Commerce – Commerce students will be able to pick up some free school supplies Saturday. Christians Make a Difference is hosting their annual Back-to-School Project at the Norris Community Center from 8am to noon tomorrow. Any student who attends Commerce schools is eligible to receive assistance with new clothes, shoes, school supplies, and even haircuts. Children must be accompanied by an adult with ID.
Commerce – Commerce resident Gerald Taylor had a taste of reality TV, and now he's got $20,000 for college to show for it. Taylor appeared on the series The Scholar which set several high school students from all over the country in a competition for a full four year scholarship to a school of their choice. A California student walked away with the grand prize, but Taylor was awarded $20,000 he plans to use at the University of North Texas.
Commerce – The City of Commerce and the Commerce ISD continued to explore a partnership in acquiring a drug dog this week. A K-9 officer from the Sulphur Springs Police Department spoke about the benefits of a drug dog for the city and school. Sgt. Buddy Williams besides sniffing out drugs, the dogs can also be used to protect officers and some can even track down lost children.
Commerce Middle School will have a new man sitting in the principal's chair when classes resume this month. Mitchell Curry takes over the position at CMS after serving as an assistant principal in Wylie for three years. He was a band director for eleven years before that.
Commerce – Commerce Police will be observing the National Night Out tomorrow evening at the Commerce City Park. A&M-Commerce Police, the Hunt County Sheriff's Department, the Commerce Fire Department, and other community organizations will be joining the in the evening of fun, food, and entertainment aimed at introducing citizens to local emergency personnel and creating a safer community.
Commerce – A construction worker in Commerce suffered no major injuries after getting a shock from an electric line carrying more than 7,200 volts last week. Two workers were moving a 41-foot extension ladder when one slipped and fell in the mud. The other worker then lost control of the ladder. The ladder struck overhead electrical lines, sending current down through the worker's body and into the wet ground.
Hunt County – David Jason Jacks pleaded guilty yesterday in the double homicide of Hunt County residents Melanie and Bradley Daniel in 2003. The plea came as part of a deal that spares Jacks the death penalty and gives him life in prison. He also waived any rights to an appeal.
Family members of the victims agreed to the plea bargain because they felt the certainty of at least 40 years in jail before being eligible for parole was a better choice than the uncertainty of seeking the death penalty by trial.
Paris, Texas – Widespread closings for the maker of Kleenex and Huggies diapers may mean good news for a Paris factory. Kimberly-Clark, the make of tissues, diapers, and many other personal care products, announced earlier this month a plan to close up to 20 plants and cut around 6,000 jobs within the next three-and-a-half years. A Kimberly-Clark spokesman said the closing will allow for expansion at other locations, and that could mean good news for the Paris plant, which is considered one of the corporation's most valuable operations.
Hunt County – A plan to privatize the Hunt County Jail took steps forward after action by the Hunt County Commissioner's Court yesterday. The firm CiviGenics Inc. has been given 30 days to present an in-depth proposal for taking over managerial operations at the jail. CiviGenics currently operates in 15 states and runs several jails in Texas.