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Hunt County

Texas State Historical Association

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of the man for whom Hunt County is named, diplomat Memucan Hunt, who was instrumental in the Republic of Texas being officially recognized by the United States, and in the annexation of Texas.

Herald Banner / Herald Banner

Funeral services for Hunt County Judge John Horn are set for Friday. The Herald Banner reported that county offices will be closed so that county employees may attend the services.

Horn unexpectedly died over the weekend. His death has left a question of filling his seat. Horn was running for re-election in November. He was unopposed on the ballot. County Commissioner Jim Latham told the Herald Banner that Horn’s name will remain on the ballot and that a new county judge will be appointed in 2019.

Hunt County Constable Don Morrison says he’s stepping down from his post. 

According to a press release the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications in 30 counties across Texas as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) efforts supported by the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) – Grassland Restoration Incentives Program (GRIP) Partnership.

Tax payments are up in Northeast Texas, though some counties are doing better than others. The newest numbers from the Texas State Comptroller County Sale and Use Tax Comparison Study show tax payments  up in six Northeast Texas counties compared to a year ago.

One of the three solar farms under consideration in Hunt County looks to be a go. On Wednesday, the USDA approved a 96-acre solar farm off County Road 10-61 just north of Greenville.

The 10-megawatt site is projected to cost about 12 and a half million dollars to build. No word on what exactly it will power but the farm could provide some tax money to benefit the Greenville ISD.

The high heat and heavy winds in Northeast Texas triggered the summer’s first large-scale ground fire in Hunt County Tuesday.

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. 

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