Northeast Texas – A few local counties have made the list of the nation's fastest growing counties. A recurring name on the list, Rockwall County has retained its position as third fastest growing county in the nation, and the fastest growing county in Texas. Rockwall posted a 46.1% growth last year.
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Commerce – The Commerce City Council in regular session last night presented a proclamation recognizing Poison Prevention Week. Mayor Sheryl Zelhart said the week is meant to raise awareness over many poisons, but especially those in the household.
ZELHART: With our increasing dependence on household chemicals, we need to be ever-diligent and aware of the hazardouse nature of those chemicals, and we need to make sure that they are stored properly and that children do not have access to them.
Commerce – Commerce residents should see steel going up this week on the New City Hall. The full concrete slab has been poured and allowed to set. With the foundation set, construction will begin on the framework this week. For the new Fire/Police Complex, concrete is expected to be finished pouring this week, with steel work beginning soon.
Commerce – There will be no local election this year for the Commerce City Council. All places on the Council are unopposed. With the new requirement of electronic voting machines in place, the city and the Commerce ISD had planned to conduct a joint election. Now, with no city election for Commerce, only the CISD will be holding an election.
Commerce – The Big Event is this Saturday in Commerce. It will be the eighth year the City and A&M-Commerce have come together to improve the appearance, facilities, and safety in Commerce.
From 8am to 1pm Saturday, Hunt county Environmental representatives will once again sponsor a clean-up at the County Barn on North Bois d'Arc Street. Materials such as paint, household chemicals, batteries, car tires, and scrap metal will be accepted for disposal, with labor on-hand to help unload trailers.
Paris, Texas – The City of Paris is looking into the possibility of offering free wireless internet access throughout the city. The question is on a survey passed out to those who live, work, and spend time in Paris. The plan would allow most people with wireless internet capability to access the internet for free throughout Paris.
Cities like Austin, Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco are examples of cities that have begun to build such a service.
Sulphur Springs – Damian Jolly of Cooper has been sentenced to the maximum of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for his role in the severe beating of Marcus Vaughn of Sulphur Springs. Jolly pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Jolly is the eighth man convicted for beating of Vaughn. In November of 2004, Vaughn was lured to a remote location and severely beaten. Injuries to the head put Vaughn into a coma after the beating, and have left him with lifelong injuries.
Greenville – Four people have been recognized for their efforts of saving a man from a burning car in Greenville. Alliance Bank Express employees Matt Jackson, Sherry Howard, Sarah Lewis, and Elizabeth Whitehead were all presented Citizen's Certificates of Merit Awards yesterday by Greenville Police Chief Harold Roseberry. Last summer, the four helped pull a man from a burning vehicle after an accident in front of the bank.
Hunt County, Rains County – The plot thickens on an undercover investigation by WFAA in Dallas concerning gambling machines in Hunt and Rains County. Now, two men allegedly involved in the illegal gambling have been indicted in connection with organized crime and a murder-for-hire scheme.