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The Whitehouse Independent School District Education Foundation (WISD EF) is seeking new “Friends of the Foundation.” In just four years and with the generous support of the community, the foundation has awarded over $225,000 in grant money to innovative teachers, with $69,000 disbursed last year which supported 32 grants. more
Church Activities Bullard Southern Baptist Church will host a Gospel concert event featuring nine-time Dove Award winners Jeff and Sheri Easter, on Saturday, Sept. 8. The artists are well-known in the Gospel music field, having appeared many times on the Gaither Homecoming videos and tours. The concert will begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. BSBC is located at 716 N. Houston St., Bullard, and can be reached at (903) 894-9267. more
On Monday, Aug. 20, State Representative Travis Clardy (R–Nacogdoches) officially announced his intention to run for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, making him the fourth Republican to announce a run for the Speakership. more
A suspended Smith County constable has a meeting on the books in September with a state agency that will determine whether or not his law enforcement license will be suspended. more
The Troup city council conducted the first public hearing on the proposed tax rate for 2018-2019 Monday, Aug. 20. Last year’s tax rate was 0.912933 or approximately 91 cents per $100 valuation of property. The proposed rate for 2018-2019 is 0.867087 or approximately 87 cents per $100 valuation, effectively dropping the tax rate by 4½ cents if adopted. more
Local Cub Scout Pack 359 is seeking new members. A “School Night for Scouting” will be hosted 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Whitehouse United Methodist Church located at 405 West Main Street. Students in first- through fifth-grade interested in joining the Boy Scouts, or those just seeking information, are encouraged to attend the meeting. more
The first bells of the new school year rang Wednesday, Agu. 22 for students attending class in Bullard Independent School District “We are excited about a new school year,” said Todd Schneider, Bullard ISD Superintendent. “Overall, we had a smooth start on the first day, probably the smoothest start we’ve had. It’s great to have our students back, and we anticipate great things this year with all the good things going on in our district.” more
Karyn Ard, a Troup High School teacher, has been named one of six finalists for 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year, according to the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), which facilitates the awards program. Ard teaches biology at Troup High School, where she has taught for the past nine years of her 22-year career in education. more
The campuses of The Brook Hill School were filled with students once again last week, as the school began classes for the 2018-2019 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 15, beginning the school’s 22nd year of existence. Students attending Brook Hill’s middle school and upper school gathered inside the Lauderdale Commons on the first day of school for the opening chapel event of the 2018-2019 school year. A praise band composed of both Brook Hill students and faculty began the event by leading a time of worship during the chapel service, singing songs such as “Shine Your Light,” “Lord, I Need You,” “How He Loves Us” and “Reckless Love.” more
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