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The Whitehouse ISD Education Foundation (WISD EF) was organized in 2014. In just three years, the foundation has been able to fund educational grants totaling $140,000. Applications for current grants are being accepted at the district office through 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Those chosen for awards will receive the grants in November. more
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
Student enrollment for Troup and Whitehouse is lower than the 2016 enrollment, while the numbers for Arp show an overall increase in students. Troup shows a district-wide decrease of a single student with 1,079 enrolled last year and 1,078 students enroll presently. The high school increased registration from 307 to 323 students. The middle school also showed an increase from last year’s 233 to this year’s 248. The drop in numbers at the elementary from 539 to 507 accounted for the district showing an overall decrease of one. more
Community Activities Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce Banquet The Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend its 2017 banquet from 6 p.m. to 8 p. m. on Tuesday, Oct.3. The banquet includes buffet dinner, guest speakers and annual awards. Ticket prices are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Kelly A/C & Heating at 208 St. Hwy 110 S., Austin Bank at 100 Horton, or Kay Taylor, Farmers Insurance at 1008 St. Hwy 110 S. have tickets available for purchase. You can visit www.whitehousetx.com for more details on the banquet. For questions, the Chamber can be reached at 903-941-5221 or by email at info@whitehousetx.com. 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
Pep rallies to celebrate Troup’s 2017 homecoming will take place on Friday with one being held at 10 a.m. at the elementary gym and a second held at the high school stadium beginning at 2:50 p.m. “There’s no place like HOMEcoming” is this year’s theme. Ceremonies for crowning the homecoming king and queen begin at 7:00 p.m. prior to the football game at Tiger Stadium. This year’s slate of princesses includes Bailee Casteel, Cheyenne Henson, Jansen Reid and Jessie Smith. The 2017 princes are Trevor Everett, Rowdy Howell, Logan Stone and Shane Thomas. 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
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