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Thu
17
Jan

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday on Monday, Jan. 15

Civil Rights Leader, preacher and non-violence activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would’ve been 90 years old if still alive on January 15, 2019.

Throughout the nation, people will be reflecting on the iconic American who brought attention to racial prejudice and hatred and delivered his world famous “I Have A Dream Speech” highlighting a message that to be judged by character was more important than by race, class or religion.

According to The King Center, Dr. King is recognized widely as America’s pre-eminent advocate for nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.

Dr. King drew from his Christian faith and teachings of peaceful actions by Mahatma Ghandi.

Dr. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia on Jan. 15, 1929. He earned a doctorate degree in theology.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s Dr. King led a nonviolence movement to promote equality for African-Americans in the U.S.

Thu
17
Jan

Quinlan City Council holds first meeting of the year

The Quinlan City Council board members met on Monday, Jan. 14 for their first meeting of the year.

The meeting featured a presentation recognizing a city employee, a Quinlan Police Officer who was honored for a community service that was done without publicity.

Quinlan Police Chief Johnny Thornburg also gave a presentation on the Quinlan Police Department’s 2018 Racial Profiling Report.

The report, said the chief, was done in accordance to the Sandra Bland Act that was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Jun. 15, 2017.

The law sees changes to matters such as bail reform, jail diversion, jail safety, officer training, racial profiling, data collection, data collection, officer discipline and behavioral health. The law was named after a 28-year-old from Illinois, Sandra Bland, who died in the Waller County Jail in 2015.

Thu
17
Jan

West Tawakoni City Council meeting focuses on police department goals and road improvement

The West Tawakoni City Council met on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and began the evening with a workshop discussion on goals and objectives for the West Tawakoni Police Departments.

West Tawakoni Police Chief Brandon Kilpatrick gave a presentation that included a thorough discussion with the council regarding how police officers can grow to engage in community interaction, increase visibility throughout the city and update technology and motor vehicles used while on patrol. Chief Kilpatrick also plans to adjust the schedule for officers on duty in an effort to make sure an officer is available to respond anytime day or night throughout the city. During the presentation, Chief Kilpatrick expressed his appreciation for the City Council and their interaction and work with the police department.

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Tue
15
Jan

Service dog to local teen shot and killed

The Westmoreland family suffered a major loss this week after finding their service dog dead in the front yard of their Quinlan home.

The death was caused by a gunshot wound, killing their dog known in the community as Journey.

Journey served as a service dog to Hannah Westmoreland, a 15-year-old girl who suffers from diabetes. Journey, her Golden Retriever, would go wherever she would go whether it was school, church or anywhere within the community.

“We’ve had him for three years and we were going on four years,” said Hannah’s mother Tina Westmoreland. “We are … my kids are just heartbroken and devastated. We are just … I don’t know what other words to say except broken.”

Mon
14
Jan

Area residents graduate, receive honors from colleges

Quinlan students were recognized and honored during the graduation ceremonies for Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, The University of Texas in Tyler and Baylor University.

Trinity Valley Community College held the fall graduation ceremony at Cardinal Gym on the Athens campus on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m., conferring Associate degrees or Certificates of Completion to 274 graduates.

Tommy G. Page and Nicole M. Traylor earned their Associates degrees.

Also, Trinity Valley Community College announced the honors list recipients for the Fall 2018 semester. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours, make no failing grades and secure an average of at least 4.0 grade points for the semester to be included on the President’s List, and at least a 3.5 grade points to be included on the Dean’s List.

Mon
14
Jan

West Tawakoni EDC offering façade improvement grant

Each year the Economic Development Corporation offers a grant for façade improvement. EDC President Linda Kattner said that this year the number of grants are changing.

“It is available again this year and we increased the number of available grants to four,” said Kattner.

Last year, the EDC offered three grants. This year each grant will be $2500 dollars.

The grants are for exterior improvements only and may include repair or replacement of canopies, awnings, roofs, glass and windows, entrance upgrades, façade painting, original exterior architectural feature repair or replacement, exterior brick veneers or treatments, improvements for ADA accessibility compliance and general façade items.

Mon
14
Jan

KKK Flyers found in Wolfe City

On Dec. 29, 2018 at approximately 7:30 p.m. the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office began receiving multiple calls from residents in Wolfe City Texas regarding Ku Klux Klan flyers found at residences. 

Hunt County Sheriff’s Office deputies initially responded and determined that there was no immediate threat to life or property.  The flyers had been sealed inside a plastic bag and weighted down with a rock inside the bag and appeared to have been tossed at random on to residential driveways throughout Wolfe City.

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office is currently assisting Police Chief Matt Martin of the Wolfe City police department with the investigation and will continue to do so as needed.  As of today over 80 of the flyers have been recovered and citizens are asked if they find one of these flyers or anything similar to either contact the Wolfe City Police Department or the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office to file a report.

Thu
03
Jan

Hunt County Sheriff’s Office report on high water rescues

During the heavy storms last week the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was involved in multiple high water rescues in the South area of Hunt County.

Overnight barricades had been put in place warning drivers of the high water in multiple locations across Hunt County.  However, at approximately 9:00 a.m. Deputies were alerted to a vehicle stranded in high water on FM 36 near FM 1564 and that he vehicle was occupied by at least one person.  Cash Volunteer Fire Department responded and was able to rescue the driver without incident.  It was confirmed that the driver had disregarded the barricades that had been put out. 

Thu
03
Jan

Drug raid results in three arrests

On Dec. 26, 2018, Criminal Investigators and the S.W.A.T.  with the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotic search warrant on a residence in the 10000 block of County Road 3605. 

The search warrant was the result of a multi-agency investigation which resulted in the seizure of methamphetamines, marijuana, unknown pills and a firearm. 

Three subjects have been arrested and booked into the Hunt County Jail, they are:

Krystal Raulston of Wills Point Texas, bond set at $50,000 Cash or Surety

Robert Fielding of Quinlan Texas, bond set at $50,000 Cash or Surety

Andrew Oliver of Quinlan Texas, bond set at $1,000 Cash or Surety

“I want to thank the Quinlan Police Department for their assistance in the execution of this search warrant.  This investigation is on-going and additional charges may be filed at a later time,” said Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks.

Thu
03
Jan

Panther Martial Arts hosts Fifth Annual Karate Tournament

The Quinlan Independent School District and Afterschool Centers for Education (ACE) Panther Martial Arts program hosted its Fifth Annual Karate Tournament on Saturday, Dec.1, 2018 in the Thompson Middle School gym.

The tournament was a great success for the Panther Martial Arts program. Martial Arts schools from across North Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma came to the event. This year’s tournament was exciting for the Panther Martial Arts program. More martial arts programs from across the area are attending the event each year.

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