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Whitehouse Fire Chief Madison Johnson has been encouraged by the attendance at the first two community meetings held in regards to forming a CERT team. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team and is a federal program organized under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program trains volunteers to prepare for a variety of disasters a community may face. more
Commissioner Cary Nix presented the details of the Smith County road and bridge bond election at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Troup city council. A brief video was shown and then Nix answered questions posed by the council. (The video can be viewed at www.smith-county.com.) more
A New Generations van transporting students from Whitehouse on Friday, Oct. 13, was involved in a collision with a Honda sedan on State Highway 110 in front of New Generations center. Though incomplete, Jean Dark of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) stated in a report that the driver of the day care van failed to yield the right of way when turning left into the daycare center and was struck by the passenger car traveling south. None of the van occupants, including the driver and nine children, were seemingly injured. more
“The state recognizes this month [October] as principals month,” said Troup Independent School District (TISD) Superintendent Stuart Bird after the opening of the Oct. 10 TISD board meeting. “It’s a really important job,” said Bird, “these guys are on the firing line every day.” “They are responsible for the academic success of the school, the moral of the campus, the discipline, taking care of our children and in many, many, many ways it’s an all encompassing job,” he elaborated. more
Community Activities Troup to hold library book sale The preview sale for the Cameron – J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library will be held 1-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The entry fee for the preview sale is $5.00. The public sale will run Wednesday, Oct. 25 – Sat. Oct. 28. Hours on Wednesday and Friday are 1-5 p.m., Thursday, 3-7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The library can be contacted at (903) 842-3101. more
Whitehouse city council Place 1, 3 and 5 will be voted on in November. Place 3 and Place 5 are uncontested seats. Though not named on the ballot, two men have registered as write-in candidates for Place 1. The council is comprised of five council members and the mayor. Council members are elected at large, meaning each one represents all Whitehouse citizens. Each of these positions is voluntary and without pay. more
You can read, view and support your library, too. The Whitehouse Community Library will host its bi-annual book sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21. Though the library usually has items for sale at the front entrance, the bi-annual fall sale will be much larger with a greater selection of adult fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, audio books, DVDs and music CDs. The prices of the sale range from 50 cents to $2. Arrive early enough and you might even be able to snag one or more of the limited homemade baked goods that will also be for sale. more
October brings out the pranks and parties, in addition to the vampire jokes directed at blood-collections staff with Carter BloodCare. While it is all intended for fun, some blood donors do feel uneasy anticipating the needle sticks. One suggestion for those donors is to consider the person who might receive your donated gift of blood. more
The Arbor Day Foundation will brighten up your fall by offering 10 free autumn classics trees or five free Crapemyrtle when you join the organization in October. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America campaign, a program dedicated to environmental stewardship through the planting of trees. more
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