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Stuart Bird, superintendent of Troup Independent School District, spoke to the group assembled for the January 2017 Chamber of Commerce meeting. The topic was the possibility of a natural gas fired power plant to be built by FGE Power. Bird again addressed those gathered for the annual chamber meeting this past Thursday, Feb. 1, and stated the power company is near to closing on a property approximately 10-12 miles southwest of Troup. more
The first project paid for by the recently voter-approved road bond is underway in southern Smith County. Smith County Road and Bridge employees have been working this week to overlay County Road 119, just outside of Bullard. The county crews ground the existing pavement, reshaped and compacted the material and are now overlaying the roadway with hot mix asphalt. This work is anticipated to be completed by the end of this week. The Road and Bridge crew will start next on the neighboring CR 113, then on to CR 152, also known as East Bowie Road. All three roads will be reworked and overlaid by Road and Bridge crews. more
“When I was about 10 years old, my grandpa and me worked on a tractor, a 1939 Ford 9N. That was the first one that I actually got to restore and I just fell in love with restoring tractors,” Shelby Nichols said. That was the beginning of a hobby for her that continues to this day. Sammy Nichols, Shelby’s grandfather, actually began by restoring old pick-up trucks, beginning with his own grandfather’s 1959 Chevrolet. more
There is good news for those in Arp. The Tri County Leader can now be picked up and purchased locally. There is a news rack in The Hub, located at 410 State Highway 135. Each copy of the paper is 50 cents. more
Angie Copeland, Director of Admissions at University of Texas at Tyler, made a surprise announcement at Whitehouse High School on Friday, Feb. 2. Accompanied by cheerleaders and staff, Copeland awarded four students with full-ride scholarships. The students receiving the honor were Alex Baham, daughter of Kim and Kerry Baham; Nicolas Means, son of Stuart and Kathy Means; Seth Roberts, son of Jeff and Shelly Roberts and Favour Thomas, daughter of Frances and Victor Thomas. more
Community Activities Keep Whitehouse Beautiful to meet Keep Whitehouse Beautiful meets at noon on Monday, Feb. 12, at City Council Chambers.  The public is welcome to attend and volunteers … more
The next regular meeting of the Cherokee County Genealogical Society will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the First United Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456, in Jacksonville. The meeting will be followed by light pot luck refreshments provided by CCGS members.  Regular CCGS meetings are held the second Monday evening of the months September through May unless otherwise announced. more
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