On July 15, Sulphur Springs’ City Hall was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony honoring the centennial of the building, originally built as a post office.
Giving the Invocation was Pastor Harold Nash and welcoming the crowd of over 150 guests was Sulphur Springs Mayor Freddie Taylor. Mayor Taylor greeted current and former mayors and council members as well as congratulating City Manager Marc Maxwell and staff for their success on creating this vision.
Voters will decide whether this North Texas college town will become the state's first city to ban hydraulic fracturing.
After a public hearing Tuesday night that stretched into Wednesday morning, the Denton City Council rejected a proposal to ban the method of oil and gas extraction inside the city, which sits on the edge of the gas-rich Barnett Shale. The 5-2 vote kicked the question to the city’s November ballot, the next step in a high-profile property rights clash that will likely be resolved outside of Denton.
A second fatal accident occurred on Hunt County roads this week following a single car accident on Highway 34 Sunday night.
Linda Gray, 23, of Plano was traveling north on Highway 34 when her 2007 Toyota Corolla struck a horse that was in her lane of travel, according to Texas Department of Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford. The accident occurred at approximately 10:50 p.m. Sunday night.
A motorist who was killed in a highway accident on July 11 has been identified by authorities as Matthew Murphy, 44, of Winnsboro.
According to the Greenville Herald-Banner, Murphy also had an 8-year-old passenger. The child was taken to a Dallas-area hospital via helicopter on Friday, but privacy regulations prevent authorities from releasing information on his identity or condition.
Murphy, who was driving a Ford F-250, collided with an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Mukesh Patel, 52, from Plainfield, Ind., was not injured.
A Fannin County child who went missing late yesterday morning was later found dead in a neighbor’s swimming pool.
KXII-TV reports that 3-year-old Alyssa Stephens was discovered on a property just east of Whitewright. Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies searched the area around the girl’s home yesterday after Stephens had been reported missing. Officers didn’t notice the body in the pool at first because the dark waters of the pool obscured their view, according to KXII’s report.
Sulphur Springs City Hall will be hosting a grand opening and 100 Year Anniversary of building on Tuesday, July 15, 10 a.m. This date was chosen for the significance to the building’s history – July 15 will be the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. Post Office’s building dedication in 1914.
As part of the renovations, the city added a modern board room, a corridor with circular windows for displaying local art and a large porch on the south side. The expansion constructed to the west of building is approximately 5,000-square feet.
The 49th Annual Ladonia Rodeo and Frontier Days will commence this Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12. The rodeo kicks off at 8:30 p.m. at Eastman Arena on Hwy 64 featuring nine events with an added $4500 and is sanctioned by the UPRA, CPRA and CRRA.
Highlighting the night will be Australia's National Rodeo Queen, Danielle Quinsee, as she makes an appearance at the Ladonia Rodeo on her way to the Calgary Stampede. The Cody Bryan Band will be featured Saturday night.
Every time a cow is sold in Texas, a dollar of that sale goes to industry groups that use it to promote and research beef. It’s part of a national program called the “beef checkoff,” and that charge will now rise to two dollars in Texas after a statewide vote by cattle owners.
The vote to raise the fee passed by nearly 67 percent. The results were announced Wednesday and hailed by agriculture and cattle industry groups, who say the money is needed to keep beef competitive.