Commerce, TX – Frank Ashley plans on staying on the Commerce ISD Board of Trustees through the May regular meeting. That will overlap with the start of his new job as a vice chancellor with the Texas A&M University System in College Station.
Commerce, TX – Consultant and retired superintendent Bruce Hood told Commerce ISD trustees several people have already expressed interest in the position. The board approved offering a minimum salary of $105,000 dollars, just over $3,000 more than the pay of recently departed Superintendent Keith Boles.
Paris, Texas – A 15 year old Paris girl sentenced to up to 7 years in a Texas Youth Commission facility for shoving a teacher's aide has been released. Shaquanda Cotton was released from a facility in Brownwood Saturday.
11th District Congressman Mike Conaway of Midland, a 1970 graduate of then East Texas State, presented the Spring Convocation address at Texas A&M University-Commerce on Monday, April 2. You can hear the entire ceremony here.
40 years ago, the 1967 Spring Semester was when a graduate from Odessa-Permian High School started attending what was then East Texas State University. Now a Congressman from Midland serving the Permian Basin and the rest of the 36 counties in the 11th District, Mike Conaway is the first A&M-Commerce alumnus to serve in Congress since Sam Rayburn.
Commerce – Jury selection begins today in the case of Adam Ward, who faces capital murder charges in the shooting death of Commerce Code Enforcement Officer Michael Pee Wee Walker. The prosecution will be seeking the death penalty in the case. Walker was killed in June of 2005 while on duty for the City of Commerce. According to a criminal complaint filed with the courts, Walker exchanged words with Ward before ward went into his house, retrieved a handgun, returned and shot Walker three times.