Sulphur Springs – The newly renovated Connally Street in downtown Sulphur Springs will officially open Thursday at 5:30, with free hot dogs, free ice cream and music.
The next step for remaking the downtown area will involve an intersection on the square.
The Connally Street project has been in the works for over a year now, and adds to a refurbishing process that includes recent renovations Houston Street and to a block of the City's Main Street just off the square.
Wolfe City – It's been three years to the day that a woman who lived just outside of Wolfe City went missing. Lisa Chandler's disappearance remains unsolved.
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said in May two of his investigators took the Chandler case to Austin, where the Sheriffs Association of Texas has a cold case review team. At the time, Meeks said the detectives came away with a promising lead. But the tips didn't pan out.
Commerce – A split Commerce City Council Tuesday night approved the budget and tax rate, by a 3-2 vote. Mayor Quay Throgmorton and Councilman Douglas Rohrabaugh were against both items.
The FY 2010-2011 budget is to be funded by a property tax rate of .82 per $100 valuation, an increase of six cents from last year. The budget allows for a $700 pay raise for all city employees; a measure Mayor Throgmorton does not agree with.
Hopkins County – While the jobless figures are still not where officials want them to be, Hopkins County can celebrate the fact that their rate remains the lowest of any immediate eight county region, now for the 29th consecutive month.
Figures released this week by the Texas Workforce Commission show the jobless rate in Hopkins County declined slightly from July to August, now at 6.8 percent. One year ago, that figure was 6.4 percent.