Rockwall – A man is in custody in connection with the robbery attempt of a jewelry store in Rockwall earlier this month. Randy Henderson of Cedar Hill has been charged with aggravated robbery after being taken into custody by Dallas Police in a family violence incident unrelated to the robbery. He may face other charges for exchanging gunfire with the jewelry store owner in the failed robbery attempt.
Early indications show Texas A&M University-Commerce will have even funding for the next year. The state House has funding down, and the Senate has funding up. Those levels should even out when appropriations bills go to committee. University President Dr. Keith McFarland said he would like to have more funding, but A&M-Commerce has been down before, so he'll take even funding and be happy.
Yantis – The Yantis ISD will soon be replacing a few top administrative personnel, according to the Sulphur Springs News Telegram. Superintendent Jim Richardson announced his resignation in April and high school Principal Richard Kirby will also not be returning. The Yantis School Board will also be busy with replacing the cafeteria manager and counselor after contracts for those positions were not renewed.
Commerce – Commerce City officials have been discussing possible changes in the economic development use of the city's half-cent sales tax. The city currently adheres to the 4a structure, which refers to a specific paragraph in state statutes. The 4a sales tax is aimed at industrial development, according to Commerce City manager, Bill Shipp.
SHIPP: ...and a half-a-cent goes toward, in the case of 4a, for industrial development. Really, that money is used to bring primary jobs to town.
Greenville – The Paris District Texas Department of Transportation office in Greenville has opened up for business in its new location along I-30. Construction on the $2.5 million office at 2905 Interstate 30 East began in 2003, and has more than 30,000 square feet of office space for Area Engineering and Maintenance employees. The Greenville TxDOT office oversees operations for Hunt and Rains Counties.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council approved the first reading of a 6 month moratorium on new construction along the development corridor linking A&M-Commerce and downtown. The measure came at the request of a task force involved with the Economic Strategic Plan for Commerce. No new construction would be allowed around most of downtown, and along Monroe and Live Oak streets as they run through the heart of Commerce. Director of Community Development Fred Eaton said the freeze will only be on new construction.