Eric Jason Campbell, 41, is being held on a $250,000 bond and is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The former Mount Pleasant Police officer recently resigned from the department when allegations began surfacing of indecency with a child under the age of 13.

The Upshur County District Attorney’s office has the case and it remains under investigation.

Campbell was arrested at his Upshur County Home Tuesday and remains jailed at this time.


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City of Tyler Proposes Lower Property Tax Rate

As part of the proposed 2012-13 budget that was presented by City Manager Mark McDaniel at the City Council meeting on Aug. 8, Tyler is planning to decrease its property tax rate by $.0012, to 20.77 cents per $100 valuation, while continuing to set the standard for performance excellence in local government.

Tyler continues to boast the lowest property tax rate in Texas among cities with a population greater than 16,000.

McDaniel said “Tyler has a long history of performance excellence that was built upon the foundation of the Blueprint launched in 1996,” said McDaniel.  “Since then, we have carried that legacy forward and the outcomes speak for themselves.”

Several Public Hearings will be held on the proposed budget and tax rate.

The first of three meetings will be held Wednesday, August 22 at 9 a.m. followed by the second hearing Wednesday September 12 at 9 a. m. Both Public hearing will be held at Tyler City Hall.

The Tyler City Council is expected to adopt the 2012-2013 budget during its regular meeting September 12.


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Tyler ISD Students Score Higher Than National Average

Tyler ISD students have exceeded the standard set by the Federal Accountability standards based on the No Child Left Behind Law.

In three of the five categories: math participation, reading/ELA participation, and   graduation rate. The Adequate Yearly Progress standard for participation, or the number of students who take the test on the testing day, was 90 percent for the 2011-2012 school year.

In Tyler ISD, 99 percent of students participated in reading/ELA testing and 100 percent of students participated in math testing. The AYP standard for graduation rate was 75 percent for the 2011-2012 school year. Tyler ISD surpassed that standard by more than 10 percent, with a graduation rate of 85.2 percent.

The AYP standards set by the Federal Government for math and reading/ELA performance have continued to increase since the standards were set at 47 percent for reading/ELA and 33 percent for math in the 2002-2003 school year. For the 2011-2012 school year, 85 percent of Tyler ISD students met the AYP standard for reading/ELA, while 80 percent of students met the AYP math standard.

The standards set by the Federal Government have steadily increased, and will continue to do so, until passing rates reach 100 percent in both math and reading/ELA in the 2013-2014 school year. Tyler ISD is proud of the academic progress our students have made in recent years, and we are committed to continuing that progress as we begin a new school year.


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Longview Police Remind Citizens not to Leave Children and Pets in Cars

During the past week, the Longview Police Department has responded to at least four incidents of children and pets being left in vehicles unattended. Luckily, none of the incidents in Longview have resulted in the death or serious injury to those involved.

The Longview Police Department wants to remind citizens it is illegal to leave a child under the age of 14 in a vehicle alone. This includes a vehicle left running with the air conditioner on. Unknowingly a vehicle thief may take off with more than just a person’s valuables, they may have that person’s child or pet in the car.

To avoid this and other potentially tragic situations, simply take your children or pets inside with you or wait until you have made other arrangements for your children or pets to be taken care of.

Other tips to help end children and pets left in cars:

Place an item, such as a purse, briefcase, diaper bag, cell phone, etc. near the child to remind the driver to pick up the child as well. Practice a “look twice before you leave” routine to scan the vehicle’s interior each time you get out of the vehicle. Make a plan with the child care provider to call you if your child does not show up on time.



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