Smith County

Courthouse project updated

During their regular meeting on May 14, Smith County Commissioners received an update on the county’s parking garage and courthouse construction projects, which are scheduled to be open in the fall of 2024, said Public Information Officer Casey Murphy. The five-story, 543-vehicle parking garage is on schedule, Murphy said, at a cost of $15.4 million.

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Early voting under way for county precinct election

Smith County residents living in the Commissioner Precinct 3 area can cast early ballots in the Republican Primary Runoff Election through Friday, May 24, county officials said. The only race on the ballot will be for the Smith County Precinct 3 Commissioner Runoff between incumbent Terry Phillips and challenger J. Scott Herod. General Election day

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Commissioners approve going with new vendor for elections

Smith County Commissioners heard reports concerning tax abatements throughout the county as well as changing vendors for record keeping for voters and elections during their regular weekly meeting held May 7. After considerable discussion, commissioners approved the change to VR Systems by unanimous vote. County Elections Administrator Michelle Allcon told commissioners officials with California-based Votec

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GoBus expands with in-house maintenance facility underway

ETCOG proudly announces the groundbreaking of an in-house maintenance facility for GoBus. This facility will enable staff to implement thorough preventive safety measures on organizational vehicles throughout the 14-county region. “Following years of research and planning, we are thrilled to be commencing the groundbreaking of construction,” stated Transportation Director Vince Huerta. The decision to establish

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Smith County auctions surplus vehicles and office equipment

An auction of Smith County surplus vehicles, furniture and other items is open to bidders, county officials announced. County commissioners declared these items up for auction during their regular meeting held Tuesday, April 23. Also during the meeting, adopted a resolution proclaiming the week of April 14-20 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in the

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Streets to be closed for courthouse County parking garage construction

The portion of East Ferguson Street – from Center Avenue to Spring Avenue – will be closed for approximately three weeks for the next phase of construction of the Smith County Parking Garage, said County Public Information Officer Casey Murphy. Detour signs, as well as an electronic message board, will help guide drivers to alternate

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“Smith County Jane Doe’’ identified; Cold case from ’85 finally resolved

The dogged determination of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, one of its deputies and advances in DNA identification combined to provide some closure for a Dallas-Fort Worth area family whose daughter’s remains were found near Lindale in 1985. Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith provided information during a press conference this past week in the case

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Commissioner’s son restricted from entering county courtroom

Lance Phillips, son of Smith County Precinct 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips who was arrested earlier this month (April 2) for disrupting the commissioner’s meeting, was released on a $200,000 bond the next day but must adhere to certain conditions or be jailed again, officials said. Phillips is restricted from entering the county courtroom while the

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County jail inmate dies

Tonya Williams, an inmate in the Smith County Jail, died at the jail shortly after 6 a.m., Sunday, April 7, said spokesman Larry Christian. A code blue – a medical emergency – was called in for the second floor of the jail for someone having a medical emergency. Williams was given CPR then transported to

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Commissioner’s son arrested again during county meeting

Lance Phillips, son of Smith County Precinct 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips was arrested this past week after an outburst during the public comment portion of the commissioner’s meeting. Phillips’ arrest on Tuesday (April 2) was the fourth time he had been taken to jail for disrupting a meeting or court proceeding. He was arrested this

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