Hike and bike trails have been a popular idea among the residents of Whitehouse for some time. Plans for such trails were included in the Vision 2020, or city comprehensive plan, formed in 2005. Some of those ideas may soon become reality. Plans have been drawn for the location of a trail along a portion of the Blackhawk Creek near the wastewater treatment plant with possible access from Patrick Road, according to city manager Aaron Smith. The first phase of development will likely offer 1-1½ miles of trail, all on city property. What is currently proposed would be a primitive trail similar to that of Faulkner Park, according to Smith.
Several students were recognized at the Monday, Feb. 12, meeting of Troup Independent School District’s trustees. Three high school students were acknowledged for their hard work which led to their being named to the All-State Band. They are Matthew Castillo, Jesus Cordero and Marianna Gatlin. The three will perform with the All-State Band in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.
The Whitehouse Fire Department is getting an update. Though perhaps not noticeable from the outside, necessary changes are being made inside to the existing building which has been around over 30 years. The original construction was intended for little more than holding meetings as there were no full-time fire fighters stationed around the clock, according to Fire Chief Madison Johnson. The building has since undergone some changes, but it was finally time for a remodel.
Troup Mayor Joe Carlyle is proud of the city he grew up in and still calls his home. Carlyle gave a presentation about Troup during Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, Feb. 6, as part of the county’s Connecting Communities initiative. In 1872, a 45-mile rail line running from Palestine to Troup was completed. At one point, the city was running 6,000 to 8,000 bales of cotton through the steam-powered locomotive. The cotton industry in Troup faded and was replaced by peaches, bell peppers and tomatoes, Carlyle said.