Hunt County – One of two men sentenced to death row for a 1998 beating death in Hunt County has lost another appeal.
Former South Dakota residents Billy John Galloway and Kevin Scott Varga were both convicted in the capital murder trial of Maj. David Lawrence Logie.
On Wednesday, the 40-year-old Galloway lost the appeal, where he alleged ineffective assistance of counsel and a failure to present mitigating evidence of child abuse and drug abuse. Varga lost a similar appeal in April.
Van Zandt County – Reports have surfaced that a Van Zandt County resident, no older than 50 years of age, has died from swine flu.
This would be the first H1N1 fatality in East Texas. No other information was immediately available.
In a related note, representatives from 35 counties in East Texas attended an all-day flu summit in Tyler this week to stay on top of issue. More than 200 people were on hand for the event, including elected officials, health care workers, and emergency responders.
Commerce – The Gee Library at Texas A&M University-Commerce has received a $72,866 grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
The funding enables the Special Collections Department to continue a project with 11 area libraries in the Northeast Texas region. The project allows for the digitization of local history artifacts and African-American history and making them accessible online.
It was among five grants approved for area libraries and regional library systems across the state.