GUSHER: For Ian Price, a senior at Trinity School of Texas, who has been named a National Merit Scholar. He received a $2,500 scholarship that goes only to finalists with "the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies." Price is one of four Longview-area finalists this year.
DUSTER: For the irresponsible owners of the former Eden Specialty Care facility, who seem set on leaving their mess in the hands of Longview taxpayers. The property has been sitting unkempt and deteriorating since a 2015 tornado, and Seven Landlords Joint Venture of Houston and property lien holder Mooring Recovery Services have so far missed every deadline to do something about it. It is time for the city to assess some hefty fines to force action.
GUSHER: For East Mountain residents becoming more focused on activity in their city government, as evidenced by turnout and participation at several recent meetings. Such community focus is always crucial but even more so as East Mountain works to rebuild after the mismanaged and scandal-ridden tenure of the previous mayor, City Council and police department.
GUSHER: For the Pine Tree ISD educators honored by the Pine Tree Education Foundation. The foundation's 13th annual Beacon Awards honored 10 teachers who make a difference in students' lives. We offer congratulations and appreciation to Laura Johns, Kelly Fisher, Amanda Fleming, Misti Scaggs, Lori Dunaway, Paul Ellsworth, Elizabeth White, Maria Fierros, Lindsay Brazell and Aaron Turner.
DUSTER: For another decline in sales tax revenues in Longview and other area cities. The latest dip, which represents sales made in March, puts more belt-tightening pressure on city and county governments across the area that build their budgets in part on the funds. The news came on the heels of word from the Gregg County Appraisal District that property values are down slightly for the coming year, meaning taxing entities will not make up the gap there, either.
GUSHER: For Gladewater ISD's move to make a well-respected educator its next superintendent. Sedric Clark left his position as principal at Foster Middle School in Longview in 2010 to become principal at Mansfield High School in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. In 2016, he was honored as the DeSoto Parish School System's principal of the year. In 2017, he was named the statewide principal of the year. Welcome back, Mr. Clark.
DUSTER: For whatever led a pair of grown men to square off in the parking lot of a Longview grocery store, an altercation said to grow from road rage and that led to one man hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Some so-called adults simply should not be trusted to handle heavy objects — or firearms.
GUSHER: For Union Grove ISD, which celebrated the official grand opening of the district's new Lion Center, showcasing the finished building 15 months after construction started. The gymnasium and auditorium facility are part of a $9.9 million bond package voters approved in 2015 and completes a long-term district plan to improve and upgrade infrastructure.
GUSHER: For the eight East Texas schools named to a statewide honor roll for demonstrating high student academic achievement and reductions in achievement gaps. Big Sandy High School, Foster Middle School in Longview, South Marshall Elementary School, Panola Early College High School and Union Grove High School were named to a "Star Schools" list, while Hudson PEP Elementary School in Longview, Texas Early College High School Marshall and UT Tyler Innovation Academy in Longview were named "Scholar Schools."
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