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Smith County voters chose to approve a $39.5 million road and bridge bond with 73% in favor of its passage, according to Smith County records. Records also showed less than 5 percent of eligible voters participated in the Nov. 9 election, including early and mail in votes. Arp elected to approve a both propositions on its ballot though by meager margins. Proposition A was to approve the sale of alcoholic beverages and passed with 56 percent approval. Only 55 percent of voters were in favor of Proposition B which allowed for a 0.5 percent sales tax rate increase. more
Nathan Ryan Garcia, 20, of Whitehouse was jailed on a murder charge Wednesday, Nov. 8, but was released on $500,000 bond the next day. He is the second Whitehouse man arrested on a murder charge linked to the shooting death of Andrew Carpenter, 19, of Tyler. Martin Reynolds Jr. was jailed Sunday, Nov. 5, and remains in custody charged with murder in connection to Carpenter’s death. Smith County sheriff’s deputies had responded to a call reporting a shooting at a residence in the 8800 block of Deerwood Drive in Smith County, according to a Smith County Sheriff’s Office press release. Reynolds was identified after he “checked in to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg,” the release stated. more
“No Shave November” is well under way and the competition has expanded well beyond the police departments of Troup and Arp. The rivalry on State Highway 135 that usually plays out on the football field each fall now has a new focus. Each community is trying to outdo the other in their fund-raising efforts on behalf of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. What began last year as an internal competition within the Troup Police Department grew exponentially when Chief Pat Hendrix challenged Arp’s police chief, Craig Robinson, to a departmental contest. more
Troup held its annual Christmas in the Country the evening of Monday, Nov. 13. The new street lights shined while Christmas songs played from a loudspeaker on the sidewalk. Though the weather wasn’t exactly crisp, it wasn’t altogether warm either. Shoppers visited with one another as they sampled food offerings of vegetables and dip, cheese and crackers, cookies and even meatballs. Christmas music played in every store while customers browsed and made purchases. Lisa and Greg Fleck, managers of Hope Restored, said they have been a part of the Christmas in the Country event for the past five years. more
With a goal of building 100 beds for foster placements in the Greater Smith County Area of East Texas, the public is invited to join Pure Religion in a community bed build from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Crosswalk parking garage at Green Acres Baptist Church (1607 Troup Highway, Tyler, TX 75701). more
How do you hold an anti-bullying rally without speaking about bullies? Ask Josh Drean. According to his website, Drean is not only a nationally acclaimed youth speaker, but also a master of ceremonies, beatboxer, street performer, husband and father. more
Martin Wesley Reynolds Jr., 21, of Whitehouse, was jailed Sunday, Nov. 5, on the charge of murder according to Smith County jail records. “At 1:17 a.m., Smith County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a shooting at a residence in the 8800 block of Deerwood Drive in Smith County,” states an SCSO press release. more
The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office remained on the scene Monday morning of a structure fire that damaged one business and completely destroyed another in the southwest part of the county. more
Residents from the Oak Brook Health Care Center in Whitehouse brought home the first place trophy from the 36th Senior Olympic Games held Nov. 2 at Harvey Hall in Tyler. Oak Brook seniors participated in a variety of events including walking races, a spelling bee, domino and horse shoe tournaments, a baseball throwing contest and wheelchair races among others, stated activities director, Shanna Kennedy. more
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