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Former Corrigan-Camden ISD teacher arrested

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Terry CarltonTerry CarltonEnterprise Staff

A former Corrigan-Camden ISD teacher, Terry Marcus Carlton, 83 of Diboll, was arrested Wednesday and charged with improper relationship between educator and student.

“Corrigan-Camden ISD is aware of the recent arrest of former teacher Terry Carlton for alleged improper relationship between educator and student,” C-CISD Superintendent Richard A. Cooper said.

“The safety and protection of our children is our highest priority. Mr. Carlton is no longer employed by the district and the district has been cooperating with law enforcement and Texas Child Protective Services investigations,” Cooper said.

“The district is dedicated to supporting our students and ensuring their well-being and safety. The district will make counseling available for students who request it,” Cooper said.

The investigation is being handled by the Corrigan Police Department and the Texas Range

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Polk County man killed in Silsbee

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Car WreckBy Dannie Oliveaux
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A Polk County man was killed Feb. 24 after he jumped from a truck traveling northbound on U.S. 96, south of the Neches River Bridge.

According to Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers responded to a report of the body of a white male on U.S. 96 at about 3:30 a.m. Davis said the man was identified as Jeremiah Lloyd Ray, 31, of Livingston.

The sheriff said the man was not the victim of an auto-pedestrian accident. Davis said according to witnesses, the man jumped out from a moving truck after a disturbance.

“There was a disturbance at the location in the 5,000 block of U.S. 96 North and the witness said he jumped from a moving vehicle and was injured when he hit the pavement,” Davis said. “The injuries appeared to cause his death.”

The sheriff said an autopsy was ordered by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Chris Ingram on Feb. 25. Davis said the driver of the truck and other witnesses provided investigators information on the accident. He added the driver, contrary to rumors, stopped and did not leave the scene.

The sheriff said the truck was moving at a slow rate of speed. “They were leaving the parking lot at the 96 Truck Stop,” he added.

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Winner of the ETxN App Download Contest Announced

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We are excited to announce the winner of our February easttexasnews.com app contest. Everyone who entered downloaded our app from the App Store this past month, sent in a screen shot of the app on their phone, and have been waiting until March 1 for the results. Thank you all so much for trying out our new and improved news app. 

If you have not downloaded it yet, go to your App Store and search for East Texas News. Ours is the pine cone with the initials ETxN. You will be given the option to turn on or off the breaking news notifications. 

Congratulations to the winner of our $1200 getaway prize package. 
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Virtual birding seminar on cranes set for Thursday

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A virtual birding seminar will discuss cranes on March 3 with four leading experts in the field. Photo courtesy Bryan CalkA virtual birding seminar will discuss cranes on March 3 with four leading experts in the field. Photo courtesy Bryan Calk

By Susan Himes
AgriLife Extension

A virtual birding seminar, Up Close with Cranes, will be held March 3 from 6-8:30 p.m.

The cost of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event is $15, and preregistration is required at https://tx.ag/UpCloseWithCranes. The event is part of the Birding with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program.

“In the U.S., we have a dichotomy of cranes,” said Maureen Frank, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Uvalde. “While whooping cranes are endangered and protected, sandhill cranes are abundant and managed with regulated hunting.”

The webinar will feature speakers who will take participants up close with America’s native cranes and explore their similarities and differences. They also will share new research and ‘behind the gates’ habitat management, said Frank.

“We have four speakers in 2.5 hours, so the pace of the event is meant to be engaging as we consider the two similar yet different species,” said Emily Grant, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Gillespie County.

Grant said although speakers are coming from around the country, birds bring everyone together and many of the topics discussed will sound familiar to Texas birders.

“This virtual seminar is designed to give us a peek into the world of cranes,” she said.

On the agenda

The seminar speakers are prominent leaders and scientists dedicated to crane research, preservation and management.

Liz Smith, Ph.D., is the North American program director for the International Crane Foundation. She previously served as a research scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi and developed the Texas Whooping Crane Program.

Dave Baasch, Ph.D., is a threatened and endangered species specialist for The Crane Trust. In addition to whooping cranes and sandhill cranes, Baasch has studied interior least terns, piping plovers, deer and elk. He will discuss management implications for the two North American crane species.

Sara Zimorski is a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. She leads the effort to reintroduce and establish a population of whooping cranes in the state after an absence of over 60 years. Previously, Zimorski worked for the International Crane Foundation.

Emily Wells works in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California as the conservation program manager on Staten Island, working with sandhills cranes and other water birds. Her presentation will focus on the importance of working lands for conservation.

The next Birding with Extension event, Birding the Hill Country, is already full, said Frank, but more birding opportunities will be announced later this year. She encourages birders to join the weekly Wednesday Cup Chat at 7:30 a.m. on Facebook, where the team will announce other upcoming events. Past Cup Chat topics can be found on their YouTube channel.

For additional information on upcoming birding events, visit wildlife.tamu.edu/birding/.

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Flood planning group seeking feedback from public

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TrinityFloodPlanningFrom Enterprise Staff

A preliminary interactive floodplain webmap of the Trinity River Basin has been created from information the Trinity Regional Flood Planning Group (Trinity RFPG) received from cities, counties, entities with flood control responsibilities, property owners and other entities or individuals. The Trinity RFPG is asking the public to review and identify any potential gaps or inaccuracies in the depiction of flood-prone areas within the newly created map.

The feedback will be used to ensure a more accurate, up-to-date floodplain map for the Trinity River Basin. The interactive floodplain map will be available until March 25.

The interactive floodplain webmap is part of the Trinity RFPG’s important work to develop the first-ever Trinity Regional Flood Plan for the 38-county Trinity River Basin. This past summer, the Trinity RFPG began its flood risk data collection. The planning group requested various technical, flood-related data from organizations with flood-related responsibilities across the region, to identify existing and future flood risks in local areas. The collected data was used to produce this interactive floodplain map.

The floodplain webmap can be found on the public comment page of the Trinity RFPG website which is www.trinityrfpg.org. Members of the public are asked to review the map and add comments or points wherever there are potential errors in the floodplain map within their community or neighborhood. Submissions will be important when incorporating known issues into the GIS layers of the map, as appropriate. Additionally, the input will be helpful as the Trinity RFPG continues to develop recommended studies, projects and strategies to mitigate and manage flooding issues throughout the Trinity River Basin.

Tips for using the interactive webmap:

Stakeholders can search for specific areas by entering an address or place name in the search bar in the upper left corner of the map. Then, using the add a comment tool in the lower-left corner, they can add pins with comments to help identify areas of flooding concerns that are not captured accurately in the map.

Members of the public should use the public comment pin to mark areas of concern. Also, participants are asked to include their contact information (email address) with any added comments. Contact information will be used to communicate with individuals if questions or clarification are needed about the local flooding issue.

About the Trinity Regional Flood Planning Group

and the Flood Planning Process Statewide

The Trinity RFPG is among 15 regional flood planning groups designated in April 2020 by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) as a result of Senate Bill 8 from the 86th Texas Legislature, which established a groundbreaking, new regional and state flood planning process for the state. At the same time, the Texas Legislature also created a new flood financial assistance fund and charged the TWDB with administering the fund. The Flood Infrastructure Fund, approved by Texas voters in November 2019, will be used to finance flood-related projects.

The Trinity RFPG is responsible for creating its first Regional Flood Plan by January 10, 2023. This plan will then become part of Texas’ first-ever State Flood Plan by September 1, 2024. After this first round of flood planning, each of the regional flood planning groups will update their plans every five years.

The initial members of the Trinity RFPG were designated by the TWDB. The Planning Group’s membership includes at least one voting member from each of the following interest categories: the public, counties, municipalities, industry, agriculture, environment, small business, electric-generating utilities, river authorities, water districts, water utilities and flood districts. In April 2021, the Trinity RFPG engaged a technical consultant team led by Halff Associates to support its planning effort.

The Trinity RFPG’s planning region (Trinity River Basin, or Region 3) has an estimated population of almost 8 million. It spans a nearly 18,000-square-mile, 38-county region from Cooke County in the north to Chambers County on the Gulf Coast.

For more information, visit the Trinity RFPG website at www.trinityrfpg.org, follow the group on Twitter https://twitter.com/TrinityRFPG or email the group via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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