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There were carnival rides, bounce houses, live music, food and shuttle rides to and from the parking lot. One might think this was a vacation destination, but in reality it was Fire in the Sky, a community festival and fireworks show, hosted by First Baptist Church in Troup Friday, June 29. more
A Troup resident, Christopher Matthew Luna, 27, was arrested Tuesday, June 26 and charged with Sexual Assault of a Child. A 15-year-old female and her mother made a complaint on Thursday, June 21, according to a post on the Smith County Sheriff’s Facebook page. Detectives from the Child Crimes Unit met with the victim and a forensic interview was conducted and an immediate investigation began. more
Dru Woods is a storyteller, musician and puppeteer and was the special guest of Whitehouse Community Library along with dozens of her puppet friends on Friday, June 29. With so many puppets in the variety of stories she tells, Woods asked for volunteers to be her puppeteers. There was no lack of children willing to aid in the puppetry. more
Whitehouse Independent School District is facing many changes for the 2018-2019 school year, including a new Brown Elementary and a new junior high. A nearly $95 million bond was passed in November 2016 approving the two separate propositions which allowed for the construction of two new schools, several other additions and improvements, upgrades to areas of the existing stadium as well as construction of an indoor multi-purpose facility on the high school campus. more
Community Activities AARP driver’s class available There will be an AARP Driver Safety Class at Pollard United Methodist Church, 3030 New Copeland Road in Tyler, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday July 11. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The class is open to all drivers with a valid driver’s license but is geared to participants over 50. After completion of the class you may be eligible for a discount on your automobile insurance premium. Contact Harry H Rayner at or call 903-768-2032. more
The Troup city council approved several items and resolutions when they met Monday, June 18. Included in the approved measures was an agreement with the Troup Independent School District concerning a school resource officer. The finalization of the agreement specifies the financial responsibilities of both the city and the school district and allows for a full-time SRO at the elementary school campus. more
A recommendation was made by the executive director of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement regarding the possible license suspension of suspended Smith County Precinct 1 Constable Henry Phillip Jackson. According to a petition filed in May, TCOLE executive director Kim Vickers recommended a 10-year suspension of Jackson’s peace officer’s license. more
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