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Sunday, December 8, 2013
The weather was the big story in the area over the weekend. The winter storm that moved thrugh the area left ice on trees and power lines, which resulted in many being without power. Oncor spokesman said reports of power outages starting coming in as early as 1 a.m. Friday. Farmers Electric Cooperative also reported many outages north of Terrell. Oncor reports that the majority of their customers had power restored by Sunday afternoon.
Friday, December 6, 2013
All Terrell ISD campuses will be closed Friday, December 6th due to the threat of bad weather. This includes all athletic and extra-curricular events and activities scheduled on Friday and Saturday, according to Terrell ISD's deputy superintendent Jason Gomez.
Forney ISD, and Crandall ISD will be closed Friday, December 6th, due to the weather. Also, all high school and middle school athletic events through Sunday have been cancelled in the Crandall ISD due to the weather. Kaufman ISD, Kemp ISD, Mabank ISD, and Scurry-Rosser ISD will run on a delayed schedule, starting at 10 a.m., with busses running two hours late. Kemp ISD will again assess road conditions Friday morning and if conditions have worsened, will post any changes to this schedule on their website. Wills Point ISD requests teachers and other staff to report at 9:45 a.m., and students to report at 10 a.m. Busses in Wills Point will run two hours late.
Also, due to the threat of bad weather the City of Forney Offices will be closed Friday December 6th, and the "Christmas on Main" holiday event set for Saturday from 12:00 noon until 6:30 p.m. in Forney has been cancelled.
If road conditions warrant, trash pickup scheduled for Friday, December 6th, in the city of Kaufman will be postponed until Saturday.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Leslie Ellison, who escaped from the Terrell State Hospital Saturday, was captured by Dallas County Sheriff's deputies with the help of U. S. Marshalls, at the Seagoville Inn Wednesday shortly after noon. Ellison barricaded himself in the bathroom of his motel room before police arrived. He was arrested without incident, and booked into Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas. Ellison reportedly swallowed three AA batteries while at Terrell State Hospital, and escaped while being transported for medical attention. He was admitted to Terrell State Hospital as mentally unfit to stand trial on an aggravated assault charge, and has numerous arrests for burglary and theft dating back several years according to police.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A variance allowing the consumption of alcohol in what would otherwise be an alcohol free zone clears the way for a new restaurant in downtown Forney. The Forney city council heard arguments for and against the variance during a public hearing at the council's regular meeting last night, then decided to grant the variance. The proposed location for the new restaurant is on South Bois d'arc street across from a school. The Forney ISD presented a resolution passed last year requesting the council not grant the variance keeping the alcohol free zone intact. Numerous downtown merchants spoke in favor of the variance pointing out its positive economic impact on the downtown businesses. Forney's mayor pointed out the variance is specific to the new restaurant and location, telling concerned citizens if either changes, the variance goes away.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Based on a current student count of 1,079 provided by Terrell ISD officials, Terrell High School jumps to 5A conference play in athletics next year, based on the conference cutoff numbers released yesterday morning by the Texas University Interscholastic League. That enrollment figure places Terrell only 19 students over the 1,059 maximum to remain in 4A. Also making the jump to 5A are both Forney and North Forney high schools. The new district alignments will be announced at a later date.