Commerce – Students from Cooper and Commerce Independent School District are in the midst of the Maximizing Motivation, Targeting Technology (M2T2) summer camp at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The camp is an innovative program targeting technology to motivate students to pursue careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) workforce.
Sulphur Springs – www.easttexasdailynews.com reports the new Highway-11 extension at Sulphur Springs between Highways-19 and 154 will open to the public before the end of the month. Signal lights will flash red for a week before being placed in normal operation. The new road will remain closed until June 29.
Commerce – The City of Commerce sales tax revenue is down 24% over this time last year. Interim City Manager Marc Clayton reported to the city council in regular session last night that an audit correction for a tax-paying entity in Commerce showed $22,000 in sales tax had been overpaid and tax rolls would be adjusted accordingly, which could mean as much as a $47,000 deficit by the end of the year.
Greenville, Commerce – Parts of Hunt County have been serving as the backdrop for an independent film with several local residents serving key roles and positions for the production. Wolfe City native Mike Mullins serves as the executive producer and director of photography for the movie "Technically Crazy". So far, filming has occurred at several locations in Greenville and also in parts of Wolfe City and at Binnion Hall in Commerce, with more filming planned in other parts of Hunt County.
Mt. Pleasant – An officer with the Mt Pleasant Police Department for five years was arrested Friday morning. Joshua Hatfield was Mt Pleasant's K-9 officer and worked on drug interdiction. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Jackson, of Tyler told the Mt Pleasant Daily Tribune that Hatfield was charged with selling a firearm to a person under indictment for a felony. There was another charge of selling a firearm to an unlawful alien in the U.S. illegally.
If convicted Hatfield faces up to ten years and up to a quarter million dollar fine.
– Area residents are being reminded that U. S. Census Bureau workers will be a regular presence in your neighborhood through the coming months.
Crews will be collecting information from those who did not return their census questionnaire and verifying certain census information.
Employees will be clearly identified with a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice. Workers will visit individual homes up to three times to record information.