Hunt County Texas


Carol Taylor, the director of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the story of the founding of Quinlan, first as the town of Roberts to the south of the current city today, and later in 1892 at the site of today's community and under the name of Quinlan.  The town of Roberts was built by the Texas Midland Railroad, which was owned by the "Witch of Wall Street," investor Hetty Green.  Later, the Texas and Central Railroad acquired the Texas Midland Railroad and the townsite wa

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the period from 1865 to 1876 following the Civil War known as "Reconstruction," when Union troops were stationed in Greenville and other Northeast Texas cities, much to the displeasure of the local citizens.  The troops were often attacked by "Bushwackers," former Confederate soldiers, and others.  Carol is the co-author of the book, "

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Lori Cope, the director the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hunt County says CASA is seeking more men to serve as volunteers in advocating for children in the foster-care system.  Also, CASA is seeking contributions to provide Christmas gifts for foster children being aided by CASA.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville relates numerous Halloween events planned for this weekend in Greenville and Hunt County, including the “Trick or Trot 5K Race” at 8 a.m.

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Carol Taylor, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman, relates the stories of tornadoes that have touched down in Greenville and the surrounding area over the years, including one in 1870 that destroyed the Hunt County Courthouse.

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Byron Taylor, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says a study shows the median price of homes in Hunt County are up 9.5% this year, at $197,000.  But listings are down 2.9 percent in the coronavirus crisis.  Also, Byron says the Chamber is cautiously returning to normal activities with a quarterly membership luncheon Friday, June 5 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center.  On the Chamber's Facebook page is a new video on the

Cynthia Beacom, Hunt County Master Gardener, discusses hydrangeas, a beautiful, flowering perennial.  Cynthia says hydrangeas require a lot of water, but otherwise are not difficult to grow.  She says the color of the plants can be changed by providing acidic plant food.

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the U.S. Census provides historians with a rich source of information on life in America.  Carol says the 1880 Census especially provided a bounty of information on communities and individuals.  But Carol says the 2020 Census asks so few questions that it will not be very useful to historians of the future.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Hunt Regional Health Care web page features a link to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) self-checker for the coronavirus, which will help determine if you have symptoms of the illness.


Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendicks says he will conduct a John Horn Service Class in the fall semester in honor of the late Hunt County Judge.  Dr. Hendricks says students will perform 20 hours per week of community service, and hear from a series of distingushed guest lecturers.  Also, Dr.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the tale of a human skull found by boys in 1931, and the speculation that surrounded it.  Carol reports that the skull was unearthed at least six times.

Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman comments on strategies for watering lawns and flower beds in the hot, dry late summer weather.  Wayne says grass will retain water better if the lawn mower is set at a higher level.


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the council will be holding meetings over the next several weeks to receive public comments on the proposed "neighborhood empowerment zones," intended to encourage improvements in some Commerce neighborhoods.  The public meetings will be Tuesday, July 23, at the Abundant Life Assembly, 803 Chestnut St.; Tuesday, July 30, at Commerce City Hall; and Tuesday, August 13 at the Norris Community Center, 1007 Ross St., all at 6 p.m.  Also, a new state law allows tax incentives that m

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the 19th and early 20th Century, rural Northeast Texas families were excited to be vistited by the "chicken peddler," who accepted their older chickens in return for various household products.  Farm women, in particular, were excited to see the chicken peddler because they rarely made the trip into town.

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Susan Lanning, director of the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville,  relates plans for "A Taste of the 1890s" Saturday evening (May 11), in which foods popular in the late 19th century will be available to sample.  Tickets for the event should be purchased by Wednesday, May 8.

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Hunt County Master Gardener Wayne Bowman offers his expert tips for working vegetable gardens, flower beds and yards.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, recently wrote an article for her local-history blog, "What If's and the Truth," pointing out that some historical "facts" aren't facts after all, such as the story that the first Hunt County court proceedings took place under a tree.

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Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media in Greenville, has released the first two videos in the "Celebrate Hunt County" series, on Quinlan ISD counselor Jennifer Hogan and KGVL morning-show host Lonny Schonfeld.  The videos can be seen on Facebook and YouTube, and will focus on the people of Hunt County. If you'd like to suggest a story for "Celebrate Hunt County," send it to

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, is researching what may be a forgotten Hunt County town, Pompey.  Few records exist on the town, believed to have been located east of Greenville near what is now Interstate 30, but Carol has turned up intriguing hints of the town's existence.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the 1880 census indicates a great deal about fatal illnesses in Hunt County and the doctors who had practices here at the time.  Of the 309 deaths recorded in the county, 78 were infants.

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Derek Price of Greenshoot Media in Greenville is introducing a video series called "Celebrate Hunt County" that will present stories about the county and its citizens.  He compares it to the long-running "Texas Country Reporter."  The weekly video series was introduced with a video on the Greenville Christmas parade, and will start regular production early in 2019.

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Byron Chitwood, Hunt County Master Gardener, recommends starting a composting cage using chicken wire to contain fallen leaves, and adding nitrogen to the mix to help along the decomposition of the leaves.  But Byron says leaves can also simply be dumped into flower beds and gardens for mulch.

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Lori Cope, director of CASA, the Court-Appointed Special Advocates, of Hunt County, says the organization has met its goal of providing Christmas gifts for the approximately 200 foster children in its care.  But CASA would still like to have more gift cards for late additions to the CASA rolls, and for birthdays and other events throughout the year.  CASA was recently named the Non-Profit of the Year by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

Kristal Kuykendall, editor of the Herald-Banner, says the newspaper will be asking for pictures of your Christmas lights, many of which will be published on the front-page and online.  An on-line directory of all of the Christmas-light locations will also be made available.  Kristal also discusses the recent news that Hunt County has its lowest unemployment rate since 1990, with more than

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says an event honoring the men from Hunt County who gave their lives in World War I will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (November 10) on the north lawn of the Hunt County Courthouse.  A monument there contains the names of each person from the county killed in the war.  Sunday, November 11 will mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I.

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Frances Dalbey, executive director of the Hunt County United Way for the past five years, is leaving her position to become the branch manager of staffing company Employee Solutions.

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Pud Kearns, a leader of the women's cancer fund raising event Bras for the Cause, says this is the organization's 10th anniversary.  The event, with the theme "Bras Rock," takes place starting at 6 p.m. Thursday night (Oct. 11).  Money is raised from votes for the most popular artistically and humorously decorated bras.

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Byron Taylor, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, says the Governmental Affairs Committee of the chamber has started early in making plans and recommendations for the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature.  They've already met with State Sen. Bob Hall, will meet soon with State Rep. Dan Flynn, and will meet with their election challengers.  Then, they'll go to Austin for a two-night visit Feb. 25-27 to meet with legislators and others.  In the past, they've been content with a one-night visit.

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Lori Cope, the director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County (CASA), says population growth in Greenville and Hunt County is resulting a steadily growing caseload for the organization that serves children in foster care.  Lori reports 112 cases and 196 children currently in the Hunt County CASA program.  CASA hopes to receive contributions from supporters on National Giving Day on Thursday (September 20) and will be raising money with a Rock 'n' Roll Sock Hop in the Greeenville Middle School gym Saturday night, September 29.

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Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds -- the non-profit, faith-based charitable organization in Lone Oak -- says the organization is now able to offer limited cash assistance to those needing helping in making their rent or utility payments, and he says the organization has an abundance of vegetables to give away from its community garden.