Texas should pursue a waiver from the federal government for more flexibility to administer Medicaid, heighten the "visibility" of the state's mental health programs to "ensure adequate leadership and accountability" and consolidate its three major women's health programs, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services said Monday.
A motor vehicle accident on SH 24 near Campbell on the morning of Dec. 2 resulted in a Greenville man being airlifted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with serious injuries.
At approximately 7:35 a.m., a Ford F-15o pickup truck driven by Juan Lara, 29, of Greenville, crashed into a large tractor-trailer on SH 24, just north of Interstate 30 and south of Campbell, a Department of Public Safety official said.
On Sunday, Nov. 30 Hopkins County EMS, Delta County Sheriff’s officers and first responders were called to a ranch at FM 2068 in Klondike. Tiera Strode of B&T Cattle Company was injured by a young bull as she was working bucking stock at their arena.
A large apartment complex fire left about 36 people without homes on the night of Dec. 1, police said.
The incident happened at The Corners apartments, located in the 1900 block of Caddo Street. Emergency responders received a call at 10:59 p.m., police said. The flames were quickly put out, but by then the fire had damaged about 24 units, they said. Among the 36 people without homes were one infant and a 13-month-old baby, police said.
Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says three new 4 X 8 high-resolution, electronic message boards will soon be placed around the city, to keep people informed of local events. Voss says the Chamber raised $80,000 in three weeks to fund the project.
Toll Road opponents rallied in Greenville on October 14th. Proposition 1 authorized the use of additional funds for transportation projects. Supporters of the measure drew on increasing public opposition to toll roads.
Eighty percent of Texas voters approved a measure this month to increase transportation funding without raising taxes or fees. Proposition 1 is expected to add billions to the state highway fund by dedicating some of the tax revenue being collected from the oil boom to road construction and maintenance.
The first payment, an estimated $1.7 billion, is likely to be deposited in the state highway fund in December.
The Legislative Budget Board voted unanimously Monday to set the state’s growth rate at 11.68 percent for its next two-year budget, about 1 percent higher than the spending cap for the current budget.
The decision comes as state officials expect to enter the next legislative session in January with a multibillion-dollar surplus and competing factions are pushing to ramp spending growth both down and up.
Delta County Chamber of Commerce will be awarding $600 for the various categories in this year’s Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, which will be held this Saturday, Dec. 6. This year’s theme is “An Old School Christmas.”
The Hopkins County Veterans Memorial on Celebration Plaza has been the victim of recent vandalism. According to reports, rocks from the nearby Memorial Wall and fountain were suspected to have been used to heavily damage the upper copper bowl of the Eternal Flame.
KETR's terrestrial broadcast signal remains off the air due to an equipment failure at the station's transmitter in Commerce. Staff are in the process of securing replacement parts and repairs will be made as quickly as possible. As soon as we have a timetable for the estimated restoration of our signal, the station will make that information public.
Sulphur Springs businessman Gary Maynard, 66, was shot and killed in his home Saturday night, according to police. Patrick Wayne McMahan and Cody Scott Shaw, both Hopkins County residents, were recently apprehended and charged with the murder of Maynard, police said. McMahan and Shaw are employees of Maynard’s business, Maynard Custom Tree Landscaping Service.
The county and the TCEQ filed the suit against the Travis County demolition company, which made headlines when it destroyed two north Texas sports landmarks, in July 2011, alleging the business illegally disposed of debris from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
A hearing is expected in state district court this week, in order to file the final paperwork in the resolution of a major illegal dumping suit, involving a famous demolition company’s handling of debris from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
But Hunt County Civil Attorney Daniel Ray said it will probably be after the first of the year before the litigation against A&R Demolition Inc. can be completely settled.
A hearing is scheduled Monday in the 196th District Court.
“We have some paperwork we are going to get to the judge,” Ray said.
Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the county's Clothe-a-Child program expects to assist more than 800 children in shopping for new clothes Dec. 9-10. About $50 will "clothe a child."