Author: East Texas Review

ETBU awards Hispanic Servant Leadership Scholarships

East Texas Baptist University awarded four students, two male and two female, the ETBU Hispanic Christian Servant Leadership Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. This scholarship program is a partnership between ETBU and the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas. These scholarships cover 50 percent of the recipients’ tuition and full room and board throughout the student’s undergraduate degree. “There is a desperate need to impact the lives of the 58 percent of the Hispanic population in the US that are Millennials and Gen-Z’s. We thank God for East Texas Baptist University’s investment in the emerging leaders of Hispanic Baptists...

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Smith County Citizen Input Meeting Held in Lindale

Smith County officials met with about 60 people from the northern portions of Smith County Thursday evening to listen to their road concerns at the second Road and Bridge Strategic Planning Citizen Input Meeting. Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran and Commissioners Terry Phillips and JoAnn Hampton, as well as County Engineer Frank Davis, hosted the second of several citizen input meetings planned throughout the county to gather residents’ opinions to develop a long-term road plan. About 60 Smith County residents met in the Lindale High School Cafetorium to discuss their road concerns. The meeting was also attended by Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce and Lindale Economic Development Corporation members. “I think we had a great turnout,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips said. “I had a lot of one-on-one time with my constituents to talk about their concerns about the most important roads around – their roads.” Phillips said the people who attended felt like they were being listened to and that the Commissioners Court is trying to work on getting their issues settled. Precinct 4 Commissioner JoAnn Hampton said it is important that they meet with and hear from the community members about their road concerns. “I thought it was a great meeting,” she said. On July 11, 2017, more than 75 residents from the southern portions of Smith County attended the first Citizen Input Meeting. The next meeting...

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SENATE WRAPS UP COMMITTEE HEARINGS ON SPECIAL SESSION AGENDA

The Senate wrapped up an unusual series of weekend hearings Sunday, approving measures related to the remaining issues on Governor Greg Abbott’s special session agenda. After dealing with bills relating to property tax reform, multi-stall restroom regulations and local control earlier in the weekend, committees considered bills that would strengthen penalties for mail-in ballot fraud, end automatic payroll deductions for public employee unions and municipal annexation, among others. Hearings opened on Sunday afternoon in the Senate Chamber with the State Affairs Committee hearing bills that would enhance protections against vote fraud by mail. SB 5 by North Richland Hills Senator Kelly Hancock would create new offenses for mail-in ballot fraud, making it illegal to influence a voter, fraudulently obtain a ballot or vote via mail and altering a mail in ballot. Violations under the proposed bill would be state jail felonies. The bill also contains enhanced signature verification measures in order to catch fraudulent ballots and requirements that the Attorney General be promptly notified of rejected mail-in ballots following an election. Next in State Affairs, members heard testimony relating to municipal annexation procedures. = SB 6, by New Braunfels Senator Donna Campbell, would require that a city receive the consent of a majority of residents in an area before it can annex the area into its jurisdiction. For areas under with fewer than 200 residents, a majority would have...

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ETBU Rec Teams impact Youth

East Texas Baptist University Rec Teams, consisting of six ETBU college students on each of the three teams, traveled to serve over 8,500 junior high and high school students at various youth camps throughout the summer in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Colorado. Each team served for eight weeks, beginning in June and continuing through August. ETBU students were prepared for both the light and heavyhearted aspects of working with youth, passionate about carrying their burdens and being a source of encouragement. “Everyone assumes that all we do is recreation. However, before each game, we are able to be a...

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