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Three places on the Troup ISD Board of Trustees will be open for election, Saturday, May 5. Five candidates have filed including Joe Morris and Burnel “Sonny” Selden who are vying for the remaining two-year term in Place 1, Lee Morris who is challenging Gene W. Whitsell for Place 5 and running unopposed is John Whitsell for Place 4. Each of the candidates was asked to respond to a series of questions. This, the first of a two-part report, is an introduction to the candidates who were asked to tell about themselves and why they have chosen to run for a seat on the school board. No response was received from John Whitsell, nor was a picture submitted by Burnel Seldon. more
The hiring of Coach Marcus Gold as the new head football coach highlighted the Monday, April 9, meeting of the Whitehouse ISD Board of Trustees. Gold, who has served as defensive coordinator, was approved to replace Adam Cook who had previously been promoted to the position of athletic director. Several students and staff were recognized during the meeting. Student council member Morganne Tomlinson and her sponsor Randi Shaw were noted for their coordination of the “Shattered Dream” event which simulated a drunk-driving wreck and involved many local first responders. Meagan Killian was celebrated for her award winning artwork being displayed in the Texas Capital building and Kamryn Hightower was acknowledged as FFA talent show winner. more
In honor of National County Government Month, Smith County is hosting two events for the public on Wednesday, April 25. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., job seekers are invited to the “Setting Yourself Up for Success with Smith County” Job Fair. more
Jeff McCormack, a senior at Troup High School, gave a check to the City of Troup on behalf of the National Honor Society. The NHS had held a movie night benefiting the Troup Police Department and the $366 total was presented at the Monday, April 16, city council meeting. McCormack previously hosted a spaghetti dinner benefiting the Troup PD K9 program in March 2017, raising $1,700. more
Community Activities Troup chamber to host awards banquet The Troup Chamber of Commerce will host the annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Troup High School. The banquet honors City of Troup and TISD employees. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25 and will be available at the door. Tyler more
Whitehouse Meals on Wheels and Philadelphia Blessing were among those served during the first Mission Day of Dayspring United Methodist Church. The event involved church youth from 6th- through 12th-grades providing community service in the Whitehouse and South Tyler areas. Forty teens worked in teams of 4-5 along with an adult, according to Chad King, associate student ministry director in charge of mission and student outreach projects. The intent was to help non-profit organizations and individuals who either cannot afford or are not physically capable of doing repair work themselves. more
Jeff Austin III, Vice Chairman of the Board, recently announced the promotion of Austin Bank employees Karrie Fields and Glenna Searcy. The promotions were approved at the March 2018 Board of Directors meeting at the Austin Bank corporate office in Jacksonville. more
Troup Independent School District trustees are taking steps to improve security at school campuses. The position of a full-time school resource officer (SRO) for the elementary campus was approved at the Monday, April 9, meeting of the school board. Other measures are also being considered. more
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