Cooper – Delta County residents are urged to go green and support local scholarships.
The Delta Masonic Lodge #1240 will be providing aluminum can trailer to earn funds that will in turn create scholarships for eligible graduating Cooper High School students. Citizens can find the blue trailer on the grass lot near First National Bank.
The Lodge meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at 110 SW First St. in Cooper.
Paris – A longtime instructor from Northeast Texas receives one of the highest honors in teaching excellence in the state.
Paris Junior College English Instructor and alumna Joan Mathis has been named a 2010-2011 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor. Mathis is one of ten outstanding professors selected from public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities in Texas.
A native of Lamar County, Mathis was valedictorian of six students at North Powderly Colored School, since consolidated into North Lamar ISD.
Winnsboro – Another meeting aimed at informing residents about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline is planned for East Texans tonight by opponents of the project.
The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Winnsboro Depot.
The meeting will allow for public comment on the controversial project, which will pump tar sands oil from Canada to the gulf coast and cross several Northeast Texas counties, including Lamar, Delta, Hopkins, and Wood, as well as cross 32 bodies of water in the state.
Paris – A 2010 robbery at the drive thru of a Paris bank will mean 35 years behind bars for a local teenager.
19-year-old Trevor Allen Sartor was sentenced this week for the crime, which occurred at the drive thru of Bank of America in Paris.
Sartor was one of three suspects in the robbery but it was determined that Sartor fired a shotgun through the window of a vehicle forcing the driver to hand over money. The driver was injured by flying glass.
Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Larry Lemanski has offered additional information on the university's recent expansion to four academic colleges.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the move on April 4.