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 Top board leaders of Texas' embattled power grid operator said Tuesday they will resign following outrage over more than 4 million customers losing electricity last week during a deadly winter storm, including many whose frigid homes lacked heat for days in subfreezing temperatures.

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The Jacksonville ISD trustees will convene in special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, to consider a voluntary separation agreement between the district and Superintendent Dr. Chad Kelly.

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The system has taken the necessary actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ with testing results that indicate the Rusk city water no longer requires boiling as of Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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As I write this during the most bitter cold spell in my recent memory, I am going to take a break from surveying the questions God has asked, to take a quick look at “Keeping Warm”. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Solomon, The Preacher, wrote,  Two are better than one because they have a good return…

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Monday classes on Feb. 22 will be conducted remotely while staff and administrative employees will return to work at the main campus and all additional sites.

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In response to the unprecedented winter storm and cold weather engulfing Texas and the resulting shortages of electricity and rolling blackouts plaguing the state, diesel technology is being called into action to aide Texans in restoring electricity and utility services, to help recover from the storm and grid outage

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It seems there is always someone on the news saying things are even worse than they were during the Great Depression of the 1930’s or even the Civil War! It would, perhaps, be more accurate to say not much had changed in the past 100 years.

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President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Texas and ordered federal assistance to aid state and local recovery efforts after severe winter storms. Affected homeowners and renters in the 77 counties designated for individual assistance may apply now for disaster assistance with FEMA.

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The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.24 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is four cents more than on this day last week and is 15 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year.

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Local cities have attempted to keep residents apprised of situations arising from the week-long sub-freezing temperatures along with power and water outages, either on their websites or social media pages.

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Gov. Greg Abbott gave an update Friday, Feb. 19, on the state's ongoing response to severe winter weather. The governor detailed the state’s priorities of continuing to restore power and water, generate fuel, support local officials, and ensure food supply.

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Gov. Greg Abbott gave an update Thursday on the response to Texas’ unprecedented winter weather. Despite the threat of more rolling blackouts, power has been restored to nearly two million homes, dropping the number of those still without power to around 325,000.

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TxDOT and DPS continue efforts to keep motorists off the icy roads as driving remains hazardous leaving some stranded by the road. Non-essential travel is discouraged until conditions improve.

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Boil water advisories are in effect in cities across Texas, including Rusk, Troup, Alto and Wells, as the state works to cope with ongoing weather, energy and water crises. The Water Quality Association offers suggestions and information for consumers in the wake of this appropriate response to a temporary health emergency brought on by the icy winter weather.

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TJC classes and remote work are canceled through Saturday, Feb. 20, due to ongoing freezing temperatures and conditions related to the winter weather. Classes and other administrative operations are planned to resume on Monday, Feb. 22. 

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The city of Jacksonville non-essential offices will remain closed until Monday, Feb. 22, and Municipal Court that was scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, has been canceled.

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US 69 southbound remains closed between Rusk and Alto due to two 18-wheelers that jackknifed.

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Due to continued winter weather conditions on local roadways, the City of Jacksonville non-essential offices will be closed for the remainder of the work week, Feb. 18 and Feb. 19. Fire, Police and other essential staff will remain available for citizens.

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Power outages at the Jacksonville Daily Progress’ printing facility and hazardous driving conditions across the state prevented mail carriers from delivering our Tuesday print edition. We are working to combine this week’s coverage into a supersized weekend print edition to be delivered Saturday.

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Rush Limbaugh, the talk radio host who ripped into liberals and laid waste to political correctness with a merry brand of malice that made him one of the most powerful voices on the American right, influencing the rightward push of conservatism and the rise of Donald Trump, died Wednesday. He was 70.

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Please stay home! Motorists are reminded to avoid all non-essential travel. Too many drivers are risking their safety and getting stranded on the roads in these extreme conditions.

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With millions of Texas residents still without power amid frigid temperatures, conservative commentators have falsely claimed that wind turbines and solar energy were primarily to blame.

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A grandmother slept in her car. Parents who ran out of firewood burned belongings to keep their children warm. A Richardson resident watched the battery level of her partner's oxygen machine drain away and desperately sought help to have it recharged.

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A grandmother slept in her car. Parents who ran out of firewood burned belongings to keep their children warm. A Richardson resident watched the battery level of her partner's oxygen machine drain away and desperately sought help to have it recharged.

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Nicole Tng, a student at The Brook Hill School, was surprised with the presentation of a full-ride scholarship during the University of Texas at Tyler’s fourth annual admissions road show Wednesday, Feb. 10.

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Sheriff Brent Dickson released a statement that his office is aware of the issue of elderly persons who have no power, heat source or transportation and is working to transport anyone who calls to a warm family member of friend's house.

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All UT Health East Texas Physicians clinics will be closed Tuesday due to inclement weather. This includes the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at UT Health North Campus Tyler, 11937 U.S. Highway 271.

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NOTICE: Cherokee County Courts announce Jury Duty for Tuesday, Feb. 16, has been cancelled. Do not report.

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 A winter storm dropping snow and ice also sent temperatures plunging across the southern Plains, prompting a power emergency in Texas a day after conditions canceled flights and impacted traffic across large swaths of the U.S.

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