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Nacogdoches man arrested for sexual assault of child

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A Nacogdoches man has been arrested and is now out on bond from charges of sexual assault of a child.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives immediately initiated an investigation after receiving a report in July of sexual assault of a minor. 

It was determined that the juvenile victim was sexually assaulted by Timothy Allen Long, 38, of Nacogdoches. During the course of the investigation it was also determined that there have been other victims associated with Long. Subsequent to the investigation, a warrant was obtained for Long’s arrest. The arrest occurred on Saturday, and Long is currently out on bond.

Those with information that will assist with an investigation are asked to contact the sheriff’s office and speak to a detective at 936-327-6810. To remain anonymous, tipsters may contact Polk County Crime Stoppers, at 936-327-STOP.

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Tribe invites Governor Abbott to visit - Governor, nor staff, respond

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The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas wants Governor Greg Abbott to visit the tribe’s reservation east of town on Hwy. 190 to learn more about the tribe’s role in East Texas. However, the governor and his staff have been unresponsive to the tribe’s invitations.

actribe logoThe governor has not shown support for Naskila Gaming, the electronic bingo facility the tribe operates on its reservation that provides jobs to some 700 East Texans. Additionally, he has paid little attention to more than 15,000 Texans who have written and submitted letters to his office urging him to support Naskila Gaming and the vital role it plays in the East Texas economy.

In a June 2022 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Ysleta de! Sur Pueblo v. Texas, holding that the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (Pueblo) of El Paso can offer bingo free from the State of Texas’ gaming regulations. In so doing, the Court overturned a 1994 Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said the Pueblo and Tribe were not permitted to offer gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and that the gaming laws and regulations of Texas applied to tribal lands. Although the state had argued for years that the two tribes could not offer electronic bingo, the Supreme Court ruled that electronic bingo was permissible because state law does not prohibit bingo. The following month, the Texas Attorney General’s Office formally withdrew its intention to appeal a similarly decided case in a Beaumont-based federal court.

Still, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas has long sought to be treated like more than 200 other federally recognized tribes currently offering gaming under IGRA, including the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas. In recent years the U.S. House of Representatives has repeatedly passed legislation that would ensure the tribe is governed under IGRA. However, the U.S. Senate has not acted on the legislation. Abbott has stated his opposition to similar Senate legislation and submitted a letter urging a Senate committee not to act on it.

“In light of these recent court decisions, and the nations’ continued good faith efforts to conduct gaming in accordance with the terms of their Restoration Act, the tribe would like to invite you to its reservation to see firsthand the positive impacts of its Naskila Gaming facility on the tribe and region,” Ricky Sylestine, Chairman of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Tribal Council, wrote the governor in a letter in July asking that he visit the reservation. Neither Abbott, nor his office ever replied.

“We would love to have a dialogue with Governor Abbott regarding the purpose of our legislative efforts and the importance of these jobs, but he has not expressed interest in communicating with us,” Sylestine said. “We understand that the governor is extremely busy and is working on a number of issues important to the state of Texans. However, Naskila Gaming has been a major employer in East Texas and his continuous opposition to our efforts is concerning to our employees and tribal citizens.”

Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy said the tribe and the county have forged a partnership that has proven beneficial to residents of East Texas over the years. In addition, more than 80 civic and business groups have approved resolutions voicing support for the tribe and Naskila Gaming in recent years, and more than 15,000 visitors to the facility have signed letters to the governor urging him to support the tribe.

“Naskila Gaming has provided tremendous job opportunities, enhanced economic development, and improved quality of life for its team members, its guests, and the entire community,” Murphy said. “I would encourage Governor Abbott to visit Naskila Gaming to learn more about the tribe’s vital role in our East Texas economy and way of life.”

Sylestine added, “We urge the governor to listen to the people of Texas. Our neighbors throughout East Texas support Naskila Gaming and appreciate its importance to the local economy. We wish Governor Abbott would make time to visit our reservation, learn more about our tribe and Naskila, and listen to the people who work here each day to support themselves and their families.”

Editor’s note – After calling the governor’s office and speaking to a staff member, we were referred to an email address. We submitted our questions via the said email address but as of press time, have not received a response from the governor’s office.

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Local’s product to be featured on QVC2

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JUMPING FOR JOY  Hayden Thiel, a nonverbal autistic young man, is thrilled to no longer be losing the remote control following his mother’s invention of The Remote Retriever, an electronic accessory that helps find lost or misplaced remote controls. Courtesy photoJUMPING FOR JOY Hayden Thiel, a nonverbal autistic young man, is thrilled to no longer be losing the remote control following his mother’s invention of The Remote Retriever, an electronic accessory that helps find lost or misplaced remote controls. Courtesy photo

By Emily Banks Wooten
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The ancient proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention” has proven true for one local mother. Pamela M. Thiel, a single mother of two boys, Dylan and Hayden, invented The Remote Retriever, an electronic accessory to help find lost or misplaced remote controls.

“In November of 2019, my nonverbal autistic son, Hayden, lost three remote controls. After purchasing new remotes at $60 each, I thought there has to be an easy way to find a remote. The following year while visiting my Dad, I found out that his remote was missing, too. I ordered him a new one and then another one a few weeks later. This is where the idea for The Remote Retriever was born,” Thiel said.

“Now that we have launched, we will be one of the featured companies on QVC Small Business Spotlight. Tune in to QVC2 at 2 p.m. Central on Saturday to see The Remote Retriever featured on air,” Thiel said.

The Remote Retriever was selected by Qurate Retail GroupSM for its 2022 Small Business Spotlight, an initiative to support entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups by giving participants more opportunities for national exposure. The program, which launched in 2020 and is now in its third year, builds on Qurate Retail Group’s longstanding foundation of supporting small businesses and reflects the company’s commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups.

The exciting news is that The Remote Retriever will be one of five small businesses featured in a live program on QVC2 to celebrate disability-owned small businesses in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The show is an opportunity for The Remote Retriever to share its brand story with QVC viewers nationwide.

The Remote Retriever comes in both black and white and retails for $59.99. It is an electronic accessory that helps individuals find lost or misplaced remote controls quickly and easily with the touch of a button using Bluetooth technology up to a 150-foot range. The Remote Retriever includes two components called the base and the tag. The base is attached to the TV or another stationary object such as a TV stand, end table or coffee table and the tag is attached to the remote. Push the button on the base and the tag will emit a sound. Listen for the sound to locate the remote. Once the remote is found, push the button again to turn off the sound. If the button is not pushed after three minutes the sound will turn off automatically.

To learn more about The Remote Retriever, visit the website https://TheRemoteRetriever.net. Thiel may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Inventing it and bringing it to market has been a long labor of love. I continued to work on it day and night, even while in ICU at MD Anderson Cancer Center,” Thiel said, adding, “We hope to get to the point that we can donate a portion of our sales to autism awareness.”

Viewers can check their local listings for availability or watch live or on-demand on the QVC+ and HSN+ streaming experience available on the web at plus.qvc.com and plus.hsn.com. QVC+ and HSN+ are also widely available on popular streaming platforms, including Roku, Comcast X1, Xfinity Flex and X-Class TV, Amazon Fire TV, LG, Apple TV, Android TV, the Google Play Store and Google TV.

Throughout 2022, QVC has been promoting selected small businesses during certain months, including Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, National Military Appreciation Month in May, Pride Month in June, National Hispanic Heritage Month in September and National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.

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If asked, fans of the drama “Game of Thrones” and its prequel, “House of the Dragon,” would probably say that dragons live in King’s Landing, Dragonstone or Westeros. However, there just happens to be a “House of the Dragons” right here in Polk County in the Texas Landing subdivision off FM 3126. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

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PUC adopts expanded weather rules

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County Enterprise

AUSTIN — The Public Utility Commission of Texas recently adopted expanded weather preparation rules for electricity generators and transmission utilities to ensure grid reliability during both summer and winter weather events. 

The expanded rules build on the successful implementation of the winter weather preparation requirements adopted by the PUCT in November 2021 and add new summer weather preparation requirements to begin in June 2023.

“Reliability drives every decision we make when it comes to grid operations,” said Public Utility Commission Chairman Peter Lake. “The grid has to be ready for any weather condition, from extreme heat to extreme cold. These rules take that into account by setting the baseline preparation requirements for an operator at some of the most extreme weather conditions this state has experienced and requiring the operator to prepare their generation resources and transmission facilities to be able to operate in those conditions.”

In addition to extending current winter weather preparation requirements into the future, the rule adopts specific temperature standards for ten geographically distinct areas of the state and establishes minimum and maximum temperatures at which owners of electric generation and transmission entities need to prepare their facilities to be able to operate. These temperature standards go into effect in 2023.

The expanded rule also removes the special exemption process adopted last year for utilities that could not meet mandatory preparation deadlines due to supply chain issues or other acceptable reasons. 

Finally, the new rule requires the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the grid operator for about 90 percent of the state, to deliver a weather study that examines several weather parameters that can have negative impacts on the reliable operation of the electric grid. The rule requires ERCOT to update this study at least every five years to account for variability in weather patterns over time.

The 2021 weather preparation rules already in place as part of reliability reforms passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott require electricity generators to winterize their facilities against extreme cold weather. 

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