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29
Nov

Briefs

Puppet show at Tawakoni Library Dec. 9

The Tawakoni Library will host S&D Puppetry of Rockwall as they present the puppet show, “The Nutcracker in a Nutshell,” according to board President Virginia Johnson.

“The puppets tell the story of magical gift giving at Christmas through music, dancing, and Mr. Twinkles, the marionette Christmas tree. The performance is free and will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited,” Johnson said.

 

LASM Thanksgiving meal count at 412

Nancy Fox reported Lake Area Shared Ministries provided Thanksgiving meals to 412 of the 456 that had had signed up for help.

Fox said, “We loaded their cars in record breaking time. I am so proud of all our volunteers. Thank you so much. Your work was sensational.”

 

Wed
29
Nov

Election winners take office in West Tawakoni

Winners in November’s municipal election in West Tawakoni took the oath of office Monday night in a ceremony at city hall.

Municipal Judge Hershey Barnett administered the oaths.

The city council meeting that had been scheduled was not held because of a meeting notice oversight. However, the swearing-in ceremony was held with city officials, staff members and audience present.

Winners in the election included incumbent Leon Myers who ran unopposed for the Place 1 seat.

Karen Cory won the Place 3 position that had been held for several years by Alan Shoemake.

Jared T. Calkins was the winner of the Place 5 council seat. Calkins won by one vote. He had 41 votes to challenger Bill Creed’s 40. Incumbent Dr. Donna Milburn did not seek reelection.

A December council meeting is not currently scheduled.

Wed
29
Nov

School board opposes HCAD relocation proposal

QISD receives ‘Superior’ rating on financial integrity

The Quinlan Independent School District School Board opposed the purchase and remodeling of a former Greenville church for use as new offices for the Hunt County Appraisal District (HCAD) Monday night at its regular monthly meeting.

The school board voted to act on the proposal and unanimously opposed.

HCAD Chief Appraiser Brent South met with the school board at September and October meetings to discuss the plan to purchase the church at a cost of $586,000 and remodel it for the district’s use at an additional cost of $750,000 to $850,000. The total was expected to be lowered by about $400,000 with the sale of the present facility at 4801 King St. in Greenville.

The HCAD appraises property for Hunt County taxing entities with each sharing the cost of the HCAD’s budget and would share in the cost of the relocation, spread out in annual payments over 20 years.

Wed
29
Nov

UMW helps Hunt County Kids

UMW helps Hunt County Kids

Quinlan United Methodist Women donated to Hunt County Kids as part of their mission work. Shown accepting the check from Lois Hudack, left, with UMW is Vonda Jack of Hunt County Kids.

Wed
29
Nov

Christmas comes to Quinlan-Tawakoni

Plans live up to long tradition of celebration

The Quinlan-Tawakoni area pulls out all the stops when it comes time to celebrate Christmas, and plans for this year’s rejoicing live up to its long-running tradition.

‘Magic of Christmas’ parade

The annual Quinlan Christmas Parade is a gala event that has drawn a crowd to downtown Quinlan many years for the rolling review.

The force behind the parade is Tiffony Upchurch who has served a lengthy term as chairwoman for the event that is sponsored by the Lake Tawakoni Area Chamber of Commerce.

Upchurch announced this year’s parade theme is “The Magic of Christmas,” scheduled to roll through Quinlan on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Deadline to register to be in the parade is Tuesday, Dec. 5. Any approved entry may enter the parade on parade day but will not be a part of any competition.

Wed
08
Nov

Briefs

LASM asks for monetary, food donations

Lake Area Shared Ministries Food Pantry Executive Director Gary Cannon issued a plea for help to meet the local needs during the holiday season.

“We at the food pantry want to thank you for your past support with food and monetary donations. We now average 400 families per month receiving food assistance at LASM. In October 2017, we provided food assistance to 439 families, which is the most in LASM history,” Cannon said.

Cannon said LASM volunteers would pass out holiday baskets during Thanksgiving and Christmas that include enough food to provide a nutritious holiday meal.

He said more than 450 families had signed up for holiday baskets.

“LASM volunteers must do a lot of planning and required to brave the cold and sometimes inclement weather to pass out baskets to those in need,” Cannon said.

Wed
08
Nov

First Assembly of God to celebrate 85th anniversary Sunday

During the Great Depression, a man by the name of E.L. Terry caught a vision to build a church in the small town of Quinlan. Prayers went up without ceasing, and his vision began to take form when land was given for the new work.

One day, Brother Terry headed out on foot to some land that needed clearing outside of Quinlan. As he walked, he met a young man carrying rabbits he had shot heading into town that day. Brother Terry asked the young man for directions to the site.

As the young man made his way home later that day, he heard sawing and singing. He found the preacher sawing timber all alone. The young man offered to help, and after they had cut down several trees, asked, “Preacherman, how are you going to get these trees into town?”

Pastor Terry just said, “The Lord will provide.”

Wed
08
Nov

Crowd fills West Tawakoni City Park

West Tawakoni Chief of Police Brandon Kilpatrick along with backup from his officers serves handfuls of candy to hundreds Thursday night at West Tawakoni City Park. The police and fire departments hosted the annual trunk or treat event, delayed from Tuesday night on Halloween because of a threat of rain in the area.

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Wed
08
Nov

Vigil’s balloon release honors beloved resident

Balloons are released Saturday night at a candlelight vigil in memorial to longtime resident Matsuko Conaway. The vigil was held at the intersection of State Highway 276 and Kirby in Quinlan where Conaway died as the result of a tragic accident Oct. 26.

Wed
08
Nov

Man dies in crash on FM 429 near county line

A 77-year-old Wills Point man, Vincent Murphy, died Wednesday, Nov. 1 in a one-vehicle crash near FM 429 and County Road 338 in Kaufman County near the Hunt County line, according to Sgt. Kyle Bradford of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Bradford said, “At approximately 11:48 a.m. troopers were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash near FM 429 and County Road 338. A passenger vehicle was traveling south on FM 429, and for a as of yet determined reason, the vehicle veered off the roadway struck the culvert, and overturned. The driver was pronounced dead on the scene, and there is no further information to release at this time.”

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