Commerce – Our Friend. Our Coworker. These were the words on flowers displayed graveside at a memorial service held for Michael Pee Wee Walker in Commerce yesterday. The day marked the one year anniversary of Walker's death, when he was gunned down while performing duties for the City of Commerce. City Manager Bill Shipp spoke of the impact Walker's death had.
SHIPP:It's incredible, the impact of this death; and the outpouring of kindness and remembrance that was received from all over the United States.
Paris, Texas – Paris City Manager Tony Williams still has a job. A large crowd gathered to show their support for Williams last night at a Paris City Council meeting. Councilman Tim Ray had pushed the issue of firing Williams onto the agenda, but instead made a motion to table the item after a huge crowd gathered to show their support for Williams.
Fannin County – Two architects have been looking at ways for the Fannin County Jail to expand. County Sheriff Kenneth Moore says the current jail in Bonham is overcrowded. Fannin County currently has to house some inmates in other counties at a cost around $18,000 per month.
Commerce – The Commerce City Council took another step towards housing development in regular session Tuesday. Anthony L. Francois, an A&M-Commerce alum, previously suggested using vacant lots owned by the city to build new homes for moderate to low income families. The addition would be very similar to the Enlow Addition in Commerce, which means potential buyers may be eligible for help, according to Francois.
Hunt County – The 39th Annual Hunt County Fair and Junior Livestock Show starts tomorrow in Greenville. The fair runs each day through June 17th. Fairgoers can look forward to some new rides on the Midway this year by Talley Amusements. The half-million dollar Scorpion will be open as well as favorites like the Zipper and the Ferris Wheel.
Commerce – Construction on the New City Hall and Fire/Police Station in Commerce is still on target for September completion. The Commerce City Council received a monthly update from General Contractor Harrison, Walker, and Harper in regular session last night. Brick is expected to begin being installed on City Hall by the end of this week or early next week, with brickwork on the Fire/Police Complex beginning in about two weeks.
Wolfe City – Webb Hill Country Club in Wolfe City is rebuilding. A fire swept through the club in March, destroying the pro shop, club house, and ballroom. Construction is underway, however, to open an even larger facility in late October or early November. The club's pool and golf course remains open to its 630 members with a temporary building to serve as the pro shop and lounge area.
Farmersville – Three suspects are in custody in connection with an attempted bank robbery in Farmersville. Just before noon Monday, a hold-up alarm was sounded at First Bank of Farmersville. Two black men wearing ski masks, one of which was armed, entered the bank and demanded money. However, the two men left before getting any money and met a third man waiting in a truck.