newspaper industry, having been with the Pittsburg Gazette and the Steel Country Bee for over a year.
 

To continue reading this article purchase the April 16th edition of The Pittsburg Gazette or go to our online e-edition at: http://www.etypeservices.com/Pittsburg%20GazetteID315/default.aspx

 

Thu
16
Apr

Guaranty Bank & Trust and Preston State Bank complete transaction

Guaranty Bancshares, Inc., the holding company of Guaranty Bank & Trust (Guaranty), announced today the completion of its acquisition of DCB Financial Corp., the holding company of Preston State Bank (DCB). As part of the agreement, Preston State Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DCB Financial Corp., merged with and into Guaranty Bank & Trust. The completion of this merger transaction with DCB adds approximately $127 million in total assets, deposits of $94 million, and total equity capital of $24 million to Guaranty’s balance sheet, elevating total assets to approximately $1.5 billion. All former employees of Preston State Bank have joined Guaranty’s team. Guaranty will continue to operate existing locations in North Dallas at 16980 Dallas Parkway and in Preston Center at 5944 Luther Lane.
 
Thu
16
Apr

Sheriff McCandless issues appeal to citizens in fight against crime

Responding to the increased number of citizens wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Camp County Sheriff Alan Mc- Candless announced that Camp County citizens are being invited to become associate members of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.
Membership invitations will go out in the mail over the next several weeks. Associate member funding allows the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas to provide critical training, technical resources and legislative support on key criminal justice issues to law enforcement officers across the state. In addition, dues will be used to support crime prevention and awareness programs, promote public safety, fight drug abuse, provide additional training for sheriffs and their deputies, and provide scholarships for children of law enforcement officers.
Wed
08
Apr

Students not required to participate in Bible study

By: Bobby Horn Jr.
Special to The Gazette
 
On April 1, Pittsburg ISD Superintendent Judy Pollan received a call from a media outlet in another county asking her to respond to allegations that the district had violated the civil rights of its students—but this was no April Fool’s Joke. Sam Grover, an attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), has confirmed they are investigation allegations against the school district.
Grover said the FFRF received an e-mail from a Pittsburg parent, whom he would not name, that alleged “a coach imposed his personal beliefs onto his players.” At the heart of the complaint, he said, is that PHS Baseball Coach Tommy Stewart allegedly forced his players attend to a Bible study or face consequences. The FFRF said they are also investigating an allegation that the players are required to wear practice T-shirts that read “With God All Things Are Possible.”
 
Wed
08
Apr

Local authorities are looking for an auto theft suspect

By: Cory Smith
 
Local authorities are looking for auto theft suspects after a $60,000 2015 Ford-250 Lariat was stolen from a residence on County Road 2214 March 29. A Honda Ranger 4-wheeler, valued at $7,500, was loaded in the truck bed, and two handguns were inside the truck. “Based on the theft of a credit card that was in the vehicle, a person we believe to be involved in the theft was later spotted on video surveillance at a convenience store in Mineola,” Camp County Sheriff Alan McCandless said. “She was wearing a black hoodie at the time. We believe the woman we saw on the video was accompanied by two males at the time of the theft.
 
Wed
08
Apr

NTCC board meets, president discusses funding outlook

By Jodi Weber
Special to The Gazette
 
 
The Northeast Texas Community College Board of Trustees met for its regular March meeting Tuesday night. The meeting opened with a Focus on Faculty report, which featured Dr. Karyn Skaar, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Skaar, who lives in Pittsburg, has been at NTCC since 2007. She holds a Masters and Doctorate from Oklahoma State University. "It is quite uncommon to have someone with a doctorate in clinical psychology teaching freshman and sophomore level courses," Dr. Ron Clinton, NTCC Executive Vice President for Instruction, said. "Dr. Skaar brings with her a passion for education and a strong background in research that exposes her students to opportunities that are rare at the community college level."
 

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