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The City of Troup held a special meeting Monday, Sept. 11, to host the second public hearing on the proposed property tax rate of $0.912933 per $100 valuation, which is expected to generate $681,832. No citizen attended the meeting so no public comment was made. The city proposes to use the increase in total tax revenue for the purpose of employee compensation and benefits and street repairs. more
Troup officers Sergeant Kyle Stowers and Lieutenant Shawn Murry recently travelled to Orange County on their own time and at their own expense to help in and around Vidor. Lieutenant Murray even took a vacation day in order to be able to go when they did. They left on Thursday, Aug. 31 and spent the long weekend volunteering their time and efforts, returning on Labor Day, Sept. 4. more
Since 2004, Whitehouse native and local businessman Brad Hawkins has been involved in post disaster aid following all types of natural disasters. While he began with hauling donations and serving food, the donations following disasters has become so great that Hawkins now focuses on preparing hot meals for first responders and others in need. more
Cradle U Therapy Ranch will be holding its Inaugural “Dust Up” Dinner and Dance Fundraising Gala from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, to raise money for operating costs of the ranch. more
The Women’s Fund of Smith County (Women’s Fund) will shine the light on internet dangers during a community forum titled “Internet of Darkness: How the Web is ensnaring minds and destroying lives in Smith County and what you can do to protect others.” The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the ETMC Pavilion conference center, 801 Clinic Drive in Tyler. more
Board members of the City of Whitehouse council unanimously approved a $9.9 million budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-18. That’s up by $1 million from the FY 2016-17. The budget is broken down into a general fund of $4.4 million, a utility fund of $3 million and other funds that total $2.5 million. Major revenue for the general fund comes from property taxes, which bring in around $833,000 a year; sales taxes, which bring in around $750,000 a year; franchise fees, which generate approximately $280,000 a year; solid waste fees, with about $380,000 a year; and a transfer from the utility fund adds about $360,000 each year. more
Originally from Houston, Michelle Dillon has lived in small country towns for more than two decades. When choosing between city and country life, Dillon said she much prefers community and quiet to the traffic and large crowds. more
This Labor Day, like many others, saw people spending time outdoors at local parks and lakes. Though enjoying the day, many were contemplative considering the recent devastation along the Texas gulf coast caused by Hurricane Harvey. more
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