The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


January 7, 2013

A weird, wacky and wonderful 2012



The Herald-Banner paid tribute to the winners of our Unsung Hero Awards, and named Michelle Youtz as our second annual Person of Distinction during a reception at the Landmark on Lee Street. The Unsung Hero Awards seek to highlight local people who are making a difference in the community, a difference which may otherwise go unheralded. The Person of Distinction is the one individual who has made a major impact on Greenville and Hunt County.



Shaun Michael Funderburk and David Wayne Monk appeared on a surveillance camera breaking into a residence on County Road 1069 on the evening of April 4. The owner of the residence sent still shots and a video of the burglary, taken by a security camera, to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators were able to identify the suspects and prepare warrants charging the pair with the burglary.

Chuckles for a good cause

The Ninth Annual Special Olympics Comedy Talent Showcase, sponsored by the Hunt County Special Olympics Booster Club, is another smash hit.


Praying for those in need

A crowd gathered in the shade of the trees in front of the Hunt County Courthouse, to share their faith and join in prayer. “One Nation Under God” was the theme for the observance of the National Day of Prayer.

These boots, and sneakers, and flats and ... were made for walking.

The Drug Free Greenville Walkathon and the Hunt-Rains County Chapter American Cancer Society Relay for Life had hundreds of people stepping out in support.


This year’s Fair was on the Money

Dozens of relatives of the late Mickey Money comprised many of the dignitaries on hand for the ribbon cutting to start the Hunt County Fair, and did the honors for the event. The Fair is dedicated to Money, a former Hunt County commissioner, auditor and justice of the peace who was an avid Fair supporter.

Next time, he might want to just stick with the midway

Mickey Trent Reed of Lone Oak is arrested while attending the Hunt County Fair, by officers who were inside of the Law Enforcement Building, where Reed’s photo was posted as a “Hunt County Top Ten Most Wanted” fugitive.

A treemendous idea

Bowie Elementary School raises funds to recycle an old, dead tree into a sculpture to preserve the history of the tree for Bowie alumni.


A lot more red, white and blue in Greenville

The stretch of Park Street between Stonewall Street and Moulton Avenue traditionally is decked out in more flags, banners, bunting and ribbons on Independence Day than anywhere else in town, as it hosts the larger of two annual local parades on the nation’s birthday. But one Park Street resident felt there could be more. Tim Kruse decided to add 100 more flags to the route in time for the July 4 festivities.

Greenville becomes the home of even more advanced technology

A group of local high tech wizards have designed what some might consider to be the ultimate invention, an all terrain beer serving robot vehicle beverage cooler. It also has bright lights. Innovation Thirst of Greenville/Rockwall was one of a dozen teams participating in the Red Bull Creation, a 72-hour themed innovation competition. Innovation Thirst created the “Cool Master”, which is described as “an intense, high-speed drink delivery system.” The “Cool Master” not only brings the beer to an individual, it removes the cap from the bottle and raises it above the cooler to the perfect serving height.


Somebody in the Horticulture Department had some explaining to do

An officer with the University Police Department at Texas A&M University-Commerce had to do some unscheduled gardening, as he removed a three-foot marijuana plant from one of the ceramic planters which line the sidewalks at the campus. Officials said the plant may have been the result of a practical joke, or may have sprung from seeds left over from a discarded bag of marijuana.


Obviously, it was a bit crowded in there

Animal welfare officials joined Hunt County law enforcement officers in seizing dozens of animals from inside of a residence near Caddo Mills. The SPCA of Texas, Hunt County Constable Precinct 1 Terry Jones and deputies with the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office removed 48 animals; including 25 dogs, 14 rabbits, six cats and three pigs, from the home on Brookview Circle. According to the SPCA of Texas announcement, all of the animals were all living inside the house.


There is no need to be concerned, unless you are the horse, of course of course.

There apparently is a mountain lion on the prowl through rural Hunt County. A horse in a pasture south of Greenville apparently came in contact with a mountain lion during October, according to Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Gary Miller.

“It was either a young male cougar that is still learning how to hunt, or it is a really, really old cougar that is really desperate in finding food,” Miller said, noting that the animal won’t be making the same mistake, of taking a swipe at a horse’s hindquarters, twice.

“He got kicked pretty good and he backed off,” Miller said. “He probably learned his lesson that a horse is not one to deal with.”


Santa ditches the sleigh for the romance of train travel

For the first time, Greenville is one of the destinations on the 12th Annual Kansas City Southern (KCS) Holiday Express. The train stopped in Greenville on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at the parking lot for the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center.


Christmas lights and Christmas weather

Greenville celebrates Christmas with parades, lots of bright lights and more. The weather in late December also plays a role in the holiday, as powerful winds blow over the City of Greenville Christmas Tree and four inches of snow fall on December 25, giving the city a true White Christmas.

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    Emma Casselton worked for the state of Texas as a foster adoption specialist for 16 years, facilitating more than 1,000 adoptions of local children.

    July 11, 2014

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    A congregation tends to reflect the views of its pastor.

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

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  • 7 Sunday Follies_Brunch_story.jpg Establishing the heart of Hunt County

    Every two years, the Greenville Follies holds a huge stage production to help raise funds for a local community nonprofit.

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    Before the parents of 11-year-old Preston Tarrant received the news that their son had a form of muscular dystrophy, they weren’t even aware that any such disease existed.

    May 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • CM_Angela_Franklin_2-1.jpg Making a career out of volunteerism

    Angela Franklin is a wife, a mother and a grandmother, but she could also be considered a cheerleader for volunteerism in the Greenville area.

    May 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Birthing_Center_sign.jpg At local birthing center, it is Mother’s Day every day

    The structure sits in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood not far from downtown Greenville.
    If not for the sign in front advertising the home as “The Baby Place Birthing Center”, anyone passing by would likely have no idea that it is a facility where mothers come to deliver their children.

    May 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pastor_Ratliff_feature.1.jpg A promise fulfilled

    A little more than 30 years ago, as he was crossing the bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard, Senior Pastor Roger Ratliff of Vansickle Baptist Church received a calling from God, reminding him to fulfill a promise he had made years earlier to join the ministry.

    April 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scott_Stegall.jpg Army veteran opens medical facility in Cooper

    When Physician Assistant Scott Stegall first relocated to the Cooper Community Health Center from his practice in Commerce, he knew setting up a family medical clinic in the small, rural community with limited resources would present a challenge.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

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