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Mon
21
Aug

Quinlan finances sewer upgrade

The Quinlan City Council approved financial arrangements for $1,675,000 of improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment system Monday night at its regular monthly meeting.

Action included the authorization to issue certificates of obligation. The sale of the certificates was awarded to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).

City Administrator John Adel said the TWDB approved the loan commitment to the city last month for an amount up to $1,890,000. He said the city was then ready to finalize its loan application.

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Sun
20
Aug

Fire strikes hero’s new Hawk Cove home

A man who was honored as a hero by the United States Air Force for saving a man’s life from fire in Korea was the victim Thursday of a fire at his new home in Hawk Cove of only one day.

Terry Parker said he had not yet closed on the Silvey Street house but had moved in the day before.

He called 911 at 6:07 p.m. to report the fire and proceeded to use a garden hose to control it.

Parker told The News he had noticed an animal of some type had been in the house the day before when he had set a sack of garbage down and noticed it had been dragged behind the stove. He put out a box of poison and noticed it had already been consumed by the time he came back into the kitchen.

Sat
19
Aug

East Tawakoni awards civic center bid

Construction on the East Tawakoni Civic Center is expected to begin in October. The city council awarded the job Tuesday night at its regular monthly meeting to low bidder JPJ General Contractor, LLC with an offer of $416,727.

The other bid was from B&A Concrete, LLC for $435,880.

The facility, funded by a federal grant, is to double as a storm shelter and library.

The bid was accepted contingent on completion of an environmental study that was expected to be complete by Monday. The study is one of the provisions of the federal grant.

Engineer Mike Donnan with Hayter Engineering presented the bidding results at Tuesday night’s meeting to the council.

Fri
18
Aug

Storm hits hard at 429 Marina, Sunset Resort

Sunset Resort on FM 751 and 429 Marina & Resort on FM 429 on the west side of Lake Tawakoni were hit hard by a storm after midnight Sunday.

Tawakoni South Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 12:04 a.m. to McKenzie Drive at Sunset Resort.

TSVFD Secretary Holly Neagle said, “Firefighter Colby Cope was first on scene to one RV rolled over on its side. He made entry and found two occupants. Myself, Capt. Kevin Torrance and several other firefighters arrived shortly to assist. Capt. Torrance made entry along with firefighters Austin Simmons and Dakota Lowe to help get the occupants out.”

Neagle said, “Once Cash arrived, they were able to bust out a window at the top (normally the side), and the guys inside got a stool and got the occupants out that way. There were minor bumps and cuts.”

Tue
15
Aug

Briefs

Early voting underway in QISD ‘tax swap’ election

Early voting began Wednesday and remains open until Aug. 22 in the Quinlan Independent School District Tax Ratification Election.

Early votes may be cast at the Joe Martin Administration Building, located at 401 E. Richmond in Quinlan, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Other dates and times for early voting include — Aug. 10, FHS Library, 5 to 7 p.m.; Aug. 11, Lytal Field, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 17, Cannon Elementary, 5 to 7 p.m.; Aug. 17, Butler Intermediate, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 18, FHS Library, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Aug. 18, Lytal Field, 6 to 8 p.m.


Quinlan Ford’s annual ‘Meet The Panthers’ today

The annual Quinlan Ford “Meet the Panthers” and intersquad scrimmage will be held today (Friday) at Hobart Lytal Field.

The scrimmage will be played at 5:30 p.m., followed at “Meet the Panthers” at 7.

Mon
14
Aug

‘The Mousetrap’ auditions at Talent Box

Auditions for parts in "The Mousetrap" were announced this week by The Talent Box Theatre.

The play was written by Agatha Christie and will be staged at the nonprofit community theater, located at 244 N. 4th St. in Wills Point.

Auditions will be held Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Performance dates are Oct. 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21.

Melinda Bass of Wills Point will direct the production and will need five men and three women to fill the cast. Male characters are Giles Ralston, husband of Mollie; Christerpher Wren, a hyperactive young man who acts in a very peculiar manner; Major Metcalf, retired from the Army; Mr. Paravicini, he appears to have a foreign accent; and Detective Sergeant Trotter, a policeman.

Sun
13
Aug

West Tawakoni council hears dome housing proposal

The West Tawakoni City Council heard a proposal Tuesday night for the construction of apartments that utilizes monolithic domes.

The innovative housing presentation was part of a busy agenda that also included a presentation by PayStar for its system of credit card payments to the city, several citizens comments speakers, public hearings and several appointments to city entities.

Howard Mintz and son Steven Mintz gave the multi-media presentation on their plan to construct a community of 12 or 16 apartment domes on a 0.88-acre lot. Each of the homes would measure 700 or 800 square feet.

The Mintzes said the domes would be constructed of foam cement with eight footings and foundation laid in a single pour and described the benefits of the material used over traditional concrete as well as the added benefit of tornado resistance of the domes.

Sat
12
Aug

Leak fixed

West Tawakoni Public Works employees work on a water leak Tuesday on Cove Drive and successfully fix it, according to Director Jeremy Caviness.

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Sat
12
Aug

No human West Nile cases reported in Hunt County

“There aren’t any human West Nile cases at the present time in Hunt County,” said Hunt County Health Department Medical Manager Pam Andrews.

In fact, the only arbovirus activity in Hunt County during the first 30 weeks of 2017 are two incidents in mosquitos, according to the table of statewide activity for that period, supplied by Ms. Andrews.

The City of Greenville announced spraying operations recently after mosquitos in the Old Mill and Ridgecrest areas of Greenville tested positive.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states on its website that only about one in 150 people infected with West Nile virus (WNV) will develop a severe illness.

Fri
11
Aug

Community celebrates Quinlan Walmart remodeling grand opening

Correspondent

The Quinlan-Tawakoni community celebrated with Walmart employees Friday morning the store's remodeling grand opening.

The Quinlan Ford Panther Band, Flag Corps, cheerleaders and FFA chapter participated. Choir standout Austin Garrick sang the national anthem.

Store Manager Matthew Hampton emceed the event and expressed appreciation to the community for its support and employees for their service.

Other Walmart officials taking part were Market Manager Todd Libbra, Human Resources Manager Amber Chivers and Co-Manager Brian Neighbors.

Jeannie Ash represented State Representative Dan Flynn and presented a certificate of congratulations and a Texas state flag that had flown over the capitol to Hampton.

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