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Despite being under investigation by the Texas Rangers, Cherokee County Commissioner Byron Underwood (Precinct 4) will keep his seat on the Commissioners Court. Underwood has faced scrutiny since a personal item was noticed on his expense report submitted during a recent Commissioners Court meeting. more
The City of Whitehouse held a special council meeting Monday, Aug. 14, to discuss five action items and hold a budget workshop. The first item of action was the first public hearing on the proposed 2017-2018 property tax rate of $0.675207 per $100 of valuation. No citizen attended, and the council unanimously approved the proposed rate. The next public hearing will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. more
The Smith County Commissioners Court received its first presentation on the proposed, six-year Smith County Road and Bridge Capital Improvement Project on Tuesday, August 8. County Engineer Frank Davis rolled out the first working draft of the plan, a 52-page document listing potential road projects costing between $100 million and $120 million. The plan lists projects for more than 1,167 miles of the county’s 1,182 miles of roadway. more
Patricia Dillon has always watched the sun rise and set in East Texas. A life-long resident of this corner of the state, Dillon has settled in Jacksonville, but now has a vested interest in Troup and Whitehouse. The newest employee of Bluebonnet Publishing, Dillon is the new editor of the Tri County Leader that covers all things Whitehouse and Troup. She replaced Suzanne Loudamy, who recently retired from the newspaper. more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced last week he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $779.2 million in local sales tax allocations for August, 1.3 percent more than in August 2016. more
The Smith County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office is currently trying to locate the following individuals. If anyone has any information, call 903-590-4729 and ask for Courtney Isaacks or Katrina Kam. All information will be kept confidential. more
Danny Ward announced his Republican candidacy for Texas House of Representatives House District 11. Ward is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, a fifth generation Texan, telecommunications technician by profession and former professional rodeo cowboy. He and his wife Amy are members of First Baptist Church in Alto. They reside on their farm outside of Alto with their two children. For more information visit www.wardfortexas.com. more
Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers responded to a three vehicle, fatal crash at about 6:20 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, on Highway 110 in Smith County, two miles south of the city of Whitehouse.  more
Department of Public Safety Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, on Toll 49 in Smith County, five miles south of the city of Lindale. more
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