Paris, Texas – The City Attorney for Paris turned in his resignation yesterday under fire. Larry Schenk has been the City Attorney in Paris for the past six years. The letter of resignation indicates a lack of support from the city council but did thank past and present council members and citizens, calling Paris the "...best small town in Texas".
Commerce – The Commerce City Council listened last night to an update from the general contractor overseeing the construction of the new City Hall and Fire/Police Complex. John Barton from Harrison, Walker, and Harper told the council that the recent problems with the dirt work on the foundation of the buildings had finally been solved. Dirt from another site will be shipped in to finish the select-fill, while some different fill will be mixed in with the current dirt work to provide the desired consistency.
Greenville – The Greenville Independent School district could soon move to a standardized dress code. According to the Greenville Herald Banner, 73% of those responding to a questionnaire sent out by a committee to study a possible standardized dress code responded favorably to the idea. The survey was sent out to households with GISD students and to members of a Greenville Electric Utility System (GEUS) mailing list.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council meets tonight for the first regular meeting of November. Before the meeting, the council will conduct a workshop to hear updates on the construction of new city facilities, the strategic economic plan for Commerce, and other matters not intended as actionable items for regular session. The council started the regular workshops during the summer so updates on important projects could be given without lengthening the regular meetings.
Hunt County – Three Hunt County Sheriff's deputies have been cleared of any wrong-doing in the April shooting death of a Hunt County man. The Hunt County grand jury declined to indict any of the three men from an incident which Texas Ranger investigators said was self defense.
The Commerce Tigers defeated the Quinlan-Ford Panthers Friday to make a 3-1 district run and secure a playoff berth for the 15th straight year. A share of the District 11-3A title is likely as well. Quinlan came to town with perhaps their best performance all season for the rivalry against the Tigers. The Panthers looked sharp and came out gunning to send Commerce reeling with a halftime score of 12-9 Quinlan.
Commerce – Construction has begun on an owner-occupied housing project in Commerce. The project identifies over 50% dilapidated housing and rebuilds the homes for free for the owners. This is the second time the City of Commerce has been approved for participation in the project. Ten homes were rebuilt about two years ago with five homes being targeted this time.
Commerce – It's going to be a long Halloween weekend for tricksters of all ages. The kids will surely be pulling their parents out for some trick-or-treating over the weekend, but a host of activities will be running in Commerce Monday, Halloween night. The annual Trick or Treat Downtown will be held from 5:30 to 7 with merchants handing out candy and streets marked off for safe trick-or-treating. The event has been successful every year, according to Commerce City Manager Bill Shipp.