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Panola County has cancelled jury selection set for Monday, Aug. 26, the Panola County District Clerk's Office said Tuesday.

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If voters in Gregg County Emergency Services District No. 2 allow sales tax collection, it will ease tax burdens on property owners and help local firefighters reach their goal of 24-hour staffing, Sabine Volunteer Fire Chief Richard Sisk said.

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KILGORE — The Kilgore College board of trustees is planning public hearings at noon Friday and at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 on a proposed tax revenue increase resulting from higher property values.

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A power outage Sunday that affected 85,000 East Texas customers of AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co. was caused by an overload on part of the power grid after vegetation came into contact with two major power lines between Longview and Hallsville, the utility said Tuesday evening.

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Update: The Smith County Sheriff's Office said preliminary findings from an autopsy conducted on 3-year-old Madison Williams show the cause of death was drowning. The Smith County Sheriff's Office said the investigation is still ongoing.

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HENDERSON — Rusk County commissioners Tuesday set their tax rate for the coming year at slightly more than 55.6 cents to partially fuel a $32.7 million spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

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CARTHAGE — The Carthage ISD board of trustees approved a $31.5 million budget and a 7-cent decrease in the district’s tax rate Monday, bringing the total tax rate to $1.21 per $100 of valuation.

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AEP-Southwestern Electric Power Co. staff continued Monday evening to try to find the cause of a massive power failure that affected about 85,000 of its customers Sunday throughout Northeast Texas, spokeswoman Carey Sullivan said.