– A number of Hunt County Republicans made it official Thursday, the first day to file for the March Primary election.
Jennifer Lindenzweig filed for the office of Hunt County Clerk, Brian Alford and Wayne Money both filed for Hunt County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Place; Charles "Chuck" Calkins, Jack Schultz and Don Smith for Justice of the Peace Precinct 4; Aaron Williams filed for re-election as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3; and Herman Orange for the Republican nomination for Hunt County Commissioner Precinct 2.
Commerce – A mathematics instructor at Texas A&M University-Commerce has received the designation of Regents Professor by the A&M University System.
Dr. Stuart N. Anderson is one of only eighteen professors and administrators to receive either the Regents Professor or Regents Fellow honor within one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation. The statewide network consists of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center.
Scurry – A Kaufman County congregation has been rocked to learn their church music director is up on child pornography charges; and some of the pictures were stored on his church computer.
David Gray has been music director at Mt. Olive Baptist in Scurry for about five years and the pastor says no one had any clue he might be into something like child pornography. But last month, federal agents raided Gray's home and found a huge stash of child porn on his computer, and then found more on his computer at the church.
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.