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The Whitehouse City Council held a joint meeting with members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission as well as representatives of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful on Thursday, Jan. 11. The stated purpose of the meeting was “to discuss and make recommendations for vision and direction of the City of Whitehouse.” The current Vision 2020 plan is nearing an end and the Jan. 11 meeting opened initial discussions on the next phase of future city development planning. more
Recreation, Education and Community, otherwise known as the REC, is a non-profit formed under the family care ministry of Crossroads Church in Tyler and was chosen by Whitehouse to run the city’s recreation center located at 301 Terry Street. “One of the first things that we will implement is the 24/7 operation hours,” Anthony Johnson had stated, during last summer’s negotiations with the city to operate the center. Johnson serves as executive director of the REC. more
A competition will soon be held that is definitely for chocolate lovers. The 13th annual Best Chocolate Dessert in East Texas contest, sponsored by Smith County Extension Education Association and the City of Tyler Glass Recreation Center, will be held Saturday, Jan. 27. There is a $2 entry fee for every dessert entered into the contest, but there is no limit on the number of entries by a single person. Judging is based on appearance, originality and, of course, taste, according to Penny Hunter, former chairman of the county extension clubs. more
The East Texas Gem & Mineral Society will host its 22nd annual gem, jewelry, rock, mineral and fossil show Jan. 26-28 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. There’s lots to see and experience at the annual exhibition, according to ETGMS member and event co-organizer Pete Keiser of Kilgore. Attractions range from member displays and educational demonstrations to dealer booths showcasing a wide variety of jewelry and materials for sale. more
Mayor Bill Lacy of Troup passed away before his vision could be fulfilled.  Under his leadership, hundreds of people who live, work and play in the Troup area voiced their “concerns and solutions” in meetings and surveys.  Kathy Dowdy Holdway, President of A Circle of Ten, Inc. is proud to announce that efforts to increase local opportunities are continuing with youth, housing, literacy and business opportunities at the top of the list of priorities.  more
Investigators with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand, will file formal charges against two men suspected in the theft of multiple saddles.  On Dec. 11, 2017, Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Wilson was called to the scene of a burglary at a Troup ranch. The perpetrators broke into a building on the ranch and stole multiple saddles and tack. The investigation revealed a potential suspect, Jacob Aaron McDougal, 26, of Henderson. more
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