– Things in Northeast Texas will stay pretty much the same, according to redistricting proposals issued this week by House and Senate committees.
The proposed map leaves Hunt and Rockwall counties paired, as they are now, as part of House District 4, currently represented by Republican Ralph Hall. A number of other counties in the region, including Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Lamar and Rains, plus portions of Collin County will remain in the district.
Austin – Voters will have a chance this fall to choose for or against a giant municipal utility district west of Greenville.
The Texas legislature has given approval to the item, which awaits a signature from Governor Rick Perry before being placed on the November ballot.
Representatives with the Walton Group first presented the proposal in 2008. If voters approve the measure this fall, the City of Greenville would consider expanding the city's extra territorial jurisdiction.
Commerce – The real estate firm alleged to have illegally dumped and buried asbestos near one of their Commerce properties has begun cleaning up the site.
Fountainbleu Management Companies began remediation on the site last week, just days after the company's owner, Roland Von Kurnatowski, met with lawyers for the City of Commerce. The two sides agreed that Fountainbleu would pay for the cleanup, and also pay for the city to hire a separate asbestos expert to double check their work.
Cumby – State Troopers Friday morning identified the deceased driver as 85-year-old Melvin Clyde Bryant, of Farmersville.
He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at approximately 3:17 p.m. Thursday between the 110 and 109 mile markers near Cumby.
According to the Department of Public Safety office in Garland, a car was traveling behind a semi pulling a trailer when the car reportedly drove up underneath the back of the trailer, killing the driver.
Greenville – A Greenville physician and Marine veteran will be awarded the Silver Star for his efforts during the Korean War.
Dr. James Nicholson's actions on April 22, 1951 have been dubbed daring and courageous, as he and his team were able to fend off enemy forces despite being severely outnumbered.
Nicholson's platoon was sent about 20 miles outside their main line of resistance to probe the area and determine exactly where the Chinese Red Army was, who were poised to strike the Marine Corps lines.
Commerce – We're learning more about the closing of the Covidien plant in Commerce and how and when it will impact their suppliers and employees.
Last week, KETR fist reported that the global healthcare products leader would begin layoffs of their more than 300 full-time employees in September, 2012, in an effort to maximize the company's efficiency. A final closure of the plant will take place in December, 2012.