Commerce – Given the current economic state, it appears higher education fared well during the 81st Texas Legislature, which adjourned on June 1.
Institutions throughout the state, including Texas A&M University-Commerce, now await the governor's signature on a number of bills.
Budgets for all 35 public universities were funded at a minimum level of 104 percent of their 2007-2009 amounts. Even those institutions with flat or declining enrollments were "held harmless" and guaranteed a 4 percent increase.
Ladonia family asking for assistance for victims of Memorial Day crash; Quinlan man given 2 years in jail for fatal 2006 accident; Hopkins County Grand Jury to lead investigation of Sulphur Springs shooting Sunday; Paris homeless shelter that burned down and killed five in January reportedly not up to code; Greenville to receive new nursing facility; A&M-Commerce fares well following adjournment of 81st Texas Legislature (Governor's signature pending).
Greenville – A new nursing facility is in the City of Greenville's future.
The Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to approve a final plat, or layout, for the Legend Oaks at Greenville. The approval was one of the final steps before a building permit could be issued, and construction is now ready to begin.
The 127-bed facility, to be located north of Jack Finney Boulevard and east of Wesley Street, will replace the existing Greencrest Manor.
Quinlan – A sentence is handed down in connection to a fatal 2006 accident.
A judge Monday sentenced Eddie Dale Malone, of Quinlan, to two years in a state jail on each of three counts of criminally negligent homicide. Malone had previously entered open pleas of no contest to the charges.
Sulphur Springs – The Sulphur Springs ISD has hired a construction manager at-risk for its $48 million construction program.
J.T. Turner, of Rockwall, previously managed renovations at the District's High School and the Early Childhood Learning Center. By definition, the construction manager at-risk acts as a consultant in the development and design phases of a project and serves as a general contractor during the construction phase.