– Some disturbing statistics released by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; more than 60 children have drowned statewide as of June 29. Even more water-related deaths were reported over the July 4 holiday weekend.
"You should always swim with a buddy, never swim along," says Rodney Franklin, manager of Cooper Lake State Park. "Especially when you're swimming in an area that there are no lifeguards it's important that you have someone there with you at all times."
Greenville – Another organized crime indictment against a Greenville man is made public.
The indictment, filed against 20-year-old Martin Rioz Jr., was unsealed Monday. The charge was issued sealed by the Hunt County grand jury in May, pending Rioz's arrest and arraignment. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday, although records indicated he did not appear in court as he had recently bonded out of jail on the charge.
Greenville – The Greenville Electric Utility System (GEUS) is seeking approval of a grant to help save its customers money.
Through the Weatherization Assistance Program, GEUS would receive $545,000 to help weatherize homes, making them more energy efficient. The funds are being sought through the recently approved American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Commerce – Commerce Fire Chief Brian McNevin says there were no incidents over the July 4 weekend pertaining to fireworks.
The issue is always something officials are looking out for over the holiday, as the use of fireworks is prohibited within city limits as well as all incorporated cities within Hunt County. They are allowed, however, in the unincorporated areas. No such incidents were reported elsewhere in the county, as well.
More construction begins Monday along I-30; Cooke County accident kills two, injures seven; First of two town hall meetings in Greenville set for tomorrow; Rockwall in top 10 nationally among best family cities based on magazine; Hundreds in attendance Friday for TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party Rallies in area.
Sulphur Springs, Greenville – Hundreds of spectators gathered Friday evening at the Hopkins County Courthouse in Sulphur Springs to hear Gov. Rick Perry speak at a TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party Rally.
Also speaking at the event was U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall and Hopkins County Judge Cletis Milsap, among others.
The rally was a follow-up to the first TEA Party Rally held at the courthouse square on April 15, one of hundreds staged across the nation that day, to protest excessive government spending.
Hunt County – More road work is underway along Interstate 30 in Hunt County.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently awarded a $7.3 million contract to RK Hall Construction for a resurfacing project, to stretch from the Rockwall County line to 1.51 miles west of State Highway 34/Wesley Street. 110 working days have been given to complete the project, with work set to begin Monday.
Temporary lane and ramp closures in both directions are expected throughout the project.