– Despite Tuesday's cloud cover, North Texas again topped the 100-degree mark and the excessive heat continues to approach historic levels, now more than halfway toward the 1980 mark for most consecutive triple digit days.
Mark Fox with the National Weather Service Office in Forth Worth said Tuesday was the best day this week to break the streak.
Hopkins County – Illegal burning is reportedly to blame for a fire that destroyed a chicken house last night in Hopkins County.
There were no injuries. The incident occurred on CR3369 in Pine Forest at around 5:30 p.m.
Firefighters from Hopkins County as well as volunteers from nine departments battled the blaze for about an hour and a half. Firefighters from Winnsboro and South Franklin provided mutual aid, and the local Red Cross provided rehab to firefighters.
Greenville – Renovation plans valued at $1 million for Greenville's Graham Park are nearly complete.
Parks and Recreation Director Colby Van Gundy says the design could be ready by as early as mid-August, with construction by early 2012.
An agreement with La Tera Studio, Inc. was reached last October for the work on the project. The city received a $500,000 grant from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife for the renovation effort, which includes a $500,000 match.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – A Northeast Texas family has won $10,000 after winning the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Family Challenge.
The Johnny and Melisa Shreve family of Lone Oak outlasted four other families from across the country in challenges that included a go-cart race, a stick horse race, an obstacle course and a trivia test.
The Shreves also got a chance to meet Dolly Parton, whose Dollywood theme park is in Pigeon Forge, the town that sponsored the contest.
The Pigeon Forge Family Challenge has been playing out in a month-long series of webcasts.
Van Zandt County – An amended petition has been filed by an East Texas resident which seeks the removal of a Van Zandt County commissioner.
The petition concerning Ricky LaPrade was filed in Van Zandt County District Court.
KLTV reports the Precinct 1 Commissioner was recently arrested on separate occasions for drunk driving. The first incident occurred in April, with the second alleged offense earlier this month. He was also arrested this year for misappropriation of fiduciary property.
Paris – There are no longer any gaps in Northeast Texas when it comes to burn bans.
Lamar and Red River County Commissioners Monday followed the stance taken by 245 other Texas counties, bringing the grand total to 247. The bans will remain in effect for 90 days unless cancelled beforehand.
Just a handful of counties in South, Southeast and one in Northwest Texas remain free of the restriction.
Greenville – Citing a lack of rainfall, Greenville City Manager Steven Alexander has announced the implementation of water conservation measures for the City of Greenville.
In 2007, the City of Greenville updated a 1999 Water Conservation and Drought Contingency plan and yesterday, the City Manger indicated that Greenville is at Stage 2, Moderate water shortage conditions.