Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the City Council has decided a tax increase won't be necessary in fiscal year 2014-15, and city employees will see a pay increase. The mayor says a committee has been formed to study installing fountains in downtown Commerce in the open area next to the new Dr Pepper mural. Also, the mayor says the current Monroe Street paving project south of Live Oak Street should be complete in mid-September.
Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says its time now to plant fall garden crops, such as corn, beans, cucumbers, okra and pumpkins. In September, it will be time to plant perennial flowering plants that will come back in the spring.
Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says ground breaking should take place soon on a new CVS Pharmacy on State Highway 24/50 near Whitley Hall, the Texas A&M University-Commerce high-rise dormitory. Already underway near the same location is construction of the new Hunt Regional Healthcare emergency-care facility.
Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the Chamber is promoting a campaign called "This Is Our Commerce," to encourage Commerce citizens and businesses to patronize each other more regularly. And Paul says the Chamber is seeing a healthy growth in membership.
Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses Camp Sweeney, near Gainesville, which lets children with Type 1 diabetes enjoy swimming, sports and the other summer activities enjoyed by most children. The United Way sends three children from Hunt County to Camp Sweeney each year.
Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the chamber is hosting live musical events on the square in downtown Commerce every other Saturday night. The next one will be this Saturday night, August 2. Also, Paul discusses plans for the upcoming Bois D'Arc Bash in September, including a beauty pageant and a concert at Centennial Park featuring the Commerce High School band and the Texas A&M University-Commerce band.
Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says, while the Greenville City Council has decided to go forward with the construction of the YMCA/events center, many questions remain about the project. And Caleb says that project and a street-improvement undertaking may cause property taxes to increase considerably. Also discussed is the status of the legal proceedings against the Commerce Humane Association and the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter.
Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling and Commerce school board member Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses a campaign involving the University, the city of Commerce, and the Commerce ISD to encourage University faculty, staff, students and others to shop in Commerce, October 5-11.
The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, discusses the damage to downtown Cooper from Wednesday evening's storm. Ironically, Delta County has recently purchased warning sirens for several communities in the county.
Start creating your designer bras for "Bras for the Cause." Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the kickoff event is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 21 at Landon Winery in Greenville, and the "Bras for the Cause" auction for the Hunt Memorial Hospital District breast-cancer facility is Thursday, October 9. The theme this year is "Brazinga!"
Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, in most respects, the Texas economy is the envy of the nation, as expressed in a recent Dallas Morning News article, but a Texas Tribune article expresses concerns over worker-safety regulations in the state.