Greenville – The Greenville Electric Utility System is reminding customers that new electric rates recently approved by the GEUS Board become effective this month.
The rate change was the result of a cost of service study that determined minor changes were necessary and would collect approximately the same revenue as in the past. This was the first formal GEUS rate analysis since 1993.
Commerce – Don Nigro's "Iphigenia" premiered at Texas A&M University-Commerce and received rave reviews from the packed A&M-Commerce University Playhouse on opening night.
"It was an amazing experience for all involved," said Dr. Carrie Klypchak, play director. "The audience jumped to its feet to cheer for the phenomenal performers, and brought even more magic to the show than what was expected."
– Area races to be decided include Fourth District in the U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate seats in District Two and Three, plus county judge and county commissioners seats.
The Campbell ISD is asking voters to approve a property tax increase and a $5 million bond package for a new elementary school, while the Cumby ISD is seeking approval of a $3 million bond for a new school.
Also, for the second year in a row, an item concerning alcohol sales will go before voters in Quinlan.
McKinney – Collin County judge Suzanne Wooten has been indicted on charges of bribery. The indictment claims she and others illegally funneled money into her 2008 election campaign in exchange for favorable rulings in court.
However, Wooten's attorney insists to K-T-V-T television that the allegations are nothing but a political vendetta.
Wooten was the first judicial candidate ever to unseat an incumbent judge in Collin County.
Attorney Peter Schulte says she upset the county's "good old boy system, and now they're going to make her pay for it."
Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce was recently awarded a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant, "Breaking Barriers for Beginning Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers," in the amount of $674,768 by the United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). A 25 percent institutional match of $168,692 will increase the project budget to $843,460.