Hunt County – Early voting in the political primaries ends today. In Hunt County, early voting will continue through 5pm at the Voter Administration Building at 2217 Washington Street in Greenville. A near-record turn out has been seen in Hunt County early voting, with GOP voting very high. More than nine out of every 10 ballots cast have been republican in Hunt County.
One reason for that, many of the aces will be determined in the primaries, as there is no Democratic candidate.
Greenville – A committee formed to study the possibility of a standardized dress code for Greenville schools will be recommending the approval of the measure. The group will formally endorse the dress code at the GISD school board meeting next Monday.
The committee said the standardized dress code is meant to build self esteem, bridge socioeconomic difference, reduce ethnic and racial tensions, and encourage positive behavior.
Commerce – The A&M-Commerce women win and the men lose as the first round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament wrapped up last night.
The Lions men traveled to Tarleton State to face the Texans in a first round match between the two rival teams. In a game that saw many lead changes, the Lions looked to have control, posting a six-point lead with just over two minutes left to play. But the Texans rallied, outscoring A&M-Commerce 9-2 in the waning minutes to take a 71-70 victory.
Cuthand – A Cooper man has been arrested in connection with a shooting death near Clarksville. 43-year-old Jerry Lawrence Green was taken into custody for the shooting death of 40-year-old Brian Ferrall Richards of Dallas. The Red River County Sheriff's office believes the incident stemmed from an altercation between the two men earlier in the day of the shooting.
Commerce – The Lone Star Conference basketball tournament begins tonight for both the men's and women's teams at A&M-Commerce. Both teams will be matching up against Tarleton State. The men hit the road, while the women are at home in Commerce hosting first round action.
Rockwall – The City of Rockwall has announced plans to build a new 120,000 square foot hospital. It would be the second full-service hospital in Rockwall County. 70 area physicians and a major healthcare company plan to have the Presbyterian Hospital of Rockwall running by Fall of 2007. Fourteen of 33 total acres along the medical corridor that already hosts Heath's Baylor Medical Facility will be used for construction, with the additional acreage marked for medical developments.
Commerce – Sentencing is scheduled for tomorrow for 25-year-old Brian Ellis Patrick, who pleaded guilty in January to the murder of a Commerce man. Patrick waived his right to a jury trial for the shooting death of 26-year-old James Prothro and claims the murder was committed under sudden passion.
If convicted of murder, Patrick faces 5 to 99 years or life in prison. If the courts decide the murder was committed under sudden passion, the maximum punishment would be reduced to up to 20 years in prison.
Commerce – Well it's a post-season trip for both the men's and women's basketball teams at A&M-Commerce.
The men lost 80-70 to Southwestern Oklahoma Saturday, a game they needed to win in order to guarantee a playoff berth. But a loss by East Central means the Lions will take the fourth seed in the LSC tournament. They hit the road to face Tarleton Tuesday.
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Wills Point – A man causing a disturbance at the Wills Point City Council meeting last week was removed and arrested after questioning a council member the man accused of molesting him as a child. The Wills Point Chronicle reports former resident James Lunsford Jr., now a resident of Hollywood, California, began questioning council member Mike Jones during the public comment portion of the meeting. Lunsford said in a television interview last year that Jones had molested him for four years in the late 80's and early 90's.