Greenville – There could be some new changes to the Greenville city charter this spring. On Tuesday, Charter Review Committee Chairman Gerry Morris presented 13 proposed recommendations on how to change the city's governing document.
The items range from correcting a list of typographical errors in the existing Charter to giving the Mayor a seat on the Greenville Electric Utility System (GEUS) board of trustees and increasing the annual transfer of GEUS revenues to the city's general fund from 3 percent to 5 percent.
Commerce – Now available at the Commerce ISD website are nomination forms for the district's inaugural Hall of Honor class.
In December, the CISD School Board gave Superintendent Blake Cooper the go ahead to appoint a selection committee who will choose two students from CISD, one student from Norris School and two faculty/staff members.
Committee members are to remain anonymous and have been members of the community for ten or more years. All inductees will be honored during this fall's homecoming football game.
– The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has set up a hotline for tips on who's responsible for a string of Texas church fires ruled arson.
The federal agency on Tuesday announced people wanting to offer information can call: 888-ATF-FIRE.
The Texas Department of Public Safety also said arson tip calls would be answered at 903-675-0061, or 0062. DPS says a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identity of the arsonist.
Fannin County – A Fannin County woman is to appear in court Thursday on allegations of animal mistreatment.
In August, Ector resident Kim Dotson had dozens of horses and donkeys seized from her property and turned over to the Humane Society.
Dotson was allowed to keep six healthy horses but supposed to keep them in good condition. But last week, Bells Police found two of those horses in worse condition - thin and emaciated - and seized those as well.
Tom Bean – Several dozen head of livestock were killed over the weekend after a fire destroyed a building that served the Tom Bean FFA program.
About 24 pigs are said to have perished in the blaze. Students at Tom Bean High School had been caring for the animals for several months since they received them as piglets. About 100 students are said to take part in the high school's program.
The cause of the fire is sought, although initial reports indicate it was electrical.