Dr. Michael D. McKinney, M.D., the new Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, visited the A&M-Commerce campus on Wednesday, February 21st. The Chancellor and A&M-Commerce President Dr. Keith McFarland are seen in the Founders Lounge of the A&M-Commerce Memorial Student Center in front of the portrait of university founder Dr. William Leonidas Mayo. The Chancellor and President also visited with KETR General Manager Bill Oliver.
Commerce – The Lions are Lone Star Conference Champions. The women's team hosted the Lone Star Conference Tournament over the weekend. Friday, they faced Angelo State. Led by Sophomore Britney Jordan, the Lions took the win 65-59, with a late boost by Senior Kanani Marshall who sunk back-to-back three-pointers in the waning minutes of the game.
Commerce, TX – A special meeting of the C-I-S-D board of trustees Monday night includes a budget study session. Then the board will consider adding to the May election ballot replacing A-C Williams Elementary School. Two weeks ago, consultants to the school board recommended a new building over renovation, not only to meet educational needs but also to take advantage of increased state financing.
Commerce, TX – The Texas A&M-Commerce women's basketball team enters the Division II tournament as the No. 4 seed in the South Central regional against No. 5 seed, Emporia State in St. Joseph, Missouri and Missouri Western University on Friday, March 9th.
The Lions (25-8) will enter the tournament having won a school record eight-straight games. On the season, Texas A&M-Commerce has set nine single-season school records.
Commerce – It looks as if Commerce ISD Superintendent Keith Boles will be leaving the district. Boles has been named as the lone finalist for the superintendent position at the Connally ISD near Waco. The Connally board said they hope to have Bole son board by April 1st. The moves comes just weeks after the contracts of the high school principal and assistant principals were not renewed by the Commerce School Board. Boles' son, Zack, plays baseball for the Baylor Bears in Waco.
Paris, Texas – The Paris Regional Medical Center will begin cutting staff this Saturday. Plans are to cut 25 full-time equivalent positions. Hospital officials met with department heads in early February to identify the positions to be cut. The hospital is making the cuts after costs are up more than $650,000 for the first five months of the fiscal year.
Fannin County – The Fannin County Narcotics Unit has busted a large methamphetamine ring that was distributing drugs throughout Fannin, Collin, and Dallas Counties. Nine people were arrested in the two month investigation. $47,000 worth of meth, $19,000 in cash, and two vehicles have also been seized.