Commerce – The Commerce Independent School District has begun a program feeding children at the City Park. The Summer Feeding Program provides a healthy lunch to children under 18 each weekday during the summer. The district was required to begin such a program after reaching 60% or more of its students receiving free or reduced prices lunches during the regular school year.
Rains County – The Rains County Emergency Service District recently received a clean bill of health after inspections at four different fire departments. The Emory, Point, East Tawakoni, and Southwest Rains Volunteer Fire Departments all received inspections of their trucks and equipment. Despite a few trucks currently out of service or under repair, the group of fire departments passed the inspections.
Commerce – A long-time faculty athletic representative for A&M-Commerce when it was known as East Texas State Teacher's College has been named to the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor. Lewis Ingraham Smith was instrumental in the formation of the LSC in 1931 and served as its first president until 1936. He also served in the position from 1945 to 1950. Along with L.E. King of Sam Houston State and Theron Fouts of North Texas State, Smith authored the LSC Constitution.
Commerce – Li'l Abner begins another run of performances tonight at the University Playhouse on the A&M-Commerce campus. The summer musical includes a cast full of area residents and students. The play is based on Al Capp's long-running comic strip set in the hillbilly community of Dogpatch, USA.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council begins budget workshops tonight at the Parks and Recreation Building in Commerce. City Manager Bill Shipp presented the budget at the council's regular meeting last week. The budget includes a 5% tax increase for residents and allows for an across-the-board pay increase for city employees.
Tonight will be the first scheduled budget workshop for the Commerce City Council, with another meeting scheduled for the last Tuesday of this month. The meetings are open to the public.
Hunt County – A small decrease in the tax rate for Hunt County could be coming as the Hunt county Commissioners Court meets today to begin budget hearings. County officials expect to increase budget spending by about 1% overall to pay for employees raises, fill several new positions, computer upgrades, and enhance courthouse security. But Hunt County Judge Joe Bobbitt said a small tax decrease is still expected.
Budget meetings are scheduled to begin at 10:30 this morning, and at 10:00 tomorrow morning.
Commerce – The Commerce Police Department has instituted a new program allowing instant electronic emergency notification to residents. The emergency notification system called ScanUSA allows police to send alerts to computers, cell phones, PDA's, pagers and fax machines.
Ladonia – It's the 40th year of Frontier Days in Ladonia this weekend. A full slate of activities is scheduled starting at 6am Saturday, and running until 2pm. And don't forget about the Ladonia Rodeo topping it off beginning at 8pm tonight and tomorrow. Event organizers are also trying to get every Fannindel High School students from 1960 to 2005 together for the high-noon lunch so details on a full reunion for September can be discussed.
Greenville – A 16 year old charged with murder in the shooting death of Joseph Willis of Greenville may be tried as an adult. County Attorney Joel Littlefield said his office is considering trying the teen as an adult in the June incident. The juvenile is currently being held in the Hunt County Juvenile Detention Center.
Commerce – Well it's official. It is an Alligator ..Snapping Turtle. Alligator Snapping Turtles have been found in A&M-Commerce's Gee Lake. An extensive search ensued after University Police reported seeing an actual alligator in the water, but none of the burly reptiles were found. The signs warning of alligators drew crowds for days before they were finally taken down when Wildlife Biologist and trapper Mark McDonald discovered the Alligator Snapping Turtles.