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Gregg County veterans office gets attention

From Staff Reports
April 15, 2013 at 11 p.m.

Local veterans should soon have something worth saluting when they visit the Gregg County Veterans Service office.

"We're going to upgrade a little bit," Pct. 1 Commissioner Ronnie McKinney said, shortly before commissioners agreed to let four Longview High School artists paint a patriotic mural in the office on East Marshall Avenue at Alpine Road.

"We have about 10,000 veterans in Gregg County, and we're going to put a monument up at the entrance there," McKinney said. "It's just something else kind of putting our actions in front of our words."

The commissioner said the junior art students plan a mural for each branch of military service. The work could begin as soon as Saturday, he said.

The county will provide paint for the project, with McKinney's road and bridge fund reimbursed from the general fund. County Auditor Laurie Woloszyn said the non-road project is possible because of the reimbursement and because it involves in-county work.

Commissioners on Monday also OK'd the renewal of a contract with the local mental health authority that pays deputies to drive patients to psychiatric hospitals and other facilities around the state.

Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said Community HealthCore reimburses the county for two deputies, one each on night and day shifts, with the costs capped at $103,400 annually.



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