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Photo by Matthew Brodeur
Photo by Matthew Brodeur

The Hunt and Hopkins county sheriff’s offices say they’ve destroyed more than 3,100 marijuana plants at a campsite in the northeastern Hunt County.

Hunt County Commissioners are holding off on a proposal that would involve housing more federal prisoners at the Hunt County Detention Center. That’s because the Sheriff’s Office has some concerns with the deal. 

file photo
file photo

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks has retracted his statement that Michael Chambers may have committed suicide.

A Hunt County corrections officer was killed on Saturday in an accident with a semi-tractor trailer in Terrell.

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has discovered writings that suggest that Anglo-American migration into Northeast Texas -- and Hunt County in particular -- may have come earlier even than Stephen F. Austin's colony in the 1820s.

CASA Hunt County, Facebook

Lori Cope, director of CASA (the Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County says the organization has scheduled a "Fairy Dust Princess Ball" for 10 a.m. Saturday, January 27 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center on Highway 69 South in Greenville.  It's a fund raiser for CASA, which represents the interests of children in foster care in legal proceedings.  CASA is seeking new volunteers, and a training session begins Monday, January 29. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 22.

O'Rourke Brings Campaign To Northeast Texas

Jan 4, 2018
About 100 people attended a campaign event in Greenville for U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat who is running to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican.
Mark Haslett

It’s next to impossible to talk about Beto O’Rourke without talking about Ted Cruz. The sitting Republican senator is the reason O’Rourke’s candidacy has caught real fire. Left-leaning publications like Mother Jones have not been shy about anointing O’Rourke as the great Blue hope; more centrist publications, like Vanity Fair, have dared to use the K-word to describe him: “Kennedyesque.”

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

Despite some weekend rainfall, drought conditions are back to moderate throughout much of Northeast Texas. 

Texas Education Agency
Texas Education Agency

A higher percentage of students from Northeast Texas finished college than students statewide. That’s according to data put together by the Texas Tribune, which looked at graduation rates among 300,000 public school students who completed 8th grade in 2005. Statewide, 21 percent of those students have graduated from college by now. Ten of the 11 counties comprising Northeast Texas exceeded that average. Hunt County was the only one to come in below the state average.

Local fire departments and emergency services agencies continue to head to the Houston/Galveston area.

Former Commerce City Police Chief Kerry Crews says he is running for Justice of the Peace in Hunt County Precinct 2 this November. 

A vehicle had to be rescued earlier on State Highway 11 northwest of Commerce where the Middle Sulphur River went over its banks.
Hunt County Scanner / Facebook

Motorists are urged to be aware of incidents of flashing flooding in the East Texas area. The Texas Department of Transportation has mapped several areas of closure. Turn around, don't drown is being emphasized by authorities.

In Delta County residents had to be evacuated by local volunteer fire fighters and law enforcement. According to law enforcement the home was located at 1918 Farm-to-Market 1531 near Klondike.

"This is most flooding along FM 1531 I had seen in my time with Delta County," said Lieutenant Ryan Brown, who has been with DCSO since 2011.  The water was over the five foot flood gauge. "I have never seen it at this magnitude." He waded shin to knee-deep water during the evacuation.

The North Sulphur River had flooded over its banks.

Some areas reported a range of over eight to 11 inches of rain over the span of the night.

"Fortunately, we didn't have any other rescues," said Lieutenant Brown, noting driving around a barricade is a Class B Misdemeanor and can result in a trip to jail, especially if first responders' lives are put at risk.

Delta County closures include: FM 71, FM 1531, FM 904 (water is receding), FM 2068 (water is receding).

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the early days of Greenville and Hunt County, Independence Day was celebrated with a big barbecue.  But after the Civil War, the Fourth of July was not observed for many years until 1898, following the end of the Spanish-American War.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said on April 8 that the Texas Rangers will investigate the violent arrest of a pregnant Quinlan woman on March 4.
Mark Haslett / KETR

  

The Texas Rangers will investigate a March 4 incident in which a Quinlan woman whose violent encounter with Hunt County sheriff’s deputies was recorded by home surveillance video. The clip has been shared widely on social media, resulting in regional and national attention to the story.

Hunt County’s May 2015 election will present 11 city council elections, four mayoral elections and in Quinlan, a proposition for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.
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Hunt County’s May 2015 elections will present 11 city council elections, four mayoral elections and in Quinlan, a proposition for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only.  

Commerce

City Council, Place 1: Jean Klaus (uncontested) 

City Council, Place 3: Richard Hill, Ray Hunter.

Greenville

Mayor: David Dreiling, Dan Perkins

City Council, Place 1: David Stewart, Jerry Ransom.

City Council, Place 5: Renee Francey, Brent Money

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