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Smith County voters chose to approve a $39.5 million road and bridge bond with 73% in favor of its passage, according to Smith County records. Records also showed less than 5 percent of eligible voters participated in the Nov. 9 election, including early and mail in votes. Arp elected to approve a both propositions on its ballot though by meager margins. Proposition A was to approve the sale of alcoholic beverages and passed with 56 percent approval. Only 55 percent of voters were in favor of Proposition B which allowed for a 0.5 percent sales tax rate increase. more
Nathan Ryan Garcia, 20, of Whitehouse was jailed on a murder charge Wednesday, Nov. 8, but was released on $500,000 bond the next day. He is the second Whitehouse man arrested on a murder charge linked to the shooting death of Andrew Carpenter, 19, of Tyler. Martin Reynolds Jr. was jailed Sunday, Nov. 5, and remains in custody charged with murder in connection to Carpenter’s death. Smith County sheriff’s deputies had responded to a call reporting a shooting at a residence in the 8800 block of Deerwood Drive in Smith County, according to a Smith County Sheriff’s Office press release. Reynolds was identified after he “checked in to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg,” the release stated. more
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 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
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