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Election Day is November 7 and polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting continues through November 3. Polls are open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 and from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2 and 3. more
The Star, The Globe, The National Inquirer have nothing on the newspapers of the 19th century and the early 20th century. These papers left no stone unturned or any “juicy” story untold. The life of your ancestor and the lives of those people just like them can be traced in the newspapers. The denominational newspapers were also full of births, deaths, marriages and editorials on how you should vote and feel about every subject imaginable. more
Smith County’s Precinct 1 Constable began serving a six-month sentence in federal prison last week after pleading guilty to four counts of willfully failing to pay his federal income taxes in September. Constable Henry Jackson began serving his term at the Seagoville Unit near Dallas on Friday, Oct. 27. After his release, he will be subject to an additional year of probation. more
The Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the annual Christmas parade, has announced “Rockin’ Christmas” as this year’s theme. The parade will march through town beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Those entering floats in the parade must submit an entry form and abide by several rules. While participation is free, safety is mandatory. more
A fake $20 bill was discovered passed as legitimate currency at the Sonic in Troup on Oct. 19. The man identified as having passed the bill is Devante Harris, 24, of Troup. more
There were two citizens who addressed the council though no action was taken in regards to either resident’s concerns. The first, Conner Loosely, spoke regarding the lowering of the age limit from 21 to 18 for candidates running for city council. Loosely stated he had previously brought this to the council’s attention and was disappointed that no action had been taken. He further stated reasons why he believed a citizen should be able to serve at the younger age. The second to speak was Craig Hamilton. He requested the city post minutes of the council meetings online in a more timely fashion. more
The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved an interlocal agreement with Tyler Junior College’s (TJC) Veterinary Technology Program to provide services to the Smith County Animal Shelter. Animal Control Coordinator Lekisha Stinecipher said she believes the agreement with the TJC North campus in Lindale will improve the shelter’s adoption rates and reduce the amount of times dogs stay at the shelter. Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said the agreement won’t only benefit the students at the new TJC facility in Lindale with education; it will also benefit the county by getting dogs out of the shelter more quickly. “It is a win-win situation for both of us,” he said. Vet students will perform basic exams, testing, such as heart worm testing, and provide some grooming and preventative care for the dogs that come in to the shelter. more
Whitehouse fourth graders bucked tradition by holding their round up this past Friday, Oct. 20. Due to scheduling conflicts with “testing dates and year-end events,” the round up was moved from the customary springtime meeting, according to event coordinator and fourth grade teacher, Betsy Grose. Students from across Whitehouse Independent School District met at Higgins for a day without electronic gadgets and gizmos and found they could enjoy themselves without battery powered devices. They spent the day in games and activities that may have been more familiar to their grandparents including checkers, jump rope, horseshoes and stick horse races. Students also took part in “old west” activities like making butter, branding, archery and calf roping. more
Not only do Troup and Arp battle on the gridiron, their respective police departments will battle for your bucks. This is the second year in which Troup officers will raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, whose mission is “to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.” more
Neckover Trailer has been raising funds during October, breast cancer awareness month, for two specific women who are fighting the disease. The women are currently unaware the funds are being raised on their behalf. Neckover decided to become more active in the community and chose to work through Tyler Oncology and identified two East Texans to help as they combat cancer. more
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