Commerce – The A&M-Commerce Lions picked up their first win of the season this weekend, stunning Midwestern State 27-25. The Lions took a 20-6 lead at the half and maintained the comfortable lead with a 27-12 advantage going into the 4th quarter. But the Midwestern State Indians rallied in the 4th with scoring drives of 80 and 41 yards, bringing the score to 27-25, with the Lions stopping a two point conversion that would have tied the game.
The Commerce Tigers hit the once again to face the Bonham Purple Warriors. The Tigers are coming off an electrifying win in the last minutes over 4-A Paris last week. Commerce is undefeated so far on the season and Bonham dropped their first game of the season last week to Sanger 20-17 after going up by 17 points initially.
In last season's game, Bonham jumped to an 18-8 lead in the first half, but Commerce rallied to take the victory 21-18.
Cash – The Cash Water District is asking customers to lower water usage. Hunt County is listed under the highest levels of drought conditions and the Cash Special Utility District is attempting to have their customers be a little more conservative in their water usage. There is no water shortage just yet, and the facility is confident about the water supply. The extremely dry conditions have caused stress on water lines, and the leaks caused by the stress have made it difficult for the utility to keep the water tower full.
Commerce – An agreement between the Commerce ISD and the City of Commerce to work together to bring drug dog services to the schools and city could be in full operation by December. City Manager Bill Shipp said the down payment for the dog has already been paid, and a fully trained team could be servicing the city and schools as early as December 1st, which is quicker than expectations.
Commerce – Commerce Police and the Commerce ISD have established a memorandum of understanding on implementing a School Resource Officer. Talks have been on-going for several years regarding the SRO, and grants have been sought for the past several years to fund the program. Those monies were not granted, however, and the decision was made to move ahead and fund the SRO locally.
Commerce – Nearly six months behind schedule and close to a million dollars over-budget, the Commerce City Council accepted a guaranteed maximum price agreement to begin construction on the new City Hall and Public Safety Building. Two items were on last night's regular meeting agenda concerning the new facilities. One was to allocate additional money for the project and the other to accept a guaranteed maximum price agreement from general contractor Harrison, Walker and Harper.
Hunt County – This summer could go down as one of the driest in almost 70 years. Hunt County was listed under the highest level of drought conditions as of this weekend. The conditions are measured by the Texas Forest Service. And with the unofficial close of summer Labor Day, not much room is left for improvement.