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Investigators with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand, will file formal charges against two men suspected in the theft of multiple saddles.  On Dec. 11, 2017, Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Wilson was called to the scene of a burglary at a Troup ranch. The perpetrators broke into a building on the ranch and stole multiple saddles and tack. The investigation revealed a potential suspect, Jacob Aaron McDougal, 26, of Henderson. more
Suzanne Loudamy, former editor of the Tri County Leader, has begun her new position as Executive Director of Troup Community Development Corporation (TCDC) and Executive Director of the Troup Chamber of Commerce. When Loudamy made the decision to retire from the newspaper and made an official announcement on Facebook, she reported receiving a text message within a minute. The message was from Gene Cottle, city manager of Troup. ““I thought he was going to give me a hard time about leaving the paper,” Loudamy said. more
Mission trips are nothing new to Joe Ballard, pastor of First Baptist Church-Troup. Though only at First Baptist since September 2017, he and other church members have already completed a mission trip to help with the Vacation Bible School held by Primera Iglesia Bautista in Piedras Negras which is just across the Rio Grande from Eagle Pass. The trip was directed by CrossVision, a non-profit organization which, according to its website, “assists and enables the local church to do what Christ has called her to do, send out missionaries into a lost and dying world, and in the process, become better disciples themselves.” more
Henry Jackson, Smith County’s Precinct 1 Constable who is currently serving a jail sentence, was suspended from his elected position by a visiting judge in December, while a former Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputy was named as his interim replacement. During a hearing before visiting judge Richard Beacom in Smith County’s 7th District Court on Wednesday, Dec. 13, the decision was made by Beacom to suspend Jackson and appoint Bobby Garmon as the replacement to run the more
The Hillcrest Cemetery in Canton has been the subject of numerous old mysteries. The East Texas Genealogical Society welcomes speakers Benja Pittman Mize and Lawrence Greer to talk about this historic cemetery and those buried there. The meeting will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College. more
ABC Auto Parts is pleased to announce a new scholarship program, “Get Your Career in Gear,” that will award two graduating high school seniors each with a $5,000 scholarship to be used to pursue an automotive vocational career. more
Congratulations to these Troup Elementary students who created the winning Christmas ads for local businesses, featured in the Letters to Santa section of the December 21 edition. Students are identified by name, teacher and the business for which the ad was created. more
Let’s take a look back and review events that took place in the news from July through December of 2017. July – Troup ISD called a Tax Ratification Election to ask voters to approve a 13 cent tax increase per $100 valuation. The election was set for Aug. 26. more
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