Red River County – A Red River County Commissioner has been indicted for abuse of official capacity, according to The Paris News. Rufus Ward Jr. was indicted for the Class A misdemeanor Thursday. The indictment alleges that Ward used county employees and equipment for personal use on a privately owned oil well. The alleged misuse is valued at more than 5-hundred, but less than 15-hundred dollars. A formal arraignment is expected within the next 30 days.
Hunt County – A Hunt County warrant roundup will be conducted in July once again this year. Hunt County Warrant Officer Joe Knight heads up the Office of Warrant Assistance, which collected $250,000 in its first 16 months of operation and cleared more that 1,000 local warrants. This year's roundup is scheduled for July 21st, with a direct mail campaign and other publicity beforehand used to alert persons with outstanding warrants.
Commerce – A video conference with Texas Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley for all regional education centers is set for today that should tell the Commerce Independent School District how to handle special education testing with regards to the No Child Left Behind Act. Commerce failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards in March due to differences in state and federal laws concerning testing of special education students. TAKS testing in Commerce begins next week.
Commerce – It's family night tonight for the annual children's show at the University Playhouse on the A&M-Commerce campus. The show Cinderella is set to a hip-hop theme, and has been entertaining crowds of children from area schools all week. Audience members are pulled up on stage to participate throughout the show, and the whole performance has been set to rhyme. Family night is tonight at 7pm on the Main Stage of the Performance Arts Center at A&M-Commerce. Tickets are $2.
Afghanistan/Emory – A Rains County man was one of 3 Halliburton subsidiary workers that died in last week's helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Services are pending for 46 year old Ronald Wayne Wade, whose identity was released yesterday as one of 18 people killed when a Chinook went down during a sandstorm in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Wade is also an A&M-Commerce alum. Memorials can be made to the Believer's Baptist Church in Emory.
Greenville – A Sulphur Springs woman was taken into custody Monday in connection with a felony theft indictment at the Hunt County Jail. According to the Greenville Herald Banner, 37 year old Clarice Evelyn Sells is a former employee at the jail, and turned herself in to the Sheriff's office on one count of theft more than $1,500 but less than $20,000. The Hunt County jail has had a series of shortages, with a recent $4,000 shortage bringing the total amount of money unaccounted for to about $22,000.