Lone Oak – Funeral services are set for Thursday for a Lone Oak woman, killed following a one-vehicle accident Monday.
40-year-old Carmen Cooke was reportedly driving on FM 1567 just east of town when she left the road and overturned. Cooke would later die from her injuries after being transported to Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville.
Services for Cooke are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday through Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory.
Hunt, Hopkins County – Two separate traffic stops over the weekend lead to drug busts in both Hunt and Hopkins Counties.
A stop on I-30 in Sulphur Springs led to the arrest of a Texarkana man, after a state trooper found a marijuana cigarette in the ashtray of his vehicle. Upon further investigation, baggies of suspected pot were found under the driver's car seat.
At the 101 mile marker, a trooper became suspicious of the driver, where he then conducted a search and located 84 grams of heroin in the suspect's jacket.
Greenville – The GEUS board of trustees has scheduled a public hearing next week, in order to receive comment about the utility's plan to issue up to $25 million in debt to pay for two big projects.
The hearing is to be included as part of a special session, starting at noon next Tuesday, Oct. 27.
The funds would be broken down to approximately $20 million for the power plant, $3 million for the new customer service center, with the rest going toward the estimated costs of issuance and a reserve fund.
Greenville – Work continues on possible changes to the Greenville city charter. The Citizens Charter Review Committee is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building downtown. It is the second meeting for the panel.
On the agenda is a discussion of a review of the first 10 articles of the city's charter, the document which contains the rules and regulations governing how the Council, the city administration and related agencies do business.
– While unemployment numbers are still bleak, figures from the Texas Workforce Commission shows some area counties are doing better.
In Hunt County, unemployment fell to 8.5 percent, down from 8.6 percent, but above the 5.5 percent rate in September 2008.
Fannin County unemployment remains the highest in the area at 9 percent. Delta County recorded 8.4 percent unemployment during September, Hopkins County 6.5 percent and Lamar County, Collin and Rockwall all had 7.8 percent.
– Beginning today, Texas residents can vote early for the November 3rd constitutional amendment election.
Locally, Quinlan and Wolfe City will decide whether to allow the sale of beer and wine, the community of Cash could become incorporated, Bonham residents will decide on a school bond item, plus the Paris ISD will hold a tax rollback election.
Hopkins County – Jurors deliberated until early this morning before convicting a Pickton man for a second time for murdering his brother.
John Arlen Walters had previously been convicted and received a 32 year prison sentence. That sentence was overturned on appeal. This time, his conviction resulted in a 12 year sentence, and is expected to receive get credit for time already served.
Walters has testified he shot his brother in self-defense.