Greenville – Crime in Greenville during the first half of the year was down sharply. Overall crime in the city dropped more than 19 percent when compared to the first half of 2008.
Forcible rapes were down almost 43 percent, burglaries were down 38 percent, automobile thefts were down 47 percent. Robberies were down 23 percent, assaults were down almost 9 percent and thefts were down 17 percent.
Greenville – The Greenville Electric Utility System board is scheduled to receive its capital improvements plan this week.
GEUS General Manager David McCalla is seeking $3 million in the utility's budget in the next fiscal year to complete work on the company's new customer service center. McCalla will make the presentation during Thursday's regular meeting, starting at 6 p.m. at the GEUS Power Plant, 4201 Power Lane in Greenville.
– The local unemployment rate once again rose in June, reaching record highs for the century in some counties.
According to Friday's report issued by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Hunt County's rate rose a full point to 8 percent from May to June. The rate was listed at 5.5 percent in June, 2008. The county's labor force grew by nearly 600 people last month, which most likely included a number of students and teachers seeking summer employment following the end of the school year.
Commerce – The Commerce ISD is scheduled Monday to receive a report regarding 2009 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) scores and accountability ratings as part if is regular session.
Accountability ratings aren't scheduled to be released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) until July 31. School districts, however, have from now until August 14 to appeal any rating. Ratings will become final in October.
Grass fire near Commerce burns 15 acres; Gov. Perry issues state of disaster proclamation; Cooper man to serve year in jail; Emory bank robbery suspect pleads guilty; Fourth suspect in Mineola Swingers' Club case granted continuance in trial.