Commerce – The City of Commerce has approved final plans to borrow an additional $500,000 for construction on the new city facilities. An additional $250,000 will also be taken from the city's general fund.
Commerce – The 3rd Annual Relay for Life at Texas A&M University-Commerce is overnight this Friday. Entertainment and events are planned all night long, as the event runs from 7pm to 7am the next morning. There is no entrance fee, and everyone is being encouraged to enjoy the activities and join in the fight against cancer.
The Relay for Life event will be held at the Watson Center on the A&M-Commerce campus.
Fannin County – Residents voiced their dissenting opinions to the proposed Lake Ralph Hall in Fannin County in a recent public meeting with engineers, attorneys, and other professional endorsing the project. The Lake would serve primarily the Denton County area with water. The area is expected to rise in population from the current 150,000 to over a 1 million in the next 50 years.
Northeast Texas – A DWI indictment has been handed down to Community High School coach Benny Ray Smith by the Hunt County Grand Jury. It marks the fourth time Smith has been arrested for drunk driving.
Cooper – A fund has been set up for a Cooper mother of ten children whose home was destroyed by fire Saturday. Marilyn Nichols is a single mother that has adopted many children over the years and had ten living at the home in Cooper. The youngest, a 2-month-old, was killed in the fire and a four-year-old was taken by Careflight to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with burns.
Hunt County – A county-wide sweep was conducted Friday in Hunt County targeting illegal gambling parlors. In total, 13 establishments with around 380 machines were targeted in the sweep.
Three of those establishments were located in the Commerce City limits. Over 50 officers were deployed just after noon Friday to execute search warrants on those establishments in Commerce. Commerce PD, University Police, and the TABC teamed up the sweep that shut down 90 illegal machines in the three locations.
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Commerce – The City of Commerce wastewater treatment plant experienced an unauthorized discharge of an estimated 200,000 gallons of domestic wastewater to the South Sulphur River as a result of heavy rains last weekend. The potentially affected area is located along the eastern edge of Farm to Market 3218 and a short distance east along the feeder branch of the South Sulphur River within a .2 mile wide strip of floodplain between the feeder branch and the treatment plant.
Commerce – The Big Event is tomorrow in Commerce. It will be the eighth year the City of Commerce and Texas A&M University-Commerce have come together to improve the appearance, facilities, and safety of Commerce.
The Big Event will go from 9am to 1pm tomorrow. Some of the planned projects will be painting the lampposts downtown, beautifying the shores of Gee Lake, picking up litter, and planting flowers in various places throughout the city.
Wills Point – A man arrested last month for disrupting a Wills Point City Council meeting returned to the council during regular session last week to calmly address his issues before the council. The Wills Point Chronicle reports the former resident James Lunsford has made accusations against Councilman Mike Jones, saying Jones molested him as a child in the late 80's and early 90's.