EDC Director Provides Requested Documents Council Responds with $147,800 in HOT Fund Awards

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

The Forney City Council recently approved $147,800.00 in disbursements from the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) fund, after reviewing the applications and supporting documents supplied them by EDC Director Warren Ketteman.

After discovering that the application vetting process specifically designed and approved by City Council was not used by the EDC Board


 

Internationally Acclaimed Autumn at the Arboretum Fall Festival Returns with 90,000 Pumpkins Gourds and Squash

More than 90,000 pumpkins are sprouting in the Texas Panhandle this month, on their way to being featured in this year's Autumn at the Arboretum national fall festival, made possible by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments.

Named one of "America's Best Pumpkin Festivals" by Fodor's Travel and "One of the World's 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens" by Architectural Digest, this year's event at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will highlight the "Art of the Pumpkin," September 17 to November 23.

 
    Attorney General Paxton Files Suit to Protect Texans and Physicians from New Obamacare Mandate

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a lawsuit against yet another Obama Administration regulatory overreach that is invading the coffers of Texas, as well as violating the medical judgment and conscience rights of doctors and health care professionals across the country.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implemented a new rule “interpreting” the definition of “sex” within the Affordable Care Act.As the Obama Administration has attempted to do in other instances, this new rule interprets “sex” as a state of mind, not a biological fact.

 
Council Prohibits Cell Phones during Open Session - Powers Breaks Rule 20 Minutes Later

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

Last week the Forney City Council took a giant step towards projecting a more professional image when they unanimously voted to prohibit the use of electronic devices, specifically cell phones, by council members during all council meetings. 

Although it’s hard to imagine that any elected official would

Federal Court Stops Enforcement of Nationwide Directive on Public School Bathrooms

Late yesterday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Obama administration from enforcing its bathroom directives against public schools across the country.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton represents a 13-state coalition in the federal court lawsuit in the Northern District of Texas challenging the Obama administration’s unlawful

 
    Forney Firefighters Qualify for World Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge

Kyle Rouvaldt
City of Forney
Public Information Officer

Last weekend, the Forney Combat Challenge Team competed in the Sulphur Springs regional qualifier for the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. On Friday night, the team finished fourth in the team singles event and on Saturday finished second in the team event.

 
Bullying In School Leads to Higher Truancy Rates

With back-to-school season upon us and more than 160,000 children missing school every day in the U.S. out of fear of being bullied, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s States with the Biggest Bullying Problems.

To identify the states where bullying is most pervasive, WalletHub’s analysts compared 45 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics, ranging from “bullying-incident rate” to “truancy costs for schools” to “percentage of high school students bullied online.”

ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER CORSON REFUSES TO COMPLY WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL RULING

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

After years of reporting on corruption within Forney City Hall, it disappoints me greatly to explain that Assistant City Manager Leigh Corson last week outright refused to comply with an Attorney Generals’ Open Records Division ruling which required the release of text messages retrieved from the cell phone of former city manager, Brian Brooks.

In May 2016, The Forney Post published “

 
  Forney City Council Settles with Luminant for 5.1 Million Dollars

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

On Tuesday night the Forney City Council announced a negotiated settlement with Luminant in which the city will receive $5,160,000.00 dollars by February 1, 2017. 

For several months, Mayor Rick Wilson and Council Member’s Ray Stephens and Scott Regan have represented the city in ongoing negotiations that became necessary after former city manager Brian Brooks and former attorney Kent Hofmeister entered into a contact with the conglomerate energy company without council approval.

 
Property Developer Ignores RFP to Obtain Raising Cane's Lease Agreement

Denise Bell
Post Managing Editor

Standing firm in their opinion that motorists safety is paramount, on Tuesday night the Forney City Council tabled site plans for a proposed Raising Cane’s restaurant.

Becoming more transparent at each meeting, the City Council thoroughly exposed the fact that the developer of this property did not adhere to the requirements listed within the Request for Proposals (RFP) which legally preceded the developers’ purchase of this property from the city.

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