Cooper – Delta County citizens have begun a Community Crime Watch program in an effort to assist the Sheriff's Department and better protect residents.
Mail carriers and garbage companies are among others who've been contacted to be made aware and report any suspicious activity. The program is working on a rotating call and email list to let residents know of any crimes that occur. This list will also be used for weather emergencies.
Greenville – State Senator Bob Deuell, R - Greenville, has filed legislation that would prevent parents from intentionally exposing their minor children to hardcore pornographic material.
Senate Bill 757 was inspired by Crystal Buckner, a Dallas mom whose ex-husband forced their two young daughters to watch hardcore pornography. Prosecutors had difficulty bringing charges in the case because of ambiguity in the way the law is currently written.
– A local futurist says North Texas is poised to be the first in the State to reach the next stage of economic prosperity.
Carolyn Corbin is president of the Melissa-based Center for the 21st Century. Her new book, titled Community Leadership 4.0: Impacting a World Gone Wiki, identifies the unique cluster of proficiencies a community must possess to establish it as a healthy, vibrant, sustainable force in an ever changing world.
Commerce – With cuts to higher education in Texas looming large this legislative session, colleges and universities throughout the state struggle to cope with what they'll have to do without to not only survive, but continue to grow.
Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty and staff were presented with a grim budget proposal for the next biennium during Thursday's University Community Update.