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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced last week he would send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $911.9 million in local sales tax allocations for February. This is a 6.2 percent increase over Feb. 2017. The amounts are based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly. Smith County received $1,832,567.89 for the month, which is an increase of 2.59 percent over last February’s payment of $1,786,146.26. The year-to-date total of $3,317,652.02 is 4.56 percent greater than the $3,172,853.14 reported in 2017. more
Hike and bike trails have been a popular idea among the residents of Whitehouse for some time. Plans for such trails were included in the Vision 2020, or city comprehensive plan, formed in 2005. Some of those ideas may soon become reality. Plans have been drawn for the location of a trail along a portion of the Blackhawk Creek near the wastewater treatment plant with possible access from Patrick Road, according to city manager Aaron Smith. The first phase of development will likely offer 1-1½ miles of trail, all on city property. What is currently proposed would be a primitive trail similar to that of Faulkner Park, according to Smith. more
Several students were recognized at the Monday, Feb. 12, meeting of Troup Independent School District’s trustees. Three high school students were acknowledged for their hard work which led to their being named to the All-State Band. They are Matthew Castillo, Jesus Cordero and Marianna Gatlin. The three will perform with the All-State Band in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. more
The Whitehouse Fire Department is getting an update. Though perhaps not noticeable from the outside, necessary changes are being made inside to the existing building which has been around over 30 years. The original construction was intended for little more than holding meetings as there were no full-time fire fighters stationed around the clock, according to Fire Chief Madison Johnson. The building has since undergone some changes, but it was finally time for a remodel. more
Troup Mayor Joe Carlyle is proud of the city he grew up in and still calls his home. Carlyle gave a presentation about Troup during Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, Feb. 6, as part of the county’s Connecting Communities initiative. In 1872, a 45-mile rail line running from Palestine to Troup was completed. At one point, the city was running 6,000 to 8,000 bales of cotton through the steam-powered locomotive. The cotton industry in Troup faded and was replaced by peaches, bell peppers and tomatoes, Carlyle said. more
Community Activities National Weather Service gives classes The Tyler Amateur Radio Club (TARC) and the East Texas Emergency Communication Service (ETECS) will host a National Weather Service (NWS) spotter training session on their Skywarn program. Basic and advance spotter classes will be given at the session beginning promptly at 6 p.m. and concluding at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Shiloh Road Church of Christ. The church is located at 1801 Shiloh Road at the corner of Paluxy Drive in Tyler. Anyone interested in being a storm spotter is invited. The training is free. The website for TARC is more
Smith County residents will be able to celebrate Texas Independence Day with fireworks again this year. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Smith County Commissioners voted to approve an order authorizing fireworks sales from Feb. 25 through midnight March 2. Although fireworks can be discharged any time of year, there are only certain state-approved holidays when fireworks can be sold in Texas, including July 4 and New Year’s. more
Smith County Engineer Frank Davis has plans for several road bond projects to be done in the next couple of months. During Commissioners Court Tuesday, Feb. 6, Davis gave the second monthly report on the progress of the $39.5 million bond approved by voters in November. Four roads in the Bullard area are pegged for reconstruction and overlay in February. They include County Roads 113, 119, 121, and 152. more
• Thursday, Feb. 15: Pep rally bell schedule; All day, Varsity softball at Forney Tournament • Friday, Feb. 16: 7:30 a.m., Faculty and staff breakfast served by FFA, main hall outside library; 7:45 a.m., more
LeTourneau University held Fall 2017 commencement services recently for around 200 graduates who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Among them was Lisa Villarreal, of Whitehouse, Master of Science in MS Health Care Admin. more
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