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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
The Arp Independent School District has received a generous donation from the Ozarka Nestle Waters plant in Hawkins. Students and staff returning to school Thursday, Aug. 17, will be provided with free water bottles. more
As students return to school, those attending Whitehouse Junior High School will find the schedule is different. School begins at 7:50 a.m., which is five minutes sooner than last year. Parents will need to make plans to drop off their students accordingly. School will end at 3:10 p.m. more
The First Ladies drill team of Whitehouse ISD participated in team line camp during the first week of August and received many awards for their efforts. Lacey VanBuskirk, assistant Director of the First Ladies, says the girls did wonderful work. more
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