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.
Commerce – Funeral services for 21-year A&M-Commerce employee Gloria Patterson will be held tomorrow in Commerce. The service will be held at the First Baptist Church in commerce tomorrow at 10am. Visitation with family will be from 6pm to 8pm tonight at the church.
The mother of three was known by many in her two decades of employment at A&M-Commerce. She spent years coaching Dixie League girls softball and basketball and was named Distinguished Alumni of A&M-Commerce in 2005.
Greenville – The Greenville City Council denied a controversial duplex development proposal in regular session last night. Council members voted 4-3 in favor of the change, but six affirmative votes were required to pass the zoning change for the proposed area along King Street in Greenville.
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.