Commerce, Greenville – The Christmas Parade in Commerce is set for this Thursday, December 1st. Festivities will begin around 7pm, with preparations in downtown that day beginning just after lunch. This year's theme is Christmas in Commerce as participants will be designing their displays around themes of their own choosing. Line-up is first-come, first-serve around 5:30 at the corner of Maple and Park Street. Route maps are available to the Commerce Chamber office downtown.
Commerce, Cooper – Some free Thanksgiving dinners will be offered in the Commerce and Cooper areas. The First United Methodist Church, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Disciples Faith, and Christians Make a Difference will be serving a free Thanksgiving dinner from 11am to 1pm tomorrow at the Methodist Church on Highway 50 in Commerce. Transportation and delivery is available. Call 903.886.3220 for more information.
Commerce – Commerce Police served a narcotics warrant Friday bringing in three suspects and over a pound of marijuana. 33 year old Clyde Holmes Jr., 30 year old Stephanie Pitts, and 38 year old Walter Dixon were all arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana over 4 ounces but under 5 pounds. The charge is a state jail felony.
Royse City – Royse City has hired a new city manager. Karen Philippi was hired Saturday by unanimous approval of the Royse City City Council. Philippi currently is the city manager for the City of Alpine. The council expressed pleasure with the search firm Johnson and Associates for helping bring qualified candidates to the search. Other finalists for the job were current Greenville Director of Community Development Philip Sanders and Fort Stockton City Manager Jesse Garcia.
East Texas – The Rains Wildcats have continued their impressive season with a win over Bonham in the area playoff contest, taking the game 29-22 Friday. The Wildcats put up two touchdowns in the final 5 minutes to take the victory over the Purple Warriors. Emory-Rains is now set to face Canton, who defeated Gilmer 61-58. The Wolfe City Wolves were put out of the playoffs by Harleton in the Class A area match. Harleton came out gunning and surprised the Wolves with an effective passing attack. Final score was 28-7, Harleton.
Bonham – Bonham Police are offering a reward for any information regarding the theft of mail in north Bonham. Thieves have been hitting mailboxes looking for outgoing checks meant to pay bills. The thieves are taking the checks and changing the payee and amounts, then attempting to cash the checks at local banks.
Victims are usually unaware that the checks have been stolen until they are contacted by police or they receive letters of late payment from creditors. At least 15 incidents of mail theft have been reported to police.
Hunt County – Continuing drought conditions helped fuel fire that consumed hundreds of acres across Hunt County yesterday. The Greenville Herald Banner reports that firefighters fought off large fires in Greenville and Lone Oak, and a smaller fire near Wolfe City.
Stephenville – The A&M-Commerce men's basketball team begins regular season play tonight at the Texan Tip-off Classic invitational hosted by Tarleton State. The Lions are coming off an amazing season last year as regular season and Lone Star Conference champs. A&M-Commerce is also picked as the pre-season favorites in the LSC North. In exhibition play, the Lions downed Division 1 Stephen F. Austin, but lost to Texas A&M after staying close for most of the game.