Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
An East Texas school district has become the second in the state to allow select, licensed and trained teachers to possess a firearm on campus. Union Grove ISD school board has approved a resolution to allow firearms on campus in the possession of select employees.
They join Harrold ISD, a small district North of Wichita Falls, as the only other district in Texas to have such a policy. Parents and school officials have offered overwhelming support. Union Grove ISD's decision was not made lightly, they say.
"If somebody came into our school meaning to do harm to our kiddos, would you want somebody up here to stop that as quickly as possible? Overwhelmingly, the answer was yes. Unfortunately, it's the world we're living in, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech, the Amish schoolhouse so we want to be proactive," said Union Grove superintendent Brian Gray.
The policy states only those school employees who have obtained and then maintain a current license to carry a concealed handgun, in accordance with state law, are eligible to be selected.
"We're talking about in-depth training, whether that be with licensed contractors, security or law enforcement. Having armed staff members throughout the district in case of emergency," Gray says.
The goal is to have someone ready while waiting for law enforcement, and be the first line of defense.
"We may have a deputy two minutes away, but likelihood maybe 15 minutes away," Gray says.
Parents don't think this is over-reacting.
"I think it's a great idea. I think they all need to carry, I'm a license carrier myself and that's one way to protect our kids," says parent Mindy Borden.
"We're in a small community; here, the likelihood of something like that happening here is probably a rare occurrence, but those other schools probably thought the same thing also. If something were to happen, you'd want to stop it before a shot ever gets fired," says Brian Mayhan, the father of three Union Grove students.
The select teachers will not be disclosed. The Union Grove school board is considering allocating $10,000 a year in its budget to pay for training. Officials say they will implement the policy over the next few months.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:42 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:42:16 GMT
The Hattiesburg City Council is expected to vote soon, possibly as early as next week, on its preferred method to upgrade the city's sewer lagoon system. The two options on the table are to build a newMore >>
In order to be able to pay for their new wastewater treatment facility, Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates for Petal and Lamar County customers.More >>
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