Idabel, OK – A Coppell man has drowned while fishing in a southeast Oklahoma lake. Authorities said 49 year old Robert Mesecke was pronounced dead on arrival at McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Mesecke was fishing in one foot of water in the Mount Fork River when he slipped on rocks and was swept 75 feet downstream. Friends in a canoe retrieved Mesecke retrieved him from 10 feet of water and an ambulance transported him to the hospital.
Greenville – Tragedy struck the Greenville High School yesterday, as a student shot and killed himself at the school.
Students were visibly shaken as they left the school yesterday after a High School Junior shot himself in the school's band hall shortly after 7am yesterday morning. The boy was taken to Presbyterian of Greenville and pronounced dead around 8am. An autopsy has been ordered.
Greenville, TX – Greenville Police responded about a quarter after 7 to the high school following the report of a 16 year old white male shooting himself in the band room. A school nurse and a student services officer administered CPR. The victim was transported by ambulance to Presbyterian Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. An autopsy will be conducted at the Medical Examiner's office in Dallas.
COMMERCE - Monday was the first day for Danni Myers as the interim principal at Commerce High School. Myers moved from the curriculum director's job at the central office. The assistant principal at A-C Williams Elementary, Deanna Hays, is now an interim assistant high school principal. Former high school principal Trish King was reassigned to Hays' former position at A-C Williams.
Commerce – The Commerce School Board has approved a $14 million bond election in May, hoping voters will replace A.C. Williams Elementary School. In a special budget study session last night, the CISD Board approved the consideration by a 5-0 vote.
Commerce – This is the last week for candidates to file for the May 12th elections. In Commerce, only one person has filed for the two vacant places on the council. 12 year council member Penny Belcher has stated she will not run again for council at this time.
Hector Arce will reportedly not be running as well. Janice Harrison has filed for Place 1.
Only the incumbents have filed so far for three seats on the Commerce ISD School Board.
Dr. Michael D. McKinney, M.D., the new Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, visited the A&M-Commerce campus on Wednesday, February 21st. The Chancellor and A&M-Commerce President Dr. Keith McFarland are seen in the Founders Lounge of the A&M-Commerce Memorial Student Center in front of the portrait of university founder Dr. William Leonidas Mayo. The Chancellor and President also visited with KETR General Manager Bill Oliver.
Commerce – The Lions are Lone Star Conference Champions. The women's team hosted the Lone Star Conference Tournament over the weekend. Friday, they faced Angelo State. Led by Sophomore Britney Jordan, the Lions took the win 65-59, with a late boost by Senior Kanani Marshall who sunk back-to-back three-pointers in the waning minutes of the game.
Commerce, TX – A special meeting of the C-I-S-D board of trustees Monday night includes a budget study session. Then the board will consider adding to the May election ballot replacing A-C Williams Elementary School. Two weeks ago, consultants to the school board recommended a new building over renovation, not only to meet educational needs but also to take advantage of increased state financing.