Financial CHOICE Act approved

Every promise of Dodd-Frank has been broken.  Fortunately, there is a better, smarter way.  It’s called the Financial CHOICE Act.  It stands for economic growth for all, but bank bailouts for none.  We will end bank bailouts once and for all.  We will replace bailouts with bankruptcy.  We will replace economic stagnation with a growing, healthy economy.

We will make sure there is needed regulatory relief for our small banks and credit unions, because it’s our small banks and credit unions that lend to our small businesses that are the jobs engine of our economy and make sure the American dream is not a pipe dream.

CHOICE, which stands for Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs, has received strong support from community banks and credit unions.  Large financial institutions did not offer their support for the Financial CHOICE Act.  Instead, Wall Street CEOs have publicly said they do not support repealing Dodd-Frank.


Local Amvets officers named to all state command posts

Amvets Post 36 Ladies Auxiliary named Auxiliary of the Year

Members of Amvets Post 36, its Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of Amvets and the Juniors attended the 50th Annual State Convention in Tyler June 10- 11. Post Finance Officer Frank Sparks was elected State Commander. Auxiliary President Lanelle Stanfield was elected State Ladies Auxiliary President. Sons of Amvets Commander, Michael Stanfield, was elected State Sons of Amvets Commander and Juniors of Amvets President Logan Tew was elected State Juniors President. “It's believed that this is the first time all the state command positions are from the same post. Also, the Ladies Auxiliary won Auxiliary of the Year,” stated JoAnne Ringwood. Shown are State Officers for 2017-18 year —Sparks, Stanfield, Stanfield and Tew. See other photos inside.


West Tawakoni fireworks festival July 3

Organizers say celebration from noon until after dark

The West Tawakoni Park Board is planning an Independence Day celebration on Monday, July 3, from noon until after a fireworks show at dark, according to Park Board President Tomi Shoemake.

She said numerous vendors would be available include showing of new cars by event sponsors along with two large water slides for children.

Shoemake said a 21-minute fireworks show would cap the celebration that is to include a concert by Creed Fisher and the Redneck Nation Band.

She said a meet-and-greet with Fisher and the band was planned at park board member Chris Burkett’s CTnA Fireworks stand on FM 513 in East Tawakoni from 5 to 7 p.m. She said the hour-long concert was scheduled to begin at approximately 7.

Shoemake said the fireworks would be fired on the water from two barges with remote detonation from the fireworks trailer by Burkett.


'Loaves and fishes' served to multitude at FUMC

Hundreds were served Saturday at the fourth annual Community Fish Fry at the First United Methodist Church of Quinlan. Workers outside kept the oil boiling and the fish browned while others inside kept the serving lines moving with fish, fries, sides and all the trimmings along with desserts and drinks. The Brush Arbor Revival provided the entertainment.

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East Tawakoni reaches 50th year anniversary

The City of East Tawakoni reached its 50th year anniversary on June 6, however, a celebration was delayed until after the bridge construction office and materials are removed from the city’s property on State Highway 276.

The city compiled the following historical information.

Historic East Tawakoni

The City of East Tawakoni, Texas was established June 6, 1967. East Tawakoni is located on the eastern shores of Lake Tawakoni and is the youngest municipality of Rains County; this resort area offers residents the benefits of a relaxed rural community while providing easy access to Dallas.

In 1967, 30 residents voted for incorporation and 15 residents voted against it. At that time city records reflect that at the time of incorporation, East Tawakoni had over 200 inhabitants. The city has shown steady growth over the years, and by the year 2010, boasted a population of 883 permanent / weekend residents.


West Tawakoni city park ordinance on hold

Thomas appointed to EDC, park board job tabled

A new policy regulating and setting fees for West Tawakoni City Park on second reading was tabled by the city council Tuesday night at its regular monthly meeting. One appointment was approved and a second delayed for open positions on city boards.

Action on the new city park ordinance was tabled after City administrator Susan Roberts asked that the section that dealt with special event fees be addressed.

Roberts said the park board had charged different fees than those listed in the proposed document last year and this year; for example, $20 instead of the $100 listed for RV trailer site with concrete pads for a vendor space at Fourth of July celebrations.

New appointments, resignations

Staci Thomas was appointed to fill a vacancy on the West Tawakoni Economic Development Corporation (WTEDC).


Brighten Father’s Day for Children in Foster Care

For many children, Father’s Day means giving gifts, enjoying traditions and making memories with their fathers, grandfathers and father figures. But for children in the foster care system, the day can be a painful reminder of their past.

Unfortunately, many children in foster care do not have a reliable father figure or positive male role model in their lives. “Once removed from their homes due to evidence of abuse or neglect, they are sometimes placed in the care and custody of the state, and sometimes far away from their loved ones and community, creating a constant cycle of uncertainty. However, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers from Hunt County can help provide much-needed stability for these children. CASA volunteers are everyday people who are specially trained and appointed by judges to advocate for children in the foster care system,” said Lori Cope, CASA for Hunt County Executive Director.


Quinlan takes next step in TWDB finances

No action on personnel after lengthy executive session

The next step to finance water and wastewater improvements was taken Monday night by the Quinlan City Council in a full agenda of business that included a lengthy executive session. Successful officials were seated for new terms, and the a draft version of a new gaming machine ordinance was reviewed. See related story.

The council voted to publish notice of its intent to issue combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation to fund the utility upgrades to the tune of $1.9 million.

“City staff has been working with the engineer, financial advisor and bond counsel to complete the application process for financial assistance through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). The application has been deemed complete and approvable and will go before the Board on June 28,” City Administrator John Adel told the council.



Tawakoni Civic Club to tour museum

The Tawakoni Civic Club will tour the Audie Murphy Museum in Greenville for its June meeting on Monday, June 19, according to Virginia Johnson.

“Carpooling is available by calling 972-955-2364,” Johnson said. “Those wishing to carpool should meet at the Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce in West Tawakoni no later than noon. The museum showcases Audie Murphy from teenage soldier, war hero, to Hollywood actor. Other exhibits tell about the cotton industry and early life in Hunt County.”

Tawakoni South VFD barbecue June 24

The Tawakoni South Fire Department will host a barbecue dinner June 24 that it plans to make an annual event.

The dinner will be held at the fire station, located at 10407 FM 429.


Quinlan ponders new eight-liner policy

City attorney outlines gaming machine permit plan

Quinlan policymakers took a first look Monday night at a new attempt to regulate gaming machines popularly known as eight-liners.

City Administrator John Adel in notes to the council stated, “The city’s current ordinance regarding gaming machines and redemption machines requires an annual permit approval process, including permit fees. The fee amounts in the city’s fee schedule, however, are not consistent with permit fee limitations provided by the state. City staff is proposing to consider an ordinance that utilizes other legal methods of restricting the use of these gaming machines.”

City attorney Brent Money reviewed a draft version of a new ordinance at the regular monthly meeting of the city council and is expected to return next month for a decision by the council.


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