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One arrested; drugs, guns and cash confiscated

A drug bust in the 1600 block of South Street in Marshall on Wednesday resulted in the arrest of one individual and the seizure of drugs, guns and cash.

“Wednesday, Aug. 14, at approximately 9:15 a.m., the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team and three Marshall Police Department SWAT Team members executed a search warrant at 1601 South St. in Marshall,” HCSO Chief Brandon “BJ” Fletcher indicated in a news release. “The search warrant was issued as result of an ongoing investigation by the Harrison County narcotic investigators.”

Fletcher said the search warrant was served without incident and the search of the residence resulted in the seizure of more than 3 pounds of methamphetamines, three handguns and 3,900 in cash.

Andres Martinez-Juarez, 32, of Marshall, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by felon.

“This investigation is ongoing,” said Fletcher. “The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshall Police Department are working together to take these drug dealers off our streets.”

Several East Texas districts kick off 2019-20 school year

HALLSVILLE — Six of Harrison county’s eight school districts kicked off their 2019-20 school year this week with five districts returning on Wednesday and Elysian Fields ISD starting on Monday.

Area superintendents on Wednesday said the new school year got off to a great start and they’re looking forward to the year ahead.

“Our first day has been extremely smooth across the district,” Hallsville ISD Superintendent Jeff Collum said on Wednesday. “Our staff are amazing at welcoming back the students and getting us back in our school day routines.”

Hallsville, Jefferson, Harleton, Waskom, Karnack and Texas Early College High School all returned to school on Wednesday. Marshall ISD campuses will return to the classroom on Aug. 26.

Collum urged Hallsville ISD parents to be patient with the traffic this first week back to school.

“We just want to remind parents as the week progresses, traffic will get better, slowly,” he said. “Look out for pedestrians and avoid cell phone usage in school zones.”

Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell said his district had an excellent first day back to school and he also encouraged parents to arrive early this first week of school until traffic steadies out.

“The first day of school in Jefferson ISD seemed to go very well,” he said. “Of course, every year, there’s a few problems with traffic due to high volumes of vehicles with parents dropping off and picking up students, but that always smooths out after a week or so.

“If anyone has a question or concern about where to pick up or drop off students, or anything about those procedures, contact your campus principal. We will be glad to visit with you about any issue.”

Barnwell said he visited each of his campuses on Wednesday to see how students were settling in and came across lots of happy faces and a few tears, mostly from parents, he joked.

“I’ve been around to every campus today, and I saw lots of smiles and friendly folks,” he said. “There were a few tears at the primary campus, but that’s to be expected also. Even the kids cried a little.“

Barnwell reminded drivers on campus to pay attention to bus lanes.

“Bus lanes are for buses only, particularly during the morning and afternoon bus runs,” he said. “Personal vehicles in those lanes/areas cause unnecessary congestion and it’s also very dangerous since that is where our students are loading and unloading.

“I ask everyone to please be aware of that issue and keep cars and trucks out of those bus lanes on each campus.”

Harleton ISD’s new superintendent Brian Gray was starting out his first year at the district on Wednesday, along with his new and returning students.

“The Harleton Wildcats had a great first day today,” Gray said. “The kids were upbeat and excited and the staff was as well. Everything went very smoothly and we are excited about what the school year has in store. It’s a great day to be a Wildcat.”

Karnack ISD Superintendent Amy Dickson said she was excited Wednesday to see her students after the months long summer break.

“It has been a wonderful first day at Karnack ISD,” Dickson said. “Enrollment is up, and it was great to see all of the smiling faces.“

MPD arrests four on Fair Street; stolen gun and more seized

The arrest of a man on an outstanding warrant for burglary of a habitation led to the arrest of three other individuals by the Marshall Police Department earlier this week.

“On Monday, Aug. 12, investigators and patrol officers with the Marshall Police Department made an arrest at 2408 Fair St. in Marshall,” MPD’s Lt. Len Ames noted in a news release. “The subject of the arrest was Jacoby Pierce, 18, of Marshall, who had an outstanding warrant for burglary of a habitation.”

According to Ames, probable cause for a search of the residence was developed by the officers on scene during the arrest. Thus, a search warrant for the residence was obtained and a search was conducted.

“The search resulted in the seizure of a stolen firearm, narcotics and cash,” said Ames, noting the firearm was reported stolen out of Longview.

Three other arrests were made as a result of this incident, he said.

Deonte McKinney, 26, of Marshall, was charged with interference with public duties and hindering apprehension; Regina Pierce, 41, of Marshall, was charged with an outstanding bond forfeiture warrant and hindering apprehension of a convicted felon; and Emmera Johnson, 19, of Marshall, was charged with hindering apprehension and resisting arrest.

Big Daddy Yum Yum's Lucha Libre All Stars ready for Taco Fest

The colorful flare of Lucha Libre Mexican-style wrestling will return to the 2019 East Texas Taco Fest on Saturday, Sept. 14, featuring Big Daddy Yum Yum’s Lucha Libre All Stars.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Heavyweight Champion Byron “Big Daddy Yum Yum” Wilcott, who introduced the famed style of wrestling under his company, Main Event Pro Wrestling, at last year’s festival.

“I just got a new job working for CMLL,” he said of the company, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Co. Ltd., based in Mexico City.

“It’s the premier Lucha Libre company in the world. It’s 85 years old and the oldest pro-wrestling company in the world,” said Wilcott, sharing how honored he is to join CMLL as one of only three American wrestlers.

Wilcott said he’s excited to bring the style to Marshall as he’s been studying Lucha Libre wrestling all summer long.

“This year we’re bringing Big Daddy Yum Yum’s Lucha Libre’s All Stars,” the wrestler said. “I’m bringing myself, American pro wrestlers and Lucha Libre pro wrestlers to the Taco Fest.”

The live professional wrestling matches, which are sponsored by the city of Marshall, will begin at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

“We’re going to have four different shows and each show will have two to three matches,” Wilcott said.

Wilcott anticipate a fun time as the two cultures are showcased in a series of four action-packed shows. Big Daddy Yum Yum said he can’t wait to show off his own new moves that he’s picked up at his new venture with CMLL in Mexico City.

“I’m 6’5”, I’m the tallest person there,” he chuckled. “I’m taller than everybody who is native and from Mexico; but from training I can do everything the (shorter) people are doing.

“I was amazed at my progress from when I first started to now, so I’ll be doing some of those new cool moves in Marshall at the East Texas Taco Fest,” the wrestler said.

He’s also thrilled to feature some women’s matches at the event.

“We’re an equal opportunity company,” said Wilcott. “We have a diverse roster of blacks, whites and Hispanic and ladies. We have three ladies on this show.”

Wilcott described the rules of Lucha Libre wrestling as more relaxed than American style wrestling.

“In American style wrestling we work the left side of the body, but in Mexican style they work left, right — any part of the body, they’re going to get it,” he explained.

The colorful masks, thrilling maneuvers, and tag-teaming trios are all a part of the exhilarating experience.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Wilcott. “I was really happy the newspaper brought us back to entertain Marshall.”

Tickets are currently on sale at the website, General admission tickets are $10 for a wrist band. VIP tickets, which include entry to a VIP section, two drink coupons, snacks and hors d’oeuvres are $40. Admission for kids ages 12 and younger is free.

To be a sponsor or for vendor information, call events coordinator Gai Bennett at 903-232-7206.

Marshall Symphony hosting tryouts for singer at upcoming concert

The Marshall Symphony Orchestra and the Marshal Regional Arts Council has announced auditions for a singer to perform at its upcoming fall concert, Voices: The Heartland Concert.

In its 12th year, the country and western music concert will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 on downtown Marshall’s Main Street.

Three auditions have been scheduled prior to the concert, as the symphony is seeking a singer for the country music themed performance. The winner will perform a song of the symphony’s choice at the event.

One qualifying audition was held Aug. 2, with a second qualifying audition scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at Telegraph Park.

Contestants may choose their own song for the qualifying auditions using either karaoke music, track or accompanist, guitar etc.

Qualifying audition winners will advance to the final round at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 at Legends Social Club. They will audition with the Marshall Symphony band and must sing a song from the MSO set list.

“We are really excited about this,” Marshall Symphony League President Becky Palmer said at a recent Lions Club meeting. “We are sure its going to be a great thing.”

For more information, audition forms and a song list, visit Forms must be turned in at 209 West Rusk in Marshall.