Paris, Texas – The Paris Regional Medical Center has begun the first parts of a plan to cut staff. Rising costs that have expenses up more than $650,000 in the first five months of the fiscal year have prompted the move. Department heads were called in last week and told to begin identifying positions that could be eliminated.
The hospital is also tightening policies on overtime, extra shift bonuses, and more.
Hunt County – An HIV-positive man has pleaded guilty to raping another man. Previously, the man was sentenced to 97 years in prison for the charge, but that sentence was thrown out on appeal. Now the man could be released from prison in a little more than four years.
Commerce – The 4th Annual Cowhill Chili Fest and BBQ Cook-Off is set for March 16th and 17th in Commerce. The event keeps growing every year, and organizer Jeannie Putnam said some free activities will be available to help draw in the crowds, such as a bouncy booth and free pony rides.
And, of course, live music on both days. New this year will also be a jitterbug contest.
Commerce – Commerce ISD could soon have a new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach on the job. Superintendent Keith Boles said he would be making a recommendation for hire to the Commerce School Board in regular session next Monday.
The person would replace Bill Draughn, who stepped down from the position in December.
The Commerce Tigers are coming off a disappointing season where they posted just three wins and missed the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.
Hunt County – Hunt County has named a new Fire Marshall. Current Hunt County employee Richard Hill was chosen by the Commissioner's Court as both Fire Marshall and Emergency Management Coordinator Monday.
Hill will be the first permanent Fire Marshall since Dorsey Driggers retired in September.
Commerce – The Commerce Municipal Court is offering warrant amnesty through March 2nd. The program will allow anyone with an outstanding warrant a chance to clear their name and pay fines at a discounted rate. An outstanding fine could be reduced anywhere from 10 to 50 percent in an effort to move outstanding cases off the dockets.
A warrant listing page is available through the City of Commerce's website at www.commerce-tx.com.