Greenville-Hunt County headlines

Greenville, TX –

Hunt County property owners who are not current on their tax payments should be seeing a letter soon tellling them to pay up or face going to court with the threat of losing their structures and land. The county has hired a law firm to go after $4.3 million dollars in delinquent taxes due to 14 governmental units, including cities, school districts, the county, and the Commerce Water District.

The Greenville City Council wants more water. At Tuesday night's meeting a motion will be consider to rescind an agreement made two weeks ago with the Sabine River Authority. The water supplier wants the contract to run two more years, through the year 2048, and the city wants to specify the quantity of water that the new Cobisa electric generating plant can use.

The proposed layout of the new Greenville campus of Paris Junior College goes before Greenville's Planning and Zoning commission Monday. Ground was broken two months ago on the 13 million dollar complex next to Greenville High School. Also on the Greenville planning and zoning commission agenda is possible action on developing nearly 150 acres at the northwest corner of highways 69 and 380 into a combination of single and multi-family housing and general retail.

More people were working in Hunt County in June, but even more people were looking. That caused the unemployment rate to rise from 3.9 percent in May to 4.7 percent in June. The rate is still lower than the 5.9 percent figure for June of last year. In surrounding counties, the June unemployment rate was four percent in Hopkins and Collin Counties, 4.1 in Rockwall, 4.2 in Van Zandt, 4.5 in Rains, 4.7 in Delta, 5.2 percent in Lamar, and 5.6 percent in Fannin County.

The grand jury in Hunt County District Court handed down several indictments Friday. Among those charged, 30 year old Jon William Richroath of Commerce was accused of family violence-aggravated assault. Richroath is accused of assaulting a woman with a knife on April 18th. And 29 year old Joshua Robison of Greenville was indicted for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon following the April 23rd armed holdup of the Campbell incident where Robison was arrested by Greenville's police chief at an eastside motel along Interstate 30.