Think you can eat this massive burger? If so, prizes await

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

A Monroe flea market is offering prizes to the person who eats this colossal cheeseburger, stacked high with: three patties (equating to one whole pound of ground beef); slices of Pepper jack, American and Cheddar cheeses; mac and cheese bites; fried pickle slices; fried onions; and nacho cheese sauce all sandwiched between a large hamburger bun that’s then topped with two giant fried onion rings. CONTRIBUTED

If you’re a lover of cheeseburgers, and a speed-eating contest sounds like something you’d enjoy, then you’ll want to pay a visit to a Monroe flea market this weekend.

The “Say CHEESE Burger” contest is taking place on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Treasure Aisles Flea Market, located just off of I-75 in Monroe.

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At 2:30 p.m., contestants can make their way through a colossal cheeseburger, stacked high with:

  • 3 patties, equating to one whole pound of ground beef
  • slices of spicy Pepper jack, American and Cheddar cheeses
  • mac and cheese bites
  • fried pickle slices
  • fried onions
  • and a slathering of nacho cheese sauce
  • all sandwiched between a large hamburger bun that’s then topped with two giant fried onion rings

The winner of the contest will be rewarded with $50 worth of “Market Bucks,” a “Say CHEESE burger” T-shirt and a 30-day free gym membership to Anytime Fitness.

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You’ll also get to have your photo displayed on the “Say Cheese” challenge wall.

Think you have what it takes? Register here

Dumpster-diving woman turns trash into cash

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 3:22 AM

A Texas woman is finding makeup in Dumpsters and selling it to help pay her college loans.
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When school loans loom, post-college graduates have to make up ways to earn money to pay them off.

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So a Texas woman goes Dumpster diving to find makeup, and then sells it to help pay those loans, WGN reported.

Shelbi, who did not provide her last name, works full time in environmental regulations. At night, she and a friend go undercover, looking for makeup.

"We leave the house around 9 because most businesses around us close at that time," she told WGN. “We will basically go to the back of the stores with our headlamps and gloves and protective gear, protective shoes and see what we can find."

She finds food, vitamins, perfume, furniture, full bottles of unopened alcohol and cosmetics, WGN reported. She says that is the treasure of all treasures in trash bins near her home. She's so good at it, she regularly posts videos on YouTube all about the hunt and all about her finds.

"For me, if you're going seven nights a week, hitting five Dumpsters a night, you'll be successful at least four of those seven nights," she says.

Shelbi said she targets stores like Ulta Beauty, Bed Bath and Beyond, T.J. Maxx and even grocery stores.

She says the trick is to know the schedules of your favorite stores and be persistent.

Shelbi says her adventures first began in college, she says, when she was really broke. She sold discarded furniture on Facebook, but now focuses on makeup. She told WGN that she probably collected between $10,000-$15,000 in goods.

Shelbi says she doesn't do it just for the money or the thrill. She says it’s about the environment and keeping what she calls perfectly good items out of landfills. She claims she wants to make people aware how wasteful corporate America can be.

"To get people's attention and get them involved it usually takes a visual representation and I’ve found that Dumpster diving is how I can really get that message out there,” she told WGN.

U.S. 35 at I-75 reopened following closure due to high water

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 2:15 AM

UPDATE @ 2:57 a.m.

Both directions of U.S. 35 have reopened after briefly closing due to high waters Saturday, according to dispatchers.

Waters have receded in the areas of James H. McGee and I-75, however, water is still high in some portions of U.S. 35.


East and westbound U.S. 35 at I-75 is blocked while crews address heavy flooding in the area. 

Crews were dispatched to the highway around 2 a.m. on reports of impassible roads and heavy flooding. 

Initial reports indicate traffic is being diverted from U.S. 35 to I-75 north, according to initial reports. 

Callers into this newsroom have also reported high waters on eastbound U.S. 35. at James H. McGee.

We will continue to monitor highway conditions and post updates here.

Dayton fire crews encounter heavy flames at reported house fire

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 2:43 AM

Dayton fire crews are responding to a house fire on Adelite Avenue Saturday morning. Jordyn Huffman/Staff

Dayton fire crews are responding to a reported house fire Saturday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to a home at the intersection of McCall Street and Adelite Avenue, according to dispatchers. 

Our crew reports heavy flames are coming from the structure as crews attempt to enter the house. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown if anyone was home at the time the fire was reported. 

We are working to learn what caused the fire and if anyone was injured as a result.

Texas parents concerned about bathroom cameras in park

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 2:36 AM

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Concerned parents are questioning why cameras were installed in a public restroom at a Texas park.

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Patrick McGrath thought teenagers were joking about security video cameras mounted inside the bathrooms at the Springtown Park, until he saw them for himself, KDFW reported.

"To see who's going in is what they're trying to get after," he said, "so why put it in the bathroom?" McGrath told KDFW. "I'm not gonna bring my kids out here to use the bathroom.”

The cameras were approved and paid for by the city. Springtown Police Chief Tony Motley, who began serving at the department in August, said he had no idea the cameras were there. 

“Anytime that you have public structure like this in a park that may not always be under observation," Motley said, "part of being safe and protecting public funds you want a higher level of security.”

Motley said the cameras were installed three years ago and are in a fixed position showing only a person walking in or out or the restroom. He says it does not show any of the stalls.

The only people authorized to see the recorded video from the cameras are Motley, his officers and the city secretary because she supervises the Parks Department. All of them go through background checks, KDFW reported.