Hunt County – The burn ban for Hunt County has been lifted. County commissioners voted to end the burn ban yesterday in special session. Recent rains prompted the session and the recommendation by Hunt County Fire Marshall Mike Pierce to lift the burn ban. Residents can now legally burn brush, limbs, and untreated lumber.
The ban had been in place since June 26th after two years of drought in Northeast Texas. Hunt County is one of the last counties in the region to lift their burn ban.
Commerce – Hunt County Commissioners will consider lifting the burn ban today in special session. It will be the second time in two weeks the Commissioner's Court has considered lifting the burn ban. After some areas of the counties received more than four inches of rain over the weekend, Hunt County Fire Marshall Mike Pierce said conditions are right to lift the ban.
Commerce – A political debate is scheduled today on the A&M-Commerce campus between State Representative Dan Flynn and challenger Scott Cornaud. The debate is scheduled for 1pm today in the Founder's Lounge of the Memorial Student Center on campus.
Commerce – The City of Commerce will be holding Trick or Treating on the downtown square once again this Halloween. All merchants of Commerce are invited to participate in the event that seeks to provide a safe environment for children as they go trick-or-treating.
Traffic will be closed in downtown Commerce from 5:30 to 7 the evening of Tuesday, October 31st to allow for a safer Halloween atmosphere.
Commerce – More than 30 employers will be on hand tomorrow as A&M-Commerce hosts their Fall 2006 Job Fair. The job fair is open to the public and will run from 10am to 2pm Wednesday in the Memorial Student Center on the A&M-Commerce campus. In addition to employers, those interested in continuing education can meet with representatives of Texas Wesleyan University Law School and A&M-Commerce Graduate School or Alternative Teacher Certification.
Northeast Texas – Early voting for the November 7th general election begins next week, and several debates and political forums are scheduled in the coming days. The Greenville Herald Banner will be hosting a candidate's forum tomorrow evening from 6pm to 9pm in the old Greenville Post Office. Invited are candidates running for Congress, State Senate and House, Hunt County Court-at-Law, County Commissioner Precinct 2 and 4, and Justice of the Peace.
Sulphur Springs – A man killed Wednesday after a high speed chase that began in Sulphur Springs has been identified. 29 year old Carey Pinkney of Tyler died when his vehicle rolled several times as he tried to avoid spikes set down by state troopers. Pinkney did not have a driver's license due to a mental condition.
Emory – The Commerce Tigers are back to the gridiron tonight after resting last week. It's the beginning of District 10-3A play as the Tigers hit the road to face the Rains Wildcats. Commerce is 2-3 overall heading into the game and has had some struggles in the pre-district schedule. The Wildcats are 4-1, with their only loss coming from Brownsboro. Emory-Rains was favored to finish among the top of the district this season, and it will be a big match-up early in district for both teams.
Sulphur Springs – A high-speed chase Wednesday that began in Sulphur Springs ended when the suspect wrecked his vehicle and was killed. The chase began early yesterday morning along I-30 in Sulphur Springs when a Tyler man failed to stop for police. The ensuing chase reached speeds of 100mph or more and led officials through Franklin, Titus, and Morris Counties before the man wrecked his car and was killed in Bowie County.