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Gregg County, Kilgore primed to demolish school for housing project

Gregg County, Kilgore primed to demolish school for housing project
Longview News-Journal
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POSTED: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 12:33pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 12:44pm

Gregg County and one of its cities appear poised to clear a road block to a Kilgore request for help — and it has nothing to do with county road and bridge crews.

Officials with the city of Kilgore were perplexed, earlier this month, when a request for help demolishing and clearing a long-abandoned school was rebuffed by the county.

“I think everybody was frustrated,” Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt said of his refusal, on advice of the county auditor, to deny Kilgore’s plea for help.

The city had asked Pct. 3 Commissioner Gary Boyd for use of a road and bridge crew to help demolish and clear the old C.B. Dansby School in the city’s north sector. Closed by desegregation in 1969, the former all-black school has deteriorated into an asbestos-infected, blighted property.

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