Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


October 2, 2012

MHMR fails before council

Drug counseling center doesn’t get motion

Corsicana — Facing more than 100 signatures on a home-made petition from local business owners and employees, the Lakes MHMR request for a special use permit to put in a counseling center in the former Navarro Mall failed to get a motion from the Corsicana City Council Tuesday night.

The concern was that there would be addicts in the neighborhood who might be dangerous, according to Trena Weidmann, owner of P&S Pharmacy.

The agency has already spent more than $70,000 of a grant fixing up the space in the mall and didn’t realize it would need an SUP to operate, according to representatives of the group. They’ve signed a three-year lease on the space.

All the people who spoke, including opponents of the center, agreed a counseling center is needed, but they didn’t want it in their area of the city.

Janie Biltz, who is a member of the board, said the center has been high on the list of priorities from local law enforcement and other groups for years.

“This is not an emergency room facility, not a walk-in facility, not a detox center,” she told the council. “It would be for group therapy and individual counseling.”

The center would be restricted to just offering counseling, and no dispensing of drugs would take place. As well, the agency wouldn’t be working on a contract with the jail or probation departments, but would only be providing services to people referred to the center by the hospital or who referred themselves for narcotics addictions.

Because there was no motion, the agency can still return to the council to try again.

In other business, the council took the following actions:

• Approved an SUP for the Remington to have a private club, although Council woman Ruby Williams voted against the measure.

• Tabled a request to change the sign ordinance to allow the replacement of a wooden billboard on Seventh Avenue with a metal one. The change would have allowed the replacement of six other wooden billboards with metal ones, as well. In 2004, the city voted to not allow any more billboards, but those that were already in the city were allowed to stay so long as they were maintained.

• Approved the purchase of an 8-foot strip of property along Dobbins near the intersection of Bowie for the future construction of a sidewalk between Collins Middle School and Northside Baptist Church.

• Authorized the submission of an application to the state for a water line replacement. The project along Collin Street from the railroad line to Parham would be for $330,000. If the city gets the grant, it would replace the 60-year-old two-inch line with a six-inch line.

• Agreed to support the lobbying of the legislature by the Atmos Texas Municipalities, a group of cities that have fought against Atmos gas rate hikes in the past.

During the work session prior to the council meeting, the council was asked to consider changes to the sign ordinance to account for banners, feather signs, and other floppy signs. No action was taken on the issue.


Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at Want to “sound off” to this article? E-mail:


Text Only
  • 4-29-14 DD Car Show Main copy.jpg Shakers and Scrapers Car Show enjoys nice weather, big turnout

    The 11th Annual Shakers and Scrapers Car Show went off without a hitch Saturday thanks to the leadership of new event organizers Mustang Sally Productions (MSP).

    April 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • 3-27 Expo Steers Grand.jpg Three-peat: Blooming Grove's McGraw claims Grand Champion steer

    It was a year of repeats for students entered in the 2014 Steer Show at the Navarro County Youth Expo.Lainie McGraw, 17, of Blooming Grove FFA, won the Grand Champion steer, as she did last year and the year before; and Noah Grounds, 15, of Blooming Grove/Barry 4-H won Grand Champion Showmanship, as he did last year. He also won the top prize for showmanship in the heifer show this year. He won reserve champion in that category last year.

    March 27, 2014 4 Photos

  • 3-28 Expo Meat Rabbit Grand.jpg Clagett takes top pen in Market Rabbits Division

    Josiah Clagett of Corsicana FFA won Grand Champion in the Breeding Rabbits Division in 2010. It was his “rookie” year and first time to show.

    Clagett came full circle this year to claim the other top rabbit title. He took home Grand Champion honors in the Market Rabbit Division Thursday at the 56th Annual Navarro County Youth Expo. The winning pen was the only one he entered.

    March 27, 2014 4 Photos

  • 3-26-14 Expo Commercial heifers.jpg Curl wins first leg of Commercial Heifers

    Caleb Curl, 13, of Frost FFA, won grand champion of the commercial heifer show, the first leg of the commercial heifer overall prizes. Unlike a lot of the other animal categories, commercial heifers aren't show-things with smooth coats and stardust on their hooves. They're straight out of the pasture, a bit muddy and certainly not the lady-like, pampered creatures that will be led around the ring in the registered heifer show.

    March 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • football-generic.jpg LIVE BLOG: College football signing day

    Follow all the action on college football Signing Day with coverage from across the CNHI network as well as from the national sports media. Live coverage begins at 8 a.m. ET.

    February 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • 11-21-13 Annie.jpg ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ through Sunday at the Palace

    It’s the big musical, the one that makes me think of ‘cast of thousands,’ or in our case, dozens at least, and it’s here only for a few short days. ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ is Irving Berlin’s candy box treasure of a play about Annie Oakley, the sharpshooter in love with a showman.
    It’s presented by the Warehouse Living Arts Center but because of its size is on stage at the Palace Theatre. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.

    November 20, 2013 1 Photo

  • 11-21-13 Farmer of the Year.jpg Short named Farmer of the Year

    Agriculture businesses like farming and ranching are the backbone of Navarro County. Many farming families go back several generations.
    Since at least 1965, the Corsicana Rotary Club (Wednesday club) has recognized and said “thank you” to the unsung heroes of the soil.

    November 20, 2013 1 Photo

  • 11-21-13 Hospital.jpg New clinic open

    A new medical practice in partnership with Navarro Regional Hospital is now offering comprehensive occupational medicine services.

    November 20, 2013 1 Photo

  • Purdon man sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for gun violations

    Erik Willis, 31 of Purdon, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to serve a total of 258 months in federal prison following his conviction at trial in July 2013 on three felony firearms offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

    November 20, 2013

  • 8-6 Weather Graphic.jpg Heat Advisory issued for North Texas

    • Avoid the Heat. Stay out of the heat and indoors as much as possible. Spend time in an air conditioned space. Only two hours a day in an air-conditioned space can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illness.

    August 5, 2013 1 Photo

AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Seasonal Content
House Ads
Twitter Updates
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide