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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
The roadways in the Whitehouse area are cleaner now thanks to 255 participants at the annual “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off” and “Great American Clean Up”, organized by Keep Whitehouse … more
Smith County Road 2191 will be closed for several weeks for improvements. On Tuesday, April 24, the Smith County Commissioners Court approved the temporary closure of CR 2191, also known as Oscar Burkett Road, at the construction site of the new Brown Elementary School in Whitehouse. more
The nation said goodbye to First Lady Barbara Bush as she was laid to rest Saturday, April 21. She was the wife of George H. W. Bush who served as United States President from 1989-1993 and mother of George W. Bush also a U.S. president serving from 2001-2009. “This is a time when everyone is coming out for Barbara Bush and the Bush family,” stated Dale Moran, former Whitehouse mayor, who had stopped in at the Tri County Leader office. more
In honor of National County Government Month, Smith County is hosting two events for the public on Wednesday, April 25. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., job seekers are invited to the “Setting Yourself Up for Success with Smith County” Job Fair. more
Whitehouse Meals on Wheels and Philadelphia Blessing were among those served during the first Mission Day of Dayspring United Methodist Church. The event involved church youth from 6th- through 12th-grades providing community service in the Whitehouse and South Tyler areas. Forty teens worked in teams of 4-5 along with an adult, according to Chad King, associate student ministry director in charge of mission and student outreach projects. The intent was to help non-profit organizations and individuals who either cannot afford or are not physically capable of doing repair work themselves. more
Jeff Austin III, Vice Chairman of the Board, recently announced the promotion of Austin Bank employees Karrie Fields and Glenna Searcy. The promotions were approved at the March 2018 Board of Directors meeting at the Austin Bank corporate office in Jacksonville. more
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