Marshall Depot Lead Donors and Supporters

Marshall Depot Board Honors Lead Donors of 2021

The official logo of the 2022 Annual Marshall Depot fundraising campaign features a beautiful double rainbow over the Depot photo taken by Board member and Ginocchio Restaurant owner Alan Loudermilk, with photo color enhanced by Carl Henderson. The logo features the campaign theme of, with our community’s support, “The Future is Bright for the Marshall Depot!” 

Some of the lead donors and supporters during the 2021 Depot fundraising campaign who received a Depot Appreciation Tile include Michelle and Stan Brannon,  former City Councilwoman Vernia Calhoun,  City Councilwoman Amanda Abraham, Mac Abney for the Pelz Foundation and Turney Foundation, City Councilman Marvin Bonner,  Alan Loudermilk, Susan Marshall, City Councilman Micah Fenton,  Ashli Acker Dansby of Dansby Media, former News Director of KMHT, Mark Robinson of SWEPCO. Presented to Joy Smith and Griff Hubbard, Marshall Depot Board members and formerly of Amtrak, at the April 30, 2022 meeting of the Texas Eagle Marketing and Performance Organization (TEMPO). Others receiving the appreciation gift included the members of the Harrison County Commissioners Court and foundations and individuals in our community.

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Marshall Depot Fundraising Campaign

Marshall Depot Board Kicks off 2022 Fundraising Campaign, Honors Lead Donors of 2021

The volunteer Board of Directors for the Marshall Depot Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2022 Annual Marshall Depot Fundraising Campaign is officially underway.

This year’s theme for the fundraising drive is “With your support, the Future is Bright for the Marshall Depot!” The official image for the 2022 fundraising campaign is a gorgeous double rainbow photo taken by Depot Board member Alan Loudermilk, who is a business entrepreneur, lawyer, and owner of the popular Ginocchio Restaurant, which is adjacent to the Marshall Depot. The official photo was color enhanced by Carl Henderson.

The Depot’s annual fundraising drive is designed to raise funds to assist with the operation, maintenance, and ongoing preservation of the historic Marshall Depot, which operates as an Amtrak station and Texas & Pacific Railway Museum.

The Marshall Depot Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit established in 1990 to assist the City with the restoration, operation, and maintenance of the Depot. The volunteer board raises funds, through tax-deductible donations from individuals as well grants from foundations, to maintain the funding needed each year for the operational costs, insurance, security, maintenance, and ongoing preservation of the Marshall Depot and T&P Railway Museum.

Board President Christina Anderson, who is also chairman of the 2021 and 2022 annual fundraising campaigns, shared that the first step that the Board wanted to take in the 2022 fundraising campaign was to express their deep appreciation to those in our community who stepped up to donate and support the Depot during the 2021 fundraising campaign.

Ms. Anderson shared, ”As we kick off the annual fundraising campaign for 2022, I wish to convey, on behalf of the Marshall Depot Board, our profound gratitude to those community members, governmental entities, and foundations who supported the Depot in 2021, at a particularly critical time.”

Ms. Anderson stated: “We’re very grateful to each and every person who kindly donated to the Depot last year and in years past. But, we also want to send a strong shout-out to the members of the Marshall City Council who voted unanimously last fall to provide a line item of funding for the Marshall Depot and to the Harrison County Judge and Commissioners Court who voted unanimously to increase the line item of funding for the Depot in the County budget.”

Anderson continued: “We also want to express a huge thank you to our lead donors who stepped up to give so generously last year. These people and organizations include McKool Smith, Pelz Foundation, Turney Foundation, Hubbard-Watlington Foundation, Humanities Texas, Sam Baxter, Griff Hubbard, Marty Vaughan, Pat Furrh, Michelle and Stan Brannon, Susan Marshall, Dr. Robert Galvan, Jr., and the Anderson Foundation.”

Ms. Anderson also expressed the Board’s appreciation for others who stepped up to assist such as Ashli Acker Dansby and KMHT with the “Dollars for the Depot” event, the Marshall News Messenger, SWEPCO, Brownrigg Insurance, as well as Alan Loudermilk and the Ginocchio Restaurant for kindly providing the feature for restaurant customers to make a tax-deductible donation to the Depot at the time that they’re paying their restaurant bill.

Ms. Anderson also wished to thank board member Richard Anderson for his valuable and steadfast assistance and a heartfelt thank you to Audrey Kariel, former Marshall Mayor and past Board member, for her continued passion, care, and knowledgeable assistance with regard to the Marshall Depot.

Ms. Anderson explained that, in order to convey the Board’s appreciation, the above- mentioned lead donors were presented an Appreciation Tile displaying the beautiful “The Future is Bright” double rainbow photo that can be displayed on a bookshelf or desk.

Attached are photos of some of the lead donors as they were presented the gift of the Appreciation Tile.

Ms. Anderson went on to say: “We, on the board, are very grateful that our City, County, and community members recognize the valuable transportation asset that the Marshall Depot is and the many other benefits it provides related to economic development, tourism, education, quality of life, as well as documenting and continuing Marshall’s rich and fascinating railroad history.”

She added: “We, as a community, are very fortunate to be one of only about 525 cities nationwide to have an Amtrak stop. Plus, Marshall is one of Amtrak’s crew change stops along the Texas Eagle route, which brings in tens of thousands of dollars to our local economy each year, in addition to the substantial income brought to our community by the thousands of visitors and passengers who travel to our community annually via Amtrak.”

The attached “Did You Know: Important Facts about the Marshall Depot” sheet provides more information about this along with information about other benefits from the Depot.

Ms. Anderson concluded:  “We have a strong and excellent Board of Directors at the Marshall Depot and we’ll continue to share with our community the exciting progress currently underway and being planned for the future. But this hard-working volunteer board continues to need our community’s support to keep this treasured transportation hub and beautiful historic Depot strong into the future. With our community’s support, the future is indeed bright at the Marshall Depot!”

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the 2022 Annual Marshall Depot Fundraising campaign, you can send a check to Marshall Depot Inc, at the following address:  800 North Washington Avenue, Suite 1, Marshall, Texas 75670.

In addition to Ms. Anderson, the Marshall Depot Board includes:  Donald Hocutt, Vice President; Judy Covey, Secretary; Cathy Wright, Treasurer; Richard Anderson, Thad Carter, John Fortune, Mary Hendricks, Griff Hubbard, Marde Jones, Cindy Leleko, George Leleko, Alan Loudermilk, Jim Pedison, Jack Redmon, Joy Smith, Daryl Ware, and Robert Wood.

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Arming Ukraine

World News – March 8, 2022

from  New York Times

‘Arming Ukraine: 17,000 Anti-Tank Weapons in 6 Days and a Clandestine Cybercorps’

The United States has walked to the edge of direct conflict with Russia in an operation that is reminiscent of the Berlin airlift of 1948-49, but far more complex.

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On a snowy tarmac at Amari Air Base in northern Estonia on Sunday morning, pallets of rifles, ammunition and other weapons were being loaded onto one of the largest cargo planes in the world, an Antonov AN-124, belonging to the Ukrainian air force. It is an artifact of the Cold War, built and purchased when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union.

Now it is being turned back against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, part of a vast airlift that American and European officials describe as a desperate race against time, to get tons of arms into the hands of Ukrainian forces while their supply routes are still open. Scenes like this, reminiscent of the Berlin airlift — the famed race by the Western allies to keep West Berlin supplied with essentials in 1948 and 1949 as the Soviet Union sought to choke it off — are playing out across Europe.

In less than a week, the United States and NATO have pushed more than 17,000 antitank weapons, including Javelin missiles, over the borders of Poland and Romania, unloading them from giant military cargo planes so they can make the trip by land to Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, and other major cities. So far, Russian forces have been so preoccupied in other parts of the country that they have not targeted the arms supply lines, but few think that can last.

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Strange News

Strange News – January 10, 2022

from  The Boston Globe

Stimulus for a Terrorist

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On Thursday, US District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. approved a request by federal prosecutors in Massachusetts to seize funds belonging to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the convicted Boston Marathon bomber. The money, which had accumulated in his prison canteen account, is to be turned over to the court by the Bureau of Prisons and used to pay down some of the $101.1 million that Tsarnaev owes in restitution to his victims and court fees.

Most of the money in Tsarnaev’s account had apparently been gifted to him by private individuals. It is hard to comprehend how anyone could wish to shower money on the unrepentant terrorist, whose bombs killed three innocent bystanders at the Marathon finish line and maimed more than 260 others. (Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan were also responsible for the death of two police officers during the manhunt that followed the bombing.) But here is something even harder to make sense of: A fair-sized chunk of Tsarnaev’s money came from the government of the United States.

As Nathaniel Mendell, the acting US attorney for Massachusetts, pointed out in his request that the funds be turned over, Tsarnaev received a $1,400 COVID-19 relief payment in June as part of the $1.9 trillion “stimulus” package passed by Congress on party-line votes last March.

This wasn’t a surprise, given what had happened with the 2020 CARES Act, which had authorized payments of up to $1,200 per person earlier in the pandemic. The Internal Revenue Service withheld those payments from prisoners, citing the Social Security Act, which restricts government payments to criminals behind bars. But a federal judge, ruling in a class-action lawsuit brought by prison advocates, came down against the IRS and ordered the 2020 payments to be sent to inmates.

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The Economy

The Economy – January 4, 2022

from  The Wall Street Journal

What the Wall Street Journal Is Watching

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 Federal Reserve officials are beginning to map out how and when they could shrink their $8.76 trillion portfolio of Treasury and mortgage securities, which more than doubled amid efforts to stabilize the economy over the past two years, Nick Timiraos reports.At their policy meeting last month, officials agreed to wind down their bond-purchase stimulus program more quickly amid growing concerns about high inflation, setting it on track to end in March.Officials began discussing at that meeting what should happen to the bondholdings after that point, and some are pushing to start shrinking them sooner and faster than they did after an earlier asset-purchase program. 
 U.S. job openings are on track to have ended last year at a record in a strong labor market where the gap between available positions and workers continues to widen, Bryan Mena reports. The gap between employers’ hiring needs and available workers started hitting records last spring and persisted through the end of the year. 
 Companies are budgeting for employee-pay raises in the new year. Employers are setting aside an average 3.9% of total payroll for wage increases in 2022, the largest increase since 2008, according to a new report from the Conference Board. 

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TxDOT CREWS TO PRETREAT BRIDGES, ROADS STARTING TUESDAY – 2/1/2022

TexDOT – January 31, 2022

Monday Update from TexDOT

ATLANTA – Due to the possibility of winter weather conditions later this week, TxDOT crews plan to begin pretreating all bridges and overpasses, along with interstates and U.S. 59, starting tomorrow/Tuesday.

Crews will retreat roads as necessary on Wednesday and work through the night as warranted starting Wednesday night.

Motorists are asked to keep a safe traveling distance between their vehicles and mobile convoys spreading brine on the roadways ahead of the possible weather event. Brine is a solution consisting of salt and water designed to prevent ice and snow from sticking to surfaces.

In the event of hazardous conditions on the road due to weather, motorists are urged to stay home if possible. If travel is necessary, drivers are advised to buckle up, stay alert and slow down.

You should allow for at least three times more space than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you. 

Visit driveTexas.org or call 1-800-452-9292 for around-the-clock updates on highway conditions.

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Marshall Pet Adoption Center

Marshall Pet Adoption Center celebrates Christmas with new medical room

From the Marshall News Messenger

Volunteers and board members with the Marshall Pet Adoption Center’s Friends of Marshall Animals Organization celebrated the holiday season this week with a group appreciation party, during which the facility’s new medical room was unveiled.

The new room, called the Alera Waite Spay and Neuter Clinic, was funded in large part by a donation campaign run and organized by 15-year-old FOMA volunteer Alera Waite, which she began in April this year.

The campaign had a goal of reaching $60,000, a price tag which Waite researched in order to be certain that the new medical room would be outfitted with everything it would need to offer full spay and neuter services, among other medical procedures.

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I-20 TRAFFIC NOW SCHEDULED TO BE DIVERTED NEXT WEEK

Local News – December 28, 2021

Tuesday – from  TexDOT

I-20 TRAFFIC TO BE DIVERTED THIS WEEK DURING BRIDGE WORK

Demolition work on bridge set for night of Sunday, January 9, 2022

DUE TO WEATHER, I-20 TRAFFIC NOW SCHEDULED TO BE DIVERTED NEXT WEEK FOR BRIDGE WORKDemolition work on bridge now set for night of Sunday, January 9, 2022 

December 28, 2021

ATLANTA – Due to weather, northbound lanes of the US 59 overpass crossing Interstate 20 in Marshall are now scheduled to be taken down the night of Sunday, January 9. In preparation, traffic over the bridge is now tentatively scheduled to be restricted to one lane in each direction starting Monday, January 3.

“The northbound lanes will be taken down piece by piece and then new lanes will be built. As that work is being done, US 59 traffic will use the southbound lanes over Interstate 20 and be restricted to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane during that time,” said Marshall Area Engineer Wendy Starkes.

Demolition work on the bridge is expected to take place from about 8 p.m. Sunday evening until about 7 a.m. on Monday, January 10. During that time, Interstate 20 traffic in both directions will be diverted onto the US 59 exit ramps in Marshall. From there, traffic can cross US 59 and then reenter the interstate.

This project consists of two phases of construction. New northbound lanes will be constructed first, then new southbound lanes will be constructed during the second phase. US 59 traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane for both phases. The project is expected to be complete in about 28 months and will raise the new overpass about three feet for more than 19 feet of clearance over Interstate 20.

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ATLANTA – Northbound lanes of the US 59 overpass crossing Interstate 20 in Marshall will be taken down the night of Sunday, January 2.

“The northbound lanes will be taken down piece by piece and then new lanes will be built. As that work is being done, US 59 traffic will use

the southbound lanes over Interstate 20 and be restricted to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane during that time. This change in traffic

pattern is expected to begin Wednesday, December 29,” said Marshall Area Engineer Wendy Starkes.

Demolition work on the bridge is expected to take place from about 8 p.m. Sunday evening until about 7 a.m. on Monday, January 3. “During that time,

Interstate 20 traffic in both directions will be diverted onto the US 59 exit ramps in Marshall. From there, traffic can cross US 59 and simply reenter the

interstate,” Starkes said.

Once complete, the new overpass will be about three feet higher to allow for more than 19 feet of clearance over Interstate 20. US 59 traffic will be restricted

to one lane in each direction on the bridge for the duration of the project, which is expected to take about 28 months to complete.

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Today’s News – January 12, 2022

Today’s News – January 12, 2022

Wednesday

Is Omicron slowing down?

Ever since the Omicron surge began, researchers have been trying to predict when cases might peak. Estimates generally place that event sometime during this month, but some calculations seem to have been too optimistic.

However, a month into the surge, we’re beginning to see some early signs that cases may have begun to plateau in some places and that the Omicron wave may soon start to subside.

“I’m seeing some hopeful signs in the Northeast that suggest that the worst of the case growth is slowing down,” said my colleague Mitch Smith, who tracks the virus for The Times. But he added: “It’s not a well-defined trend yet. It’s a glimmer that it’s slowing down.”

Today, Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York said that there were signs that the rate of new cases was beginning to plateau in New York City. But with cases still on the rise in the rest of the state, and more hospitals having to limit procedures, the state is still far from turning the corner.

“We’re not at the end,” Hochul said, but she called the numbers “a glimmer of hope in a time when we desperately need that.”

Mitch said there was one place that might even be further along than New York City: Washington, D.C. It was one of the first places to have a huge Omicron surge, and it had “off-the-charts, straight vertical line growth” through last week.

“D.C., though, looks like it may have peaked,” Mitch said. “So that, to me, feels like a new moment of the surge.”

We’ll have to watch to see if the trend continues, and if it’s replicated in other places. Currently, most places in the U.S. are in an entirely different place.

“Most of the country is in the explosive growth phase,” Mitch said. “Cases are rising pretty much everywhere. We’re seeing case levels that are way above anything we’ve ever seen before — every day.”

The wave also seems to be acting on a delay as it surges across the country. The Western half of the country seems to be a week or two behind the Eastern half in terms of case rates.

“We’re continuing to see crazy, several-hundred-percent two-week rates of growth in some of those states,” Mitch said. “And I don’t think we’re nearly as close to a peak in some of those places, just because the heat of their outbreak arrived later than New England and even the urban Midwest.”

While the shape of the case curve may help tell us when virus activity is subsiding, the more important measure of the pandemic’s strength is the hospitalization rate, which has jumped in recent days. Today the number of people in the U.S. hospitalized with Covid-19 exceeded last winter’s peak, underscoring that while Omicron may cause less severe illness, it still poses a serious threat.

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