Commerce – Lil' Abner opens tonight on the main stage of the University Playhouse at A&M-Commerce. Lil' Abner is this year's summer musical at the University. Dogpatch USA is the hillbilly setting for the play based on Al Capp's long running comic strip that began during the great depression.
A cast of more than 30 that includes students from Commerce, Greenville, Farmersville, Princeton, Sulphur Springs, and other area towns present the fun-filled musical.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council received the budget for the next fiscal year in regular session last night. The budget is balanced and includes a 5% tax increase. City Manager Bill Shipp said the budget was based on a 4% increase on appraised property values. Initial figures from the Hunt County Appraisal District come in with a 6% increase, but Shipp expects that number to be less once final tax rolls are received in late July.
Commerce – The alligator warning signs have been removed from Gee Lake on the A&M-Commerce campus. After many hours of searching and many visitors coming by to try to get a peek at the possible gators, the signs reading, Warning. No Entry. Alligators. have been taken down.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council meets in regular session tonight and will receive the initial City Manager's budget. City Manager Bill Shipp expects another tight budget year, but won't know final budget numbers until the final tax rolls are received late in July.
SHIPP: I really don't know exactly what our revenues are yet because I don't have those final tax rolls. So when tax rolls do come in later this month, we'll make an adjustment to the budget that we presented to council.
Commerce – Graveside services for 26 year old James Prothro are set for 11 this morning at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce. Prothro was killed last week in a shooting on 4th Street in Commerce. Prothro was shot at least once and eventually bled to death from a severed artery in his chest.
25 year old Brian Patrick is charged with first degree murder in the case.
Commerce – No alligators have been caught yet out of A&M-Commerce's Gee Lake. Alligator warning signs were put up after University Police reported seeing at least one alligator at Gee Lake.
Wildlife Biologist Mark MacDonald was called in to attempt to capture the animal. Live wire and net traps have been placed in several locations since late last week, but no gators have been caught. MacDonald has also spent hours searching the water for any signs of an alligator, but hasn't found anything yet.
Commerce – Police are still looking for a motive in the shooting death of a Commerce man. 25 year old James Prothrow was shot and killed last week in the 600 block of 4th street in Commerce. At least three shots were fired from a 9mm automatic handgun during the incident, according to Commerce Police. One of the shots struck Prothrow and severed an artery in his chest, and he eventually bled to death.
Commerce – A suspect is in custody today for the shooting death of 25 year old James Prothrow of Commerce. The suspect was apprehended yesterday by the Hopkins County Sheriff and was transported to Hunt County where he was awaiting arraignment on murder charges.
Commerce – The City of Commerce will be spraying for mosquitoes again starting this evening. The extra round of spraying is to help control the mosquito population in preparation for the July 4th celebration at Bi-Centennial Park in Commerce.
Spraying will continue in different sections of the city through Sunday evening.