Friday, October 19, 2018

Magnolia Brush plans new warehouse


By LOU ANTONELLI
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

By LOU ANTONELLI
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


By BRUCE E. WILLIAMS
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


By LOU ANTONELLI
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


By LOU ANTONELLI
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


By LOU ANTONELLI
Managing Editor

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.

By LOU ANTONELLI
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




By LOU ANTONELLI
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

By LOU ANTONELLI
Managing Editor
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


By LOU ANTONELLI
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


By LOU ANTONELLI
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.