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There were two citizens who addressed the council though no action was taken in regards to either resident’s concerns. The first, Conner Loosely, spoke regarding the lowering of the age limit from 21 to 18 for candidates running for city council. Loosely stated he had previously brought this to the council’s attention and was disappointed that no action had been taken. He further stated reasons why he believed a citizen should be able to serve at the younger age. The second to speak was Craig Hamilton. He requested the city post minutes of the council meetings online in a more timely fashion. more
The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved an interlocal agreement with Tyler Junior College’s (TJC) Veterinary Technology Program to provide services to the Smith County Animal Shelter. Animal Control Coordinator Lekisha Stinecipher said she believes the agreement with the TJC North campus in Lindale will improve the shelter’s adoption rates and reduce the amount of times dogs stay at the shelter. Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said the agreement won’t only benefit the students at the new TJC facility in Lindale with education; it will also benefit the county by getting dogs out of the shelter more quickly. “It is a win-win situation for both of us,” he said. Vet students will perform basic exams, testing, such as heart worm testing, and provide some grooming and preventative care for the dogs that come in to the shelter. more
Whitehouse fourth graders bucked tradition by holding their round up this past Friday, Oct. 20. Due to scheduling conflicts with “testing dates and year-end events,” the round up was moved from the customary springtime meeting, according to event coordinator and fourth grade teacher, Betsy Grose. Students from across Whitehouse Independent School District met at Higgins for a day without electronic gadgets and gizmos and found they could enjoy themselves without battery powered devices. They spent the day in games and activities that may have been more familiar to their grandparents including checkers, jump rope, horseshoes and stick horse races. Students also took part in “old west” activities like making butter, branding, archery and calf roping. more
Not only do Troup and Arp battle on the gridiron, their respective police departments will battle for your bucks. This is the second year in which Troup officers will raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, whose mission is “to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.” more
Neckover Trailer has been raising funds during October, breast cancer awareness month, for two specific women who are fighting the disease. The women are currently unaware the funds are being raised on their behalf. Neckover decided to become more active in the community and chose to work through Tyler Oncology and identified two East Texans to help as they combat cancer. more
It is time for the band, floats, vehicles and even Santa to prepare. The City of Troup is already taking applications for those wanting to take part in the 2017 Troup Christmas Parade. Entry forms and a parade lineup map can be found online at www.trouptexas.org under the main menu. more
The annual book sale of the Cameron - J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library is taking place now. Find a good read for yourself or your family and support your local library during this sale. Proceeds from the sale support the general operational expenses of the library. more
Whitehouse Fire Chief Madison Johnson has been encouraged by the attendance at the first two community meetings held in regards to forming a CERT team. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team and is a federal program organized under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program trains volunteers to prepare for a variety of disasters a community may face. more
Commissioner Cary Nix presented the details of the Smith County road and bridge bond election at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Troup city council. A brief video was shown and then Nix answered questions posed by the council. (The video can be viewed at www.smith-county.com.) more
A New Generations van transporting students from Whitehouse on Friday, Oct. 13, was involved in a collision with a Honda sedan on State Highway 110 in front of New Generations center. Though incomplete, Jean Dark of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) stated in a report that the driver of the day care van failed to yield the right of way when turning left into the daycare center and was struck by the passenger car traveling south. None of the van occupants, including the driver and nine children, were seemingly injured. more
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