Hunt County – Authorities have identified the pilot killed following a crash of his aircraft in south Hunt County.
65-year-old Jimmy Gaston Phillips was alone inside the single-engine plane when it crashed near his own airfield, Phillips Flying Ranch Airport, about 15 southeast of Rockwall. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident reportedly took place Tuesday night, but the crash site was not located until yesterday morning. The plane was said to be found about 300 yards away from the grass runway.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council Tuesday approved a second reading amending the city's zoning ordinance.
The amendment requires a conditional use permit (CUP) in all zoning districts, and is classified as "recreation club or area, private." This applies to any business, church, neighborhood association, fraternal or social organization. The particular entity would be required to seek approval of a CUP for use of a building, park or recreation area, the use of which is restricted to private membership or by paying customers.
Commerce – Commerce Fire Chief Brian McNevin has received authorization to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for renovations and modifications to fire department's substation.
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Royse City – A settlement agreement between The City of Royse City and former City Manager Karen Philippi is ordered to be released to the public.
The Greenville Herald-Banner had filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request earlier this year seeking details of the February 17 agreement. Philippi's employment ended on August 12 amid the city's major budget shortfall. The reason for the shortfall is defined in the document as error. Philippi was never charged with fraud.
Greenville – The Greenville ISD could experience a budget shortfall of approximately $168,000 for its current school year.
Board members met Tuesday night to discuss the issue; an amendment to that budget is set to be approved during a meeting next month. Greenville ISD currently operates on a budget of nearly $33 million.
According to Chief Financial Officer Shelly Tubbs, the shortfall is a result of decreased transportation funding, lower-than-expected investment income and average daily attendance funding.