Bonham – By a 3-2 vote, Fannin County Commissioners Monday abandoned plans for a countywide animal control facility.
Judge Spanky Carter cast the deciding vote, indicating that while there was enough money to build a facility, it was unclear how to afford to maintain it. Carter tells KETR he was unwilling to raise taxes, which was one of the suggestions during public meetings held earlier this month.
"It comes down to priorities and there are other more important projects to move forward with."
Paris – A Lamar County jury has sentenced 41-year-old Timmy Heath Lester to four-99 year prison terms for sexual assault of a child.
The 10-woman, 2-man jury took only 50 minutes last week to find Lester guilty of all four counts. The sentences will run concurrently. Lester was accused of sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in the summer of 2010.
He must spend at least 30 years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole.
Commerce – The University Police Department at Texas A&M University-Commerce will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the 2011 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization, May 23-June 5.
During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts both day and night.
Greenville – A former Greenville assistant city manager has been subpoenaed in connection with the city's dispute with L-3.
The subpoena calls for Barbara Trego to produce any document between her and L-3 concerning the proposed re-plat of Majors Field Municipal Airport, the airport's tax exempt status and the lease agreement between the company and the city. She is required to produce all the records by May 31.
Austin – The Texas Legislature on Saturday passed new voting maps for the state House and Senate, which would change the district lines for local lawmakers.
State Senate District 2, represented by Bob Deuell, of Greenville, stayed pretty much intact.
But State House District 2, represented by Dan Flynn, of Van, would undergo major changes. The plan would still include Hunt and Van Zandt County in District 2, but drop Rains County and add Hopkins County, currently represented by Erwin Cain as part of House District 3.