TYLER — Tyler Junior College Chancellor Dr. Mike Metke announced Thursday at the monthly Board of Trustees meeting that he plans to retire effective June 30. Metke is the sixth President/Chancellor to lead TJC in its 92-plus-year history and is in his 12th year at the helm. His retirement will conclude a career of more than 44 years in education. In a letter sent to all TJC employees, Metke noted that the time is right for transition. Metke says leaving TJC is harder than he ever imagined — but he added that he and wife Donna will remain involved and be TJC’s top supporters. According to a news release, just a few accomplishments under Metke’s leadership include the college’s largest capital campaign, support and funding for baccalaureate degrees, and a revitalized Presidential Honors Program. The TJC board will conduct a nationwide search for his successor.
TYLER — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Game Wardens are on the lookout for Cody Keaton Kovarik for evading in a vehicle, evading arrest/detention and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Officials say the 26-year-old Kovarik has recently been involved in two high speed chases. He’s listed at 5’2″ in height and 140 pounds in weight. If you know Kovarik’s whereabouts, you’re asked to contact the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 903 566-6600. Authorities say you shouldn’t try to apprehend this suspect since he has reportedly shown signs of recklessness and disregarding the safety of others.
WHITEHOUSE – Whitehouse police have arrested a man on drug charges in connection to a November 2018 burglary at the home of an off-duty police officer. According to our news partner KETK, 19-year-old Benjamin Stacey of Tyler turned himself in Thursday to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. Officers called to the Whitehouse residence last November found that the homeowner, Longview Police Lt. Paul Hickey, had two people, including Stacey, detained and handcuffed. Officials say Stacey was searched and that narcotics, along with a stolen handgun, were found to be in his possession. Upon further investigation, Whitehouse police charged Stacey with manufacture and delivery of several drugs. Stacey’s combined bonds total over $500,000.
TYLER — 23-year-old Dianna Henderson gets 25 years in prison in a Tyler drug case. Officials say Henderson was found sleeping in her bedroom with 48 rocks of crack under her pillow at a home on Oakwood Drive that had been under investigation. Also found: a loaded hangun, a drug scale, cash from drug sales, and a cellphone containing text messages of her transactions. Prior to sentencing, Henderson had pleaded guilty to delivery of crack cocaine.
LONGVIEW — Two incumbents file for new terms in the Longview City Council election May 4. David Wright (left) hopes to return to office in District 5, and Steve Pirtle (right) seeks a new tour of duty in District 6. You can go to https://www.longviewtexas.gov/3435/General-Election for more information.
LONGVIEW — A winter weekend favorite returns to build and fulfill vacation dreams and engage kids in interactive fun. The East Texas Boat and RV Show opens from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Friday at Longview’s Maude Cobb Convention Center. The show continues from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The show is an initiative of the Longview Chamber of Commerce. Kids Adventure Camp will feature new attractions and the Gamesters Paradise bus will be ready. You can check the ktbb.com Calendar of Events for additional information.