Greenville – A new taxing district may be established in the City of Greenville. The City Council is scheduled Tuesday to vote on hiring a firm to provide professional services related to establishing and implementing a tax reinvestment zone. Under the plan, businesses within a specific area identified for development would pay for public infrastructure improvements, such as water and sewer lines and roads. The money would come from incremental property taxes, and possibly sales taxes, resulting from development constructed within the zone.
Sulphur Springs – The City of Sulphur Springs is making headway in efforts to revitalize its downtown. Currently crews are working to improve the look of its Main Street, to include widened sidewalks, trees, public seating and brick roads.
Greenville – Services are this weekend for a Greenville man, killed in a motorcycle accident this week. Arthur R. Walters died as the result of the two vehicle crash, which occurred Wednesday afternoon on FM 118. Reports indicate Walters, driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound, was struck by a southbound sedan. The driver of the car was attempting to turn left into a mobile home park when the motorcycle collided with the car.
Campbell – A lengthy prison sentence has been handed down in a DWI case. After pleading guilty to his 15th charge for driving while intoxicated (DWI) Ronnie Victor Beliew of Campbell, was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division. In his latest run with the law, Beliew was stopped by a Commerce Police Department officer in April where his blood-alcohol level tested almost three times the legal limit for intoxication in Texas.
Hunt County – Area crops are showing somewhat positive signs so far this summer. Just last month, wheat harvesting came to an end. However, no preliminary numbers have been released.
Agriculture Agent with Texas Agri-life Extension Service in Hunt County Sara Allen says weather conditions proved decent for wheat. That's due to the amount of precipitation received in the winter and spring, and lack thereof in the summer, which is the trend that helps produce a good wheat crop.
Commerce – A high speed chase that went through Commerce Tuesday leads to the arrest of an area woman. Vicki Dawn Szalay of Sumner, northwest of Paris, was arrested following the pursuit, which began Tuesday evening in Hunt County and ended in Delta County. Szalay was charged with evading arrest/detention with a vehicle and two counts of endangering a child, for having two children in the back seat of the station wagon she was driving at the time. The two children have been turned over to Child Protective Services.
Greenville – The Starbucks in Greenville will be staying open at least for now. Starbucks announced this month that it would be closing 600 of its stores across the country from now through March 2009. The first notifications were released Tuesday, and did not include the store in Greenville or any of the Starbucks in the immediate area. Five locations in Texas have been targeted for closure so far, including one in Dallas.
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Hunt County – A Hunt County political legend has passed away. Funeral services have been scheduled for Bonnie Lois Cagle, the City of Quinlan's first woman mayor. Cagle died Monday morning at a Terrell hospital, she was 82. Cagle was first elected Mayor of Quinlan in 1991 and served two terms in the position. Cagle was also a member of the Hunt County Fair Board and Hunt County Appraisal District Board and was a past member of numerous area organizations.