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Mark Paul Barnwell, 36, of Whitehouse, pleaded guilty to producing child pornography in 2016 and threatening minor victims in Illinois and seven other states while required to register as a sex offender, according to a press release of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Central District of Illinois. more
The Tri County Leader wishes to express its gratitude to those who have served in the United States armed forces. A special listing of veterans will be published Thursday, Nov. 8, which is the issue immediately preceding Veteran’s Day. more
Texas Comptroller Glen Hegar announced Thursday, Aug. 30, the City of Troup is the latest local government to achieve specific debt transparency and public pension goals through the comptroller’s Transparency Stars program. “I, as mayor, and the Troup city council are honored to receive these Transparency Stars from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar,” stated Troup Mayor Joe Carlyle. more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $842.7 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of August. The report released by the Texas Comptroller’s office stated the figures released for July represent an 8.2 percent increase in local sales tax figures from the amount released statewide in August 2017. more
The Whitehouse city council adopted both the 2018-2019 budget and tax rate increase following a public hearing on the budget Tuesday, Aug. 28. During the public hearing, three residents addressed to the council. The first to speak was Gary L. Smith who began with a public apology. more
A man was recently sentenced in a Cherokee County courtroom for assaulting his common-law wife last year in a Bullard subdivision. In the 2nd Judicial District Court of Cherokee County, Judge R. Chris Day sentenced Austin David Taylor to 35 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institution Division for the crime of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon against a Family Member. more
The tax rate in Smith County will be slightly increasing in the 2019 fiscal year, as a rate of 33.3711 cents per $100 of property valuation was approved during the Commissioners Court meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 28. The increase in the tax rate for the county is up from last fiscal year’s rate of 33 cents per $100. The new rate will be assessed on 2018 property values and used to fund the fiscal year 2019 county budget. more
The congregation of Bullard Southern Baptist Church is inviting the local community to attend a free Gospel music concert featuring multi-Dove Award winners Jeff and Sheri Easter, on Saturday, Sept. 8. Jeff and Sheri Easter have served as fixtures in the Gospel music field for decades, having received notoriety as artists appearing numerous times on the Gaither Homecoming videos and tours. more
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