Wolfe City – Wolfe City has banned all outdoor watering and plans to begin issuing citations for any violations. The drought in Texas has hit Wolfe City especially hard and a special council meeting was called last week to discuss how the city will handle the ongoing dry conditions. The city has already turned on an old well that was not being used, but still cannot keep up with demand.
Commerce – Commerce Schools will be offering more college-level courses for students in the coming school year. The Commerce Board of Trustees approved enhancements and changes to the dual-credit program that allows students to receive both high school and college credit at A&M-Commerce for some courses. Courses have been added to the program and high school juniors will be allowed to enroll for the first time, provided they meet grade and test score requirements.
Hunt County – Hunt County has seen many new jobs created but unemployment is still up over this time last year. Despite hundreds of new positions being created, Hunt County still posted a 5.9% unemployment rate for June. That was up from 5.2% in May and 5.7% in June of last year.
More people were employed last month than at any other time in recent memory, however. The 38,552 people employed are the highest since January 2000. There were 253 more jobs than in May and nearly 1,500 more jobs than in June of last year.
London – The Lone Oak ISD is holding a public meeting tonight to discuss the new school for the district. Voters passed a $6 million bond package in May for the construction of a new elementary school.
Tonight's meeting is for input on plans for the new school and to discuss the future of the current school on College Street. Officials plan to take written and oral comments from the public during the meeting. The meeting is set for 7pm tonight at the Lone Oak ISD Administration Building on College Street.
Commerce – The completion date for construction on the new Commerce City Facilities has been pushed back to November. The Project Manager with general contractor Harrison, Walker, and Harper told the Commerce City Council in regular session this week that the move-in date for the city facilities is now expected to be in mid-to-late November.
Commerce – A reminder that Commerce has entered Phase 2 of its Drought Contingency Plan. The plan restricts outdoor watering to the hour of 8pm to 10am. The city hopes to see an overall reduction of 10% in water usage in Commerce.
Some other restriction in place under Phase 2: Washing of vehicles or filling of pools and hot tubs is prohibited except between 8pm and 10am.
Ornamental fountains or ponds cannot be operated except when necessary to support aquatic life.
Rains County – Rains County has issued an emergency seven-day outdoor burn ban for all unincorporated areas of the county. The ban went into effect Monday. Dry conditions and lack of rain that has affected all of Northeast Texas prompted the Rains County Commissioners to enact a burn ban much the same as most other surrounding counties.
Hunt County – A second man involved with two armed robberies in south Hunt County has pleaded guilty to reduced charges and been sentenced to prison.
47 year old Steven Lee Sherrod was indicted on two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He pled guilty to lesser charges of robbery and the unauthorized use charge yesterday and received 10 years for each robbery count and two years for the automobile theft count.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council voted to move into Phase 2 of the city's drought contingency plan in regular session last night. Commerce has been under Phase 1 for about a year now, which asked citizens to voluntarily engage in water conservation. Now, mandatory restrictions on water usage are in place.
Commerce City Manager Bill Shipp said the move shouldn't come as a surprise.
Hunt County – A Quinlan-area man will remain in jail in connection with an arson that involved his own grandchildren. James Ray Collard Jr. is being held on a dozen felony counts including arson, aggravated assault, and endangering a child. Collard has amassed over $285,000 in bonds.