Celeste – Celeste Schools were evacuated yesterday after a city worker ruptured a nearby natural gas pipeline. 510 students from three campuses were moved to the First Baptist Church of Celeste after city workers hit an approximately two inch diameter natural gas line around 10:30 yesterday morning. The city crew had followed procedure to locate any such lines in the area as they worked to fix a water, but the gas line was unmarked. This resulted in what was called a major rupture .
Commerce – The A&M-Commerce Lion's football team has a pre-season All-American on the field. Ha'a Bento has been named a NCAA Division II Pre-season All-American by Don Hansen's Football Gazette along with 113 other collegiate players.
Bento's reliable leg led the Lone Star Conference in field goals last season with 18. The Hawaiian native also hit four field goals in one game on two separate occasions last season.
Commerce – The City of Commerce awarded a contract earlier this week to replace five dilapidated homes with brand new ones using state grant money. The Owner Occupied Housing grant for $250,000 is aimed at providing funds for cities to demolish dilapidated houses and provide a brand new home for the owners. Commerce used a similar grant for $500,000 in 2003 to build ten new homes throughout the city.
Commerce – A major project along Highway 276 between Quinlan and Rockwall is scheduled to officially begin today. More than 10 years of planning have gone into the widening of the roadway and is projected to cost over $10 million. The first stage of the two stage project will focus on the stretch of Highway 276 between FM Road 35 and FM 36. The two lane road will be widened to five lanes which will include two lanes on each side and a continuous turn lane.
Commerce – After more than 20 minutes of discussion, the Commerce City Council passed a memorandum of understanding with the Commerce ISD regarding drug dog services. The agreement will have CISD paying for the city to purchase a drug dog that will take over detection services at the Commerce schools. Once the dog is paid for, CISD should see significant savings over their current contract for such services. The city will own and care for the dog as well as train a current officer to handle the drug dog.
Commerce – The Commerce Tigers continue to gear up for the start of the football season next week. They held their first scrimmage over the weekend against Mineola. The scrimmage was set up to test specific game-like situations with set possessions for each team in each situation. The Commerce ground attack showed several players moving the ball well. Head Coach Bill Draughn was pleased with that.
Commerce – One person was killed and another injured in a one vehicle accident just outside of Commerce over the weekend. 30 year old Krisha Toon of Wolfe City was pronounced dead at the scene and 33 year old Howard Wolf of Commerce was taken to Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville and was listed in stable condition Saturday.
Royse City – The Royse City City Manager will be retiring after seven years serving the city. 73 year old Connie Goodwin announced his retirement last week at the regular city council meeting for Royse City. His retirement will be effective September 30th, but Goodwin is set to stay on as a consultant with the city through the end of the year.
Goodwin said two good candidates are already identified for taking the city manager position. He is also heading up a search for an assistant city manager for Royse City.
Commerce – The City of Commerce has a few lots left in a housing project meant to help people get into a brand new home of their own. The Enlow Project is an ongoing housing development supported by grant money that allows the City of Commerce to help the buyer, according to City Manager Bill Shipp.
SHIPP: We receive grant money to develop the infrastructure there; and we also receive grant money for down payment assistance.