The Commerce City Council agreed to place two members on a ten-member fact-finding committee that will explore the long-range plans of a city library. City Manager Bill Shipp and the President of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Keith McFarland, developed the idea after consulting with the city library board.
Wills Point – A Wills Point teen was killed last week after his vehicle was struck head-on by a dump truck. 17 year old Justin Lee Dugger was southbound along FM 751 in a '94 Camaro when the collision occurred with Ben Depue of Lone Oak. Officials said the Camaro was driving on the wrong side of the road in a no passing zone, leaving Depue no time to react.
Greenville – Paris Junior College will break ground on its new $13 million facility in Greenville Friday. The new campus will be constructed on 172 acres next to Greenville High School. Once complete, the facility will be able to serve about 2,500 students. 1,200 are taking classes at the current PJC site in Greenville.
The groundbreaking is set for 10am Friday. The new site should be up and running by the fall semester of 2008.
After Richard Hill and Tony Henry took their seats for their first meeting following Saturday's election, Mayor Sheryl Zelhart presented retired councilwoman Penny Belcher with a framed collection of memorabilia from her 12 years of service. While Belcher left the council, she did agree to serve on the city's board of adjustment.
The Commerce City Council unanimously approved changes to an ordinance on keeping yards and ditches mowed, returning regulations to requiring property owners to mow to the curb. For the last few years, one only had to go as far as the property line.
Lamar County – A Lamar County girl died Sunday when she drowned in a pond behind the home of her great-grandmother. 5 year old Ashantay Gray Bouchon fell into the pond shortly after noon on Mother's Day. Her mother, Taneesha Gray, is a dispatcher for the Lamar County Sheriff and was on duty at the time.
Hunt County – Four area school districts will be appealing property values assessed by the Texas Comptroller's Office. Boles, Celeste, Greenville, Cumby, and Commerce ISD's have all been affected by discrepancies between local and state assessed property values. All but Commerce will be appealing those values.
Officials in Greenville said the state values say they have $114 million more in taxable value than local appraisals project.
Commerce was taken to three games by River Oaks Castleberry. The Tigers won the first then the deciding game 6 to 3, raising their season record to 25 and 5. Commerce advances to the regional quarterfinals against Hillsboro, which defeated Royse City in two games. Other 3-A matchups this week include Whitesboro against Celina and Minneola versus Pleasant Grove.