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Mayor Charles Parker proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Whitehouse during the city council meeting Tuesday, April 24. Many riders were present at the meeting in support of the proclamation and represented a number of motorcycle clubs including, 42 Tail Lights, Desmadres, Lake Fork Mavericks, Malefactor, Soldiers for Jesus and TMRA. more
Higgins Elementary has a new piece of playground equipment installed thanks to the efforts of Dwayne Spangler, Whitehouse High School senior. Spangler chose to build a tire swing at Higgins as his Eagle Scout project. Spangler joined Cub Scouts while in the first grade and crossed over into Boy Scouts in 2011. more
Charities in East Texas benefited from the generosity of more than 2,475 donors during East Texas Giving Day, the region’s day of giving to support local nonprofits. The online fund-raising effort began at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, and ended at midnight. Based on preliminary results, donors contributed $755,428 to support the causes they care about in 32 East Texas counties. more
The Troup Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner celebration Thursday, April 19, at Troup High School. At the banquet, City of Troup and TISD employees were honored and the citizen-of-the-year and lifetime achievement awards were announced. more
Though the month of April is often a joyous time for students as the end of the school year draws near, the students of Troup High School are instead mourning the loss of a friend. Alyssa Baker and her mother Susan both died as the result of a car wreck that took place approximately 4:40 p.m. Friday, April 20, on F.M. 177, about 7 miles south of Jacksonville. more
Two candidates are vying for each of two seats on the Troup ISD Board of Trustees. Joe Morris and Burnel “Sonny” Selden are competing for the remaining two-year term in Place 1. Lee Morris is challenging Gene W. Whitsell for Place 5. John Whitsell will appear on the ballot unopposed in Place 4. more
State Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced earlier this month he would send $651 million in local sales tax allocations to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts for the month, which is five percent more than in April 2017. Smith County’s disbursement is down slightly by 0.87 percent, having received $1,320,402.04 compared to $1,331,993.85 for the same period last year. The year-to-date total is up, however, by 4.15 percent overall. Smith County has received $5,968,155.38 to date compared to $5,729,897.38 for the same time in 2017. more
Mayor Joe Carlyle, with council consent, tasked Suzanne Loudamy with the promotion of the splash pad as well as efforts to solicit donations for its construction at the March 19 city council meeting. An anonymous donor has already contributed $100,000 towards the project but an estimated additional $40,000 is needed. more
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