A plane crash Thursday morning near Hunt County injures one. The pilot of a single-engine aircraft suffered broken bones and was hospitalized after the plane crashed near Farmersville. Dennis Levy was said by his son to have suffered two broken ankles and a broken pelvis as a result of the accident and was transported to Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Levy was reported to have been doing a training flight with a student at the time of the crash, although the student was believed to have been unhurt.
This weekend marks Texas' annual tax-free weekend for shoppers seeking a break from state and local sales tax. The event serves as a good time to take advantage of lower prices on back-to-school shopping.
Savings apply to individual clothing items costing less than $100, including athletic shoes, hiking boots, dresses, shirts, jeans, pajamas, sports jerseys and school uniforms.
Shoppers can save approximately $8 for every $100 spent. Lay-away plans can also be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.
Greenville – Patrol cars in Greenville are looking a bit different these days. The department officially put its black and white vehicles to use for the first time Wednesday morning. The six Dodge Chargers were purchased in June, at $32,000 each, to replace the same number of aging cars in the municipal fleet. The Chargers replace six Ford Crown Victorias which each had upwards of 100,000 miles on them. According to Greenville Police Chief Harold Roseberry, the new black and white package will be more easily recognizable as a police vehicle.
Greenville – Greenville electric utility officials have proposed a plan for a new plant. Officials with GEUS, the local electric utility system, have announced plans to build a new, $35 million electric generating plant inside the city limits. GEUS General Manager David McCalla said the plant would primarily be used to provide electricity during times of peak local demand, and at a lower cost than GEUS is now paying. When the new plant comes on line in late 2010, it will raise GEUS' total available generation from the current 133 MW to 158 MW.
Bonham – A Tuesday animal attack in Bonham leaves two injured and the dog owner facing multiple charges.
The incident occurred in the 500 block of North Main Street, where 44-year old Judy Pless was riding a bicycle when two pit bulls jumped from the back of a truck parked along the street and attacked her. Witnesses say the dogs were able to pull the woman from her bike and only stopped attacking her after several people in the area came to the victim's aid and chased the dogs away.
Greenville – The City of Greenville plans to cut its tax rate. City Manager Steven Alexander presented his first draft of next year's proposed budget to the City Council Tuesday. The budget includes pay increases for all municipal employees and a more than four-cent reduction in the ad valorem tax rate. The budget is still just a proposal and needs to be formally approved later this month. The cut in the tax rate is said to be due in large part to the recent significant increases in local appraised property values.
Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce head football coach Scotty Conley on Tuesday saw a glimpse of what he has been working towards when he was hired in December 2003. The fifth-year head coach saw in the American Football Coaches Association preseason Division II Coaches Poll announced on Wednesday that the Lions were ranked No. 18.
Greenville – The City of Greenville will soon offer a food handler certification program to residents. The program, to start next month, is required for anyone who prepares food in local restaurants.
The City Council approved the establishment of the program in June, under an amendment of the local health code. The program is designed to provide education and certification requirements for employees who prepare or handle food.