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An East Texas native appointed to serve in Smith County’s highest office last year will now seek the seat in the upcoming election. Nathaniel Moran, the acting Smith County judge, announced his candidacy for the position during a press conference event Friday, June 16, inside the Commissioners Court chambers of the Smith County Courthouse Annex. more
Former Whitehouse student Amy Garner has made quite a name for herself over the past year. Garner’s book “Redeemed For a Reason” received some major awards in the past six months. In … more
The Piano Studio of Donna Calaway performed in an Awards Recital on May 21, at the Colonial Hills Baptist Church Worship Center. Awards were also given for participation in Fall Festival and Achievement Auditions in the fall and spring. more
The Whitehouse Community Library summer activities continue through the end of June. STEAM Team activities are slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. each Thursday through the end of the month, including STEAM Team: Neighborhood Nature on Thursday, June 22; and STEAM Team: Conserve and Protect on Thursday, June 29. more
Independence Day celebrations are planned for Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Tyler north of Whitehouse, and Eagle’s Bluff Country Club in Bullard. The annual fireworks show at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 3. Hot dogs, water, snow cones and watermelon will be provided free (while supplies last). Food vendors will be available for sales of chicken sandwiches, barbecue, popcorn, soft drinks and more. more
Texas Rangers, a Justice of the Peace and Smith County Sheriff’s Office crime scene investigators were called in to process a scene at the Smith County Jail early on Monday, June 12. An inmate had died due to an apparent suicide by hanging. Jail staff found Carlos Jose Hernandez Jr, 21, of Troup, dead in his cell at about 12:20 a.m. Justice of the Peace Judge Quincy Beavers was called after medical personnel were on the scene. Following his inquest, Beavers ordered that an autopsy be completed by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas. Hernandez had been placed in a side cell on suicide watch so he could be monitored. He had responded to questions from officers upon his booking that gave them concern for his safety. more
Sales tax allocations for the State of Texas paid out were 3.6 percent more than in June 2016. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced $640 million was sent out to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts last week. These amounts are based on sales made in April by businesses that report tax monthly. more
A Smith County Woman accused of hitting an out-of-town driver and a local Good Samaritan on Loop 49 in April turned herself into authorities last week and was charged with two counts. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS troopers responded to a three-vehicle accident on Loop 49, just north of Highway 64, at around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. more
The Shark Brothers will appear at 1 and 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. Tickets are $5 for children, seniors and students and $7 for adults. Parking is free. more
Growing up in Cushing, Caleb Davis was raised to do the right thing. His father Ross, who Davis credits as the most influential person in his life, made sure he had what he needed. He needed God, love, food and big dose of character. Troup will soon see that his parents did a pretty good job of bringing up a man who can stand tall in a crisis and can also take a knee to talk to a child. more
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