North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris, shown here at a 2013 meeting in Lavon on the proposed toll road, leads the office that announced on Oct. 17 that it will not recommend in favor of the road.
Opponents of the proposed toll road from Greenville to the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County have spoken, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments appears to have heard.
Staff at the agency announced on Oct. 17 that they will not recommend that the toll road, called Northeast Gateway, be included in the regional transportation plan, called Mobility 2035.
Opponents of a proposed toll road between Greenville and far northeastern Dallas County plan to present their objections to elected officials throughout the area on Tuesday.
The activist group Texans United for Reform and Freedom (TURF) plans to hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Tue. Oct. 14 in front of the Hunt County Auxiliary Courtroom at 2700 Johnson St. in Greenville. TURF also plans to make its case during the Hunt County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. at that same location.
Activists collect petition signatures and distribute literature at a Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall on the Blacklands Corridor feasibility study, which includes preliminary recommendations for a toll road between Greenville and the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County.
For about a year and a half, Dallas-area media didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation study of the "Blacklands Corridor" between Greenville and northeastern Dallas County. There was a bit of a rumble in early 2013 when it seemed developers might try to put in a toll road along the old Blacklands Railroad right-of-way, but when the Council of Governments shot down that plan, the whole story went onto the back burner for a while.
An already violent summer in Hunt County has become even more tragic, with yet another shooting death reportedly having occurred in the county.
The Hunt and Collin county sheriff’s offices are involved in the investigation into the death of Oscar “Junior” Ovalle of Plano. Ovalle, 20, was reported to have been shot in the head Sunday morning at a residence near the Hunt/Collin county line, and died later at a hospital in McKinney.
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said the circumstances behind the shooting were still being ironed out as of Thursday night.
A Dallas man has been placed on probation, after pleading guilty to a reduced charge in connection with a reported carjacking in Greenville last month.
During a Friday afternoon hearing in the 354th District Court, Thomas Isaac Medlin, 33, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of robbery. Under a plea bargain arrangement, Medlin was placed on 10 years of deferred adjudication probation and was ordered to pay $1,357 in restitution.
With downtown streets expected to be filled this weekend with bicycle racers and concert goers, City of Greenville officials Thursday placed a sign at the intersection of Stonewall and Lee Streets, directing the visitors to the area’s current and upcoming dining options.
The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to settle a federal lawsuit, filed by the owner of a local car wash which had been the source of hundreds of noise complaints last summer.
The city will pay Carlos Limones $30,000 under the settlement, reached late last month in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. In return, Limones will drop his claim there was a conspiracy on the part of city officials against his business along FM 1570 in Greenville.
The Greenville Electric Utility System intends to raise electric rates, in part to help pay for the local utility’s share of the Gibbons Creek power plant through the Texas Municipal Power Agency (TMPA).
“The TMPA plant has been an integral part of GEUS’ power supply mix for many years keeping our rates very competitive”, said GEUS General Manager Gary Singleton.
It would be the first such increase in electric rates in four years.
It again looks like there will be a water park in Greenville next summer.
Officials with Splash Kingdom have announced construction on the company’s Greenville facility is expected to resume this week.
Construction of the infrastructure, road and utilities, is scheduled to begin,” said Splash Kingdom President and CEO Johnny Blevins of the plan to restart operations at the site along the Interstate 30 service road.
A local man has been indicted on a charge of driving while intoxicated and causing a crash which injured three people in Commerce.
Willie Doss Jr., 44, of Greenville, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond on a charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle, with a second count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon regarding the incident in May.
The Hunt County grand jury issued the indictment Friday, as it began its six month term of serving the 354th District Court.