Commerce – The Commerce ISD has scheduled two town hall meetings to address an upcoming tax ratification election.
The district is asking voters to approve a 13 cent tax rate hike to cover a nearly $700,000 budget shortfall. If approved, it would mean a $130 annual tax increase on a $100,000 home or $10.83 per month. The new rate would not affect the taxes on homes of persons who are 65 years of age or older.
Commerce – The City of Commerce joins a growing list of Texas cities looking to restrict the sale of K2.
Council on Tuesday approved a first reading prohibiting the sale of the item to anyone under the age of 21.
Upon approval of a second reading next month, it shall also be unlawful for any person to sell to product to anyone within 1,000 feet of protected areas, including a school, park, church, daycare center, public library, youth club or center and civic or convention center.
Commerce – James Faires, who served as the City of Commerce Attorney for more than 40 years, died yesterday at age of 90.
A lifetime resident of Commerce, Faires graduated from East Texas State Teachers College Training School in 1938 and earned a bachelor's degree from East Texas Teachers College in 1942. He would later teach business law at East Texas State.
Faires was also a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving his country during World War II.
Greenville – A big fine has been levied against a Hunt County business.
A Greenville manufacturing facility has been hit with an almost $200,000 fine for safety violations.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), cited Monday it hit Jarden Home Brands with two alleged willfull and 12 alleged serious violations. The total fine was 197,500.
Telephone – Details have emerged in a fatal motor vehicle crash in Fannin County that occurred over the weekend.
DPS has identified 26-year-old Daniel Wade, of Telephone, as the deceased individual. He was pronounced dead at the scene early Saturday morning on CR 2145 near his home town.
According to State Troopers, Wade was driving alone westbound when for unknown reasons; his tires went off the right side of the road. He then over-corrected, running off the left side of the road and hit a tree.