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Cradle U Therapy Ranch will be holding its Inaugural “Dust Up” Dinner and Dance Fundraising Gala from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, to raise money for operating costs of the ranch. more
The Women’s Fund of Smith County (Women’s Fund) will shine the light on internet dangers during a community forum titled “Internet of Darkness: How the Web is ensnaring minds and destroying lives in Smith County and what you can do to protect others.” The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the ETMC Pavilion conference center, 801 Clinic Drive in Tyler. more
Board members of the City of Whitehouse council unanimously approved a $9.9 million budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-18. That’s up by $1 million from the FY 2016-17. The budget is broken down into a general fund of $4.4 million, a utility fund of $3 million and other funds that total $2.5 million. Major revenue for the general fund comes from property taxes, which bring in around $833,000 a year; sales taxes, which bring in around $750,000 a year; franchise fees, which generate approximately $280,000 a year; solid waste fees, with about $380,000 a year; and a transfer from the utility fund adds about $360,000 each year. more
Originally from Houston, Michelle Dillon has lived in small country towns for more than two decades. When choosing between city and country life, Dillon said she much prefers community and quiet to the traffic and large crowds. more
This Labor Day, like many others, saw people spending time outdoors at local parks and lakes. Though enjoying the day, many were contemplative considering the recent devastation along the Texas gulf coast caused by Hurricane Harvey. more
A Smith County Sheriff’s patrol deputy conducted a traffic stop Wednesday, Aug. 30, on a vehicle that resulted in the arrest of a female for possession of a controlled substance. The female was transported to Smith County Sheriff’s Office where she was interviewed by detectives. The interview resulted in the gathering of information regarding a burglary investigation pertaining to Arp High School. This burglary was initially investigated by the Arp Police Department. more
Whitehouse United Methodist Church had its Family Night Kick-Off on Aug. 30 to start the new school year. Parents and youth gathered at the church for dinner and then assembled “Flood Buckets” for victims of Hurricane Harvey. A flood bucket is a simple plastic bucket that is filled with a list of specific cleaning supplies, such as bleach, gloves, dish soap, sponges and more. These items can help a family in the massive job of cleaning their home after it’s been ravaged by flood waters. more
Many may wonder what the secret to a long and happy life is, but for Virginia Harris, life is about living and enjoying what may come. Born in 1927, Harris will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Saturday. Although she currently resides at Prestige Estates in Tyler, Harris spent all of her life living in Troup. She grew up on a farm in the country where her family raised watermelons, cantaloupes and other country foods. One of her favorite activities was to help her mother in the garden. Harris remembers a few occasions where she would get into the bull nettles of the cotton patch and get stung, at which point her family would then doctor and take care of her. more
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