Commerce – A reminder the Commerce is still under Stage 2 water restrictions. The city has not lifted those watering restrictions since first enacted last July, but with water usage low in winter months, violations have been few. As we enter summer, the city plans to begin reminding people about watering restrictions, however. City Manager Bill Shipp said that while recent rains have been good for the soil, not much run-off has been created to raise lake levels in Tawakoni.
Hunt County – More than 50 area residents head to Austin Wednesday for a hearing covering a controversial septic dump in Lone Oak. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved permits for the dump site earlier this month, but the issue will be reviewed by the TCEQ's governing body today, and they have the option to reconsider and deny the permit. The TCEQ's director has indicated he plans to recommend the permit be temporarily rescinded due to a grammatical error.
Commerce – There should be a brand new Sonic up and running in Commerce by September. The owners of the current Sonic fast food restaurant are moving from their location on Live Oak to a site along Highway 50, with construction on a brand new facility currently underway.
Also in Commerce, the new Blackjack BBQ restaurant has plans to expand in the near future. The other new BBQ place you may have seen work on along Live Oak is a no-go, however, as the developers have backed out of that project.
Winners from the Press Women of Texas competition includes Mary Lou Hazal of the Marketing Communications office at Texas A and M University-Commerce. She earned four awards, including a first place tie for a feature story in a publication for general or specialized circulation.
Royse City – Two boys were killed and two were injured in an early morning wreck near Royse City yesterday. 11 year old David Nguyen and 15 year old Anthony Oscar, both of Dallas, died when the vehicle they were riding in went off the road and struck a tree. 18 year old Brandon Rivera, an unlicensed driver from Plano, was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. 15 year old Anival Ortiz of Dallas was also a passenger. Both were flown to Parkland of Dallas.
Sulphur Springs – Police have identified a suspect accused of fondling a 10 year old girl at the Sulphur Springs Wal-Mart last weekend. Police are looking for 40 year old Stanley Charles McGinnis of Mt. Pleasant, who was arrested for the same crime in August last year for an incident at the Paris Wal-Mart. A second-degree felony warrant for indecency with a child by contact has been issued, and police are urging the public to contact them with any information on the man's whereabouts.
Commerce – A section of Stonewall Street in Commerce will be closed starting today. The closed section runs through the A&M-Commerce campus, and will be shut down to allow trenching for chilled water and telecommunications systems.
The street is expected to be re-opened by May 25th.
Honey Grove – An episode of the TV show One Tree Hill that was filmed in Honey Grove is set to air this Wednesday. Honey Grove was chosen as the location for the episode after eight Honey Grove students won a Warner Brothers studio challenge asking students nationwide to submit videos saying why they love their town. The students were chosen out of nearly 100,000 entries.
Commerce – Motorists on Highway 50 in Commerce will notice a change. A couple of crosswalks are up and operational as of this week. The crosswalks are a culmination of two years of cooperative effort between the City of Commerce, A&M-Commerce, and the Texas Department of Transportation. University President Keith McFarland initiated the project so students would have a safer walk across the highway.
Northeast Texas – About 200,000 homes remained without power this morning after storms rolled through the area last night. Most of us in Commerce dodged the bullet for the worst of it, but some power outages were reported on the A&M-Commerce campus and in outlying areas. Some homes in Commerce did not have power restored until 6am this morning.
Throughout Hunt County, high winds toppled trees and caused more power outages. Fallen trees took out power in Greenville, and the roof of a store on Wesley Street collapsed.