Commerce – After more than 20 minutes of discussion, the Commerce City Council passed a memorandum of understanding with the Commerce ISD regarding drug dog services. The agreement will have CISD paying for the city to purchase a drug dog that will take over detection services at the Commerce schools. Once the dog is paid for, CISD should see significant savings over their current contract for such services. The city will own and care for the dog as well as train a current officer to handle the drug dog.
Commerce – The Commerce Tigers continue to gear up for the start of the football season next week. They held their first scrimmage over the weekend against Mineola. The scrimmage was set up to test specific game-like situations with set possessions for each team in each situation. The Commerce ground attack showed several players moving the ball well. Head Coach Bill Draughn was pleased with that.
Commerce – One person was killed and another injured in a one vehicle accident just outside of Commerce over the weekend. 30 year old Krisha Toon of Wolfe City was pronounced dead at the scene and 33 year old Howard Wolf of Commerce was taken to Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville and was listed in stable condition Saturday.
Royse City – The Royse City City Manager will be retiring after seven years serving the city. 73 year old Connie Goodwin announced his retirement last week at the regular city council meeting for Royse City. His retirement will be effective September 30th, but Goodwin is set to stay on as a consultant with the city through the end of the year.
Goodwin said two good candidates are already identified for taking the city manager position. He is also heading up a search for an assistant city manager for Royse City.
Commerce – The City of Commerce has a few lots left in a housing project meant to help people get into a brand new home of their own. The Enlow Project is an ongoing housing development supported by grant money that allows the City of Commerce to help the buyer, according to City Manager Bill Shipp.
SHIPP: We receive grant money to develop the infrastructure there; and we also receive grant money for down payment assistance.
Hunt County – Two people were injured in separate motor vehicle accidents in Hunt County yesterday. In one accident, a wrecker came very close to crashing through a daycare center in Kingston, while another accident left a man badly scraped after losing control of his motorcycle along Interstate 30.
Washington – Congress has approved legislation that puts a part of Interstate 30 on a list of high priority corridors for the U.S.. The transportation bill is named the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Act: A Legacy for Users, or SAFETEA-LU. It prioritizes the stretch of I30 beginning where it intersects I-635 east of Dallas to where it intersects I-40 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Cumby – A former A&M-Commerce football coach has been named principal of Cumby High School. Don Madden is the new principal effective immediately. Madden was previously at Commerce High School serving as a coach and science teacher. He played football for A&M-Commerce before earning a doctorate and two master's degrees-one in curriculum and one in administration/leadership. Madden served as director of the intramural program and was a football coach for A&M-Commerce.