Commerce – Citizens in Commerce are being asked to voluntarily limit their usage of water due to drought. The Commerce City Council in regular session declared mild drought conditions for the City of Commerce last night. The declaration institutes the first phase of drought contingency plans for the city. The first phase includes asking citizens to voluntarily limit their usage of water and includes a public information campaign to inform the public of drought conditions and ways to conserve water.
Commerce – The Commerce Police have arrested four people for possession of what is believed to be crack cocaine after reports of suspicious activity at a local hotel. Officers were called out to the Holiday Lodge in Commerce on Monday after reports of suspicious activities of two males and two females in adjoining rooms. One of the females told police she was an evacuee of the recent Hurricane Rita, while the other three were Hunt County residents. The four suspects gave police consent to search both rooms.
Hunt County – Despite a very mild fall, winter may be hitting the area full-force in the next few days. An arctic cold front is expected to hit Hunt County today, and freezing precipitation or snow may follow by tomorrow. Today has been declared Winter Weather Awareness Day by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the bitter cold looks to arrive just in time for it. There may be up to a 50% chance of some precipitation for tomorrow, but forecasters don't expect any accumulation to stick.
Wills Point – A warrant has been issued in connection with the disappearance of over $225,000 missing from the Wills Point ISD general fund. A former payroll clerk of the district has been named in the second-degree felony charges.
Greenville – Paris Junior College has announced plans to build a campus in Greenville. The new community college would be built on 172 acres adjacent to the Greenville High School and ground could be broken on the new project by the end of 2006 with classes held as soon as Fall 2007.
Commerce – A&M-Commerce basketball remains undefeated at home as both the men's and women's teams took wins over Abilene Christian this weekend.
The 4-1 Lady Lions snatched a 70-66 win over the Abilene Christian Wildcats as Kanani Marshall led the attack with 21 points in the contest. The ladies have now defeated the top two LSC South teams in the pre-season polls with wins over Angelo State and Abilene Christian. The Lady Lions are on the road tomorrow to face Division I Oklahoma State.
Commerce – The crowd poured into the Commerce Downtown Square last night, as the city hosted its annual Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony. With temperatures just chilly enough to feel a little like Christmas, the men, women, and children watched as floats, antique cars, horse riders, motorcycles, and other entries went by in the parade.
Commerce – A&M-Commerce basketball made it a sweep of old rivals Angelo State last night in a men's and women's double-header. The Lady Lions handily took down the formerly undefeated Angelo State Rambelles, 90-77. Head Coach Denny Downing said the upset win is a quality one for the Lady Lions, who feel poised to make a strong run in the Lone Star Conference this year. Angelo State is ranked 18th nationally in Division II.
Commerce – The A&M-Commerce men's and women's basketball teams face tough opponents tonight as Angelo State comes to town. The 2-1 Lady Lions face the 4-0 Angelo State Rambelles for a 6pm tip-off in the A&M-Commerce Field House. The Rambelles are ranked 18th in the nation in Division II. Head Coach Denny Downing thinks that this years Lady Lions team matches up well against the defending conference champs, as the team returns four starters off last year's squad, has six junior college transfers, and one high school signee.