Commerce – Former A&M-Commerce University President Bub McDowell has died in his home after a short illness. He was 93.
McDowell was the 7th president of the university, then known as East Texas State, and his career at the University spanned 45 years. He was born in Paris, Texas in 1913, and was immediately hired after earning his Bachelor's at East Texas State College.
Commerce – It's Homecoming tonight for the Commerce Tigers as they host the Paris-North Lamar Panthers. The 4A Panthers have put up a 3-1 record this season and are coming off a 49-0 win over Pleasant Grove last week. They are led by Running Back Antoine Smith, who has racked up 874 yards of 100 carries this season, and Quarterback John Faulkner, who is 22 of 36 passing for 456 yards and six touchdowns.
The Tigers are 2-2 and coming off a 19-2 win over Kaufman last week.
Northeast Texas – A man has evaded police after leading them on a high speed chase through Northeast Texas. The chase began early Wednesday morning when Sulphur Springs police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle did not stop.
Hopkins County deputies and state troopers joined in the chase that went through Brashear, Saltillo, and Mount Vernon. The suspect was not apprehended and managed to escape arrest.
Hunt County – The Hunt County Commissioner's Court will consider lifting the burn ban at its regular meeting October 9th. Incoming Fire Marshall Mike Pierce and outgoing Fire Marshall Dorsey Driggers discussed the situation and both agreed it is a good time to consider lifting the ban. The county has received some much needed rain recently, but dry conditions still persist after two years of drought.
Hunt County – Hunt County Sheriff Don Anderson has won a temporary injunction against the company looking to cancel his bond. The decision came yesterday and eliminates the possibility of Anderson being removed from office for not having the bond. The injunction will remain in place until trial to determine is the insurer and bond company should be required to make a payment to the county from Anderson's bond.
Commerce – The Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C., will be on the A&M-Commerce campus in November to mark the 15th Annual Veteran's Vigil on campus. The half-size replica will be on display on the University's West Lawn November 9th through November 12th.
Point – A couple from Point is all smiles after finding a large diamond in Arkansas. Donald and Brenda Roden found the eighth largest diamond ever found at the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park Saturday. The couple named the 6.35-carat gem the Roden Diamond . It is about the same size and color as a large coffee bean.
Commerce – The Commerce Tigers bounced back Friday after a tough loss to Pittsburg the previous week, to take a win over Kaufman, 19-2. The Kaufman Lions could not post any offensive points, gaining their two on a safety in the 3rd quarter. Commerce was led by Tim Bloodsoe on the ground with 90 yards on seven attempts. This week, the Tigers are at home for Homecoming, facing 4A North Lamar.
Paris, Texas – An apparent murder-suicide in Paris Wednesday has left two people dead. Police believe 22 year old Ryan Keith Farmer of Paris killed 26 year old Leslie Lemons of Lone Oak before turning the gun on himself. Lemons was shot in the chest and head with a shotgun and Farmer was shot once in the head from an apparently self0inflicted wound.
The bodies were found in a Paris residence Wednesday afternoon after a co-worker of Lemons went to the residence to see why she was late to work.
Commerce – The 21st Annual Bois d'Arc Bash is set for this weekend in Commerce. Festivities begin tomorrow evening with the Commerce Leadership Institute's BBQ Dinner on the square in downtown Commerce from 4pm to 7pm. Live music begins onstage at 5pm with the A&M-Commerce Steel Drum Band and continues through the evening with Bobby Coffman's Underground Band playing from 9:30pm to 11pm.