Sulphur Springs – Two public hearings are scheduled today in Sulphur Springs regarding the city and school district's proposed tax rate.
The city council will meet at noon both Monday and Thursday at 125 South Davis St. The city has proposed a tax rate of $.44 per $100 valuation, which is the same rate as last year. The city council, however, is required to hold two public hearings, as property values overall increased by 1 percent in the city.
Investigation underway in south Hunt County fire that destroyed two homes; Construction projects nearing completion in Commerce; Greenville to vote for/against cell phone ban in school zones; Motorists asked to be aware of school zones as students return to class beginning today; Unemployment figures; Sulphur Springs council and school district to hold public hearing on tax rate.
– A slight drop in the national unemployment rate for July did little to curb figures from the Northeast Texas region, according to a report issued Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.
The unemployment rate for July in Hunt County rose to 8.2 percent from 8 percent in June. The rate was 5.5 percent in July 2008. A total of 36,271 people were listed as employed in the county last month.
Greenville – The City of Greenville could be in favor of a new state law that limits cell phone use while driving in school zones.
Under the amended ordinance up for vote Tuesday, motorists would not be allowed to use their hand-held mobile device while driving through the city's school zones, starting next month. Cell phones would only be allowed for emergency purposes. Hands-free units would also be permitted.
– Federal regulators on Friday officially shut down Austin-based Guaranty Bank, the third largest failure of a U.S. bank this year and the 81st overall in 2009.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was appointed receiver.
Guaranty is the second-largest publicly traded bank in Texas, with about $16 billion in assets, according to its website. Guaranty's closest locations include McKinney, Garland, Richardson and Kaufman.
Hunt County – Investigators are still working to determine what caused a fire that destroyed two homes in south Hunt County over the weekend.
Firefighters battled the blaze inside the Shawnee Shores addition for nearly five hours Saturday. There were no major injuries reported. Two firefighters were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.
Commerce – Three construction projects in Commerce are on the path to completion, which will assist both local businesses and A&M-Commerce students.
Officials with Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Stores expect to be done in middle to late October. The new 5,700 square foot building along Highway 50 will feature a drive thru and the businesses' traditional fresh market and food and dining area. It is being constructed by Confederated Builders, based in Derby, Kansas.
Wolfe City – Hunt County Commissioners on Friday unanimously approved two petitions for alcohol sales from Wolfe City residents.
Voters will now have the opportunity to vote for or against the measures on November 3.
The petitions are for the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only, and for the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders. 128 and 121 signatures were received for each petition, respectively. 119 were required for each.