Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce was recently awarded a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant, "Breaking Barriers for Beginning Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers," in the amount of $674,768 by the United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). A 25 percent institutional match of $168,692 will increase the project budget to $843,460.
Commerece – Texas A&M University-Commerce alumni and friends are gearing up for the annual homecoming events on campus that begin Monday, Oct. 18 and wrap up Saturday, Oct. 23. The theme for this year's festivities is "2010: Now and Then."
"Homecoming is one of the university's oldest traditions whereby alumni and university friends return to campus to reconnect," said Derryle Peace, A&M-Commerce director of alumni relations. "We are excited about this year's events that will continue that tradition."
Commerce – Business leaders from across the county will be gathering in Commerce this month to discuss the county's largest employer. The Hunt County Alliance for Economic Development is hosting a program titled "Looking Ahead with L-3: Shared Goals for Shared Success". The luncheon is scheduled for 11:30am October 22nd in the Sam Rayburn Student Center on the A&M-Commerce campus.
Greenville – A big new building should be going up at Majors Field Airport in Greenville soon. The City of Greenville and the local L-3 plant have entered into an agreement calling for the construction of a new building at the city's airport. L-3 will completely pay for the $8 million, 70,000sq ft building then donate it back to the city.
Lone Oak – A suspect in a shooting near Lone Oak will be remaining in jail for now. A reduction in bond was denied to one of two suspects in an armed robbery and shooting in Lone Oak in July. Joshua William McLemore of Winnsboro is being held on $100,000 bond for aggravated robbery after being arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery on July 11th.
Smith County – A hearing continues today to determine if Jaden McLean should be released to his father or kept in the care of Child Protective Services.
Last month, two year old Jaden shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun he found in his grandparent's Smith County bar. The boy's grandfather, Charles McLean, is facing criminal charges for the shooting.