April—In his first appearance as general manager at the Upshur Rural Electric annual membership meeting, Rob Walker reported that the co-op continued strong and growing, and will continue to offer some of the lowest electric rates in the nation.
Alan Branham, Sherry Morgan and Rex Youngblood were reelected as directors of the co-op.
The Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana uphold an 80-year prison term given to convicted child molester Kevin Leray Henderson, 45. Henderson was convicted as an habitual offender for exposing himself to a young child at a Gilmer apartment complex.
The project manager for the Buckeye Stadium renovation reported to the Gilmer School Board that it was running ahead of schedule, and would be ready in time for graduation in early June.
The baseball Buckeyes won their district title.
Jonathan Erb and Benjamin Proffer became Eagle Scouts.
Harmony pole vaulter Daven Murphree set a regional record with a 17-foot vault, on his way to state.
May—Upshur County Fire Marshal Paul Steelman joined the state Fire Marshal’s Office.
The Sixth Court of Appeals upheld the murder conviction of
Glenn Wade Myers Jr. in the murder of his sister, Cindy Espenoza. Myers had been sentenced to 60 years for the crime a year earlier.
Robert Karl Nunley of Gilmer received a life sentence after being convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. He was tried and convicted in Wood County. He also received 20 years for indecency with a child.
Voters in Gilmer reelected Mayor Buck Cross, and overwhelmingly approved 15 proposed amendments to the city charter.
The Upshur County Commissioners Court slashed the county budget by $973,000 to avoid a major shortfall. No layoffs resulted from the action.
Daven Murphree won his third straight state pole-vaulting title.
Bradley Wayne Shipley, 28, of Mt. Vernon received a 13-year prison sentence after being convicted of burglary in 115th District Court in Gilmer. He was sentenced as a habitual offender.
Severe storms moving through the area caused severe damage to Upshur Rural Electric’s historic auditorium, tearing off much of the roof and causing water damage inside.
Steve Dean was keynote speaker at the traditional Memorial Day service on the Upshur County Courthouse lawn.
June—Danielle Plunk was valeditorian and Chelsea Miears Salutatorian of the Gilmer High School Class of 2013.
The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office signed on to use LeadsOnline, an Internet investigation tool, to help locate and recover stolen property.
Teathel Hollis was appointed to the newly created second at-large seat on the Gilmer City Council. She had served on the council from 2002 to 2012, when she was narrowly defeated.
Wayne Oney was elected as Worshipful Master of Bethesda Lodge.
East Texas Medical Center Gilmer ranked third on a list of hospitals from across the nation on “best physician communication.” The list was compiled by the independent Becker’s Hospital Review.
New Diana High School’s shooting team won state in the Texas State Ag Clays Event.