Mineola – A 65-year-old pilot survives a crash of his small plane into an East Texas pond.
The plane, flown by Johnny Hearon, of Mineola, did however strike and kill a cow in a pasture on the way down.
Tuesday's crash happened near Mineola Wisener Airport. Witnesses say Hearon tried to land twice, and on the third attempt the plane stalled. The single-engine Cessna apparently struck trees on the way down.
A spokeswoman at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler said yesterday that Hearon was in good condition.
Greenville – The Greenville Fire Department was a focal point of Tuesday's City Council Meeting.
The Council voted to authorize Fire Chief Doug Caison's efforts to seek out federal stimulus funds to pay for a combined new Greenville Fire Station No. 1 and administration building, as well as grant funding for additional equipment.
Commerce – The Commerce ISD Monday approved its budget for the upcoming school year, plus took steps toward hiring a firm that will help save the district millions for years to come.
The current tax rate of $1.04 per $100 valuation will not change and no additional taxes will be imposed on citizens. The district does, however, face a budget deficit of over $313,000; which will be paid for through its fund balance (savings account).
Greenville – The death penalty is not being sought in a Hunt County capital murder case.
David Earl Hickman of Royse City will not face death penalty if convicted in the shooting death last October of Jason Herrington of Quinlan. Hickman will face automatic life in prison if convicted. Prosecutors will also not seek the death penalty for Tracy Danielle Alphin if she is convicted of Herrington's death. Each defendant blames the other for the man's death.