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.

Managing Editor

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

Managing Editor
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.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

One big moving experience

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We opened for business at our new location on Monday. We have leased the entire building in the 100 block of South Locust, which gives up plenty of space for expansion and improvement in the future.
We originally planned to move in June 1st, but we were a week late. As so often happens, it took us longer to get utilities hooked up than anticipated. There were also some systems repairs needed. We spent last weekend slapping a fresh coat of paint in the main office. But this is an old sturdy building and very solid and sound. I think we made a wise decision.
In addition to Patricia and myself, James Ellis, Parker Freeman, Perry Murray and Rickey Hearnsberger helped with the move. Thanks, guys!
The one complication I didn’t anticipate – there’s always something you don’t think off – is how hard it is to assemble new furniture out of the box.
Ever since moving in 2015 next door to the previous location, we’ve had our old newspaper archives in storage – there wasn’t room for them to be in our offices any more.
Our new space enables us to move those archives back to in with the office. Over the past three years we’ve had people ask us about genealogical and/or historical research. I will let everyone know when we have relocated those records so they are available.
In addition to this big plus, we don’t have to share a building. That will help our business dealings as well as with privacy.
The building we have occupied was originally city hall, as well as a TP&L office, with a locker plant at the far end. Its last resident was the restaurant Samantha y La Chica, which closed over three years ago. I’m proud to bring this historic and beautiful building back to life. It’s our small contribution to downtown revitalization.
There’s enough space here that I have hopes, somewhere down the line, of starting a used book store, and putting in a community conference room.
But first things first. My goal this week was to simply get set up and moved in. That’s still a work in progress, but we’re up and operating. It’s a good feeling. Like the guy in the A Team used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together.”
Already, on Monday and Tuesday, lots of people have been finding their way to the new office. One person stopped by to pick up a copy of last week’s paper she missed in the mail, which brings up another subject.
Last week, while the labels for the subscriber copies were being run off, the ribbon on the printer jammed. We caught it quickly, but a few blank labels were run off. So a few people didn’t get their papers in the mail.
If you are one, please let us know, and we’ll get mail you the missing issue. We got three requests for missing papers by last Friday, before we moved. Unfortunately, Windtream doesn’t believe in the portability of phone numbers, so now our phone number has changed.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the people missing their paper are still calling the 903-427-4567 number. Heck, some people still call the number the paper had for decades, before the move in 2015, which was 903-427-5616.
If there is a bright spot with the telephone number change, it is that the number randomly assigned to us is very easy to remember: 903-427-0002. And our fax number is 0003.
We’ll hold an Open House in a few weeks to celebrate the new office. In the meantime, you know now where to find us!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

School trustees to interview Superintendent candidates

There will be a special school board meeting Friday at 5:00 pm.  The purpose is to interview Superintendent applicants, which will be in closed session. The agenda is as follows:

A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clarksville ISD will be held Friday, June 15, 2018, beginning at 5:00 PM in the Board Meeting Room, Clarksville ISD Administration Building, 1500 West Math, Clarksville, Texas.

1. Call to Order
2. Invocation
3. Convene in Closed Meeting as Authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act under the following Texas Government Code Sections: 551.074 - Personnel Matters
1. Interview Superintendent Applicants
2. Possible Employment/Resignations
4. Convene in Open Session
5. Take Possible Action on Items from Closed Session 6. Adjourn

Friday, June 8, 2018

Agenda posted for Special City Council meeting called to deal with Police Chief situation

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Clarksville shall conduct a Special Called meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018. The session will be held in the Council Chambers of City Ball, 800 West Main Street, Clarksville, Texas. The matters to be discussed are as follows;

1. Opening Ceremonies Call to Order   Mayor Ann Rushing Pledge of Allegiance  Charlie Wright Invocation  W. F. "Babe" Higgins

2. Roll Call

3. EXECUTIVE SESSION In accordance with Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code (Open Meetings Law), the City Council may meet in a closed Executive Session pursuant to applicable laws.
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 551.071(1),(2) - Consult with Attorney about pending or contemplated litigation, resolution or settlement offer, and consultation with Attorney on a matter in which the duty of the Attorney to the City Council under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Texas Open Meetings Act, regarding: Personnel Policies; (ii) Administrative investigation of complaints filed against Larry Whittington; (iii) Separation Agreement and Release for Larry Whittington; and (iv) Appointment of Interim or regular Chief of Police.

b. Section 551.074 [Personnel Matters to deliberate appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, compensation, resignation or dismissal] of: (i) Larry Whittington; and (ii) Appointment of interim or regular Chief of Police, assigned duties, schedule and compensation.

4. OPEN SESSION - Consider and take any action necessary as a result of each item listed in executive session, including but not limited to: 1. Separation Agreement and Release for Larry Whittington and authorize Mayor to sign; and 2. Appointment of Interim or regular Chief of Police, including assigned duties, schedule and compensation.

5. Adjournment.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Kids Safe Saturday

The Red River County 4th Annual Kids Safe will be held Saturday May 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red River County Fairgrounds in Clarksville.

It’s a Fun Day to celebrate kids, promote safety, and provide health education!

There will be free hot dogs, water, cotton candy, and snow cones. The first 100 children will receive a free t-shirt. Door prizes will be given out during the day – toys, bicycles, etc.

Come on out and bring the family and enjoy! Vendors will have water safety, child passenger safety and car seat checks, fire safety, miniature therapy ponies, a bounce house, electrical safety, petting zoo, face painting - not to mention many other vendors with fun activities.

The event is being held by the Red River County Healthy Kids Coalition, sponsored by Superior HealthPlan. For more information, call the Lennox Health Resource Center at 903-428-8500.

Friday, May 11, 2018

School trustees to discuss Bryant replacement

A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clarksville ISD will be held May 14, 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.

1. Call to Order
2. Invocation
3. Convene in Closed Meeting as Authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act under the following Texas Government Code Sections:
551.074 - Personnel Matters
1. Discussion on hiring Interim Superintendent
2. Employment/Resignations
4. Convene in Open Session
5. Take Action on Items from Closed Session
6. Adjour

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Bryant to retire at end of school year

Dr. Pamela Bryant has announced her retirement and her resignation as Superintendent of Schools for the Clarksville Independent School District.

Dr. Bryant will retire from service as an educator and resign from the District effective June 30, 2018. The Board and Dr. Bryant have entered into an agreement which permits the District to pursue hiring another superintendent and defines Dr. Bryant’s welcomed role in the transition of leadership.

Dr. Bryant leaves with 42 years of service in the Clarksville ISD. She is currently serving her 11th  year as Superintendent of Schools.

On behalf of the entire District, the Board of Trustees expresses its sincere and heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Bryant and wishes to recognize Dr. Bryant for her long-standing and excellent service to the District and its wonderful students, parents, and administrators, and for the many achievements and accomplishments of the entire District team during Dr. Bryant’s tenure as Superintendent.

Dr. Bryant thanks the present and past Boards of Trustees for providing her with the opportunity to serve in the Clarksville Independent School District. A school district is measured by the commitment of the Board, staff, and community to its children and their achievement. This District is indeed so committed.

Dr. Bryant would like to express her heartfelt appreciation to the staff and community for their support of her and of the District’s programs and services during her term as Superintendent.

Success requires hard work, dedication, leadership, and vision. The Board and Dr. Bryant wish to acknowledge and recognize the teachers, principals, administrators, staff, students, parents, and patrons who have all contributed to the District’s success.

The Board extends its best wishes to Dr. Bryant in her future endeavors. On its part, the Board will soon begin its search for a new Superintendent as not to disrupt the District’s operations.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Clarksville, Avery and Detroit have elections Saturday

Managing Editor

The polls are open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as the local spring election season concludes.
The Cities of Clarksville and Avery both have contests for Mayor and City Council, while the Clarksville ISD and Detroit ISD have races for school trustee. All other cities and school districts in Red River County cancelled their elections because there were no contests.

Clarksville City Hall will be the location for voting in both the city and school district elections.
In the city election, Mayor Ann Rushing is being challenged by Gary Rodriguez.  Ward 3 incumbent city council member Charlie Malone faces a declared write-in candidate, Marion “M.R. Butts. Ward 4 Councilman Heath Humphrey is opposed by Gary Read.

The other two council members whose terms are up this year are running for re-election unopposed, Ward 1 Councilman James Ellis, Ward 2 councilman Pat Smith.

The Clarksville ISD will elect three trustees from four candidates. Incumbents WaDonna Cherry and Greg Lewis are running with newcomers Brandon Watkins Sr. and Wilbert Owens. Incumbent Kathy Garrison did not run again.

The Clarksville ISD has a second polling place at the First Baptist Church in Annona for Boxes 20, 21, 28, and 29; all the other boxes vote at Clarksville City Hall.

In Avery, the city polling location is at the First United Methodist Church at 390 West Alabama Street. Both incumbent Mayor Kris Posey and Place 2 Council member Alex Ackley signed up to run for mayor. Bobbie Sim Williams is unopposed for the Place 2 seat Ackley is giving up. Frank Estes is challenging Place 4 incumbent Wesley Roseberry,

In the Detroit ISD will four candidates are running for two at-large seats, incumbents Bobby Bryan and Dinger James as well as Michael Murphy and Justin Bailey. The voting is being held at the high school/middle school cafeteria.

City council members serve two-year terms, while school trustees serve for three.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Visit from the sky

Parents brought their children to see the LifeNet air ambulance which visited Avery last Saturday during the Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry. Members of the LifeNet team were there to show everyone the helicopter and explain what it does.

Historical Society plans Spring Tea

The Red River County Historical Society is once again hosting a Victorian Spring Tea at the Lennox House in Clarksville May 12 at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. This will be the third year for this event and there are always people on a waiting list for the limited seating.

Guests will be treated to a series of delicious sweet and savory delicacies, as well as a most delicious blend of tea. Hats and gloves are encouraged, but not required. The price per person is $20 with a reduced price for children.

The proceeds of this event benefit the storm repairs of the very historic 1875 Miss Belle's House on North Walnut Street in Clarksville. For more information or to make a reservation, call Patsy Dial at 903-427-0652.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Early voting starts Monday

Managing Editor
Early in-person voting starts Monday for both the City of Clarksville and the Clarksville ISD.
The City has five positions up for election, the Mayor and four council seats. James Ellis in Place 1 and Pat Smith in Place 2 are unopposed for re-election.
Mayor Ann Rushing is being challenged by Gary Rodriguez. Place 4 incumbent Heath Humphrey is facing Gary Read.
Place 3 incumbent Charlie Malone is being challenged by a declared write-in candidate, M.R, Butts.
Voting will take place in the City Secretary’s Office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, April 23-27, and again on Monday, April 30.
Voting on Monday April 23 and Monday, April 30, will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The other days it will be during normal business hours, 8-5.
The Clarksville ISD is having a trustee election with four candidates running for three at-large seats. Two of the three incumbents, Greg Lewis and WaDonna Cherry, filed to run again; Kathy Garrison did not.
They are contending with Brandon Watkins and Wilbert Owens for the three seats on the board.
Early in-person voting will be held from Monday through Friday, April 23 through April 27, and Monday and Tuesday, April 30 and May 1, during normal office hours – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – in the board room of the school administration office.
Election Day is Saturday, May 5.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Times to host Candidate forum

The Clarksville Times is holding a Candidates’ Forum on Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hub Community Center. All candidates in contested races for Mayor, City Council, and School Trustee have been invited to speak to the voters. This is the first day for early in-person voting.

Clarksville Times Managing Editor Lou Antonelli will be the host for the evening, assisted by Publisher Patricia Antonelli. Each candidate will have three minutes for an introduction at the start of the evening, and a two-minute summation at the close.

Questions from the audience will be moderated, and audience members will not allowed to ask the candidates questions directly.

Any candidate who comes will be able to participate. Unopposed candidates are invited to introduce themselves to the voters but otherwise will not field questions from the floor.

The Times held a forum last year for the local spring election and it was very helpful in informing the public.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Times take five awards in press competition

Ed Pryor stopped by The Times office to pick up his award.

GRANBURY - The Clarksville Times received five awards Saturday in the 2018 North and East Texas Press Association (NETPA) Better Newspaper Contest.
Times Owners Lou and Patricia Antonelli attended the NETPA annual convention at the Hilton Garden Inn on Lake Granbury April 6-7.
In the annual Better Newspaper Contest, The Times took First Place for Column Writing and First Place for News Photo. The judges also awarded The Times Third Place for General Excellence.
This year's contest was judged by members of the Panhandle Press Association.
Lou Antonelli’s entries in the Column Writing competition were “The great unanswered question”, published Oct. 17, 2017, and “Money, money, who’s got the money”, published March 30, 2017.
Of “The great unanswered question” – where Antonelli lambasted the Red River County Hospital Authority – the judges wrote: “Wow! Fantastic research and pointed column writing. Great job!”
Of “Money, money, who’s got the money?” – where he discussed why economic development is hindered in Clarksville because no one will admit to having any money – the judges said “Good insight on a familiar topic for all small towns. Great call at the end to be more positive.”
The Times was the only weekly newspaper to win twice in the same category. Ed Pryor received Honorable Mention (4th Place) also for Column Writing.
His two entries were “Sudden surgery while on the hunt”, published Sept. 28, 2017, and “The Frankenstein Monster of Red River County,” published Aug. 17, 2017.
“Sudden Surgery” tells of an escapade with Ed and friends while rabbit hunting that resulted in an errant shot castrating their hunting dog Old Ranger.
“Frankenstein Monster” tells of when Ed and some friends stole a manikin of the Frankenstein monster from in front of the Avalon theater.
Of “Sudden surgery”, the judges wrote “Good story telling and lead.” Of “Frankenstein Monster”, they wrote “Vivid story, very enjoyable.”
The top prize for News Photo went to the photos on the front page of the May 18, 2017, issue that showed when a bulldozer fell into a hole while demolishing the remains of a department store at the corner of Main and Walnut Streets downtown.
The judges wrote “These photos were very timely and good. Way to be on the scene!”
On the basis of points received for awards ("The Sweepstakes"), The Times finished sixth overall among all weeklies.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

New loan approved for Clarksville General Hospital

Managing Editor

A Houston-based bank last week approved a $14 million loan for the construction of Clarksville General Hospital.

A spokesman for the group which is bringing the hospital to Red River County said Friday they changed financial institutions because they were dissatisfied at the pace the loan was moving to disbursement.

Abu Tariq, regional president for Wallis State Bank in Dallas, said its Loan Committee approved the $14 million for Clarksville General Hospital on Friday; the entire project cost is $22 million.

Wallis Bank is probably a better fit for the hospital’s financing, he said. It was founded in 1903 in Wallis.

“It’s a small town, close to Houston,” he said. “We’ve always been a community bank. We believe in giving back to the community.”

Wallis State Bank was recognized as one of the top performing community banks by in the nation by the Independent Community Bankers of America in 2016.

Tariq said he believed the Clarksville General Hospital financing was slowed up when the original bank that made the loan was bought up.

“I think they put a freeze on everything that had been approved,” he said.

A spokesman for the Clarksville General Hospital group said they were satisfied Wallis State Bank would love the loan ahead “more aggressively.”

There is still paperwork to be filed because of the loan guarantees from the USDA, but construction may start as early as June, he said...

(Pick up a copy of this week's Clarksville Times to read the complete story.)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

County Calendar

March 31
The annual City of Clarksville Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 31st, at 10 a.m. at Langford Lake Park. All ages are welcome. Come find your Easter Eggs, and have your photo made with the Easter Bunny.

April 7
The City of Clarksville Spring Trash Off on will be held Saturday, April 7th. The elderly and disabled can call in items for pick up with City Secretary Shirley Quick at 903-427-3834 Ext. 253. This pick up will not include tires. All other large items are acceptable.

The Avery FFA Alumni BBQ Supper and Auction will be held Saturday April 7, at the Avery High School Old Gym. BBQ Supper starts at 5:00. Auction starts at 6:00

April 14
The Avery High School Class of 2019 presents a fundraiser Bingo Night Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at the Avery Elementary Cafeteria. Ten dollars buys a bag of 30 cards. Bingo Daubers will be available for purchase. Baked goods will be raffled between games; snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

The Annona School Homecoming will be held Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McKenzie Methodist Church Family Life Center, 1809 S Donoho, Clarksville. Bring a finger food for lunch and come visit old classmates. This is a school reunion, so if you ever attended Annona schools, but left before graduating, we want you there. Any questions, call Coy McGregor 903-737-7097.

The Bogata Homecoming will be held Saturday, April 14, at Old Bogata High School. The doors open at 10 a.m. The program will start at 11:30 a.m. with the meal being served from 12 noon until 1 p.m. It is being catered by Catfish King. Pre-registration is $15, at the door $20. For more information contact Martha Bryson at 903-632-4057.

April 21
The Avery Volunteer Fire Dept. will have a fish fry and bike ride on Saturday, April 21. The ride kicks off at 9 a.m. The fish fry starts at 11 a.m. All proceeds go to benefit the volunteer fire department.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Avery schools have shelter in place

Avery elementary students on their playground at 2:45 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Avery schools had a shelter in place in effect for a short time Friday afternoon after a report of a suspicious person on the fringes of the school property.

Red River County Chief Deputy Quintin Wallace said at the scene at 2:30 p.m. Friday an elementary student reported seeing someone with a gun and ski mask at the edge of the school grounds behind the gym.

The Red River County Sheriff's office and DPS troopers responded. Wallace said a search of the area, which included a police canine, found nothing to substantiate the report, and the shelter in place was lifted.

As a precaution, he said, they would do a sweep through the city.

The Times will have the latest update in next week's paper.

Red River County getting expanded TRAX bus service

Do you live in Clarksville or Red River County and need a ride?

Starting May 1st TRAX announces expanded Transportation Services in Clarksville and Red River County!

You will be able to ride to medical appointments, the senior meal center, the grocery store, bank, etc.  all for free if you are 60 years or older.

Ark-Tex Council of Governments TRAX transportation system is available by calling 844-437-7497 Monday through Friday 8 a m. to 5 p.m.

With this new service, the Ark-Tex Council of Governments is pleased to now serve the residents of Red River County in three ways:

1) Service from Red River County to Paris
2) The Greyhound Connect service from Mt. Pleasant to Paris with stops in Clarksville and Detroit.
3) And now, new - service within Red River County.

Mayor Ann Rushing said at Tuesday night’s city council meeting this will be a wonderful new service that people should take advantage of.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

County Calendar

March 20
City Manager Shannon Barrentine and Police Chief Larry Whittington are starting a new
tradition, “Coffee with the City Manager and Police Chief”, which will be held the third
Tuesday of every month. It kicks off this Tuesday, March 20, at Tracy’s CafĂ©, starting at
7 a.m. and running until 8:30 a.m. Everyone is invited. The location will change from
month to month.

March 21
Storm season is just about upon us! The Red River County Public Library is excited to
announce storm chaser Jason Cooley from Texas Storm Chasers will be presenting at the
library Wednesday, March 21 st . The program begins at 2:00 p.m. Please come for an
entertaining and informative event. Everyone is welcome!

March 24
The 2018 Red River Revue Children’s Art Show is scheduled for March 24th and 25th in
downtown Clarksville. Applications and information are available at the Historic Red
River County Chamber of Commerce or online at www.redriverrevue.
redriverrevue. Call 903-769- 8118 for more info. The art show is open to Pre-k through
12th grade from any county. Entries are due by March 21st at 4 p.m.

April 14
The Annona School Homecoming will be held Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at the McKenzie Methodist Church Family Life Center, 1809 S Donoho, Clarksville.
Bring a finger food for lunch and come visit old classmates. Any questions, call Coy
McGregor 903-737- 7097.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Main Street Program recognizes local business – R.B. Ravens Gallery

Clarksville Times Photo by Lou Antonelli
Ray Trotter and the Clarksville Main Street Program invite and encourage you to visit the R. B. Ravens Gallery.


Main Street Director

The Clarksville Mains Street Program is currently highlighting businesses that promote the Vision, Mission and goals of the Texas and National Main Street Project.

The Texas Main Street Program is based on a Four Point Approach.  The Four Points are organization, promotion, design and economic vitality.  The Clarksville Main Street Program is excited to recognize R.B.Ravens Art Gallery for its commitment to and promotion of our local program.

R.B. Raven Art Gallery is located at 128 West Main, in the historical downtown of Clarksville, Texas.  Ray Trotter, owner of R.B. Ravens, is an art broker and dealer.  He  is also a renowned and well respected authority on Native American art and specializes in pre-1930s Navajo and Pueblo textiles.  He  is a highly sought after teacher and lecturer of this area of Native American art.

Through his R. B. Raven Art Gallery, Trotter  is assisting in the promotion and economic vitality goals of the Main Street Program. In the area of promotions, R.B. Ravens Gallery draws locals and visitors to view and purchase various forms of arts.

Trotter coordinates and supports the local area by partnering with local organizations to sponsor and provide space for an annual local children’s art festival. This allows children to be introduced to the arts in many forms and to experience the success of producing original art.

R.B. Ravens Gallery also contributes to the local economic vitality as it offers many unique works of art that are sold to collectors from around the world. These collectors visit Clarksville and many of them stay in local guest accommodations. This produces revenue for not only the Gallery, but also for other area business. Tax revenue for the city results from those that visit, dine and stay locally.

Ray Trotter believes that art in its many different forms, from graphic arts to performing arts is important for all people at all ages. He aided in resurrecting a dying economy on an Apache reservation by setting up a program to produce and market handmade baskets.

Trotter has witnessed on several occasions the production of art as a tool and outlet to break down communication barriers and bring better understanding between people.  He knows that art is a universal language that has no boundaries.

Ray Trotter and the Clarksville Main Street Program invite and encourage you to visit the R. B. Ravens Gallery. The Gallery is open to all ages to come in to view the various pieces of art at no cost to you.  To visit the Gallery is an exciting and enjoyable learning experience. 

Ray trotter possess a wealth of information and is never happier than when he is sharing that knowledge and seeing the excitement in the eyes of a child or adult that is for the first time appreciating art and understanding that it is meant for all to enjoy!  Thank you, Ray Trotter and R. B. Ravens Gallery, for being an active and productive part of the Clarksville community.

Friday, March 16, 2018

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, March 20, 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  James Ellis Invocation  Charlie Wright
2. Roll Call
3. 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.
4. Mayor Rushing to present Meritorious Service Awards
5. Second and FINAL reading on Resolution No. 2018-03 of the City of Clarksville, Texas, Approving the Clarksville Economic Development Corporation Project in an amount not to exceed $50,000 for contractual services with Murray, Thomas & Griffin, Inc. to install drainage infrastructure and related site improvements in the downtown Clarksville area.
6. Review/approve Minutes of the Regular meeting held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 and Special Called meeting held Monday, February 26, 2018.
7. Review financials/approve payment of bills.
8. Review department reports / updates from Mayor.
9. Discuss and possible action regarding approval of Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) committee recommendation pertaining to loan request by Red River Rentals ($15,000) and 8 Deer Company ($75,000).
10. Discuss and possible action regarding Resolution No. 2018-04 authorizing continued participation with the Atmos Cities Steering Committee and authorizing the payment of two cents per capita to the Atmos Cities Steering Committee to fund regulatory and related activities related to Atmos Energy Corporation.
11. Discuss and possible action regarding Resolution No. 2018-05 Authorizing the City of Clarksville to Accept a Donation of Property and In-Kind Services (replace ladder on Comanche Water Tower) from SBA Communications Corporation. - Mayor Rushing
 12. Discuss and possible action proclaiming April, 2018 as Fair Housing Month. - Mayor Rushing
 13. Discuss and possible action
14. Discuss and possible action regarding Resolution No. 2018-06 Declaring Certain Property Surplus and/or Salvage; Providing for the Authorization to Dispose of Said Property and Providing an Effective Date.
15. Discuss and possible action to designate April 7th, 2018 as City Wide Clean-Up to coincide with Texas Trash Off. - Mayor Rushing
16. Discuss and possible action regarding demolition of structures, process and consideration of location(s). -Mayor Rushing
17. Discuss and possible action regarding assistance from citizens on pot hole patching. - Mayor Rushing
18. Discuss and possible action on items from City Manager:
a) Regarding Bids received for 2018 Mowing Services from Heath Humphrey, Chuck Williams, Darren Roberts and Stacy Dockins effective April 1, 2018 and Award to Bidder(s) accordingly;
b) City Hall roof leaking issues and authorize repairs;
 c) Regarding Code Enforcement applicants;
d) Animal Control - 30 days probation; Adoption Policies/Fees; Proposed Sign and Sample Impound Agreement.
e) TCEQ Notice of Violation - Total Trihalonaethanes (TTHM's) running annual average for quarter 2018 Mailed/Distributed March 14, 2018;
19. Discuss and possible action on Ordinance No. 2018-05 Authorizing Budget Amendments i Line Item Transfers pertaining to FY 2017-18.
 20. City Manager / Council Mayor Comments.
21. Adjournment.

School trustees meet Tuesday

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clarksville ISD will be held March 20, 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. Pledge of Allegiance to the United States and Texas Flags
4. CISD Vision/Mission Statement
5. Pawsitive Recognition
6. Open Forum
7. Consent Agenda:
A. Minutes of Previous Meeting(s)
B. Monthly Budget Report
C. Investment Reports
8. Consider for Approval Election Officials for May 5, 2018 Trustee Election
9. Consider for Approval Updated CMHS Cheer Constitution
10. Consider for Approval Starting Bid Amount for Old Elementary Campus
11. Consider for Discussion and Approval New Century Club Field Improvements
12. Consider for Discussion and Approval Revisions to ACE Guidelines
13. Consider for Discussion and Approval Security Update and Possible Future Action
14. Consider for Approval Wording and Location of Band Billboard
15. Consider for Approval 2018-2019 TEKS Certification Form
16. Cafeteria Report
Expenditures and Revenue
17. Principal Reports
Attendance - Academic - Accolades
18. Superintendent Report
A. March 23 - CHS Cheer Tryouts
B. March 23 - Student Holiday/Staff Professional Development
C. April 5 - NTSBA Spring Dinner
D. April 10-13 - STARR Testing Dates
E. May 5 - CHS Prom
F. TAPR Report
G. 2017-2018 Accreditation Status
H. UIL Band Results
I. Track Schedule
J. PEG Update
19. Convene in Closed Meetings as Authorized by the Texas Opening Meetings Act,
Texas Government Code Section, Including but Not Limited to the following
A. 551.074 - Personnel Matters
B. 551.082 - Students
20. Convene in Open Session
21. Take Possible Action on Items from Closed Session
22. Adjourn

Two-year anniversary

Saturday, March 17, marks the two-year anniversary of the infamous storm that did so much damage in Clarksville. Sheet metal was ripped from dozens of roofs across the city, and to this day there’s some hung up in a tree behind the Courthouse Bed & Breakfast across the parking lot from the county courthouse. The county jail and Miss Belle’s House down the street both were heavily damaged. Miss Belle’s House has been restored and the jail was largely reconstructed.
Clarksville Times Photo by Lou Antonelli

Thursday, March 15, 2018

In today's Clarksville Times

Avery ISD letter addresses report about misconduct

Managing Editor

Avery ISD Supt. Debbie Drew last week released a letter addressing allegations of inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student.

The letter of March 8 was addressed to Kenny Mitchell, publisher of the Bowie County Citizens Tribune in New Boston and later released.

In it, Drew states: “Avery Independent School District recently received information regarding alleged inappropriate contact between a former employee and a former student.

“Thereafter, the employee voluntarily resigned his employment in the District citing reasons unrelated to the aforementioned allegations, which resignation became effective March 5, 2018.  Since Avery ISD was only recently informed of the alleged inappropriate conduct involving the former employee, we have not issued any prior statements related to same.

“Given the seriousness of the allegations, Avery ISD would like to reassert the District's foremost commitment to providing a safe learning environment for all students. Moreover, Avery ISD expects each individual educator and employee to conduct oneself with integrity and to be a model of excellence for students.

“As a final matter, the district will continue to cooperate fully with the appropriate investigative authorities, as well as ensuring compliance with all laws and Board policies,”

Drew was unavailable for further comment as a result of the school district being on spring break.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

City explains water notice

Managing Editor

Clarksville water customers will get a formal notice in the mail next week about the city’s water containing a contaminant that triggers a reporting advisory.

The notice is required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), in this case because of the levels of a contaminant called trihalomethanes (THM).

The city is a bit chagrinned over the notices – and having to pay to mail them – because the problem that caused the concerning levels was taken care of last August.

Trihalomethanes are formed as a by-product predominantly when chlorine is used to disinfect drinking water. They are generally referred to as disinfection by-products.

They result from the reaction of chlorine with organic matter present in the water being treated. The THMs produced have been associated through epidemiological studies with some adverse health effects. Many governments set limits on the amount permissible in drinking water.

However, trihalomethanes are only one group of many hundreds of possible disinfection by-products - the vast majority of which are not monitored - and it has not yet been clearly demonstrated which of these are the most plausible candidate for causation of these health effects.

In the United States, the EPA limits the total concentration of the four chief constituents (chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane, and dibromochloromethane), referred to as total trihalomethanes (TTHM), to 80 parts per billion in treated water.

Up until last August Clarksville mixed surface water from Langford Lake with well water for the city’s water supply.

Water is tested and reported to the TCEQ every quarter. Matt McAdoo, the city’s utility director, said the THM level in the third quarter of 2017 shot up to parts per billion, up from 58.2 the previous quarter.

Speculation as to the source of the THM – Langford Lake being relatively shallow and subject, especially during the warm summer months to algae growth – became moot because the city closed the water treatment plant and has subsequently decommissioned it.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets the maximum contaminant level at 80, so the third quarter reading triggered the required notifications.

The City took the water treatment plant off-line and now only uses well water, but the notices about the THM levels are still required, said McAdoo.

Unfortunately the THM readings are averaged for a full year or four quarters, said McAdoo, and despite the plant being off-line and the THM level for the last quarter of last year being 56.1 and for the first quarter of 2018 being 41.5, the running average remains high, at 103 – hence the mailed notices.

Many water supply companies mail out these notices every quarter because their water always exceeds the THM level that triggers reporting, said McAdoo.

But the city wants to explain why they are still required – for the time being - for Clarksville water customer, he said.

City Manager Shannon Barrentine noted that in addition to requiring Clarksville to mail out the notices - despite the source of the problem being corrected - the city has to pay for them.
Barrentine and McAdoo said that because of using an annual average the city still has two more quarters where it will have to mail out the notices.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Republican and Democrat primary election is today

Managing Editor
Republicans in Red River County will go to the polls Tuesday, March 6, to decide two local contested races in the party primary.
There are no local races on in the Democratic Primary, though like the Republicans they have a number of up ballot contests.
Incumbent Red River County Treasurer Sandra Storey Embrey is being challenged by Brad Allison for re-election.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Wayne Johnson faces three opponents – Danny Halley, James Daniell and Mickey Williams.
Unopposed candidates this year include County Judge L.D. Williamson, County Clerk Shawn Weemes, District Clerk Janice Gentry, and Precinct 2 Commissioner David Hutson. Gentry is s Democrat, the rest are Republicans.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The consolidated boxes in this election are as follows:
Box 1 Lone Star Church - 5960 Hwy 37 S, Clarksville: Consists of Box 1, 7, and 11.
Box 2 St. Paul Church - 403 W. Pierce St.: Clarksville.
Box 3 Library - 315 N. Walnut, Clarksville: Consists of Box 3 and 24.
Box 4 Clarksville City Hall - 800 W Main St., Clarksville: Consists of Box 4 and 31.
Box 5 Bogata Community Center - 201 NW 2nd, Bogata: Consists of Box 5, 9 and 10.
Box 13 Detroit 1st Baptist Church - 275 W. Garner St., Detroit: Consists of Box 13 and 14.
Box 17 Leesville Church - 11474 FM 195, Bagwell: Consists of Box 17 and 18.
Box 19 Avery Methodist - 390 W. Alabama St., Avery: Consists of Box 19, 20 and 21.
Box 27 Avery First Baptist - 390 Utah St., Avery: Consists of Box 27 and 30.
Box 28 Annona Methodist - 188 Roberts St., Annona: Consists of Box 28 and 29.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Editorial - Don't spread reckless rumors!

The shooting outside the Red River County jail Friday morning was serious enough, but we're concerned over how fast people began to spread information that was exaggerated and wrong.
That's the nature of gossip and rumors. It's a fascinating insight into human nature, how information repeated from person to person gets inflated and goes negative.

In cases like this, you need to repeat information from reliable news sources. The problem today is that social media, such as Facebook, make it too easy to grab a keyboard and spread reckless rumors.

We got on-line as soon as we could yesterday and posted on Facebook so people would know what was known - and what was not definitely known - about the incident. After a few hours we became concerned that people were using the comments on that posting to spread rumors, and we deleted it and transferred the information to our web page. where people are more reluctant to post comments.

If you are going to repeat information from other people, try to listen carefully and think about what is being said, because a lot of these rumors seem to be the result of inattention.

For example, it's s small difference in language from saying "A deputy shot a suspect" to "A suspect shot a deputy". In the first case, it sounds like law enforcement did its job. In the second case, you'll start a panic -how evil must a suspect be to shoot a deputy?

Also, being shot doesn't equal being killed. We've made that mistake ourselves. But then the rumor ratchets up. Now it becomes "A suspect shot and killed a deputy."

Next level up, people assume s criminal so powerful as to  shoot and kill a deputy in broad daylight must have escaped! "Now it's "A suspect shot and killed a deputy and is on the loose." At this point, people start reaching for their guns, and a dangerous panic is the making.

We understand how these rumors get started and spread. This kind of incident is uncommon in Red River County - there's just not a lot of experience with it. Also, it happened in broad daylight, which seems to have made it more spectacular.

The only thing everyone seems to have gotten right is the location. Otherwise, at some point we've heard many almost everything else wrong , including:

The suspect was in the jail. WRONG. The suspect was at the jail.

The shooting happened the previous night. WRONG. The rumors spread so fast someone must have assumed the news couldn't have traveled that fast, and so they thought it happened Thursday night. The danger of this rumor is that it makes it sound like there were two shootings - and more panic ensues.

The suspect was at large. WRONG. The suspect did leave the scene - in a helicopter. The CISD went on a short lockdown after the report of the shooting. The school district wants to make every possible effort to make sure students are safe. In this case, there was no danger, but people would agree they should err on the side of caution when making decisions about student safety.

Deputies were shot or hurt. WRONG. Just because someone is involved in a shooting doesn't mean they get hurt themselves. It's a credit to the training and professionalism of our local law enforcement  officers that no one else, including themselves, was injured.

If you want more and faster news to feed your gossip - too bad. A shooting like this, by law enforcement, is a serious matter, and must be carefully documented and investigated. We're sure we will have a much clearer picture of what happened by next week when the paper comes out.

In the meantime, think twice before repeating gossip on Facebook and other social media, for your sake as well as Clarksville's sake. Starting a panic or sending vigilante mobs into the streets will not benefit anyone.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Shooting at Red River County Jail

Shown: The scene of this morning's shooting; the suspect's truck is on the right.
There has been a shooting outside the Red River County jail. A man in a black dually pick-up pulled up behind the Sally Port at approximately 11:30 a.m. Friday When a police officer approached (the truck was blocking the Sally Port) the man exited with a firearm and was shot. Latest reports are that he was alive and transported to a hospital by air ambulance. An earlier report he was dead was erroneous.

No one else was injured. Reports that a sheriff's deputy was shot or anyone else was injured, or that the suspect entered the jail are untrue. The Clarksville ISD was on lockdown briefly immediately after the shooting

We will have more information and updates as available. The full story plus more photos will be in next week's paper.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Special Olympians compete

Clarksville Special Olympics unified team member Warren Brooks (left) who stands 5' 10" gets ready to go up for the opening tip against an opponent who stands about a foot taller during action at the Area 10 Basketball tournament that took place this past Friday and Saturday in Grand Prairie. The event featured more than 100 teams. The Clarksville team members earned bronze medals. For more photos and the story, see the print edition of the March 1st Clarksville Times.
- Clarksville Times Photo by Bruce E. Williams

Sunday, February 25, 2018

City seeks juvenile curfew ordinance

Managing Editor
The Clarksville City Council held a public hearing Tuesday night on implementing a juvenile curfew ordinance.
It stipulates unaccompanied minors cannot be out in public between 10:30 p.m. and 6 a.m., and also between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. when school is in session.
City Manager Shannon Barrentine explained the city first adopted a juvenile curfew ordinance on Nov. 30, 1993, and that according to state law such an ordinance must be formally re-adopted every three years.
The previous ordinance therefore expired Nov. 30 of last year and the city must go through the adoption process again.
The ordinance includes a number of acceptable exceptions, such as going to and from work, or school/church related functions.
In order to be back in effect, the city has to hold two hearings. No member of the public spoke at Tuesday night’s hearing.
Barrentine said that in addition to preventing crime, the ordinance helps “protect our kids.”
Police Chief Larry Whittington agreed, stating it makes it less likely children will be taken advantage of.
The council will hold a second public hearing at its next meeting before the ordinance goes in effect.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Band to get new uniforms

Managing Editor
School trustees Monday night approved purchasing new uniforms for the Clarksville Tiger Band.
Director of Finance Melissa Darrow reported that a CD set aside to help with such a purchase now stands at $23,000. The current band uniforms are eleven years old.
Supt. Pam Bryant reported the district has investigated cost, and presented three different proposals based on 100 uniforms.
The lowest cost uniforms would cost $18,840, but Bryant and Interim Band Director Eric Shimanek they looked too inexpensive. Another proposal would cost $36,900.
Bryant told board members that, after some bargaining, Shimanek was able to get a bid for the high end uniforms at $53,000.
Trustees asked why the band needs 100 uniforms when it has 73 members currently. Shimanek explained they need surplus uniforms for when other wear out.
A number of band students have to change uniforms as they grow during high school, noted Bryant.
After some discussion, trustees agreed to add $30,00o to the $23,000 CD and purchase the 100 new uniforms for $53,000.
In November the Tiger Band won the state UIL Marching competition for Class 2A in San Antonio.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thanks for your patience

We at the Clarksville Times would like to apologize to the people who have purchased a subscription during the past few weeks but have't been getting a newspaper.

When we bought the newspaper we inherited a label printer that didn't work, and we have instead paid our newspaper printer to run off and attach the mailing labels. The problem is the software we use for our subscription date base apparently won't update itself and add the new subscribers.

When we printed our labels in-house, we could manually check for any problem with the labels. However, we haven't been able to do that for the past few weeks.

We want you to know we are working on the problem. A new label printer is slated to be delivered Monday. Also, on Monday Lou and Patricia will each receive two hours training from the software company.

If this doesn't fix the problem, we will be changing the software.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Senior Night

February 2 was Senior Night for the Clarksville Lady Tigers. Pictured during the ceremony in the Clarence L. Nix Jr. gym are the athletes who were honored, and their family members. See Page 10-14 inside this week's issue of The Times’ for our annual recap of the Red River County basketball season.

Friday, February 9, 2018

TxDOT Weather Advisory

PARIS -The National Weather Service is predicting the likelihood of rainfall and temperatures below freezing this weekend. Both conditions could impact roads and driving conditions in Northeast Texas.
As of Friday, Feb. 9, TxDOT employees in the Paris District remain busy pretreating roadways in the district as a precautionary measure. This work began yesterday, Feb. 8. By close of business Feb. 9, we anticipate having US 75 and I-30 completely pretreated, as well as bridges and overpasses.
As the weekend approaches and unfolds, our weather response teams will continue this work and monitor the condition of roadways in all nine counties of the Paris District. The attached brochure/document further explains how our agency responds to winter weather threats statewide.
Motorists are advised to monitor weather conditions frequently, and be prepared to make adjustments in their travel plans as this weather event unfolds. More information about safe winter travels is available online: .