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The Troup city council adopted both the city budget and property tax rate increase when they met in regular session on Aug. 18. It was noted for the record that the budget had been discussed on several occasions, including public forums in which there was no citizen present to speak either for or against the budget or tax rate. more
School is back in session; fall weather is on the way, so it’s time to clean out those closets, attics and garages. Keep Whitehouse Beautiful announced the annual city-wide garage sale is set for Saturday, Oct. 14. Residents who wish to hold a sale during this city-wide event can sign up with KWB by sending an email to info@keepwhitehousebeautiful.com. An address, key items of interest and the hours of sale must be provided. KWB will provide advertising for all registered participants through online sources and radio ads. Those who sign up by Saturday, Oct. 7 will also have their names included in the list sent for publication in the Tri County Leader. more
Texas State Troopers responded to a one vehicle crash on F.M. 346 at CR 2137 early Sunday morning. The wreck occurred on F.M. 346 in Smith County, two miles east of Whitehouse. more
Jim Gehring, who has been teaching ballroom dancing since 1973, moved his classes to TASCA in Whitehouse just this year after outgrowing his previous space. Gehring teaches an 11 a.m. Wednesday morning class for TASCA which was formed about a month ago and is open to the public. Each month a new dance is taught. During September, Gehring is teaching the salsa and in October he will teach the waltz. All ballroom and country dances are covered within the course of a year. more
Johnny and Angela Crocker, whose last known address was in Whitehouse, were convicted and sentenced on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child. After they both plead guilty to charges, Johnny Crocker, 57, was sentenced to 50 years after pleading to four charges and Angela, 42, will serve 40 years for two charges of aggravated sexual assault. She was also sentenced to 20 years for tampering with physical according to Smith County judicial records. more
The City of Troup held a special meeting Monday, Sept. 11, to host the second public hearing on the proposed property tax rate of $0.912933 per $100 valuation, which is expected to generate $681,832. No citizen attended the meeting so no public comment was made. The city proposes to use the increase in total tax revenue for the purpose of employee compensation and benefits and street repairs. more
Troup officers Sergeant Kyle Stowers and Lieutenant Shawn Murry recently travelled to Orange County on their own time and at their own expense to help in and around Vidor. Lieutenant Murray even took a vacation day in order to be able to go when they did. They left on Thursday, Aug. 31 and spent the long weekend volunteering their time and efforts, returning on Labor Day, Sept. 4. more
Since 2004, Whitehouse native and local businessman Brad Hawkins has been involved in post disaster aid following all types of natural disasters. While he began with hauling donations and serving food, the donations following disasters has become so great that Hawkins now focuses on preparing hot meals for first responders and others in need. more
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