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On Oct. 30 a Cherokee County Grand Jury convened to consider accusations against Byron Underwood, County Commissioner, Precinct 4, Cherokee County. The accusations arose out of a bill on a part for a tractor from Ag Power Equipment, the John Deere dealer in Tyler that was mistakenly billed to the county, but never paid by the county. The grand jury returned a no bill in relation to the accusations. more
First Baptist Church of Whitehouse located 801 East Main Street is happy to announce the second annual Drive Thru Bethlehem. Last year, over 1,500 visitors experienced Bethlehem from the comfort of their cars, as the story of Christmas came to life. Come hear the narration of the story of Jesus’ birth and see the Nativity, the angels, shepherds and wise men as you take your own journey through the streets of Bethlehem. People of all ages will enjoy this unique Christmas experience. more
Katrina Flores of Tyler and Jonathan Cummins of Whitehouse were married at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at The Arbor in Tyler with Ken Brumley officiating. Katrina is the daughter of Robert and Evelyn Flores of Whitehouse and the granddaughter of the late Teofilo Flores and Zenaida Flores of Tyler and the late Francisco Jove Sr. and Iluminada Jove of Whitehouse. She graduated Whitehouse High School in 2010 and graduated University of Texas at Tyler in 2015 where she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Human Resource Development. She works for ETMC as Human Resources Assistant in Tyler. more
Smith County voters chose to approve a $39.5 million road and bridge bond with 73% in favor of its passage, according to Smith County records. Records also showed less than 5 percent of eligible voters participated in the Nov. 9 election, including early and mail in votes. Arp elected to approve a both propositions on its ballot though by meager margins. Proposition A was to approve the sale of alcoholic beverages and passed with 56 percent approval. Only 55 percent of voters were in favor of Proposition B which allowed for a 0.5 percent sales tax rate increase. more
Nathan Ryan Garcia, 20, of Whitehouse was jailed on a murder charge Wednesday, Nov. 8, but was released on $500,000 bond the next day. He is the second Whitehouse man arrested on a murder charge linked to the shooting death of Andrew Carpenter, 19, of Tyler. Martin Reynolds Jr. was jailed Sunday, Nov. 5, and remains in custody charged with murder in connection to Carpenter’s death. Smith County sheriff’s deputies had responded to a call reporting a shooting at a residence in the 8800 block of Deerwood Drive in Smith County, according to a Smith County Sheriff’s Office press release. Reynolds was identified after he “checked in to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg,” the release stated. more
“No Shave November” is well under way and the competition has expanded well beyond the police departments of Troup and Arp. The rivalry on State Highway 135 that usually plays out on the football field each fall now has a new focus. Each community is trying to outdo the other in their fund-raising efforts on behalf of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. What began last year as an internal competition within the Troup Police Department grew exponentially when Chief Pat Hendrix challenged Arp’s police chief, Craig Robinson, to a departmental contest. more
Troup held its annual Christmas in the Country the evening of Monday, Nov. 13. The new street lights shined while Christmas songs played from a loudspeaker on the sidewalk. Though the weather wasn’t exactly crisp, it wasn’t altogether warm either. Shoppers visited with one another as they sampled food offerings of vegetables and dip, cheese and crackers, cookies and even meatballs. Christmas music played in every store while customers browsed and made purchases. Lisa and Greg Fleck, managers of Hope Restored, said they have been a part of the Christmas in the Country event for the past five years. more
With a goal of building 100 beds for foster placements in the Greater Smith County Area of East Texas, the public is invited to join Pure Religion in a community bed build from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Crosswalk parking garage at Green Acres Baptist Church (1607 Troup Highway, Tyler, TX 75701). more
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