Richardson – Police say 15-year-old Anquanete Patterson, a freshman at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, was killed Wednesday when she exited a moving school bus.
Reports indicate two boys began fighting over a cell phone and were ordered off the bus. As the bus started moving forward again Patterson reportedly ran to the front and lunged out the door, perhaps wanting to get off to see the fight, and was run over by the buses back tires.
Fannin County – Trustees at Grayson County College have accepted a petition for a new branch of the institution to be constructed near Bonham.
Officials plan to meet next month to determine whether to hold an election on the issue.
Over 1,100 signatures were received from Fannin County voters who, if the campus is approved, would pay the same property tax rates of Grayson residents. Those costs equal about 91 dollars a year for $50,000 home.
Commerce – A bid to fund the second largest scoreboard in Division II football is in the works at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
The City of Commerce gave Athletic Director Carlton Cooper it's backing Tuesday on a proposal to help fund the new scoreboard, becoming the fifth such entity to do so. In return, the city will be allocated space on the side of the board facing Live Oak Street. The annual commitment is $10,000 over a five year period. The total cost of the scoreboard is $650,000.
– Three North Texas counties are among the top ten in the state in a recent report which examines correlations between location and health.
The nationwide report, conducted by the University of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, look at the factors that play a role in one's general health and premature death, such as smoking, obesity, binge drinking, unemployment, child poverty and air pollution.
Commerce – Texas A&M University-Commerce may see an increase in enrollment thanks to an enrollment agreement with Texas A&M University and The Texas A&M University System. The new Program for System Admissions will allow students to transfer from A&M-Commerce into certain degree plans at Texas A&M University in College Station.
Commerce – The Northeast Texas Children's Museum will welcome Lamar County Master Gardeners to the Museum on Saturday, March 6. Jean Maninger, Helen Ressler, Ann Gillilan, and Jackie Neugent will direct activities for children. These master gardeners will be assisted by Pat Abramson of the Hunt County Master Gardeners.
"We're very pleased that the Lamar County Master Gardeners are coming to the Museum and bringing these fun activities for the children," said Sharline Freeman, Executive Director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum.
Commerce – Commerce residents can soon look forward to new improvements at City Park, following council's decision Tuesday to execute a professional services contract.
Money for the work comes from a recently awarded matching grant of $75,000. Mark Spencer with MHS Planning and Design has been contracted to make the renovations which include but are not limited to installation of new playground equipment, picnic tables and walkway plus botanical garden and basketball court renovation.