Commerce – The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new expansion for Presbyterian of Commerce was held yesterday. The new building will house an outpatient service intended help the elderly cope with loss of loved ones and illness. The message Tuesday was that depression does not have to be part of growing older.
The new 2,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to begin operations by March of 2006.
Las Vegas – The A&M-Commerce men's basketball team went 1-1 in the high Desert Classic in Las Vegas over the weekend. Saturday, the Lions came up short against Washburn, dropping that contest 79-73. Sunday, however, the Lions mounted an impressive come-back win, to oust Cal-State San Bernardino.
Commerce – Aviation pioneer Jeanna Yeager will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree during A&M-Commerce commencement ceremonies tomorrow. Yeager, a 1970 graduate of Commerce High School and current resident of Sherman, is the only woman to receive the Collier Trophy-the most prestigious award in aviation. She won the award for a Voyager flight in 1986 where she flew almost 25,000 miles around the world in just nine days, without refueling. An accomplishment Yeager says she gave her heart and soul to.
Commerce – Groundbreaking for a new facility for Presbyterian of Commerce is set for December 20th. The new 2,000 square-foot structure will house an outpatient behavioral health service for elderly patients and should be up and running by March of 2006. The building will be located on the southeast corner of the hospital campus, with offices, meeting rooms, and a reception and waiting area.
Hunt County, Rains County – Drought conditions have some counties in the area considering bans on certain fireworks this New Year. Hunt County Fire Marshall Dorsey Driggers said aerial fireworks are a good way to start a grass fire that could result in tragedy. Driggers is considering an outright ban on such aerial fireworks such as bottle rockets and roman candles in the unincorporated areas of the county.
Hunt County – The mother of Arthur Lee Allen Jr. testified in the third day of sentencing yesterday, urging the jury not to give her son the death penalty. Dorothy Allen said had tried repeatedly to abort her son with various methods, but realized God wanted her to have the baby when the pregnancy went full term, and she couldn't bear for her son to be executed.
Wills Point – 64 year old Shirley Ann Oldacre has been arrested for the theft of over $225,000 from the Wills Point Independent School District. The long-time Wills Point resident was arrested late last week in connection with thefts from the district believed to have begun in 2000. Oldacre had been employed with the district since 1989 and resigned when discrepancies were found in the book and Wills Point and Texas Ranger investigators began questioning employees at the administration office.