Family forgives killer as they prepare for upcoming execution

MOUNT PLEASANT — They’ve waited 18 years. They’ve forgiven the man who brutally murdered their sister, but they want to see his sentence carried out. They want justice for Vicki. On Thursday, Robert Charles Ladd, 57, is scheduled to be executed in Texas’ infamous death house at the Walls Unit in Huntsville. Sever…

Three seats open; 2 incumbents planning on running again

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