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Officials search for woman who went missing while hiking in Great Smoky Mountains Park

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Clements Family via National Parks Service(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — The National Park Service continues an extensive search for a woman who went missing after she was separated from her daughter while they were hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mitzie Sue “Susan” Clements, 53, was last seen in the Clingmans Dome area of the park. Clements was hiking with her daughter before the two separated on Sept. 25, with a plan to meet back at the Clingmans Dome parking lot, according to the National Park Service.

More than 100 trained searchers, sheriffs, local police, logistical support personnel from more than 40 state and local agencies have taken part in the search for Clements, according to Julena Campbell, a spokeswoman of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

“The area that we’re concentrating on right now is about 10 square miles,” Campbell told ABC News. “So far over the last few days that we’ve been out hiking we’ve had our searchers hike over 500 miles of trails, and we’re currently focusing on that smaller area that’s about 10 square miles.”

The park officials have entered the sixth full day of searching as off Monday, with equipment that includes two helicopters, five drones, and K-9 units, according to Campbell.

Clingmans Dome Road remains closed to accommodate the infrastructure needed to manage and expedite the search.

Clements was last spotted Sept. 25 on the Forney Ridge Trail about 1/4 mile from Andrews Bald.

She’s described as a white female with light brown hair and blue eyes about 5’6” tall and 125 pounds. Clements was wearing a green zip-up sweater, black workout pants over black leggings, a clear rain poncho, and gray Nike running shoes with light green soles when she went missing.

“Searchers, canine teams, helicopters, and drones are continuing to work in steep, rugged terrain of the mountainous area that straddles the North Carolina-Tennessee border,” the Great Smoky Mountains National Park said in a statement.

Anyone who has information about Clements are advised to contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch at the following: 1-888-653-0009, nps_isb@nps.gov, send a message on Facebook at “InvestigativeServicesNPS,” or on Twitter @SpecialAgentNPS.

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Medal of Honor recipient who saved his teammates' lives faces a new battle: cancer

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U.S. Army(WASHINGTON) — President Trump awarded the Medal of Honor Monday to Ronald J. Shurer, an Army medic credited with saving the lives of his teammates during a 2008 battle in Afghanistan.

Now, Shurer faces another battle: Trump said during the ceremony that Shurer has been battling lung cancer for the past year and a half.

“He’s braved, he’s battled, he’s worked, he’s done everything he can,” President Trump said. “He’s been fighting it every single day with courage, with strength, and he’s a warrior.”

Amid his fight with cancer, Shurer continues to serve his country, as part of the United States Secret Service Counter Assault Team, which protects the president from possible attacks.

“Today is a truly special day for us here in the White House, because Ron works right here alongside us,” Trump said.

He described calling Shurer and his wife Miranda into the Oval Office to inform them Ron would be receiving the nation’s highest military honor. “It was a moment I will never forget,” Trump said.

Shurer was awarded the medal for his actions during the Battle of Shok Valley. In the early morning hours on April 6, 2008, Shurer was one of the last U.S. Special Forces soldiers to exit a Chinook helicopter and land in the Shok Valley of eastern Afghanistan. There was a moment of quiet as the soldiers began to scale a steep hill – when suddenly everything around Shurer exploded.

According to a U.S. Army narrative of what happened next, Shurer’s unit took heavy fire, including rocket-propelled grenades, small-arms and machine-gun fire. The forward assault team became pinned down and sustained multiple injuries. That’s when Shurer sprang into action. Disregarding his own safety, Shurer sprinted through the fire to reach the forward team and treat the wounded.

Shurer’s heroic actions, moving through heavy gunfire multiple times to provide aid to the wounded, saved the lives of all the U.S. soldiers injured in the battle. Shurer is the 11th U.S. Army soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan and the 15th overall from that war.

Though the White House and Department of Defense have recognized Shurer’s heroism, he still gives all credit to his fellow teammates.

“This award is not mine. This award wouldn’t exist without the team. If they weren’t doing their job, I wouldn’t have been able to do my job,” Shurer said.

A legacy of service

Shurer grew up no stranger to military service. His grandfather was a World War II veteran. His parents were both airmen, and he spent the first few years of his life moving around the country until his family was stationed at McChord Air Force Base in Washington state, where Shurer went to high school.

Shurer attended Washington State University and was in the middle of a graduate program when the events of September 11, 2001, inspired him to join the Army in 2002.

Two years later, Shurer began the process to become a Green Beret. He deployed twice to Afghanistan before being honorably discharged in 2009.

“Unlike anything we’d ever faced before”

During that second deployment to Afghanistan, Shurer was part of Operational Detachment Alpha from the 3rd Special Forces group paired with several dozen Afghan commandos, sent to kill or capture terrorist leaders of the militant group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin in Shok Valley.

As militants rained fire down on Shurer’s unit, he heard someone shouting his name. Shurer ran to then-Staff Sgt. Ryan Wallen, a friend who had a shrapnel injury in his neck.

The battle raged on. “We don’t go out on a mission where we don’t expect to meet some resistance, but this was unlike anything we’d ever faced before,” Shurer said.

In order to reach the pinned down forward team, Shurer fought his way across several hundred meters, killing multiple militants along the way. When he reached the unit, he treated four critically wounded U.S. soldiers and 10 Afghan soldiers.

At one point, a bullet went through one soldier’s arm and struck Shurer’s helmet. “It felt like I’d been hit in the head with a baseball bat,” Shurer said.

“But Ron was not done yet. He charged back to the mountain, all the way up, and rejoined the fight. Not a single American died in that brutal battle, thanks in great measure to Ron’s heroic actions,” Trump said.

Shurer provided aid and helped suppress the enemy fire for five and a half hours. Eventually, Shurer devised a plan to use some nylon webbing to lower the wounded soldiers who could not walk down a near-vertical 60-foot cliff to evacuate them. He shielded the casualties with his own body.

“We used tubular nylon webbing to kind of wrap it around the guy’s shoulders and lower them down to the next group. We did it as carefully as we could, to not cause further injury. And then, we just kind of repeated that process down the hill,” Shurer described.

Thanks to Shurer’s actions, all the U.S. soldiers made it out of the battle alive. Two Afghan commandos were killed, including the team’s interpreter, Edris Khan. Shurer’s younger son’s middle name is Edris, in honor of the fallen interpreter.

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Gwyneth Paltrow makes wedding Instagram official

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ABC/Kevin Mazur; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Gwyneth Paltrow made her marriage to her fiancé, TV producer Brad Falchuk, Instagram official on Sunday.

Paltrow shared a photo of her and Falchuk’s hands, one on top of the other, proudly displaying their simple, thin gold wedding bands.

Paltrow, 46, and Falchuk, 47, tied the knot in New York’s Hamptons on Saturday, surrounded by A-List friends, including her Iron Man co-star Robert Downey Jr., according to the New York Post. A night earlier, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld reportedly hosted the couple’s rehearsal dinner at their home.

The couple confirmed their engagement back in January. Paltrow “consciously uncoupled” from Coldplay’s Chris Martin in 2014. They share two children, daughter Apple, 14, and son Moses, 12.

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Water Tower Prepped For a New Paint Job

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Workers began getting the old Schulenburg water tower on Wolters Avenue ready for a new paint job last week.

Tankez Coatings Inc. of Fort Worth won a bid in August to paint the 300,000 gallon elevated storage tank for $366,000. The company will sandblast and paint the inside and outside of the tank.

They will also install new interior and exterior ladders, lights and roof vent.

 

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Series of Big Rig Wrecks Clog Up Interstate 10

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A series of wrecks on Interstate 10 between Schulenburg and Weimar kept emergency workers busy and the westbound lanes closed for over three hours on a rainy Friday afternoon, Sept. 28.

The first accident happened at 3:10 p.m. when an 18-wheeler slid off the shoulder about three miles west of Weimar. The driver, 70-year-old Arturo Gabriel Gonzalez of Laredo, overcorrected and entered the center median. The truck and trailer went into the cable barrier and jackknifed.

 

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