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Fri
07
Sep

New Signal Lights coming to Quinlan

Texas Department of Transportation officials announced that work on two new traffic signals in Hunt County would begin Sept. 4.

Texas Traffic Control Systems Inc. was granted 60 working days, weather permitting, to complete this project valued at more than $327,000.

The new signal lights will be installed at the intersection of FM 1570 and Traders Road, and at the intersection of SH 34 and FM 2101, officials said.

Phased construction will be employed on both projects, to maintain traffic movements and minimize lane closures. Motorists who travel frequently in these areas are advised to remain alert for the presence of work zones in both locations beginning Sept. 4.

Fri
07
Sep

Consideration of a GoBus extension out to Greenville

East Tawakoni and the surrounding Lake Tawakoni area may soon see GoBus travel extended out towards Greenville and beyond if the East Texas Council of Governments approves the consideration.

“In the past, we would take citizens from Rains County into Greenville or Sulphur Springs and for whatever reason that was cancelled and stopped,” said Business Development Manager Melissa Cure. “But we did send out a survey to see and ask and get a number of if there was a need ... how many people would need the service and also how often they would need to go and where they would need to go. We are not doing it yet but we are trying to survey people and get an idea of who may need the service.”

Traditionally, the GoBus has served residents further east with East Tawakoni included.

Mon
20
Aug

Quinlan EDC talks comprehensive plan, sidewalks

The Quinlan Economic Development Corporation met on Monday evening to discuss the proposed FY 2018 budget and the comprehensive plan.

“The five year plan will give us the direction that we can go on so we can accomplish and set some goals,” said EDC President Tommy Underwood.

The public hearing on the FY 18-19 proposed budget and the first public hearing for the FY 18-19 tax rate will take place on Sept. 10, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.

Mon
20
Aug

Quinlan City Council discusses future plans and proposed tax rate

City of Quinlan adding new sidewalks

Quinlan City Council members held a workshop during their Monday evening meeting to discuss the FY 2018-19 preliminary proposed budget, the FY 2018-19 proposed tax rate and other matters related to the current and proposed annual budget.

The proposed tax rate is .544000.

City leaders also voted to hold public hearings on the FY18-19 proposed annual budget and tax rate.

The public hearing on the FY 18-19 proposed budget and the first public hearing for the FY 18-19 tax rate will take place on Sept. 10, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.

The second public hearing on the FY 18-19 proposed tax rate will take place on Sept. 13, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.

The special meeting to adopt the FY 18-19 budget, ratify the tax rate reflected in the FY 18-19 budget and adopt the new FY 18-19 tax rate is Sept. 24, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.

The location of the meetings will be at the council chamber at 104 East Main Street in Quinlan.

Fri
03
Aug

Hunt County CASA gains volunteers

CASA for Hunt County gained six new volunteers on July 24. Before being sworn in by the judge, these volunteers passed CPS and criminal background checks, completed 30 hours of coursework and observed CPS-related court hearings. As Court Appointed Special Advocates, these volunteers will be a voice for Hunt County children who are in the foster care system. These volunteers will speak up for the children's best interests and report concerns and recommendations to the judge. From the left, the Honorable Andy Bench, 196th District Court Judge, Alethea Gibson of Cumby, Erica Yu of Commerce, Amy Welch of Campbell, Alexandra Pope of Greenville, Rebecca Welch of Campbell, Diana Lewis of West Tawakoni, and the Honorable Keli Aiken, 354th District Court Judge.

Fri
03
Aug

A life and legacy through football and relationship

Coach Mike Barton

You may remember a coach or a teacher that really inspired you, someone you really liked not because they were easy to work with, but because they were tough but fair, and kind of fun and maybe, just maybe, even cool!

Coach Mike Barton used to be the head coach at Thompson Middle School.

Barton now helps out in the athletic department and teaches health. Barton is also an Assistant Coach.

“Kids here like me and I don’t know why!” laughed Barton. “I try to form relationships but I think they like the structure. It was a pretty good program when I was there. It still is a good program.” 

Whenever he’s away from Thompson Middle School, Barton and a few members of the athletic department connect at Ford High School.

Thu
03
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.

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