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West Tawakoni says no truck parking

The West Tawakoni City Council unanimously approved a new policy Tuesday night at its regular monthly meeting that prohibits off-street parking of commercial vehicles.

The ordinance was passed on first reading and will require another vote before enforcement.

Councilwoman Linda Kattner who also serves on the West Tawakoni Economic Development Corporation (WTEDC) said the ordinance was a first attempt by the WTEDC to improve appearance of the city. She said the policy included parking of trucks at the former Scottie’s location. The parking of trucks at that location has been a topic of earlier discussions by the council.

Kattner said she had talked previously with the location owner who indicated he was not aware trucks were parking there.

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Oct

Taco Bell work underway

Installation of utilities and forms for pouring concrete is underway this week on the new Taco Bell location on Quinlan Parkway.

Photo by Larry Briscoe

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16
Oct

Drugs, cash, guns confiscated, six arrested in raid

Six people were arrested and cash, drugs and guns were confiscated in an early-morning raid last week in the Quinlan area, according to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks.

“Early Tuesday morning, Oct. 3, 2017, the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a compound known as ‘Ketchum’s Compound’ located in the 10000 block of Hilltop Circle in the Quinlan area. The Sheriff’s Office MRAP was used to make entry into the compound. The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team as well as the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team were used to execute the search warrant,” Meeks said.

The sheriff said during the search of the property, Investigators recovered marijuana, methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, firearms and United States currency.

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Oct

QEDC updates projects, considers director

Projects, ideas and direction were themes Monday night for the regular monthly meeting of the Quinlan Economic Development Corporation (QEDC).

City Administrator John Adel presented plans for Texas Department of Highways (TxDOT) for landscaping projects on State Highway 34 in Quinlan. The northeast and southeast corners of the intersection with SH 276 are the two locations, one in front of E-Z Mart and the other in front of Shell.

The board voted 4-2 to locate a second welcome sign with the landscaping project in front of E-Z Mart. Directors Tim McDaniel and Carole Petty voted against.

The board completed its first “Welcome to Quinlan” project last year at the location in front of Dairy Queen.

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16
Oct

Headstones found northwest of Quinlan ‘misprints’

 

Headstones that were found during land excavation northwest of Quinlan last week were apparently “misprints,” according to Constable Kent Layton.

Layton was called to the scene after Jimmy Grady discovered the monuments during an excavation project.

Layton said the stones were from Mount Olivet Cemetery and Greenwood Cemetery, both in Fort Worth. He said they informed him that misprints are now crushed unlike in the 1970s when the ones in question were engraved.

The constable said the cemetery company plans to pick up the headstones recovered, and the Veterans Administration wants the six military monuments returned as well.

 

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West Tawakoni candidates heard at forum

Candidates for West Tawakoni City Council were heard Wednesday, Oct. 4, at a political forum at city hall.

Participants were incumbent Leon Myers in Place 1 who is running unopposed for a new term without opposition; incumbent Alan Shoemake and challenger Karen Cory for Place 3; and Jared Calkins for Place 5. Incumbent Dr. Donna Milburn did seek reelection. Place 5 candidate Bill Creed did not attend.

Chris Burkett acted as moderator as the candidates spoke briefly about themselves and answered questions from the audience.

Alan Shoemake

Speaking first, Shoemake said his family had owned property in West Tawakoni since 1963, and he had lived here since 1982 except for a short time in 1993. He studied computer networking and emergency medicine after high school and has a Bachelor’s degree in emergency and disaster management and is working on a Master’s degree.

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09
Oct

Quinlan Ford His and Her Majesties

Joe Brock and Patzi Acosta are crowned Friday night as Quinlan Ford’s 2017 Homecoming King and Queen. The ceremony preceded the Panthers football game with the Fort Worth Castleberry Lions. The homecoming court was crowned by Joy Cobb Tadlock, Quinlan’s first homecoming queen, Class of 1968, and Emma Evilsizer, last year’s homecoming queen.

 

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09
Oct

East Tawakoni breaks ground on shelter

East Tawakoni officials broke ground Monday morning on a new storm shelter that is to also double as a civic center and library.

Mayor Johnnie LaPrade said before the groundbreaking ceremony, “I’m anxious for it to get started, and I’m looking forward to the end of it. I have confidence in the contractor that it will go as planned.”

That contractor is JPJ General Contractor, LLC that won the job with the low bid of $416,727 on the 1,200 square-foot building.

The city council awarded the bid at its August council meeting.

Construction company owner Jonathan Jackson and job superintendent Jeff Bain attended the preconstruction meeting and ceremony that followed.

Engineer Mike Donnan with Hayter Engineering was also present at the meeting along with Hayter’s Kevin Vanhoozier.

Donnan gave the contractor high marks after the bid was awarded in August. He said the winning company was “a very good contractor. I’m pleased they were low bidder.”

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09
Oct

Championship Blue Belles, Blue Babes celebrated

Quinlan Independent School District honored the international award-winning high school Blue Belles drill team and middle school Blue Babes drill team Friday night in pregame homecoming ceremonies.

School board Vice President Rusty Case narrated the teams’ history and winning tradition.

“They have 48 years of a championship tradition in Quinlan ISD,” Case said and presented the following history:

1969 — Quinlan High School created its first pep squad.

1972 — The team first became known as the Quinlan High School Blue Belles drill team.

1976 — Jean Baker became the director, beginning the “Baker Years.” Mrs. Baker was responsible for many of the team’s firsts in worldwide recognition and fame.

1977 — The first floor show or spring show was established for the community.

1978 — The Blue Belles members earned their first trip to a summer camp and comprised the first drill team to be invited to perform at the Hunt County Fair.

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09
Oct

Decisions coming on appraisal district plan

The Hunt County Appraisal District (HCAD) will soon look to Hunt County’s taxing entities for authority to move forward on a proposal to buy and remodel a larger building.

Chief Appraiser Brent South meets with boards of each of those city councils, school districts and more to explain the plan that is expected to cost between $1,336,000 and $1,436,000. The amount includes $586,000 for the purchase of a former church building located at 3301 Ridgecrest Rd. in Greenville and between $750,000 and $850,000 for its remodeling to meet the district’s needs.

South expects that cost would be lowered by approximately $400,000 by the sale of the current building.

He presented the proposal to the Quinlan Independent School District Board of Trustees and Quinlan City Councils at their meetings in September.

The chief appraiser pointed out he had not yet been able to get around to all of agencies as yet since some of the boards meet on the same nights.

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