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.
Commerce – Railroad enthusiasts from across North Texas are encouraged this weekend to participate in the Second Annual Cotton Belt Symposium.
The free, public event is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the James Gee Library on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus. All former and current railroad employees, family members and anyone else interested in the topic are invited to attend and even share their stories of the railroad industry and its impact.
Bonham – A recent joint operation between the Bonham Police Department and Fannin County Sheriff's office results in 14 arrests.
According to a release by the Bonham Police Department, all defendants were charged with delivery of a controlled substance. Those charged range in age from 21 to 57. Most of the cases, a total of 27 felony deliveries, dealt with the sale of methamphetamine and crack cocaine. All but four suspects are said to have been arrested.