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Wed
07
Nov

Election Night Results Are In

Election Night and early Wednesday morning results poured in from coast to coast with projections declaring the Democrats to take majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives, while Republicans were poised to maintain control of the Senate, leaving congress split till the 2020 elections.

An Election Day shift came to the City of West Tawakoni for the Mayoral seat with Alan Shoemake winning over Keith Goodson 225 to 141. In Place Two, Linda Kattner beat Chuck Calkins 224 to 131 and in Place Four Donna R. Milburn bested John Hinchliffe 215 to 141.

Residents of the surrounding Quinlan - Lake Tawakoni area casted their vote in big numbers. In the City of Quinlan, the council chamber was filled with people with a line stretching out past the entryway as people waited patiently to cast their votes. In West Tawakoni, 340 votes were already cast a little after Noon Tuesday.

Thu
01
Nov

West Tawakoni EDC previews Lakewest Plaza

The City of West Tawakoni Economic Development Corporation shared the latest preliminary front elevation rendering of what is presently called Lakewest Plaza.

The rendering features a movie theater, a restaurant and a hotel, all of which will be located across the street from city hall on Highway 276. The renderings display a stone exterior for the hotel and movie theater, an outdoor stairwell that leads to then movie theater’s outdoor dining area, a metal awning above the windows at the front of the restaurant and a rooftop bar and grill at the hotel that would allow a view of the nearby golf course and lake.

The business portion of the project is still in process and Economic Development Corporation President Linda Kattner said that she and her staff are preparing for the opportunity to review the necessary documentation.

Thu
01
Nov

2018 Homecoming Court ceremony held during Friday's game

On behalf of the Student Council of Ford High School and the Quinlan Independent School District, under the sponsorship of Ms. Vickie Smith, and despite a week of rain, the Quinlan Ford Homecoming Court ceremony was able to take place on the track this past Friday night in Lytal Field.

Leading off the night and representing the Freshman class was Gabby Miskell. Her father, Oscar Miskell III escorted her on the field. Gabby is a member of FCA, Police Explorers, A-capella choir, and runs in the cross-country team. She plans on becoming triple certified as an EMT, a firefighter and a law enforcement agent.

Thu
01
Nov

Election Day Approaches

The midterm elections are upon us as Americans from coast to coast prepare to cast the vote for their person of choice in multiple city, school, county and state races.

North Texans have already shown up in record turnout for early voting and are expected to show up in big numbers at their respective polling places.

Quinlan – Lake Tawakoni residents are expected to make decisions on who will represent them in the Texas State Senate and the City of West Tawakoni will be voting on who will represent them as Mayor, Place 2 and Place 4.

Mayor Keith Goodson and Alan Shoemake are running for Mayor of the City of West Tawakoni. Chuck Calkins and Linda Kattner are running for Place 2 in West Tawakoni while Donna R. Mulburn and John Hinchcliffe running for Place 4.

The U.S. Senate race includes Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke and Libertarian Neal M. Dikeman.

Thu
01
Nov

Hunt County Deputy kills suspect involved in triple stabbing

Wednesday evening the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a possible stabbing at a residence on Telegraph Road just outside of the Quinlan city limits at approximately 8:21 p.m. at night.

The male stabbing victim and a female ran across the street and reported that a male subject had been stabbed inside the residence. While deputies were en route, the Hunt County Sheriff’s Communications division received information that the suspect had left the residence in a Jeep Cherokee headed toward Quinlan.

Thu
01
Nov

A week of rain floods lake area

Last weeks torrent of rainstorms caused flooding in some low-line and dense parts of the Quinlan – Lake Tawakoni area and caused Lake Tawakoni to rise a little above flood stage.

Drivers going along the Highway 751 Causeway that crosses Lake Tawakoni experienced hazardous road conditions as the lake waters surfaced slightly above the roadway and washed debris and tree limbs along the northbound side. Waters from the lake caused moderate flooding, making travel along the Causeway challenging as drivers not only had to deal with the ongoing showers, but also the backsplash from drivers, causing the northbound side of Highway 751 to be slower than usual.

Nonetheless, emergency crews did come in to clean the debris off of the road from time to time and managed to keep from closing the Causeway.

Thu
01
Nov

West Tawakoni Political Forum puts candidates and city matters on display

Potholes in roads, tall grass, water and sewage drainage and unity in spite of politics in the city council were amongst the topics that were addressed during the West Tawakoni Political Forum. Candidates running for office answered written questions and audience questions in a panel discussion in an effort to share what they would do to handle the issues of West Tawakoni if elected.

The forum also served as an opportunity to remind residents to continue to connect with the City Council and to continue to approach councilmembers and report issues from potholes to water and sewage drainage.

West Tawakoni Mayor Keith Goodson is fighting to protect his seat as Mayor of West Tawakoni, while Alan Shoemake is running for the position of Mayor.  Councilmember Linda Kattner and former councilmember Chuck Calkins is running for Place Two for the City Council. Dr. Donna Milburn is running for City Council Place Four.

Fri
19
Oct

West Tawakoni EDC discuss ongoing projects

“Margie’s” is no longer considered for renovation or renewal. The 50-year-old establishment that served as a crown jewel for the Lake Tawakoni area for deli, fishing and tourists will remain as is.

“The current owners could not come to financial agreement terms with a perspective investor,” said EDC President Linda Kattner. “The particular investor is still going to look into other local properties to acquire to build a grocery store.”

“Margie’s” was not an EDC project and the project would’ve been a private venture. Kattner said that “Margie’s” is a West Tawakoni institution that has been around for several years and that it would’ve been great to have back.  

Fri
19
Oct

Homecoming events move indoors

“I feel great … and wet,” said Secretary of PRIDE academy, Angie Stringer, who was accompanied by Christina Tull, Michael Tull’s wife and others who are members of the PRIDE academy for the school district.

The wet and rainy weather conditions that hit the Quinlan – Lake Tawakoni area all day Saturday made Homecoming celebrations a challenge, but vendors and hosts of various booths for games, food and the cakewalk met the challenges of poor weather conditions head on.  

The Homecoming Parade has been moved to Oct. 20 due to the weather with the 10:00 a.m. time remaining the same.  Not long after that decision was made, the Quinlan Independent School District Fall Festival was moved to into the Ford High School gym and hallways in an effort to keep the event from being uncomfortably wet and cold.

The Alumni game was held inside of the athletic building next door.

Mon
15
Oct

Candelight vigil bring awareness for Hunt County missing six

Hundreds of friends, families and volunteers gathered for a Saturday evening candlelight vigil to bring awareness to the Hunt County missing six

The non-profit, Texas Advocates for the Missing, hosted the evening program at the Greenville Sports Park Pavilion with photos of the missing six set up for all to see, guest speakers and time for memory and reflection.

The organizations focus is to bring awareness to the still unsolved mystery of the whereabouts of the missing individuals David Bratton, Sarah Kinslow, Matthew Hallman, Carey Parker, Lisa Chandler and Michael Chambers. The group does plan to expand to help others who are missing in the state but are presently focused on the missing six of Hunt County.

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