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CITATION BY PUBLICATION - CIVIL SUITS CAUSE NO. 363-19 Clerk of the Court KAREN BUNN 405 N. Titus Gilmer, Texas 75644 Plaintiff’s Attorney or Plantiff DWIGHT A. BRANNON P.O. bOX 670 GILMER, TEXAS 75644 The State of Texas Notice to Defendant: “You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days after the date of issuance of this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you” To: J.M. HEAD; C.C. HIGGINBOTHAM; J.T. CAPPS; BERTHA L. RAY; BERTHA MAE RAY; ROXIE ANN RAY LAURENT; AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, AND ANY KNOWN BUT UNLOCATABLE HEIRS Defendant, Greeting: You are hereby commanded to appear by filing a written answer to the Plaintiff’s at or before ten o’clock a.m. of the Monday next after the expiration of forty-two days after the date of issuance of this citation the same being: Monday the 29th day of JULY, 2019 before the Honorable 115th District Court of Upshur County, Texas at the Justice Center of said County in Gilmer, Texas. Said Plaintiff’s Petition was filed in said court on the 12th day of July, 2019 In this case numbered 363-19 an the docket of said court and styled: SAM VEASLEY vs J.M. HEAD; C.C. HIGGINBOTHAM; J.T. CAPPS; BERTHA L. RAY; BERTHA MAE RAY; ROXIE ANN RAY LAURENT; AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, AND ANY KNOWN BUT UNLOCATABLE HEIRS The names of the parties to the cause are as follows: SAM VEASLEY, plaintiff(s) and J.M. HEAD; C.C. HIGGINBOTHAM; J.T. CAPPS; BERTHA L. RAY; BERTHA MAE RAY; ROXIE ANN RAY LAURENT; AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, AND ANY KNOWN BUT UNLOCATABLE HEIRS defendant(s). A brief statement of the nature of this suit is as follows, to wit: TREPASS TO TRY TITLE as is more fully shown by Plaintiff’s Petition on file in this suit. The office executing this writ shall promptly serve the same according to requirements of law, and the mandates thereof, and make due return as the law directs. Issued and given under my hand and the Seal of said court, at office in Gilmer, Texas, this the 12th day of June A.D. 2019. Attest: KAREN BUNN, district clerk of the 115th district court, upshur county, texas BY: M.P. Deputy Published Notice to Creditors Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Billy Bob Spruiell deceased were issued on June 17, 2019 in Docket Number 19PR00046 pending in the County Court of Upshur County, Texas, to Linda Owen Spruiell. The residence of the Independent executor and her mailing address is: Estate of Billy Bob Spruiell 1874 FM 593 Gilmer, Texas 75644 All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. DATED the 19th day of June, 2019. Dwight A. Brannon State Bar #02894500 P.O. Box 670 Gilmer, Texas 75644 (903) 843-2523 Attorney for the Estate of Billy Bob Spruiell, deceased Published Notice to Creditors Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Robert Wayne Blalack, deceased were issued on June 17, 2019 in Docket Number 19PR00047 pending in the County Court of Upshur County, Texas, to Pauline Blalack. The residence of the Independent Executor and his mailing address is: Estate of Robert Wayne Blalack c/o Pauline Blalack 10737 Texas St. Hwy 300 Gilmer, Texas 75645 All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. DATED the 18th day of June, 2019. Dwight A. Brannon State Bar #02894500 P.O. Box 670 Gilmer, Texas 75644 (903) 843-2523 Attorney for the Estate of Robert Wayne Blalack, deceased Public Notice “Upshur County will be accepting Request for Proposals for TPA Services for the Upshur County Employee Health Care Plan. 6 hard copies and one (1) electronic copy of your proposal should be sealed and appropriately marked ““REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR TPA SERVICES – RFP #2019-1001” and delivered to: Employee Benefits Consulting C/O Rachel Means 2367 Oak Alley Tyler, TX 75703 Proposals are due by no later than July 12th at 5:00PM. Proposals not delivered by this time will be returned unopened. Proposals will be publicly opened and names of the proposers will be read at Upshur County Commissioner’s Court on July 15th at 9:00. Information and RFP Packets may be obtained via email to Rachel Means at Rachel.Means@EBCTX.com. Copies of all questions and answers, an any addenda to supplement the RFP, will be made available no later than three (3) days prior to the opening date. No statement may in any way qualify, modify, substitute or change any part of the instructions to respondents. Upshur County reserves the right to reject any and all RFPs and to award this RFP to the proposer that offers the best value to the County, taking certain evaluation factors into consideration as set forth in this Request for Proposal.”
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U.S. House passes $4.5 billion border aid bill amid mounting concern for detained migrant children
by ADAM WILLIS, The Texas Tribune
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U.S. House passes $4.5 billion border aid bill amid mounting concern for detained migrant children

"U.S. House passes $4.5 billion border aid bill amid mounting concern for detained migrant children" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

WASHINGTON — As reports of migrant children being held in squalid conditions at federal facilities near the border continue to draw outrage, Democrats successfully pushed a $4.5 billion humanitarian aid package through the U.S. House late Tuesday evening with a vote of 230 to 195.

The passage of the bill marks a narrow victory for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who managed to coalesce a unified front after several days of uncertainty and division within the party. Ultimately, only four Democrats broke rank, none of them were Texans. Among the Republicans from the state, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, was the only member to buck his party, voting in favor of the bill. Hurd's districts covers much of the state's border with Mexico.

In the days leading up to the vote, opposition on the Democratic side was concentrated primarily among members of the House Progressive and Congressional Hispanic caucuses who voiced concerns that the Trump administration would twist the bill’s intent to put some of the money toward border enforcement rather than migrant aid.

On a Sunday conference call, more than 15 members of the Hispanic Caucus and 30 members of the Progressive Caucus expressed their reservations about supporting the bill, according to The New York Times. And at a tense meeting in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office Monday evening, prominent members of both groups spoke against the bill.

Before the bill reached the House floor for a vote Tuesday evening, a notice from the U.S. House Appropriations Committee revealed that amendments to the bill would add several provisions aimed at funneling allocations directly into humanitarian aid. They established a 90-day limit on the retention of unaccompanied children at detention facilities, require higher standards of medical care and hygiene for unaccompanied children, and guarantee access to translation services and legal support funds for all detained migrants. The new version of the bill also included an accountability clause that threatens to end contracts with detention centers that fail to meet a certain standard of upkeep.

Democrats found themselves under heightened pressure to expedite border relief funding after inflammatory reports last week about the conditions within migrant detention centers. The Associated Press and other outlets exposed overcrowding, poor hygiene, and a lack of soap, diapers and toothpaste at a detention center in the West Texas town of Clint, citing lawyers who are monitoring conditions there under the terms of the Flores agreement, a 1993 settlement that dictates how children and families should be held in detention. More than a dozen children at the Clint facility were reportedly sick, and some were being quarantined, the AP reported.

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, an El Paso Democrat with membership in both the House Progressive and House Hispanic caucuses, played a central role in shoring up support for the bill among the Democrats' left wing.

As the vote on the bill, originally expected earlier Tuesday, was pushed later into the evening, Escobar expressed her exasperation outside of afternoon votes.

"Oh my God! I am all for improving this bill and would never oppose efforts to make improvements, but this is a supplemental appropriations bill," Escobar said. "It's not an immigration bill, and there is an urgency, at least on my part, to get it out the door as quickly as possible."

Still, for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic leadership, the bill presented a double bind. Pushing the bill through creates the risk that some of the funds will be used by the Trump administration to further his immigration agenda. But by blocking the bill, Democrats would have ensured further delays in addressing the poor detention center conditions at the border and provide Trump with potential fodder to shift the blame toward them.

At a press conference Tuesday morning featuring some proponents of the bill, Escobar acknowledged "legitimate concerns" about how the Trump administration could implement the funding. But she said that the legislation had "been crafted very carefully" with an eye towards closing loopholes that the Trump administration might use to direct the funding toward enforcement or deportation.

"Those appropriators have guaranteed that this money cannot be transferred," Escobar said. "So it cannot be used for mass deportations. It cannot be used for an ICE deportation force."

The House bill will need to be reconciled with a version proposed in the Republican-led Senate.

“The sooner that they take up the bill that we pass today and the sooner the president signs that bill, the sooner that that funding will get where it needs to go,” Escobar said.

But House Republicans were quick to criticize Democrats for not trying to craft a bill that could have drawn more bipartisan support. In a tweet, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, accused Democrats of choosing to “perpetuate hatred of the President” over pursuing “real solutions.”

U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, similarly argued that Democrats have ignored crisis signals at the border. "Rather than operating in a bipartisan fashion, House Democratic leadership offered a bill which will only exacerbate the situation," he said in a statement.

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Abby Livingston contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2019/06/25/us-house-set-vote-border-aid-bill-concerns-migrant-children-grows/.

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