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Commerce – As high school football kicks off tonight all across Texas, the Commerce Tigers are ready for action. After many years as the defensive coordinator for the Tigers, Bill Draughn enters his second year as head coach for the Tigers. The Tigers return many players off last year's squad, and Draughn will be leaning on that experience throughout the season. Seniors hold key positions along the offensive line, running back, throughout the defense, and senior Zach Boles will be lining up under center once again.
Commerce – The Northeast Texas Children's Museum announced a capital campaign yesterday intended to build reserves and allow growth for the facility. Where Dreams Begin is the name of the campaign publicly announced at a Rotary Club meeting at the Children's Museum yesterday. The museum seeks to raise an entire year's budget, which is about $150,000, to put into reserves. This should allow the facility a greater chance of receiving monies through grants and other programs, according to Children's Museum Board President Wyman Williams.
The A&M-Commerce Lions hit the road Saturday to kick off season two under head coach Scotty Conley. The Lions have moved into the Lone Star Conference North Division this season and are the only Texas team in the division. A&M-Commerce returns eight starters on offense and six on defense, but has some new faces in some key positions.
Lamar County – Lamar County commissioners are facing a $1 million shortfall in this year's budget. About $400,000 of that is due to rising health insurance costs. Although revenues for Lamar County are expected to be up, departmental requests for employee pay raises, furniture for the newly remodeled courthouse, and rising fuel costs bring general fund expenditures $1.16 million higher than last year's budget.