Commerce – Commerce Firefighters battled a grass fire Monday afternoon that ignited in the northern section of the city just east of Highway 24/50.
The origin of the blaze is believed along the train tracks, but a cause was unclear.
Fire Chief Brian McNevin says it took crews about 30 minutes to suppress the fire, which had spread to a nearby field. Officials remained on scene for another hour and a half to monitor the situation. McNevin says at no time was any property or any people in danger.
Quitman – Wood County Commissioner's recently approved petitions for the cities of Alba, Mineola and Hawkins, each of which are seeking to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off premise consumption only.
An election was also ordered to legalize the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants for Mineola and Hawkins.
Petitions submitted to the court exceeded the number of signatures from qualified voters required.
Paris – Winter storms over the past two weeks have left area school districts with multiple makeup days due to cancellations for bad weather.
Most districts are facing between four and seven makeup days, while the Paris ISD is currently 15 instructional days behind their regular schedule. Officials were forced to cancel classes six times due to bad weather, but coupled with construction and campus renovations this past summer, the start of school was delayed two weeks.
– Monday marks the first day to file for expiring city council and school board positions throughout the region.
In Commerce, Places 1 and 3, currently held by Tony Henry and Richard Hill, are up for election in May. The positions up for election for the Commerce School Board include Places 4 and 5, held by Ted Oats and Willie Blow.
Greenville – The ongoing dispute between the City of Greenville and L-3 Mission Integration is scheduled for a court appearance Tuesday.
L-3 rests on the property of Major's Field Municipal Airport. Officials with the Defense Contractor claim the City is using a re-plat of the airport to circumvent a recent ruling and make the land taxable. The injunction sought by L-3 would prevent the re-plat from being formally filed.