Commerce – Commerce High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Bill Draughn is stepping down. Draughn turned in his resignation to the Commerce Board of Trustees yesterday. His resignation becomes effective at the end of the school year.
Cumby – One man suspected of robbing a Cumby liquor store has been arrested. 42 year old Norman Kyle Terry of Whitehouse reportedly confessed Sunday to Sulphur Springs Police and Hopkins County investigators. One other suspect remains at large in the Friday robbery where two people broke into the store then led police on a high speed chase to the Brashear area.
Northeast Texas – Wolfe City, Josephine, and Van Zandt County will all be receiving grant money for various water projects. The funds are part of $2.67 million awarded by the Office of Rural Development and Affairs, or ORCA. Funding for all the projects allows for administration and technical assistance, but local volunteers will provide the labor.
Wolfe City will be receiving $350,000 to increases water storage capacity for the city. The project will increase storage in East and West Lakes by nearly 18 million gallons.
Hopkins County – DPS troopers and Franklin County deputies seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana in a traffic stop last weekend. The pursuit began in Hopkins County when state troopers saw two vehicles from Indiana apparently traveling together and heading east on I-30. The trooper was not able to stop both vehicles, and radioed ahead to Franklin County. The agencies were able to work together and stop both vehicles.
Hunt County – A Kaufman County man is in custody charged with aggravated robbery in connection with a Sunday night hold-up of a Hunt County game room. 47 year old James Russell Moore of Scurry is being held on $25,000 bond for the robbery of the Tropical Oasis game room on Highway 34 South.
The robbery was reported around 9:30 Sunday when a clerk told police a man wearing dark clothes and something dark on his face entered the business, waved a pistol around, and demanded money.
Paris, Texas – The Paris City Council will meet in special session Friday to consider naming an Interim City Manager. City Manager Tony Williams was terminated by the council earlier this week and he is currently on paid suspension. A public hearing to confirm his termination will be held on December 28th at Love Civic Center.
The special meeting to consider an Interim City Manager will be held Friday at 6pm.
Paris, Texas – The Paris City Council has voted to fire City Manager Tony Williams. The 3-4 vote in favor of terminating Williams came Monday. The vote was to make the action effective the last day of December with immediate suspension.
Greenville – The TV show Prison Break will be filming in Greenville next week and they're looking for some extra help. Film crews for the popular Fox show arrived over the weekend to begin setting up for shooting at the old Katy Depot in downtown Greenville.
Anyone wishing to be considered as an extra for the shoot can e-mail a current photo and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paris, Texas – 45 year old Patricia Pyle has been identified as the person that died in a mobile home fire last week in Paris. No dental records could be found for the woman, so investigators used eyewitness accounts and personal effects to identify the woman. Witnesses say Pyle was the last person in the residence before the fire broke out last Saturday.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Officials say there are suspicious circumstances involved in the blaze.