Collin County – 38-year-old Shannon Coyel has been charged with perjury for claiming she was dragged and sexually assaulted by a prominent Northeast Texas attorney.
She'll appear before a Collin County Court at Law judge on December 15.
Coyel's allegations led to the Red River County indictments and arrests of Mark Lesher, his wife Rhonda and Robert "Red" McCarver last year. All three were found not guilty. The Leshers have also filed a malicious prosecution civil suit against Coyel.
Van Alstyne – The pastor of the King's Trail Cowboy Church in Van Alsytne will attempt to spend the next 23 days in a small tent fasting to help motivate area residents to give to the less fortunate this holiday season.
Jason Norton's first two days at the corner of FM 121 and Highway 5 were met with rain and then snow. He'll eat no food, but only drink water and coffee.
Hopkins County – Hopkins County dairyman Trey Hinton has announced plans to run for County Commissioner Precinct 2.
The seat is currently held by Burke Bullock, who said this week he'll not be seeking a third term in office.
Hinton graduated from Sulphur Springs High School and attended North East Texas Community College studying dairy science. The Republican from the community of Reilly Springs is the first to indicate he'll be seeking the position.
Cooper – Over 100 animals seized from a Delta County animal shelter last month have been awarded to the SPCA of Texas.
The animals, which included 97 dogs and seven donkeys, were rescued and taken to a McKinney facility after complaints that they were living in unsanitary conditions in small pens and a trailer on the property.
Geneva Benton, the pets' owner, was awarded 4 dogs that will be neutered by the SPCA.
Commerce – The Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Social Work and its student organization are once again sponsoring the University Christmas Families Project this year.
The program collects applications from students and staff who need help during the holiday season. Those families can then be adopted by administrators, faculty, staff, students and student organizations.
Commerce – The SURRMA Board will meet in Commerce and continue work toward developing a transportation project for Northeast Texas. The agency may also be seeking a replacement for a local businessman, representing the City of Commerce on the board.
Thursday's meeting begins at 3 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda lists a report from an engineering firm concerning a potential pass-through financing project, as well as a review of the agency's long-term project plan with the company.