Commerce – The City of Commerce is likely to soon go to phase two of drought contingency plans. Currently, the city is under the first phase of drought contingency, which asks citizens to voluntarily curtail the water usage and helps educate the public on ways to conserve water. The next phase will involve mandatory limits to water usage.
Greenville – The Greenville ISD has begun interviewing new superintendent candidates, but they aren't releasing any names. Six candidates have been chosen to be interviewed through tomorrow. The GISD board then plans to narrow those six down to three and conduct second interviews next week, with February 20th as a target date to announce the lone finalist for the position.
Commerce – A plea is expected today in connection with a shooting on the A&M-Commerce campus in March of last year. 20-year-old William Baker is scheduled to enter pleas for charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
The shooting occurred at Mitchell Hall on the A&M-Commerce campus. A woman in a second story unit of the dorm had a minor wound in her arm and the window and ceiling had been shot. A single casing from an assault-style weapon was found outside.
Bonham, Celeste – New voting equipment will be demonstrated around the area tomorrow in Celeste and Bonham.
The Hunt County Voter Administration office will be setting up some of the new machines in the Celeste City Hall from 8:30am to 3:00pm tomorrow. A mock election will be held so voters can actually use the machines.
In Bonham, machines will be demonstrated at the scheduled Kiwanis Club meeting at Shumardii's Steakhouse. The demonstration will begin around noon.
Lone Oak – Two Lone Oak Boy Scouts have received national medals for bravery. 18-year-old Eagle Scout Josh Click and Assistant Scout Master Jon Cartier of Greenville were presented the Boy Scouts of America Lifesaving Medal for Heroism. The award is one of the highest honors awarded by the Boy Scouts.
Commerce – A&M-Commerce basketball is at home this weekend after a two game road trip. The women's team comes off a loss to the Cameron Aggies, while the men come off another heart-pounding win.
The ladies showed one of their best first-half performances of the season, but slipped in the second half to fall 77-71 to the Aggies. The women are 11-9 overall and 3-2 in conference play and currently ranked 10th in the region.
The next two years of UIL districts and classifications will be released today. Many area schools are on the cusp of changing classification and will discover their fate today, while teams across the state will find out who their main rivals will be for the next two seasons.
The UIL announced reclassifications and district alignments for the next two years today.
A look at some of the area schools that have seen some classification changes:
Commerce – A&M-Commerce President Keith McFarland will recommend a $15 per semester hour increase to tuition for next fall. It would represent an increase of $225 per semester in designated tuition. Even with the proposed increase, A&M-Commerce's tuition rates would remain in the bottom 25% of state funded institutions. An additional $3 million would be generated by the increase.
The increase is recommended to help offset in funding reduction from the Texas Higher Education Assistance Funds and increased utility costs.
Commerce – The new planetarium on the A&M-Commerce campus opens to the public this Friday. The facility is part of the new $28 million Science building on campus and offers state-of-the-art technology, a 40-foot dome, and reclined seating for 87 people. The Digistar 3 projection system promises other-worldly views and shows.
Commerce – The Commerce Police executed a narcotics search warrant in January that resulted in shutting down a drug trafficking operation that had been under investigation for some time. A male and a female were taken into custody after a search warrant was served at 411-A Tarter Apartments in Commerce. 49-year-old Donna Michelle Hancock and 32-year-old Danny Duane Steel were both taken into custody and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana. Hancock was also charged with probation violation.