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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Travel on Spur 557 today is discouraged as various lanes will be closed between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. today while road surface work is done between Los Lomas Parkway and FM 148. The work on Spur 557 is expected to cause similar traffic problems tomorrow during the same hours, according to Michelle Releford of the Texas Department of Transportation. Then Monday, March 30th, look for the right lane of the east-bound side of Spur 557 to be closed between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. while concrete traffic barriers are set in place inthe work zone. Expect traffic backups on Spur 557, and if possible, take another route.
Terrell city council members will discuss the new rehabilitation project of the dam at Elmo Lake this evening when they meet in a special workshop session at 6 p.m. at city hall. Terrell city staff will present the status update on the project. The city council approved a resolution in 2011 clearing the way for the city to apply for federal funds for the rehabilitation project. Also on their agenda this evening is a discussion of the the clean-up of city owned property near the animal adoption center west of the city on U. S. Hwy 80, a prominent entryway point. And, city staff will present to the council a safety enhancement project for the decommissioned water treatment facility in the Stallings Addition.
The Kaufman County Junior Livestock show is nearing completion, with shop projects displayed today, in addition to the livestock show. Judging of the shop projects is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Saturday features a barbeque lunch followed by the awards ceremony at 2 o'clock. The livestock auction will take place at 2:30 Saturday afternoon.
wednesday, March 25, 2015
A 34-year-old woman is in Kaufman County Jail on numerous charges after late yesterday leaving the emergency room of Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman, where she was a patient, and in a stolen CareFlite ambulance, leading police on a chase through downtown Kaufman which ended in the Lively community. Kaufman County Sheriff's deputies stopped the ambulance on County Road 148, just off U. S. 175 by using spike strips to flatten the tires. The woman was taken into custody and charged with theft of property over $100,000 but less then $200,000, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, and duty for striking an unattended vehicle during the chase.
Effective March 1st CareFlite bagan providing ambulance and emergency medical service to Kaufman county, taking the place of East Texas Medical Center, which had requested to be released from its obligation. Kaufman County residents who had an ETMC membership must take action now in order to have a membership with CareFlite. According to Kaufman County Emergency Management coordinator Steve Howie, those who had memberships with ETMC must go online at careflite.com and complete the application found at the special link provided for ETMC Members in order to have a membership with CareFlite. Howie said the ETMC memberships did not transfer to CareFlite.
Terrell residents can learn about the city and its government by taking park in the Terrell citizen's university, which starts its next 7-week series of classes April 23rd. According to the city of Terrell's news release, the university promotes citizen awareness of the city government services and a working knowledge of city processes and procedures. The classes meet for two hours each Thursday between April 23rd and June 11th, and applications to participate will be accepted through April 11th at Terrell City Hall in the human resources office.