Category: Public Notices

Thanksgiving Closures

In Observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Terrell Citizens Convenience Station will be closed on Saturday, November 24, 2018.  It will re-open on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 9:00am.  If you have any questions, please contact the City of Terrell Service Center at 972-551-6614.

City to unveil giant 96-foot mural featuring work of late Terrell artist Frank Reaugh during Nov. 17 ceremony




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City to unveil giant 96-foot mural featuring work of late Terrell artist Frank Reaugh during Nov. 17 ceremony

TERRELL – A larger-than life reproduction of the Frank Reaugh painting, “The Approaching Herd,” is the latest mural to adorn the historic buildings in Downtown Terrell. The mural, located on the building at 227 N. Adelaide, was painted by Texas muralist Charlie Bullock. Reaugh, known as the ‘Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains,’ used his sketches from the Terrell area and West Texas for the composition.

In an excerpt from his book, “Paintings of the Southwest, the late Reaugh stated, “The Longhorn cattle depicted were beautiful animals, but were very wild. Many of them had never seen a man on foot before. People walking were sometimes treed by them. It would have happened oftener if there had been more trees.”

Charles Frank Reaugh, born Dec. 29, 1860, moved with his family to the Terrell area in 1876. He taught art in Terrell, but later relocated to Dallas with his parents in 1890 were he established his Iron Shed Studio. He continued to visit Terrell until his death in 1945 at the age of 84. He, along with his family are buried at Oakland Memorial Park in Terrell.

Reaugh traveled the West, capturing scenes to be used in his realistic, but poetic images of the vistas, Longhorn herds and the cowboy life that was an inherent part of Texas. He concentrated in small pastel sketches of the wild and colorful Texas Longhorn. Reaugh once said, “no animal on Earth has the beauty of the Texas steer.”

Reaugh studied art at the School of Fine Arts in St. Louis and at the Academie Julian in Paris, France. The majority of his work is displayed at the Panhandle-Pains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas. Other collections of his works are displayed at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, the University of Texas and at the Texas State Capitol in Austin.

“The City of Terrell is excited to embark on this creative initiative because it shows our commitment to retaining Terrell’s historic charm, while enhancing commercial activity in Historic Downtown Terrell. To commemorate this latest mural, November 17, 2018, is hereby proclaimed ‘Approaching Herd’ Mural Day,” said Mayor D.J. Ory.

The Mural day dedication will begin at 3 p.m. on the West side of Terrell City Hall at 227 N. Adelaide, including a ribbon cutting by the Terrell Chamber of Commerce.  Following the ceremony, a screening of the documentary, “Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains,” will be held in the Council Chambers at Terrell City Hall, 201 R. Nash St. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees are invited to visit the other eight murals in the city which are part of the Terrell Mural Project, an ongoing effort to portray the history of Terrell through art. The other murals include downtown works: “Colonel Green and his 1899 Automobile,” “Movie Posters,” Lyric Theatre in 1948,” The Circus Comes to Terrell,” “Stearman Kaydet PT 17 Biplane,” “Governor Oscar B. Colquitt,” “Texas Flag,” “Terrell Volunteer Fire the locations, visit

TCU Press Release

TCU photo 2018 Terrell Citizens University participants included: Seated -Rev. James Sears, Gertis Sears, Pat Sparks, Carolyn Wimberly, Pat Martin, Katie Smith, Frances Holmes. Standing – Councilmember Grady Simpson, Carl Holland, Raymond Sparks, Carolyn Spencer, Clint Howie,  Lula Edinburgh, Councilmember Charles Whitaker, Xanberlyn McNutt, Councilmember Sandra Wilson, Bhatiti Sanunda, Carol Holland, Marline Ballard and Torry Edwards.

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City of Terrell Mayor D J. Ory and members of the Terrell City Council honored graduates of Terrell Citizens University during a ceremony September 13 at the City of Terrell Service Center upon completion of an engaging seven-week program.

Human Resources Director Carol Holland, facilitator of Terrell Citizens University, opened the evening by congratulating members of the class for their achievement.

“The premise of TCU is to provide citizens with accurate information and collaboration between citizens of Terrell and city staff.”

Holland said she was particularly excited about this year’s class because it marks the 10th year of TCU, an interactive, program in which citizens receive in-depth information about city operations. This year’s class will see the culmination of planning and development which has resulted in astronomical growth both in the city limits and the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction.

During his opening remarks to the graduates, City Manager Torry L. Edwards told the group, ‘This is a proud day. You join more than 200 graduates who are now diplomats for the City of Terrell.”

Edwards then introduced Mayor D. J. Ory, adding that the mayor has made TCU a top priority during his tenure.

Mayor Ory thanked the city’s Human Resources Department for organizing the event.

Calling the graduates “ambassadors,” Mayor Ory told the group, “You are among the growing ranks of those who are knowledgeable about the workings of City Hall.”

Ory said participants are fortunate because Terrell is one of the few cities in the state that actually offer this type of program to its citizens.

Graduates enjoyed a meal catered by Kountry Kitchen before receiving diplomas and gifts distributed by the City Manager, mayor and members of the Council.

Remarks by the dozen individuals who completed this year’s program indicated they enjoyed the program because of the wealth of information they were given.

Clent Howie said he was amazed at the transparency of city operations provided through presentations by different departments.

“I feel bad that more people don’t take advantage of it,” he said.

Participant Bhati Sunanda said she learned about many city benefits that she was not aware of prior to the program, such as the $1 cost for CareFlight or the ability to support the animal shelter through deductions on utility bills.

After Ms. Sunanda enrolled, she invited her neighbors, Raymond and Pat Sparks to join her.

Pat said she was in awe of the number of programs offered through the library, citing an animal therapy program for handicapped children as an example.

Raymond said he was shocked by the amount of development, particularly residential developments which include plans for more than 20,000 houses.

Edwards THEN gave participants a brief history of Terrell.

“Terrell was founded in 1873, but adopted its current Council-Manager form of government in 1913. The purpose of that was to build integrity into the governance process,” Edwards said.

Edwards told participants what makes Terrell so unique is that its entire culture is based on partnerships with various entities including the county, TxDOT, the school district, the railroad as well as private partners.

Xan McNutt and her mother Carolyn Spencer, who have completed the program before, said they were amazed at how much change has occurred within the city during just the last couple of years.

Spencer, wife of late councilman Tommy Spencer, said her husband kept her informed of city business, so she thoroughly enjoyed the state of the city address.

Xan said she enjoyed touring the city and looking at all of the new development throughout Terrell’s Extra Territorial Jurisdiction .

At the conclusion of the event, participants were presented diplomas along with commemorative shirts, caps and goody bags by the Mayor, the city manager and members of the Council.

The next TCU session is tentatively scheduled for August 2019.

Ticolini Circus

Come see the Ticolini Circus in the City of Terrell this weekend. Rain or Shine. Kids come in for free! Pony rides, face painting, and more.


The City of Terrell will conduct an online public auction sale of its surplus property through The Public Surplus Group. The auction will be held online at the auction site

Holiday Closings

In Observance of Labor Day weekend, the Terrell Citizens Convenience Station will be closed on Saturday, September 1, 2018. It will reopen on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 9am.


CBRE Announces Initial Slate of Tenants for New Retail Development East of Dallas

DALLAS – August 15, 2018  On behalf of RealtyLink and Oakridge Investments, CBRE announces an initial slate of tenants for the Crossroads at Terrell, a 190,000-square-foot retail development at the northwest corner of Interstate 20 and FM 148.

The Crossroads at Terrell is a 255-acre master-planned regional retail and mixed-used development servicing the eastern side of DFW and the greater East Texas area and is located adjacent to North Texas’s first Buc-ee’s Travel Center and a 52-acre future Baylor Scott & White Health medical campus.

A number of national retailers have executed transactions and are slated to open in Spring 2019, including:

  • Hobby Lobby
  • Ross
  • Five Below
  • Rack Room Shoes
  • Burke’s Outlet
  • Ulta
  • Marshall’s
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Tru by Hilton
  • La Quinta

These new tenants will join Film Alley Movie Entertainment Center, a 74,000-square-foot movie theatre, bowling alley, and entertainment facility which is under construction and scheduled to open in 2019.  

“Texas is a growing market that RealtyLink has been looking to get into for some time,” said Phil Wilson with RealtyLink. “With Dallas-Fort Worth adding well over 100,000 residents per year over the last several years, The Crossroads at Terrell is a great place to start. The development is located in a dynamic regional trade area with a population of more than 230,000 that serves all of Kaufman and Van Zandt counties, making it a primary retail development and commercial hub for the entire region. Kaufman County is the fourth fastest growing county in Texas and the fastest growing county in North Texas. We are excited to get started on construction immediately.” 

In addition to Buc-ee’s and Film Alley, the development is gaining momentum from a number of restaurants who have already opened, including Taco Bueno, Panda Express, Freddy’s Frozen Custard, Starbucks, Chipotle, Whataburger, Discount Tire, Taco Cabana, and Dairy Queen.  Marriott Fairfield Inn also opened earlier this year. 

Andrew Lehner with CBRE in Dallas is marketing the project on behalf of RealtyLink. Shop space, restaurant space, and pad sites are still available.

Independence Day Closures

In Observance of Independence Day the Citizen Convenience Station will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018.