Greenville – A more than $20 million project designed to treat the City of Greenville's sewer discharge is nearly halfway complete.
Officials broke ground on the project last July. The new Sequencing Batch Reactor Wastewater Treatment Plant is being built next to the current Wastewater Reclamation Center along Division St. The facility will replace the existing building, which had become outdated.
As of this week, the project was reportedly 53 percent complete.
Commerce – Just as Covidien was announcing plans to close its Commerce plant, the community learns that several other companies may be on their way in, after a sale of university-owned property toward the development of a multi-use retail site.
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents this week approved a proposal by A&M-Commerce to sell the more than seven acre tract on the southeast corner of Highway 50, just south and west of Whitley Hall.
Commerce – Nearly two dozen children participated in last Saturday's bike safety rodeo, presented by the Commerce Police Department.
In partnership with the Commerce Wal-Mart, officers and volunteers were able to inform bicycle riders of numerous safety tips. At the end of the day, Campbell resident Julian Padilla was awarded a bicycle, donated by Wal-Mart.
Cooper – On Saturday, the family and friends of Dale Migura, a 2010 Cooper High School graduate who was tragically killed five months later, will be honoring him with a Birthday Bash Benefit on the Square from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
There will be food, live music, games and a raffle with all the proceeds going towards a monument fund and funeral expenses.
Paris – A Lamar County Jury has found William Aaron Hart competent for a retrial on sexual assault charges against a Paris teenager.
Hart is the mentally challenged teenager who was sentenced back in 2009 to 100 years in prison after being found guilty in his first trial. The decision by Judge Eric Clifford to stack the five sentences, rather than have them run concurrently, drew criticism.
Reports indicate Hart, then 19-years-old, had a mental capacity of no more than a six-year-old and an IQ of 47.