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.
Commerce – Lil' Abner opens tonight on the main stage of the University Playhouse at A&M-Commerce. Lil' Abner is this year's summer musical at the University. Dogpatch USA is the hillbilly setting for the play based on Al Capp's long running comic strip that began during the great depression.
A cast of more than 30 that includes students from Commerce, Greenville, Farmersville, Princeton, Sulphur Springs, and other area towns present the fun-filled musical.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council received the budget for the next fiscal year in regular session last night. The budget is balanced and includes a 5% tax increase. City Manager Bill Shipp said the budget was based on a 4% increase on appraised property values. Initial figures from the Hunt County Appraisal District come in with a 6% increase, but Shipp expects that number to be less once final tax rolls are received in late July.
Commerce – The alligator warning signs have been removed from Gee Lake on the A&M-Commerce campus. After many hours of searching and many visitors coming by to try to get a peek at the possible gators, the signs reading, Warning. No Entry. Alligators. have been taken down.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council meets in regular session tonight and will receive the initial City Manager's budget. City Manager Bill Shipp expects another tight budget year, but won't know final budget numbers until the final tax rolls are received late in July.
SHIPP: I really don't know exactly what our revenues are yet because I don't have those final tax rolls. So when tax rolls do come in later this month, we'll make an adjustment to the budget that we presented to council.
Commerce – Graveside services for 26 year old James Prothro are set for 11 this morning at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce. Prothro was killed last week in a shooting on 4th Street in Commerce. Prothro was shot at least once and eventually bled to death from a severed artery in his chest.
25 year old Brian Patrick is charged with first degree murder in the case.
Commerce – No alligators have been caught yet out of A&M-Commerce's Gee Lake. Alligator warning signs were put up after University Police reported seeing at least one alligator at Gee Lake.
Wildlife Biologist Mark MacDonald was called in to attempt to capture the animal. Live wire and net traps have been placed in several locations since late last week, but no gators have been caught. MacDonald has also spent hours searching the water for any signs of an alligator, but hasn't found anything yet.