– Emergency crews not just along the coast but here locally are taking notice now that Hurricane season is upon us.
In 2008, thousands of evacuees sought shelter in Northeast Texas due to Hurricane's Gustav and Ike. Hunt County Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Hill says should the region need to house evacuees this year, they'd first report to a facility in Mesquite.
– Things in Northeast Texas will stay pretty much the same, according to redistricting proposals issued this week by House and Senate committees.
The proposed map leaves Hunt and Rockwall counties paired, as they are now, as part of House District 4, currently represented by Republican Ralph Hall. A number of other counties in the region, including Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Lamar and Rains, plus portions of Collin County will remain in the district.
Austin – Voters will have a chance this fall to choose for or against a giant municipal utility district west of Greenville.
The Texas legislature has given approval to the item, which awaits a signature from Governor Rick Perry before being placed on the November ballot.
Representatives with the Walton Group first presented the proposal in 2008. If voters approve the measure this fall, the City of Greenville would consider expanding the city's extra territorial jurisdiction.
Commerce – The real estate firm alleged to have illegally dumped and buried asbestos near one of their Commerce properties has begun cleaning up the site.
Fountainbleu Management Companies began remediation on the site last week, just days after the company's owner, Roland Von Kurnatowski, met with lawyers for the City of Commerce. The two sides agreed that Fountainbleu would pay for the cleanup, and also pay for the city to hire a separate asbestos expert to double check their work.