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Northeast Gateway
5:19 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Planners kick toll road proposal to curb

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.
Credit Mark Haslett

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.

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Northeast Gateway
4:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Toll road foes rally, address Hunt County commissioners

Bryan Slaton of Royse City and over 30 other anti-toll road activists gathered in Greenville on Oct. 14.
Mark Haslett

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Northeast Gateway
2:39 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Toll road opponents plan 'Super Tuesday'

The map published by Texas Turnpike Corp. shows only possible routes.
North Central Texas Council of Governments

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.

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News and Culture Notebook
2:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Dallas media roundup: Northeast Gateway

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.
Credit Mark Haslett / KETR

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.

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Blacklands Corridor
4:03 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Meeting attendees reject 'Northeast Gateway' toll road

Activists present anti-toll road literature and petitions to vistors at the Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall.
Mark Haslett

The latest in a series of public meetings presenting the possibility of a new toll road in the region was held in Rockwall last night. KETR’s Mark Haslett reports.

Audio transcript

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Hunt County
8:04 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Sheriff’s office investigating details in shooting death

Credit jrn.com

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.

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Greenville
8:09 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Dallas man placed on probation in carjacking case

Thomas Medlin
Credit Courtesy Photo

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.

 

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Greenville
7:49 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Busy weekend for downtown Greenville

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.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Unless you happen to be on a bicycle, navigating around downtown Greenville may be more tricky than usual this weekend.

Finding a parking place may also be a challenge, due to two big scheduled events.

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Greenville
7:54 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Council approves settlement of lawsuit

Credit Provided Photo

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.

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Hunt County
7:52 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Authorities report missed jury duty scam

Randy Meeks
Credit Provided Photo

Local law enforcement agencies are warning area residents of a telephone scam, where the victims are threatened with arrest if they don’t send the caller money via a pre-paid card.

Both the Greenville Police Department and the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office have received reports of the scam, which involves a fake warrant officer calling about missed jury duty.

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Greenville
8:12 am
Mon August 11, 2014

GEUS plans electric rate increase

Credit Brad Kellar

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.

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Greenville
7:52 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Burger King given building permit

Credit Provided Photo

Hungry residents of the City of Greenville are getting closer to being able to buy a Whopper.

Construction is expected to begin soon on a new Burger King, which will be built on the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 7401 Interstate 30.

A building permit had been issued for the restaurant as of last week. City of Greenville Building Official Steve Methven said signs of movement are expected on the project in the next week or so.

It is the latest in a series of restaurants building or expanding in Greenville this year.

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Greenville
7:52 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Restarting the Splash countdown

Officials with Splash Kingdom say work on the water park in Greenville, which began earlier this year, is scheduled to resume this week, with the goal of opening the park next summer.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

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.

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Hunt County
7:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Grand jury issues intoxication assault indictment

Willie Doss Jr.
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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.

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Greenville
7:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

City waiting on new street repair numbers

Bids are due to be opened this week for a program to make repairs on approximately one dozen streets in Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The City of Greenville is hoping for some good news this week, as a second set of bids are opened on the 2014 Street Improvement Program.

Only two bids were received last month, after the first time the current year’s effort was advertised, and both came in above the projected budget for the job.

The bids are due by 3 p.m. Tuesday, after which they will opened and evaluated by the city staff, before they are presented to the Greenville City Council for its consideration.

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