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The first project paid for by the recently voter-approved road bond is underway in southern Smith County. Smith County Road and Bridge employees have been working this week to overlay County Road 119, just outside of Bullard. The county crews ground the existing pavement, reshaped and compacted the material and are now overlaying the roadway with hot mix asphalt. This work is anticipated to be completed by the end of this week. The Road and Bridge crew will start next on the neighboring CR 113, then on to CR 152, also known as East Bowie Road. All three roads will be reworked and overlaid by Road and Bridge crews. more
There is good news for those in Arp. The Tri County Leader can now be picked up and purchased locally. There is a news rack in The Hub, located at 410 State Highway 135. Each copy of the paper is 50 cents. more
The next regular meeting of the Cherokee County Genealogical Society will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the First United Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456, in Jacksonville. The meeting will be followed by light pot luck refreshments provided by CCGS members.  Regular CCGS meetings are held the second Monday evening of the months September through May unless otherwise announced. more
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is beginning enforcement efforts across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law. These periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are planned throughout the year at various locations in Texas, with several operations planned in February. more
Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone who joins the Foundation in February 2018 will receive 10 free Norway spruce trees or 10 free redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm.  The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. more
The spotlight was shone brightly on the Smith County District Attorney’s Office and the upcoming election for the top seat in the office, as an audit released in January found numerous policy infractions through an audit report, with a candidate for District Attorney listed as the top violator. more
Whitehouse Fire Chief Madison Johnson reported on the progress of the Community Emergency Response Team or CERT for which two informational meetings as well as a CPR and first aid training have been held. Though he previously believed the team would be the first of its kind in the county, Johnson has since been informed a CERT team already exists in Smith County. more
Two new houses now stand in Troup thanks to a grant from Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The owners of the newly erected three bedroom, one bathroom homes are Morris and Barbara Austin and Sam and Lutrecia Medford. “Both houses had significant foundation and roofing issues,” noted Christel Kiker, Administrative Assistant at Traylor and Associates, Inc., the grant consults for Troup. “There was damage to ceiling tiles and uneven flooring throughout both houses. Heating and cooling sources were not always sufficient during extreme weather. Plumbing and electrical were outdated and unsafe. They were replaced with energy efficient, safe, handicap accessible homes.” To be eligible for the grant, applicants were required to own their own home, be income eligible, owe no property taxes and have a home in disrepair. “I was happy; I was overjoyed,” Morris Austin said about how he felt when first discovering he had been approved as an applicant for the new home. “My wife was especially [happy],” Austin commented.” We’ve been in the old house since 1975 and she wanted something new.” Though the Austins originally applied for the grant in January of 2017, work on the building of the new home didn’t begin until September. They stayed with their son, who also lives in Troup, while construction was ongoing. “I’m proud of what the city has done for us and everybody else who helped us get the grant,” Austin stated. “We couldn’t afford a new one ourselves.” “Elated,” was Lutrecia Medford’s one word answer about her reaction to being notified she would be getting one of the new homes. Medford stated she’d been living in her old home 23 years and had previously applied for a grant. “I’m just grateful and thankful,” Medford said about seeing the completed house. “You never think it can happen to you and when it does, you can’t even explain how you feel.” “We have been blessed to have the opportunity to play a part in a unique program that came available for two of our Troup families,” Mayor Joe Carlyle stated. “Being a home builder, I’m always excited for families to move into their new homes. Now I get to experience this with our own families as mayor.” more
The Troup Community Development Corporation (TCDC) board met Monday, Jan. 22, to discuss possible projects to beautify and revitalize the city. Conversation revolved mainly around city parks and … more
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