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WISD board members considered construction updates during the Monday, Nov. 13, meeting. Aerial photographs and video of the various sites were shown along with the updates by WRL representatives. “We’re in good shape. We’ve been blessed with good weather. We had a rough spring and rough early summer, but since the weather’s been good, we’ve been able to make up some of the ground so people are on track,” Steve Hickey of WRL General Contractors stated when questioned if the work was on schedule. more
“No Shave November” is well under way and the competition has expanded well beyond the police departments of Troup and Arp. The rivalry on State Highway 135 that usually plays out on the football field each fall now has a new focus. Each community is trying to outdo the other in their fund-raising efforts on behalf of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. What began last year as an internal competition within the Troup Police Department grew exponentially when Chief Pat Hendrix challenged Arp’s police chief, Craig Robinson, to a departmental contest. more
Troup held its annual Christmas in the Country the evening of Monday, Nov. 13. The new street lights shined while Christmas songs played from a loudspeaker on the sidewalk. Though the weather wasn’t exactly crisp, it wasn’t altogether warm either. Shoppers visited with one another as they sampled food offerings of vegetables and dip, cheese and crackers, cookies and even meatballs. Christmas music played in every store while customers browsed and made purchases. Lisa and Greg Fleck, managers of Hope Restored, said they have been a part of the Christmas in the Country event for the past five years. more
Community Activities Tyler Aggie Moms The Tyler Aggie Moms and Grub Burger (5421 South Broadway, Tyler) will host a Grub Gives Back event Thursday, Nov. 16. Mention Tyler Aggie Moms when you place your order at the Grub Burger for a portion of your ticket to be donated to the scholarship fund for the Tyler Aggie Moms. For more information email Tyler Aggie Moms at tyleraggiemoms@gmail.com. more
With a goal of building 100 beds for foster placements in the Greater Smith County Area of East Texas, the public is invited to join Pure Religion in a community bed build from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Crosswalk parking garage at Green Acres Baptist Church (1607 Troup Highway, Tyler, TX 75701). more
• Thursday, Nov. 16 – Choir pre-area contest, Hallsville High School; 8 a.m., Girl’s gold at Hallsville Tournament, Woodhollow Golf course; 8:00-11:15 a.m., Whitehouse college Fair, cafeteria; 6-8 p.m., Wildcat bonfire, First Baptist Church, Whitehouse. more
Art students at Troup High School recently held an in-house contest. Each entrant was to sketch a classic vehicle. The resulting artwork, over 60 drawings, was placed on display near the school office. First place winner, Thomas Neely, a junior, has been in art classes throughout his high school years and says he enjoys art because it gives him the opportunity to use his imagination. more
Brown Elementary fifth grader Ryder Kelly has been raising funds each year since first grade in order to support a member of the United States military, according to his mother Heather Kelly. Though one might suspect Ryder’s involvement came as a part of some organization, mom says, “he came to it on his own.” Kelly stated her son had a special relationship with his great-grandfather, Robert Garfield Ernst, who served in the army and often told stories of his experiences. According to Kelly, Ernst served as an engineer in the Air Force when it was still the Army Air Corps. more
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