Man says business focused on helping East Texans - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Man says business focused on helping East Texans

GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) -

By Sara Story - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) - The City of Gladewater officially approved a taxi cab service, and it will serve the Gladewater, Gilmer, and Big Sandy areas. The owner of C&G Taxi Cab Service says it is not about the money, but helping East Texans in need.

Craig Merrill and his wife, Glenda, opened for business last week. In between pick-ups, Craig fixes the building that will house his business. It was given to him for free. "All I have to pay is utilities and that ain't nothing but the grace of God," he explained.

It was a gift after working hard to bring his taxi business to Gladewater. "I noticed a lot of senior citizens that live here and I noticed there wasn't a transportation other than a medical bus each month," Craig explained. "So I said, 'They need a taxi service here.'"

But the city council turned down his business proposal last year because he did not have correct insurance. Merrill says he went back to work in the oil fields and saved enough money to buy the needed coverage. "They approved it with flying colors and they were glad I brought it back to the board," he said.

His "chariot" is a 2000 Kia Spectra. "I'm pleased with the way things are cranking up being that I just started," said Craig, who is building up clientele. "People that need to pay their bills, buy their groceries, visit their kin, go to doctors appointments, and that's what I'm here to give them."

It is a much needed business, and the only of its kind located in the heart of East Texas.

C&G Taxi charges $4 for pick up and a $1.25 per mile. Merrill says he will offer discounts for senior citizens and frequent riders.

Copyright 2010 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • DPS investigating single-vehicle fatal crash

    DPS investigating single-vehicle fatal crash

    Sunday, May 27 2018 10:46 AM EDT2018-05-27 14:46:22 GMT
    crashcrash

    A man was killed in a one-vehicle wreck in Harrison County. According to a press release, a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling eastbound on US-80 when the vehicle went off the south side of the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle is identified as Lawrence C. Walls, 49, of Marshall. Walls was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Mike Smith. His body was transported to Meadowbrook Funeral Home. DPS states that the crash is under investigation. Copyright 2017 K...

    More >>

    A man was killed in a one-vehicle wreck in Harrison County. According to a press release, a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling eastbound on US-80 when the vehicle went off the south side of the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle is identified as Lawrence C. Walls, 49, of Marshall. Walls was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Mike Smith. His body was transported to Meadowbrook Funeral Home. DPS states that the crash is under investigation. Copyright 2017 K...

    More >>
  • Tyler police searching for suspect accused of theft

    Tyler police searching for suspect accused of theft

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:36 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:36:26 GMT

    Tyler police are looking for a theft suspect.  The theft occurred Saturday at 3300 Troup Highway.  The victim is described as a 85-year-old female. According to a report, the woman was followed into the restaurant by a Hispanic male. The male suspect then allegedly stole the victim's purse after she left it unattended.  A witness alerted the woman to the theft. The victim then checked the parking lot and discovered that her vehicle had been taken. The vehi...

    More >>

    Tyler police are looking for a theft suspect.  The theft occurred Saturday at 3300 Troup Highway.  The victim is described as a 85-year-old female. According to a report, the woman was followed into the restaurant by a Hispanic male. The male suspect then allegedly stole the victim's purse after she left it unattended.  A witness alerted the woman to the theft. The victim then checked the parking lot and discovered that her vehicle had been taken. The vehi...

    More >>
  • Veterans hold annual Buddy Poppy event

    Veterans hold annual Buddy Poppy event

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:59 PM EDT2018-05-27 00:59:06 GMT

     In a tradition of spring, East Texas veterans organizations ask people to remember memorial day through accepting a symbol.  A flower.  Memorial day weekend, a time of reflection and honoring those who have fallen while serving our country.     The gift of a simple 'buddy poppy' has a deeply profound meaning for veterans. Thanks to a World War one officer. "The original story was written and thrown in the trash. John Mcrea dug ...

    More >>

    In a tradition of spring, East Texas veterans organizations ask people to remember memorial day through accepting a symbol. A flower. Memorial day weekend, a time of reflection and honoring those who have fallen while serving our country. The gift of a simple 'buddy poppy' has a deeply profound meaning for ve

    More >>
Powered by Frankly