Hunt County – The Hunt County Commissioner's Court will consider lifting a burn ban in regular session today. Hunt County remains dry, but new Hunt County Fire Marshall Mike Pierce has said that conditions are right to lift the ban, even if it may be only temporary.
Many area counties have begun lifting burn bans that were in place for most of the summer.
Lake Tawakoni – A search for a man that may have jumped off the Two Mile Bridge over Lake Tawakoni has been called off. Personnel with Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Hunt County Sheriff, East and West Tawakoni Police, and the Commerce Emergency Corps were searching the area after a call of a possible jumper Wednesday afternoon.
Searchers had been unable to find anything and stories from witnesses concerning the jumper began to change as searching went on. Officials say the person may have made it to shore after the incident.
Mount Pleasant – Mount Pleasant Police have captured a fugitive that has been on the run for over two decades. 40 year old Martin Hernandez was pulled over for a possible DWI and when officers ran a check, they found out he had escaped from a federal prison in Oklahoma more than 20 years ago.
Lake Tawakoni – Officials were looking yesterday for someone who was reported to have jumped off the Two-Mile Bridge over Lake Tawakoni. The bridge was closed for a time, while units with Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Hunt County Sheriff, and East and West Tawakoni Police Departments began a search after a call was received around 4pm reporting that a man had jumped off the bridge.
A dive team from the Commerce Emergency Corps was also called in and officials were still conducting a surface search at sunset yesterday.
Sulphur Springs – An 18 year old Sulphur Springs woman was killed last week in a car accident on Highway 11. Jessica Lynn Owens apparently ran off the road and hit a tree near Gafford's Chapel along Highway 11 west of Sulphur Springs. The car slid out of control across the highway and through a deep ditch before skidding another 100 yards and striking a large tree.
State Troopers are investigating the accident and say another vehicle may have been involved.
Commerce – Funeral services are today for former A&M-Commerce University President, Frank Henderson Bub McDowell. McDowell died last Thursday in his home after a short illness. He was 93.
McDowell was born in Paris, and attended Paris Junior College before earning his Bachelor's at East Texas State College in 1938. He was immediately hired by the university after graduating and went on to a distinguished 45 year career.
Commerce – The Commerce Tigers suffered another crushing defeat Friday to Paris-North Lamar, falling 41-8 to the Panthers. North Lamar running back Antoine Smith rushed for 268 yard and four touchdowns on 22 carries to help spoil Commerce's Homecoming. The Tigers were held to just 164 yards and go to 2-3 on the season, while North Lamar improves to 4-1. Both teams have the week off this week.
Commerce – Former A&M-Commerce University President Bub McDowell has died in his home after a short illness. He was 93.
McDowell was the 7th president of the university, then known as East Texas State, and his career at the University spanned 45 years. He was born in Paris, Texas in 1913, and was immediately hired after earning his Bachelor's at East Texas State College.
Commerce – It's Homecoming tonight for the Commerce Tigers as they host the Paris-North Lamar Panthers. The 4A Panthers have put up a 3-1 record this season and are coming off a 49-0 win over Pleasant Grove last week. They are led by Running Back Antoine Smith, who has racked up 874 yards of 100 carries this season, and Quarterback John Faulkner, who is 22 of 36 passing for 456 yards and six touchdowns.
The Tigers are 2-2 and coming off a 19-2 win over Kaufman last week.
Northeast Texas – A man has evaded police after leading them on a high speed chase through Northeast Texas. The chase began early Wednesday morning when Sulphur Springs police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle did not stop.
Hopkins County deputies and state troopers joined in the chase that went through Brashear, Saltillo, and Mount Vernon. The suspect was not apprehended and managed to escape arrest.