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Congressional boost for Lake Fannin project

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United States Congressman John Ratcliffe visits Fannin County to usher in a new era for Lake Fannin United States Congressman John Ratcliffe visits Fannin County to usher in a new era for Lake Fannin

FANNIN COUNTY, Texas -- Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-District 4) visited Fannin County Saturday to usher in a new era for Lake Fannin. 

"Of all the bills that have been signed into law, it's hard to imagine one will mean more than the Lake Fannin Conveyance Act," said Ratcliffe. "I know what this is going to mean now and in the future for generations of folks in Fannin County." 

For 10 years, leaders in the county have been working with Congressman Ratcliffe to regain ownership of Lake Fannin. 

Now their dedication has put them closer to owning the 2,025 acre land, after President Trump signed the bill into law back in March. 

"It shows you what you can do when you truly work as a team," said former Fannin County Judge, Spanky Carter. 

The team was comprised of senators and congressmen in Washington along with Lake Fannin volunteers, county judges and commissioners. 

"This is a great jewel of Fannin County," said state Rep. Reggie Smith (R-District 62). "I know it means so much to the citizens over here in this area." 

However, the county still has a few things to do before they can officially purchase the land from the U.S. Forest Service. 

"We have to have a survey completed on the 2,025 acres," said Fannin County Judge Randy Moore. "After that, we have to have an appraisal done on the property and that'll be something the county will do with the forest service together." 

In the meantime, there are at least 40 volunteers committed to cleaning up the property so generations to come can enjoy what Lake Fannin has to offer. 

"We want to get this place back to usable ability for all the public," said Moore. 

“After years of working closely with local officials, Rep. Ratcliffe, and my colleagues in the Senate, I’m proud that North Texans will finally have control over the Fannin County recreation area,” said Senator John Coryn in a written statement. 

"That's really what this is about," added Ratcliffe. "Lake Fannin being able to be used by generations of folks here as it used to be." 

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