Commerce – Student Health Services at Texas A&M University-Commerce will be providing screenings to some students after a classmate was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
University officials say the individual is no longer on campus and does not pose a continuing threat to the community. Some students, however, may be more at risk if they've been in contact with the infected individual for a prolonged time or in a confined space.
Commerce – A trying budget process at the Commerce ISD has ended with the elimination of seven teaching positions and five clerical and aide posts. The CISD Board formerly approved the reduction in force during a special meeting Monday.
According to CISD Superintendent Blake Cooper, budget reductions totaled $930,000, with over half of the cuts coming from non-personnel reductions.
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Sulphur Springs – The Sulphur Springs City Council this week rejected the rezoning of a 13 acre tract that would have allowed for the construction of a recycling business.
Despite receiving approval to chance the zoning from heavy commercial and light industrial to all light industrial on a first reading last month, the vote failed to obtain a super majority, as required, during Tuesday's second reading.
The rezoning received strong opposition from some residents near the proposed site at 1797 West Industrial Drive.
Greenville – The Greenville Electric Utility System gets high praise from a U.S. financial services company.
Standard & Poor has affirmed GEUS' `A` rating with a positive outlook. The agency noted GEUS' cable & Internet system's lack of debt and good record of positive net margins as one of the contributing factors to the high rating. Also contributing was GEUS' overall limited capital needs in the future and GEUS officials' desire to fund these projects through annual revenue instead of debt.
Greenville – A prison sentence is handed down for a suspect in home invasion robbery last summer near Lone Oak.
Joshua William McLemore, of Winnsboro, was given 20 years behind bars during a punishment hearing Thursday. He's to serve at least ten years in prison before the possibility of parole, as a deadly weapon was used in the course of the robbery.
The alleged co-actor in the case, Silas G. Reppond, also of Winnsboro, has yet to be scheduled for an arraignment hearing.