Grayson County commissioners said on Tuesday they are thankful for locals who volunteer their time to train for emergencies. Then the group moved right past the Thanksgiving holiday to talk a little light — Grayson County Holiday Lights that is.

Grayson County commissioners said on Tuesday they are thankful for locals who volunteer their time to train for emergencies. Then the group moved right past the Thanksgiving holiday to talk a little light — Grayson County Holiday Lights that is.


Commissioners approved a request to pay overtime for the county employees who work to keep the lights running during the displays’ season at Loy Park in Denison. Money from the donations collected this year will be used to repay the County money spent for the overtime.


Grayson County’s Head Elf Jeff Schneider reminded county leaders that the display opens to the general public at 5:30 p.m. Friday night and stays open till 10 p.m. The display will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. each night through New Year’s Eve.


Schneider said those who have seen the displays in the past should come back out because there a number of new additions. The county even extended the roadway to make room for new displays. A group of the displays will, for the first time ever, feature LED lights.


In addition to approving the overtime for the lights, commissioners approved a resolution between the Grayson County Democratic and Republican parties to hold a joint primary on March 4, 2014. Commissioners also approved a request to accept into the Court’s minutes the executed interlocal agreement between Grayson County and the state of Texas regarding regional public defenders for capital cases. Grayson County Auditor Richey Rivers said the County entered into the agreement some time ago but he could not locate a copy of the ILA. A copy was located and the Court was asked to receive it into its minutes.


Commissioners approved an ILA between the city of Southmayd and Grayson County for Precinct 3 to repair a road that Commissioner Phyllis James said is so bad people can’t get "up or down it." Her fellow commissioners teased her a bit for her phrasing, but approved the ILA just the same.


James and her colleagues also approved a $4,000 bid for a piece of property that did not sell at a recent Sheriff’s sale. The bid gets the property back on the county tax rolls.