Friday, December 14, 2018

City Council to meet Tuesday

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Clarksville shall meet in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 800 West Main Street, Clarksville, Texas. The matters to be discussed and acted upon are as follows:
1. Opening Ceremonies
Call to Order Mayor Ann Rushing
Pledge of Allegiance Chrissy Witmer
Invocation Heath Humphrey
2. City Vision Statement- Pat Smith
3. Roll Call
4. Citizens' presentation: Any citizen wishing to address the Council may do so after rising, giving name and address. The Council may not address any issues not listed on the Agenda, however it may receive information. 
5. Review/approve Minutes of Regular meeting held Tuesday, November 20, 2018 and Special Meeting held December 4, 2018.
6. Review financials/approve payment of bills.
7. Review department reports / updates from Mayor.
8. Discuss and possible action to consider for approval of nominations to a new two-year term to serve on the Red River Appraisal District Review Board beginning January 1, 2019.
9. Discuss and possible action to adopt Resolution 2019-05 to re-appoint Bruce Johnson to the Red River Appraisal District Board of Directors.
10. Discuss and possible action to adopt Resolution from TX DOT for future bridge replacements.
11. Discuss and possible action to add Kathy Barber as PRIDE Representative to Central Business/Main Street Committee under Ord. #97-10-1018.
12. Discuss and possible action to clarify under which conditions a city owned vehicle can leave the city.
13. Discuss and possible action to lease purchase sewer machine from Patterson Equipment Company.
14. Discuss and possible action to approve advertising notice of accepting bids for fire engine.
15. City Manager / Council / Mayor Comments.
16. Convene into Executive Session Pursuant to the following designated sections of Texas Government Code Annotated, Subchapter 551, the Council will enter into executive session to discuss the following items: a) Section 551.074 [Personnel Matters to deliberate appointment, employment, and duties] regarding (i) Duties and role of City Manager, (ii) City Manager Interviews with potential candidates, and (iii) Hiring of a qualified candidate.
17. Reconvene into Regular Session and take any action necessary as a result of the Executive Session.
18. Adjournment.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Feds indict local men for conspiring to distribute meth

TEXARKANA, Texas – Three Red River County men have been indicted for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced Monday.

Brian Bradley Beers, 47, of Avery, Kevin Wayne Guess, 45, of Annona, and Billy Carl Webb, Jr., 51, of Clarksville  - along with James Wayne Johnson, 30, of Kemp - were named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Nov. 14, 2018.

Beers, Guess, and Webb were arrested on Nov. 30, 2018, in Red River County. Johnson was taken into federal custody on Nov. 19, 2018.

According to the indictment, in June and July of 2018, Beers, Guess, Webb, and Johnson conspired to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Additionally, the indictment alleges that during that time, Johnson possessed 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and that Beers, Guess, and Webb used communication facilities in facilitating the conspiracy.

If convicted, Beers, Guess, Johnson, and Webb face a minimum of ten years and as much as life in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Red River County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan R. Hornok.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Annual Christmas Parade steps off Monday

The annual Clarksville Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Clarksville Retail Merchants Association, will be held Monday. Dec. 3.

There is no specific theme for this year's parade. Entrants are reminded that float entries should have a Christmas theme, but not have a live Santa Claus on the float.

The parade will assemble on North Walnut Street –instead of Industrial Street as in previous years – and leave from in front of the Courthouse and proceed down Walnut Street to Main.

It will then proceed to Locust Street, turning left to return to the lot behind the Red River County Public Library Parking.

Floats are asked to be assembled and be in place at 4:30 p.m. for judging. The Clarksville High School Band will lead the parade.

The lighting of the downtown lights and the Christmas Tree on the Square at 5:30 p.m. will signify the start of the parade. There is no parking on the square that evening.

Prizes for the parade will be awarded for first, second, and third place. A prize will also be awarded in the decorated vehicle division. All vehicle entries must be decorated with a holiday theme. No four-wheelers may be entered in the parade.

The parade will culminate with the arrival of Santa Claus in the traditional fashion on a Clarksville fire truck, which will be followed by his visiting with youngsters in the center of the Square.
The Clarksville High School Band will play on the Square after the parade. Bags of candy for those children 12 years of age and under will be distributed on the square.

Following the Parade, a Chili and Stew Supper will be held in the Christian Education Building of the First Presbyterian Church, sponsored by the Historic Red River County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, please contact the Historic Red River County Chamber of Commerce at 903/427-2645.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at The Clarksville Times!

Downtown merchants plan Open House on Saturday

The Historic Red River County Chamber of Commerce is holding its 7th Annual Christmas Open House on the Clarksville Square Saturday, Nov. 24, starting at 10 a.m.

Support your local merchants, refreshments will be served. The participating businesses are Cheryl’s Fashion, Vintaj Cowgirl, High Cotton Boutique, Simply Southern, Gateway Antiques, Victoria’s Antiques, Pride, Radio Shack and Clarksville Florist.

Saturday is being celebrated nation-wide as Small Business Saturday. First observed in the United States on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively.

By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Some small business use Small Business Saturday to help capitalize on the boost in foot or online traffic, as most customers in this time period are actively shopping for the holidays.

Small Business Saturday is a registered trademark of American Express. The first event was sponsored by American Express, in partnership with the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2010, the holiday was promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Harsh weather puts dogs in danger of euthanasia

Courtesy Photo
On Death Row: These puppies’ mother has already been euthanized and they face the same fate is someone doesn’t step up to adopt them immediately.

Managing Editor

With temperatures now dropping below freezing, the fate of homeless and abandoned dogs in Clarksville now hangs in the balance.

With the city shelter and local vet clinic running out of space as they take in dogs who otherwise would die of exposure, they may face little choice but to humanely euthanize the dogs.

“The Red River County Humane Society (RRCHS) has been providing spay and neuter assistance for over 20 years, yet people would rather dump or abandon puppies and adult dogs than be responsible pet owners,” says Humane Society President Beth Vogel.

The mother of the litter shown in the photo was euthanized because her owner was too irresponsible to have her spayed, said Vogel, “so she lost her life due to a person’s selfishness.” The puppies are at the Clarksville Animal Hospital. All told, there are 12 puppies in two litters who need rescue.

Another dog, a five-year old black lab female, also needs a home immediately and is danger of being euthanized.

The Humane Society will help with the vaccinations and spaying or neutering of any of these dogs. If you can help with any of these adoptions needed immediately, call the Humane Society at 903-966-2275.

Vogel said she would like to see some changes in city law.

“The Humane Society has asked the city to pass a spay and neuter ordinance, but no one seems to think the lives of animals are important,” she said. “The city and county both should address this long-standing problem rather than remain in the Dark Ages.”

“Most towns and cities have spay and neuter ordinances,” she continued.  “Clarksville and the county need to get with modern times and follow their example.”

“Animal lives do matter,” said Vogel. “They feel pain, neglect, abuse, cold and heat just as much as humans,” she said. “The lives of animals are important.”

The Clarksville Times has a fund to help pay for adoptions in the memory of Millie Antonelli, who passed away in May. If you like some help with the cost of adopting, call Lou or Patricia at 903-427-0002.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

City seeks public’s help with ongoing sewer problem

Managing Editor

If you were asked what is a common thing that clogs up waste water pipes, you would probably answer “grease”

And you wouldn’t be wrong. But as a result of changes in household habits over recent years, grease poured down the drain is no longer the most common thing jamming up sewer lines.

“Eighty percent of clogs now are caused by baby wipes,” according to City Utility Director Matt McAdoo.

Grease is an intermittent problem, less serious during warmer months, notes McAdoo. Now that the weather is turning colder, it will become more of a problem as the grease solidifies in the mains. But baby wipes have become an constant and serious problem, and McAdoo and the City of Clarksville are asking for your help.

“Please don’t flush them,” says McAdoo.

Toilet paper is not a problem because it dissolves and is biodegradable, he said. But baby wipes do not dissolve. Even when labeled that they can be flushed down the toilet, “they really can’t,” said McAdoo.

Also called wet wipes, wet towels or moist towelettes, the cleaning products are becoming a problem in sewerage lines nationwide.

Every week the city waste water treatment plant has to collect buckets of them, along with other non-biodegradable products that are flushed which shouldn’t be, said McAdoo, such as condoms, feminine hygiene products and dope bags.

He noted that every week four pumps at the waste water treatment plant will each yield up a five gallon bucket of clogged material, consisting mostly of baby wipes.

The Clarksville sewage plant only has a screen for incoming waste water, notes McAdoo, and not a mechanical device that would separate solids, called a clarifier. Right now the city can’t afford a clarifier, which would cost approximately $200,000. That’s why city employees have to haul out bucketfuls of material clogging up the pumps by hand.

Each month when McAdoo makes his report to the city council, the baby wipe problem is usually at the top of the list for problems with city utilities.

McAdoo, along with the Mayor and city council members, urges you to throw wipes in the trash where they belong and save the wear, tear and man hours needed to deal with them in the waste water system.

Friday, October 26, 2018

It's Homecoming tonight

Clarksville High School Homecoming will be held Friday, Oct. 26. The members of the Homecoming Court are, front row: KeeAutra Moore, Carolina Salinas, Asjah Griffin, Deont'e Tavie; back row: Markeath Garcia, Tyrell Hobbs, Alana Puckett, Rickerius Williams. The King will be crowned during the pep rally at 3:00 p.m. that afternoon at the Clarence L. Nix Gym.  The queen will be crowned pre-game 7:00 p.m. at the New Century Club Field.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Magnolia Brush plans new warehouse

Managing Editor
The Clarksville City Council Tuesday night granted Magnolia Brush Manufacturing a variance to the local fire code to facilitate the construction of a new warehouse.
General Manager Scott Adams asked for the variance at a new 47,000 square foot warehouse to be built at 1001 North Cedar Street.
Under current code, the new warehouse would require a sprinkler system, but he said the city’s water supply is inadequate. He asked for a variance to the sprinkler requirement.
The warehouse will be used for shipping, inventory and receiving and have a “limited number of employees,” said Adams.
He said with many doors plus one side of the building being composed of nothing but loading docks “there’s plenty of exits.”
He said he was making the request for the variance “because we want to move ahead and get the building built.”
Adams said the city attorney said location could be considered to be “grandfathered” because none of the other Magnolia warehouses have sprinklers and the new warehouse would still be less than 50 percent of the size of the entire complex.
Adams noted Magnolia has 94 employees. Council members approved the request for the variance unanimously.
“Thank you for continuing to invest in Clarksville,” said Mayor Ann Rushing. “We’re proud that you are so willing to expand.”
In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, the council:
* Approved paying Pender Water Wells of Texarkana for Well #5 repairs.
* Approved the Clarksville EDC's recommendation to reimburse $25,000.00 to the Tourism Committee for wayfinding signage fabrication and installation, and finding a public purpose is met in the promotion of the City for economic development.
* Approved a resolution proclaiming October 23-31, 2018 as Red Ribbon Week.
* Approved a resolution proclaiming November 5-9, 2018 as Municipal Court Week
* Approved an ordinance fixing Water and Sewer Rates at the same rates as the preceding year.
* Approve the Clarksville Economic Development 2018-19 Budget.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Former teacher pleads guilty of theft, will repay $33,576

Managing Editor
A former teacher in the Avery ISD, Brooke Nicole Jackson, 38, pled guilty on Tuesday to a second degree felony charge of Theft by a Public Servant.
The plea bargain follows an investigation by the Avery ISD in August of the illegal appropriation and/or expenditures of student activity funds. Jackson was suspended at that time.
The plea bargain was entered by District Attorney Val Varley with Sixth District Court Judge Wesley Tidwell at the county courthouse Tuesday. Attorney Dan Meehan was the public defender for Jackson in her court appearance.
The second degree felony carries a ten year sentence, which will be suspended for five years of supervised probation. Jackson is ordered to make restitution of $33,576 to the Avery ISD, and also do 200 hours of community service.
She was also ordered to pay $355 in court costs and a $50 Crimestoppers fee.
 Jackson was required to serve ten days in a state jail, and was given credit for time already spent in jail. Red River County Jail records indicate Jackson was booked in Oct. 1.
At the time of the original investigation in August, Avery ISD Debbie Drew said “Avery ISD expects each individual educator and employee to conduct oneself with integrity and to be a model of excellence for students.”
She continued the district wants to assure taxpayers “we are being good trustees of their money.”

Friday, October 12, 2018

Red River Charities Banquet is Saturday

Times Correspondent
Plans have been finalized for the 15th annual Red River County Charities Inc. banquet that will take place this Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Clarksville High School cafetorium starting at 6:00 p.m. Guest speaker for the occasion will be Clarksville ISD Superintendent, Kermit Ward.
A large crowd is expected to be on hand for the event that will also feature entertainment, prize drawings, and a meal featuring a choice of ribeye steak or baked chicken and loaded baked potatoes. 
Tickets are still on sale for the banquet, and can be purchased from any committee member, with the committee consisting of Hazel English, Chandra Johnson, John McPeters, Beverly Nelson, and Birda Rosser. The charge for admission is $12 for a single ticket and $20 per couple. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the banquet at the door with the price for admission remaining the same. 
Sponsors for the event this year include the First National Bank of Tom Bean-Clarksville Branch, First Federal Community Bank, and Paris-Lamar County Health District. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Thinking on an overcast day about The Ring-a-Ding Girl

Managing Editor
Every small town in America has its own local civic festival. If you happen to be the county seat, you get to host the county fair once a year, but at the very least everybody has some occasion to exhibit local pride.
Clarksville’s Fall Bazaar is this Saturday, if you hadn’t heard. Actually, if you haven’t heard yet, I’m kind of curious whether that rock you live under is igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic (yes, I stayed awake during my high school geology class.)
There are multiple articles in this issue about the various events and opportunities you have to entertain yourselves. In my case, I’ll be one of the seven local authors in the library. I’ll have copies of my award-nominated alternate history for sale, “Another Girl, Another Planet”.
Science fiction and fantasy is a bit of a specialized genre, so when I attend author events at occasions for the general public I don’t have high expectations for sales. It’s different when I attend literary conferences. But stop on by and say howdy!
You could probably surmise that with my literary interests, I have always been a big fan of The Twilight Zone, especially the original series which ran from 1959 to 1964. I’m not old enough to have seen the show during its initial run, but it’s been in syndication ever since.
I recently saw an episode called “The Ring-a-Ding Girl”, and it comes to mind because of the bazaar coming up. You see, the crucial plot point in the story is that a Hollywood celebrity returns to the small town she grew up in, and proceeds to mess up plans for the town’s annual Founders Day Picnic.
Bunny Blake is known at the Ring-a-Ding Girl in Hollywood because of her fondness for that kind of jewelry. As the episode starts, she and her personal assistant are packing for an airline flight across the country.
Bunny mentions that it is the day of the annual Founders Day Picnic in the small town she grew up in. Unlike the stereotypical Hollywood celebrity who has nothing good to say about the “common people” they grew up with, Bunny has only good memories about her hometown, and remembers they even took up a collection to pay for her trip to Hollywood when she kicked off her acting career.
In the next scene, her sister back homes opens the door and finds Bunny has made a surprise visit One of the skills of Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone is that it could tell an engrossing story well enough that you would forget plot inconsistencies. As you watch the episode you forget to remember that Blake was on a jet and not supposed to be going home that day.
Bunny visits a number of people she knew well when she was growing up, and everyone is happy to see her, but then she throws everyone a curve by saying she will put in a personal appearance at the local auditorium – at the same time as the Founders Day Picnic.
Everyone tells her that will quash the picnic, but she firmly – but nicely – sticks to her guns.
As the time for both the picnic and her appearance nears, a violent storm breaks out over the city. Meanwhile, the show cuts to a scene of the pilot in the jet that Bunny and her assistant are on, telling them there’s rough weather ahead. Then we see the two women. The assistant is worried, but Bunny seems unconcerned.
Back at the house, “Bunny” is talking to her sister and nephew and getting ready to go to the auditorium, there’s a commotion as emergency vehicles rush by the house. The sister and nephew rush to the window, and they don’t notice Bunny doesn’t. Instead, she softly tells them goodbye and then steps outside into the pouring rain, and with a look of resignation on her face, disappears.
A minute later a local policeman calls and tells the sister a jet crashed in the storm and onto the city park, but almost no one was killed on the ground. They had gone over to the auditorium to see Bunny.
Then he says he found Bunny’s corpse in the wreckage, despite the fact many people had seen her in the city just a short while earlier.
There’s a traditional superstition that if you are very close to your own death, you soul may leave your body early. If you see that “double” – in German it’s called a doppelganger – it’s a very bad sign, because it means your death is imminent.
By then end of the episode we realize that once on the jet Bunny Blake was doomed, and it was her doppelganger that appeared in the city and in a last gesture of kindness, arranged so that the fewest number of people would die at the picnic grounds when the jet fell out of the sky.
One of the things the Twilight Zone did so well, thanks to Rod Serling, was to accurately reflect America. Anyone who lives or grew up in a small town knows how important an event like the Founders Day Picnic would be. (If you ever want to see a touching depiction of a small town America that was already gone by 1960, see the episode “Walking Distance”.)
The Twilight Zone always had a twist in its plot. In this case, one twist is that Bunny Blake is a fairly level-headed celebrity who still has the simple touch and remembers growing up in her small town with such fondness.
The key to a successful twist ending is that there are hints along the way, and it doesn’t come completely out of nowhere. By the conclusion of the episode, as “Bunny” disappears in the rain, it all makes sense in its own way.
I’m probably the only person in Clarksville who makes a connection between the Fall Bazaar and The Twilight Zone. But then again, I’m nothing if not original.
Or as Patricia puts it, “You’re just weird.”

New event kicks off Fall Bazaar Saturday

Managing Editor
A new event is being held this year in conjunction with the Red River County Historical Society 39th annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The 5K/1M run organized by the Clarksville ISD is an attempt to restore a sense of pride, create student ownership and responsibility, and provide a fun service for our community, according to Supt. Kermit Ward.
The cost of this event is $15, and that will cover the cost of refreshments for participants, T-shirts, supplies, and medals for division winners.
“Please come out and support your local school district and city,” said Ward.
The run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk at 8:40 am.  Participants should arrive early to check in. T-shirts will be available on site for those who pre-registered.
The starting line will be at the northeast corner of the downtown square, at Broadway and Locust.
The route is as follows:
 - Proceed south on Locust to Main (Highway 82).
 - Right (west) on Main and proceed to Industrial Blvd.
 - Right on Industrial and proceed north to Patman Dr.
 - Right on Patman and proceed east to MLK.
 - Right on MLK and proceed south to Stacey Dillard Blvd (SDB).
 - Left on SDB and proceed east to Cedar St (Hwy 37).
 - Right on Cedar and proceed south to Broadway.
 - Left on Broadway and proceed east to the finish line at Broadway and Walnut.
The one-mile route will be available Saturday morning.
“The success of this event depends entirely on you and your participation,” said Ward.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Cookbook for sale at Bazaar

At the Fall Bazaar this Saturday, Oct. 6, the P.R.I.D.E. Organization will have a booth selling various things hand-crafted by their members.

In addition, a brand new cookbook will be available for $10 each and include easy as well as delicious recipes. The cookbook is entitled "Some Folks Still Cook", and will make an excellent Christmas gift for friends and relatives and can be mailed for a small postage fee of $2 per book.  

If you can't make it to the Bazaar to get your cookbook, then you can mail order by sending a check to PRIDE organization, PO Box 402, Clarksville, Tx.75426.   

The PRIDE Organization was formed in 1988 by a group of men and women who love the town of Clarksville and wanted to provide activities for the beautification and economic development of the town.

PRIDE has raised money and initiated many, many projects over the years. To name a few:  

* Paint the Town - purchasing $300 for downtown buildings.
* Drape with Crape - sponsored the purchase of hundreds of crape myrtles for individuals to plant all over town.
* Light the Town - purchased lights to spotlight the downtown buildings.
* Adopt - A - Block Cleanup campaign.
* Pride's Corner on the Square.
* Annual Halloween Carnival in partnership with the Volunteer Fire Dept.
* Springfest, - Home Painting.
* Creekwalk - Fall and Spring planting of flowers on and around the Square.

PRIDE'S motto is "A Passion for the Possible".

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Local authors will be at library for Bazaar Saturday

The Red River County Public Library will once again host local Texas authors Saturday during
the Fall Bazaar Saturday.
The authors will be Reavis Wortham, Johnie Lee, Martha Sue Stroud, Joe Hewitt, Lou Antonelli,
and Marion Butts.
A Paris native Wortham is acclaimed for his The Red River Series books, including “The Rock
Hole”, which was a finalist in the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award presented by the
Independent Book Publishers Association, and a finalist for the Will Rogers Medallion.
In 2018 he published his seventh novel in the Red River series, “Gold Dust.” His new Sonny
Hawke thriller series premiered in 2017 with “Hawke’s Prey,” and Hawke’s War released in
June, 2018.He's a member of Mystery Writers of America, the Writers’ League of Texas,
International Association of Crime Writers (North American Branch), Sisters in Crime, The
Texas Outdoor Writers Association, and International Thriller Writers.
Johnie Lee is the president of the Red River County Genealogical Society and is the author of
many local history books.
A Red River County native who’s lived in Greenville for 16 years, Martha Sue Stroud will have
copies of her latest book, “So Dear to My Heart” for sale Saturday at the library. She has also
written “Gateway to Texas: A History of Red River County” and “For the Love of Country: The
Price of Freedom”.
In addition to her local history books, Stroud has authored six cookbooks.
A pastor and former journalist, Joe Hewitt lives in Hugo and his non-fiction includes “Adobe
Walls to Tularosa”, “I Was Raised a Jehovah’s Witness”, “Rescuing Slaves of the Watchtower”,
and “ Pastor’s Adventures, the Good, the Bad, and the Sad.” His fiction includes “Murder on the
Sky Ride”, and “My Love, My Enemy”.
Lou Antonelli is the owner and editor of The Clarksville Times and a member of the Science
Fiction Writers of America. His alternate history novel “Another Girl, Another Planet” was a
finalist for the prestigious Dragon Award in 2017.
Marion Butts is a prominent local historian and

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Historical Society Annual Fall Bazaar set for Oct. 6

The Red River County Historical Society announces that plans have been finalized for their 39th Annual Fall Bazaar to be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Clarksville.  
As usual, this year promises entertainment for all ages. A wide variety of arts and crafts booths will line the streets surrounding the Red River County Courthouse.
The day will begin with the opening ceremonies in front of the Courthouse at 9:00 a.m. featuring the Clarksville High School Band with all of the remaining Bazaar Day events being held around the historic Red River County Courthouse in Clarksville from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Clarksville Main Street Association is hosting their Festival of Quilts Show at the First Presbyterian Church beginning at 10:00 a.m. and continuing through 3:00 p.m. There will be a variety of quilts on display from antique quilts to modern quilts. There is no admission charge.
Historical Society members will lead various guided tours throughout the day to the DeMorse Home and Miss Belle’s House.
Entertainment Chairman Ann Rushing has arranged for a full day of entertainment with Voices of Praise at 9:30 a.m. Gary Porterfield and Friends will play from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m., and The “C” will round out the day at 2:00 p.m.
The Red River County Public Library will host seven Texas authors, including Reavis Wortham, Johnie Lee, Martha Sue Stroud, Joe Hewitt, Lou Antonelli, and Marion Butts. Book signings will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the library.
The Clarksville Rotary Club is having a Fish Fry cookout behind the Library Thrift Shop, the History Society will have a Bake Shop on the Courthouse grounds and the Children’s Corner will provide entertainment for children of all ages.
The Children’s Corner will be located on the South side of the Edward Jones offices offering games, and many other activities. Several food booths will be providing tasting offerings from hamburgers to turkey legs to hot tamales, just to name a few.
The Clarksville Rotary Club will also be sponsoring the 13th annual Red River County Duck Race down Delaware Creek at 3:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded and ducks will be available for purchase at the Bazaar for $5.00 each or five for $20.00. Prizes of $500 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd will be awarded.
Many Clarksville High School Class Reunions are taking place this year at the Bazaar, including the CHS Golden Oldie Reunion for all classes prior to 1968 being held at the McKenzie Methodist Church starting at 3:00 p.m.
The Historical Society will have six new magnets for sale featuring the Red River County Courthouse and various Clarksville scenes. They will also have a new T-shirt featuring the Red River County Courthouse.
Copies of their book Images of Clarksville and Red River County, along with other many items including copies of Red River Recollections, T-shirts, tote bags, bookmarks and note cards featuring the Red River County Courthouse will also be available.

Friday, September 14, 2018

School trustees meet Tuesday

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clarksville ISD will be held September 18, 2018, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Board Meeting Room, Clarksville ISD Administration Building, 1500 West Main, Clarksville, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the order shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.
 1. Call to Order
2. Invocation
3. Pawsitive Recognition
4. Pledge of Allegiance to the United States and Texas Flags
5. CISD Vision and Mission Statement
6. Open Forum
7.  Consider for Approval TEA Waiver - Professional Development Days
October 8 - change from holiday to staff development
March 15 - change from school day to staff development
8. Consider for Approval Revised 2018-2019 CISD Calendar
9. Consider for Approval 2018-2019 District Improvement Plan
10. Consider for Approval Waiving Rental Fee for Red River County Charities
11. Consider for Approval 2018-2019 District Goals
12. Consider for Approval Title I Gym and New Century Club Field Agreements
13. Consider for Approval Agreement with Ron Whitson To Assess our CTE Program
14. Consider for Approval District Payment of Senior ACT Testing
15. Consent Agenda:
A. Minutes of Previous Meeting
B. Investment Reports
C. Budget Report
16. Superintendent Report
A. Head Start Director's Report
B. Sept. 19-22 -- Red River County Fair
C. Oct. 6 - Tiger Tour
17. Adjourn

City Council meets Tuesday

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Clarksville shall meet in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 800 West Main Street, Clarksville, Texas. The matters to be discussed and acted upon are as follows:

1.  Opening ceremonies Call to order Mayor Rushing Pledge of Allegiance Chrissy Witmer Invocation Heath Humphrey

2.  City of Clarksville vision statement

3.  Roll call

4.  Citizens' presentation

5. Review/approve minutes of the regular meeting held on August 20, 2018, special called meeting September 5, 2018 and the special called meeting held on September 13, 2018.

6. Review financials/approve payment of bills

7. Review department reports/updates from mayor

8. Conduct "public hearing" on proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19.

9.  Discuss and possible action for setting interview dates and times for final selection of a Chief of Police, and process to adopt for the interview process.

10.  Discuss and possible action regarding ordinance no. 2018-15 adopting the city of Clarksville's budget for fiscal year 2018-19 (record vote).

11.  Discuss and possible action regarding ordinance no. 2018-16 levying ad valorem taxes for the year 2018 (fiscal year 2018-19) at a rate of $0.830654 per one hundred ($100) assessed valuation on all taxable property within the corporate limits of the city of Clarksville as of January 1, 2018 (record vote).

12.  Discuss and possible action to ratify the property tax increase in the budget for fiscal year 2018-19 (record vote).

13.  Discuss and possible action on a resolution authorizing continued participation with the Atrnos cities steering committee and authorizing the payment of two cents per capita to the Attnos cities steering committee to fund regulatory and related activities related to Atmos Energy Corporation.

14.  Discuss and possible action pertaining to adoption of a proposed text and drive ordinance concerning hand-held devices. — Dana Jean

15.  Discuss and possible action pertaining to hours of operation at convenience station for trash disposal.

16.   Discuss and possible action to set a workshop date for changes to an ordinance concerning semi-truck traffic coming through the city to delivery only and concession venders requiring permit to sell any food or goods excluding home grown vegetables in the city limits of Clarksville.

17.  Discuss and possible action regarding application for the 2019 TX DOT aviation ramp grant for the Clarksville/Red River County Airport Board.

18.  Discuss and possible action regarding an encroachment agreement on the right of way for Northeast Texas Trail to Greg Forte to install a drive thru for his building.

19.  Discuss and possible action to transfer line item funds in the current budget to purchase a fogging machine, make down payment on a fire engine, and pay off B. Bray Construction.

20.  Discuss and possible action on auditors report for FY 2016.17 presented by Brittany Martin from McClanahan and Holmes CPA.

21.  Discuss and possible action on Halloween Carnivals dates and setting Trick or Treat Night for the City of Clarksville.

22.  Discuss and possible action to award Way-Finding Signage bids for fabrication and installation.

23.  Discuss and possible action to approve Sanitation Solution to remove house debris from Cory Willis property on Pecan and Jake Washington Jr. Drive, and add lien to property for cost incurred by City.

24.  Discuss and possible action on Ordinance No, Authorizing Budget Amendments / Line Item Transfers pertaining to FY 2017-18.

25.  City Manager /Council / Mayor Comments.

26.  26. Adjournment.

The City Council reserves the right to meet in Executive Session dosed to the public at any time in the course of this meeting to discuss matters listed on the agenda, as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, including §55.1.071 (private consultation with the attorney for the City); §551.072 (discussing purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property); 051.074 (discussing personnel or to hear complaints against personnel); and §551.087 (discussing economic development negotiations). Any decision held on such matters will be taken or conducted in Open Session following the conclusion of the Executive Session,

Friday, September 7, 2018

School trustees to meet Monday

A Training Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clarksville ISD will be held September 10, 2018, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Board Meeting Room, Clarksville ISD Administration Building, 1500 West Main, Clarksville, Texas.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the order shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.

1. Call to Order
2. Invocation
3. Goal Setting Workshop

Discuss revision to the following:
2018-2019 District Goals
Board Operating Procedures
Expectations/Goals for Superintendent

4. Adjourn

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Avery ISD Tax Ratification Election (TRE) passes

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Voters in the Avery ISD gave their seal of approval Saturday for the school district to take advantage of the state finance formula to restructure the tax rate.

Unofficial results pending provisional ballots and canvassing of votes are 218 for and 68 against the Tax Ratification Election (TRE).

The TRE will allow the Avery ISD to increase its Maintenance and Operations (M&O) tax rate by 13 cents. The tax rate would become $1.17, and would generate an additional $340,000 for M&O; there would be a $0.13 tax rate increase.

Of the $340,000, Avery ISD taxpayers would contribute approximately $65,000 and the remaining $275,000 would be contributed by the state.

“The Avery ISD appreciates the large voter turnout for our TRE Special Election,” said Supt. Debbie Drew. “Students and staff are thankful to be a part of a great community.”

Election Day voting was held at the Avery United Methodist Church.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Prayer for the schools

Clarksville Times Photos by Bruce E. Williams

A large group of local citizens gathered for the Community Prayer for Our Schools gathering that took place on the Clarksville High School campus on this past Monday evening. 

Students arrived on the Clarksville Middle-High School campus on Monday evening in order to participate in community prayer. 

Citizens listen closely as remarks are made during the Community Prayer for Our Schools gathering that took place Monday evening on the Clarksville Middle-High School campus. In addition to prayers that came from ministers, and community members, spiritual songs also became a part of the evening.

Friday, August 10, 2018

City of Clarksville announces the immediate resignation of City Manager Shannon Barrentine

Clarksville City Manager Shannon Barrentine submitted her resignation to the Mayor and City Council on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

"We wish Ms. Barrentine the best in her future endeavors," said Charlie Malone, Mayor Pro-Tem. "During this period of transition, the City Council and staff remain committed to serving the residents, businesses and visitors of our historic community."

Mayor Ann Rushing will serve as the City's administrative officer until an acting City Manager is appointed or the position is permanently filled. City Hall remains open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, and citizens may continue to contact City Hall at (903)427-3834 for general, non-emergency assistance or 911 in the case of emergency.

City Secretary Tammy Quick has also resigned effective August 14, 2018. Ms. Quick is departing the City for a position with another organization.

The City Council will consider the resignations and interim staffing at a special called meeting for Monday, August 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Special city council meeting called for Monday as City Manager, City Secretary resign

Friday, July 20, 2018

City hires new SRO prospect

Clarksville Times Photo by Lou Antonelli
New officer and prospective SRO Brian Cobb (center) is welcomed to the Clarksville Police Department by Interim Chief Kaleb Hackney (left) and Corporal Colton Gilbert.

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Brian Cobb of Johntown, a former Bogata Police Department Officer as well as Red River County Sheriff’s Deputy, has been hired by the City of Clarksville to be the police department’s new SRO (School Resource Officer).
Cobb started July 11 in the position that’s been vacant since the retirement of Darlena Simpock at the end of May 2017.
An advanced certified peace officer, Cobb will be working normal patrol duties until he attends an SRO training academy to be held in Tyler July 23-27 and receives his SRO certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
A native of the Dallas area and a 2000 Cedar Hill High School graduate, Cobb has worked 15 years in Red River County law enforcement.
He said he has enjoyed the occasions in the past he’s worked in school and he looks forward to serving with the Clarksville ISD during the coming school year.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ready to start

Clarksville Times Photo by Lou Antonelli
Dr. A.J. Hashmi reported Tuesday that the beginning of construction at Clarksville General Hospital is close enough that dirt work has begun, and employees were busy this week grading the site in preparation for the general contractor to move in.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

CISD trustees pick superintendent

The Clarksville Independent School District Board of Trustees named Kermit D. Ward as the lone finalist for Superintendent at a special meeting on Monday, July 2.

Ward, who has over ten years experience as Principal in the Waco and Pflugerville schools most recently worked as Executive Principal/Asst. Superintendent at Faith Family Academy in Waco, will replace retiring Superintendent Dr. Pam Bryant. 

Mr. Ward will officially be named Superintendent after the required 21 day waiting period.  Trustees will vote on Ward’s contract during their regular meeting later in July.

CNC hosts annual fireworks show

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Plans are in place for another Clarksville 4th of July Fireworks Show, to be held at the Clarksville Nursing Center (CNC) on Tuesday, July 3.
The CNC has hosted the annual community event for many years, notes Activity Director Fawna Boggs.
“Almost every business in town contributes in some way,” she said. “The businesses in Clarksville have supplied us with so many things we need.”
The nursing center on Baker Street is ground zero for the event, but it spreads throughout the adjacent area, and the Lindeman Family allows the celebration to use its vacant property nearby as the location for the fireworks set-up.
Every year people flock outside to see the fireworks, which start as soon as it is suitably dark. In addition to the immediate area, people sit and watch the display – which takes 45 minutes - from the town square and nearby neighborhoods.
Boggs points out the celebration has never actually been held on July 4th, to make attendance  more convenient for people who may have other plans on that day.\
“People know it is always done early,” she said. “That way people can relax and make a whole evening of it.”
Many local musicians have volunteered to be the entertainment, which kicks off at 6 p.m.
The concessions will open at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers will be selling picnic foods – hot dogs, nachos, hot links and such, as well as drinks – as a fundraiser for the Family Council.
The money that’s raised will go towards buying Christmas gifts for CNC residents and stocking the Christmas store, said Boggs.
CNC residents also come outside and enjoy the event with the other members of the community. “We have lots of shade, and they always have a good time,” said Boggs.
The event, as always, is free and open to the public, and everyone is welcome.
“Bring a lawn chair and spend the evening with us!” said Boggs.