Commerce – The Commerce ISD heard the results of a compensation study in regular session this week. The study compared salaries for all positions within the district with the regional and state market in districts of similar size.
Commerce, TX – Commerce school board members have hired Buddy Echols as interim superintendent. He starts Monday, the same day Keith Boles begins his new position in Connally, near Waco. Echols, who most recently interim superintendent in Greenville, has held similar posts in Celina and Royse City. Echols retired as chief administrator in the Coppell district and also led the Van and New Caney schools.
Paris, Texas – The NAACP has called for a timely release of a Paris girl from the Texas Youth Commission after a meeting Saturday. Shaquanda Cotton was given an indeterminate sentence following a three-day trial in March of 2006 after a jury found she committed assault causing bodily injury against a Paris ISD teacher's assistant.
Controversy surrounding the case rose after the Chicago Tribune ran an article earlier this month where Cotton's mother, Creola Cotton, is claiming her daughter's civil rights are being violated.
Caddo Mills – A local soldier was honored late last week after he was killed earlier this month in Iraq. 29 year old Emerson Brand of Caddo Mills was killed when an explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on patrol in Baghdad. It was his second tour of duty in Iraq.
His body was returned to Caddo Mills Friday via Majors Field Municipal Airport in Greenville. A memorial procession and ceremony followed.
By Bill Oliver/Danny Kambel A&M-Commerce Sports Information
Commerce, TX – Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball player Kanani Marshal was selected as a third-team honoree on the Division II Sports Information Directors All-America Team. The senior guard is the first-ever All-American in school history for women's basketball.
Marshal set the NCAA single-season record with 145 three pointers made. In addition, she also set three single-game records, five single-season records and seven career marks.