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The Smith County grand jury for the 241st Judicial District Court handed down 25 indictments when they met on June 29. Four of those alleged offenders are from this area. Brandon Matthews, 33, 200 block of Crestview in Whitehouse, remains in the Smith County jail charged with Assault/Family Violence. His bond is set at $30,000. Matthews’ 23 Smith County records include other Assault arrests. This arrest includes a charge for a Parole Violation. more
By day, Justin Northcutt of Troup calls on plant farms and nurseries all around East Texas encouraging them to use Texas Organic compost. He knows how natural ingredients work in the soil and don’t have the negative effects of chemicals especially when it comes to our food supply. more
In 2005 during the shooting at the Smith County Courthouse, Smith County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sherman Dollison was shot numerous times. Two other people lost their lives that day. Detective Dollison’s heroic actions that day certainly prevented other innocent bystanders from being injured or killed. After years of medical treatment as a result of his wounds, Detective Dollison is now on dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant. One of Detective Dollison’s co-workers, Detective Josh Hill was tested and has shown to be a match. Detective Hill has made the decision to give Detective Dollison one of his kidneys. more
The Smith County Area Go Texan committee will host the fourth annual Smith County Area Go Texan Scholarship Fundraiser Gala Saturday, July 22, at the Harvey Hall Convention Center, located at 2000 W. Front St., in Tyler. more
The summer break for Texas lawmakers will have to wait, as a special session has been called by the governor, sending lawmakers back to work to finish working on legislation from the recently convened 86th legislative session. On Tuesday, June 6, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called a special session of the state Legislature with a list of 20 priorities for lawmakers to work on, including but not limited to the state’s controversial “bathroom bill,” a pay raise for Texas teachers, and school finance reform. more
The Smith County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office is currently trying to locate the following individuals. If anyone has any information, call 903-590-4729 and ask for Courtney Isaacks or Katrina Kam. All information will be kept confidential. more
The Whitehouse Community Library summer activities continue into July. STEAM Team activities are slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. each Thursday. Fridays have special feature presentations. On July 20 the STEAM team will learn about sight. more
Forests across America are a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. more
The East Texas Writers Guild’s 14th Annual Summer Writing Conference, “Keys to Successful Writing,” is set for Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tyler Junior College West Campus, 1530 S SW Loop 323 in Tyler. more
Summer brings vacations, hot weather and kids looking for something to fill their day. First Baptist Church of Whitehouse will host their annual Vacation Bible School on July 17-21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for kids entering K-6th grades. “This year’s VBS theme is ‘Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose.’” Nichole Huggins, FBC Children’s Pastor said. “Children will learn God made you, God is for you, God is always with you, God will always love you and God made you for a reason. These are all foundational truths that even as adults we need reminding of.” more
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