Commerce – The Commerce City Council passed the first reading of a new, robust animal control ordinance in regular session last night. The previous animal control ordinance was revamped, with much more detail added, definitions clarified, and new measures put in place to address animal cruelty, livestock, pet registration, and number of pets allowed per household.
Hopkins County – A man is in Hopkins County jail on drug charges after leading state troopers on a chase through four counties early Monday morning. Former Pittsburg resident, 27 year old Daymeon Delmond Johnson began running when police tried to pull him over along Highway 11 east of Pickton just after midnight Monday morning. He led troopers through Wood, Franklin, and Camp counties before he jumped out of his vehicle and attempted to make his escape on foot.
Hunt County – A south Hunt County man has been indicted on a charge of illegal dumping after allegedly piling construction debris on a property near Poetry. 33 year old Dustin Willcutts was arrested by a Hunt County Environmental Enforcement Officer May 23rd after allegedly dumping concrete, rebar, brick, roofing materials, and more on a property near the Poetry community and then covering much of it up.
Northeast Texas – The National Night Out is set for tomorrow all across the nation. Each year, the event sponsored by The National Association of Town Watch aims to bring communities and law enforcement closer together to help fight crime.
Many area neighborhoods and law enforcement organizations will be marking the National Night Out.
The Fannin County Sheriff's Office will have hotdogs, live entertainments and more at the Fannin County Courthouse from 7pm to 10pm tomorrow.
Northeast Texas – The National Night Out is set for August 1st all across the country. Last year, 34 million people participated in the event that seeks to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Lake Tawakoni – Authorities were searching yesterday for two teenage boys that may have drowned in Lake Tawakoni. An Edgewood man saw the two in trouble in the water near the Holiday Marina at Lake Tawakoni, but was unable to reach the boys. The man then flagged down a passing boat and went to where he had seen the two, but could not find them. Game wardens and deputies searched the area for the two boys but could not find them. The names of the two possible drowning victims have not been released.
Commerce – The Hunt Memorial Hospital District board of directors has approved a 20% discount for uninsured patients. The policy will go into effect August 1st at the Greenville and Commerce hospitals.
The discount will only apply to those patients not qualifying for any other type of assistance such as charity, Medicaid, or managed care discounts; and only one discount will be allowed per patient.
Commerce – Local business, community, and government leaders met in Commerce yesterday to discuss House Bill 1: Education Tax Reform. Quinlan Superintendent Larry Johnson was the speaker at the Hunt County Alliance for Economic Development Luncheon yesterday in Commerce. Johnson said the bill isn't just education reform; it is also a property tax break.
The Quinlan ISD has already incorporated tax provisions in the bill into next year's budget, brining in about $180,000 locally with the state matching that amount.