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Due to the observance of Christmas Day, the Tri County Leader will be closed Monday, Dec. 25. The deadline for submissions of all advertising, news and sports information for publication in the Dec. 28 issue has been adjusted and must be received by noon Friday, Dec. 22. more
Volunteers helping with Project Joy collected non-perishable food items from local schools Friday, Dec. 8, and transported them to Whitehouse First Assembly of God which served as a staging area. Project Joy is a ministry of the Whitehouse Ministerial Alliance, of which every church in Whitehouse is a member. more
The Troup Women’s Civic Organization (TWCO) held its annual Christmas banquet Monday, Dec. 4, at Henry’s Chapel United Methodist Church. The ladies of the organization were invited to bring a guest, according to TWCO president Susan Martin, and some brought their husbands while others brought a female friend or relative. more
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourages Texans in all regions of the state to make preparations for winter weather as we enter the cold weather season. “While we’ve all heard the joke about Texas only having two seasons – hot and hotter – all Texans need to prepare now for the serious threats that the upcoming winter could bring,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Every year, Texas faces the dangers of winter weather conditions, including freezing temperatures, ice, sleet, and even snow. Texans are urged to stay informed about changing weather in their area and to take steps now to help stay safe during the coming months.” more
Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran has been honored by the Texas Judicial Academy for going the extra mile to be prepared to handle his duties as county judge. Judge Moran was inducted on November 16 as a Fellow in the Texas Judicial Academy during the 2017 Fall Judicial Education Session. more
Austin Bank recently honored employees for their outstanding work and years of service with the company. They were recognized at the bank’s 2017 Service Award Luncheon held Dec. 5 at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler. “We are proud of all these employees because they work as a team serving our friends, neighbors and businesses located here in East Texas,” said Austin Bank Vice Chairman Jeff Austin III. “They are the key to our Bank’s success. Each one takes pride in the tasks they handle in their job, and at the same time these employees continually strive to provide excellent service to our Bank customers.” more
Tyler’s Pets Fur People has going home celebrations almost every day of the year as dogs and cats are matched with families who want to add a new face to the family album. But at Christmastime, some special dogs are looking for extra special families. “The 12 Dogs of Christmas are the special guys and gals who need a little more love and understanding,” said Pets Fur People’s Executive Director Gayle Helms. “All of them have been with us too long. They all want to go to a forever home but for lots of reasons they have just not found the family that fits. Yet.” more
The TJC Apache Belles and Band continue to celebrate their 70-year anniversary, and they now have a commemorative ornament on the Texas House of Representatives Christmas tree, thanks to a creative student. more
The 2017 Thanksgiving weekend saw one million more Americans than last year out shopping and the holiday spending is just beginning. The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects this year’s holiday retail sales to top last year’s by up to 4 percent and could reach $682 billion. As shoppers set records on spending Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas (BBB) urges consumers to be prepared for scammers looking to take a bit of your holiday cheer. BBB® shares the 12 Scams of Christmas and ways to avoid and identify them: more
The annual Whitehouse Christmas parade marched through town on a warm, sunny Saturday, Dec. 2. The 45 minute exhibition of cars, floats and marchers took place in front of a crowd that came prepared to watch the event. People brought blankets, chairs and food, choosing a spot early from which to view the parade themed “Rockin’ Christmas.” more
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