West Tawakoni dumpster reopens

The city of West Tawakoni and Keep West Tawakoni Beautiful (KWTB) once again will allow the city’s water service customers to dispose of bulky trash and brush at the city’s sewer plant for the first time since last October, starting Saturday, April 29, according to KWTB steering committee Chair Kathie Magers.

Magers said KWTB volunteers would man the sewer plant on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon or until the dumpster is full to allow residents who are unable to make it to the site on Rabbit Cove Road during weekday hours.

Starting the next Tuesday, May 2, and continuing Tuesdays and Thursdays through early October, the site will be open two days a week from 9 a.m. until noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

There will be three more Saturdays when the facility will be open during the ensuing months. Those dates will be announced closer to the actual times.



Cleanup day May 6 at Quinlan IOOF Lanham Cemetery

The Quinlan IOOF Lanham Cemetery Association has called a cleanup day for May 6 at the cemetery, according to Carolyn Strickland.

The association asked all those who have family or friends buried in the cemetery, which is located on State Highway 34 just north of the Quinlan city limits, to participate.

“Through the years, faded worn flowers, trash and rubbish have been thrown over the north fence of the IOOF Lanham Cemetery. We, the directors and officers of the cemetery association have decided now is the time to clean all of this up. We are planning a cleanup for May 6 at the cemetery. We will all meet around 9 a.m. We will take rest breaks, lunch break and will not stay beyond 4 p.m.,” Strickland said.

The association asked that anyone with family and friends buried there as well as anyone who just wants to help to bring hoes, rakes, wheelbarrows or whatever you have and help.


Chamber names Lynn Simmons

New executive director replaces Darter

The Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce introduced the new executive director Thursday at its monthly membership luncheon.

Lynn Simmons will fill the position next month with the resignation of Debi Darter. Darter has accepted a marketing position with Peninsula Ranch.

Simmons is co-owner of Black Bear Crossing at Finstad’s Kitsee Ridge with her husband Dennis. Her parents, Martin and Betty Finstad, bought the property in 1977.

A graduate of Sunset High School in Dallas, Simmons is a member of the Greiner Girls of Oak Cliff. The group is named for the junior high school its members attended in Oak Cliff and works for the betterment of the community.

She is a licensed realtor with Remax and has experience in corporate events development.


New fire chiefs for East and West

Results of recent elections by East Tawakoni and West Tawakoni fire departments were announced this week. East Tawakoni Fire Chief Kevin Willbanks, left, and West Tawakoni Fire Chief Kyle Harrison were elected by their departments. Former West Tawakoni chief Jeff Felts stepped down and will serve as assistant chief. Willbanks formerly served as assistant chief at the West Tawakoni department where he will continue in the capacity of captain. Former chief Joe Bill Jones recently stepped down from the East Tawakoni position.

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East Tawakoni looks at dog problem

Council, citizens mull over what could be done

Many concerns and few solutions were heard during an informal discussion Tuesday night at a meeting of the East Tawakoni City Council on the problem of stray dogs running loose in the city.

H.L. Thomas touched off the examination into the problem and safety concerns during citizens comments when he said, “We do have a dog problem.”

Mayor Johnnie LaPrade said, “We have no animal control. Rains County has not animal control.”

Chief of Police Rick South said the owners could be issued citations, but an officer had to personally observe the offending animal. He said there was no shelter available to take dogs.

“I believe Rains County should have animal control, but they can’t afford it,” he said.

Chief South said when an officer approached the person thought to own an offending animal, the response was, “No, it’s not mine.”


Tyler breaks junior lake record

Ten-year-old Tyler Evans of Terrell broke the Lake Tawakoni junior record for a Black Crappie on Saturday with a weight of 1.8 pounds. Tyler was fishing with his dad, James Evans, at Tawakoni Marina, according to local fisherman Tracy Travers who was present at the weight certification. Tyler was fishing with a Bone Head Chrome Stump Bug jig. He released the fish back into the lake.

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QISD board honors school supporters

Stand Up for Texas Public School Awards presented

“Thank you very much for being an integral part of the task of educating our kids,” Quinlan Independent School District School Board President Kenny Stone told recipients of Stand Up for Texas Public Schools Awards.

Supt. Dr. Debra Crosby echoed Stone’s appreciation and said the awardees not only supported the school district’s children but also the district’s staff.

The awards were presented at Monday night’s regular monthly meeting of the Quinlan ISD School Board. The honors represent awards presented by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) as nominated by local school districts. In addition to plaques, those awarded received packets of congratulatory materials including a letter of appreciation from TASB Executive Director Jim Crow, which was read aloud at the meeting by Dr. Crosby.



Tawakoni Library sale April 29

The Tawakoni Library will hold its spring garage-book sale on Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., according to President Virginia Johnson. She said the library is now accepting all household items except clothing.

Assembly to host free baseball clinic

Quinlan First Assembly of God will host a free baseball clinic Sunday afternoon, April 23, from 1 until 3.

The head baseball coach at Southwestern Assembly of God University (SAGU), Coach Sam Blackmon, and some of his players will hold the clinic, according to Pastor Ben Terry.

The clinic will be held at the Quinlan Sports Association baseball fields.


Egg hunt on hold for flower delivery to Mom

This young man takes time during the East Tawakoni Police annual Easter egg hunt to deliver a flower he picked for his Mom.

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State Sen. Bob Hall announces town hall meetings

State Sen. Bob Hall has announced a series of meeting to be held throughout Senate District. 2 to discuss the ongoing 85th Legislative Session and to answer constituent questions. The time and locations of the currently scheduled town halls include:

Friday, April 21:

Mesquite, Dallas County 6- 7:30 p.m.

Evans Recreation Center, 1116 Hillcrest, Mesquite, TX 75149

Saturday, April 22 :

Rockwall, Rockwall County 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Harry Myers Community Center, 815 E Washington St, Rockwall, TX 75087


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