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May

Homeowner holds burglary suspect at gunpoint

A homeowner in the 8800 block of County Road 3609 (Oakwood Lane) held a burglary suspect at gunpoint Thursday morning, April 19, at approximately 12:30 until Hunt County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and took him into custody, according to Sheriff Randy Meeks.

Meeks said, “The homeowner reported that they heard their dogs barking more aggressively than usual, and upon looking outside, they observed a male subject entering into one of their vehicles. The homeowner retrieved a firearm from inside the residence and was able to approach the suspect without detection and held him at gunpoint while calling 911.”

Thu
03
May

Sheriff reports ‘jury failure to show’ scam

“It has come to the attention of the Hunt County Sheriffs Office that person or persons have been calling citizens representing themselves as officers of the court stating they are calling about failure to show for jury duty,” said Sheriff Randy Meeks.

Meeks said suspects are calling citizens informing them that they have missed jury duty and if they dont provide a credit card number over the phone in order to pay a fine, a deputy will be sent to their residence, and they will be taken to jail.

Thu
03
May

TxDOT to unveil 2019-22 project details Monday

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will host a meeting May 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the McLemore Student Center at Paris Junior College to share the details of its Rural Transportation Improvement Program for 2019-22.

Interested citizens are invited to attend, review the plan and share their input with TxDOT officials representing the nine-county Paris District in Northeast Texas, according to spokesman Tim McAlavy.

The Paris District consists of Hunt, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Hopkins, Lamar, Rains and Red River Counties.

Thu
03
May

Downtown Quinlan work to start Monday First project completion expected before Aug. 1

Work on the first of two downtown Quinlan projects is expected to get underway Monday and be completed by Aug. 1.

That was the plan given by the project engineer, contractor and city officials Monday evening to downtown business owners.

The Quinlan Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) hosted the meeting in efforts to prepare businesses for the estimated 90-day Main Street Sidewalk Reconstruction and Streetscape Project.

Thu
03
May

Chamber auctions disco style

“Welcome Aboard, Let’s Disco” was the theme and set an upbeat tempo for Friday night’s third annual Auction on the Lake fundraiser for the Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The event was held at Peninsula Ranch and Lodge. The buffet dinner was catered by Sweet Water Grill.

Many of the chamber’s directors, ambassadors and attendees dressed in the disco style with big hair, sparkles, polyester and platform shoes.

Thu
03
May

American Legion continues work on post

 

American Legion West Tawakoni Post No. 517 continued work on its project this week to make improvements to the post. Shown above are Sons of American Legion Commander Bill Creed, left, and post Commander Mike Nelson.

Thu
03
May

News Briefs

Holley Scholarship presentations June 3

Formal presentations to awardees of the Jay Tom and Mary Lou Holley Scholarship are to be made Sunday, June 3, at the 10:30 a.m. service of the First United Methodist Church of Quinlan.

Mon
05
Mar

Library dynamo steps down as president

 

Virginia Johnson is the dynamo that powered a successful effort to build a new Tawakoni Area Public Library.

She steps down this on this month as president of the library’s board of directors after 15 years at the helm but stays active and involved as vice president. Denise Turner is the new president.

Johnson began her service to the library in 1997 as a volunteer. She was soon asked to serve on the board of directors, and about a year later, she was elected president.

Soon after, 35 children and that many jars of orange and black paint sparked the start of efforts to expand the library.

“We were doing Halloween, and we were painting with orange and black tempera between the stacks. The kids were on the floor doing the project. People were trying to get books. I just thought we can’t grow,” Johnson said, and remembered trying to maneuver around stacks of books and jars of paint.

Mon
05
Mar

Foundation awards Slocum $1,500

 

Grant funds attendance at science, technology congress

 

 

 

 

Quinlan Independent School District Education Foundation recently awarded W.H. Ford High School sophomore Haven Slocum $1,500 to attend “The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders” in Boston, Mass., this summer.

Slocum is the first recipient of the student enrichment grant received for this school year and the second student to apply to and receive a student enrichment grant from the Quinlan ISD Education Foundation.

The foundation began a new initiative last year for up to $2,000 each year. The initiative is intended for current students in Quinlan ISD to enrich their personal educational goals while they are a student of the district.

Mon
26
Feb

Sheriff’s detention officer killed in wreck In off-duty accident between Quinlan, Terrell on SH 34

 

 

 

 

A 33-year-old Quinlan man was killed Saturday when his pickup truck collided with an 18-wheeler tanker truck, according to Department of Public Safety Sgt. Kyle Bradford.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said in a statement Saturday, “It is with a heavy heart the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office confirms that Detention Officer Billy Attaway, 33, lost his life this morning in a motor vehicle accident.”

Sgt. Bradford said, “The tanker truck was traveling north on 34, and the pickup truck was traveling south. For an as-of-yet-to-be-determined reason, the pickup truck traveled in the northbound lane and was struck by tanker truck.”

He said Attaway was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the tanker truck was not injured.

“The investigation is ongoing, and no other information is available at this time,” Bradford said.

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