Hunt County – David Jason Jacks pleaded guilty yesterday in the double homicide of Hunt County residents Melanie and Bradley Daniel in 2003. The plea came as part of a deal that spares Jacks the death penalty and gives him life in prison. He also waived any rights to an appeal.
Family members of the victims agreed to the plea bargain because they felt the certainty of at least 40 years in jail before being eligible for parole was a better choice than the uncertainty of seeking the death penalty by trial.
Paris, Texas – Widespread closings for the maker of Kleenex and Huggies diapers may mean good news for a Paris factory. Kimberly-Clark, the make of tissues, diapers, and many other personal care products, announced earlier this month a plan to close up to 20 plants and cut around 6,000 jobs within the next three-and-a-half years. A Kimberly-Clark spokesman said the closing will allow for expansion at other locations, and that could mean good news for the Paris plant, which is considered one of the corporation's most valuable operations.
Hunt County – A plan to privatize the Hunt County Jail took steps forward after action by the Hunt County Commissioner's Court yesterday. The firm CiviGenics Inc. has been given 30 days to present an in-depth proposal for taking over managerial operations at the jail. CiviGenics currently operates in 15 states and runs several jails in Texas.
Commerce – The unemployment rate for Hunt County is down a full percentage point from this time last year. The latest reports form the Texas Workforce Commission list the county's unemployment rate at 5.5 percent. That's down from last June's 6.5 percent but up from last month's 5.3 percent.
Como, Cumby – The cities of Cumby and Como have been recommended to receive grants totaling $500,000 to replace water and sewer lines. Each town will receive $250,000 in community development block grants administered by the Office of Rural and Community Affairs and made available through the Community Development Block Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Wolfe City – Wolfe City Police are reporting a new scam in the area, according to the Wolfe City Mirror. Certain individuals are calling homes in the area claiming to be associated with Wal-Mart and selling coupon booklets for $4.95. The scam artists then ask for a checking account number for the $4.95 to be debited from.
There is no such company soliciting for Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart District Office says they have no policies for solicitation such as that and never have.
Greenville – The second annual Roger Krodle Memorial Car Show is scheduled for tomorrow at the Hunt County Fair Grounds. Admission is free to the event with food and vendor concessions available and live music by Last Train South and Trey Houston. Over 150 entries are expected into the show, and there will be one event everyone should enjoy, according to Commerce City Councilman John Sands.
SANDS: If any have never seen the super-charged lawnmower tractor pull, you need to come out and see that if nothing else.
London – A&M-Commerce students in the British Studies Program were on a walking tour of London when explosions occurred at two subway stations and a bus yesterday. 26 students from A&M-Commerce left for London the same day terrorist bombings rocked the city on July 7th. They had been wary of using public transportation and had been walking around London when the explosions occurred around lunchtime. None of the students were hurt.
The students are scheduled complete their studies and fly home August seventh.
Commerce – A&M-Commerce has been awarded a $1.25 million grant from the Texas Education Agency that could impact as much as 300,000 schoolchildren. The grant has been portioned between ten metroplex school districts to provide tuition waivers for educators at area universities and help fund programs many institutions already have in place. The grant is part of a demonstration project that seeks to provide educators with a strong foundation that will help them serve students better and provide higher quality education.
Cozumel – Hurricane Emily may have struck land south of Texas, but not before it put some Lamar County residents through some tense moments. According to The Paris News, the eight vacationing Lamar County residents also used their emergency training to watch over nearly 300 people inside a hotel ballroom in Cozumel when Emily blew through them Monday on her way to the Mexican mainland.