Commerce – The Commerce Hallmark store got a surprise visitor through its doors Monday: a '94 Chevy pick-up truck. A towel tangled up on the driver's foot and gas pedal is apparently to blame for the accident that caused the truck to crash through the front doors of the Hallmark store Monday afternoon. No charges have been filed in the incident and no injuries were reported.
Commerce – Black History Month begins today, and Texas A&M University-Commerce will be hosting a special program tonight sponsored by the NAACP. The Road to Unity: A Celebration of the Past to the Present will be held in the Founder's Lounge of the Memorial Student Center on the A&M-Commerce campus. The program will include entertainment, refreshments, and guest speaker Cameka Spencer-a 1994 graduate of A&M-Commerce. The event starts at 7pm.
Hunt County – State Troopers seized a large amount of suspected drug money along I-30 in Hunt County over the weekend. Nearly $84,000 in cash was found after a state trooper stopped a pair from Arkansas for driving on the shoulder of the road. The cash was found after the trooper was given consent to search the vehicle. The occupants denied any knowledge of the money and were released.
Hunt County – A ban on outdoor burning remains in place for this week in Hunt County. Hunt County Fire Marshal Dorsey Driggers said the ban that prohibits most out door burning will stay in place despite weekend's rains, but may be lifted later this week. Driggers said the rains over the weekend did not warrant lifting the ban unless such weather continues.
Claude the Cajun Catfish will be predicting Mardi Gras weather from Shreveport-Bossier City, and several weekends of activities are planned leading up to Mardis Gras. Enter for a chance to win an overnight stay and prize package. Courtesy of Shreveport-Bossier City Convention and Tourist Bureau.
Wolfe City – The Wolfe City Chief of Police has been fired after arresting one of the city's aldermen. The Wolfe City City Council held a special meeting Thursday night and made the decision to fire Police Chief Mike Smith. Smith believes the move was at least indirectly tied to the arrest of Alderman Joel Hodge, who was charged with disorderly conduct after a special meeting Monday night.
Greenville – Greenville ISD school board members met Saturday to hear preliminary candidates for the open superintendent position for Greenville Schools. 52 candidates from eight states were presented by the search firm Arrow Education Services. Six of the candidates that most closely match specific criteria outlined by the school board will be interviewed. The interviews for those candidates are expected to be conducted February 9th through 11th.
Commerce – Beginning Monday, a part of Washington Street in Commerce will be closed to through traffic. Washington will be closed from Aldridge Street to Culver Street. City crews will be making improvements to the intersection of Washington and Aldridge. Through traffic will be closed on the section of road until the project is completed, which is expected to be by Friday, February 3rd.
Greenville – A search firm is set to present the Greenville ISD School Board with a list of possible superintendent candidates. Arrow Education Services will begin presenting candidates to the GISD board this Saturday. It will be the first of several meetings that are expected to continue through February. Arrow has targeted February 20th as the date they wish to have the list narrowed down to one candidate for the position.