Paris, Texas – 15 year old Shaquanda Cotton spoke before a crowd at a Town Meeting in Paris Sunday. The meeting was held at the New Salem Missionary Baptists Church. Cotton, who was released from a Texas Youth Commission facility March 31st after national attention of her case spurred several protests in Paris, thanked the gathering for efforts on her behalf.
KETR will be at Thursday's celebration honoring the A&M-Commerce women's basketball team road to the Elite Eight. Join us Thursday at noon for a free lunch and the celebration program on the East Lawn between the student center and administration building.
Here's the invitation from Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Keith McFarland:
A university and community-wide event will be held on Thursday, April 26th at 12:00 noon on the East Lawn of the MSC to honor our women's basketball team and coaches for their awesome 2006-2007 season!
Cooper – A 54 year old Paris woman has died after a wreck with a Cooper School Bus last week. Barbara Kay Jones died approximately two hours after the crash Thursday after she was transported to Presbyterian Hospital of Commerce.
The accident happened near Klondike, when Jones crossed the center stripe of the road and struck the Cooper bus head-on. The bus was filled with children, but none were hurt. The SUV Jones was driving was crushed and the bus sustained major damage.
Cooper – A Lamar County woman was injured yesterday when she hit a Cooper School Bus head-on, according to the Paris News. The accident occurred on Highway 24 near Klondike. The bus was loaded with students at the time, but none were injured.
The woman was taken to Presbyterian of Commerce with significant injuries. The crash knocked the axles off the school bus and crushed the front of the woman's car.
Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Keith McFarland and University Police Chief Donna Spinato met with local media following the shootings at Virginia Tech.
By Bill Oliver
Commerce, TX – Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. McFarland said safety of students is his highest priority, considering parents send their most valuable possessions, their children, to the university.
Hopkins County – A 28 year old Sulphur Bluff man is being held by police after a crash that injured a Hopkins County Commissioner. Hector Munoz Correra is being held for intoxication assault, failure to stop and render aid, driving without a license, on the wrong side of the road, and with no insurance.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Don Patterson is hospitalized with a broken leg, fractured ribs, punctured lung, and a head laceration.
Commerce, TX – ACTIVITIES AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE HONORING THOSE AT VIRGINIA TECH WHO LOST THEIR LIVES EARLIER THIS WEEK INCLUDE:
Thursday night at 11 p.m.: Candlelight vigil at Morris Recreation Center following the Pridestock concert.
Friday morning starting at 11:30: Campus ministries and local clergyman from surrounding churches will conduct a prayer vigil. The service will continue until 12:15 p.m. to accommodate class schedules.