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'Annexation Reform' Bill Passes In Texas House

Aug 14, 2017
Senate lawmakers will soon have once chance to review the bill to either agree with House’s changes to the bill or to send the bill to the governor’s desk.
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A bill that would allow residents living in unincorporated areas of a city to vote on whether they wanted to be annexed has passed out of the Texas House.  Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe reports the bill is one step away from being sent to the governor’s desk.

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the Texas Highway Department will begin construction of a new bridge over the North Sulphur River on Hwy. 24 between Cooper and Paris on August 30.  Work will begin first on the northbound bridge and traffic will be diverted, two-way, to the southbound bridge.  Cindy also discusses a reunion of pen pals after 75 years of exchanging letters. 

A vehicle had to be rescued earlier on State Highway 11 northwest of Commerce where the Middle Sulphur River went over its banks.
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Motorists are urged to be aware of incidents of flashing flooding in the East Texas area. The Texas Department of Transportation has mapped several areas of closure. Turn around, don't drown is being emphasized by authorities.

In Delta County residents had to be evacuated by local volunteer fire fighters and law enforcement. According to law enforcement the home was located at 1918 Farm-to-Market 1531 near Klondike.

"This is most flooding along FM 1531 I had seen in my time with Delta County," said Lieutenant Ryan Brown, who has been with DCSO since 2011.  The water was over the five foot flood gauge. "I have never seen it at this magnitude." He waded shin to knee-deep water during the evacuation.

The North Sulphur River had flooded over its banks.

Some areas reported a range of over eight to 11 inches of rain over the span of the night.

"Fortunately, we didn't have any other rescues," said Lieutenant Brown, noting driving around a barricade is a Class B Misdemeanor and can result in a trip to jail, especially if first responders' lives are put at risk.

Delta County closures include: FM 71, FM 1531, FM 904 (water is receding), FM 2068 (water is receding).

University of Texas College of Pharmacy

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the local emergency centers do see cases of opioid abuse.  She says it's important that opioid medications -- such as oxycodone or fentanyl -- not be prescribed for relatively minor pain trouble.

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Courtesy of Paris News

The City of Paris has weighed in on whether it’s safe to move North Lamar Independent School District students and faculty back into two school buildings suspected of being structurally unsound. 

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Friday begins Texas’ annual Sales Tax Holiday. Through Sunday,  shoppers are exempt from paying sales and use taxes on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.That’s about $8 saved for every $100 spent. Items sold online, by telephone and mail are eligible for the sales tax exemption, as are layaway items placed on layaway during this weekend.

Items over $100 are still taxed, as are athletic clothing items, golf cleats, and football pads. Tennis shoes, jogging suits and swimsuits, however, all qualify for the tax exemption. 

Majors Flying Club

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Majors Flying Club of Greenville meets at 11:30 Saturay at the L3 Recreation Hall.  Their meeting topic is "10 Tips for Recovering Bad Landings."  The club is for pilots and people interested in becoming pilots.  Members have access to the club's planes, which are maintained at the Majors Field Airport.

Members of the Norris Community hosted an Aug. 8 meeting where residents spoke with city officials and planners about revitalization plans for Commerce.
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce has contracted with Toole Design Group, a national urban planning firm, to devise a plan to improve the city’s downtown and transportation corridors. Planners and city officials held an open meeting in the Norris Community, the historically African-American neighborhood on the northeast side of Commerce, on Aug. 8.

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, says decisions concerning health care for older pets should be made depending on the potential for the animal's quality of life at that time and in the future. She says animals live in the moment and are not able to understand the concept of being healthier weeks or months from now.

After a meeting lasting nearly five hours Monday night, the North Lamar Independent School District Board of Trustees decided they will not spend any more money on portable classrooms.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The Collin County Health Department has confirmed the county’s first case of  human West Nile Virus this summer. 

Wednesday is the first day of early voting in Quinlan on a proposed tax swap for the independent school district.

WikiCommons
WikiCommons

A new state law that takes effect in January gives Texas merchants the right to refuse a sale to customers using credit cards if those customers refuse to show a photo ID when asked.  

Texas A&M University Press

Husband and wife Walt and Isabel Davis of Campbell were inspired by Dallas Morning News columnist Frank X. Tolbert's epic journey around the perimeter of Texas in the 1950s, and several years ago decided to follow in Tolbert's footsteps with their own 4,000-mile expedition around the state's borders.  The result is Exploring the Edges of Texas.

Toole Design Group

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the Toole Design Group team led by Ian Lockwood returns this week for more sessions on the development of a revitalization plan for the city.  Members of the public may visit the Toole Design team from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.  Also, a public meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall where the completed plan will be presented.

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