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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is beginning enforcement efforts across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law. These periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are planned throughout the year at various locations in Texas, with several operations planned in February. more
Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone who joins the Foundation in February 2018 will receive 10 free Norway spruce trees or 10 free redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm.  The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. more
Quentin Fisher, a member of the Whitehouse High School Band Program, will perform with the Texas All-State 5A Symphonic Band in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. He was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Fisher plays French horn at school under the direction of Tom Mensch who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 19,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. more
• Thursday, Feb. 8: 6 p.m., Fish Fair at WHS cafeteria/commons • Friday, Feb. 9: 5/6:15/7:30, 9th/JV/Varsity Wildcat basketball, WHS auxiliary gym/Arena; 5/7 p.m., more
The generosity of children often amazes those around them. The students of Donna Emmons’ third grade class are no exception. Their willingness to help those in need has grown from a classroom fund-raiser to a school-wide project. It all began with the reading of “The Water Princess,” according to Emmons. The book is based on the childhood of Georgie Badiel and tells the story of a young girl who dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her village in Africa. more
Colton Smith, a member of Arp FFA, caught a calf during Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble, earning a $500 purchase certificate for a show heifer and the chance for up to $12,500 in scholarship awards. Smith’s parents are Donald and Mindy Smith. Smith’s award was sponsored by Hull Associates, LLC. more
The spotlight was shone brightly on the Smith County District Attorney’s Office and the upcoming election for the top seat in the office, as an audit released in January found numerous policy infractions through an audit report, with a candidate for District Attorney listed as the top violator. more
Whitehouse Fire Chief Madison Johnson reported on the progress of the Community Emergency Response Team or CERT for which two informational meetings as well as a CPR and first aid training have been held. Though he previously believed the team would be the first of its kind in the county, Johnson has since been informed a CERT team already exists in Smith County. more
Two new houses now stand in Troup thanks to a grant from Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The owners of the newly erected three bedroom, one bathroom homes are Morris and Barbara Austin and Sam and Lutrecia Medford. “Both houses had significant foundation and roofing issues,” noted Christel Kiker, Administrative Assistant at Traylor and Associates, Inc., the grant consults for Troup. “There was damage to ceiling tiles and uneven flooring throughout both houses. Heating and cooling sources were not always sufficient during extreme weather. Plumbing and electrical were outdated and unsafe. They were replaced with energy efficient, safe, handicap accessible homes.” To be eligible for the grant, applicants were required to own their own home, be income eligible, owe no property taxes and have a home in disrepair. “I was happy; I was overjoyed,” Morris Austin said about how he felt when first discovering he had been approved as an applicant for the new home. “My wife was especially [happy],” Austin commented.” We’ve been in the old house since 1975 and she wanted something new.” Though the Austins originally applied for the grant in January of 2017, work on the building of the new home didn’t begin until September. They stayed with their son, who also lives in Troup, while construction was ongoing. “I’m proud of what the city has done for us and everybody else who helped us get the grant,” Austin stated. “We couldn’t afford a new one ourselves.” “Elated,” was Lutrecia Medford’s one word answer about her reaction to being notified she would be getting one of the new homes. Medford stated she’d been living in her old home 23 years and had previously applied for a grant. “I’m just grateful and thankful,” Medford said about seeing the completed house. “You never think it can happen to you and when it does, you can’t even explain how you feel.” “We have been blessed to have the opportunity to play a part in a unique program that came available for two of our Troup families,” Mayor Joe Carlyle stated. “Being a home builder, I’m always excited for families to move into their new homes. Now I get to experience this with our own families as mayor.” more
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