John Tyler High School boys basketball Coach Tony Pinson has resigned.

A statement released by Tyler ISD says the JT coach resigned for personal reasons and there is no longer an ongoing investigation that was opened earlier this year. 

The investigation by the school district was closed prior to Pinson’s resignation. Pinson had coached JT to a 21-game winning streak earlier this season.

The school district will immediately begin taking steps to fill Pinson’s position as the head basketball coach at John Tyler high School.


Longview School Employees offered Pay Incentive to Stay

LONGVIEW – Longview ISD employees are about to receive an additional $500 in their paychecks, providing they agree to stay on with the district through the 2012 -2013 school year.

The pay incentive plan was approved by the Longview School Board of Trustees Monday.

All Longview ISD employees are eligible including part time. The extra money could be distributed as early as this week.


Gladewater Motorcyclist Killed in Accident

GREGG CO. – A motorcycle crash in Gregg County has left one person dead and another person hospitalized in critical condition.

DPS says 58 year old Loftis Rickey Haskell of Gladewater lost control of his motorcycle inside a curve.  Haskell was pronounced dead at the scene, his passenger,44 year old Shelley Henderson was transported to a local hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

The fatal accident occurred at 10:15p.m. Saturday on Hwy 135, just south of FM 3585 in Gregg County.

“Pink Slime” Maker Halts Production

LUBBOCK — The company that makes the beef ingredient a federal scientist labeled “pink slime” acknowledges it has lost business because of the public uproar over the product. Beef Products Incorporated has suspended operations at its Amarillo plant and two others but says it has a plan for rebuilding business and dispelling what it says are myths about the ingredient used in school lunches and sold in supermarkets.

Aryan Brotherhood Member Sentenced to Prison

BEAUMONT, Texas – A member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) was sentenced today for his role in the 2009 shooting of an East Texas man.

Joshua Mark Bodine, aka “Desperado,” 32, of Vidor, Texas, pleaded guilty on Oct. 11, 2011, to assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

Co-defendant John Oliver Manning, aka “Fish,” 52, of Pasadena, Texas, was convicted on Dec. 1, 2011, of racketeering and firearms charges.

The evidence at Manning’s trial established that on Sept. 7, 2009, Manning shot and wounded ABT associate Matthew Fails in Nederland, Texas, on the orders of Bodine.  Specifically, Manning approached Fails with a firearm and a pair of handcuffs in an attempt to collect a debt on Bodine’s behalf, and ultimately shot Fails.  Fails was declared brain-dead, but later regained consciousness after emergency surgery.  A surgeon testified that the wound Fails received caused “agonizing pain” and that Fails “would not ever be the same.”

Bodine has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 24, 2011, and Manning has been in custody since his arrest on Sept. 9, 2009.  A sentencing date for Manning has not yet been set by the court.