Hunt County – A plan to privatize the Hunt County Jail took steps forward after action by the Hunt County Commissioner's Court yesterday. The firm CiviGenics Inc. has been given 30 days to present an in-depth proposal for taking over managerial operations at the jail. CiviGenics currently operates in 15 states and runs several jails in Texas.
Commerce – The unemployment rate for Hunt County is down a full percentage point from this time last year. The latest reports form the Texas Workforce Commission list the county's unemployment rate at 5.5 percent. That's down from last June's 6.5 percent but up from last month's 5.3 percent.
Como, Cumby – The cities of Cumby and Como have been recommended to receive grants totaling $500,000 to replace water and sewer lines. Each town will receive $250,000 in community development block grants administered by the Office of Rural and Community Affairs and made available through the Community Development Block Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Wolfe City – Wolfe City Police are reporting a new scam in the area, according to the Wolfe City Mirror. Certain individuals are calling homes in the area claiming to be associated with Wal-Mart and selling coupon booklets for $4.95. The scam artists then ask for a checking account number for the $4.95 to be debited from.
There is no such company soliciting for Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart District Office says they have no policies for solicitation such as that and never have.
Greenville – The second annual Roger Krodle Memorial Car Show is scheduled for tomorrow at the Hunt County Fair Grounds. Admission is free to the event with food and vendor concessions available and live music by Last Train South and Trey Houston. Over 150 entries are expected into the show, and there will be one event everyone should enjoy, according to Commerce City Councilman John Sands.
SANDS: If any have never seen the super-charged lawnmower tractor pull, you need to come out and see that if nothing else.
London – A&M-Commerce students in the British Studies Program were on a walking tour of London when explosions occurred at two subway stations and a bus yesterday. 26 students from A&M-Commerce left for London the same day terrorist bombings rocked the city on July 7th. They had been wary of using public transportation and had been walking around London when the explosions occurred around lunchtime. None of the students were hurt.
The students are scheduled complete their studies and fly home August seventh.
Commerce – A&M-Commerce has been awarded a $1.25 million grant from the Texas Education Agency that could impact as much as 300,000 schoolchildren. The grant has been portioned between ten metroplex school districts to provide tuition waivers for educators at area universities and help fund programs many institutions already have in place. The grant is part of a demonstration project that seeks to provide educators with a strong foundation that will help them serve students better and provide higher quality education.
Cozumel – Hurricane Emily may have struck land south of Texas, but not before it put some Lamar County residents through some tense moments. According to The Paris News, the eight vacationing Lamar County residents also used their emergency training to watch over nearly 300 people inside a hotel ballroom in Cozumel when Emily blew through them Monday on her way to the Mexican mainland.
Commerce – Mosquito spraying continues this week throughout Commerce. The spraying will be conducted the third week of each month until mosquitoes are no longer a problem. That likely will mean spraying through August, according to Commerce City Manager Bill Shipp. Shipp also said the city has had several reports of dead birds and questions concerning testing the birds for West Nile. Shipp said the tests were unnecessary.
Rockwall – The Texas Department of Transportation has revealed plans for a major overhaul of part of State Highway 205 in Rockwall. The road will be converted into six lanes and a median from Sids Road in south Rockwall to San Jacinto in north Rockwall. Construction could begin as early as September next year and could last as long as four years.
TxDOT has scheduled a public hearing for concerned residents next Tuesday at 6pm in the Utley Freshman Center cafeteria.