Around East Texas 05/24/07

Graduation Protest

High school graduation is tomorrow night in Nacogdoches, but this year's ceremony could be far from normal. News is circulating among the class of 2007 to protest graduation. The word from some students and parents is that nobody will walk the stage if the students who didn't pass the TAKS test, but passed their courses are not allowed to walk. There's still some question about whether the student boycott will actually happen. But, school board member Almarie Henderson told us Wednesday that she won't be there. Her proposal for a more lenient policy was voted down by the school board this week.

Juveniles Back in Custody

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the funeral services of one of the Henderson county officers killed in the line of duty one week ago today. 61-year old Deputy Tony Ogburn was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance in Payne Springs. His funeral is today at 3 o'clock at First Baptist church in Athens. The burial with full honors will be held just a few miles away at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Robbery Suspect Search

Police are continuing their search for one of the men responsible for robbing an East Texas convenience store. Exclusive surveillance video obtained of the robbery shows two masked robbers entering the Shamrock American Food Mart in Longview. One of the men jumps over the counter to steal the cash. Then, the other man fires a shot over the clerk's head. Police arrested Jonathan Earl Jenkins in connection with the robbery. The other suspect is still on the loose. If you have any information, call Longview police or Crime Stoppers.

Senior Dies in Car Crash

An East Texas senior dies when her pick-up hit an 18-wheeler. D-P-S says Wednesday night 72-year old Betty Miller crashed into the big rig on F-M 2869 in Wood county. Miller was reportedly wearing her seatbelt. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

New County Auditor

Just as budget time begins there is a new auditor for Nacogdoches county. The former auditor Clara Flores has taken a new job in San Antonio. Taking her place is Keith Barber. Barber comes with lots of experience. He's served as Cass county chief auditor for three and a half years. Before that he was employed by Upshur county.

Party Yields Big Bucks

More than 54-thousand dollars has been raised for the Angelina County Expo Center in Lufkin. The money from raffles, an auction and dinner will go toward expenses and operations of the Expo. It will help pay for maintenance, utilities and general operations. Even with the Expo Center being rented out almost every weekend, it takes a lot of money to keep up with maintenance. The new revenue was raised during the 24th annual Expo Party held last week.

Stabbing Incident

One person is in custody after a stabbing in Tyler. Leslie Clark was arrested Wednesday, accused of stabbing a man near Locust street in Tyler. Police tell us that it was the result of a domestic dispute. Tyler police tell us Robert Hill was stabbed in the wrist.

Life Support Debate

A 19-month old boy has become the focus of a debate in Texas. Should doctors be able to remove life support against a family's wishes? Emilio Gonzales died Saturday at Children's Hospital in Austin while hooked up to life support. For many months doctors had been trying to convince his mother there was no hope and chose to use a Texas law that allows doctors to stop care for a terminal patient, but only after the family has ten days to find another facility.

Gas Price Fixing

Texas' Agriculture Commissioner is trying to make sure you don't get cheated at the gas pumps. Commissioner Todd Staples has approved raising the fines for gas stations that rig the prices. The fines now start at $100, instead of the previous $25.

SFA Baseball

The SFA baseball team opened up the post season Wednesday in the Southland Conference tournament. The Jacks meeting U-T San Antonio in the first round. It was a close game, but the Jacks come up short. They lose to the regular season conference champion 4 - 2. Number 6 SFA is playing number 5 McNeese State today. The winner of that game will advance to play Friday at 3 p.m. against the winner of the match between Lamar and Sam Houston State. We'll have the results on the East Texas News tonight at 6.