Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Thank you, Kim, for a GREAT five years!


Today Titus County Cares celebratesKim Hedges’ FIVE year anniversary as Program Manager at TCC! Kim is a blessing to TCC! She doesn’t like the spotlight, but is always working to make the lives of our neighbors better. We are so thankful for her dedication, servant’s heart and love of Christ that is shown every day as she serves our community. Weare grateful for you!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Way to go, team!


Congratulations to Dr. Walsh and all of the Advanced Urology Institute at Titus team on receiving this award! They deserve this recognition for always going above and beyond for their patients.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Down Memory Lane - July 14, 2019


Our random 1980s photo for the day obviously shows a ribbon cutting. A short note on the back says "Nu Way". Anyone recognize any of these folks?

Get out and play!


The Get Out & Play Summer Rec Program is going on now through August 1st. Children ages 6 to 14 can get outdoors supervised by the Dellwood Pool Lifeguards 8 am - 11 am Monday through Thursday!

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 21st!


Do you have a student who will be at Mount Pleasant High School in the fall? Meet the Teacher is scheduled for Thursday, August 15th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (come and go) and Meet the Tigers is on August 15th at 7:00 p.m. Students will get lists of supplies needed at Meet the Teacher night or on the first day of school. They can plan to bring pens, pencils, and paper for the first few days of class.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

At Debate Camp


Chapel Hill ISD High school debaters Avery Hall, Luke Nichols, Braxton Sanders, Jasmine Zaragoza, and Paden Stewart (not pictured) are spending the week developing their strategies and techniques at Texas Speech & Debate Camp on the ETBU campus in Marshall.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Duke a finalist for ESPY Award tonight


Professional bowler Norm Duke, who grew up in Mount Pleasant, is a finalist for this year's ESPY Award as Best Bowler.

Duke (born March 25, 1964) is an American professional bowler currently competing on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour and the PBA50 Tour. He has won 40 titles on the PBA Tour, including seven major championships, and another five titles (two of them majors) on the PBA50 Tour.

He is one of only three players in history to reach 40 career PBA Tour titles.Duke has bowled 71 perfect 300 games in PBA competition, including the 15th televised 300 game in PBA Tour history on January 5, 2003.

A native of Mount Pleasant, Texas, Duke resides in Clermont, Florida, with his wife Karen, and their son, Branden.

An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade currently presented by the American broadcast television network ABC, and previously ESPN. to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony.

The 2019 ESPY Awards show will be held Wednesday, July 10, as athletes and celebrities assemble at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event starts at 5 p.m. local time.

The ESPY Awards show will air at 8 p.m. on ABC, and will stream on ABC.com and the ABC app. The ESPYS red carpet show will air beforehand on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

The 27th edition of the ESPY Awards will be hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Down Memory Lane July 9, 2019


Today's random 1980s photo is a puzzler. There is a note on the back that says  "5th 6th FF June". Anyone know what that means, or who these boys are?

From the City of Mount Pleasant


The Get Out & Play Summer Rec Program is going on now through August 1st. Children ages 6 to 14 can get outdoors supervised by the Dellwood Pool Lifeguards 8 am - 11 am Monday through Thursday!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Perritt named Interim City Manager


The Mount Pleasant City Council Monday night appointed Eddie Perritt as interim City Manager. Pictured are Mayor Tracy Craig (left) with Perritt.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Major General (Ret.) Charles Rex Driggers passes away

Major General (Ret.) Charles Rex Driggers, 86, passed away on July 6, 2019 at his home in Mount Pleasant. He was born on May 16, 1933 in Mount Pleasant to Charles G. Driggers and Dona Chapman Driggers.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nelda Driggers; son Charles Steven Driggers of Texarkana, Texas; daughter Susie Chen of Texarkana, Texas; daughter and son-in-law Laura and George Savage of Commerce; grandchildren Brad Schucker, Brian Schucker, Leslie Ponko, Tiffany Qu, Alisha Driggers, Tyler Driggers, Kayleigh Rapp, Zack Driggers, and Jake Driggers; and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

A Mount Pleasant native, Rex Driggers served his country and his state with honor and distinction culminating 37 years in the military.

He was commissioned in in 1955 and graduated in the top of his class from the US, Flight School. He served as an all-weather instrument flying instructor pilot for the 3555 Combat Crew Training Wing.

He completed nine years of active duty in 1964 and transferred to the Texas Air National Guard, initially assigned to fly the six engine KC- 97L He regularly participated in and led over 15 deployments to Europe as an aircrew member and Commander supporting Operation Creek Party, which lasted over ten years during the Cold War and into the Vietnam era.

Operation Creek Party kept the U.S. Air Force fighters in Europe refueled and in the air with full combat capability.

In 1978, then Lt Col Driggers was instrumental in the 136th Air Refueling Wing's complete mission conversion from air refueling to tactical airlift. He supported the transition to the C-1308 aircraft and in 1985, as the 136th Airlift Wing Commander, Col Driggers guided the unit through another conversion to the new C-130H aircraft.

His motivation and leadership capabilities led his units to a rating of excellent on all inspections during his command. He was an outstanding pilot and instructor, amassing over 6,000 hours in the military and 23,000 hours as an American Airline pilot, all accident free.

He served as the Commander of the Texas Air National Guard from 1989 to 1992 where he commanded close to 4,000 enlisted and officer service members throughout 11 military installations in Texas.

He relentlessly worked to obtain congressional approval and funding for the current Headquarters Texas Air National Guard facility at Camp Mabry in Austin. The facility has been home to the Texas Air National Guard for over 25 years, helping to fortify the Air Guard's presence on an Army installation while bolstering Airmen morale.

He was readily recognized by his peers for his ability to utilize all assets available under his command to make critical intuitive decisions for all Texas Air National Guard units. He exuded the love for his country, state of Texas, and duty, by all of his actions as demonstrated by his career and memorable unit visits and Commander's Calls.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Oak Leaf cluster, President Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters and numerous other federal and state awards.

A funeral for Rex Driggers will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant with visitation being held an hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Burial will follow at Farmers Academy Cemetery in Mount Pleasant. Services are under the direction of Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home.

Memorial donations can be made to the Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter.

Online registry is available at batescoopersloanfuneralhome.com

Down Memory Lane - July 7, 2019


For today's random 1980s photo, we have a picture of some children who seem be be enjoying a picnic.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Down Memory Lane - July 6, 2019


We haven't posted a Down Memory Lane photo in a few months, but maybe it is time to start up again. This looks like a summertime photo. Anyone recognize the family?

Congrats to both teams!


Last weekend at the 
Mount Pleasant Texas Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament presented by Pilgrim's- Mt. Pleasant, BCG Trailer Parts won the tournament with the lowest gross score.
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Buddy Marshall Insurance Agency won with the lowest net score.

Come out and join us on July 12th!


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Cleaning up Mount Pleasant


On Tuesday Sheriff Tim Ingram assigned an inmate work crew to pick up trash on CR 4510. The inmate work crew picked up four large bags of trash and other debris.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Practical donation


The Tri Lakes Volunteer Fire Department would like to say Thank You to Mike Davy with the Living Water Church in Pittsburg, for the Donation of water, and gatorade. This will come into good use here before long when it get hotter. Again Thank You.

Stedman moving on

At the Mount Pleasant-Titus County Chamber of Commerce board meeting held on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, President & CEO Katie Stedman provided her official resignation to the board. Stedman has served in this role at the Chamber for nearly four years and is stepping down to pursue other professional endeavors.

At the board meeting, the board members officially nominated a search committee comprised of current and former board members as well as representatives of the Chamber membership. The board also approved hiring an executive search firm who will be managing the search for Stedman’s replacement.

Stedman has stated that she will remain as flexible as possible in terms of her final day on the job in order to help ensure a smooth transition and to offer as much support as possible to both the board and the staff over the next several weeks.

Clean-up


Sheriff Tim Ingram recently  assigned an inmate work crew to clean up the creek running through Dellwood Park. The inmate work crew picked up 20 large bags of trash, tires, carpet, scrap metal, and other debris.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Here's the official lineup for Saturday's Happy Birthday, USA!



Come enjoy the festivities. Bring the kids for the parade, Bubble Mania, and carnival rides!

Food vendors, shopping vendors, kid-owned businesses!

Live music!

Family fun for all!

Presented by: Everett Toyota of Mt. Pleasant

Thank you to all of the volunteers that came to help!


At the produce drop Friday morning 
Titus County Cares was able to serve over 200 of our neighbors. We will see you again at the end of next month!

Please Help Us Welcome Our New CASA Volunteers!


CASA of Titus, Camp and Morris Counties is pleased to welcome Daniel Utpadel, Kami Scott, Trisha Carey, Elizabeth Mendoza, and Vonlisa Bennett. Daniel, Kami, Trisha, Elizabeth, and Vonlisa took an oath before the Honorable Deane Loughmiller in Camp County Court on June 26, 2019. Mr. Utpadel, Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Carey, Mrs. Mendoza, and Mrs. Bennett completed 30 hours of training and courtroom observation. Each CASA volunteer advocate will be assigned a case that may include a child or sibling group that was removed from their home due to abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers work for the best interest of the child/children making sure they have a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers are citizens in our community, just like you, that want to make a difference in a child/children's lives while they are removed from their families and placed in foster care. If you want to make a difference in a child's life contact Michelle Cobern at call 903-767-3679 or visitbecomeacasa.org or www.casatcm.org.

Ready for Happy Birthday USA


The Mount Pleasant Rotary Club, installed  flags all spring Caldwell Park to help make it full of American pride for tomorrow’s Happy Birthday, USA celebration  that kicks off at 10 am!

Donates to CASA


Linda O’Quinn, on behalf of the Twentieth Century Study Club of Pittsburg, Texas, presented to Shakeshia Nwabueze, a check in the amount of $200.00 to CASA of Titus, Camp, and Morris Counties. CASA of TCM Counties is so thankful for their generosity and continued support.

Open House for new animal shelter


Today (Friday) is the Open House and ribbon cutting for the new Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter! The new facility begins operating Monday morning.

Homicide Investigation


Today at 5:45 a.m. the Mount Pleasant Police Department received a call of possible shots fired at 2013 N. Edwards, Mt Pleasant Assisted Living.

Officers responded and found two people deceased in a common area. Mark Sutherland 51 years old and Michelle Sutherland 51 years old both residents of Mt Pleasant were deceased upon arrival.

Officers are investigating the incident as a murder suicide. This is an ongoing investigation. Family members have been notified.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Thank you, ladies, for your leadership in our community


The Mount Pleasant Texas Chamber of Commerce was absolutely thrilled with Monday's turnout of powerful business women in our community for the first ever Women in Business Luncheon presented by Healthcare Express

Special thanks to Jo's Downtown for hosting the event and to Creative Catering for the delicious meal.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Commissioner meet Monday morning

Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court of Titus County, Texas, will be held on the 24th day of June 2019 at 9:00 o’clock a.m., in the Titus County Courthouse, County Courtroom, 100 West First Street, Room 205, Mt. Pleasant, Texas 75455, at which time the following subjects will be discussed not necessarily in the order presented:

INVOCATION
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Public Comments and/or Requests for Information on Non-Agenda Items in Accordance with Section 551.042, Texas Open Meetings Act

Consider and Possibly Approve Minutes From June 10, 2019 Regular Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court

Firefighters Recognition

Consider and Possibly Approve Recommendations From the Court Security Committee (Ken Wilson)

Report From Lou Ann Rollins and Callie Zoeller  (Texas AgriLife Extension Agency)

Report from Commissioners Regarding Road Work Status

Consider and Possibly Approve the Purchase of a Replacement Chipper Used to Distribute Gravel in the Seal Coat Process (Tabled 6-10-19)

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Asphalt Sand, Cold Mix, Hot Mix, Limestone Rock Asphalt and High Performance Cold Mix (Tabled 6-10-19)

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Complete Lawn Maintenance Contract (Tabled 6-10-19)

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Crushed Iron Ore

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Washed Gravel (3/8” to Number 10)

Consider and Possibly Approve Submission of the Annual County Maintained Road Mileage Certification to TxDOT

Approve Oral and Written Reports of County Officials

Consider and Possibly Approve Treasurer’s Report

Approve Budget Amendments

Sign Pay Orders and Approve Payments

Closing Comments by County Judge and Commissioners, if any

Workshop with UMR

ADJOURN

Friday, June 21, 2019

Alien Escape


Use your wits to escape the aliens!  Space is limited and reservations will not be accepted in advance.   To get in on the fun, show up at least 20 minutes before the session begins!  Once a session is filled, staff will take names for the next session.


Make plans to enjoy the night!


The Titus Regional Medical Foundation  is excited to have the David Whiteman Band back for the 2019 Black&White Gala on September 14!

it’s not a real party without the David Whiteman Band!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Police Chief speaks


Chief Wayne Isbell with the Mount Pleasant Texas Police Department talked about all the recent updates to Mt. Pleasant at the Lions Club Thursday at noon at the Mount Pleasant Country Club.

Yearbook camp


The 2019-2020 Chapel Hill Junior High School Yearbook Staff is having lots of fun learning all about photography and page design at the Balfour Yearbook Camp!

TCC food bank has produce section


Did you know that the Titus County Cares food bank has a produce section that serves your neighbors in Titus County? You can donate any of your garden's excess fruits and vegetables before they go to waste! They are open for donations Monday-Thursday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Coming soon!


Soul'd Out Quartet!

Live in concert - (No charge. No tickets.)

6/23/19 - 6:30 p.m. at South Jefferson Baptist, Mt. Pleasant, TX

Have you heard these guys?

Their music is such a blessing.

*Share and invite your friends!*

Announcing our new Mayor Tracy Craig


Mayor Craig will be officially sworn in Tuesday night at the city council meeting. The public is welcome to attend 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the City Council Chambers located at 501 N. Madison. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Ratliff for Mayor


Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Great job!


Titus County Cares offers a big thank you for the annual donation of canned goods from the White Oak District Cub Scout Day Camp!!! There were 42 children participating from Daingerfield, Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Vernon, Pittsburg and Naples!! 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Pet food donations sought


Mount Pleasant Animal Services and Shelter is in need of Wet Food for Kittens and Puppies! Sometimes they have young pups and kittens come in that aren't quite ready for hard food, but they do well with wet food. However they are running low on both! Any donation would be greatly appreciated!

Chamber ribbon cutting


Congratulations to the Mount Pleasant Texas Chamber of Commerce's  newest member, Edward Jones - Jay Phillips! Visit them at 2001 W. Ferguson

Commissioners to next meet Monday

Notice is hereby given that a Regular Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court of Titus County, Texas, will be held on the 10th day of June, 2019 at 9:00 o’clock a.m., in the Titus County Courthouse, County Courtroom, 100 West First Street, Room 205, Mt. Pleasant, Texas 75455, at which time the following subjects will be discussed not necessarily in the order presented:

INVOCATION
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Public Comments and/or Requests for Information on Non-Agenda Items in Accordance With Section 551.042, Texas Open Meetings Act

Consider and Possibly Approve Minutes From May 24, 2019 Special Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court

Consider and Possibly Approve the Audit Proposal for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year by Arnold, Walker and Arnold

Consider and Possibly Approve a Subdivision of 2.8333 Acres on Behalf of Justin Mitchell

Report From Commissioners Regarding Road Work Status

Consider and Possibly Approve the Purchase of a Replacement Chipper Used to Distribute Gravel in the Seal Coat Process

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Asphalt Sand, Cold Mix, Hot Mix, Limestone Rock Asphalt and High Performance Cold Mix

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Concrete Culverts With Reinforced Steel Wire, All Diameters

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Plastic Culverts, All Diameters

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Steel Culverts 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel, 2.66 x ½ Spiral, Lock Seam Construction

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Seal Coat Aggregate TY B GR 4

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Type A Flexbase Ash

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Flexible Base

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Emulsified Asphalt (CSS-1; CSS-1H; CRS-2; CRS-2P)

Open and Review Bids and Possibly Approve for Complete Lawn Maintenance Contract

Consider and Possibly Approve the Purchase of a New Tractor With a Side Boom Mower Through Buy Board for Precinct 2

Consider and Possibly Approve a Loan From the General Fund to Precinct 2 for the Purchase of a New Tractor With a Side Boom Mower Through Buy Board

Approve Oral and Written Reports of County Officials

Consider and Possibly Approve Treasurer’s Report

Approve Budget Amendments

Sign Pay Orders and Approve Payments

Closing Comments by County Judge and Commissioners, if any

ADJOURN

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Patriotic Pet Parade


Bring out your patriotic pooches and furry friends to show them off in the Pet Parade at Happy Birthday, USA!! Applications coming soon. Each entry will be asked to provide a $5 donation which will be given to the Northeast Texas Rescue Organization! Pets should be sporting their very best patriotic looks. The parade will begin at the kickoff to the event at 10 am on Saturday, June 29th, in Caldwell Park. Stay tuned for applications and additional information.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Produce drop


Titus County Cares had a great morning at our monthly produce drop! They were able to serve 200 hundred people! Thank you to Living Truth Fellowship and other volunteers for making this morning possible!

Towels Donation Wanted





Do you have body size towels your tired of looking at because they don't match? If so, please donate them to the Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter by bringing them to the Mount Pleasant Police Department. We have a drop off box at the PD lobby.

The towels will be used at the new Animal Services Shelter when it opens. Date to be announced in the coming weeks.


Farmers Market returns next week


The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market kicks off NEXT TUESDAY, JUNE 4, in Caldwell Park (just one block west of downtown on the corner of 2nd Street and Van Buren).
Come from 4-7pm and enjoy shopping from a wide variety of vendors. Grab dinner downtown or at the market, bring the kids to play in the park's splash pad, and enjoy a lovely summer evening in MP.
There is still room for produce vendors to join us! Contact us today for more info.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Commissioners meet Friday because of Memorial Day holiday

NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COMMISSIONERS’ COURT OF TITUS COUNTY, TEXAS

Brian Lee, County Judge – 903-466-6666
Al Riddle, Pct. 1 – 903-717-1462 John Fitch, Pct. 2 – 903-563-2867
Dana Applewhite, Pct. 3 – 903-563-3173 Jimmy Parker, Pct. 4 – 903-573-6202

Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court of Titus County, Texas, will be held on the 24th day of May 2019 at 9:00 o’clock a.m., in the Titus County Courthouse, County Courtroom, 100 West First Street, Room 205, Mt. Pleasant, Texas 75455, at which time the following subjects will be discussed not necessarily in the order presented:

INVOCATION
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Public Comments and/or Requests for Information on Non-Agenda Items in Accordance with Section 551.042, Texas Open Meetings Act

Consider and Possibly Approve Minutes from May 13, 2019 Regular Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court

Report from Commissioners Regarding Road Work Status

Consider and Possibly Approve Titus County CDL Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy and Procedures

Discuss Cookville Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) with Possible Action to Follow

Discuss Commissioners’ Court Meeting Scheduled for June 10, 2019 with Possible Action to Follow

Consider and Possibly Approve Renewal of Commercial Package Insurance Policies

Approve Oral and Written Reports of County Officials

Consider and Possibly Approve Treasurer’s Report

Approve Budget Amendments

Sign Pay Orders and Approve Payments

Closing Comments by County Judge and Commissioners, if any


ADJOURN

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The "A" for the Arts


CHJH 8th grader Jasmine Moon was presented her 1st place award and $500 check for her art project from the Texas Rural Education Association. 

Congratulations Jasmine, we are proud of you!

Congratulations to the 2019 Chapel Hill High School Top 10 Percent Graduates!


The Chapel Hill ISD is proud of their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the Academic "A"!

2018-2019 Benefactor Donor


American National Bank of Mt. Pleasant Member FDIC of Mount Pleasant donated $2900 to the Mt. Pleasant ISD Foundation for grants to new teachers. The grants went to 29 new MPISD teachers who had never taught in a classroom in the United States before. Each teacher received $100 to use to purchase supplies for their classrooms.

Brian Niblett (left), American National Bank’s President and CEO, and Vikki Goates, Executive Vice President, Cashier and CFO, presented the check to Judd Marshall, MPISD Superintendent of Schools. Goates also serves as Treasurer for the Foundation.