The Hunt County Commissioners Court may vote to approve additional funds this week for an armored personnel carrier obtained from federal surplus for the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.
The commissioners are scheduled to discuss and take action Tuesday on training and expenditures related to the newly acquired Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. The vote is included under Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 10 a.m. inside the Auxiliary Courtroom, 2700 Johnson Street in Greenville.
When Texas refused to sign onto a nationwide effort five years ago to develop common academic standards in reading and math — putting $700 million in federal money at risk — the state found itself in lonely territory.
The Common Core, which would be adopted in 45 states, was aimed at raising reading and math learning benchmarks in public schools and easing collaboration on education policies. Spearheaded by the Obama administration, the initiative was overseen by the National Governors Association and embraced by both Republican and Democratic policymakers.
"Godspell," a rock musical based on the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament, will be presented in the University Playhouse at Texas A&M University-Commerce July 8-13. Reservations can be made at (903) 886-5900. Theatre faculty member Samantha Grace and cast member Baylor Bendele discuss the production on the Blacklands Cafe.
For Delta County, the Independence Day weekend has many opportunities for celebrating.
The 66th Annual Cooper Rodeo will be starting the Independence Day weekend with a parade tonight starting at 7 p.m. The annual Cooper Rodeo will be held both Friday and Saturday nights featuring local artist Lauren Taylor as well as a fireworks show near the Rodeo grounds by City Park in Cooper.
Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 years and under are $5 and children under 3 are free.
Texas is the only state that doesn’t require private employers to carry insurance for workplace injuries and fatalities, and Attorney General Greg Abbott signaled Tuesday that he wants to keep it that way if elected governor.
While some have called for reforms to the voluntary workers’ compensation law, Abbott said allowing private employers to decide what’s best for them has helped make Texas an economic powerhouse.