Greenville, Commerce – Two Greenville residents have already claimed their seats for the May 9 election.
Mayor Tom Oliver and Place 5 City Council member Bryan Herrin have won second terms on the Council, as no one signed on to oppose them. The Council intends Tuesday to cancel those elections and declare Oliver and Herrin the winners by acclamation.
Hunt County – Hunt County Commissioners have officially lifted the county's ban on outdoor burning, after more than three months of being under such restrictions.
Commissioners had originally implemented the ban on Dec. 8, and even extended the ban earlier this month.
Hunt County Fire Marshal Richard Hill recommended commissioners lift the ban during its Monday meeting, citing that the recent wet weather, soil saturation and fuel conditions on the ground, that are now in much better conditions.
Kaufman – Two teens were flown to Parkland Memorial Hospital with injuries sustained from an explosion just outside Kaufman city limits.
Parkland spokeswoman Lynsey Purl could only confirm to The Associated Press Sunday that the hospital was treating two males who are minors.
Kaufman County Assistant Fire Marshal Randy Richards told The Dallas Morning News that the Saturday night explosion happened as three teens and an adult used a cutting torch to open a 55-gallon barrel inside a structure behind a residence.
Paris – A two-car accident in Paris over the weekend claimed the life of a former Rivercrest High School student and injured several others.
The Paris News reports Jessica Kay, 18, of Paris died Saturday in a Dallas hospital from injuries received in the Friday night collision involving an SUV driven by James Barnes, 20, of Paris and a car driven by Christina Boren, 28, also of Paris.
Royse City – A former Royse City pastor pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges he possessed and trafficked in child pornography on his church's computers.
Steve Richardson pleaded guilty to two federal counts; one alleging transporting and shipping child pornography and one alleging the possession of child pornography before Magistrate Judge Irma C Ramirez.