Hunt County – The Hunt County Commissioners Court has agreed to implement a county-wide burn ban effective Tuesday.
The news come as several area counties continue to battle drought conditions, despite the small amount of rain received the last few days.
According to Hunt County Fire Marshall Richard Hill, even with a half inch or so of rain, 100 plus degree temperatures will force the moisture to dissipate very quickly. He says at least two inches of rain would be needed to make any difference.
Greenville – A fire heavily damages the remains of a contaminated plant in Greenville. Hay bales and tires inside the former ESCO manufacturing plant in the Ardis Heights area ignited and did damage to the interior Saturday. The Greenville Fire Department was on the scene for at least six hours attempting to put out the final hot spots. The cause is under investigation. Plans have been in place to perform a clean-up of contaminated soil near the building, with additional funding being sought to demolish the building itself in the future.
Sulphur Springs – The Sulphur Springs Main Street project remains both on schedule and on budget according to City Manager Marc Maxwell. Maxwell presented a progress report to the City Council last week.
Crews have nearly completed pouring all concrete for the project. Underground drainage improvements are also being made. Lighting and trees are expected to be incorporated into the project sometime this month with bricks for the street itself to arrive in September.
The organization Christians Make a Difference will be handing out free gift cards, certificates for haircuts and basic school supplies to students of the Commerce Independent School District.
The event takes place Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon at the Norris Community Center in Commerce, located at 1007 Ross St. Students must be accompanied by a parent who can validate their enrollment in CISD. A form of identification must also be provided.
Quinlan – An arraignment has been held in an area game room robbery. Willis Wilkin Langley of Lewisville was indicted last month by the Hunt County grand jury in connection with an incident in May at the Gray House Game Room in Quinlan. He entered a not guilty plea Thursday during an arraignment hearing. A tentative trial date has been set for Oct. 6. Langley was arrested on May 28 following the reported robbery.
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Sulphur Springs – A Sulphur Springs business owner is arrested after police find he unlawfully possessed the personal information of hundreds of people.
The materials were found by the Sulphur Springs Police Department Tuesday after a search warrant was run at 112 Como Street. The owner of the house, Damon Dugan, was arrested after police found hundreds of photocopies of driver's licenses and insurance cards.