Hopkins County – State Troopers seized 50 pounds of marijuana and took two Tennessee men to jail earlier this week after a routine traffic stop along Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs. The incident began just before 8pm Tuesday when the two men were stopped for speeding. After displaying nervous behavior, the trooper asked if he could search the vehicle, and the men said yes, but only the front part of the car. After identifying a suspicious odor, the trooper searched the trunk under probable cause and found 50 pounds of marijuana.
Commerce – The A&M-Commerce Athletic Department is encouraging everyone to help Fill up the Field House this Saturday for the men's and women's basketball games as they face Southeastern Oklahoma. The game will be televised over the web and will be the only Lone Star Conference Game televised this year. The double header begins at 2pm Saturday afternoon in the Field House of the A&M-Commerce campus.
Northeast Texas – The National Weather Service will be holding Storm Spotter classes in the area next week. Three fundamental aspects of severe weather will be emphasized this year: observing, reporting, and safety. Tornado formation and behavior will also be discussed.
Training will be held in the following cities from 7pm to 9pm:
PARIS:Monday, January 29th at Aikin Elementary School.
BONHAM:Tuesday the 30th at the County South Annex Building.
Paris, Texas – Paris Junior College has named a new member to its Board of Regents. Roma Street, a Lamar County native, will fill Place 5 on the board, which was recently vacated by Gary Preston.
Street attended PJC from 1947 to 1949, and went on to receive a bachelor's in business from A&M-Commerce. She also attended Texas Tech and spent 20 years in personnel management before moving back to Paris 12 years ago.
Commerce – A new emergency siren warning system is in place in Commerce and likely will begin testing soon. The system is a joint effort between A&M-Commerce and the City of Commerce to provide emergency warning coverage for the entire city. Commerce City Manager Bill Shipp said testing of the system should be soon.
Commerce – Two area Relay for Life events will be holding organizational meetings tomorrow. The Hopkins County Relay for Life will be holding a Captain's Meeting tomorrow at Lake Point Church in Sulphur Springs. Lunch will be served as the meeting is held from 11:30 to 1pm. Teams are still needed and anyone interested is being encouraged to attend.
Hunt County – After two years of drought in Northeast Texas, 2007 is off to a very wet start. More than six inches of rain has fallen this month, which is the most locally since 1949. The chance for rain continues this week, which may put this January in the top 5 wettest starts to a new year on record.
6.15 inches of rain has been recorded for January at Majors Field Municipal Airport in Greenville, the official monitoring site for the National Weather Service. That makes this January the sixth wettest on record.
Commerce – There will be a tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr. tomorrow evening on the A&M-Commerce campus. A Candlelight March around campus will begin at 5:30 from the East Circle of the Memorial Student Center. A tribute program will begin at 6:30 in the American Ballroom of the student center, after the Candlelight March.
There will be songs and poems of tribute to the late civil rights activists, with Dr. Artist Thornton, professor of African American Studies at Richland College, as the guest speaker.
Johntown – Dental records have allowed officials to identify a partially decomposed body found Wednesday near Bogata. 46 year old Kelly McCuller had been missing since December 10th when his body was found last week in Johntown. Officials do not suspect foul play in the man's death at this time.