Greenville – A few more days remain in moving cable lines in downtown Greenville. GEUS, the local electric utility system, hopes to wrap up efforts at relocating the lines this weekend on Lee Street between Wesley and Oak Jordan Streets. Approximately 400 customers in the area from midnight until approximately 6 a.m. Sunday will be without cable and internet service. The line relocation is part of last fall's Streetscape project.
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Commerce – Saturday's elections in Commerce not only feature candidates for Mayor and Council Seats 2 and 4, but a $3 million measure toward street improvements. Residents will be asked to vote yes or no for the bond, which will go toward improvements to no only streets, but possibly water and sewer lines below those streets. Streets to receive improvements will not be decided upon until the bond is in fact passed.
Commerce – Early voting for Saturday's municipal elections in Commerce proved decent, as voters made selections for or against a street bond issue; and chose their candidates for Commerce Mayor, and Council Seats 2 and 4. 128 people made it out to the poles early. Recent history has shown low voter turnout with less than 500 votes cast both last year and in 2004. There were no contested races therefore no elections in 2005 and 2006. Currently, Commerce has just over 4,000 registered voters.
Greenville – The city of Greenville's local sales tax revenue is down this month. After posting months of record sales tax revenue gains, Greenville saw its take drop for this month significantly, according to the Texas Comptroller's Office. Greenville is in line to receive a sales tax payment of over $500,000 for the month, a decrease of about 10% from the record of $567,000 set one year ago.
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Commerce – Another house in Commerce has yet again been destroyed by fire. The fire occurred in the 1300 block of Lee Street. No residents are said to be living in the house, and no injuries have been reported. Officials were dispatched to the vacant house at 6:22 a.m. Thursday, and by 7 a.m. a majority of the fire had been contained. No other property appeared or was said to have been damaged. Firefighters with the Campbell Fire Department were also present assisting in the fire. The cause of the fire is not yet know.
Greenville – A recent traffic stop near Greenville leads to the shooting death of a Michigan resident. A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper performed the stop on the 18-wheeler along Interstate 30 late Sunday night. Trooper Bubba Goodwin, with the Greenville DPS office, is said to have been speaking with the driver of the truck when the passenger brandished a knife. Goodwin then opened fire, killing the suspect. He's been placed on administrative leave while the investigation into the incident is conducted by the Texas Rangers.
Greenville – There will soon be some big traffic changes coming to Greenville. The reconstruction of the State Highway 34/Wesley Street overpass across Interstate 30 is getting closer to starting. An engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Paris District office in Greenville said the agency anticipates letting the $32 million project out for bids by the end of this week. The Greenville City Council in February formally committed to paying $2 million toward the cost of rebuilding the overpass.