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Beginning Sunday, July 23, traffic flow will be impacted on U.S. Highway 271 in the eastern portion of Smith County due to a night time road repair project, said Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Kathi White. more
Community Activities Low cost vet care Dr. Lynn Foster DVM of Spay.Neuter.NOW and her staff will be at the Whitehouse Municipal Fire Station located at 303 E. Main St. in Whitehouse to offer low cost vet care on Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring pets on a leash or confined in a carrier for everyone’s safety and comfort. TASCA 42 tourney more
As much as they wish they didn’t have to, Troup ISD Board of Trustees has called a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) to ask its voters for a 13 cent tax increase per $100 evaluation. The election is set for Aug. 26 with early voting beginning on Aug. 9. more
Construction crews are hard at it and the summer heat is keeping everyone hopping with everything going as scheduled at multiple locations in Whitehouse ISD. While “on time” is great news to hear, under budget is even better. “Currently we are under budget on every project except the sports complex,” WISD Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran said. “And you’ll remember that our original plan for the fields was grass and it was later changed to turf. That’s where we are over.” more
The temps are moving up and so are plans for the new band year in Troup and Whitehouse. Both groups will see new captains at the helm. Robert Castillo is the new Troup High School director and Ryan McInturff will take on the middle school band. These men have already been working together to get things ready for their students’ return. more
The Smith County grand jury for the 241st Judicial District Court handed down 25 indictments when they met on June 29. Four of those alleged offenders are from this area. Brandon Matthews, 33, 200 block of Crestview in Whitehouse, remains in the Smith County jail charged with Assault/Family Violence. His bond is set at $30,000. Matthews’ 23 Smith County records include other Assault arrests. This arrest includes a charge for a Parole Violation. more
By day, Justin Northcutt of Troup calls on plant farms and nurseries all around East Texas encouraging them to use Texas Organic compost. He knows how natural ingredients work in the soil and don’t have the negative effects of chemicals especially when it comes to our food supply. more
In 2005 during the shooting at the Smith County Courthouse, Smith County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sherman Dollison was shot numerous times. Two other people lost their lives that day. Detective Dollison’s heroic actions that day certainly prevented other innocent bystanders from being injured or killed. After years of medical treatment as a result of his wounds, Detective Dollison is now on dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant. One of Detective Dollison’s co-workers, Detective Josh Hill was tested and has shown to be a match. Detective Hill has made the decision to give Detective Dollison one of his kidneys. more
The Smith County Area Go Texan committee will host the fourth annual Smith County Area Go Texan Scholarship Fundraiser Gala Saturday, July 22, at the Harvey Hall Convention Center, located at 2000 W. Front St., in Tyler. more
The summer break for Texas lawmakers will have to wait, as a special session has been called by the governor, sending lawmakers back to work to finish working on legislation from the recently convened 86th legislative session. On Tuesday, June 6, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called a special session of the state Legislature with a list of 20 priorities for lawmakers to work on, including but not limited to the state’s controversial “bathroom bill,” a pay raise for Texas teachers, and school finance reform. more
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