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Whitehouse Fire Chief Madison Johnson has been encouraged by the attendance at the first two community meetings held in regards to forming a CERT team. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team and is a federal program organized under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program trains volunteers to prepare for a variety of disasters a community may face. more
Commissioner Cary Nix presented the details of the Smith County road and bridge bond election at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Troup city council. A brief video was shown and then Nix answered questions posed by the council. (The video can be viewed at more
A New Generations van transporting students from Whitehouse on Friday, Oct. 13, was involved in a collision with a Honda sedan on State Highway 110 in front of New Generations center. Though incomplete, Jean Dark of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) stated in a report that the driver of the day care van failed to yield the right of way when turning left into the daycare center and was struck by the passenger car traveling south. None of the van occupants, including the driver and nine children, were seemingly injured. more
Whitehouse city council Place 1, 3 and 5 will be voted on in November. Place 3 and Place 5 are uncontested seats. Though not named on the ballot, two men have registered as write-in candidates for Place 1. The council is comprised of five council members and the mayor. Council members are elected at large, meaning each one represents all Whitehouse citizens. Each of these positions is voluntary and without pay. more
You can read, view and support your library, too. The Whitehouse Community Library will host its bi-annual book sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21. Though the library usually has items for sale at the front entrance, the bi-annual fall sale will be much larger with a greater selection of adult fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, audio books, DVDs and music CDs. The prices of the sale range from 50 cents to $2. Arrive early enough and you might even be able to snag one or more of the limited homemade baked goods that will also be for sale. more
October brings out the pranks and parties, in addition to the vampire jokes directed at blood-collections staff with Carter BloodCare. While it is all intended for fun, some blood donors do feel uneasy anticipating the needle sticks. One suggestion for those donors is to consider the person who might receive your donated gift of blood. more
The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering 10 free autumn classics trees or five free Crapemyrtle when you join the organization in October. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through the planting of trees. more
Smith County donated surplus computer equipment this week to Mustard Seed Ministries to be given to local school children. Dr. Karen Jones, founder and president of Mustard Seed Ministries, along with three technicians, picked up surplus technology equipment Tuesday, Oct. 3, collected by the Smith County Information Technology Department. Smith County Commissioners voted to donate surplus computer equipment to the local ministry that supplies them to school children. Donated items included 63 computers, 64 monitors, two scanners and seven printers. more
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued the following updates for road projects in Smith County. State Highway 64 from Loop 323 to 1.7 miles southeast of Spur 248 will have night time mill and inlay operations continue. The project consists of making repairs to the curb and gutter across from Brookshire’s on State Highway 64 just east of Loop 323 and placing a new surface from Loop 323 to Chapel Hill. more
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