Northeast Texas – Hopkins, Rains, and Hunt Counties are the driest counties in Texas. The listing comes after a report from the latest drought indicators. Six of the seven driest counties in the state are in Northeast Texas. Titus, Fannin, Rockwall, and Collin Counties were all among the driest counties in Texas.
Most areas are under outdoor burn bans due to the dry conditions and many areas are under strict watering restrictions, as well.
Sulphur Springs – A Sulphur Springs man was killed Sunday in a motorcycle wreck along FM 195 south of Faught. 45 year old Richard Gerard was pronounced dead at the scene after a head-on collision with a Mitsubishi passenger car.
Reports say Gerard was with other riders when he began to pass a slow moving vehicle along a curve when he collided with the car coming the other direction.
Commerce – A reminder that the City of Commerce has enacted much stricter watering restrictions. The move came in regular session last week as the Commerce City Council voted to amend Stage 2 of drought contingency plans for the city.
All outdoor watering with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems is prohibited except on Saturday or Sunday, depending on your address.
Hunt County – More jobs created in Hunt County in July, but the unemployment rate is still higher than this time last year. More than 200 jobs were created last month and local unemployment dropped. The rate is still higher than last year, however, and is one of the highest county rates in the region.
The 5.7% unemployment rate was down from 5.9% in June, but over the 5.4% for July of last year.
Sulphur Springs – Funeral services are Sunday for the son of a Sulphur Springs couple that was killed on duty in Iraq. 24 year old Staff Sergeant Michael Chad Lloyd was killed alongside another soldier as they attempted to disarm an improvised explosive device while on combat operations in Baghdad last Saturday. Lloyd leaves behind his wife, who also serves in the Army and is stationed at Ft. Hood, and a three year old son. He is the son of Jimmy and Dena Lloyd of Sulphur Springs and Margaret Lloyd of Corpus Christi.
Paris, Texas – Citizens in Lamar County may soon be joining others in Northeast Texas under mandatory watering restrictions. Paris officials say levels at Lake Crook and Pat Mayse reservoirs are at 71% and are expected to reach 70% soon, which will trigger Stage Two of drought contingency plans.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council voted to amend Stage Two of drought contingency plans in regular session Tuesday to include stricter water restrictions within the city. No outdoor watering at all will be allowed Monday through Friday with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems.
Lone Oak – Funeral services are Friday for a Greenville City worker that died in a Tuesday morning accident near Campbell. 34 year old David Gann of Lone Oak was pinned between a dump truck and a bulldozer after his truck was pulled free when it got stuck while dumping a load at the Republic/Maloy Landfill near Campbell.
Greenville – A City of Greenville employee was killed Tuesday morning in an accident at a landfill near Campbell. 34 year old Wastewater Operator David Gann of Lone Oak was pinned between a dump truck and a bulldozer after dumping a load of sludge at the Republic/Maloy Landfill. According to officials, Gann's truck had become stuck at the landfill and the bulldozer was being used to pull the truck free, and Gann somehow became pinned between the two vehicles as he went to unhook the tow chain.