Commerce – The Commerce School Board took no action last night regarding the prohibited use of cell phones in school zones.
The item was placed on the agenda after a citizen expressed concern during the board's June meeting, of how operating a cell phone in a school zone can limit an individual's attentiveness, therefore posing a risk to students.
Greenville – A new taxing district may be established in the City of Greenville. The City Council is scheduled Tuesday to vote on hiring a firm to provide professional services related to establishing and implementing a tax reinvestment zone. Under the plan, businesses within a specific area identified for development would pay for public infrastructure improvements, such as water and sewer lines and roads. The money would come from incremental property taxes, and possibly sales taxes, resulting from development constructed within the zone.
Sulphur Springs – The City of Sulphur Springs is making headway in efforts to revitalize its downtown. Currently crews are working to improve the look of its Main Street, to include widened sidewalks, trees, public seating and brick roads.
Greenville – Services are this weekend for a Greenville man, killed in a motorcycle accident this week. Arthur R. Walters died as the result of the two vehicle crash, which occurred Wednesday afternoon on FM 118. Reports indicate Walters, driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound, was struck by a southbound sedan. The driver of the car was attempting to turn left into a mobile home park when the motorcycle collided with the car.
Campbell – A lengthy prison sentence has been handed down in a DWI case. After pleading guilty to his 15th charge for driving while intoxicated (DWI) Ronnie Victor Beliew of Campbell, was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division. In his latest run with the law, Beliew was stopped by a Commerce Police Department officer in April where his blood-alcohol level tested almost three times the legal limit for intoxication in Texas.
Hunt County – Area crops are showing somewhat positive signs so far this summer. Just last month, wheat harvesting came to an end. However, no preliminary numbers have been released.
Agriculture Agent with Texas Agri-life Extension Service in Hunt County Sara Allen says weather conditions proved decent for wheat. That's due to the amount of precipitation received in the winter and spring, and lack thereof in the summer, which is the trend that helps produce a good wheat crop.