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The student leaders and sponsors of the Bullard Future Farmers of America organization recently received several group and individual awards at the Texas FFA State Convention. The Bullard FFA officers were on hand to represent the student-led program well at the 91st annual Texas FFA State Convention, held Monday through Friday, July 9-13, at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Fort Worth. more
Whether the buildings are soon occupied remains to be seen, but the property where Burger King and Church’s Chicken once operated, 404-406 Highway 110 North, in Whitehouse, has been sold. more
Smith County jurors, on Wednesday, Aug. 22, convicted Martin Wesley Reynolds Sr., 45, of Meridian, Miss., after finding him guilty on charges of retaliation against a witness, believing threats he made online to an individual were in connection to his son’s criminal case. more
Due to the observance of Labor Day, the Tri County Leader will be closed Monday, Sept. 3. As this will affect the printing date, deadlines have been adjusted accordingly. All advertising, news and sports information for publication in the Sept. 6 issue is due by noon Friday, Aug. 31. more
Chris Vannoy, an Arp resident and volunteer firefighter who was commissioned as a police office for Longview Wednesday, Aug. 8, was badly burned on Monday, Aug. 20. Vannoy, noticing smoke emanating from a neighbor’s shed, went to investigate and received burns on over 50 percent of his body when, as he opened the door, “the fire flashed on him,” according to a Go Fund Me page set up to assist with his medical bills. Gary McDonald of the Arp Volunteer Fire Department, and Vannoy’s soon-to-be father-in-law, stated Vannoy’s burns are from his torso down and included burns to both arms and hands. more
The judge presiding over the trial of a suspect accused of kidnapping and murdering a 10-year-old Tyler girl in Bullard has issued a new scheduling order in the case, potentially pushing the start of the trial until March 2019. more
The city council of Whitehouse held a public hearing regarding the proposed 2018-2019 property tax rate. A lone individual, Gary L. Smith, was present to speak during the hearing. He was dissatisfied with the fact that the council had approved bonds without an election. more
On Monday, Aug. 20, State Representative Travis Clardy (R–Nacogdoches) officially announced his intention to run for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, making him the fourth Republican to announce a run for the Speakership. more
A suspended Smith County constable has a meeting on the books in September with a state agency that will determine whether or not his law enforcement license will be suspended. more
The Troup city council conducted the first public hearing on the proposed tax rate for 2018-2019 Monday, Aug. 20. Last year’s tax rate was 0.912933 or approximately 91 cents per $100 valuation of property. The proposed rate for 2018-2019 is 0.867087 or approximately 87 cents per $100 valuation, effectively dropping the tax rate by 4½ cents if adopted. more
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