Hunt County

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.

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There’s hope that the concerns over nitrite levels in water supplies west of Commerce could come to an end as early as the first week of September.

The North Hunt Special Utility District, which provides water to rural customers in Hunt and Fannin counties, issued an alert on Aug. 8 that high nitrite levels had been identified in water systems serving customers along CR 4511, CR 2874 and CR 4400 – all west of Commerce. The statement cautioned that infants under the age of six months should not drink the water.

Authorities report missed jury duty scam

Aug 13, 2014
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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.

Appeal scheduled in cocaine possession case

Aug 11, 2014
Brad Kellar

A Bowie County man is appealing the conviction and lengthy prison sentence he received earlier this year, for transporting a kilo of cocaine through Hunt County during the summer of 2009.

Brandon Ray Antwine of Texarkana was indicted in January 2010 on one count of possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine, of more than 400 grams with intent to deliver. He had pleaded not guilty.

Ballots being prepared for general election

Aug 7, 2014
Voters will cast ballots for or against seven proposed amendments to the State of Texas consitution.
Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

It is going to be about another month before voters know exactly who will be on the ballots for the November 4 general election.

Hunt County Elections Administrator Mina Cook said the final ballots are scheduled to be distributed soon.

“It is probably going to be around the second week of September,” Cook said.

There are still some last minute additions being made to the names which will appear on the ballots in state races.


According to statistics, a car can be stolen in less than 60 seconds. Delta County has experienced a rash of auto thefts and car burglaries over the past few weeks and according to the Insurance Information Institute car burglaries peak in July and August.

County slated to ratify general election judges

Jul 22, 2014

It will only be a matter of weeks before voters in Hunt County join others across the state to begin casting ballots for the November general election.

The Hunt County Commissioners Court is scheduled today to take a step in preparing for the election, by ratifying the judges and alternate judges for elections for the the next two years.

Hunt County Elections Administrator Mina Cook is presenting the item before the commissioners as part of the regular agenda, starting at 10 a.m. inside the Auxiliary Courtroom, 2700 Johnson Street in Greenville.

County conducting online vehicle auction

Jul 22, 2014
Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

Automobile enthusiasts looking for a potential bargain may be interested in an online auction beginning Tuesday.

Hunt County is selling off multiple surplus vehicles, including some which had been seized by law enforcement, through the auction which begins Tuesday morning at

A total of 19 vehicles will be up for bid. The lots include a total of 10 Ford Crown Victorias, a 2008 Dodge Charger, a 2006 Chevrolet Impala and a 2002 Ford E350 XL Van.

Republicans rush to cast early votes

May 21, 2014

Hunt County Republicans rushed Monday to cast early ballots ahead of the May 27 runoff elections.

Far fewer local Democrats turned out at the Hunt County Voter Administration Building for the first day of early voting.

Hunt County Elections Administrator Mina Cook said 259 people voted in person Monday for the GOP primary runoff, with 747 mail-in ballots received.

The 1,006 early votes from Republicans compare to the 31 total ballots — five in person and 26 by mail — submitted by Democrats Monday.


A severe weather system that struck Northeast Texas on the evening of April 3 resulted in several small tornadoes, along with high winds and large hail. Multiple structures were damaged and several injuries were reported throughout the region.

Thousands of homes and businesses lost electrical service during the storms. Flooding followed the storms.

Northern Hunt County was hit hard, with significant damage between U.S. Highway 69 and State Highway 34 north of Greenville.

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While the prospect of a toll road along the old railroad corridor west of Greenville seems to have been left by the wayside, there’s little question that transportation development in the immediate area is on the way.

The North Central Texas Regional Council of Governments Transportation Division isn’t publishing final recommendations until the end of 2014, but one-third of the way into its yearlong study of the Blacklands Corridor, some likely recommendations are becoming apparent.


UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: As of around 3 p.m. this afternoon, the HCPC Facebook page had vanished. The North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Department confirmed that the page and the post were unrelated to any NCTCOG activity. And so the mystery remains, perhaps to be cleared up at the upcoming public meeting on the Blacklands Corridor in Greenville. That meeting will be March 20 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, located at 5501 S. Business Hwy. 69, beginning with an open house at 5:30 p.m.

Suspect in Caddo Mills murder case files writ

Feb 19, 2014
Caddo Mills Police Department

A suspect charged with murder in connection with a Friday afternoon shooting death in Caddo Mills is seeking the appointment of an attorney to represent him.

Joshua Madison Newkirk remains in custody in the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond in connection with the death of Joshua Edmund Gerber.

Newkirk, 28, filed a writ from the jail, seeking the appointment of a defense attorney. A hearing on the writ is scheduled for 9 a.m. today in the 196th District Court.

GOP primary: Hunt County ballot

Feb 13, 2014
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Hunt County voters will be casting ballots for congress, state senate, state representative, county judge, 196th district court, district clerk, county court at law No. 1, county clerk, county commissioners in precincts 2 and 4, justices of the peace and constables.

All of the contested primary races in Hunt County are on the Republican Party ballot.

This ranch in county a bit too risque

Feb 5, 2014
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The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has taken steps to close down a ranch in the county.

But this operation apparently had nothing to do with horses or cows and it appeared the wearing of a cowboy hats, boots and just about any other form of clothing was completely optional.

Sheriff Randy Meeks said Tuesday his office was notified about a month ago about “Risque Ranch”, a possibly sexually-oriented business operating in Hunt County.