Hunt County – The year-long saga over missing funds from the Hunt County jail has come to an end. Sheriff Don Anderson dropped his bond suit earlier this week; one day before the courts were set to rule on whether to lift an injunction Anderson had filed. The move comes after the Hunt County Commissioner's Court dropped all county claims against the missing money earlier this month.
Commerce – Preliminary plans for a standardized dress code were presented to the Commerce Board of Trustees earlier this week. The plan was a rough draft that took examples from 10 other districts. Some of the key areas of the plan limited shirts to oxford or polo style of various colors, and slacks or skirts.
Paris, Texas – The Lamar County Courthouse went on lockdown just after 10am yesterday in response to a civil rights protest. As many as 400 people marched in the second such protest in as many weeks as tensions mount in the Shaquanda Cotton case. Cotton, now 15, has spent more than a year in a Texas Youth Commission facility for shoving a teacher's aide at her high school. She is sentenced to remain there until she meets rehabilitation standards or she turns 21.
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.