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Thursday, October 23, 2014
The new zonnig ordinance for the city of Terrell was approved by the council Tuesday night, with one change after about an hour of listening to area residents arguing against allowing the consideration of a bed and breakfast in a single family residential area. The current zoning ordinance did not provide for the location of a bed and breakfast in a single family zoned area, and the new ordinance on which the council was to vote Tuesday night on second reading, provided for that possibility, a change that was brought about by the Griffith Avenue request. The council, on the recommendation of attorney Greg Shumpert, voted on a motion made by Richards to pass the new zoining ordinance with the section concerning the location of the bed and breakfast removed. The ordinance, with the change, passed 4-1, with D. J. Ory, councilman for district 5 which includes the Griffith Avenue area, the lone vote against. Ory voiced his desire to leave the provided pathway to allowing a bed and breakfast in the ordinance, stating he wanted choices.
A 19-year-old Kaufman woman was booked into Kaufman County Jail yesterday morning on charges of aggravated robbery following an investigation into her Tuesday morning report to police that had been robbed and beaten. The man that allegedly committed the crime was located and questioned. Police say their investigation revealed the woman apparently approached the man as he got out of his truck in a parking lot on Fair Street in Kaufman and asked him for money. She allegedly grabbed the man's wallet and ran, but the man was able to catch her and take back his wallet. In the scuffle, the woman allegedly stabbed the man in the face and hand with a pocket knife. The man's injuries were not serious, and he was treated at a doctor's office.
The Kaufman County Sheriff's office reported four men, 19 to 22 years of age, who are registered as students at Trinity Valley Community College, were arrested yesterday and charged with organized criminal activity in connection with vehicle burglaries in the area. Police recovered several stolen items from a 2009 Cadillac registered to one of the suspects, and the car was impounded. The four are reportedly held in Kaufman county jail pending $7500 bond each.
Early voting in the November general election is underway this week, and will continue through October 31st. Voting is done electronically during early voting, and ballots may be cast at the Kaufman County Courthouse Annex in Kaufman, and the sub-courthouse locations in Terrell, Forney, and Kemp. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the remainder of this week. Voting Saturday will be from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., and on Sunday the polls will be open from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Next week the hours at the Kaufman County Courthouse Annex will be from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., and the sub-courthouse hours will be 8 to 5 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,; and from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
The Terrell Lion's Club's fund-raising event, its hamburger and hot dog meal, is tomorrow from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church recreational outreach center across Brin Street from the church between Frances and Catherine Streets in Terrell. The cost of the meal, which is all you can eat, is $10, which goes toward the charitable work of the Lions Club.